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Fanny V. Darling

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  • Bloodrose: A Nightshade Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Andrea Cremer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (155)

    Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's proving herself as the pack's alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Prepare for Disappointment!"
    "Third Book Killed The Series"
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    What would have made Bloodrose: A Nightshade Novel better?

    A better handling of major plot points. A well thought out plot progress. Not relying on cop outs to tell the story. Strong characters make strong choices, and choices cost. Cremer didn't allow her characters to make choices in this novel. Everything happened TO them.


    Has Bloodrose: A Nightshade Novel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Of course not. I am a UF/YA fanatic, I write it, I read it, it would take much more than a few poorly made choices to make me turn my back. I will probably not even stop reading Cremer, who I liked before this novel, but it will take me a while to trust again. Sigh. I've been hurt badly in this relationship - I gave my trust, my faith, my love...

    ;-)


    What three words best describe Rebecca Lowman’s performance?

    Decent. Competent. Uninspired.


    What character would you cut from Bloodrose: A Nightshade Novel?

    Shay - Shay SHAY. Ugh. Hated him from the beginning. But was willing to deal with him. This book turned him into a whiney twit with an overbearing overprotective misogynistic streak a mile wide. I'd have punched him in the face and bitten him on the butt if I'd been a character in Bloodrose.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Grave at a Time: Night Huntress, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2705)
    Performance
    (2447)
    Story
    (2436)

    Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving - leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit. Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive.

    Hassan says: "Another GREAT Book!"
    "Less Sex - More Story - Extra Star From Me"
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    Would you try another book from Jeaniene Frost and/or Tavia Gilbert?

    Yes. I enjoy Tavia Gilbert's narration. Her accents might not be authentic, but they are consistent and enjoyable. The way she handles dialogue is great, and I enjoy listening to her read.


    Would you recommend One Grave at a Time to your friends? Why or why not?

    Depends. If they were UF and/or vamp fans, yes, probably, at least more than the earlier books, but mostly, these books are my guilty pleasure. Kind of like audible crack, I want to stop, I know they aren't good for me, but I am completely enthralled and addicted. Someone looking for good clean (not really - they are actually quite naughty) without much brain power, these are a fun ride.


    What aspect of Tavia Gilbert’s performance would you have changed?

    Her use of accents isn't exactly necessary. But it isn't offensive.


    Do you think One Grave at a Time needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I know there are to be a few more books in this series and I will listen to these.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bite Me

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Parker Blue
    • Narrated By Deborah Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Barely 18-year-old heroine Valentine Shapiro got a raw deal in the parent lottery. Her father was part incubus demon, and her mother has never forgiven her for that. Life after high school is tough enough without having to go 15 rounds with your inner demon. Thrown out of the house by her mother, Val puts one foot in front of the other and does the only thing that seems to make any sense--she takes aim at the town vampires.

    Lisa says: "I'll never know if it's good or not"
    "Story Deserved a Better Reader"
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    What did you like best about Bite Me? What did you like least?

    I liked the main character a lot. The narrator was completely miscast.


    What other book might you compare Bite Me to and why?

    Well, obviously, Buffy (though not a book), Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (humor). This is a light, fun, and somewhat forgettable book. But I have picked up the rest of the series and enjoy them.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader sounded too "old" to be Val. The failure of the narration on this one was not her fault - she was miscast.


    Do you think Bite Me needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There are two follow up books, and I think the series just gets better. I really wish they would release them as audiobooks - Fang need a voice!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Carrie Ryan
    • Narrated By Vane Millon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.

    Jennifer says: "Meh."
    "Long On Atmosphere, Short of Everything Else."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Length and plot. Too long for the action that takes place.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not the sequel to this book. I really wanted to like this one. But even the moments that were supposed to rip your heart out fell flat to me. I just didn't end up caring about any of the characters.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Vane Millon?

    She wouldn't top my list, though in fairness, she didn't have much to work with. Nothing here was going to twist my heart, even if she'd given an Academy Award winning performance.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope. If the words weren't interesting, how are the pictures going to be? If you can't draw me a word picture, I am not giving you two hours of my time in the theater to try again. I didn't care about any of the characters enough to want to see a film based on this book.

    That said, I am not a huge fan of movies based on books I liked.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Replacement

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Brenna Yovanoff
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Mackie is a Replacement — left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is slowly dying in the human world. Mackie would give anything to live among us. He just wants to play bass guitar and find out more about an oddly intriguing girl named Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem....

    Kana says: "Undecided"
    "Gentry Would Have Creeped Out Shirley Jackson"
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    If you could sum up The Replacement in three words, what would they be?

    Creeptastically Original Book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The atmosphere.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

    Toss up between Mackie's best friend, Roswell and his sister. The portrayal of unconditional love and acceptance was well done and believable.

    I liked Tate and the twins as well.

    The beings from Mayhem were interesting to me, and I thought Yovanoff did a great job with them.

    Probably my least favorite character (and only because I liked everyone else so much - not because I disliked him - there was no character I found distasteful or unlikable) was Mackie himself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both.

