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M. Murphy

Being bedridden allows me to listen to audiobooks about 20 hours a day. I love anything that helps my imagination wonder to better places.

northeast florida | Member Since 2012

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  • 8 reviews
  • 206 ratings
  • 346 titles in library
  • 128 purchased in 2014
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  • Undead and Underwater

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    New York Times best-selling author MaryJanice Davidson "continues to put her own unique spin on paranormal romance" (Fallen Angel Reviews), and in this all-new anthology, she’s three times as outrageous as ever before.…

    M. Murphy says: "was she on meth when she wrote this???"
    "was she on meth when she wrote this???"
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    What disappointed you about Undead and Underwater?

    This book isn't about queen Betsy antics or friends/husband/satan/ghosts or vampires. Sooooo disappointing. I normally love these books, but this was so manic that the storyline made zero sense.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Moon Island by JR Rain


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nancy Wu?

    Mmmaybe. I can't tell if her manic delivery of the story was her portraying these unstable characters or if she is a spaz. I did think she was funny.


    What character would you cut from Undead and Underwater?

    Fred


    Any additional comments?

    I do love the Queen Betsy series to death. (Pun) I just hope the next book that says "Undead and ..." on the cover will actually be about Betsy.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Changers: Book One: Drew

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By T. Cooper, Allison Glock-Cooper
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Changers Book One: Drew opens on the eve of Ethan Miller's freshman year of high school in a brand-new town. He's finally sporting a haircut he doesn't hate, has grown two inches since middle school, and can't wait to try out for the soccer team. At last, everything is looking up in life. Until the next morning. When Ethan awakens as a girl. Ethan is a Changer, a little-known, ancient race of humans who live out each of their four years of high school as a different person.

    M. Murphy says: "so refreshing and amazing story and narration"
    "so refreshing and amazing story and narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great for middle and high schoolers, parents and those of us who had a hard time fitting in or finding ourselves. I absolutely related to Ethan, drew, chase, Audrey and Ethan/drew's parents. I can't wait for the other 3 books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Drew learning to survive starting high school as a girl without compromising her true self/Ethan.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Prom


    Any additional comments?

    Loved every second of it! Jessica almasy continues to blow me away! I've found dozens of amazing books just by searching for books she has narrated. She's my all-time favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Independence: Significance Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Shelly Crane
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart, Kyle McCarley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Maggie and Caleb must tie up all the loose ends of their lives and make a way to be together completely on their own. With everything that happened with Bish and Maggie's father, she's almost reluctant to move on and move out. And now she must figure out all of this...stuff...with Haddock. But of course, nothing can stay simple for the Jacobsons. Enemies who were thought to be dissolved have decided to not go down so easily. And old flames come calling for more than just Maggie. Caleb is torn between leading his family and personal wants.

    M. Murphy says: "amazing conclusion. loved it."
    "amazing conclusion. loved it."
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    Where does Independence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Seriously high. And I've listened to thousands. I truly loved this series.


    Have you listened to any of Cris Dukehart and Kyle McCarley ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, but I'm definitely going to seek out other Chris dukehart books. I preferred her over Kyle mccarley's parts.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You can't outrun Destiny.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Predestined

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Abbi Glines
    • Narrated By Ashley Litz
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    You would think after helping save her boyfriend from an eternity in Hell that things would go back to normal. Well, as normal as life can be when you can see souls and your boyfriend is Death. But for Pagan Moore, things are just getting weirder. The high school quarterback and reigning heartthrob, Leif Montgomery, is missing. While the town is in a frenzy of worry, Pagan is a nervous wreck for other reasons. Apparently good ‘ol Leif isn’t your average teenage boy. He isn’t even human.

    M. Murphy says: "excellent story, annoying narration and awful sing"
    "excellent story, annoying narration and awful sing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Predestined to be better than the print version?

    No


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pagan and dank. But not dank's singing. Shudder.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    With the God awful voices of G and Miranda. This isn't Anime. No need to squeal and cackle and screech.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ceaseless: Existence #3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Abbi Glines
    • Narrated By Ashley Litz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Can he make her fall in love with him…again? When Pagan Moore proved worthy of Death's devotion, he was given the gift of getting to keep her. But Dank was never promised that Pagan would keep him. When a soul is created, so is its mate. In every lifetime those souls find each other. They complete the other's destiny. It's time for Pagan's soul to choose if she truly wants an eternity at Death's side or if she wants the mate created just for her. Dank didn't think he had to worry about her choice. He knew where her heart belonged.

    M. Murphy says: "great story, annoying screechy narration"
    "great story, annoying screechy narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ceaseless to be better than the print version?

    No way. The narrator doesn't understand that bubbly and young doesn't mean high pitched and screeching and so very annoying.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ceaseless?

    Dunno


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    With distorted screeching and giggling


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

    None


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Better Off Dead: Lily Harper, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By H. P. Mallory
    • Narrated By Betsy Hogg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    If there’s such a thing as luck, Lily Harper definitely doesn’t have it. Killed in a car accident before it’s her time to go, Lily learns that the hereafter isn’t exactly what she hoped it might be. First, there’s AfterLife Enterprises, the company responsible for sorting out the recently dead and sending them on their way to the Kingdom, (aka happily ever after,) or to the Underground City, (not so happily ever after.)

    Ella says: "Nice listen, fun story"
    "written for 15 year old boys"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less junior high name calling like "douche faces", "arch douche" and "ask hole".


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I used to love HP Mallory books, but they just keep getting worse. This is my last attempt to read one of her books.


    What three words best describe Betsy Hogg’s voice?

    Like a teenager.


    What character would you cut from Better Off Dead?

    Bill the Angel


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like I have less brain cells now.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tempest Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tracy Deebs
    • Narrated By Casey Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In Tempest Rising, Tempest chose to return to the sea, following in her mother's footsteps and forging a relationship with the selkie Kona. Now many months have gone by, and she yearns to see her family again. Life under the ocean is full of rigorous training to eventually take over the throne, which leads to Tempest's powers growing and manifesting in new ways. When Tiamat, Tempest's power-hungry nemesis, attacks Tempest's brother Moku on land, she returns to his side, which also brings her back to her old flame, Mark. But was the attack calculated to get Tempest out of the way?

    Angelina says: "AMAZING!"
    "love this book! don't understand the low ratings"
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    If you could sum up Tempest Rising in three words, what would they be?

    Mermaids are the new vampires


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the whole book. Great story about teenage angst and issues and mermaid and selkie folk lore. I'm almost through with the second book and I am still totally into it. I'm 33, but I can still relate to this story.


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

    She's a wonderful narrator. Definitely one of my favorite young adult narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like any books about Celtic folklore, mermaids, selkies or any other mythical or supernatural creatures, try this series. This is good stories that is age appropriate for 15+, but also great for adults. This story has a sweet romance, but without the constant gratuitous sex scenes that ruin adult paranormal romances. Love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daylighters: Morganville Vampires Series, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (122)

    Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they've ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated - vampires from humans - they realize that the changes definitely aren't for the better. It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they've never had: Hope of a vampire-free future.

    Maureen Parrish says: "Bring Back Cynthia Holloway!"
    "amazing end to my favorite series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Duh! First Cynthia Holloway and then Angela Dawe did fantastic jobs narrating and have both become two of my favorite narrators. This series showed the growth of a young high school student to a mature young woman tastefully and very believably.


    What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

    Her amazing and consistent character changes that fit their personalities perfectly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both. Sad to see the series end, but I actually love the ending. Maybe they'll have a spinoff series?


    Any additional comments?

    This was great enough to cause me to actually write a review, so that should tell you something!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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