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Gysel

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Greenville, SC, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • River Marked: Mercy Thompson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2643)
    Performance
    (1863)
    Story
    (1865)

    Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.

    Yuriko says: "Love it"
    "I wish there was more...."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of River Marked to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of River Marked?

    Mercy in action... with the giant Fea.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed all of it. The descriptions was fantastic!


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    There was a lot of new information, new charcters....easy to get confused if you are not careful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carnal Secrets: The Phoenix Pack, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (852)

    Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her wolf pack, but the petite redhead refuses to let an Alpha male interfere in her life. Furious and humiliated after her mate refused to claim her, she runs off to hide among the humans. Why wait around for an Alpha male to love her when he’d obviously prefer to ignore her?

    Falon says: "It was more couples therapy then action..."
    "I'm very pleased"
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    I try to look at the positive of all the books that I have listend to.

    Positive: I absolutely love the reader! Jill Redfield is Amazing... Amazing... Amazing!!! She brings the book to life. Suzanne is a very good auther, I love her imagination. When you think that the Phoenix Pack series is predicatable, Suzanne finds a way to suprise you. I enjoy the suspense, fantasy, the character build up, the climax of the stories, and lets not forget the sex. Carnal secrets has a fair amount of sex and attraction. I love that the sex does not over power the story.

    Con: The main females in each story seem to have many similarities, they are mostly dominant to a certain point and the sex scenes seem to be very much the same from book to book in the Phoenix Pack.

    Over all, If you listened to "Wicked Cravings" you have to listen to Carnal Secrets!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4031)
    Performance
    (2891)
    Story
    (2929)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "I almost didn't finish the book"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Too many things going on in the book. I almost had to pull out a notebook to keep up with the names and different creatures. Surprisingly, I was more interested in the main character's mom and her "friend". The book was better than the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Amy Plum
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (285)

    My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything. Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent. Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "What a pleasant ride!"
    "Different..."
    Overall
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    My goodness... This book is definitely far fetched given that vampires, werewolves, and fairies are the creatures I'm more interested in. This book surprised me completely with the type of creatures they introduced. It is well written given that it is a YA book. I enjoyed listening about the main characters but they get too emotional about their situations. I'm debating whether or not I want to listen to the other book. I would have to say that the Good Guys creeped me out but overall a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Dawns: Immortal Guardians Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1629)
    Performance
    (1459)
    Story
    (1465)

    Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control...

    Amazon Customer says: "Not bad"
    "Heck Yea!!!!!"
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    Sexy, Sweaty, Sexy, Hot :) Very good story, I would have to say this is my favorite book from the entire series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Touch of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (507)

    Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Fifteen Realms, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

    Sharon says: "Really, Really Good!"
    "Change of pace :)"
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    I have learned to love science fiction/ fantansy romance books. However, this book has been a nice change of pace. I have felt every emotion possible and it is pretty innocent. I would definately listen if I were you :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5126)
    Performance
    (2735)
    Story
    (2773)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "unexpected..."
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    As I listened carefully... I expected for their r to be some excitement, high impact action instead of most of the story taking place in a CAVE in the middle of the desert. Don't get me wrong, it was a good LOVE story but not an action/romance story like I enjoy. Also, I think the hype about the "Host" is done too soon since the Twilight. There are mix feelings about this book. So you must listen to really determine if you like it. Don't assume you know what the book is about, because it definitely has a bunch of twists and turns. :)

    The reader was awesome... The reader did a great job with the different characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bitterblue: Graceling, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By Xanthe Elbrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (280)

    Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck's reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle - disguised and alone - to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the 35-year spell of a madman.

    MaChar says: "Not my favorite"
    "Wow... it is taking me a while to listen"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I wish this book was better linked to the other books. I became a sucker to a little romance with the first two books, so I expected Bitterblue to have a true romance story.


    What could Kristin Cashore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The reader should have used the same voices/ accents for all the previous characters in the other books that were currently in this book. I was a confused listener. Let me add that I enjoyed Kristin Cashore in the other


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

    I enjoyed listening about the other characters especially the main characters.


    Any additional comments?

    What really disappointed me the most about this books was that there was an incredible amount of details that I took many little breaks and I would not know what the point of the details were.

    I enjoyed Graceling (1) and I fully enjoyed Graceling-Fire (2)... eventhough they were soooo different from eachother and with little overlap, I truly forgot that Graceling-Fire is part of a series. Graceling-Bitterblue (3) I found myself trying to look for hints on how the books interlinked. I looked too hard to the point it became challenging to remain engaged. Let me add that I've been listening to this book for 3-4weeks, which is not like me.

    All in all, each book are good "stand alone" books. Again the only downfall is that being part of a series I expected for their to be interwined storylines....

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Red Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Moira Young
    • Narrated By Heather Lind
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (180)

    Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother, Lugh, is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.

    Gena says: "A unique voice that sticks with you"
    "What?"
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    What did you like best about Blood Red Road? What did you like least?

    The fighting... girl power...


    What other book might you compare Blood Red Road to and why?

    None


    Could you see Blood Red Road being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    To be honest. I was extreamly excited about getting this book and I was soooooooo sad when I began to hear the audio book. I did not understand the language they spoke. It was serious Hill Billy/ Europeans with a deep southern drawl. Huh? Yes, that was my reaction when the dialogues changed. I'm suprised I finished the audio book. I'm glad that the author explained the background more than once throughout the book, so I was able to catch and understand a few things here and there. Again, the story wasn't bad, I just wish I could have understood the Language the main characters spoke.

    Here is a little relief... it did get better to understand as the story moved along.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8654)
    Performance
    (7515)
    Story
    (7521)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "My favorite of the trilogy!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades Darker to be better than the print version?

    I have not tried the print version. I would have to say that it took me the second book to get use to the reader. She was a little better in book two.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades Darker?

    OMG.... All of it. The entire book was memorable... great story lines. What I enjoyed the most was the different climax's through out the book. It kept me in suspense and more interested in the the story than in the sex. Which let me say, it was good too ;)


    Any additional comments?

    This book could have been easily a "stand alone" book. Actually, we need book 1 for all the background info. I'm pretty sure, with a little more info in book two L. E James could have ended it with book two. As a fan, I would have been an extreamly happy camper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7713)
    Performance
    (6758)
    Story
    (6763)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "Bla...."
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    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    I would try another E.L. James book. I'm sure her books would be a little bit better written now that she has written her first trilogy. In regards to Becca Battoe... I wouldn't completely bash her as these books are intense. So, you almost had to be the perfect reader must have the sensual voice and also the sexy masculin voice.


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

    The pregnancy and everyone's reaction to it. The least interesting was all the sex during the honeymoon. I think there was too much of it and felt the need to skitp through those parts.


    What aspect of Becca Battoe’s performance would you have changed?

    If I could change anything it would be her performance with all the sex intensity and men's voices.


    Could you see Fifty Shades Freed being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think a series would be best on HBO.... given all the sex and the different stories (climax) that could be put into different episodes.


    Any additional comments?

    I would Not re-read 50 Shades Freed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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