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Karen

Cincinnati, OH, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Blameless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1032)

    Gail Carriger’s best-selling Parasol Protectorate series reimagines Victorian England with vampires, werewolves, and a dash of steampunk. Blameless is the third in the series starring the parasol-wielding Lady Alexia Maccon, formerly Alexia Tarabotti. After news spreads of her delicate condition—a surprise to everyone since she’s married to a werewolf—Alexia is desperate to escape the London gossip. So she heads to Italy for a change of scenery.

    Leanna says: "When you're right, you're right!"
    "Great Story, TERRIBLE EDITING"
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    It took me a while to get into this series, but I have really enjoyed it. Emily Gray does a wonderful job with character voices, and the story itself was fast-paced and fun. The editing, however, was terrible. There were uncomfortably long pauses between sections and chapters, punctuated by the sound of a deeply indrawn breath. I found myself checking my iPod to see if I'd accidentally hit the pause button or otherwise messed something up. Very strange, but sill well worth listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2253)
    Performance
    (2079)
    Story
    (2080)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Not what I expected, and completely wonderful"
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    Story

    I expected a romance, an interesting romance full of myth and maybe light and fluffy. This was not that. It is not a romance novel, but it is a character driven story with love at its core. Not physical love, but emotional connection and companionship. The romance is complicated, understated and deeply fulfilling. The story depicts two very different cultural neighborhoods in the heart of New York at the turn of the 20th century. The descriptions are interesting, telling, and evocative. They story is gripping.The characters feel true. The voices and accents are well done. Listen to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Strikes: Kate Daniels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (850)

    Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with. But when Kate's werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games---an invitation-only, no-holds-barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament---she and Curran, the Beast Lord, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta's shapeshifting community.

    BlueMtn says: "Fantastic Listen!!"
    "Strange pronunciation, great story"
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    Normally, I love Renee Raudman. Her voice is perfect for Kate Daniels. But something strange was going on in this book. I don't have the text version, so I'm not sure if it was the authors or the voice actor, but every time a foreign language was used, she (or the authors) got it wrong. It was teeth-grinding bad. If you don't know or care about the language, then you won't notice and this book will be fantastic as usual (because it is! Great story!), but otherwise... ouch. Kate's character is supposed to be super-knowledgeable about Mesopotamian/Mediterranean cultures and it's important to the plot that she knows much more than she should about this group in particular, so this really ripped me out of the story. Luckily, it's only a few chapters, and the story is otherwise fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Biting Bad: Chicagoland Vampires Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (372)

    Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she's already seen a lifetime's worth of trouble. Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water. Merit and her allies rush to figure out who's behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there's any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.

    Ruffian says: "Biting Bad/Tastes and Sounds Delicious"
    "You put down your katana?"
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    I have loved this series, and I still do love the chemistry between the main characters, but there were too many times in Biting Bad where my reaction was just, "You did what? Idiot!" Merritt (sp? Hard to know these things when you've listened to all the books) throws down her katana to even the odds before a fight before she knows the caliber of her foe... and then gets her ass handed to her. A normal human nearly does her in at one point. It's really hard to buy her supposed fighting prowess. The ending felt convenient and easy. I didn't but too much of this novel.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (5190)
    Performance
    (4699)
    Story
    (4710)

    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."
    "Fun story, but the voice acting..."
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    The story was solid, filled with action, fun characters with enough depth that they didn't fall flat. I would definitely read the book, and I might even listen to it again, though I doubt it. The voice acting was usually really good, different voices for each character and it was easy to discern whom was speaking, despite the ensemble cast. However, every time a character was exclaiming or really emoting, it seems like the voice actor pulled back too much, and the moment came across funny or ironic, rather than powerful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drink Deep: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (710)

    Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal-registration act, times haven't been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay for a bit, and let the mortals calm down. But that's when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black - and things really start getting ugly.

    Stephanie says: "My favorite "Chicagoland Vampire" book so far."
    "Loved the book, but..."
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    I adore this series. I listened to the first one a few months ago, and then listened to books 2-5 in about three weeks straight. In some ways, this book was my favorite. The character development was solid, the pace was unrelenting, and there were major changes in the world. But I new who the villain was by about a quarter way through the book. I still enjoyed it, but I wish I hadn't seen it coming. There were a couple good twists, and as I said, I did love this book. Definitely worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodfever: Fever, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1531)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (853)

    MacKayla Lane's ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland's shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets. In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh - a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the world of the Fae and of Man.

    Annie says: "Kept me interested"
    "Nine Months Later, and I still about it."
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    I listened to this book back in March and immediate brought all the sequels. I still think about them as great listening experiences and I've just decided to listen again to help get me through the winter months. I strongly recommend these books (even if the narrator's "southern" accent isn't spectacular).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Pleasures: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (1123)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (639)

    In Night Pleasures, Kyrian of Thrace - an immortal who protects humans from vampires - wakes up one morning handcuffed to the one thing that can scare him: a conservative woman in a button-down shirt. But Amanda Devereaux turns out to be his perfect partner for hunting down a deadly foe, and for helping him to regain his soul and learn that love doesn't have to bite.

    Erich says: "REALLY!!??"
    "Not worth it."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I found the writing heavy handed and not particularly creative. The narrator mispronounced words. I spent more time rolling my eyes than enjoying the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her accents were inconsistent and she mispronounced a number of the Greek words (and some of the English ones).


    Was Night Pleasures worth the listening time?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9775)
    Performance
    (9095)
    Story
    (9094)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "One of the best books/audiobooks I've ever heard."
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    Where does Ready Player One rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to a LOT of audiobooks in the last few years, and there are some series I'm totally loyal to. This beats all. The story, the humor, and Wil Wheaton's performance are all incredible. I laughed out loud multiple times during a marathon practice run! No one laughs during that misery!

    I enjoyed the geek "in" jokes, and I appreciated the 80s nostalgia, even though I'm too young to get a fair number of the references. I enjoyed this so much that I went out and got the hard cover so I could loan it to friends. Buy this book. I'm serious. Do it now!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

    Too many. The entire hunt for the egg was well done and the conclusion was excellent--very satisfying. There is a moment where Wil Wheaton as narrator refers to himself in text :). I think they picked exactly the right narrator for this novel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the deus ex machina moment where Og appears to save the day. Also loved the Oingo Boingo reference in the beginning.


    Was there a moment in the book that particular moved you?

    The discussion between Samantha and Wade at the end. It was sweet and sincere.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously, this is one of the best books I've read/heard in a VERY long time.

    26 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune and Fate: The Twelve Houses, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Lindsay Ellison, Sharon Shinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    Sharon Shinn returns with a new novel set in the Twelve Houses world, where a troubled Warrior Rider named Wen faces her greatest challenge in the last place she ever expected: behind the walls of a great family estate known as Fortune, where Wen has been hired to guard the young heiress. Once there, she will find that fate has other plans for her.

    Judy says: "Oh what fun..."
    "Not bad, but not as good as the others"
    Overall

    I really liked the book, the plot, the characters, etc. It's as well written as Shinn's other novels, though it was a little anti-climatic after the fourth book. The major problem was Ellison's narration. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't as good as those that came before.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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