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James

Oswego, IL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7800)
    Performance
    (5388)
    Story
    (5375)

    Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

    Frances M says: "You listened, Audible!"
    "Not as good as the other books."
    Overall

    Her daughter annoys the heck out of me!Plot took a bit too long to unravel and one could tell Bree's contrition was a bit of a plot contrivance to make the story take twists and turns that were all to easy to predict.Rodger....Run away while you can!Ending was terrible, too.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sins of the Night: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (382)

    "I am relentless and unfeeling. Or so I thought until I met a female Dark-Hunter who goes by the name of Danger - it's not just her name, it's how she lives her life. She doesn't trust me at all. And who could blame her? She alone knows that I'm here to be judge, jury, and most likely, executioner of her friends. Yet she is my key to saving some of them. Without her, they all will die. Dangereuse St. Richard is a deadly distraction. Something about her is reawakening a heart I thought was long dead."

    Teresa says: "Great Audio."
    "This was alright, learned more about Acheron."
    Overall

    This was a tepid story at best, but the thing I really like about it was you found out more about Acheron's back story and that is what I'm dying to find out about. It was a good listen, nothing wrong with it, but I never bought the chemistry and once again there was the miracle save at the end and THAT is getting old. So the back story and finding more out about the demons was definetly worth the listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5950)
    Performance
    (3610)
    Story
    (3647)

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "We are almost there, what a book!"
    Overall

    Where go I begin. Very satisfying wrap ups to several of the storylines. The pace is well set, never drags and keeps you guessing all the way through. Characters well written with good insight and much more humor than I anticipated, I found myself laughing out loud several times during this book, especially during some of Mat's scenes. I just can't believe that after this many books they have wrapped it up this well, it is a very satisfying read, well done. You will REALLY enjoy this book. I've listened to it twice already. GREAT ending, I almost died.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5252)
    Performance
    (1739)
    Story
    (1765)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "Great narration, loved the story and characters."
    Overall

    Warning to the fainthearted-if you can't tolerarte your religion being questioned, then don't order this book because you will be offended. It very much reminded me of the age of enlightenment where religion did not hold sway over all and learning was not only allowed but encouraged and certain members of the religious community were very outraged and let's face it terrified of these opposing doctrines. The characters are written with depth and humanized very well so I often found myself actively engaged in the vigorously moving plot, fearing for their safety, bemoaning their downfalls, cheering their victories. The main female protagonist is plucky and precocious and just a joy to read. Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss of the Night: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (438)

    Wulf is an ancient Viking warrior with a useful but extremely aggravating power-amnesia. No one who meets him in person can remember him 5 minutes later. It makes it easy to have one-night stands, but hard to have a meaningful relationship, and without true love he can never regain his soul. When he finally meets Cassandra, the one woman who can remember him, she turns out to be the princess of the cursed race he's sworn to hunt - and is forbidden to him.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Give me more"
    "Getting a bit predictible."
    Overall

    This book was O.K. The accents are terrible and the narrator needs to work on this. They all sound the same. Once again Ash comes in at the end and fixes everything for the protagonists and the world is filled with sunshine. You may note my sarcasm. It's just hard listening to a woman whine through an entire book about how she's going to die at 27 when you know someone is going to save her. It is a bit anticlimactic you know.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Night Embrace: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (898)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (512)

    Night Embrace spins the story of Talon, an ancient Celtic warrior who killed the son of the god Camulus. Camulus cursed Talon, decreeing death for everyone he loved. Now a Dark-Hunter in modern-day New Orleans, Talon meets Sunshine, who is key to ending his curse once and for all - not to mention helping him to save New Orleans from an ancient god bent on total destruction....

