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Uber Femme

I like action, gore, zombies, and non-fiction.

San Antonio, TX | Member Since 2010

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  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2140)
    Performance
    (1878)
    Story
    (1880)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    crazybatcow says: "Without the lectures, it's a decent action novel"
    "Enjoyable & worth the credit, but not the best JL."
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    I love Joe Ledger novels, so of course I enjoyed this book. But to be honest, it's the least interesting of the books. It felt very ... forced, I guess. Not inspired, y'know? But certainly worth my credit.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1146)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Marci says: "Great story. Genius writing"
    "Not My Usual, And I *Loved* It!"
    Overall
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    I usually go for swash-buckling adventure, fantasy, espionage, or zombie fiction. You know - fun violence. I have little tolerance for "chick lit," which I know is terribly uncouth of me to say, but there you have it. I did really like _The Help_, which has nothing to do with this novel, and yet it does, for the following reasons: it was well-written (no cloying language), has characters who are flawed and interesting, and has a plot with just enough twists and turns to keep you interested.

    If you asked me whether I'd enjoy a novel about elementary school parents, I'd say , "um, no thanks." But this book isn't *about* parents of school-aged kids per se. It's about everyone you know, and their complex yet simple motivations.

    I enjoyed it, and I'm going to check out more of this author's work. Right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2599)
    Performance
    (2455)
    Story
    (2454)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Ron says: "Great Epic Fantacy"
    "Yep. Get it."
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    I agree with what everyone is saying: this is a complex (but not overly so) novel that scratches all of my Epic Fantasy itches, and then some. Upon completing it, I immediately restarted it to see if the seeds of the ending were present. Of course they were. Nothing in this book is extraneous. It is multi-layered and accessible. I loved our hero almost from the word 'go.'

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (356)

    "My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."

    DonNel says: "Like Harry Dresden? You will love Michael Ross!"
    "Should've been better"
    Overall
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    The story is a very interesting one, and there were a lot of directions the author could have gone. But the book never really got there. I stopped listening about 3/4 of the way through, bored. That's not a good sign for a book about ghosts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Daylight War: The Demon Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (1230)
    Story
    (1238)

    In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

    Joe says: "Can't Believe Audible Didn't Announce The Release."
    "What in The Core happened?"
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    What happened, Mr. Brett???
    First, I must say that I have been counting the days (and weeks, and months) until this release. The other two books, I’ve read and listened to MANY times each. I love the characters, the action, the whole concept of the demons and wards. I was even so starved for the story that I listened intently to the Krasian’s stories, rather than just tolerating them as a means to an end (namely, getting back to Cutter’s Hollow).

    I’ve sung the praises of these books to anyone who’ll listen.

    So when I saw that Audible had The Daylight War nearly two weeks early, I thought either Christmas came late, or there was some mistake.

    And then I WISHED it’d been a mistake. Thank God they used Pete Bradbury again, because that’s the only thing that got me through the **tedium** of the first half of the book. The interactions between Arlon and Rena were especially painful. Not only did I feel like I was back in junior high, but Mr. Brett made sure I REALLY understood the point he was trying to convey about Arlon’s new aww shucks, Regular Joe demeanor (another huge disappointment) and Rena’s neediness. Even Leesha’s parts felt weak. There were many things he glossed over (Leesha and the duke), while belaboring the broader points of Arlon’s and Rena’s insipid interactions.

    Finally, around the half-way mark, we get some action, and things progress. We have battles, thank the creator. And then, after all that, the book ends with a cliffhanger?! Ugh.

    In summary: yes, you should get the book. It’s got some good content, even if it takes its sweet time getting there. But PLEASE don’t judge the series by this book. And, Mr. Brett, PLEASE write the fourth book as well as you wrote the first two.

    22 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers: Reflections on Being Raised by a Pack of Sled Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated By Gary Paulsen
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    An experienced Iditarod racer, Gary Paulsen brings his love of the sport to readers on a personal level in this intimate essay about the life of a litter of pups born to pull sleds across the snowy frontier - and the marvel he experiences as he watches them grow and learn.

    Uber Femme says: "I Love Gary Paulsen"
    "I Love Gary Paulsen"
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    This man is someone I'd want to spend days with, on a back porch just listening to his stories. This audiobook, and his others as well, read like he's just talking to you, telling you stories about nature and dogs. He's sensitive (but never cloyingly so) and insightful. He puts you there, in the snow with him and the dogs. This book is almost completely about Cookie. I want to know more! Tell me more stories, Gary! I could listen to you for hours and hours.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3623)
    Performance
    (3358)
    Story
    (3367)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "Dang, I Love this Series!"
    Overall
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    I could listen to as many MHI books as Correia will write. I love the characters; they're like old friends by now. Where he gets all his ideas is beyond me. If you liked the others books in the series, this is a no-brainer. Buy it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7151)
    Performance
    (4172)
    Story
    (4203)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "This CAN'T be the same book y'all are reviewing..."
    Overall
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    ...because this book sucks! It's barely listenable, let alone comparable to Crichton. The characters are shallow, the plot is at the same time predictable, formulaic, and meandering. At the same time, the narration is annoying. I *hate* two-person narration. I really should learn not to trust those $5 sales.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michelle Paver
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (183)

    January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

    Madeleine says: "Incredible!"
    "Meh."
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    Would you try another book from Michelle Paver and/or Jeremy Northam?

    The author writes well, and the voice talent is perfectly capable. Nothing in this work draws attention to itself as being sub-standard. I'd probably try to author again, and definitely try the narrator again.


    Would you recommend Dark Matter to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I wouldn't recommend it. I'd say,


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Revolution: Excerpt

    • UNABRIDGED (34 mins)
    • By Jennifer Donnelly
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Emma Bering
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages - until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

    Kirsten M. Crippen says: "Really??"
    "Narrator ruins it"
    Overall

    The narration ruined it for me - I didn't get past the first few paragraphs. Probably a good book, though. (?)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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