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Terry

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  • The FREE Prologue & 5-Chapter Sampler of Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (775)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    AudioAddict says: "So I'm definitely getting the book now..."
    "Wish Sanderson would finish 1 series at a time."
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    Did The FREE Prologue & 5-Chapter Sampler of Steelheart inspire you to do anything?

    It helped me decide to not purchase the book at this time.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm dissappointed that Sanderson starts other lengthy series before finishing the ones he's already working on. Whatever happened to "The Way of Kings"??

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Concealed in Death: In Death Series, Book 38

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1550)
    Performance
    (1405)
    Story
    (1408)

    In a decrepit and long-empty New York building, a man begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, he finds two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. The man is Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s billionaire husband, Roarke, and he summons her immediately. His latest real estate project is going to be on hold for a while, because by the time Eve and her crew are finished searching the premises, there are 12 murders to be solved.

    amazonian says: "Don't Read "In Death" LISTEN to it!"
    "Continually better!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Thank you JD Robb (Nora Roberts) for continually making this series entertaining & for continually improving/changing/aging - evolving - the characters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10792)
    Performance
    (9794)
    Story
    (9813)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Great suspence!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was a little slow to start & the chapters were very short in the begining, but as the story grew so did the suspenece & I found myself sitting on the edge. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Prince: The Infernal Devices, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Heather Lind
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1617)
    Performance
    (1447)
    Story
    (1457)

    In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street - and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. The special Collector’s First Edition will include a never-before-seen letter from Will to his family!

    Aimee says: "Beautifully Written."
    "Poor narration spoils story"
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    Would you try another book from Cassandra Clare and/or Ed Westwick and Heather Lind ?

    I've already read & listened to audiobooks for Mortal Instruments & Clockwork Angel and enjoyed them. Understanding that they are directed at a young adult audience & I enjoy that as a change, so yes I will read/listern to another Cassandra Clare book.However I will NOT listen to another audiobook narrated by Heather Lind as she makes all the characters sound whinny & petulant!!


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think all books of a series should try to keep the same narrator throughout whenever possible.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculated in Death: In Death Series, Book 36

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1528)
    Performance
    (1346)
    Story
    (1347)

    On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

    Jessica says: "Still a fan!"
    "Dallas, Rourke & the gang at their best :)"
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    Would you listen to Calculated in Death again? Why?

    I always relisten to books in a series to get refocused on the timeline before the next one coming out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dallas & Rourke are growing more & more comfortable with their relationship & making things work together. I'm so glad that they can skip the arguments as to how involved Rourke should or should not be in the investigations. Also he realises that she must do things on her own without him hovering. It is a very comfortable fit now, yet without feeling like something is missing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very end! (I won't spoil it by telling you why ;p)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4998)
    Performance
    (4538)
    Story
    (4587)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Sitting on the edge of my seat!!!"
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    Would you listen to A Memory of Light again? Why?

    Yes, there are going to be things I missed the first time & I've listened to each of the other books in this series at least twice each :)
    Also there will come a time when I want to walk through this world again, from start to finish.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorites charactersssss! Naturally Rand Al Thor, as he is THE main character, but also Perrin, Mat & Avienda. Secondly Eqwene, Elaine, Nyneve & Lan.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, but this series is the one I'm most familiar with them. I enjoy their narration, although I found that the accents & tones they used with particular characters was not as constant in this book as it had been in past books. Also I would have liked to have them team up a little differently, I would have Kramer voice only & all the male thoughts (narrations) & Reading do the same for the females.


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

    This book was the final battle for the powers of good against evil, all the characters that I'd come to know & love would be in that fight. Therefore I knew that not everyone would make it through alive & so I sat on the edge of my seat, almost holding my breath, as time & time again one or another of them came close to death.


    Any additional comments?

    This entire book is the climax of the series & couldn't have been done better!
    It is a wonderful ending to The Wheel of Time series and has not left me wondering what will happen next. Nor has it left me wishing that another series will spring from this one.
    Kudos to Robert Jordan for leaving notes & instructions on how he wanted the final story(s) to work & to Brandon Sanderson for stepping in so well that you can't tell what parts are his additions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Undead Sublet: A Free Story from 'The Undead in My Bed'

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (1541)
    Performance
    (1362)
    Story
    (1362)

    In "Undead Sublet" by Molly Harper, executive chef Tess Maitland is banned from her five-star kitchen in Chicago to recover from "exhaustion". Choosing a random rental house in Half-Moon Hollow to spend time in, she's unaware that the house comes with a strange man. Even though Sam Masden's ex-wife has rented the house out from under him, the divorce settlement allows him access to it for another ninety days. With Tess unable to go anywhere else, and Sam unwilling, a war of epic proportions is declared - and romantic sparks and heavy pots fly.

    Taryn says: "Completely awful"
    "Cute romance with a twist"
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    Any additional comments?

    It was a cute little short story & I will remember this author & series for future purchases.
    I liked the referrence to Twilight star Robert Pattinson :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5462)
    Performance
    (5075)
    Story
    (5075)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Riviting!"
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    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    So happy to have James Marsters back! John Glover did a good job on Ghost Story, but it's like wearing your favorite old slippers rather than the new ones :)
    The anger & frustration of Harry's friends over his assumed death & now his position as Winter Knight, has caried over from Ghost Story, but understandably so. Even the readers of this book are going to wonder if (or for how long) Harry can keep the beast inside.
    Harry is once again thrust into numerous situations which must each be solved immediatly or the world (or at least his friends & family) will come to an end. He begins to realise that the early days of his career, although slow & unexciting. were a lot easier!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I'm so glad to have Thomas back in the story & loved their reunion & the banter they care on.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Jim Butcher ALWAYS makes me laugh & cry!


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that the next book takes place very shortly after this one, so that we see how things go between the Winter Knight & the Winter Lady.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1204)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (762)

    The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.

    Patti says: "Good book terrible narrator"
    "Ok"
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    The story was similar to the tv show which was good. A few chuckles and a good story. However the narration was very poor, I almost stopped listening. The narrator used the same 'excitement-building' tone if the character was was doing something exciting or something mundane. Also there was little or no voice change between characters so it was hard to understand which character was talking & sometimes difficult to tell if is was narration or conversation.
    I am glad I perserveered as the narrator either improved or I got used to him by the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3268)
    Performance
    (2946)
    Story
    (2977)

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    Timothy says: "Pleased, yet wanting more..."
    "Humour & adventure, loved it :)"
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    As a read alone this would be a good book, but reading the first 3 Mistborn books first would help understanding of the powers & the world in which this story takes place. I listened to the original books some time ago, so I relistened to them before purchasing Alloy of Law. Where the first books were rather insense because of the serious condition of all civilization, this book is lighter because it deals with only some of the people. Alloy of Law is still full of adventure & suspense, but it has a great deal of humour. The character of Wayne had me laughing out loud as I listened to this book.
    As always Michael Kramer does an excellent job of individualizing the characters voices & keeping accents true throughout the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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