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Umar

Brooklyn, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5468)
    Performance
    (5082)
    Story
    (5082)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Wanting More. . ."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Cold Days the most enjoyable?

    James Marsters is, for me, the voice of The Dresden Files. I bought the hardcover first and devoured it in 2 days. I had already preordered the audio book but had to read it myself before listen. I just finished both and must say the compliment each other well.


    What other book might you compare Cold Days to and why?

    For me personally, there is no comparison. All of Dresden's books stand alone. But to give an idea where I'm coming from I put Jim Butcher up there with Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Kim Harrison, Arthur C. Clark and Robert Ludlum. These are authors whose books I can read again and again. For me it's not about endings or spoilers, it's about the journey through the story.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Thomas. If they make a movie I would love to see James play Thomas.


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

    I could neither put the book down until it was done, nor could i stop listening to the audiobook until the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't have problems with Ghost Story like a few did. I think every Harry Dresden story gets better then the last. Cold Days is no exception to this rule.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Man Rising: A Dante Valentine Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lilith Saintcrow
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Bounty hunting is a helluva job, but it pays the bills. And it lets Necromancer Dante Valentine forget her issues - like struggling with her half-demon side and the memory of her lover's death. Now psychics all over the city are being savagely murdered - and a piece of the past Dante thought she'd buried is stalking the night with a vengeance. Too bad she's got no way to tell which fiend - or friend - to trust. Or that her most horrifying nightmares are gathering to take one kick-ass bounty hunter down for the count. But that's only the beginning. The Devil just called.

    ARR says: "Even Less Impressed."
    "Good Story, less Exposition"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from Lilith Saintcrow and/or Tanya Eby?

    Yes


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Wanted more bang, less exposition. Sometimes the character describes her feelings over and over again, was waiting for more answers. I don't mind some things being drawn out more, especially with a series, but there were just answers I thought should come and didn't. They might come in other books but felt a little to drawn out to me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Fate of Dante's home


    Any additional comments?

    Wasn't my favorite. Couldn't put it down but left too wanting (and with any book series I don't mind being left wanting more, this just felt too thin.) Still going to do the rest of the series because it is that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Working for the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lilith Saintcrow
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Dante Valentine’s working relationship with the Devil wasn’t her choice - but you don’t turn down a contract with Lucifer and live. Hired to kill fugitive Vardimal Santino, Dante can count as allies only a demon familiar she doesn’t trust and a small band of psychics. The thing is, Dante doesn’t need friends, she needs a miracle. Because the first time Dante Valentine met Santino, she almost died.

    Maria says: "Edge of Seat"
    "Wish I Knew about this series before"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up Working for the Devil in three words, what would they be?

    Damn Great Start


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character, the mix of supernatural and science fiction, the supporting characters and the interesting mid-story twist


    Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favorite?

    Main character, she breathed real life into Dante Vanletine


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

    This bounty hunter is about to get the job from hell. . . literally.


    Any additional comments?

    Some books take me a minute to get into. Some books grab me by the hanging pair and hold on until I finish. This book totally falls into the latter. Great characters, great beginning, really interesting mid-story twist, and and ending that makes you ask, "Okay, what the hell comes next?" I'll be picking up the rest as soon as I can.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Perfect Blood: The Hollows, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1655)
    Performance
    (1475)
    Story
    (1473)

    Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood. She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

    Aimee says: "Get on with it already"
    "A Great Trip Back to The Hollows"
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    Where does A Perfect Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I read a few reviews that complained about Rachel's character and the ending ot this book and can't really understand them. I like the Hollows series, I like the characters and I like some things didn't exactly go in the direction one would think (look out for the men who don't belong and don't make assumptions.) I agree Rachel could do more listening to the people around her, but then again I've met many Rachel Maryanna Morgon's before and guess what - they never listen, fall backwards into trouble and pretty much Forrest Gump their way out of the same trouble. If you're a fan of this series, as I am, you will enjoy this book.

    As to Marguerite Gavin, no one else does this story like she does (as proven when someone else took on the reading and got a lot of the character interpretations and pronounce names completely wrong.) Can't see listening to this without Miss Gavin - especially her voice of Jinx, which is the voice I hear.

