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Naples, FL, USA | Member Since 2004

  • 3 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 607 titles in library
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  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Dresden Files: Book 1"

    "Storm Front" by Jim Butcher is the first book in the Dresden Files series. I have now listened to all 13 books in the series, plus Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files. I just can't get enough!

    Of all the books in the series, "Storm Front" was the weakest. After finishing it, I wasn't sure I wanted to use another credit to listen to the next book. Am I glad that I decided there wasn't anything else compelling! The books build upon themselves and get better and better as they go. Butcher has come up with a fun and entertaining idea of a wizard, and has crafted likable characters that readers can root for. Harry Dresden is a wonderful hero and I look forward to many more adventures with him.

    "Storm Front" introduces us to Harry Dresden, the only wizard who advertises in the Chicago yellow pages. He is a wizard who is having trouble making ends meet. You'd think that being a wizard would keep Harry in high demand, but unfortunately people in the 21st century don't believe things like magic exist.

    Butcher crafts an original and compelling mystery, and readers will become utterly wrapped up in Harry's dilemma. In the course of his investigation, Harry runs into all kinds of supernatural beasties, including fairies, demons, vampires, and giant scorpions! Add to it Harry's hilarious assistant, Bob an air spirit with an overactive libido who lives in a human skull, and you have the recipe for a wonderful and exciting read.

    "Storm Front" is a suspenseful and well-written mystery, and Harry Dresden has a wonderful self-depreciating sense of humor that really endears him.

    If you enjoy mysteries or fantasy writing of any kind, give "The Dresden Files" a try, you'll like it a lot!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "Too long"

    Ok -I'm gonna go out on a limb here. All of the other reviews have said that the story was great -which it was. However, this story could have been told in less than the 23 hours it took to tell it without losing anything. Stephenie Meyer is a fabulous writer and Kate Reading once again does a great job narrating. My only critique is that it's too long.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fresh Disasters: A Stone Barrington Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stone Barrington embarks on his most dangerous adventure yet when he takes on a job as a lawyer for a sleazy and clueless con man and ends up getting embroiled in the underworld of the New York mafia. It started out as just another late night at Elaine's, where Stone was eating a porterhouse steak and enjoying the company of his friends. But when Herbie Fisher, a notoriously not-so-sharp swindler, walked in, the pleasant atmosphere turned to ice.

    Denis says: "Disaster is right!"
    "Disaster is right!"

    What happened to the Stone Barrington I used to know and love? Stone is "forced" into taking on a case he would never take or face being "let go" from Woodman and Weld. The OLD Stone would have told Bill Eggers to STICK IT, but this Stone reluctantly takes the assignment, because he -really needs the money.

    Tony Roberts is the reader again and his voice really grates on me. His reading of the story makes me picture Dino as a big fat slob who has trouble breathing.

    The book is mildly entertaining with a plot so thin you could slide it under a door.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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