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Oakley, KS, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 6 reviews
  • 48 ratings
  • 709 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Mutineer: Kris Longknife, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Kris Longknife is a daughter of privilege, born to money and power. Her father is the prime minister of her home planet, her mother the consummate politician's wife. She's been raised only to be beautiful and marry well. But the heritage of the military Longknifes courses through Kris' blood - and, against her parents' objections, she enlists in the Marines.

    Jeffery says: "Harsh reviews seem undeserved to me"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a space sci-fi reader but I was a Star Trec fan growing up. I enjoyed the story quite a bit, but the cultures and voices were all based on human cultures. If you don't mind the human references put into alien culture and listen for the enjoyment of a story please give it a try. I will be listening to the next one. It is an easy "read" for pure entertainment this summer.

    As for the plot:
    Kris is a wealthy girl who leaves home to get away from home. She encounters a lot of snubs along the way but rises above everything to show her true character. In the meantime, she earns honor and respect from those around her. So when trouble comes calling who does everyone follow.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Oracle's Queen: Tamir Triad, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine, Lynn Flewelling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Under the rule of a usurper king, the realm of Skala has suffered famine, plague, and invasion. But now the time for the rightful heir has come, a return to the tradition of warrior queens. And the Lightbearer's prophecy is to be upheld at last: so long as a daughter of the royal line defends and rules, Skala will never be subjugated. Now a mystical fire has burned away the male body known as Prince Tobin, revealing Princess Tamír, a girl on the verge of womanhood - and a queen ready to claim her birthright.

    Katja says: "What a finish!!"
    "There was a lot of identity issue to deal with."
    Any additional comments?

    Like the other books there is a real sense of identity struggle in this book. It's not a normal struggle that the majority of teenagers go through but those who are transgender. Since I have never stuggled with this it is hard for me to relate except through sympathy. I can only immagine what a stuggle it would be to know yourself one way and find yourself another. And then to have a friend see you as one person and continue to see you as the same person when you are not the same person. Especially when you add romantic feelings to the mix.

    All in all, the story was very original in content. I did get tired of hearing the story of the transformation to every individual that was incountered. Maybe it was necessary realistically, but in

    The ending would have been better if it wasn't stopped after the battle and then given a general overview of the highlights that came after. I would have much prefered to hear about the corination, wedding, etc. and then finished with an overview of the later years. This ending felt like a sprint to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home from the Sea: Elemental Masters, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Edwardian Britain, magic is real. And Masters of the Elements control Fire, Water, Air, and Earth... Mari Prothero has lived all her life with her father, Daffyd, in a tiny fishing village on the coast of Wales. Though Daffyd takes his boat out on the sea regardless of weather, Mari has learned not to fear for his safety, for her father is a Water mage. Mari knows that in her family, children are expected to marry at 18, to an appropriate stranger. She, however, has no intention of agreeing to any arranged marriage....

    Amanda says: "Mercedes Lackey Delivers Again"
    "Long on words...short on action."
    What did you like best about Home from the Sea? What did you like least?

    I like the idea behind the story, it was just too wordy.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Mercedes Lackey again?

    Pobably not. I don't think her writing style suits me.

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

    She was okay for this story. She has a good british accent but the scottish and welsh accents were not as good as other readers.

    Do you think Home from the Sea needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I couldn't wait for the story to end and sequals are rarely better than the first.

    Any additional comments?

    For all the parents out there. This is a safe book for young adults. If you don't mind the idea of a 18 yr old marrying and having children in a time where girls married young. There are no graphic scenes for adolecents.

    My biggest problem with the story was that the author took the reader from one place to another for long periods of time. I didn't want my story split between the primary and secondary characters quite so much. It's a given that there will be background on other characters to set the story up, but there was so much that I got bored and half of my attention was on the story, while the other half was doing something else in hopes of get through the scenes until the good parts.

    I chose to start with this book in the series because it had the best rating of all in the series. And it did well as an independent read. However, in my openion the book was the others I won't even attempt, especially if they are rated overall lower than this one. I wish I would have looked at goodreads before purchasing this one. I'm sure any spoilers would have given me the plot (not a whole lot there) without the time and credit wasted.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Pride Mates

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Traci Odom

    To most, they are animals—even when in human form. They are to be collared and kept on the fringes of society, scorned because they are feared, hated for their extraordinary powers. And attorney Kim Fraser has to go right into the heart of their lair. It’s her job to defend those in need. But there’s absolutely nothing defenseless about Liam Morrissey. His soft Irish lilt and feline grace can’t disguise his sheer strength.

    Karen says: "Disappointed"
    "Good potential, cheesy ending"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Time I don't regret. I enjoyed the unique plot.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The scene where the men were summoned to the leader and the proceeding scene. The least interesting was the ending. It seemed rushed, like she saw the ending and threw it together. There was so much potential than what she gave us.

    What three words best describe Traci Odom’s performance?

    (I don't want to be mean.) Ordinary, nothing special.

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

    Yes, and I don't know. I don't watch a lot of TV/Movies. The books are better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heat: Big Bad Wolf Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Heather Killough-Walden
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson

    In the debut to Heather Killough-Walden's Big Bad Wolf series, Lily St. Claire is in for a surprise when she moves back to her Louisiana hometown and finds two alpha werewolves fighting to claim her as their mate. Contains mature themes.

    Robbie says: "Lots of Heat, Very Little Fire"
    "I liked it."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wouldn't make the vilian/misunderstood good guy seem so bad. For example, when he tricks and tries to have the tatoo removed. That was just sadistic. It is hard to view him at his worst and then empathize later on when you find out that he dishes out justice to the real bad guys.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I didn't like the manipulation and domination aspect. However, as much as that is not my cup of tea, I know that the author is doing a good job of creating a dominate alpha who is a control freak.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator was good. I've heard worst and I've heard better. Nothing wrong with this narration.

    Was The Heat worth the listening time?

    Yes. It was unique. A little slow in some areas but I could keep going through them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit Bound

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Don Harvey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lethally sexy undercover agent Stefan Prakenskii knows a thousand ways to kill a man-and twice as many ways to pleasure a woman. So he's looking forward to his new mission: arrive in the coastal town of Sea Haven and insinuate himself in the life of Judith Henderson, an ethereal beauty with ties to the crime lord he's determined to trap...

    Sharon says: "Repetitive"
    "Felt like relationship councling."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. I didn't really enjoy all the emotional healing/counceling talk. I suppose I couldn't connect with this aspect of the story. I'm sure others can.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Typical HEA and sweet. Nothing that 'WOW'ed me.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was a 3 star (meaning: I liked the performance, not 4 stars='really liked' or 5 stars='the best I've experienced'). He was decent and did a decent job on the female voices (I've heard worst).

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. It is not original enough.

    Any additional comments?

    Spirit Bound is an enjoyable story with sweet talk that any woman would want to hear from her man. I just don't find the story all that original. Give it a try, you might enjoy it. It wasn't totally unworthy of my credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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