    I thought Yovanoff really showed family in a good light. Both of Mackie's families love him, all of the people around him support him, even if they are damaged.

    This is an interesting, dark novel, and I enjoyed both the written and narrated version.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Breath: Morganville Vampires, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (239)

    With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town - a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is he a vampire - or something else entirely?

    The Reading Date says: "Cynthia Holloway is perfection"
    "I Can't Help Myself - I <3 Morganville."
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    What made the experience of listening to Last Breath the most enjoyable?

    I know the Morganville books are not technically "good" books, but I always enjoy my time in Morganville. The clip along, the characters are enjoyable, the plots decent. Caine has a good niche here, and I'll follow her as long as she wants to take me there.

    Most enjoyable to me is probably the quick and fun pace, these stories are an afternoon, a moment, a good meal - a fun night with your friends. They aren't War & Peace, they don't try to be, but they give you a fun ride while you're there.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rachel Caine? Why or why not?

    Yes, though I much prefer her YA to she "adult" novels.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with Myrnin, particularly behind the wheel of a car is my favorite.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I always laugh out loud with Caine. Especially when Myrnin or Shane has a particularly wonderful piece of dialogue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2583)
    Performance
    (1977)
    Story
    (1985)

    When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

    Sam says: "Fantastic book!!"
    "Narrator Makes This One!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. Like most of Clare's books, you won't find much original in the plots, but the characters and dialogue sparkle. They are witty and enjoyable. Listening to her books is always a fun place to escape.

    Jennifer Ehle's narration makes this one something special. More than the written words would have been.

    Her interpretation of the dialogue is wonderful and inspired. I laughed out loud very often. Her Will and Magnus were spot on. Her Jem sympathetic. Loved listening to her. Listened more than once back to back just because I enjoyed her reading so much. I wish I could read aloud like her.


    If you’ve listened to books by Cassandra Clare before, how does this one compare?

    I have listened to all of Clare's books. This is my favorite. Not necessarily because of the plot, though I do like the Infernal Devices novels more than I like The Mortal Instruments, but really, it was the narration that nailed this one for me.


    What about Jennifer Ehle’s performance did you like?

    Everything.


    Was Clockwork Angel worth the listening time?

    Yes, yes, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy UF or Steampunk, I think it one is worth your time. It clips along and the characters are a lot of fun. There is nothing new here in terms of completely original plot or characters, but still a very fun ride.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Burned: House of Night Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (988)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (473)

    Things have turned black at the House of Night. Zoey Redbird’s soul has shattered. With everything she’s ever stood for falling apart, and a broken heart making her want to stay in the Otherworld forever, Zoey’s fading fast. It’s seeming more and more doubtful that she will be able pull herself back together in time to rejoin her friends and set the world to rights. As the only living person who can reach her, Stark must find a way to get to her.

    Fanny says: "Not the Best in the Series - Narrator is TERRIBLE"
    "That's All I Can Stand & I Can't Stands No More!"
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    What disappointed you about Burned?

    Absolutely everything. The plot was non-existent, repetitive and boring. The narration was terrible and in places racist. The characters were horrid. The product placement irritating. The writing juvenile and obnoxious, the dialogue unrealistic.


    What was most disappointing about P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast ’s story?

    Wow. I have to choose one? Okay - the most disappointing thing about the story is that there wasn't one.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator could have decided not to use the most racist "voice" ever for the African American character. That would have gone a long way toward making this one merely awful instead of just offensive.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger. Lots of Anger. I wasn't disappointed, I knew it wouldn't be good, I had been thinking about giving up on the series for a couple of the last installments - this one sealed the deal. UGH! It was TERRIBLE.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope. Avoid it. Don't waste a credit or your cash. Try a Morganville Vampires novel if you want good, silly, vampire fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Called: Mercy Thompson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4464)
    Performance
    (2983)
    Story
    (2991)

    Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

    Susan says: "I love this series.."
    "If It Weren't For You Meddling Kids!"
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    Where does Moon Called rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen to a LOT of audiobooks, and usually the books I choose to listen to instead of read, are on the more soap opera-y/series end of the spectrum. That said, Moon Called was one of the better books I've listened to in its genre.


    Would you recommend Moon Called to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure, I'd recommend it, as long as the listener is an Urban Fantasy fan. Within its genre, it is a good read. Strong characters, decent plot, and a lead you can root for.


    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't believe I have listened to her before. She did a good job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have listened to it in one sitting, if I'd had the opportunity. The story was engaging enough for that.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like the "Scooby Doo" wrap up ending that took up about the last 15 minutes of this one. If an author has to spend a certain amount of the book explaining the plot and what happened, and how it happened - they didn't do a good enough job telling the tale along the way, or they aren't confident that they did.

    I loved Mercy. I thought most of the writing was intelligent and witty. I found Adam an appealing love interest, and his daughter, Jessie was a great addition. The characters really saved this one for me.

    I will listen to others in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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