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Shelley

Chatsworth CA | Member Since 2009

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  • 126 reviews
  • 195 ratings
  • 461 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • The Amazing Interlude

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Driven by a sense of duty and fear of monotony, Sara Lee leaves her comfortable life and fiance in Philadelphia to serve the Red Cross in Belgium during WWI. The spirited heroine finds a niche for herself helping the wounded soldiers. She meets a mysterious gentleman and falls into a haunting romance.

    M. Chinander says: "Very Lovely"
    "Not So Amazing"
    Overall

    I guess I've just overdosed on beautiful, innocent, naive heroines who do great things but are really humble and don't know that they are beautiful or that they do great things until the man of their dreams falls madly in love with them.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kill City Blues: Sandman Slim, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (591)

    James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, has managed to get out of Hell, renounce his title as the new Lucifer, and settle back into life in L.A. But he also lost the Qomrama Om Ya, an all-powerful weapon from the banished older gods. Older gods who are returning and searching for their lost power. The hunt leads Stark to an abandoned shopping mall - a global shopping paradise infested with Lurkers and wretched bottom-feeding Sub Rosa families, squatters who have formed tight tribes to guard their tiny patches of retail wasteland.

    Cliff says: "Enter Sandman"
    "LOVE This Series!"
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    I love just about everything in this series and in this Book 5. I love all the characters that MacLeod Andrews brings to life so perfectly. I love the writing that is so rich with emotion about the universe, the world and people.
    I can totally see this entire series as a film. I know I have said it before in my previous reviews, but these are such awesome books that impart a beautiful visual display as I listen.
    I don't mind at all that the book ends with a "To Be Continued". I certainly will read/listen to the next one. I don't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark of the Demon: Kara Gillian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Liv Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (691)

    "Why me? Why now?" That’s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure.

    kathy says: "good first book in a series i hadn't discoverd yet"
    "Just Okay"
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    I would have given this two and a half stars. For my taste, way too much unnecessary vivid description of the victim's torture; too weak of a heroine; average amount of humor for said heroine; average uninteresting storyline with rather uninvolving characters.
    Takes place in the South (at least I think it does), but you wouldn't know it with no flavor of the locale.
    I will give the White Trash Zombie books a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Allan Wolf
    • Narrated By Michael Page, Phil Gigante, Christopher Lane, and others
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    More than 2,000 men, women, and children are on board. Here on the first-class promenade is millionaire John Jacob Astor, who hopes his return from Egypt with his pregnant teen bride will invite a minimum of media attention. And here, in the third-class common room, a beautiful Lebanese refugee, on her way to family in Florida, discovers first love. And there in the distance, shrouded in darkness, an ancient iceberg lies patient, awaiting its encounter.

    danny lawrence says: "It could have happened that way"
    "It Lost Me At The Iceberg"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I understand that this is more of a prose narrative of the Titanic, but when the iceberg spoke and the rat scuddled, I gave up.
    Even one of my favorite narrators, Phil Gigante, couldn't save this Titanic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil Said Bang: Sandman Slim, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (714)

    What do you do after you’ve escaped Hell, gone back, uncovered the true nature of God, and then managed to become the new Lucifer? Well, if you’re James Stark, you have to figure out how to run Hell while also trying to get back out of it... again. Plus there’s the small matter of surviving. Because everyone in Heaven, Hell, and in between wants to be the fastest gun in the universe, and the best way to do so is to take down Lucifer, a.k.a. James Stark.

    Steven says: "Not the best Sandman Slim book, but it was ok."
    "Only 3 Stars, but Still Wonderful Series"
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    I am still a huge fan of this well-written, engaging, fast-paced series, but this book is a little bit weaker than the previous installments.
    Some other reviewers said it best, but there are some plot developments that have too many loopholes and some characters such as the Dreamers, that really stretched any believability.
    Especially since I live in Los Angeles, I love all the locations and happenings in this city. And I adore all the wonderful references to movies, books and social media.
    But no review is worth anything without a standing ovation to the narrator, MacLeod Andrews, who makes the character come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aloha from Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (946)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (856)

    In Sandman Slim Stark came back from hell for revenge. Once again all is not right in L.A. Lucifer is back in Heaven, God is on vacation, and an insane killer mounts a war against both Heaven and Hell. Stark’s got to head back down to his old stomping grounds in Hell to rescue his long lost love, stop an insane serial killer, prevent both Good and Evil from completely destroying each other, and stop the demonic Kissi from ruining the party for everyone. Even for Sandman Slim, that’s a tall order. And it’s only the beginning.

