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Laura

Cypress, TX, United States

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  • Fury of Fire: Dragonfury, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1205)

    A clandestine race of half-dragon, half-humans known as dragon-shifters lives among us. Bastian, leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, is sworn to protect humankind at all costs. For him, honor and duty always come first. When the clan dictates he take a human mate to sire a son, he falters, aware that for a human to birth a dragon-shifter she must die. Myst, the woman given into his care, is the most extraordinary he’s ever met, and though he can’t bear the thought of harming her, he is bound by duty.

    Teresa says: "The good, the bad and the ugly."
    "Who knew dragons could be annoying?"
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    What would have made Fury of Fire better?

    The word choice was truly awful. There was a vast quantity of profanity that became distracting, along with some odd use of words that was repeated so many times as to be annoying. Like,


    What was most disappointing about Coreene Callahan’s story?

    The story itself was interesting, and that was the only reason I kept listening. I wanted to find out how she resolved the problems she posed. I thought her premise had amazing potential. In the end she didn't even show that the heroine survived the birth; although, one assumes she did. I suppose she left room for, God help us all, a sequel.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did as well as could be expected from such abysmal material, but if he'd scaled back the tone of breathless panic substantially it would have improved.


    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (694)

    On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

    Stacy says: "What a beautiful book..."
    "Decent book, but a warning"
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    Altogether, this was an acceptable book; I didn't get really interested in the plot until the first half was almost over. Other reviews have addressed the shortcomings and good parts of the book, so I won't repeat them. I do want to point out, because it isn't clear in the other reviews or the summary of the book, that there is a LOT of homosexuality. Nothing particularly explicit, but very intimate. If that is something you don't want to hear about repeatedly, then you should avoid this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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