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M. Lensie

Freelance Illustrator, & Designer

Pennsylvania, USA | Member Since 2011

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  • 6 reviews
  • 102 ratings
  • 222 titles in library
  • 68 purchased in 2014
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  • Loving the Alcoholic in Your Life: Changing Your Behavior to Positively Change the Alcoholic's Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Antoinette Kinsmen
    • Narrated By Claton Butcher
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Your loved one begins drinking to the point of no return once again. A fight ensues, words are exchanged and it is another miserable episode of nagging and pleading and promises to refrain from ever returning to this point. Does this sound familiar? If this is the picture that represents your life, then it is time to enact an alternative to the repeated efforts of trying to make him or her quit this behavior. What if it were possible to alter your reaction to your loved one's drinking?

    M. Lensie says: "Mixed feelings"
    "Mixed feelings"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I'd wager there are better and more supportive references out there.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been trying to take the grains of information planted in this book. I kept having to pause and take breaks because I felt myself getting filled with anxiety - wanting to argue with some of the opinions. This book isn't the law on dealing with an alcoholic. A lot of the information was frustrating to listen to. What I did like was the chapter about adjusting how I felt and acting as I wanted to feel - the actions led the feelings and gave the drinker less of a reason to jump down a bottle. That was insightful and helpful. I've spent my time trying to cheer myself up, and in turn that has caused my situation to become lighter and more tolerable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (6095)
    Performance
    (5539)
    Story
    (5556)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Brilliant Surprise"
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    Would you listen to Hard Magic again? Why?

    I will most definitely listen to this again! I love when a sci-fi junky like myself can be surprised by a new mixture of magic and an unexpected scenario/plot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Magic?

    The final battle on the fancy blimp, and Fae keeps blip rampaging - epic!


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    His voices were brilliant! You'd forget that one person was characterizing all of them as he shot out separate accents and pitches for each.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending... I won't ruin it, but I laughed and teared up.


    Any additional comments?

    GET IT! If you love magic, and new ideas put on old historical twists, love, friends, epic battles, and raging magic - this is a must 'read'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elvenbane

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Andre Norton, Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (598)

    Two masters of epic fantasy have combined in this brilliant collaboration to create a rousing tale. This is the story of Shana, a half-breed born of the forbidden union of an Elvenlord father with a human mother. Her exiled mother dead, Shana was rescued and raised by dragons, a proud, ancient race who existed unbeknownst to elven or human kind. From birth, Shana was the embodiment of the Prophecy that the all-powerful Elvenlords feared. Her destiny is the enthralling adventure of a lifetime.

    Jo Dangerously says: "A fun listen"
    "Suprisingly Brilliant"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've been a science fiction reader for as long as I can remember, and I loved hearing about the private lives of two very different worlds - shamanistic dragons and royal courtesans. It melded a story between the two. I plan to buy the sequel and continue on with the brilliant world created by the author. However this story was more than a simple introduction. It was a complete epic masterpiece that could stand on it's own. Although I am quite pleased to find out that there is even more to come!


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

    Yes.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (6375)
    Performance
    (3149)
    Story
    (3171)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Descent book, plan to repeat"
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    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Gaiman has a brilliant inflection and storytelling ability. His accent is truly amazing as he easily depicts his characters and storyline flawlessly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Honorable, but less than ordinary man meets magic, shifts reality and changes his stars forever more.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised that this is Gaiman's favorite tale. Personally, I liked the Graveyard Book much better. This story felt like an except rather than a full tale. I hope that there is a sequel or spin off to come. This story was creative, and allowed the reader entrance to a new and a previously unimagined world. There are magical creatures, and humans are not the "kings" of this underworld, so beware. Brilliantly creative!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imager: The First Book of the Imager Portfolio

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (499)

    Although Rhennthyl is the son of a leading wool merchant in L'Excelsis, the capital of Solidar, the most powerful nation on Terahnar, he has spent years becoming a journeyman artist and is skilled and diligent enough to be considered for the status of master artisan - in another two years. Then, in a single moment, his entire life is transformed when his master patron is killed in a flash fire and Rhenn discovers he is an imager.

    Timorell says: "I didn't love it"
    "Get past the first two chapters - it's worth it"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At first, I hated his book. I am not a stupid person, but the terminology used left me feeling confused and idiotic. I tried to return the book, but the site had an error. I decided to continue and I am glad that I did. Once I began ignoring his odd use of calendar and time terms it got a lot easier to follow. (Ex: half glass = half an hour) As the book continued, I got very involved in the plot and began to attach to the characters. If you have the will and determination to overlook the first two chapters and allow your mind to "skim" as it is read - the rest of the story is brilliant. If you love magic, science fiction, and the like - you will love this story. I look forward to hunting for more from this author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love in the Afternoon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Alison Packard
    • Narrated By Gia St. Claire
    Overall
    (894)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (769)

    Kayla Maxwell is eager to shed her slasher-flick bimbo image - and she plans to do just that in her new role on daytime's most popular soap. With a chance to showcase her dramatic range, Kayla will be able to wash away the lingering betrayal and public humiliation left by her controlling, philandering ex-boyfriend. Sean Barrett, the son of an influential, award-winning actor, is the hottest soap star in the country. Paired on-screen with the talented and beautiful Kayla Maxwell, Sean is determined to keep her at arm's length, burned before by fame-seeking actresses who had no qualms about using him to get to his famous father.

    MAB says: "Shocked that I enjoyed this so much"
    "Loved it!"
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    Would you listen to Love in the Afternoon again? Why?

    Absolutely. The plot was creative and story/characters interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first audible romance novel. It was great! I found myself flushing with some of the sensual scenes, but that's what we read them for - right? None of it was crude at all. The story was a unique, behind the scenes view of a soap opera. That was really unique and left plenty of room for spin offs. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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