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Lisa

ABBEVILLE, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Magic Bites: Kate Daniels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2147)
    Performance
    (1381)
    Story
    (1398)

    Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

    Sara says: "Pure Steel!"
    "Lots of world/character building"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I bought this book and the second during a sale. I have to say, this first book didn't really draw me in that much. I think there was a lot of building and set up of Daniels' world, which really is carefully crafted. The magical shift that occurs several decades earlier brings magic to the forefront, and magic tears down anything that's


    What other book might you compare Magic Bites to and why?

    These books are completely different than the following authors. I only compare the Kate Daniels series to these works simply for the storytelling and the way the books drew me in. If you like this series, you probably will also love Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thomas series, Kim Harrison's The Hollows series, and Nicole Peeler's Tempest series


    Which character – as performed by Renée Raudman – was your favorite?

    My favorite characters were Kate, Curran, and Derek


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

    One of the most emotional moments is when Kate's werewolf


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus Revealed: Georgina Kincaid, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (741)

    Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina's boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can't just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she's being forced to transfer operations...to Las Vegas.

    Cindy says: "Satisfying! Loved IT!"
    "Emotional Hit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this entire series on audio and the way Rodgers brings alive Mead's characters and world is incredible. This is one of those series that I just couldn't quit listening to because both author and performer so perfectly capture Georgina's emotional highs and lows, her history, her relationships. . .

    And this last book in the series is no different, pulling at all your emotions, Mead leaves you with a bittersweet ending as you say hello and goodbye to so many things & people that the series brought forth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5464)
    Performance
    (3787)
    Story
    (3805)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "It's all about Bones"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm really somewhere around a 3.5 on this book. I don't know if it was a combination of the narrator's voice (she seems overly dramatic way too much of the time) or the main character, Kat, but I really wished I could reach into my ipod and just smack both. Kat is a 21/22 year-old half vampire, half human who stalks and kills evil vampires. She's an idealistic, immature little twit. Granted, she does grow through the book, particularly after she meets and partners with the vampire Bones, but she only begrudgingly grows (like knock her on the head with the truth, and she finally changes), and she really doesn't seem to take any sort of lessons/logic with her.

    This factor is what makes me want to smack her, and, while I'm currently listening to the 2nd book in the series, set about 5 years later, Kat still suffers from the same problem. What I really love about his series is the character of Bones, and I have no clue why he puts up with Kat. Bones is an extremely self-confident, snarky, and sarcastic character who will do whatever serves his best interest. I really love this character because, despite the fact he has no qualms about killing people, you can't help but like him. This series is definitely worth checking out, definitely entertaining, but I have to say I've read/listened to a lot better series than this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1200)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (682)

    "Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside."

    Angela says: "The Nightside"
    "The narrator killed this book"
    Overall

    I could not finish listening to this book because I hated the narrator so much. I believe others have mentioned that the phrase "the nightside" is repeated ad nauseum --I actually started counting at one point and came up with 13 repetitions of the phrase in a 10 minute window. Granted, the repetition is not the fault of the narrator, but my counting is because I just got so bored with the narrator's deadpan/ monotone voice. Nothing stirs up this narrator, not even an attack by unkillable, faceless, soul suckers. On top of that, the main character, if I remember right, is supposed to be around 30. This narrator is probably in his 50s, and doesn't seem to capture the main character at all. Things that should have come across as sarcastic, ironic, and comedic just fell flat. And yes, I know male/female narrators are not going to sound all that convincing portraying the opposite sex, but the voice he uses for the main female character kept bringing flashes of a very large, biker looking, male crossdresser. This image would be fine, if the character were a very large, biker looking, male crossdresser.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus Blues: Georgina Kincaid, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1848)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1090)

    Succubus (n.) An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men. Pathetic (adj.) A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid. When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical? But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid's life is far less exotic.

    Jessica says: "Another great paranormal series!"
    "Succubus Blues"
    Overall

    I really loved this book and can't wait to read/listen to more in the series. The story itself was very engaging, and I couldn't help but feel for the heroine, Georgina, as her story unfolded. She is a succubus, and must sleep with men to survive, but she doesn't want to hurt anyone who is good, so she seeks out "bad" men instead. This book works forward as Georgina tries to figure out who is attacking and killing supernatural creatures in the Seattle area and tries to avoid emotional commitments with 2 different men who are interested in her. In addition, the book also utilizes flashbacks, filling in Georgina's history, and just how she came to be a succubus in the first place. I gave the book a 4 out of 5 mainly because of the narrator who pauses like every 2-3 words and puts stresses on way too many syllables, which is fine if there's some high drama/intensity going on, but not through the whole book! Instead, the narrator becomes a bit annoying and distracting, which can detract from the plot itself.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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