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Megan

Muldrow, OK, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 212 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Some Girls Bite: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1534)
    Performance
    (1200)
    Story
    (1217)

    They killed me. They healed me. They changed me. Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago's vampires announced their existence to the world---and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker...and this one decided that the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

    Stephanie says: "GREAT"
    "Mediocre first in series"
    Overall

    This is mediocre in several ways. The majority of this novel is spent on world-building (and it is not a complex world, nothing like in the Kate Daniels series) and the introduction of major players. There is no cohesive story or conflict or mystery, so the novel really meanders around with no arc. The writing is colorful and accented with verbs and adverbs, which is sometimes nice, and sometimes overly flowery.

    I agree with the other reviewers who said that the narrator is... problematic. I can't tell the difference between characters in dialogue, and she is a bit Shatner-esque. And yes, her pronunciation is strange. She says the word "coiffed" as "COYffed," and the word "contemplative" as "contem-PLAY-tive." It's like she went through the dictionary and picked out the most obscure, but still correct, pronunciations. It's frustrating.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Spider's Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2818)
    Performance
    (2175)
    Story
    (2184)

    They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

    Brian Rygaard Jensen says: "How I got to loathe the story"
    "Couldn't finish it..."
    Overall

    This had promise. It really did. But it turned out awful. Ridiculously bad. Between the repetitive phrases, the purring narrator, and the premise full of plot holes, I just couldn't listen to the last hour of this. Yes, Gin looks at people with her grey eyes. Yes, she drinks chickory coffee. Yes, Donovan Caine. "Mmmmmmmmmm." If I have to listen to that again in the next decade, I'll throw my iPod into a river.

    But don't try to sell me some stuff that this is the most dangerous, anonymous assassin in the world, and yet show me that she has friends who know what she does all over some lazy town in the south. Please. I wasn't born yesterday.

    And what's with the elementals? Stone, fire, air, and... ICE? I don't know about you, but when I learned my Planeteers, they were earth (that's kind of like stone), fire, wind (...air), and WATER. (Okay, heart was in there, but nobody cared about heart). I really didn't understand why ice was a major elemental, and water was a minor elemental in this world. Unless she was trying to make a vague reference to Robert Frost's poem? I just didn't buy this world.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daniel Woodrell
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (518)

    The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley.

    Brooks says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Fantastic country noir"
    Overall

    This was awesome. The writing is wonderful, and the story is compelling and emotional. I highly recommend listening to this, then seeing the movie, in that order.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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