    Ione says: "What a great character --"
    "LOVE IT!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was trying to come up with some clever headline for my review, but the overall picture is that I just love this series!
    As in the two previous books, the writing is so good with all the wonderful ruminations of the lead character, done in first person perspective. I loved his inner turmoil, his wrestling with his good/bad self, his take on the world, people, monsters, the devil and god. And the story still moved along at a fast pace and I never lost interest in this extraordinary character.
    I cannot say enough about MacLeod Andrew's performance. His narration makes the character absolutely come alive. I wonder if reading it would have the same impact, but I think the experience would be quite different. His smokey, growling voice conjures up vivid images and that perfect sarcastic humor just swept me away.
    I would love this series to be made into a movie. It is so visual and such rich material, it would make a terrific film.
    And if only MacLeod Andrews looks anything like his voice, he could play Sandman Slim!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill the Dead: Sandman Slim, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (968)

    James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell, took bloody revenge for his girlfriend’s murder, and saved the world along the way. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a lousy job tracking down monsters for money. It’s a depressing gig, but it pays for your beer and cigarettes. But in L.A., things can always get worse. Like when Lucifer comes to town to supervise his movie biography and drafts Stark as his bodyguard.

    Mike Naka says: "good enough for me to buy book 3"
    "Excellent Second Book"
    Overall
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    I think this is a terrific series so far. I love the voice of Sandman Slim from MacLeod Andrews. He makes him come alive with that throaty Jack Nicholson voice. He also does the other characters very well, as I can easily tell them apart even when not identified in the writing.
    And speaking of the writing... for this genre, the writing is superior to most.
    I'm also totally enjoying all the Los Angeles locales. They're authentic!
    On to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3712)
    Performance
    (3357)
    Story
    (3385)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Entertaining, but not memorable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Things I enjoyed about this book were Piper's insights into peoples' character, her perspective on the judicial system, the many women she met during her stay, and the look inside a world I have known nothing about except from weird B movies about women's prisons.

    The one thing I didn't care for was each story or each encounter really had no drama to it. It seemed everything ended fine and nothing really happened. I may not be explaining this clearly, but I kept expecting some big dramatic happening.

    Cassandra Campbell is a terrific narrator who really made the story come alive.

    I watched the first episode of Orange Is The New Black, but found it a little tedious after already hearing the book.

    Like some other reviewers, I would really like to know what has happened to Piper since her release and her experiences with this book being published.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer: A Jack Rhodes Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Carpenter
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (215)

    Jack is an author who was on his way to literary success when his life was blown apart by the horrific suicide of his fiancee. Devastated, Jack went on a fifteen-month alcoholic spiral into near oblivion before eventually working past his demons and becoming best-selling crime novelist. Just as Jack is finishing his fourth book, the LAPD interrupts his routine with news of what appears to be a copycat murder from his first book. There's just one problem - the murder took place before Jack's book was published.

    Steve Specht says: "Scary"
    "Very Good Book One"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very well done for the murder/thriller genre with a good flawed anti-hero. His backstory is nicely complex and realistically portrayed. I really liked that our hero is a writer and not a superhero or a McGiver.

    I'm not sure how I feel about the first-person narrative which I found it a bit disconcerting. There seemed to be no real reason for it---no memoirs nor anyone telling the story to another. But other than that, the writing was top-notched and Mr. Levine's narration was excellent with lots of emotional qualities, including a really well-done drunk/drugged scene.

    Lots of good supporting characters including the usual police detective who thinks our hero is guilty.

    SPOILER ALERT:
    Very imaginative plot with excellent twists and turns that kept me guessing almost to the end, except there's a technique often used in films where the story continues even after the main plot is seemingly wrapped up. That's a dead giveaway that someone won't stay down. It's used here, but made the ending much more satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Naming of the Beasts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Damian Lynch
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (220)

    They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, but if you ask Castor he'll tell you there's quite a bit of arrogance and reckless stupidity lining the streets as well. And he should know. There are only so many times you can play both sides against the middle and get away with it. Now, the inevitable moment of crisis has arrived and it's left Castor with blood on his hands. Well, not his hands, you understand; it's always someone else who pays the bill: friends, acquaintances, bystanders.

    Cliff says: "The series comes to a staisfying conclusion."
    "Love Felix Castor!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Such a terrific, well-written, thoroughly engaging series! I am so sorry it ended and I would beg for more.
    Although I adored the first narrator, Damian Lynch did an excellent job at capturing Felix's wonderful sardonic yet compassionate nature.
    This series is definitely one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thicker Than Water: A Felix Castor Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Damian Lynch
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (246)

    Old ghosts of different kinds come back to haunt Felix, in the fourth gripping Felix Castor novel. Names and faces he thought he'd left behind in Liverpool resurface in London, bringing Castor far more trouble than he'd anticipated. Childhood memories, family traumas, sins old and new, and a council estate that was meant to be a modern utopia until it turned into something like hell...these are just some of the sticks life uses to beat Felix Castor with as things go from bad to worse for London's favourite freelance exorcist.

    Robin says: "Why did they change the narrator with book 4?"
    "Keeps Getting Better"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What a gem this series is! Hooked as I was by the first book, this fourth installment has completely addicted me!
    Just a note about the change of narrator: at first I was disappointed when hearing Damian Lynch as Felix, but as I listened, his narration totally grew on me and very soon I enjoyed his version. It will be very interesting to hear the difference with the next book.
    The author beautifully defines the characters, giving us an enthralling scene of Felix's childhood and the memories of his life. Well defined and beautifully written, the plot moved at a good pace without sacrificing insights into characters.
    Definitely a cut above most paranormal series and Felix Castor is irresistible.
    What a cliffhanger of an ending!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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