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Gene

Tallahassee, FL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2195)
    Performance
    (1217)
    Story
    (1216)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "Not at all what I was expecting"
    Overall

    Based on the high reviews I figured this would be a compelling novel. Hardly. It started out and continued with an hysterical woman babbling on about all kinds of nonsense. I had to go back twice and make sure I wasn't in the middle of the story because it was so disjointed that it was impossible to follow. Eventually I grew tired waiting for it to make sense or for the woman to stop with the over the top histrionics so after 40 minutes I just gave up. If I purchased the book I would have asked for a refund.

    There must be some people who enjoyed this novel based on the high ratings, but I would not suggest purchasing it blindly without being familiar with the author's work. It's definitely a very different format and targeted to a specific group - not sure who exactly but not your typical reader/listener.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Doomsday Key: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (305)

    At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in St. Peter's Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator's son is slain outside a Red Cross camp. The three murders on three continents bear a horrifying connection: all the victims are marked by a Druidic pagan cross burned into their flesh. The bizarre murders thrust Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force into a race against time to solve a riddle going back centuries.

    Bob says: "mystery - history storys"
    "Not very original"
    Overall

    Doomsday Key had some interesting storylines and there was a lot of action but it felt too much like the author was trying to copy Dan Brown's playbook, but wasn't nearly as good at it. There was an attempt at character development but it seemed forced and I never cared that much about any of them. It's a decent listen but based on the other ratings I expected better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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