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Fraggle

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  • Thirteen: Women of the Otherworld, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (253)

    A war is brewing - the first battle has been waged and Savannah Levine is left standing, albeit battered and bruised. She has rescued her half-brother from supernatural medical testing, but he's fighting to stay alive. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a maniacal plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing. Savannah has called upon her inner energy to summon spells with frightening strength - a strength she never knew she had - as she fights to keep her world from shattering.

    itsallaboutthestory says: "LOVED IT!!"
    "Kelley Armstrong is great, narrator- not so much."
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Johanna Parker’s performances?

    Only if she doesn't try to do an accent. Her southern accent was bad as well as her french accent. The southern accent was too many types of southern accents rolled into one.


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

    Yes! In spite of the narrator I wanted to keep listening to find out how the series ends.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (645)

    Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

    Natasha says: "Maybe!"
    "Good start to the series."
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    What aspect of Todd McLaren’s performance would you have changed?

    All the women seem to have Irish accents, even if they aren't part of the McKenzie clan. His mispronunciation of words drives me batty, specifically ration.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed seeing how people might potentially cope after such a world changing event. There are so many possibilities and I like hearing this author's take on the potential chaos and coping.I am on the sixth book of the series now, and must say I really liked the first three books. I kind of wish I had just left it after the third. Be warned, if you are just starting this series the books later on start to drag and get repetitive with lots of religion, piety, and self righteousness. So, if you do listen to this, you might consider jumping ship after the third book as is starts to get a bit preachy after that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword of the Lady: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (223)

    Rudi Mackenzie has journeyed far across the land that was once the United States of America, hoping to find the source of the world-altering event that has come to be known as the Change. His final destination is Nantucket, an island overrun with forest, inhabited by a mere two hundred people who claim to have been transported there from out of time.

    Chris says: "It just gets better and better."
    "Dragging on, and on, and on, and on..."
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about The Sword of the Lady?

    I am getting bored listening to tactics, feasts, battles, and confessions. It's becoming very heavy with religious overtones. At first it was just a hit of religious undertones at the start, but it is now full of piety and self righteousness. Just get on with the the quest, please! I'll admit I'm writing this before I'm even done listening, but I'm halfway through and having a hard time keeping interest. My husband is going to do a search to see if he can find a summary of the last three books so I don't have to listen to them to find out how it ends. I've invested this much time in a series, so I'd at least like to know how it ends. I'm not sure I can suffer through 3 more books.It's almost like the author was just dragging it out so he could pump out some more books. I'm pretty sure there is some fat in this series that could have been cut and still not lose important information.Oh, and the repetitive telling of histories from the previous books is pointless. If I'm this far in the series, there is almost no chance that I've not read the previous ones. If I hear an explanation of what CORA stands for one more time I think I might just implode.


    Has The Sword of the Lady turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Todd McLaren’s performances?

    NO!


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

    Boredom, annoyance, and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm surprised others like this narrator. His accents drive me batty. At the start almost all women, McKenzie or not, sound Irish. His African American men all sound the same. His Midwestern is like nails on a chalkboard to me. In the previous book, where Engulf is introduced, Engulf doesn't have a Midwestern accent. Suddenly, about a quarter into this book, he has a Midwestern accent that makes him sound like a wimp, even then he has it inconsistently. The one guy from Wisconsin that is supposed to be a Native American in this book sounds like he might be from Jamaica. And, his mispronunciation of words is terrible. Is there not someone managing this guy while he reads the story?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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