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miki

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  • Faefever: Fever, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1574)
    Performance
    (833)
    Story
    (845)

    On a quest to find her sister's killer, Mac is a major player in a deadly game, but with one great advantage: she knows how to find the Sinsar Dubh, an ancient book of magic so dark it corrupts anyone who touches it. What Mac soon discovers is worse than she had imagined. Surrounded by treachery, her enemies indistinguishable from her allies, she can be certain of only one thing: as All Hallows' Eve approaches, her time is running out.

    cmclien says: "Wow!"
    "Rather read then listen"
    Overall

    There are some books which are just not very good when they are in audiobook form. This is one of them. I really enjoyed the book when I read it, but I began by listening, and it was just wrong. I don't know why. I love my audiobooks, but not for this author or perhaps it is the narrator that makes a book fail as an book to listen to.
    Still, it is a good book, but one which, I feel, needs to be read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Iced: A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1104)

    Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

    Katheryne says: "Dude, It exceeded my expectations"
    "Not as good as the Mac books."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    yes, there is too much confusion between characters. They all sound the same. The accent is just too equal for all the female characters, and even the males.
    There are many problems with the story line, I think. It is really boring the first half, then it picks up towards the middle. Danni's character is just annoying. I realize she is supposed to be young, but she is smart, cunning, astute about what is going on, but why must she sound like a over puffed puffin? She is always saying how wonderful she is, and it is ok for a few times, but it gets so repetitive. Also, how the characters move from Kat to Danni is really almost impossible to tell until you get past the first few minutes of the dialogue. The first time it happened was so confusing I didn't know for almost the whole time what was happening was not to Danni.
    This is partly the fault of the narrator.

    I have not finished the book yet, so I don't know what will be happening. It is finally coming together, at this point.


    If you’ve listened to books by Karen Marie Moning before, how does this one compare?

    not well. I have enjoy the other books, and enjoy the narration characterizations more. The were more distinct.


    What didn’t you like about Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross ’s performance?

    It is all said above.


    Could you see Iced being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, there is just not enough meat on Danni's character yet. She need much more depth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orion and King Arthur

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    For the first time in more than 15 years, Ben Bova returns to the adventures of Orion - hunter, warrior, assassin, and time-traveler. Created by Aten, one of the god-like descendants of the human race 50,000 years in the future, Orion is forced to travel throughout space-time to do his Creator’s malevolent bidding. In this audio exclusive, Aten sends Orion to the Britain of the Dark Ages.

    Scott says: "The first audio only Orion, A nice return."
    "why must we hear the same dialogue over and over?"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Ben Bova and/or Stefan Rudnicki?

    yes


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ben Bova again?

    yes


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

    The feeling behind Orion's actions.


    Did Orion and King Arthur inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is the weakest of all of the Bova Orion series. It seems like Bova thinks the reader/listener is stupid. How many times do we need to hear that the knife on his thigh was a gift etc etc. When he is moved to the Creators realm, we hear the same thing every time. I think we have figured out that the abandoned, cold world, is the Creator's home base, that they left. Then there is Orion reaction to each time a Creator energy bubble comes towards him, like it was the first time? Come on it is always the same thing, we don't need to hear how blinded he is etc.
    It seems like Bova may have written this book at different intervals, and forgot that he had described these events 20 times before in other chapters. Come on, respect your audience, and figure they can remember that Orion goes into hyper drive each time he goes into battle. It doesn't need to be described over and over as if we never had heard of it before.
    Other than that, I liked the story. It was just a bit over done with repeats. Was he trying to just put in filler to get the book longer?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2849)
    Performance
    (2596)
    Story
    (2604)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "The End?"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, if they liked the Dead Ever series


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Ever After?

    The book was really quite good. I would have a hard time picking just one moment.


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

    The accent, the feelings of the characters.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Sad that this is the last of the series. It didn't seem like a last book. There were no real finality feelings in the book. It was a weird ending. Things sort of came full circle, in a way, between Eric and Sookie but a disappointing way. Actually, it was the only way it could really end between them & it left Bill in nowhere land. I did like the book, it was very engrossing, and had a lot of action, and some more depth to Sookie's character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Tracy Sallows, Allen Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (141)

    The two-time Hugo Award-winner expands the universe of his Coyote saga. The danui, a reclusive arachnid species considered the galaxy's finest engineers, have avoided contact with the Coyote Federation. Until, that is, the danui initiate trade negotiations, offering only information: the coordinates for an unoccupied world suitable for human life - a massive sphere, composed of billions of hexagons.

    A User says: "An awe inspiring saga."
    "Enjoyed"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, if they like the Coyote series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Almost did


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed all the Coyote Series. This one added more dimension and understanding about the other entities in the universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bombshell: An FBI Thriller, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (255)

    FBI Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith, last seen in Backfire, has been recruited by Dillon Savich to join his unit in Washington, D.C. Savich sees something special in Hammersmith, an almost preternatural instinct for tracking criminals. While on his way to D.C., Hammersmith plans to visit his sister, Delsey, a student at Stanislaus School of Music in Maestro, Virginia. Before he arrives, he gets a phone call that Delsey has been found naked and unconscious, lying in a pool of blood, after a wild party. The blood isn’t hers - so to whom does it belong? Griffin must protect Delsey, but from whom?