    Sherry says: "(very) Pleasantly Surprised"
    "Hot chemistry."
    Overall

    These books are good. I like the chemistry between Talon and Sunshine. Sometimes I think the author is a little junior highschool. I mean, come on, we are adult readers.." he has the hottest backside".. what is that. I believe most women, like me, feel perfectly comfortable using an alternative word for that. Could be a little more hardcore is all.Like the character developement and the story. Really want to see what happens with Ash! Otherwise this is O.K. I guess I'm just use to Trueblood:)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Money

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    Malcolm Pembroke never expected to make a million pounds without making enemies. Nor did he expect his latest wife to be brutally murdered. All the clues suggest the killer comes from close to home, but after five marriages and nine children, that still leaves the field wide open. When he find his own life in danger, Pembroke entrusts his safety to his estranged son, Ian, an amateur jockey; and through him discovers a compulsive new outlet for his financial expertise.

    Mary A. says: "Another Dick Francis Great!"
    "Great fun!"
    Overall

    I usually don't read this type of book, but I have to say, it was great fun. Dick Francis takes you you on a fascinating, catch-me-if-you-can caper with the most dysfuctional (and hysterical) family the world has ever seen. It was really worth the credit. Great fun!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Ethan Hawke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2663)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1364)

    Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

    W. Seligman says: "What more can be said?"
    "Nicely done."
    Overall

    One can hear that Stephen King found a mentor for his writing style by listening to this book. Loved the "stream of consciousness" writing style and the abundance of dark humor. Several of the reviewers found this book to be sad, but I found myself laughing out loud at Kurt's commentary on war, human being's desire for it and the abject futility of it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kushiel's Dart

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Carey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (766)
    Story
    (777)

    The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

    Glen Gaines says: "The Kushiel series in order"
    "A good story, but not the epic it attempted to be."
    Overall

    The story was well written and the plot was intricate, almost too much so. One could tell that the author had developed her world well and placed her characters into a rich and vivid enviroment that intertwined with each other in impossible ways, but I could never buy into it. It was interesting, but I guess I could never get behind the heroine. Yes, she was intelligent and edgy and I am a woman that is totally fine with sex, but she never "did it" for me. I could never "fret" for the characters or what might happen to them.....so I probably won't follow the series.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Needle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2129)
    Performance
    (1188)
    Story
    (1194)

    One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Just OK by Follett Standards"
    "Catch The Needle if you can-Woo Hoo!"
    Overall

    I wasn't expecting much from this book. I puchased it for $4.95 and I never read this type of espionage/crime drama, but the author yanked me in with a titillating chapter 1 that literally had me saying "Oh my God!" in the dark at midnight as he shocked me with the end of chapter 1. I couldn't go to bed on account of this book. It did not stop there. The characters were well developed, the language was rich and vivid and The Needle...well..he developed him so well that I have trouble deciding if he was a protagonist or an antagonist. This is war, right? He was fighting for his country and I found , in the end, that I did admire him. One caution- the narrator does read quite fast and the producer set this audiobook up to read like a 1940's "radio show". That's my theory anyway, with the way the voices come in and out with "poor" editing, the over the top accents, it reminds me of old radio shows I've heard. I found it never got in the way of the story except I really had to listen closely and had to rewind my IPOD with a few of the heavier accents which I was more than happy to do as the story was so good.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Tucker's Claim: Hell's Eight Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sarah McCarty
    • Narrated By Lola Holiday
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (356)

    Tucker McCade has known violence his whole life: orphaned in a massacre, abused as a "half-breed" child, trained as a ruthless Texas Ranger, he's learned the hard way that might makes right. So even he is shocked when he falls for Sally Mae, a Quaker nurse. Unable to resist Tucker's charm, character and chiseled body, she throws herself into their torrid affair, indulging every one of her wildest sexual fantasies.

    Calleen says: "Excellent Story"
    "Too hot to handle!"
    Overall

    This is not exactly neurosurgeon reading, but for its purpose, to get you off, I give it 5 stars. For a woman, like myself, I find the author gives enough credence to the developement of the intimancy of the relationship between the couples in the story. Therefore, that makes the sex especially hot. Nicely done.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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