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Andrea

Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2006

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  • Our Mutual Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (72)

    A sinister masterpiece, Our Mutual Friend was Dickens' last completed novel. It is perhaps his ultimate vision of a dark, macabre London and the corrupting power of money.

    Erez says: "Worth six stars"
    "My very favorite Dickens"
    Overall

    I can't even tell you how many times I've listened to this book. It gets better every time. The first time I actually enjoyed it much less than the subsequent listens. The characters are all flawed and yet there is something likeable about them. I really think it does boil down to characters with Dickens.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1085)
    Performance
    (1018)
    Story
    (1020)

    After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father's mantle - with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything - and everyone - at risk. Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it.

    Erin says: "Excellent as Usual!!"
    "Another Wrath book?"
    Overall
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    We've already heard much of his story. I think most of this book could have been intertwined into a book about any character we haven't had a book about yet. I found this long and quite dull. I barely got through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2758)
    Performance
    (2515)
    Story
    (2521)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Not sure why this book happened"
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    A terrible last book. I'm utterly disappointed. I didn't have any expectations about how this series should have ended, this just feels lame and too tidy. All the other criticisms were on the nose. A boring parade of characters from past books. With no good reason for them to be there. It's really too bad as this was a really good series to begin with that was dragged out for too long and ended pathetically. I'm really, really disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Two for the Dough: Stephanie Plum, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1219)
    Performance
    (1015)
    Story
    (1018)

    Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back, packing a whole lot of attitude. This time around, she's on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working-class burg of Trenton, New Jersey, who has just shot his best friend. Fresh out of the Army and suspiciously wealthy, Mancuso's also distantly related to Joe Morelli, a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations.

    debra says: "2 for the Dough - Funny, funny, and funny"
    "If I hear the word "pocketbook" again...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is good, engaging, sometimes funny but would it kill the author to use the word PURSE???? Seriously. These books weren't written in 1950, who called their purse their pocketbook in the 1990s when this was published??? And why is she constantly referring to her pocketbook and her grandmother's pocketbook, etc, etc, etc. It really, really got on the nerves. The narrator was great, good performance I thought other than the odd mispronounced word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonlight Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (502)

    This 10th novel in Robyn Carr’s New York Times best-selling series features scruffy-looking ex-Navy gynecologist Aiden Riordan and prickly lawyer Erin Foley. While each just wants to get away from it all for the summer, a bear scare, a bizarre concussion, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity thrust them together and kindle an unlikely romance. Then Aiden’s scheming ex-wife shows up.

    Judy says: "Like Catching Up With Old Friends!"
    "I'd give it a better review except...."
    Overall
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    Story

    I'm sick of listening to one of the characters go on and on and on about wanting another baby. She can barely juggle work and the kids she already has and wants another one? I know it's just a moral dilemma to make the story interesting but honestly it took her way too long to come to a conclusion. There were WAY more interesting characters and stories that could have bulked up the book. This one was just ridiculous and tedious. I just didn't care anymore. As long as that story line ended I really didn't care what the conclusion to it was.

    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
    (3431)
    Performance
    (3041)
    Story
    (3045)

    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"
    "Underwhelmed"
    Overall
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    Somehow I thought there would be more story to the story. There was only the one major focus for the entire book and then, as a side plot, Sookie and Eric. I have to agree with others that a lot of this book seemed like filler fluff. Sookie runs errands. Sookie visits friends. Sookie has lunch. Sookie daydreams about this and that. But, again, little story. And the story that was the focus did nothing to further this book series. I guess that since the book series is supposed to be completed within another book or two, this wraps up some of the characters, but it just didn't further any of the major characters stories. It just took some of the smaller characters out of the picture. It was like a book designed to tidy up some loose ends and get them out of the way for the big finale. Hopefully the big finale is more satisfying than this was. The end was really just like someone quit typing at the end of their sentence without bothering to finish a paragraph.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1751)
    Performance
    (1586)
    Story
    (1589)

    Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back in Darynda Jones' Third Grave Dead Ahead! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the parthuman, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on.

    Stephanie says: "Best book yet."
    "A Grim Reaper who names her breasts"
    Overall
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    I have listened to the previous books in the series and had liked the main Character in the past but am finding her to be less and less likeable. I can't put my finger on what it is. Naming her boobs "Danger" and "Will Robinson" is just moronic. Not funny at all. There were other things she was naming along the way which had the same effect. Made her sound like a dumb girl. I thought the point of these books was that she was supposed to be a sort of Kick butt female sleuth character. She seems to end up being injured or involved in things due to her stupidity more than anything. And the abrupt end was extremely unsatisfying. It felt like the writer just gave up and didn't bother to conclude anything. Obviously holding out for the next book in the series. I'm getting very tired of being strung along by Authors so they can sell more and more books. Tell me a good story. One that I can read and is concluded within the novel. If you wrote a series of novels that were better stand alone books, I wouldn't feel so annoyed, I think.

