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Carol

Front Royal, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (681)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "I loved this story! Could not stop listening."
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I haven't read the print version but I loved the audio book and don't get all the negative comments about the reader, I thought she did a wonderful job! She gave a unique and distinct voice to each and every character, I almost forgot I was listening to one person. The story was exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat right up until the end and THEN BAM!! To my shock and horror the book was done, the story was unresolved, because (though nowhere in the books description does it warn you that this is book one of three) its a trilogy. Worse-- the next book is not coming out until September 2012!! Except for that unpleasant little surprise this book was terrific.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I was already very interested in the subject as I incorporated the use of EMP's in a novel I am presently writing , though with very different results.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Absolutely, though she gives only one point of view I thought it was interesting. The pace keeps things exciting as well. The constant excitement and the characters, some of whom I'd like to have shaken at various times but that's because two of the main characters are a naive 17 year old girl who sometimes doesn't think things through very well ( like most 17 year-olds) and a traumatized 8 year old. Just realistic in my opinion.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I loved her performance.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I was really peeved that there was no indication that this was book one of a trilogy, if I'd known that I would have waited to buy this because I hate for a story to end on a cliffhanger and then no second book to resolve things for 6 months!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • By a Thread: Elemental Assassin, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (781)

    "When killing people is your job, there’s no such thing as a vacation. Then again, how often does an assassin live long enough to enjoy her retirement? In this line of work, you either get lucky or you get dead. And since I destroyed my nemesis, Mab Monroe, a few weeks ago, all of Ashland’s lowlifes are gunning to make a name for themselves by taking out the lethal Spider—me, Gin Blanco."

    Cheri says: "Donovan Caine - UGH!!!"
    "I tried, but I'm done with this series"
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    What would have made By a Thread better?

    When I started reading this series I really liked the character of Gin Blanco, she was smart and tough, she thought things through like a chess match (always 3 steps ahead). In spite of the annoying repetition in the books I had high hops for the series.


    What could Jennifer Estep have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Over the course of the series Gin has gone from the smart, savvy assassin to just plain stupid. Between the issues with her past "love interest" whom she only slept with a couple of times anyway and the endless mistakes she makes...she has lost all credibility. "Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy!!" (to quote an overused phrase)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3268)
    Performance
    (2636)
    Story
    (2623)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Maggie says: "Loved this audiobook!"
    "Great urban fantasy! What a find!!"
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    Would you listen to First Grave on the Right again? Why?

    Absolutely, as son as I finish listening to the entire series. I picked this up on a recommendation in an Audible review of another book...Yeah! It's funny, exciting, non-stop action and not too much concentration on the sex, which can be a problem in alot of the books in this genre. It's all relevant to the story and there is a great story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charley Davidson of course. She is a wonderful, imperfect heroine with a snarky sense of humor. This is well written and the narrator is just perfect!


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

    She has just perfectly captured Charley's whole sense of "being". A narrator can make or break an audiobook and Lorelei King makes this book. Of course a great story helps!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh several times! Very funny.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to get to the rest of the series. I'm so glad I read that review and decided to give this series a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2160)
    Performance
    (2038)
    Story
    (2034)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Marci says: "King and Patton create a winning combo"
    "Another winnner for the Master!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mr. Mercedes the most enjoyable?

    Will Patton! He is a terrific narrator and does real justice to Stephen King's work. They are a winning combination every time. This was not quite as good as Dr. Sleep but a close second.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Mercedes?

    The funeral. I won't give any spoilers but it was typical mind blowing King! This man can turn a phrase like no other writer out there. The characters are layered and compelling and you really care about them.


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

    Will Patton is one of my favorite narrators. I think he really brings Bill's character to life, makes you feel every bit of doubt, fear, suspicion, and longing that he experiences. I've bought books just because he was the narrator. I love him!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Absolutely. Sometimes Stevie can fall a little short of the mark, but I have to say that lately he's had one winner after another and this is no exception. There were a couple of really emotional moments in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    My one big complaint with King's books is that his endings often leave me cold. This time it was good. He didn't leave me hanging, asking "What? That's it?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Venom: Elemental Assassin, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1258)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (953)

    "It's hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you. Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My current mission is personal: annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my family, which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most."

    Teresa says: "Getting better...."
    "Good narrator, extremely repetitive!!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes!! If I hear "Sloppy, sloppy,sloppy" or "gray on green" or "gray on blue" (describing their eyes meeting in EVERY scene) I'm going to need a drink! There are things I like about this series which is why I've continued through 3 books so far but the repetition is driving me slowly nuts.


