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Shelley

Chatsworth CA | Member Since 2009

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  • 125 reviews
  • 194 ratings
  • 461 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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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
    (265)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (218)

    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
  • 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
    (770)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (689)

    "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"
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    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
    (771)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (710)

    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
    (944)
    Performance
    (864)
    Story
    (854)

    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!"
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    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
    (1125)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (963)

    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"
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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
    (3689)
    Performance
    (3339)
    Story
    (3367)

    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
    (225)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (212)

    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
    (254)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (219)

    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
    (274)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (245)

    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
    (426)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (398)

    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 1 people found this review helpful

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