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Elizabeth

A gadabout with no room for heavy books, so love the audio ones.

Calgary, AB, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • 39 reviews
  • 46 ratings
  • 214 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (241)

    While Laurel Gray Hawthorne's life seems neatly on track - a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna - everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 13-year old neighbor, Molly Dufresne.

    J. E. JONES says: "One of the Best books I've purchased"
    "OK"
    Overall

    I think I had higher hopes from this book, after listening to Gods in Alabama and Backseat Saints. On the bottom of the curve for me, with Joshilyn Jackson, but still high compared with other writers.
    I love her narration and wish she would do other books, (other than her own)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3477)
    Performance
    (2819)
    Story
    (2807)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Maggie says: "Loved this audiobook!"
    "Too annoying to finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Darynda Jones and/or Lorelei King?

    No.


    What could Darynda Jones have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Maybe reading it might have been a better option for me.


    What didn’t you like about Lorelei King’s performance?

    Her drawn out and dramatic endings to practically every sentence of Charley's dialogue, once picked up on, are impossible to not focus on. They ruined the story for me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Save the Date

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (214)

    A savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime - one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara Kryzik doesn't believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celebrate them. But when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all. Told with Mary Kay Andrews' trademark wit and keen eye for detail, mark your calendars for Save the Date!

    Jen says: "Delightful!!"
    "Very light listening,"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Save the Date better?

    A less predictable story


    What could Mary Kay Andrews have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    By adding more interesting problems for the characters to face. Also, I usually enjoy MKA because I learn something about second hand shopping or design, etc,. but there was nothing in this book for me.


    Have you listened to any of Kathleen McInerney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think she did a good job with the material she had.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, it was cookie cutter chic-lit. Won't recommend.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christmas Bliss

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    Twas the night before Christmas, and Savannah was breezy. But there's trouble afoot - and it's heading toward Weezie. Seems BeBe’s been holding a big secret back that would make Santa’s reindeer stop dead in their tracks. Can these two best friends wriggle out of these twists? Will they do it in time to ensure Christmas Bliss?

    Barbara C. French says: "Enjoyable - but not one of Mary Kay Andrews' best"
    "Nothing interesting here."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you’ve listened to books by Mary Kay Andrews before, how does this one compare?

    Her earlier books are, by far, more interesting to listen to.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Voices were annoyingly cute and hard to distinguish from each other.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Changeless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1487)
    Performance
    (1257)
    Story
    (1265)

    Gail Carriger created a fascinating steampunk vision of Victorian England in her “intoxicatingly witty” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) debut novel Soulless—the first in the best-selling Parasol Protectorate series. Changeless is the second in the series and finds Alexia Tarabotti, now the Lady Woolsey, quite put out after her werewolf husband goes missing. So, armed with her trusty parasol, Alexia boards a dirigible and heads for Scotland to find him.

    Leanna says: "Loved it!"
    "Not nearly as good as the first"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved the first book but this one left me annoyed. A certain characters voice was so grating on my nerves I wanted to shut the book off, and the story focused entirely too much time on her "womanly duties".
    Other that those two things, I could still pick out the humour the author had written in the story, as she had in the first, which I enjoyed so much. I will still move onto the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3107)
    Performance
    (2301)
    Story
    (2327)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "What a treat !"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved this book. The narrator was amazing and the story was so well written. I even rewound some chapters to hear them again. Never done that with a book before. Well worth the money !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ladies' Night

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (374)

    Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly "divorce recovery" therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality. When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday "Ladies' Night" sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?

    JenniferandSteveLandeau says: "Man I thought my divorce was the worst!"
    "Didn't enjoy this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was too predictable. The weak lead character drove me crazy and I almost didn't finish it. I miss the writing of her earlier books. The narrator was good keeping the characters separate, however every women had a whiney voice and that got old quickly.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lauren Graham
    • Narrated By Lauren Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (223)

    From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead - and keep it together - in New York City. It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing "important" work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club....

    Dina says: "Missing Lorelei"
    "Good Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was easy to listen to and kept me entertained throughout. I liked that she narrated it because I think she made it more interesting than if I would have read the book myself. Worth my credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5993)
    Performance
    (5198)
    Story
    (5190)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Not a favourite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't see what the fuss was about. It took me almost a month to get through this book. nothing about the story grabbed my interest. I only finished it because it was there.

    The narrator did a great job.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10236)
    Performance
    (8534)
    Story
    (8607)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Geoff says: "I dig it."
    "Edit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved the first book and most of the second. But about 3/4 through and after ridiculously long chapters about a sex faery, I lost interest. And altho I finished listening to the book, I can't remember what happened. That's not a good sign.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9802)
    Performance
    (7288)
    Story
    (7327)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "I enjoyed it, but read some reviews before"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened to the whole book and stayed interested through most of it.

    The narrator does a brilliant job with all but the main characters voice. It was incredibly whiney and annoying. It bothers me when the female leads voice is childish and weak. Read the other reviews before buying it, they are all correct, it does spend the entire book setting up for another book in the series and nothing gets solved, the writer does spend a lot of time describing things, it is missing something.

    I enjoyed it despite these things. And after 24 hours of listening there are bound to be things that annoy you, but I think it was worth my money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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