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Janis

Lancaster, CA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Accursed

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    Princeton, New Jersey, at the turn of the 20th century: a tranquil place to raise a family, a genteel town for genteel souls. But something dark and dangerous lurks at the edges of the town, corrupting and infecting its residents. Vampires and ghosts haunt the dreams of the innocent. A powerful curse besets the elite families of Princeton; their daughters begin disappearing. A young bride on the verge of the altar is seduced and abducted by a dangerously compelling man - a shape-shifting, vaguely European prince who might just be the devil.

    Jacqueline says: "Social Issues Abound in Mixed Genre--"
    "Take a Nap....You Won't Miss Much!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book might be enjoyed by someone who likes a convoluted, and a never quite connected, story-line.


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

    Yes. He did a great a great performance...the only redeeming thing about this purchase.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Accursed?

    ALL of the footnotes! Ego-centric blather that did nothing to enhance the story in my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book I stopped listening to after the first part. I've been a member for a number of years and generally am very satisfied with the books I purchase. My mind wandered so much due to the boring rhetoric that I couldn't keep the characters straight and repeatedly had to rewind to review. Too much effort for little pay-off. Sorry to be so negative...but this was an epic yawn! Someday I may try to go back and start over...just on principle. I hate to leave a book unfinished.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Night Pleasures: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (608)

    In Night Pleasures, Kyrian of Thrace - an immortal who protects humans from vampires - wakes up one morning handcuffed to the one thing that can scare him: a conservative woman in a button-down shirt. But Amanda Devereaux turns out to be his perfect partner for hunting down a deadly foe, and for helping him to regain his soul and learn that love doesn't have to bite.

    Erich says: "REALLY!!??"
    "It Made Me Giggle!"
    Overall

    Predictable storyline...I can live with that. But Amanda's cheesy southern drawl made me laugh out loud...to the point it distracted me from the story. It made her sound like a complete idiot who stumbled on the means to save her lover.....can't blame her for that...those sex scenes were hot! Overall, should be listed as a comedy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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