    Susan says: "Typical Catherine Coulter"
    "good but"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, if they like the FBI and Coulter series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bombshell?

    Too many to list.


    What does Renee Raudman and Paul Costanzo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Character makes them real.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't figure out how Sherlock and Savage's story would intertwine with the other one. I kept thinking it had to join in some way. But it really didn't at all. We actually get two crimes and are being solved separately. They join in character, but not in storyline. I felt I would rather have one story and include the Savage's. I enjoy meeting other FBI etc characters, but I like Savage family and their story, so when the book revolves around others it feels like a bit of a cheat. It isn't since the other characters are quite interesting, yet........ya know?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus Revealed: Georgina Kincaid, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (736)

    Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina's boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can't just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she's being forced to transfer operations...to Las Vegas.

    Cindy says: "Satisfying! Loved IT!"
    "SAD but happy"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Succubus Revealed the most enjoyable?

    The entire story line.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an excellent book, and kept you going. I didn't realize it was the last book till half way through and then I was really sad. It was good that it ended as it did, but I loved the characters so much, that it was like saying goodbye to dear friends who are gone forever.
    Of course I can re-listen to the books. But that is just not the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shopaholic & Sister

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (109)

    Hot off the success of her best-selling Can You Keep a Secret?, Sophie Kinsella delivers another hilarious Becky Bloomwood novel. When last we left Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood), she and Luke had just married and she'd unveiled her big honeymoon surprise...around-the-globe plane tickets. World-weary 10 months later, the newlyweds return home filled with excitement to share the details of their amazing escapades.

    Kim says: "My least favourite of the Shopaholic books"
    "strange twists"
    Overall
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    Where does Shopaholic & Sister rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    probably lower down the list. But still interesting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The sister.


    Any additional comments?

    I still love Becky. As silly as she is, she gets into the weirdest situations, yet can get out of them, and still come out ahead. Altho. you would think, some day will she learn???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New York to Dallas: In Death, Book 33

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2016)
    Performance
    (1750)
    Story
    (1744)

    It was one of Eve Dallas’s earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he’s not behind bars anymore. After his escape, McQueen has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, preying on the young and innocent - when necessary, with the help of a female partner all too willing to be manipulated and to aid and abet his crimes.

    helen says: "How does she do it?"
    "One of the best "In Death" books."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a book which makes you want to stay with the characters and not stop finding out what is going to happen next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of New York to Dallas?

    Too many good parts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again, too many...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if I was able to.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the last scene was actually a weak one, but still very exciting. The whole book was an excellent story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second: An FBI Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (528)

    A serial killer is on the loose, and it’s up to FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock to bring him down. They soon discover the killer has blood ties to an infamous and now long-dead monster. Savich and Sherlock are joined by agents Lucy Carlyle and Cooper McKnight, and the chase is on. At the same time, Agent Lucy Carlyle learns from her dying father that her grandfather didn’t simply walk away from his family twenty-two years ago: he was, in fact, murdered by his wife, Lucy’s grandmother.

    Jacquelyn Thomas says: "Story good, female reader almost ruined it."
    "3 storylines, but they connect."
    Overall
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    Where does Split Second rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to this. It was really good.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes...esp. since the book had 3 plots going at the same time. Somehow they all joined together, but was confusing at first.


    What about Renee Raudman and Paul Costanzo ’s performance did you like?

    I did like the performances...but I wish there was more difference in the sound of each of the characters. Many books that are put into audio truly distinguish the difference characters and it makes it easier to follow. These two performers did not do that.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure, but who has the time.


    Any additional comments?

    I always like the FBI series. This one was not disappointing. It is odd to have Savich and Sherlock on the sidelines now. I liked it when they were the main characters involved in the books stories.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist and the Executioness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (342)

    It is a world where magic is forbidden – yet practiced in secret every day. But each small act of magic exacts a dreadful price – for it brings the bramble, which chokes farmland, destroys villages, and kills with its deadly thorns. In this world an alchemist believes he’s found a solution to the curse. But will the cure be worse than the disease? And a woman is forced to take up the mantle of her father, the Executioner. But it will not be the only death that she faces.

    Rand says: "Not What I Expected..."
    "will there be a sequel?"
    Overall
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    I feel like the book was really interesting. But it is actually 2 separate stories. They are not very connected, although I thought the authors had actually collaborated on one book. Maybe they did, but it is a collaboration of two separate stories. Both are excellent, but I keep waiting for more. I would like more. By the end of each story, I felt like I wanted to hear more, learn more about what happens.
    I did not like the narrator on the second story. It was a little difficult to understand her accent. That is just me. Others may have no problems at all.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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