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Jessica

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  • 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
    (6865)
    Performance
    (6341)
    Story
    (6342)

    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"
    "bubble of glee"
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    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    Bubble of Glee


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything is wonderful. I know that is not very discriptive or helpful. However, I have had a bubble of glee inside me during every second of this audible book. I've mostly listened to it in my car so as to draw it out as long as possible because I do not want this feeling of happiness to pass.


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

    He brilliantly brings this book to life and manages to carry forward the inflections in character's voices from book to book. When he didn't read the last one my brother and I almost cried. The stand-in did a great job, too, but he couldn't duplicate James' voices exactly though in the end this worked out because Harry was only a spirit and possibly he would sound different so we were happy about it after we listened to it.


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

    "It will be a cold day in hell before I give up my will."


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next book. Brilliant job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rowan's Lady: Clan Graham, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Suzan Tisdale
    • Narrated By Brad Wills
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (331)

    The Black Death showed no mercy when it took Rowan Graham’s beautiful, young wife. With his clan nearly decimated, his heart torn to shreds, he is left to raise his newborn daughter alone. Rowan tries to keep the promises he made to Kate on her deathbed, save for one: He is unable to give his heart to another. Lady Arline is forced into yet another arranged marriage - loveless and lonely. Behind Garrick Blackthorn's good looks lies a cruel, vindictive man. She wants nothing more than her marriage to end so that she might gain the freedom she has longed for.

    Virginia F. Smith says: "Super Great!!!"
    "Falls apart around the middle."
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    Would you try another book from Suzan Tisdale and/or Brad Wills?

    Not by the author. Initially, I was very pleased with it but then it spiraled down into the mire of repetition. The narrator was excellent except for the voice he came up with for the four year old. Most of the time I couldn't understand a word of her dialogue. If I'd been reading the book, that would be different.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The author kept reminding us of things she'd already told us. After the third or fourth time I became frustrated. The middle needed to be ramped up. It was full...full of angst and 'oh me, oh my, what should I do' moments. I do not like there to be misunderstandings between the Hero and the Heroine that could easily be put aside if they'd just talk to each other. This happens several times in this book.


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

    His Scots accent is wonderful.


    Did Rowan's Lady inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I said I wouldn't read another one of her books and that is because of the repetition thing. This is my buggaboo and should not stop others from enjoying this book if repetition in a story doesn't bother them. The characterization is good. The settings are good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Off Season

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jack Ketchum
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    September. A beautiful New York editor retreats to a lonely cabin on a hill in the quiet Maine beach town of Dead River - off season - awaiting her sister and friends. Nearby, a savage human family with a taste for flesh lurks in the darkening woods, watching, waiting for the moon to rise and night to fall.

    Barry says: "Wow!"
    "too gruesome"
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    Would you try another book from Jack Ketchum and/or Richard Davidson?

    Maybe. I'm hesitant because I didn't like how gruesome Off Season was. There was more swearing than I prefer too.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    During the action, the narrator was great. However, during the sections where backstory was being relayed, I didn't like the way the narrator sounded bored.


    Do you think Off Season needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    When I bought this book I was looking for more of a ghost story and less of a gruesome "The Hills Have Eyes" sort of book. My disappointment is reflected by this misunderstanding. If you are looking for this type of suspenseful horror story, then I think you will be pleased with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1201)
    Performance
    (1070)
    Story
    (1067)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    Sharon says: "Louise, what were you thinking?"
    "a pleasure"
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    Would you listen to The Long Way Home again? Why?

    yes. The language is delightful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The language.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    Inspector Gamache.


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

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    A book by Louis Penny is one of life's great pleasures.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Molly C. Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2072)
    Performance
    (1823)
    Story
    (1870)

    The New York Times best-selling Mortal Instruments continues - and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon. Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide? Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

    Jose Ruiz says: "Need a new Narrator...."
    "Molly is getting better..."
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    Would you listen to City of Lost Souls again? Why?

