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T. D. Bell


Member Since 2012

  • 9 reviews
  • 86 ratings
  • 609 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Acheron: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. His human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind.

    Josaphine says: "Yumm!"
    "Satisfying, but with a few flaws."

    Acheron gets his HEA, and basically that is what all of us DarkHunter fans have been wanting for a long time. Unfortunately, Kenyon takes more than half of the book and devotes it to excruciating details of Ash's past. And, oh do I mean excruciating. If you don't like pain, don't read or listen to this book. It was hard to take sometimes, but it does explain what and why Acheron is. As for the narration, Holter did wonderfully, but I was thrown off by him pronouncing Ash's name as Asheron instead of Akeron as he did in Devil May Cry. Also, the Gallu demon who was the bad guy in DMC didn't have an accent in Acheron. The only thing I truly didn't like was that so many characters were repeatedly and unneccesarily stupid and/or cruel. It was kind of like Kenyon didn't think we'd get it, so she decided to bludgeon us over the head repeatedly that Ash had a horrible life.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Macrieve: Immortals After Dark, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff

    Uilleam MacRieve, a centuries-old Lykae warrior, was captured, caged, and experimented on by a shadowy human order, along with other immortals. During a prison break that devolved into one of the bloodiest massacres in recent history, he escapes. But the aftermath of his unspeakable torture preys on his damaged mind, while the wolf inside him roars for vengeance and carnage. In the days leading up to the full moon, can MacRieve rein in his beast, even when he encounters his mate - a vexingly impossible female unlike anything he'd ever dreamed for himself?

    Angela says: "AUTOMATIC DOWNLOAD!"
    "Dismally disappointing"
    What did you like best about Macrieve? What did you like least?

    The best thing about this book is the ending. The rest of it was boring, repetitively so. The main characters kept going over the same ground over and over again, both in their thoughts and in their dialogue. Another problem is that for the most part, we only had the two main characters. That worked in A Hunger Like No Other, but they were on the move, so the story went somewhere. In Macrieve, the characters were always just in one place, both literally and figuratively. The Lore is a rich and diverse world, filled with extraordinary beings and more of them should have been in this book, because the main characters just weren't enough to hold my interest.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Kresley Cole again?

    Yes. I don't like all of her books, but I more like them than not.

    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    It wasn't annoying, but I don't like his female voices at all.

    Did Macrieve inspire you to do anything?

    Press fast forward.

    Any additional comments?

    The set up for the next book seems good. I hope it is.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "It had its moments"

    I am almost done listening to the book for the second time and I have some reviews to make. Perrin had waaaayy to many pages in this book and it was so boring. The only good part was the reunion of Moiraine and Galahd (pardon my spelling, I haven't actually read a WoT book in years). Mat eying every single woman and deciding who and what she might be good for was exceedingly tedious. Egwene is simply not believable. In 2 years she goes from inkeeper's daughter to Amyrlin? Not likely. Not even with Swan (I know, I know) as her mentor. And such a know it all, imperious, autocratic Amyrlin? Nah. I don't like Elaine, but then I never really did. What the heck was Reading doing with Min's voice. It was awful. She sounded so stupid. Reading should stop that immediately. Lan was really annoying also, but at least he had a good reason. Nynaeve matured--that was good. The Tower of Gengi? Eh. The best part was Rand. Too bad more of the book was not about Rand. Rand whom the whole series revolves around. Or the prophecies. The prophecies of the Dark or the prophecies of the Seanchan. They have prophecies about Mat and Perrin and I would have liked to learn those. I was satisfied by the book the first time and so my credit was well-spent.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Angels' Blood: Guild Hunter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best - but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option---even if the task is impossible. Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.

