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beth

I am easily amused!

LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • White Night: The Dresden Files, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4081)
    Performance
    (2899)
    Story
    (2919)

    In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden's half brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too.

    Donna says: "Intrigue in The White Court"
    "Harry does it again!"
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    This is another brilliant book by Jim Butcher. A complex story with familiar characters and some new horrific villians. If you are a fan of urban fantasy this series is as good as it gets. Don't miss it. James Marsters does a fabulous job narrating the book. I have signed hardback copies of many of the books in the series but choose to listen to the audio instead because Harry Dresden is not the same without James Marsters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bellman & Black: A Ghost Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Jack Davenport
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    As a boy, William Bellman commits one small, cruel act: killing a bird with his slingshot. Little does he know the unforeseen and terrible consequences of the deed, which is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood games. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to be a man blessed by fortune - until tragedy strikes and the stranger in black comes. Desperate to save the one precious thing he has left, William enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner, to found a decidedly macabre business.

    Amy says: "A 'Slow Burn' Gothic Tragedy"
    "One of the best of 2013"
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    This is an absolutely extraordinary book by a brilliant author. Don't miss it. Absolutely spellbinding! The narration is done by Jack Davenport who lends the perfect voice for the characters. Although to be honest I could listen to Davenport read a phone book and be perfectly content.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (21622)
    Performance
    (15722)
    Story
    (15778)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Worth all the hype!!!"
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    I Loved everything about this book. I swapped back and forth between reading and listening. Great fun just don't get too attached to anyone character. Delving into the next one now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (675)

    Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

    Sue says: "More heavy on the romance than the historical"
    "An Epic Listen!"
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    This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. I love Susanna Kearsley's writing style and the beautiful characters that you come to love. She has her stoies flash back from modern times to some point in the past fluidly. I always am disappointed when it is time to change centuries but quickly become enraptured with the current tale and forget I was ever disconcerted.

    This book all revolves around finding out the history of a small figurine called The Firebird. The story travels between London, Scotland, and Russian and the reader gets to experience it all like he is there because of Kearsey's wonderful imagery. There is romance, family ties, faith, and a touch of supernatural that makes it a perfect blend for me.

    Katherine Kellgren does a spectacular job narrating this book and handles a variety of accents with perfection.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Twice Tempted: A Night Prince Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1475)
    Performance
    (1376)
    Story
    (1389)

    Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold-shoulder treatment forever - especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.... Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes.

    Hassan says: "A Book FULL of events and actions"
    "Vlad rocks!"
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    I am a huge Jeaniene Frost fan. I favor the Kat and Bones series best but this is a really good spin off. I enjoyed this book even more than the first. The heroine even outshines Vlad which I would think possible. It's definitely worth a listen but be sure not to miss out on her Night Huntress series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (289)

    An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators - Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist - are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl. But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb's sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ's own hand....

    Jean says: "Surprising Disappointment"
    "An Awesome Adventure!"
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    I never read James Rollins or Rebecca Cantrell before but heard so many rave review that I had to give it a go. I LOVED this book. A mystery wrapped in history, religion, and the supernatural. Right up my alley! My only complaint is that this is book 1 and now I have a lot of waiting to do.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Cursed: Jane Yellowrock, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1170)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1061)

    The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to the Master Vampire of New Orleans, they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, he sends an envoy with the best bodyguard blood money can buy: skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But when a group of local campers are attacked by something fanged, Jane goes from escort to investigator. Is it a rogue-vampire, shapechanger, or witch? Or something else magical?

    Amazon Customer says: "Faith Hunter, Jane and Beast are at it again!!!"
    "Great Heroine!"
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    Jane Yellowrock is a wonderful character. She's a shapeshifting Cherokee woman in the modern world. This book is action packed, fast paced, filled with beautiful imagery and pearls of wisdom. The story is exciting and one can't help but love Jane. Khristine Hvam's narration is fantastic. I have listened to every book in the series because the story is so much richer on audio.

    If you love The Hollows series by Kim Harrison you will adore this series as well!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ill Wind: Weather Warden, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (205)

    Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, she's trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder. So, she's resorting to the very human tactic of running for her life.... Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Unfortunately, he's stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn-making him the most wanted man on earth. Still, she's racing hard to find him-before the bad weather closes in fast.

    Yuriko says: "Good fun and fast listening"
    "Interesting and fun"
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    This is an original take on the urban fantasy genre with Weather Gins. It has a strong start for a series and piqued my interest. The narration is wonderful and I plan on listening to the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pale Demon: The Hollows, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1737)
    Performance
    (1173)
    Story
    (1176)

    Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches' conference and clear her name, or be trapped in the demonic ever-after - forever after.

    But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, anda pixy in one car, going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets for assassination.

    Mariya says: "Incredible Internal Consistency"
    "Road Trip Hell"
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    This is my favorite in the series so far. You get to spend three days on a road trip with Jenks, Rachel, Ivy, and Trent Calamack as they face the biggest challenges so far.

    A terrible evil is unleashed and causes battles so ugly that they still linger in my memory months later. Captivating, exciting, and heart pounding! It is a brilliant listen!!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1479)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1344)

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "Brilliant!"
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    This is an excellent addition to one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. Kim Harrison writes a beautiful story richly layered with wonderful characters, action, adventure, love, and heart break.

    All my favorite characters are in this book and we get a peek at an unexpected side of both Trent Calamack and Al. Make sure to listen or read these books in order for the full experience. Marguerite Gavin does a terrific job with her narration. This is my second favorite in the series second only to Pale Demon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2975)
    Performance
    (2489)
    Story
    (2502)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "Compelling Southern Gothic tale"
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    I listened to this book and it was the most dramatic studio presentation I have listened to so far. It had sound effects and original music scores that made the listening a real joy.

    I found the book original and the story compelling. There is visual imagery that will linger with me for weeks and characters that I quickly identified with and grew to love. I enjoyed the excerpts that bring the reader back to the civil war. I love anything with time travel and flashbacks. I didn't care for the way the authors under estimated the readers ability to interpret what was going on, even if it is a young adult book it doesn't need to be "dumbed down". Overall it was a great book and the love of libraries and classic literature rang through the whole book and struck a strong note with me.

    I must say that the movie recently released didn't do the book justice and they missed so many opportunities to really capture parts of the story that would have been spectacular on film. I know movies are never as good as the book but they really missed the mark with this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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