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Shelley

Chatsworth CA | Member Since 2009

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  • 113 reviews
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  • 440 titles in library
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  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3139)
    Performance
    (2329)
    Story
    (2356)

    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"
    "Very Entertaining"
    Overall

    I have to admit that when I began listening, I wanted to stop about fifteen minutes into the book. At first, the character of Alexia was really irritating. Also, I had a difficult time understanding the nature of her "soulless" condition. And most difficult of all was the constant changing and switching of the points of view. This made it difficult to know what's going on and whose head we're in---whether it be one of the characters or the omniscient narrator. The listening became increasingly frustrating.

    But thank goodness I didn't stop! I ended up getting used to the switching POVs and grew to love the Alexia character and the wonderful singular British humor that runs throughout this book.

    And I loved the ending! (No spoiler alert!) But now, like the other reviewers, I want more!

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Charley Davidson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1054)

    Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow - but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim-reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins.

    RabidReads says: "This book could change EVERYTHING!"
    "Love This Series!"
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    After reading all the other reviews, it's hard to come up with anything to say except I really love this series. So entertaining, so exciting and so well written, I don't want it to end. No, it's not heavy literature, but it is a wonderful mix of humor, action and poignancy,
    And like other reviewers, Lorelei King IS Charlie Davidson. And, I might add, all the other characters. She is one fabulous narrator.
    This is absolutely one of my top favorite urban paranormal series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Town: Wayward Pines, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (388)

    Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town's creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed. But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond.

    justin says: "TWO/THREE star review within 3 hours ? RIDICULOUS"
    "Enjoyed, But Too Many Holes..."
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    A very entertaining story, but too many times I had to suspend my disbelief. Too many times, I questioned "why?". Like: Why not tell the people what was going on? Why all the elaborate hidden surveillance? Why have them engage in ritual killings? I know there were rather weak reasons given for these things, but I really had to put all of it aside and just go with the story.
    And if the mad scientist's purpose was to repopulate the Earth, then why wasn't there any emphasis of pregnancies? It seems they certainly had no qualms killing lots of people. Wouldn't they be concerned about the gene pool reduction?
    Don't get me started, I just have to go with the flow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayward: Wayward Pines, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (588)

    Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amid picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden - except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture. None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry. Some believe they are dead. Others think they're trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise.

    Anthony Moore says: "I'm Hooked!!!"
    "Still Jumped The Shark..."
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    Definitely better than the first because of more character development and nice plot twists, but my suspension of disbelief was wearing thin when I focused on the whole premise of the town and its creator.
    I am a sci fi afficianado, but for me, there has to be a few less gigantic loopholes and a bit more reality.
    But again, I did enjoy this sequel and I will get the third book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3173)
    Performance
    (2977)
    Story
    (2964)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Not the Best, But Stll Wonderful"
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    Don't get me wrong, I ADORE the Outlander series! I say "Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ" all the time. But this book in the series fell just a tad short for me.
    Maybe it was the boring historical battle details, maybe it was the forgettable supporting characters, but I can only give it four stars instead of five.
    Nevertheless, this isn't going to stop me from being a rabid Outlander fan And I'm enthralled watching the Starz series! It's awesome!
    Davina Porter IS Claire and every other character as far as I'm concerned. She is absolutely AMAZING!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2333)
    Performance
    (2124)
    Story
    (2123)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "M. Night Shyamalan, anyone?"
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    I don't know who read which one first, but both author and filmmaker must have been separated at birth.
    Besides this, and despite my suspension of disbelief, I actually enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and not poorly written and easy on the ears.
    I didn't know it was a series, so I reserve final judgment until I hear the sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18168)
    Performance
    (16167)
    Story
    (16126)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "One of the Best King Books Ever!"
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    I was enthralled throughout the entire, long, long book. I absolutely did not want this wonderful story to end. Hey! Maybe I could go back in time and listen to it again! Naahh.

    I even loved the epilogue by Mr. King himself. I was fascinated by all the research he did.

    I'm afraid I did not totally love Craig Wasson's narration. He was skilled in Boston accents and some Texas accents, but for me, his voice had an older person's sound that didn't fit with many of the characters, especially the main character and the women. I know that might seem like nitpicking, but listening to a book is so different than reading it. The narrator interprets the emotion and meaning of the words. For this audio book, at times I found myself trying to put aside Mr. Wasson's voice and listen to the words as if I were reading.

    Nevertheless, marvelous story, equally marvelous writing from a masterful author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5190)
    Performance
    (3155)
    Story
    (3173)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Good Sequel"
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    Because of all the five star glowing reviews, I doubt that my not-so-glowing review will make a difference. But I have mixed feelings about this two book series.
    On one hand, I enjoyed the cautionary tale of our society completely breaking down as a handful of people try to control the world. On the other hand, I needed to care about characters, who they are and what they feel. I got very little of a character study as much as I got a computer/internet lesson. And for the most part, except for a hastily thrown-in, not-quite romance, all the characters were defined by their computer/internet actions.
    And maybe it was just me, but I got very confused as to who was doing what to whom, and who were the good guys and who were the bad guys. I kept trying to figure out the Dark Net or the Daemon people or what.
    I did enjoy the Stephen King/Michael Crichton flavor, as well as the cinematic quality like the razorback rider-less motorcycles.
    But the ending felt rushed and left some unresolved characters. Maybe another sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7207)
    Performance
    (4225)
    Story
    (4257)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Heavy on the Techno, Light on the Reality"
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    As far as I could tell from the reviews, I am one of a mere handful of women who have listened to this book. I am not a gamer, but I do understand technology so I was able to follow most of the techno-speak. But, I'm sorry, that does not make a good novel. It mostly served to bog down the story and helped to create cardboard characters.
    Anyway, about a third way through, I was ready to stop listening because of the dull, repetitive techno babble. Then finally the story heated up and moved along swiftly, albeit still immersed in techno babble. And gore. Lots of head and guts exploding. Lots of fun. Not.
    My favorite parts were when the disembodied female voice spoke as those scenes were truly chilling without all the blood, guts and head explosions.
    Without giving away anything, the end (or rather the cliffhanger calling out for a sequel ending), descended into a mess of chaotic suspension of disbelief.
    But, what can I say? I'm ready to listen to the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If I Die

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (302)

    The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee - she screams when someone dies. But the next scream might be for Kaylee. Yeah, it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students.

    Danyale says: "Best of the series!"
    "Unexpected"
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    This installment was a surprise. The plot takes you were you may not have expected. Lots of drama, lots of angst and again, well-written and very involving even for a non-teenager as myself.
    I may have to read the next book in the series because as of now, it is not available on Audible. But I will definitely hear Amanda Ronconi's voice as Kaylee.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Soul to Steal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (265)

    Trying to work things out with Nash, her maybe boyfriend, is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can't just pretend nothing happened. But "complicated" doesn't even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

    Diane says: "Prepare for Emotional Torture"
    "A guilty pleasure!"
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    I am thoroughly enjoying this series that is in the same genre as Buffy The Vampire Slayer. This may not have as many levels or depth as Buffy does, but it is very well written and the main character, Kaylee, is smart, funny and engaging.
    The continuing plot has really held my interest as well as the trials and tribulations of the kids in high school.
    Amanda Ronconi is a very skilled narrator. Definitely a guilty pleasure and a fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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