    Over all enjoyable and wonderful edition to the series. It's a same you can't pass on Audiobooks like you pass on regular books, I would love to have so many people experience this awesome series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bringing Al back, and the relationship between Rachel and Trent moving forward instead of being stuck on the same groove in the record every story.


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

    Voice to the characters, a sense of drama to the story even when characters have to sit back and watch action from afar and a sense that she was born to do this audiobook


    0 of 1 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
    (1309)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (993)

    "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...."
    "Another Glorious Offering from the Spider"
    Overall

    Thanks to this book I now am waiting for the next like a crack addict needing a fix. Great story, good ending, interesting additions to the cast. The final battle wasn't as impressive as the on from Web of Lies, but like the 2nd book it served to change things just enough to make you want more. Looking forward to book 4.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Web of Lies: Elemental Assassin, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1527)
    Performance
    (1166)
    Story
    (1159)

    "Curiosity is definitely going to get me dead one of these days. Probably real soon. I'm Gin Blanco. You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South. I'm retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me. Like the other day when two punks tried to rob my popular barbecue joint, the Pork Pit. Then there was the barrage of gunfire on the restaurant. Only, for once, those kill shots weren't aimed at me. They were meant for Violet Fox."

    Robert says: "Brilliant, Unique, Interesting with just 1 oddety"
    "From beginning to end, awesome story"
    Overall

    I loved how this one ended. In an Urban fantasy you have to have the big fight and this one gives you an end fight like you wouldn't believe, especially since it served to changed things and move the story forward. All hail Gin Blonco, wish there was actually a Pork Pitt to go to because I'd love to taste that cheese sandwich. Looking forward to the next installment.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Spider's Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2652)
    Performance
    (2024)
    Story
    (2033)

    They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

    Tony says: "Very Disappointed"
    "After this Book I HAD to hear the rest"
    Overall

    Gin is one of the best characters to come along, in my opinion, since Harry Dresden. This was an excellent first book and I couldn't wait for the follow-ups, I bought them right after finishing this one. I love how the magic is place in the real world and it fits right in as if it's something we all know about and simply take for granted. If they had 10 stars to rate this I'd give it an 11.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1608)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1356)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "More Sandman Slim"
    Overall

    This book was excellent. To many Urban Fantasies have their main characters sometimes too inept for words, wondering into dangerous situations that after about the third of forth book has you wondering how they have lived so long. This character doesn't wonder into anything, he goes in like Charles Bronson on speed and even when he comes out hurt who ever he's fighting knows they've been in a fight. I've always loved vampire stories, but too often vampires are made to be too weak and used to much. (The only exception these days are the vampires in the Harry Dresden series.) There's no vampires in this book (except maybe one) only, immortal alchemists, cute video store managers, Homeland Security's answer to defense against darkness, crazy magic users, homicidal Angels, really pissed off Demons and Devils, and somethings else that's best described as creations afterbirth that lived and grew to something worse then Hell in too many ways. Here's hoping this becomes a series because I'd buy every single volume Mr. Kadrey put out. It's just that good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Witch Walking

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2980)
    Performance
    (2066)
    Story
    (2073)

    Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

    Patti says: "wildly entertaining"
    "Changing my initial review"
    Overall

    The first time I listened I couldn't get into this one, though Marguetite Gavin went a little fast with the reading and didn't catch me. Gave it another try and now I'm seven books in. I have to change my first thoughts on that book. I like the characters, especially Jenk. Racheal, who is one whiney, every complaining little witch who runs towards and falls backwards into trouble makes you want to hug her and smack her at the same time. Ivy, the vampire with a chip on her shoulders and pain on her soul is as endearing as every single friend with issues you can remember having but loving, and Jenk, the tiny voice of reason who came give Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer a run for his money when it comes to biting truths wrapped in snark. This is an excellent piece of fiction and hope the author has lots of stories to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Witch Walking Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

    Karen says: "Quirky Fun, Delightful listen"
    "Too Fast, Not Enough Passion"
    Overall

    I cannot tell if I'd like this series or not. Marguerite Gavin reads the text too fast and with no passion - and I simply can't get into the story. Listening to it feels like reading a text book in college on a subject you're forced to take (like an elective of a language you know you'll never use again.) The words are there, the context is there but given enough length it begins to feel like one long paragraph without any punctuation to separate things. I'm not gripped by the story and I don't feel the characters. I don't think I'm going to make it to part 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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