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Shelley

Chatsworth CA | Member Since 2009

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  • 120 reviews
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  • Down These Strange Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (editor), Gardner Dozois (editor), Charlaine Harris, and others
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Nicola Barber, Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (212)

    Down These Strange Streets takes you to the cities where fantasy and mystery collide and where private eyes who have seen it all find something lurking that is stranger still.... In “Death by Dahlia”, number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris takes vampire Dahlia Lynley-Chivers to a lavish party that turns deadly. And with so many different creatures of the night in attendance, Dahlia will have a hard time identifying the most likely suspect.

    Sho Sunaga says: "A Hit ( for me at least)"
    "Wonderful Anthology"
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    So thankful to Yuriko who listed the stories with the authors and some comments! It was such a chore to try and keep track of all the stories and authors as well as remember what they were about. So, thank you, Yuriko!I gave this book only 4 stars because the stories were of very uneven quality. Some I absolutely loved and others, I actively disliked. Some, I wished were much longer and could have been novels. But, others, I stopped paying attention to as I listened.

    The main reasons I got this book are the authors, Diana Gabaldon and Charlaine Harris. But ironically, their stories were mediocre, and some other authors' stories that I thought I wouldn't like, such as Patricia Briggs, turned out to be terrific.But first I need to say that ANYTHING read by my hearthrob boyfriend (I wish) Phil Gigante, is worth five stars in my high esteem. His voice, no mattter the character, is SO melting. So with that totally unbiased opinion, I especially LOVED "In Red, With Pearls" by Patricia Briggs. How wonderful to have the main character of Warren, a gay werewolf, and his lover, Kyle, a human. I ADORED these characters and the premise and I hope for Ms. Briggs to wite a series using Warren as the main character! Please, please, please. I will buy every book.

    The main reasons I liked "Lord John and The Plague Of Zombies" by Diana Gabaldon are the Lord John character and his brief mentions of Jamie Fraser (that I ate up with a spoon) and Ms. Gabaldon who could write a book about the phonebook and I'd be enthralled. This is not her finest work, but who's complaining when it's Lord John?

    But the absolute worst was "Beware The Snake" by John Maddox Roberts. I'm sorry, but I happen to love snakes and all animals and having to hear about all the cruel and abusive things those pesky ancient Romans did to the animals really left me cold. Besides the historical details, the story was boring.

    "The Lady Is A Screamer" by Iggulden (sp?) was a standout. I love ghost exorcists! But, I'm sorry, salamnders? In "Hellbender" by Laurie R. King. I mean, really, salamanders?

    But there's plenty to enjoy in this anthology and I highly recommend it.

    8 of 8 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
    (3476)
    Performance
    (3148)
    Story
    (3171)

    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"
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    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
    (183)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (172)

    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"
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    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
    (244)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (210)

    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!"
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    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
    (260)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (231)

    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"
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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
  • Dead but Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris (editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (editor), Rachel Caine, and others
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (361)

    Charlaine Harris' smash-hit Sookie Stackhouse series may have reached its conclusion, but the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, lives on in this all-new collection of 15 stories. Written by a killer lineup of authors, including New York Times best-sellers Rachel Caine, MaryJanice Davidson, Jonathan Maberry and Seanan McGuire, and with introductions read by Charlaine herself, Dead but Not Forgotten puts your favorite characters center stage.

    Catherine says: "Bitter Sweet"
    "Okay Stories, But Not Great"
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    Some of the stories were better than others which is to be expected in an anthology, but on the whole this book was just average compared to Charlaine Harris and her Sookie world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seventh Grave and No Body

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (546)

    Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she's ever known about him.

    Hassan says: "Funny As Always!"
    "One of my favorite series!"
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    I agree with all the glowing reviews of this wonderful series. And Lorelei King's narration is so skilled and so perfect for all the characters. She's amazing in her talent to capture each character with a totally identifiable vocal quality.

    I love Charley and Reyes with all their passion (lots more delicious sex in this book) and Osh (spelling?) and Uncle Bob and...you get the point.

    Darynda Jones has a wonderful writing style and I can't wait for the next book that I hope she hurries up and writes before I have too much caffeine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1784)
    Performance
    (1505)
    Story
    (1513)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "Graphic Novel Meets Jack Nicholson"
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    With a dash of Film Noir, this first book was so fun! Loved the talking heads and the witty repartee!
    Loved the combination of the real world with magic and religion. Loved all the god, demons, heaven, hell, Lucifer descriptions.
    I will definitely continue with the series and I adored the narrator. Lots of fun!

    0 of 0 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1277)
    Performance
    (1206)
    Story
    (1203)

    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
    (578)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (531)

    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.

    2 of 2 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
    (780)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (715)

    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

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