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Caren

franklin park , NJ, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 3 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 30 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • Magic Bites: Kate Daniels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2299)
    Performance
    (1520)
    Story
    (1537)

    Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

    Sara says: "Pure Steel!"
    "Good Series, Worth "Reading""
    Overall

    This ended up being a good series with a decent narrator with good inflection and consistent voice variation for different characters.The Series itself has a good plot and character development which continues and improves with each subsequent book better than the last! At first the whole mercenary/killer for hire seemed a bit "overdone", but as the plot develops you learn more about the main character's history and her training makes more sense. An enjoyable "listen"!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stray: Shifters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1304)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (684)

    "I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds. Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked."

    Alexis says: "Loved it!"
    "Whiny Heroine, Frustrating to Listen to"
    Overall

    This book was painful to listen to. I was hoping it would get better and it just didn't. You are forced into a first person narrative with a heroine who is a self absorbed twit. Her only concern is about how everything affects her with no concern what so ever for how her actions affect the people around her. Almost a "poor little rich girl" menatality, but with a loving and caring family instead of an emotionally distant one. She kept proclaiming her adulthood but acting like a surly rebelious teenager. Kept proclaiming her independence and self reliance while mommy and daddy (and yes, she still actullay calls him "Daddy", you can practically hear her whinning it) continue to pay all her bills. I actually checked the author's website, thinking I accidentally bought a young adult book given the main characters obnoxious attitude, but no, she is suppossed to be in her 20's - even still, I know teenagers with more common sense, responsibilty, respect and regard for others - this character is just self absorbed and it was a frustrating read to say the least. Her decison making and reasoning is ridiculous - I found myself shouting epitaphs aloud and exclaiming things like, "Come on, really? Seriously?!". I was actually happy when she got kidnapped because she's an idiot - I just felt bad for the characters that were going to get in trouble because of her selfish choices.

    Also, this stroy line is a blatant sponge off of Kelley Armstrong's Bitten, and a poor one at that. Re-read Bitten, and save yourself the money! Another good Were/family dynamic read is Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series and her Alpha & Omega series - both with decent narrators, great plots and enjoyable characters!

    "Stray" was a waste of a free credit, and the narrator just sounded much older in voice than a girl of the main charcter's age and attitude, making it even more annoying to listen too.

    22 of 22 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.."
    "Great Series, Great Narration"
    Overall

    This is a great series. I own the ebooks and have read them all. The narrator of this audio book is very good; great inflection, uses different voices for all characters and consistently follows through with them. Not all narrators do this and it makes a huge difference! The audio book really brings out the humor and gives great visual imagery as well. Narrators can make or break a series (e.g., Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward - fantastic series, but the audiobooks sound like they are being read by a sports announcer and just ruin it). Some other good paranormal series that also have audiobooks with good narrators are the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlene Harris and the Rachel Morgan Series by Kim Harrison. Enjoy!

    31 of 31 people found this review helpful

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