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Merrilind

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  • Blood Price: Blood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (216)

    Vicki Nelson, formerly of Toronto’s homicide unit and now a private detective, witnesses the first of many vicious attacks that begin plaguing the city of Toronto. As death follows unspeakable death, Vicki, in an attempt to stop these forces of dark magic, is forced to renew her relationship with her former partner, Mike Celluci - along with another, unexpected ally…. Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, has learned over the course of his life how to blend with humans; how to deny the call for blood in his veins.

    Jennifer says: "Off to a Good Start"
    "Awesome author and story; Awful narrator."
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    What did you love best about Blood Price?

    Carefully crafted story and characters. Very believable story line - almost makes you believe in vampires. Tanya Huff is a master at character definition, dialogue and pacing. It makes for an intriguing story that is hard to put down.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The blending of true history and modern fiction.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her pacing and accents were dreadful. She over-emoted virtually every scene. She gets the award for the best William Shatner scene chewing performance - ever.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so overjoyed to see the Blood Books in audio that I bought every one on the same day. I'm hoping I can overlook the dreadful narrator to enjoy these books the way I did when I read them, and not come to rue the economic outlay.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Smoke and Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    Tony, a former street kid, is now a production assistant on a TV series about a vampire detective. But the special effects wizard is actually a real wizard who's come from another dimension-along with a dangerous foe. And Tony will definitely need the help of vampire Henry Fitzroy if he, his friend-and the world-are going to stand any chance of surviving this invasion.

    Sires says: "Really Good Performance"
    "Highly entertaining"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Smoke and Shadows to be better than the print version?

    It is hard to say if the audio is better than the print version of this book. Ms. Huff's writing is, as always, stellar. It is so easy to like Tony, the main character, and Brian Sutherland's narration is spot on. The story line is engaging, and you find yourself not only liking the characters, but rooting for them as well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tony Foster is a character introduced in Tanya Huff's Blood books as a street kid with smarts and heart. In the Smoke books, Tony is all grown up, and working a job he likes and is hoping will springboard him to ultimate success as a director. Tony always seems to try his best to do what is right, and is trying to grow out of his need for Henry Fitzroy (the vampire in the Blood books). You really end up hoping Tony's dreams will come true.


    What does Brian Sutherland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really liked his narration, especially his take on Tony and Chester Bain. He makes you forget that he is only one man, reading all the different parts.


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

    I read this book before, and loved it. Listening to it just enriched the story.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5954)
    Performance
    (5497)
    Story
    (5491)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "A letdown"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Kevin Hearne before, how does this one compare?

    I have read and listened to all of the Iron Druid series books. This book is the weakest. Quite frankly, I had a difficult time getting to the end. The culture references are getting old, and his eco-preaching is tiresome. Oberon's input is getting harder to like.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Luke Daniels is an excellent narrator. However, he has changed his rendering of Oberon in this book, so Oberon sounds more like Scooby Doo. Not a good change.


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

    I got really, really tired of the interaction between Atticus and Oberon.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the next book is better - I will be checking it out of the library, though - just in case.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vows, Vendettas, and a Little Black Dress

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (553)

    Overjoyed at Maryanne’s engagement, amateur sleuth Sophie Katz can’t wait for the wedding vows and party toasts to begin. But then Dena—best friend, bridesmaid and all-around vixen—is mysteriously shot just after the announcement. Leave this to the authorities? No way. Dena may never walk again, and Sophie vows to marry her fists with the shooter’s face.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Must Read!"
    "Enough already"
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    I wanted to like this book. I really did. I liked the first two books, hated the third, and skipped the fourth, since I had gotten this one on a special deal. I really liked the characters in the first two books. This book, well, I have no idea why Anatoly is still taking the crap Sophie dishes out constantly; Sophie has turned into a self-righteous shrew, and Mary Ann is starting to seem like the only sane and smart one in the bunch. The joke about peach taffeta was so overused as to become painful. Sigh. I won't be coming back for more, even if another one is written. I'll stick to C.E. Murphy for my Gabra Zackman fix.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (418)

    Sophie Katz's relationship with the irresistible and occasionally insufferable P.I. Anatoly Darinsky is on the fritz when a friend recruits Sophie's investigation skills to decode her possibly two-timing husband's strange behavior. When Sophie shows up in a short, red cocktail dress and her friend's hubby winds up dead, the loveable would-be sleuth can't help but take on the job.

    TRACY says: "Not as engaging as previous books"
    "Tiresome story"
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    I really liked the first two books in the Sophie Katz series. This book was just tiresome. The plot was minimal, and seemed to be only a platform for snarky political commentary. I have read other series where you were in no doubt about the author's political stance, and that was fine; it didn't interfere with the story. In this book you are repeatedly bludgeoned with politics, and the story really suffers for it. What a disappointment. I hope Ms. Davis reverts to her previous witty prose, and leaves the political rants to the people with the placards. Gabra Zackman, as usual, does a stellar job with narrating the tale, tiresome as it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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