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Janie

I have a listening addiction.

Gulf Breeze, FL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Dark Prince: Author's Cut Special Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (473)

    A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps to catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks for a vacation far from home. Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. From the moment they meet, Raven and Mikhail are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them.

    Cam says: "not able to go beyond the 1st of the 3 sections"
    "not my cup of tea"
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    a vampire romance novel. big disapointment. no idea it was this drivel before i used my credit. please give my credit back so i can buy a real sci fi book

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1926)
    Performance
    (1743)
    Story
    (1743)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "A Decent Story, Excellent Narrator - Teen Feel"
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    Would you listen to The Rook again? Why?

    This book was an enjoyable listen. The Narrator was great at handling all the characters' voices as they spanned the range of American, British, & European. The story line was on a teen level; I place this book in the range of author Garth Nix - Teen rated, yet interesting enough for adults. The plot centers around a young woman working for a secret government agency that uses people with special abilities to combat supernatural events. She wakes up with no memory and attempts to rebuild her life.This book is in the fantasy / scifi category and yet will appeal to readers who enjoy a mystery.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10755)
    Performance
    (9760)
    Story
    (9779)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Great Read - Great Listen - Great Characters"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    You do not want to read a review with any discussion of this book's plot. This book is best as a leap of faith.I am writing this scant review as a SciFi reader of 50 years. Seriously, just get it. You will enjoy every minute.


    Any additional comments?

    After you read this please join me in prodding the author to hurry with his next book!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3238)
    Performance
    (2920)
    Story
    (2951)

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    Timothy says: "Pleased, yet wanting more..."
    "Well written and Well Read"
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    This combination of talent makes for a great Audible experience. Sanderson and Kramer.

    For those of us who have followed the Mistborn series from Brandon Sanderson; this installment is like a cool drink after a long trek. If you have not read a Mistborn book - please go to those first for maxim enjoyment of Mr. Sanderson's works.

    Alloy of Law is written many hundreds of years later than the previous books and gives us a glimpse of the world the Mistborn characters were striving to create for their population in previous books. I love the new hero and his friends' adventures while fighting crime in a modern Mistborn world. I only wish it had been longer.

    This book is well worth your credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Quiet Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Peter Hoeg
    • Narrated By James Gale
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Set in Denmark in the here and now, The Quiet Girl centers around Kaspar Krone, a world-renowned circus clown with a deep love for the music of Johan Sebastian Bach, and an even deeper gambling debt. Wanted for tax evasion and on the verge of extradition, Krone is drafted into the service of a mysterious order of nuns who promise him reprieve from the international authorities in return for his help safeguarding a group of children with mystical abilities - abilities that Krone also shares.

    Linda Robertson says: "Not Up To Usual Standards"
    "Please, can I have my credit back?"
    Overall

    I am serious. This book has great prose and a good plot premise - but the execution is so clouded; I feel like there is a fog rolling over my brain when I try to listen to this book. I’ve restarted the first section of the book 4 times - trying to grasp the time line or to even follow the plot. Sorry - but this one needed more glue to hold it together.
    I am moving on to another book – at this point I am not even curious about the end of the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    In its oppressive atmosphere of fog, mist, and mud, nothing conjures up the dreary days of November and its "implacable" weather like the celebrated opening of Bleak House. The plot concerns a long-running legal dispute (Jarndyce and Jarndyce) that has far-reaching consequences for all involved. Dickens' assault on the flaws of the British judiciary system is based in part on his own experiences as a law clerk.

    Jas says: "Listen to the sample first"
    "This is not a well read recording!"
    Overall

    I love anything from this era. Normally I can get lost in my enjoyment of archaic London slang, it is so entertaining. This reading is painful to endure. The narrator’s voice fades in and out during the recording. Also, his settings on the recording equipment must have been changed by gremlins every time he left the recording booth for lunch. The tone changes constantly during this monotone reading. At some points he sounds like a robot – completely computer generated. There are actually points in this book where he sounds like he has no idea of what the words he is reading mean. There are accents and tones that do not even relate to the topic of the sentence, much less relating to each other. I am beyond counting the number of words he mispronounces. It would seem logical if you are reading a book in archaic London slang, you should at least research what the terms might mean. This narrator has such serious faults I can only recommend you seriously consider spending your credit on another book. I hate to waste a single credit by not finishing this book, but at this point I would rather clean the house.

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4214)
    Performance
    (1500)
    Story
    (1516)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Great Listen!"
    Overall

    This book was well written and REALLY well read. Is the narrator Fisher Stevens – the actor? It would make perfect sense – this book is so much fun - and the read was a big factor.
    I enjoyed the whole experience and would happily recommend you get this one. It is not often the reader will get me to laugh out loud – ( I wonder what the other drivers on the road with me were thinking?) - This is an interesting and silly take on death and the transition of the human soul. If you have ever been a fan of Piers Anthony, you will surely enjoy this romp through the macabre. This author is a more mature writer. Please Note: This book not intended for anyone but an adult audience, so be sure you are not sharing with the kids. There are a few words the kids can wait to learn – at least until after your mother-in-law comes to visit.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Warrior's Apprentice: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1611)
    Performance
    (750)
    Story
    (759)

    Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.

    Readalot says: "What a great character!"
    "Miles @ 17 - His real adventures begin"
    Overall

    This Miles adventure takes place just before The Vor Game, which is also available on this site.
    If you have not yet purchased The Vor Game, get this one, The Warrior’s Apprentice, first. No doubt you will rush to get The Vor Game soon after hearing the Audible signoff from this one. If, however, you previously purchased The Vor Game I would recommend you re-listen to it immediately after you listen to this one.

    You do not need to listen to these adventures in order, you will enjoy each one.

    There are many books in this series about the VorKosigan family by Lois McMaster Bujold and each of them stands on its own merit. I sincerely hope Audible will continue to stock up on Ms. McMaster Bujold’s large library of work. Science Fiction is not the central theme of her works; it is only a happenstance (a really well written and smart one.) These books are actually based on men and women of honor, loyalty, family, and character.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • We Few: Prince Roger Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (530)

    Prince Roger is coming home, but home isn't what it was when he left. Traitors have murdered his brother and sister, his nieces and nephews. His mother, the empress, is still alive but in the hands of Roger's own biological father, who controls her through drugs and physical and psychological torture. A new heir to the throne has been conceived, and once the child is born his mother will no longer be necessary to the traitors' plans.

    Douglas says: "Great Ending To A Great Series"
    "Lots of Morts and Ordnance"
    Overall

    This is a classic Weber solider story softened by the addition of Ringo’s story lines.
    I believe this book starts in the middle of a series, however, there is no mention of this anywhere – BUT – don’t let that stop those of you (us) who like Sci-Fi war stories.
    The reader is brought up to speed before the story gets rolling. I really would have liked a little more story and a little less description of the ordnance – but I enjoyed the ride. You may feel there is just enough morts and ordnance, give it a try.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3320)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1065)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Nice Read of a Fast Paced King"
    Overall

    Cell is a well read version of another high quality Steven King. The narrator has the knack of reading King - just the right twist of irony to make the listen come to life in a way I imaging King intended. This one is worth the credit and was a fun listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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