    Possibly, if enough time passed. I don't usually listen to most books twice.


    What other book might you compare City of Lost Souls to and why?

    I'd only compare it to others in the series.


    Have you listened to any of Molly C. Quinn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Molly before and I think she's improving. I like her better when she reads the entire book.


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

    That isn't possible for me, so I'd have to answer no. I occasionally drive a couple of hours at a time and I would be pleased to listen to this book for several hours straight.


    Any additional comments?

    Molly could do with a little more practice separating the sounds of different character's voices. Unfortunately, writers are being encouraged to reduce the number of dialogue tags--he said, she said, etc--and that makes listening to a book more of a challenge if the reader cannot manage to make each characters' voices unique. I think Molly is up to it but needs a little more practice. She does well on the unusual characters-demons, for example. It's just the young people that seem to stump her. She's miles better than Wil Wheaton, though I don't know if that is any consolation to her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2731)
    Performance
    (2201)
    Story
    (2236)

    City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

    Amazon Customer says: "HATE that female reader!"
    "Disappointing listen."
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    What did you like best about City of Fallen Angels? What did you like least?

    The narration was below average.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I continue to think that the story concept is unique.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ed Westwick and Molly C. Quinn ?

    Almost anyone, except Will Weaton. He was worse. I didn't like switching back and forth between narrators either. Ed Westwick read as if he was exhausted all the time. He cut words off and didn't lend what he read any weight. It sounded as if he was bored. I like Molly C. Quinn as an actress but she read her sections instead of acting them the way the great readers do, such as Jim Dale.


    Was City of Fallen Angels worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    There was way too much teenage misery in this book. I felt as though I was back in the misery of Jace and Clary's relationship in the first two books. I know this series are YA's but still...come on...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder Stone: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Adam Sims
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    It's the height of summer, and the wealthy Finney family have gathered at the Manoir Bellechasse to pay tribute to their late father. But as the temperature rises, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. When the heat wave boils over into a mighty storm, a dead body is left in its wake. Chief Inspector Gamache, a guest at the Bellechasse, finds himself with a building full of suspects. With the hotel locked down, the murderer is trapped. But a cornered predator is always the most dangerous of all...

    Lori says: "The Wrong Voice"
    "Good story, but..."
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    Where does The Murder Stone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 25%.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Good ending. Nice denouement.


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

    This is where the "but" comes in. His portrayal of all the new characters was great, as was his portrayal of Gamache and his wife and Gamache's subordinates. But, I did not like his characterization of Clara. I thought it was too harsh. I listened to this book after I'd listened to all the others in this series so I know where Clara and Peter's relationship is going. Clara is softer than Adam Sims portrayed her. I like Clara and I didn't like her much in this book and I think it is because of Mr. Sims' interpretation of her.


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

    Both.


    Any additional comments?

    There was a lot about Clara and Peter in the first half of the book and then it was as if Ms. Penny forgot Clara was in the book. Clara's reactions to events in the first part of the book were so strong that I wanted some resolution for them. I didn't get that. In many other ways the book was very satisfying. The other scene I wish I had been in on was Gamache's last talk with his son. The author just told us it had taken place, instead of showing it to us so that we could experience the scene. A missed opportunity, I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead of the Night: Tomorrow Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Marsden
    • Narrated By Suzi Dougherty
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (145)

    It's tough surviving in Hell. But sometimes Hell can be a haven. Their country has been invaded. Their homes have been occupied by strangers, or destroyed. Their families are facing death at the hands of a merciless enemy. But one group of teenagers, fugitives in a remote valley, will never give in. Not without a fight. But sometimes courage demands too high a price.

    G. House Sr. says: "Totally wrapped up in the story"
    "Undecided."
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    Would you try another book from John Marsden and/or Suzi Dougherty?

    Maybe.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Marsden again?

    Maybe.


    Which character – as performed by Suzi Dougherty – was your favorite?

    None.


