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Katie Derksen

Member Since 2010

  • 5 reviews
  • 31 ratings
  • 217 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • The Fifth Elephant: Discworld, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs

    Sam Vines is a man on the run. Yesterday, he was a duke, a chief of police, and an ambassador. Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya. And if he can't make it through the forest to civilization, there's going to be a terrible war. But there are monsters on his trail. They're werewolves - and they're catching up. Sam Vimes is out of time and already out of breath....

    Josie says: "Vintage Pratchett"
    "Good story, poor quality"

    I love S. Briggs, and I love Pratchett books, especially when read by Briggs, but for some reason this one was really... choppy. There were glitches in the file, through both parts, where it would blank out, skip or whatever, and often I'd miss a word or two. Disappointing for such a great story!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "So glad I gave in"

    Audible has been incessantly recommending this book, and I'm glad I gave in! The story's interesting, the world's great, and the narrator... amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in Red: A Novel of the Others

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Alexandra Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

    Angela says: "WOW!!!!! JUST WOW!"
    "Interesting story, Poor narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book? Yes. The audiobook? No. The story's neat, but the narrator is so obviously reading. Everything - and I mean everything - has the same pace. No wonder the book clocks in at 18+ hours! I'm sure a more active narrator would have done it in much less.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alexandra Harris?

    Almost anyone else. Don't get me wrong - her voice isn't annoying, and her character voices are decent, but her pacing leaves a lot to be desired. Everything is read at the same pace, with the same overly careful narration. I should feel excited during a fight scene, not wonder why the narrator is bored!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Academ's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For 1,000 years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the Furies - elementals of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Metal. But now, the unity of the Alerians hangs in precarious balance.

    Eric says: "Wonderful series"
    "Great story, poor audiobook"
    Any additional comments?

    Serious issues with quality.

    1. Half way through the audiobook, trumpets begin to herald the need to change cds.

    2. Chapters start repeating out of order (i.e. listen to chapter 20, 21 22, 20, 23, etc), again half-way through.

    3. The chapter listing in the audible app doesn't match up with the actual chapters. So to navigate to chapter 48 I had to press chapter 56.

    4. Whispersync doesn't work, and I have to spend far too much time trying to find my spot - whether I'm switching to the audiobook or the ebook. Again, this started happening half way through.

    Needless to say, I will not be using Whispersync for the rest of the books in the series, and if the audiobook issues continue in book three, I will switch to ebook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Fun & enjoyable"
    What did you love best about Hounded?

    I recently caught up on the Dresden Files, and was looking for a new urban fantasy. I'd seen Hounded on friends' lists and thought I'd try it out. I'm really glad I did!

    Atticus is a great protagonist. Wise without being wrapped up in himself, with a great sense of humour, and without some of Dresden's more annoying rough edges and immaturity.

    Hearne's created a fun world and a great cast of characters. And Daniels does a great job of narrating the book. Between the two of them, I keep having to hold back from laughing out loud while walking to work.

    Looking forward to listening to more of the series!

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the scenes with Oberon. Daniels does such a great job of voicing the dog - just enough doggy-ness without slipping over into the absurd. And Oberon provides some great counterpoints to whatever's going on.

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

    Pretty close to it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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