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J. McDonald

Jmac

bonaire, ga | Member Since 2005

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  • The Last Guardian: Artemis Fowl, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (571)

    Artemis Fowl’s archenemy Opal Koboi has masterminded a way to simultaneously secure her release from prison and bring the human and fairy worlds to their knees. And, unless Artemis can stop her, the evil pixie’s next move will destroy all human life on Earth. Ground zero is the Fowl Estate, where Opal has reanimated fairy warriors who were buried there thousands of years ago. Their spirits have possessed any vessels they can find - corpses, Artemis’s little brothers, assorted wildlife - and they are bound to obey Opal’s every command. Defeating the motley troops and their diabolical leader will require all of Artemis’s cleverness.

    Amazon Customer says: "Enjoyable, though Indulgent"
    "Don't skip ahead"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a good listen. I thought the ending was good up to a point but didn't reinforce the boy genius paradigm.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course Mulch Diggins. Like the Energizer Bunny her keeps on tickin' on.


    What about Nathaniel Parker’s performance did you like?

    He was perfect, as always. He does consistently the voices in a way where the listener can distinguish between characters and tell their unique characteristics.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Opal got her comeuppance.


    Any additional comments?

    Really great listen. Felt in an attempt to make Artemis more human, it made him dumber.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Vision of Murder: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (393)

    Professional psychic Abby Cooper has invested in a fixer-upper, hoping to make a killing in the real estate market. But a killing of another kind puts her plans awry, as the ghost of a murdered woman and some troublesome poltergeists lead her into a mystery that stretches all the way back to World War II.

    Yuriko says: "Mystery solving couple"
    "What happened to Abby???"
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    Would you try another book from Victoria Laurie and/or Elizabeth Michaels?

    I will try the next one. If that doesn't work, I'll move on.


    Has A Vision of Murder turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes. Doesn't do well with voice differentiation or high emotion.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger. This book intended on focusing on Abby and Dutch's relationship with which the author obviously had no writing experience. If this were the first book, it never would have been published. Abby was a flat out ignorant beyotch. There was no connection between her and Dutch and I couldn't understand what he saw in her. She repeatedly threw common sense out the door and had major attitude when her stupidity was pointed out to her. How can someone who's supposed to be intuitive lack so much common sense. Dave was such a nice guy and Abby totally messed him over. I'll listen to the next book but if she doesn't get a clue I'll dump this series and move on. The narrator was great but given the material, it didn't matter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Iron Duke

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Meljean Brook
    • Narrated By Faye Adele
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession. But when Mina uncovers the victim's identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England.

    Marcheta says: "First steampunk book for me"
    "Original Idea"
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    If you could sum up The Iron Duke in three words, what would they be?

    The plot was interesting. Easy to get into. I rated this 4 stars because the sex scenes derailed the story. Also, the Iron Duke was a jerk so his "you're in my bed whether you like it or not" didn't go well with me. I loved Mina. She was so cool...her heroism was just all in a day's work. I think the Kindle follow-on should have been part of the main story. I would have rated it higher.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole Steampunk world was very original. I liked the plot (s).


    What about Faye Adele’s performance did you like?

    I thought she was great and made the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. I wanted to fast forward through the sex scenes because it took away from the story progression. One minute you have exciting action, the next you come to a screeching halt for the sex. I don't have a problem with sex scenes but they were overly wrought and significantly slowed the pace of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5200)
    Performance
    (4709)
    Story
    (4720)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "I loved it!"
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    If you could sum up Hard Magic in three words, what would they be?

    For me. seeing how everything was wrapped up was great.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    took me a little bit to like the narration. Didn't like Jake's voice at all. Made him sound dumb. Narratorr did Southern accents poorly.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (76)

    When Desdemona Wainwright tries to collect a much-needed payment for catering Sam Stark's canceled wedding reception, she encounters not a heartbroken suitor, but the steel-willed head of a multimillion-dollar consulting firm with the cold brain of a computer - and the finely hewn body of a medieval knight. Sam sees a beautiful, theatrical hoyden with huge turquoise eyes who has the right professional catering skills he needs for his business.

    Kelli says: "Light Hearted and Funny"
    "Substandard!"
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    Would you try another book from Jayne Ann Krentz and/or Richard Ferrone?

