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Kristin

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2013

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  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17160)
    Performance
    (13308)
    Story
    (13344)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "Appropriate but sometimes boring reader."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening to this book was definitely time well spent because it got me back into the Song of Ice and Fire series when I had left it for a long time after reading A Game of Thrones.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the change in perspective that takes place in almost every chapter of the series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Roy Dotrice is skilled in that he does not have glaring pronunciation issues that seem too common, he does many different voices to differentiate between characters in dialogue and to give each character more depth of personality. Additionally, he is the stodgy sounding British man that I expected as the narrator for this series, but he can sometimes drone on in a monotonous way, especially in sections of the text that do not include dialogue.


    Could you see A Clash of Kings being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Sean Bean, a bunch of unknowns, that one guy who is in a bunch of comedies.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bite Me: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1553)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (773)

    "The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, emergency backup mistress of the Greater Bay Area night, and my manga-haired love monkey, Foo Dog, stand between the ravenous monster and a bloody massacre of the general public. Whoa. And this is a love story? Yup."

    Ron says: "WOW!!!"
    "Even more Abby Normal than before!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bite Me the most enjoyable?

    The few and so enjoyable Chronicles of Abby Normal diary entries that were the best part of You Suck: A Love Story are much more frequent in this installment of the Bloodsucking Fiends Trilogy. Even the parts that aren't her diary entries are often seen from her perspective and Susan Bennett's amusing voice for the character is the most common narration in this audiobook.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bite Me?

    When Abby gets a tail.


    What does Susan Bennett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice of Abby Normal that Susan Bennett does is the most amazing part of the whole Bloodsucking Fiends experience, aside from the hilarious written word that Christopher Moore provides.


    If you could rename Bite Me, what would you call it?

    The Chronicles of Abby Normal: Evil Bitch Queen of Second Period Biology.


    Any additional comments?

    Chet the Huge Shaved Cat makes a return appearance in this installment of your favourite vampire love trilogy. ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1147)
    Performance
    (1070)
    Story
    (1068)

    Angel Crawford is finally starting to get used to life as a brain-eating zombie, but her problems are far from over. Her felony record is coming back to haunt her, more zombie hunters are popping up, and she’s beginning to wonder if her hunky cop-boyfriend is involved with the zombie mafia. Yeah, that’s right—the zombie mafia. Throw in a secret lab and a lot of conspiracy, and Angel’s going to need all of her brainpower—and maybe a brain smoothie as well—in order to get through it without falling apart.

    Lupdilup says: "A seameless continuation to a great series!"
    "Not as enjoyable as the first one but still good."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook for the character of angel and the blend of intelligent zombies and mafia story.


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

    This was very similar to the first one in this series but that is to be expected.


    What about Allison McLemore’s performance did you like?

    I liked her attempts to create different voices for her characters, especially the different accents. I love her Kang and her Angel.


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

    When Angel tells Kang "I told you so" mentally after she warns him about the problem.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1904)
    Performance
    (1765)
    Story
    (1762)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Interesting thoughts on the usual zombie pattern."
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    Where does My Life as a White Trash Zombie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This novel ranks in the top 10 of the audiobooks I've listened to so far.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was unsurprised and anticipatory of the sequel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favourite scene was the scene when she receives the "If you crave it, eat it" note and has to convince herself to eat the brains for the first time.


    If you could take any character from My Life as a White Trash Zombie out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Kang. He seems funny, smart, jerky, and sounds cute when described.


    Any additional comments?

    Angel is likeable and the parallel between her dependence on pills before and her dependence on brains now is an interesting one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead and Gone: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (3564)
    Performance
    (1802)
    Story
    (1815)

    In her ninth adventure, Sookie has just tied on her cocktail waitress apron for a night's work when a special report comes on the television. The time has come. The wereanimals have revealed themselves.

    Anne Hoag says: "High expectations not met"
    "They all run together at this point"
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    If you could sum up Dead and Gone: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #9 in three words, what would they be?

    Another SVM Novel


    Would you be willing to try another book from Charlaine Harris? Why or why not?

    I will probably be getting CODA After Dead; What Happens Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse when it comes out in October. I just downloaded Playing Possum and if I can get any of the other short stories I haven't already listened to in A Touch Of Dead and the other 12 SVM novels I will probably download it too. I have some complaints about this series and some frustration with it but I still want to finish all of it that I can. I have a fondness for many of the characters and the formula of the stories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thought that the torture scene near the end of the novel was realyl well done and Sookie's rage and fear afterward is great as well. It's an experience that really changes Sookie at her core.


