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Susan

Fairmont, WV, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Grave Witch: Alex Craft Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kalayna Price
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (525)

    Not even death can save her now. As a grave witch, Alex Craft can speak to the dead---she's even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she's seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case.

    Christopher says: "Excellent Story Narrator needs alot more practice"
    "Is the narrator drunk?"
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    What did you like best about Grave Witch? What did you like least?

    I have not finished this and am trying to hang in there, but wanted to jump on to warn others- the reviewers who said the narrator sounded like William Shatner are being kind. She sounds slightly drunk & the sibilant s's in her speech make me cringe. I feel sorry for the author because there may be a decent story here, but I'm having difficulty gettting past the stilted pronounciation to follow the plotline. I have an image of someone shoving her the pages as she's trying to read them. It really makes me angry for the writer and for us, the consumers, that the audio company can't be bothered to hire quality performers.


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

    Haven't finished yet....


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Durante’s performances?

    No, no and NO


    Do you think Grave Witch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not sure- get back to me if I finish this one.....


    Any additional comments?

    Tavia Gilbert & Lorelei King should start a training school for narrators.....Just saying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eric Flint
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (528)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

    Ben says: "Finally on Audible!!"
    "Wow- a completely fresh time-travel premise"
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    What did you love best about 1632?

    Imagine my surprise, as a WV native, to realize the story is set in MY county. Most stories that have anything to do with coal-mining are set in the southern part of the state, so I was thrilled to know it was set in my own back yard!


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was completely unexpected- the characters were fresh and interesting, and the premise was unlike anything I've read/listened to.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, and at first I really didn't feel his voice fit the characters, since he sounds much older than the majority of them. But after I became immersed in the story, I didn't mind his narration. I could easily tell the difference between the characters, and his accents are very good.


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

    There is a lot of humor in the story, and I also feared for the characters during the fight sequences. That's the sign of a good story.


    Any additional comments?

    In the future I may read or listen to the other books in the series. I'm interested to find out what happens to the inhabitants of Grantville!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And You're Not Officially Dating Anyway): The Bane Chronicles, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jordan Gavaris
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (98)

    Set in the time between City of Ashes and City of Glass, warlock Magnus Bane is determined to find the best birthday present possible for Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter he may or may not be dating. And he's also got to deal with the demon he's conjured up for a very irritating client.…

    Melissa says: "A man in love......maybe"
    "Best narration of The Bane Chronicles so far!"
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    Where does What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And You're Not Officially Dating Anyway) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top of the list!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And You're Not Officially Dating Anyway)?

    Learning more of Magnus's inner thoughts at a time when he wasn't being so snarky.


    What about Jordan Gavaris’s performance did you like?

    Everything- it was the best narration of the Bane Chronicles series. And I was pleasantly surprised to realize that he's Felix from BBC's "Orphan Black" series!


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

    Yes- I wish it was longer; I love The Bane Chronicles.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope someone hires Jordan to do more audiobooks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel's Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sylvain Reynard
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (1014)

    Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

    Lulu says: "Souls Too Tortured for My Taste"
    "I hope they paid the narrator double!"
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    What disappointed you about Gabriel's Inferno?

    The vapid, whiny, wimpy heroine and the sociopathic main male character. I think the author was going for Mr. Darcy, but totally missed the mark.


    Has Gabriel's Inferno turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes- if "Fifty Shades" is anything like this, I won't read it.


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

    I felt he was excellent- but I hope they paid him extra; no one could convince me to read this tripe aloud. I felt bad that he was wasting his talent on this. Ugh.


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

    No, I was listening at work & kept muttering "Oh my god" every time the whiny main character, Julia, started up with her passive-aggressive, "I'm a tortured, sensitive victim" routine. I literally wanted to shake her- I mean, c'mon, she kisses this guy in her teens, falls obsessively in love with him to the exclusion of any other relationships, then is secretly hurt because the narcissist doesn't remember her years later? Ladies, if you want strong, lead female characters, read Jane Austin---or even Jeaniene Frost. The characters in this book don't progress, it's just the same thing over and over, ad nauseum.


    Any additional comments?

    I literally Googled the author because I didn't believe she was an actual person. I kept picturing a nun writing a version of what she thought was a naughty story. The dialog and situations were so stilted that I thought it might be set in another time, like the early 60's, until they mentioned a cell phone. I gave up on this about halfway through- I'll leave it on my MP3 player, but I don't really care enough to find out what, if anything, is motivating the characters. They say the mark of a good story is when you want to find out what happens next- I just don't care.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dominion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (1218)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1087)

    Four hundred years after mankind's arrival on Erna, the undead sorcerer Gerald Tarrant travels north in search of a legend. For it is rumored there is a forest where the fae has become so powerful that it devours all who enter it, and he means to test its power.

    DarcyB says: "Warning, vampires within!"
    "WORST STORY EVER......"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one.


    What could C. S. Friedman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Show instead of tell


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of R. C. Bray?

    Tavia Gilbert is the only narrator who could have made this story palatable.


    What character would you cut from Dominion?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    This has to be the worst thing I've listened to ever. Thank God it was only 2 hours long. The prose was heavy, the story was flat, the narration was overdown, and the whole thing was a creepy mess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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