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Melissa

Waterford, MI, USA

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  • Urban Shaman: The Walker Papers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C.E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Christine Carroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (422)

    Joanne Walker has three days to learn to use her shamanic powers and save the world from the unleashed Wild Hunt.

    Melissa says: "Urban Shaman - Light Fantasy"
    "Urban Shaman - Light Fantasy"
    Overall

    In response to the reviewer who complained this was a "Harlequin-like" novel - well Luna is the new fantasy line from Harlequin. The books are supposed to be about strong female characters in fantasy settings. Harlequin novels are good novels more often than some would like to admit. And this novel is no exception.

    Urban Shaman follows a mechanic who becomes a cop due to her particular circumstances. It is also about coping with dual - but similar heritages. Something a lot of people don't realize is that the Cherokee and Scots-Irish melded so well in Appalachia because their cultural beliefs were so similar! (I'm talking about first wave settlers.)

    This book is exactly what it claims to be - an urban fantasy from Luna. And it is well-worth listening to. I do enjoy the narrator and wish she had come back for the second book, but, Gabra Zackman is also an excellent storyteller.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the Middle Ages

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Crane Brinton, John Christopher, Robert Wolff
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (202)

    A History of the Middle Ages is the amazing story of European man in transition. It is a dramatic chronicle of 1,000 years of political, social, and economic transformation beginning with the dissolution of the classical Mediterranean civilization and ending with the first flowering of the Renaissance. It is also the story of two new religions, Christianity and Islam, both of which were destined to dominate the mind of every person in those new civilizations arising in their wake.

    Theresa says: "A Stunning Achievement"
    "Excellent Survey of Middle Ages"
    Overall

    The Middle Ages are so much more varied than most people realize. This overview is an excellent one! No single book can adequately go into the diversity of the societies at conflict during that time, but this one comes very close.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Ties Book One: The Turning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Armintrout
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (986)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (320)

    I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. But after my life turned into a horror movie, I take fear a lot more seriously now. I finally became Dr. Carrie Ames just eight months ago. Then I was attacked in the hospital morgue by a vampire. Just my luck.

    David says: "Meh"
    "Vampire Romance For the Horror Fan"
    Overall

    This is not a book for the reader looking for a plain old romance. The characters pull you in despite being less than sympathetic. Conceit wars with empathy and love in this novel. It is about the ego each person has. Mistakes are made because of overconfidence. People die, people are hurt.

    I found myself wanting to know when the next book would be available. This isn't quite up to earlier Charlaine Harris or Tanya Huff's early vampire novels, but it is well worth listening to and shows promise from a new author. I will be watching for her future books.

    I am still relatively new to the "Chick Lit" and "Romance" markets - but must say that the literary quality is right up there with what is produced in other genres, including general fiction.

    I have to agree that the narrator could have differentiated the voices more - some characters sounded alike when they should not have. I, however, think she did a more than adequate job of reading this audiobook.

    Harlequin, please release more on Audible.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderbird Falls: The Walker Papers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (243)

    For all the bodies she's encountering, you'd think beat cop Joanne Walker works in Homicide. But no, Joanne's a reluctant shaman who last saved mankind three months ago; surely she deserves more of a break! Yet, incredibly, "Armageddon, Take Two" is mere days away.

    Melissa says: "Thunderbird Falls"
    "Thunderbird Falls"
    Overall

    This is a book worth a listen. I do agree that the first narrator is better for this particular series - but I don't agree that Gabra Zackman is too cynical. She is a talented storyteller and she is a narrator I look for now.

    This stories continues where Urba Shaman left off. It is all about growing up inside of a skill or talent - and the wrong turns that one can take. It is not cynical - it is about choices the character makes that don't always fit. Granted, there are times you want to holler at her, but, we have all made stupid choices and the reader/listener can recognize herself quite easily.

    Please Harlequin, put more Luna books on Audible!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Study

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1589)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (666)

    With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways, and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better....

    Kestrel says: "As good as Poison Study, perhaps better"
    "Just Finished and Wanting NEXT book"
    Overall

    Gabra Zackman's narration, plus Maria Snyder's characters of Yalena, Valek, Irys, and more pull you into a web of intrigue, deception, murder, and magic. I listened to this book in 2 days. I want all of the Luna books on audiobook so I can knit, clean, etc. while listening.

    Upon finishing my listen, I immediately went to the author's website to find out plans for more books. There is so much room for the author to expand even though she wraps up all the major plot points within the book. This is a rare gift in fantasy books today and Harlequin / Luna is to be commended for having series like this one coming from them.

    Please, Harlequin, put more out on Audible!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2207)
    Performance
    (954)
    Story
    (959)

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "Could NOT Stop Listening"
    Overall

    I found Gabra Zackman brings Maria Snyder's Poison Study to life. I hadn't even finished this book before wanting the next book, Magic Study. I am loving the Luna line of audiobooks and am anxious for Harlequin to put more of them out.

    This story is not exactly what you would expect. The author does not fall into just any formula with her story. You want to know more about Yalena and Valek. These characters - perhaps not the most likeable at first - become very sympathetic.

    Listen to this book! (And Harlequin, PLEASE put more of the Luna series on audio!)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Hat Full of Sky: Discworld Childrens, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1133)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (405)

    Tiffany Aching, the boldest heroine ever to swing a frying pan against the forces of evil, is beginning her apprenticeship in magic. She expects to work hard, learn spells, and become a witch. She doesn't expect to find herself doing chores, caring for the careless, and trying to outthink an ill-tempered nanny goat. There must be more to witchcraft than this!

    Joyce says: "More Crivens!"
    "A Book For Young Girls Tired of Silly Romance"
    Overall

    Too many of the Fantasy novels aimed at the younger audience is geared towards boys or adolescent fantasies of girls. This, on the other hand, is about how a young girl must be very practical - well, as practical as you can be in Discworld. Don't just listen to this for yourself - buy a copy for any young girls who love SF/F - it will be a welcome change from the run of the mill novels. (Same is true for Wee Free Men.)

    Stephen Briggs brings all the characters alive with their own unique voice complementing the strong writing of Terry Pratchett. This is a audiobook worth adding to any fantasy lovers library.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Wee Free Men: Discworld Childrens, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1311)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (481)

    Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle, aka the Wee Free Men, a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny.

    Richard says: "First Sight and Second Thoughts"
    "Wonderful Wee Free Men"
    Overall

    Rarely do I read books that have young female characters as delightfully thoughtful as Tiffany. No foolish young maid in it for love - no this is a book where a girl is a girl, the way many girls are before they discover boys. And the way many a girl is even after discovering silly boys. Stephen Briggs is a delight to listen to as he brings to life all of the characters. A wonderful complement Mr. Pratchett and Mr. Briggs - I will be looking for other books where they have teamed up.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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