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

    Now on HBO.


    Any additional comments?

    I miss Sophie Anne Leclerq

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead In the Family: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (4202)
    Performance
    (1973)
    Story
    (1979)

    Finally settled with Viking vampire Eric, Sookie finds normalcy just as chaos surrounds her. Sookie’s former lover Bill, her boss Sam, and even Eric are struggling with family problems. Then things get really interesting when the werewolves tell Sookie an ominous presence is lurking.

    BRANDON says: "Harris or FanFic?"
    "Sookie has new family!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dead In the Family the most enjoyable?

    Johanna Parker's beautiful voice.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The increase of the involvement of the fey was the most interesting. The least interesting was just my frustration with Sookie in general.


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    The voice she does for Sookie Stackhouse is sexy and lyrical and it makes the story a lot easier to listen to and Sookie's magnitism a lot eaier to understand.


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

    Now on HBO.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Dead to Worse: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3406)
    Performance
    (1753)
    Story
    (1757)

    The eighth entry in Charlaine Harris' New York Times best selling, Anthony Award-winning series finds Sookie reeling from an explosive attack on the previous month's vampire summit. Many vampires were killed, including several of Sookie's friends. But most pressing for Sookie is the unknown status of her weretiger boyfriend Quinn. Like it or not, everything is changing in the supernatural world - and Sookie is caught in the middle.

    Irenehope says: "Seven books in Seven Days"
    "They all start to run together."
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    If you could sum up From Dead to Worse in three words, what would they be?

    Southern Vampire Mystery.


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

    It is very similar to the rest of SVM.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't remember because I listened to all of the SVM in rapid succession.


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

    Not that I recall.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3527)
    Performance
    (3128)
    Story
    (3132)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "It's hypocrite Sookie again."
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    What did you like best about Deadlocked? What did you like least?

    I liked the Cluviel Dor the best, it's a neat way to hide a Deus ex Machina plot device.
    I disliked the fact that Sookie is still in her jaded, judgmental and hypocritical mode that we see in the last book as well.


    Has Deadlocked turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It would have turned me off of the Southern Vampire Mysteries series if I didn't want to actually finish it just for the sake of having completed it. It hasn't really turned me off of the genre. I'm not a great fan of paranormal romance anyway, which is odd because I read it quite often.


    What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her beautiful voice.


    Did Deadlocked inspire you to do anything?

    Update my goodreads. :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Together Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3558)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1791)

    Anthony Award-winning author Charlaine Harris has earned a devoted fan base with her USA Today and New York Times best-selling Sookie Stackhouse mystery series. All Together Dead features more dark but frequently hilarious adventures of buxom, blonde, beautiful, and telepathic cocktail waitress Sookie, who prefers the company of vampires to that of the living.

    SLee says: "Sookie Stackhouse"
    "Vampire Summit? I'm in!"
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    If you could sum up All Together Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Vampire Summit shenanigans.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked this book the best of the whole series, potentially. The Vampire Summit was an interesting premise and Queen Sophie Anne was around often.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when Sookie is holding the soda can in the hallway is my favourite scene.


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

    The scene when Sookie is rushing to save Eric and Pam from the pyramid was very touching because Sookie was heroic and emotional all at the same time. I feared for Eric and Pam. It was a tense scene.


    Any additional comments?

    The Vampire Summit was fantastic and any appearance of Queen Sophie Anne is completely welcomed by me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron's Prophecy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (258)

    Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn't have it any other way. But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts' gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan's past returns with a dire prophecy: "What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them." Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey - and her and Ash's unborn child....

    Bugzee3 says: "Wonderful"
    "Connection between the Meghan and Ethan arcs."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would definitely say this was worth the time spent listening to it. It's a short book and it has 2 fight scenes in it that are very gratifying.


    Has Iron's Prophecy turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has absolutely not turned me off of this genre.


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    Grimalkin is still, and will always be, the best voice that Khristine Hvam voiced in this whole series. His voice added to his character and made him the most entertaining part of the series.


    Was Iron's Prophecy worth the listening time?

    See question 1, Audible. :\


    Any additional comments?

    This is a novella that links the end of Meghan Chase's story arc in The Iron Fey Series to the beginning of Ethan Chase's story arc in The Iron Fey Series that begins concretely in The Lost Prince.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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