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Sophia

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • 8 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 281 titles in library
  • 44 purchased in 2014
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  • Strange Brew

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, and others
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Christian Rummel, Gayle Hendrix, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (268)

    Today's hottest urban fantasy authors come together in this delicious brew that crackles and boils over with tales of powerful witches and dark magic! For anyone who's ever wondered what lies beyond the limits of reality, who's imagined the secret spaces where witches wield fearsome magic, come and drink deep. Let yourself fall under the spell of this bewitching collection!

    Nancy says: "Stories = 4, Narrators = 2"
    "Good 'read' for supernatural fantasy lovers"
    Overall

    I already liked Patricia Briggs, and now I have some other authors to check out. I wasn't disappointed in any of the stories, which is great for an anthology. The stories and charaterization were engaging and intelligent, well delivered and not unnecessarily pessimistic or arty (in the depressing pointless fiction sense). Well done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3264)
    Performance
    (2015)
    Story
    (2017)

    Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

    Bill Ciocco says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Holy Christian Propaganda, Batman!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts? What did you like least?

    I like the actual content of this book and found it useful, but as a non-Christian and a devout member of another religion, would definitely have wanted to be warned that it assumes a Christian audience, quotes the bible, and gives advice from a Christian perspective.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have had a secular version in addition to a Christian version, or at least labelled this as a Christian book. The book could have stood on it's own without all the Christian talk. When I started hearing all the Christian stuff, I went back to look at whether that had been noted in the description or subtitle. I do not like being preached to without my consent. I would have given the book a 5 without this content, or if even if I had been warned and could consent to wading through the theological information to get to the useful bits.


    Any additional comments?

    Please take care to label religious books correctly in future. We are not all Christians.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damsel Under Stress: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (450)

    To-do: Stop the bad guys. Rescue the wizard. Find the perfect outfit for New Year's Eve. At last, Owen Palmer, the dreamboat wizard at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., has conjured up the courage to get Katie Chandler under the mistletoe at the office holiday party. But just when it looks like Katie has found her prince, in pops her inept fairy godmother, Ethelinda, to throw a wand into the works. Ethelinda's timing couldn’t be worse. A plot hatched by MSI's rogue ex-employees, Idris and his evil fairy gal pal Ari, threatens to expose the company's secrets - and the very existence of magic itself.

    Catherine says: "Fun easy listen."
    "Stupid choices"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Damsel Under Stress?

    Which adults who aren't religious nuts date for weeks without having sex? What kind of woman in her right mind (spoiler alert) leaves her 'true love' because she thinks she might be getting in the way of his job? I was patient through the first two books, but seriously, no sex? Not at all believable.


    Which character – as performed by Eva Wilhelm – was your favorite?

    The boyfriend, Palmer. His voice conveys the various sides of his character.


    What character would you cut from Damsel Under Stress?

    The protagonist. What an idiot.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gretchen Rubin
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (129)

    One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher, Gretchen Rubin felt hit by a wave of homesickness. Homesick - why? She was standing right in her own kitchen. She felt homesick, she realized, with love for home itself. “Of all the elements of a happy life,” she thought, “my home is the most important.” In a flash, she decided to undertake a new happiness project, and this time, to focus on home. And what did she want from her home? A place that calmed her and energized her. A place that, by making her feel safe, would free her to take risks.

    Jamie says: "Worthwhile Follow-Up to The Happiness Project"
    "prefer the author as narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Green Rubin did her own narration for the first book, and I found it much more engaging. I find myself dozing off with this narrator, and not following what she's saying.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Drive: Anna Strong, Vampire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jeanne C. Stein
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (312)

    Anna Strong was a tough-as-nails bounty hunter, until the night she was attacked-and changed forever. Now a vampire, Anna discovers that her long-dead brother may have had a daughter-and the girl's in serious trouble. There are some very dangerous people after her, but they're about to learn that to a bounty hunter with an unnatural thirst for blood, even the deadliest human predators are easy prey.

    Yuriko says: "Like it better than the first book"
    "narrator is awful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Blood Drive again? Why?

    Maybe, once I forget the plot line. The narration was so awful, it's distracting from the story. She doesn't sound like the character speaking, just someone reading the story, and not well at that.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator could have actually embodied and enlivened the less character.


    Any additional comments?

    The author makes the characters quite introspective, and explains too much using self talk of Anna's character rather than showing with her actions and dialogue. Please, please, replace the narrator so the remaining books aren't ruined for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked City

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Ellen Datlow (editor), Peter S. Beagle, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss, Nicola Barber, Richard Topol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (118)

    In this thrilling collection of original stories, some of today’s hottest paranormal authors delight, thrill and captivate readers with otherworldly tales of magic and mischief.

    Hallie says: "Not what I was looking for"
    "long, boring, convoluted, depressing stories"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Nihilists


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    Several of the stories were extremely introspective and sad, not the urban adventure stories I was expected given the other work by the featured authors. I couldn't even finish it. Terrible. Particularly true of the small name authors. One or two stories stood out, but really the overall impression was no fun.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Being Authentic

    • ORIGINAL (55 mins)
    • By Marsha Sinetar
    • Narrated By Michael Toms
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Topics explored in this dialogue include: how to discover your unique talents - and then pursue them, what is spiritual intelligences and how you can deepen yours, how to start trusting yourself, how do you keep negativity at bay, how life supports risk-taking (and how to be sensible about it!), how to break out of your comfort zone, and mentors: how to find them and how to be one.

    Sophia says: "boring and scattered"
    "boring and scattered"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better editing, more focus, getting to the point a lot faster. Less rambling, an outline so I knew what points would be made.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marsha Sinetar again?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After Trauma

    • ORIGINAL (44 mins)
    • By Lynda Hudson
    • Narrated By Lynda Hudson
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Are you suffering the effects of some kind of TRAGEDY OR TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE? It might have been a single event, a series of events or something over a long drawn out period of time. This self-help hypnotherapy Download for adults and older teenagers could help you BEGIN THE ROAD TO RECOVERY. It helps you LET GO OF STORED TENSION AND ANXIETY and you can feel a sense of feeling COMFORTED AND CALMED.

    Kennedy says: "Ok..."
    "Voice had an edge that was ominous"
    Overall

    I couldn't listen to this audio recording, I found it triggering.The woman's voice had an edge and commanding feel to it in sections that made me really uncomfortable. I think this sort of thing should go over the top to be soothing and safe, and this recording didn't make it. Sorry, I wanted to like it, but I didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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