    On the up side, the narrator was very good. As she has been in anything I've heard her read. Very talented lady.

    Not sure I'll read the next book in the series. I feel like I'm reading schlock written to pay the bills instead of to entertain the reader. It's very disheartening.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey Sour: A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Susie Breck, Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (403)

    Between avoiding the FBI and their moronic profiling computer, joining a dating service, mixing it up with street thugs, and parrying the advances of an uncouth PI, Lieutenant Jacqueline Daniels and her binge-eating partner Herb must catch a frightening maniac who calls himself "The Gingerbread Man" before he kills again...and Jack is next on his murder list.

    Kari says: "Like the book but GRAPHIC details"
    "Narration so bad I almost couldn't finish"
    Overall
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    Story

    Between the over the top Chicago accents and multiple narrators I found the narration more of a distraction than anything. It didn't help the story or make it better in any way. Terrible, terrible narration. The story was OK. Somehow I expected it to be funnier. I've listened to one of this author's short stories before and it was really, really witty and funny. I was hoping for that in this book but it really wasn't funny at all. And the killer was way over the top considering the cause for his acting out. How he was wronged simply didn't equate to how he acted out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Demon Slayer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Angie Fox
    • Narrated By Lyssa Graham
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    It’s never a good day when an ancient demon shows up on your toilet. For Lizzie Brown, that’s just the beginning. Soon her hyperactive terrier starts talking, and her long-lost biker-witch Grandma is hurling Smuckers jars filled with magic. Just when she thinks she’s seen it all, Lizzie learns she’s a demon slayer—and all hell is after her. Of course, that’s not the only thing after her....

    Andrea says: "Not as good as other reviews made it sound."
    "Not as good as other reviews made it sound."
    Overall
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    The story was at best, OK. The characters weren't very fleshed out or interesting. I couldn't understand why there was a love interest between the main character and the "hot" male protector. Other than him looking like an underwear model, her immediate draw to him, wasn't clear and didn't make any sense. The whole story was really, really weak. And I had read reviews from several places before buying this and everyone claimed it was very funny. Guess I missed that because there were at best only a couple funny bits in the entire book. And the narrator, although she spoke clearly and was easy to understand, used this ridiculously thick southern accent that didn't really make sense with the characters. And the way certain words were pronounced in the accent ("him" was "heeym") just made everyone sound way too back woods. It's not like the main character lives up a mountain with her too near relations. She is supposed to be a daycare worker in a city. Overall it got annoying and took me out of the story several times thinking about why things were being spoken the way they were. It was very distracting.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6145)
    Performance
    (5458)
    Story
    (5456)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "This novel did not match the hype around it."
    Overall
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    Not sure what the hype is about. It was a really detailed book with a lot of descriptions and some were really interesting, some not so much. It just ended up being OK. Not great, not wonderful. Not sure I would read it again though. And I found that disappointing. I think a circus setting is marvelous and the idea of magical people controlling it was interesting too but was never made into anything that wowed me. The storey disintegrated into a love story about two people we really didn't know much about personality wise and didn't care that much about. They were not the most interesting people at the circus but the interesting ones didn't get their stories told at all. Over all it was like a novel trying to pull in trends from other books that were big hits. Steampunk, wizards and magic, forbidden love, etc, etc. It was almost like the writer was trying so hard to hit all the trends that they forgot to write a good story. The descriptions of some of the stuff were interesting but descriptions of settings do not a good novel make unless they make the STORY more interesting. This just didn't grab me. But the narrator was great!

    65 of 78 people found this review helpful
  • Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2564)
    Performance
    (1372)
    Story
    (1393)

    The veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.

    Bo Laughlin says: "Great Book - Almost ruined by the narrator"
    "The book is good, the narrator not well suited"
    Overall

    I've read these books before. Having said that, I thought I would listen to them while I work. I love this series. Have since I got the first book many years ago. But this narrator, although technically terrific, is not well suited to this book. He speaks clearly and well but is very flat and monitone in areas. Some of the sentences get run together because his tone doesn't change at all. It's distracting because I often have to stop and think about what I just heard to understand what was said. Yes, the words were clear, but when you speak it all in one monitone voice, it becomes hard to tell when it's a person talking or when they've exclaimed something, etc. It makes listening frustrating. You would think this guy was reading a computer user guide instead of a novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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