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

    Gin is an interesting character and now that they've gotten rid of that annoying love interest Donovan Caine for a more multi-dimentional one, that part of her story is better too. She has a good backstory...please stop repeating it. I heard you the first 20 times.


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

    Lauren is a great narrator. Perfect for this part, to me she IS the voice of Gin.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, in hopes that they'd edit some of the repetition out of the movie script.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm undecided if I'll continue this series. One more and I'll see how I feel about it...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Better Homes and Hauntings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (579)

    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

    Kristina K. Rogan says: "Love Molly but not this story"
    "Disappointing"
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    What disappointed you about Better Homes and Hauntings?

    Molly Harper's books are usually a lighthearted, easy read with her own brand of fun. This book just fell short of the mark. The characters were not very well developed and the story just wasn't very good.


    Has Better Homes and Hauntings turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Amanda Ronconi?

    Yes, I usually like her narration. The material was just not very good this time.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was short!


    Any additional comments?

    Ms. Harper should have expanded one of her tried and true series like Half-moon Hollow or Bluegrass. I'll still buy the next book. They can't ALL be great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1325)
    Performance
    (1243)
    Story
    (1232)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "So worth the long wait. Another 5 star addition..."
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    What did you love best about Written in My Own Heart's Blood?

    These characters are like old and dear friends by now. I loved every scene that reacquainted me with those old friends. The modern scenes with Brianna and Roger and the historical ones with Jamie and Claire. I've read this series many times now this book is equal to the other 5 star books in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As always Diana Gabaldon can pull at my heart strings and bring me to tears with her wonderful words. Davina Porter brings these characters to life like noone else possibly could, effortlessly giving a unique to voice to each and every character. I loved it from beginning to end,


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's not possible to pick one favorite. Claire's injury during the battle is one, Brianna and Roger reuniting was another. I loved that William was in the story more and I always love Lord John Grey, and then of course the final scene of the book (no spoilers) made me cry.


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

    I wanted to, but it's not possible at 45 hours...I am still waiting (a week later) for my 2 pre-ordered hardcover editions to arrive!! Thank goodness I had the audiobook or I would have burst from anticipation before now!


    Any additional comments?

    Write faster Diana! I know there's a lot going on with the new Outlander series getting ready to start but I can't wait for the next book! I guess I'll have to make do with the STARZ series and re-reading all of the books AGAIN. Terrific book. Well worth the wait!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Raven Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (607)

    It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain.

    C. ALLINGER says: "Stiefvater does it again!"
    "A lovely surprise! I can't wait to buy the next..."
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    Would you listen to The Raven Boys again? Why?

    Yes, absolutely. I was drawn to the purchase just because I saw that Will Patton was narrating and have never been disappointed with anything he does. I was pleasantly surprised at the writing, the story was intriguing, the characters were well developed, I loved it. I always love a "local" supernatural mystery (being a Virginia mountain girl). =)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Raven Boys?

    There were several, but all would be **spoilers, so I won't go there.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As always, Will Patton was great. One of my all time favorite narrators (and actors).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14762)
    Performance
    (9146)
    Story
    (9019)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "A great series! Thank goodness I found it!!"
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    What did you love best about Outlander?

    There's something here for everyone; time travel; history; romance; adventure and mystery! Aside from all of that it is well written with characters you will fall in love with.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns that intertwine Gabaldon's characters with historical figures. Her take on early medical treatments is facinating too. This book just has SO much heart, brought to life via terrific and fully drawn characters.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    I loved Davina Porter's performance. I generally read and listen to a book, however, listening to this book has added a great deal to the story. Trying to read a foriegn language that you're unfamilliar with is tough, but hearing the Gaelic in this book so beautifully spoken is like listening to music.


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

    History that will make you believe in destiny...


    Any additional comments?

    I listened and read this entire series of seven books (each book around 1300 pages) over the course of the summer, while attending college 1/2 time (lots of reading for my English Major too) and working full-time and now I am LOST without these people who have been a part of my every day for months now...so I began again! =) Truly great books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6728)
    Performance
    (4704)
    Story
    (4689)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "A true wonder. What a book!"
    Overall

    Fantastic, wonderful, heartbreaking, frustrating,there aren't enough adjectives to express how good this book was. I have listened to some exceptional audiobooks and this one is in the top two. The narrators truly brought this story to life. Like 'The Help' -- I couldn't stop listening. Tears streamed down my face for the last hour of the book as I stayed up until 1am listening (working with just 4 hours of sleep now because of it). I just couldn't stop. Do yourself a favor and listen. You won't regret it. Kathleen Grissom is a wonderful story teller and I'm looking forward to seeing what else I can find that she has written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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