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ISSAQUAH, WASHINGTON, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 5 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 42 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014

  • American Elsewhere

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert Jackson Bennett
    • Narrated By Graham Winton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Some places are too good to be true. Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map. In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things. After a couple years of hard traveling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother's home in Wink, New Mexico. And the closer Mona gets to her mother's past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different....

    Lisa says: "You are entering the twighlight zone"
    "Awesome and completely out of left field :)"
    Where does American Elsewhere rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very highly.

    What did you like best about this story?

    What *didn't* I like about it?

    The characters were complex having more than a single motivation each.
    Loved the Lovecraftian elements.
    Creepy small town vibe was great.
    Well written and clearly well thought out.

    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Not an escalation. Just an excellent read."
    Would you listen to Skin Game again? Why?

    Definitely. I'm always impressed by the little things I notice during the second time through a Jim Butcher novel.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Silly question. This is a Dresden novel. All the characters are awesome.

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

    James Marsters brings himself and needs to bring nothing more. The only better reader I've ever encountered was Jim "The Man" Dale, reader of the entire Harry Potter series, who won two Grammy Awards for such and earned two Guinness World Records also for his work on that series. So that's the company Mr.Marsters shares.

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

    If I had the time I would have.

    Any additional comments?

    I was given one spoiler before reading this book and I seriously appreciated it so I'm going to give it to you. This book is *not* an escalation. The last several books in this series have been escalation on top of escalation, all of it pushing forward the central Dresden story. Skin Game is a return to the earlier episodic (ie, a "Monster of the Week" story, to put it in X-Files parlance) form of the Dresden series and this is a *good thing*.

    If the escalation continued at the previous pace indefinitely Harry would be playing croquet with the planets in the solar system or something in very short order. If he's to remain an accessible, understandable, human character his life needs to be more than a steadily rocketing expansion of power and scope in all directions. He needs to reconnect with friends, make the occasional trip to the bathroom, and deal with normal problems of (relatively) limited scope. The world can't end every day if the threat of such is to retain its gravity.

    Keep that in mind and you won't be disappointed that this book doesn't simply pick up where the last one left off with the same story at the same pace with all the same players. Other things happen. Accept that and if you liked the earlier Dresden novels, you'll like this one. I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Not a Horror Novel As Advertised"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who read and liked Twilight.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Deborah Harkness again?


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader read it. It was the book that was awful.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    There are three types of books that tend to get the "Horror" label: 1) Mislabeled Supernatural Romance (everything from vampire erotica to Twilight), 2) Mislabeled Supernatural Adventure (Dresden Files, Harry Potter, etc), 3) Actual Horror (Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, etc). This book was solidly in the Mislabeled Supernatural Romance section. Solidly. Audible you have fooled me again with your poor labeling.

    Readers, if you are looking for Horror, you're in the wrong place with this book. If you're looking for a poorly written female lead who (despite being the single most powerful witch in the world by birth) pines for a normal life and yet wants into the pants of the tall, mysterious, vampire with the graceful hands and aquiline profile who wants to *eat* her... look no further.

    Meaningful glances? Check. Coy flirtation? Check. Violent over protectiveness? Check. "Romantic" breaking and entering to watch the object of a murder based obsession sleep? Check. An evening of wine tasting complete with lines like "What do you think I'd taste like?" Check. Interesting story? Sorry... must have misplaced that somewhere...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Boneshaker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading

    In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

    Tracey says: "Doesn't live up to potential"
    "A little underwhelming"
    Would you try another book from Cherie Priest and/or Wil Wheaton and Kate Reading ?

    Probably try it. Maybe the author hits their stride later on. The readers were great.

    Any additional comments?

    The characters were largely uninteresting and the steam-punk and zombie elements seemed to me like the author had written a late 19th century novel and their publisher asked, "Say... Zombies and steam-punk are big now. Think we could throw some of those in?"

    Also the characters were kind of one dimensional. Each of them felt like they could be defined in a single paragraph and a short one at that. No one displayed any complex emotions or ever seemed to be more than just a card-board cut-out of a person.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Karen White

    From the author of The Secret History comes a dark, suspenseful novel of lost childhood. Harriet Dusfresnes is a child in Mississippi, haunted by the murder of her brother when she was just a baby. He was found hanging from a tree in their backyard; his killer was never identified, nor did the family ever recover. Only Harriet's teenage sister might have seen what happened that day, and she has blocked it out from her memory.

    Sam says: "Couldn't put it down"
    "Not a Horror Novel"
    Would you try another book from Donna Tartt and/or Karen White?

    Definitely not. I didn't finish this one.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure yet.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing. Not the narrator's fault.

    What character would you cut from The Little Friend?

    Primary complaint: I was misled by This book was listed as a Horror novel and it isn't. So I'd cut the tag "Horror" from it on your site.Secondary complaint: Boring. I mean I got through a good chunk of it and absolutely nothing happened. Kids wandering around. Adults having unimportant conversations. I mean I like some good character development as much as the next guy, but a story needs a plot.

    Any additional comments?

    This book is listed under Horror and it is not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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