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

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the 2nd book in the series. I was of two minds about buying this one after the first. It wasn't the writing, it was the plotting of the invasion aspects of the story. Unless this story is supposed to be an allegory about the differences between the "haves" and the "have nots", there is no good reason not to reveal who has invaded Australia. It beggars the reader's reasoning that these young people could not tell who had invaded them. In the second book, there is a scene where they watch through a window as "colonists" clean and tidy a house. Is the author trying to make me believe that they couldn't then tell who had invaded them? Apparently, Australia is the "have" country and ? is the "have not" country who believes that since they are over crowded, they should be allowed to invade Australia. I'm sorry...What? I also could not credit that Australia is receiving so little help from their allies. If the author really believes that there are countries out there so desperate for land that they would invade another country to get it, then he should stand up and name them in the book. This series is too much like an Australian version of Red Dawn. And, on a minor note, how come no one has cell phones? They aren't even mentioned. I keep trying to like this series, but I'm still not certain I'm going to buy the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Toll-Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Daniel Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (205)

    Captain John Staple’s exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack amongst his fellows in the Dragoon Guards. Now home from Waterloo, life in peacetime is rather dull for the adventure-loving Captain. But when he finds himself lost at an unmanned toll-house in the Pennines, his soldiering days suddenly pale away beside an adventure - and romance - of a lifetime.

    Yvette says: "Great book - reader only OK"
    "Hard to forget Harvey Bains"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend because in spite of having some trouble innitially forgetting Daniel Hill's tv character, Harvey Bains, Daniel does a great job with the narration. His characterization is wonderful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've read this book a couple of dozen times--at least. The plot is strong and the love story is tender.


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

    More drama.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Toll-Gate and why?

    Jack Staple, of course. He's the main male character and drives the book.


    Any additional comments?

    There is no doubt that characters being read by a narator rarely sound like they do in your head when you are reading the book. The portrayal of Jack is no different. I had always imagined him with a deeper voice because he is such a big man. However, I soon became accustomed to Daniel's portrayal of him. So, if this is the case for other readers, I urge them to give the audible book a chance. I really think they will enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brutal Telling: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1607)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1139)

    As autumn descends upon Three Pines, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store at the center of town. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. What past did he leave behind, and why has he buried himself in this tiny village?

    Marie says: "Satisfying but sad"
    "denouement disappointment"
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    What did you love best about The Brutal Telling?

    The writing was full and rich as usual. The characters as alive as any could want.


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

    The cadence of his reading allows additional vitality into the story. He injects additional emotional strength to the tale.


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

    There's a hidden treasure in Three Pines.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed in the denouement this time around. It was too tightly written and I did not feel as if all my questions had been answered to my satisfaction. There is a danger with audible books and the danger is that your mind can wander and you can miss things. However, I don't think my mind wandered during the last few chapters. I even rewound parts to listen to them again to make certain I wasn't missing things. That didn't help. Something is missing at the end as though several scenes ended up on the editing room floor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colony

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By F.G. Cottam
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (346)

    For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.

    AJ says: "Solid atmospheric horror"
    "Occasionally dropped the ball."
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    Where does The Colony rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The reading was excellent. It was the pacing of the story that occasionally fell short.


    Would you be willing to try another book from F.G. Cottam? Why or why not?

    Yes. His descriptions were excellent and he knows how to tease out a scene beyond "It was a dark and stormy night.".


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    He performed the book, he didn't just read it. The pacing of his reading was outstanding.


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

    I was on the edge of my seat through many parts, but at other times, the writer pulled back and "told" the story rather than "showed" the story. His tension was uneven and tended to be anti-climactic.


    Any additional comments?

    I will liken the book's pacing to a roller-coaster. At first there is a long, steep climb. Up, Up, Up we went, getting closer and closer to the fateful moment. However, instead of a death-defying drop at the other side of the apex, there were a series of disappointing hillocks. This does not take away from the excellence of the general craftsmanship of the writer which is why I will be pleased to listen to another one of his books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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