    I didn't realize this was a revival of a 1986 book. I agree with other reviewer...don't waste a credit on it. There was NO C"HEMISTRY between the hero and heroine. It was just lame. This is one of those plot books where no effort was made to convince the reader to buy into the premise. The author is just cranking out another book because it's required. I like Jayne Krentz, I'll just be more careful of what I buy!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None. A waste of a credit!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Celebrity in Death: In Death, Book 34

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1642)
    Performance
    (1437)
    Story
    (1423)

    Her career in homicide has taken her into the darkest depths of New York City’s underground - and sometimes Lieutenant Eve Dallas feels more comfortable in those kinds of places than in the high-rise, high-society world of her billionaire husband, Roarke. But while she’s no party girl, she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating the debut of The Icove Agenda. This time it’s Eve, not Roarke, who’s a guest of honor, since the film is based on one of her famous cases. Her partner, Peabody, is practically giddy....

    Amy Huber says: "Susan Ericksen is amazing!"
    "Reminiscent of Whodunits"
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    Any additional comments?

    This story was one of those Col Mustard did it with a knife in the library type books. I totally enjoyed it. I didn't like the narrators Peabody voice which made her sound dumb not in a positive I'm smarter than I sound way. I always envisioned Peabody as sharp but subtle. The narrator was off the mark for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Unstable: The Undead Series - Betsy, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (234)

    In her 11th adventure, following Undead and Undetermined, Betsy’s up to her fangs in paranormal trouble. Still heartbroken over her friend Marc’s sacrifice, Betsy is further plagued by nagging suspicions that her half-sister Laura is up to no good. It seems that Laura has received an offer to assume her mother’s duties overseeing Hell - but only if she first kills Betsy.

    Stewart says: "Undead and Uninteresting ..."
    "I liked this"
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    However, I felt the author was meeting her word count with Betsy's tirades rather than actually advancing the plot. This is why I gave it a 3 for story. I still listened to this non-stop which, for me, is a good thing. I like the original Laura and didn't care for the direction the books are taking with her character. I also thought Sinclair was turning into a wimp. On the plus side, I liked the way the major issue was resolved. I hope Ms Davidson continues to bring the series back up to her earlier standards.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Live and Let Drood

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    The New York Times best-selling author of the Nightside series, Simon R. Green has won widespread acclaim and an immense following for his Secret Histories novels featuring Eddie “Shaman Bond” Drood. In Green’s action-packed riff on everyone’s favorite superspy, Eddie once again finds himself at the center of supernatural intrigue. And even though protecting humanity from the forces of darkness is nothing new to Eddie, he now faces a threat that’s leaving him both shaken and stirred.

    Jessica says: "Weird. . ."
    "My Favorite Drood Tale"
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    I listened to this one straight through. The narration was outstanding. I liked this because it was more plot centric rather than non-stop random violence. Without giving anything away, Molly has become less edgy (more of a wuss) and didn't respond the way I would have expected based on a major revelation. Her sisters were also a bit more forgiving than I would have thought. I downgraded the story to a four because of that. I still enjoyed the whole experience and look forward to the next one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1736)
    Performance
    (1573)
    Story
    (1576)

    Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back in Darynda Jones' Third Grave Dead Ahead! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the parthuman, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on.

    Stephanie says: "Best book yet."
    "Narration was great, story not so much"
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    It seemed Charlie is getting more incompetent. She needs to grow up! For a PI, she's not very smart and yes, it's a wonder she's still alive. Her total naivete and self-involvement was irritating rather than endearing. If it weren't for the outstanding narration, I don't know that I would have listened to the whole thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic to the Bone: Allie Beckstrom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Devon Monk
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    Everything has a cost. And every act of magic exacts a price from its user---maybe a two-day migraine, or losing the memory of your first kiss. But some people want to use magic without paying, and they Offload the cost onto innocents. When that happens, it falls to a Hound to identify the spell's caster---and Allison Beckstrom is the best there is.

    Dana says: "Good start to a Great series"
    "Good intro"
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    I enjoyed this story although the ending was drawn out. Thought the magic concept was good, The heroine wasn't much for thinking outside of the box. Looking forward to future books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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