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Seana

I like Science Fiction, Post Apocalypse, mysteries, and good romance. If you can mix it all in together, I am one happy camper.

Albuquerque, NM, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • To Have and To Code: A Witch Central Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (212)

    Nell Sullivan is fiery, easily distracted by cookies, and doomed to wear the peach monstrosity at her best friend's wedding. And she's a witch. Daniel Walker is a former baseball player turned bored hacker looking for a challenge. Hacking Nell's online gaming world is going to get him a lot more than he bargained for. A prophecy says they will make babies together - but when it comes to the love life of a modern witch and a hacker, prophecy might not get a vote.

    Rachel says: "Wonderful series with well developed characters"
    "This is a cute story but the narrator blows..."
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    Would you try another book from Debora Geary and/or Martha Harmon Pardee?

    I would definitely read another book by Debora Geary, but Martha Harmon Pardee is the most annoying narrator I've heard in ages.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a cute adorable, fluffy romantic story about a fire witch and a hacker. I love the character development, and really am rooting for them. The story makes me feel sappy and romantic, exactly what I wanted.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Martha Harmon Pardee’s performances?

    Absolutely not. Her dramatic pauses were bizarre and confusing. She has pauses that make you think there is a change in scene until you realize it wasn't. She attempts to give some kind of feeling performance that is pretentious and completely inappropriate for the genre of the story. Everything is muted and "understated" and really really annoying. I would honestly have to avoid a book read by this Narrator, even if I loved the author.


    Was To Have and To Code worth the listening time?

    No, but it would be a fun book to read.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep the author, skip the narrator.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Better World: The Brilliance Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (180)

    The brilliants changed everything.

    Since 1980, 1% of the world has been born with gifts we'd only dreamed of. The ability to sense a person's most intimate secrets, or predict the stock market, or move virtually unseen. For thirty years the world has struggled with a growing divide between the exceptional...and the rest of us.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Simply a solid continuation of a great idea"
    "Excellent Sci Fi story!"
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    Where does A Better World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is in the top 25%. I really enjoyed this second book in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is not 1 best. It's a good story. It was written well and it had narration. I judge a story based on it sucking me in and not pissing me off. That did this well.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait until the next one comes out.

    After telling my husband about the series he points out that someone owe Stan Lee some money. I don't want to get into that. But if you the like the premise of x-men you will probably enjoy this series in general. Nobody wear costumes and the skills are not quite at super natural. But idea is there. I am also impressed with the political allegory.

    If you like political stories, this is also a story for you.

    If you like good writing. I recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8226)
    Performance
    (6386)
    Story
    (6413)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Beautiful Story with wonderful Narration."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    My headline says it all. The was a wonderful story with complicated characters. It was heartbreaking and funny. But the narrator added to the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I can't say that I liked any one part of the story more than others. I did enjoy all the German cursing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Mama came to tell Liesel that Max was awake. It was at that moment that you understood how brave Mama was and how truly kind and loving she was.


    If you could take any character from The Book Thief out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Death. Because how could you not.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not a wasted Credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forged in Steele: A KGI Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (244)

    Steele, a KGI team leader, is an enigma not even his teammates understand. His emotions are tightly locked down and nothing can break that icy exterior. Nothing except Maren Scofield, a doctor on a mission, a woman who has gotten under Steele’s skin and threatens to crack that unflappable cool he’s legendary for. Steele is determined not to allow Maren past his carefully guarded defenses. But he has a decision to make. Hold tight and shut her out. Or take a chance on something more powerful than he’s ever faced: Love.

    Judy Ryan says: "If it's not broke ....."
    "Eh."
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    What did you like best about Forged in Steele? What did you like least?

    The characters were very one dimensional.


    Would you recommend Forged in Steele to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It's not really a great book.


    What does Adam Paul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well he made Steele sound like he had abused his voice for year. Didn't much like that.


    Could you see Forged in Steele being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. I wouldn't watch it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1538)
    Performance
    (1402)
    Story
    (1398)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "It is exactly what you expect."
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    Where does Dark Witch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's hard to rate books. I will be reading/listening to the other books in the series. It's not the best book, but I certainly enjoyed listening.


    What other book might you compare Dark Witch to and why?

    It's pretty comparable to other Nora Roberts trilogies.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    What more notable is my least favorite character as performed by K.K. I really didn't like her "Ionna." She made her sound like Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz and it was very disconcerting.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I wouldn't make film of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read comments that complained that this book is too predictable. And it's true, there isn't a lot of surprise in it. But it's a romance book. Of course I know how it's going to end. I would have been pretty annoyed if it had ended any other way. In a romance novel, it's not the destination but the journey that counts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neighbor: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Kirby Heyborne, Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1367)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (706)

    It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy: a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect. But from the moment Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at the Joneses - a snug little bungalow, she senses something off about the picture of wholesome normality the couple worked so hard to create.

    KSK says: "Listen to "Say Goodbye" first"
    "Good Story, Excellent Narration!"
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    Would you listen to The Neighbor again? Why?

    Yes. This was an amazing story with such twists and turns that I'm certain I missed things.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. This is a well crafted story and you really don't know what's going to happen until it happens.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the narration. Having different voices for different characters really added to the richness of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1940)
    Performance
    (1799)
    Story
    (1809)

    The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

    Teddy says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Pee your pants funny."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Well definitely the McDonald's story had me in tears laughing.


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Sean Runnette does an amazing job with the voices. One part of the story truly made me laugh so hard I couldn't breath, and part of that was Sean Runnette's time and voice.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is turning out to be one of the best audio series I have listened to. Top notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2977)
    Performance
    (2779)
    Story
    (2789)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "So Fun!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend or stranger. The characters were fun and I definitely laughed out loud.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zombie Fallout?

    This Kiss. I won't say anything more. But I will say that while I loved this audio book, there were moments where I just had to stop listening because of the intense visceral reaction I was having to parts of the story.


    What about Sean Runnette???s performance did you like?

    This is always a difficult question. For me, a good Narrator doesn't detract from the story, and that's how I felt about Sean Runnette.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1587)
    Performance
    (1388)
    Story
    (1414)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "Beautiful Story"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a beautiful story. One that I believe will be a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1812)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1646)

    Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back in Darynda Jones' Third Grave Dead Ahead! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the parthuman, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on.

    Stephanie says: "Best book yet."
    "Fun fun fun for this New Mexican"
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    What did you love best about Third Grave Dead Ahead?

    This is a light fun story with a a very likable character. In fact, I really enjoy all of the characters. They tend to be complicated and endearing. I can't wait for the next one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I live in Albuquerque, so I absolutely love that it takes place in my home town.


    What about Lorelei King???s performance did you like?

    I love her characters voices. She makes them come alive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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