    Meghan says: "Hot, very hot."
    "Its Been Awhile"

    It has been awhile since I've come across an author I just couldn't put down. Nalini Singh is quite the storyteller. She keeps you on the edge of your seat--so to speak--waiting for what comes next. The plot line is well paced. The romantic line is drawn right down to the wire--just when you are fed up with the tension, things start to happen. My only complaint is the narrator. I hated her voice--its like a cross between a whine and a morning-croak. Extremely grating. She was a good reader, her voice was just horrible though. If that was an affectation for the book, she should lose it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Judgment in Death: In Death, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In an uptown strip joint, a cop is found bludgeoned to death. The weapon's a baseball bat. The motive's a mystery. It's a case of serious overkill that pushes Eve Dallas straight into overdrive. Her investigation uncovers a private club that's more than a hot spot.

    Brenda says: "J D Robb and Susan Ericksen"
    "Not a talented narrator"

    The story as usual is fast-paced and gripping. Nora Roberts is an incredible story teller. However, this narrator, is not incredible. Her main characters are fine, but her secondary characters sound ridiculous. Peabody and McNab sound like, I don't know, like old-time cartoon characters. They don't sound like any cops that I would trust working a case for me. The commander sounds like he has perpetual phlegm in his throat. The only ones that are remotely believable are Dallas, Roarke, and the strippers.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Carol says: "Horrible Narration Take 2"
    "Always check the narrator"

    This is the second time this year that I have been burned by a change in narrator, and oh! this is the worst by far. I know you have all read this over and over again, but it bears repeating. Gigi needs to learn how to read! Some pronunciations are just obvious. Sometimes I wondered if she didn't just do it to be different from Marguerite. I didn't really hate her portrayal of Rachel, but everyone else is just awful. I swear, in one scene, Algaliarept had 3 different British accents. And her Ivy was God-awful. I hated Gigi's Ivy. I am actually not finished listening to it yet, but it had to be said. ALWAYS CHECK THE NARRATOR!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Industrial Magic: Women of the Otherworld, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the aftermath of her mother's murder, Paige Winterbourne broke with the elite, ultraconservative American Coven of Witches. Now her goal is to start a new coven for a new generation. But while Paige pitches her vision to uptight 30-something witches in business suits, a more urgent matter commands her attention. Someone is murdering the teenage offspring of the underworld's most influential cabals - a circle of families that makes the mob look like amateurs.

    T. D. Bell says: "good book"
    "good book"

    This book is very good. I loved the characters, the story was well paced. There was plenty of action and twists and turns. Its very different from other books in the series, which keeps the series fresh. I love the dynamic between Lucas, Paige and Benicio. I hated the voice of the narrator. She sounds like an old woman with a smoking habit. Not a bad habit, just a light one. I wish I hadn't bought the next book in the series until after I had heard the narrator.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Devil May Cry: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sin was born a Sumerian god, until he was tricked into Artemis' service as a Dark-Hunter. This immortal has dreamed only of regaining his godhood and seeking revenge on the goddess who betrayed him. But when a beautiful woman, in perilous danger from those he now hunts, suddenly appears in his life, Sin knows that his world will never be the same again.

    Josaphine says: "Awesome!"
    "Loved It!"

    Just did my 2nd and a half listen. Love Holter Graham's voice. Love the insouciance with which he interprets Kenyon's dialogue. I also love Kenyon's way with a metaphor. And once again let me say that Graham's voice as Sin is "dead sexy, baby!" I listen to him just to help me go to sleep then get caught up. Come on! If you like paranormal romance audiobooks, you'll like this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Seduction

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Brenda Joyce
    • Narrated By Marguerite Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Malcolm of Dunroch is a newly chosen Master, a novice with extraordinary and dangerous powers. But he has alreadybroken his vows, and a young woman's death is on his hands. Malcolm is determined to fight his darkest desires, denying himself all pleasure until fate sends him another Innocent, the beautiful book-seller Claire Camden.

    Rebecca says: "Narrator nasty"

    There may or may not have been a good story here, I don't know because the narrator was so freakin' horrible, that I gave up after an hour or so. If I had to listen to that piss-poor excuse for a male Scottish accent say the word "lass" for much longer I would have hurt someone, or chucked my iPOD. Neither option being viable, I deleted it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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