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  • Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kathy Freston
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    Kathy Freston wasn't born a vegan. The best-selling author and renowned wellness expert actually grew up on chicken-fried steak and cheesy grits and loved nothing more than BBQ ribs and vanilla milkshakes. Not until her 30s did she embrace the lifestyle of a veganist - someone who eats a plant-based diet not just for their own personal well-being but for the whole web of benefits it brings to our ecosystem and beyond. Kathy's shift toward this new life was gradual -she leaned into it -but the impact was profound. Now Kathy shows us how to lean into the veganist life.

    D Dunford says: "Great resource for a beginner like me"
    "Mediocre"
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    What did you love best about Veganist?

    I liked the research, and most of the health claims are true as are the environmental impacts.


    Would you recommend Veganist to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The narration was annoying, and the emphasis on guilt over our food choices I feel would cause people to shut out the possibility of going even vegetarian.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen White’s performances?

    No. I think she rehashes information over and over, and says very little that I did not already know. Her delivery is poor, and places too much emphasis on guilt as well as coming across as morally superior.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5262)
    Performance
    (4455)
    Story
    (4451)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Peope generally detest change in narrator..."
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    ... after 12 books

    In this delivery, all aspects of a good reading were delivered. There was expressiveness, differentiation of characters, and exceptional performance.

    But much like a broken arm, it was not quite the same. That was the fatal mistake.
    Fans want the story delivered in the same package, otherwise it is like breaking in a new body; it doesn't work...reflect on what Lucchio lost in switching bodies.

    Learn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slave to Sensation: Psy-Changeling Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1488)
    Performance
    (1210)
    Story
    (1222)

    Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind - and none of the heart. Born a Psy, Sascha Duncan must hide the emotions that mark her as flawed. But a passionate Changeling will tempt her to reveal everything - and risk her very soul.

    Diana says: "Better than I remember."
    "This is not the garden variety Paranormal Romance"
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    Normally, I find the overall plot of a romance to be very dry and boring, and the characters two dimensional... and that just barely. Nalini Singh has created in this series not only a plot and a set of idiosyncratic characters that I cannot entirely predict, but several sets of individual subcultures in the framework of a parallel reality with the question of humaniod ethics and the concept of basic freedom hanging in the balance; all this together with plot twists that keep me listening and hanging on every word. I especially appreciate that her eventual lovers are able to explore their own misgivings about themselves and one another, continually having to make compromises, setting limits and challenging one another as a 'real' couple would. Bravo, Ms. Singh, and my congratulations on Angela Dawe's exceptional delivery!

    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
    (1601)
    Performance
    (1434)
    Story
    (1439)

    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"
    "OMG! Make it stop!"
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    This is just awful. From predictable characters (the male and female lead being so alike in habit and thought as to only be distinguised by gender, eyecolor, skin tone and size) to the authors obvious green agenda, this book is painful to listen to. Not that I am against green technology, and I do support organic, but with this much, she should have set it in a horticultural lab, or hybrid transportation's R&D. Perhaps two scientists going at it intellectually,arousal sparking though debate... oh wait! They would have to have a difference of opinion to have a debate! Silly me! What kind of romance would have a difference of opinion between the male and female leads?

    I also have a problem with the completely unflawed "Immortals": basically a cleaned up vampire that still needs blood... just not enough to be anything more than erotic in an s&m sort of way. I could see the plot as it unfolded, and swear that I could write schlock like this... if I could respect myself in the morning....

    The reader wasn't much better; I think if anything, her delivery of this bad material made it one of the most kitschy things I have ever heard.

    Admittedly, I do not usually read or listen to paranormal romance, and would not have, if it wasn't for the crazy sale going on at the time. But really; this was so god-awful! Have some respect for your audience, and at least give us characters with more than one dimension! There are outright fairy tales with more depth than this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Night: Lords of the Underworld, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1714)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (880)

    All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member - a man trapped in a hell of his own.

    Amazon Customer says: "Keep Trudging..."
    "Simply Awful"
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    Perhaps if the underlying story was developed more, this book could have been interesting, but I doubt it. I understand this is essentially a a low-brow romance, but the author could have used more than stock cliche`s throughout an entire book.The characters were barely discernable from one another beyond the physical description and both they and the plot hardly made two dimentions. Overall, it was so predictable that I was near tears by the end. The nearest comparison I have to listening to this book ( or the idea of actually reading it) is of slogging through lowtide mud. The paranormal idea may have suffered less in another writer's hands. My advice to her is to invest in a thesaurus.

    The narrator's ' me Tarzan, you Jane' delivery only compounded the pain of the entire experience. Why anyone would move to book two is beyond my poor ability to understand.

    0 of 0 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
    (969)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (304)

    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"
    "Book ok; narrator horrible"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If there was one thing I would change, it would be the Narrator. I just could not get past her delivery of the character dialog. She really should limit herself to text books... maybe some self help books...


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jennifer Armintrout? Why or why not?

    yes... even though I found many of her devices unbelivable (such as her protagonist suddenly becoming a martial artist in some cases)


    How could the performance have been better?

    oh.. a different Narrator!


    Did Blood Ties Book One inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to wait for another cheap sale for book 2, as it has the same Narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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