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los angeles, CA, United States

  • 7 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 34 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • I Shall Wear Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone - or something - is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches.

    Rebecca says: "Another Treasured Pratchett"
    "Character, Not Plot-Driven"

    If you love Terry Pratchett already, you'll love this book. He has a rambling kind of social commentary that is indeed very clever. The narration is great and the characters are well-developed. But there's not a strong plot. I just came off reading Garth Nix (who has the opposite problem) and I found this book to be a bit TOO light. I kept waiting for key developments, then I realized it's about the journey through the characters lives. I don't dislike the book, but it wasn't quite what I was looking for.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Phoenix Unrisen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kathleen Nance
    • Narrated By Rebecca Cook

    Face down a crazed hermit with a shotgun? No problem. Sneak into a satanic cult ritual? Been there. Took the video. Get wrapped in a voodoo priestess's boa constrictor? Loved the feel. As a reporter for NONE, New Orleans News Eyes, Natalie Severin specialized in the stories no one else would believe. But on a fog-shrouded night in the bayou, she stumbled across something even she found incredible: veterinarian Ram Montgomery.

    CAROLYN says: "Just okay"
    "Cheesy Romance Novel"

    This was basically a romance novel with some "magic" thrown in. The author did not create any kind of world within the story, nor did she really explain how the magic works. The story was boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Summer Tree: The Fionavar Tapestry, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    The Summer Tree is the first novel of Guy Gavriel Kay's critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry. Five university students embark on a journey of self-discovery when they enter a realm of wizards and warriors, gods and mythical creatures - and good and evil...

    Nissa says: "Obviously the first book of three"
    "Boring, Drones On"

    This is the worst kind of pretentious fantasy that makes everyday people really dislike fantasy. The plot doesn't grab me, I can't relate to the characters and it literally makes me fall asleep. I was hoping for more. I didn't receive it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Reckoning: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child", Pam, are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.

    BRANDON says: "Antiques RoadShow, Burned Hair & Elvis"
    "SO MUCH better than the last book"

    Yes, Harris does tend to get bogged down in the mundane details of Sookie's life. As many reviews have noted-- she spends a lot of this book cleaning, for some inexplicable reason.

    However, this was a VAST improvement on the last book. The characters are evolving, and we have to let them do so. Eric and Sookie are NOT going to have the same chemistry and lust for eachother that they had in the earlier books. Their situation has changed, the world has moved on. It can be disappointing for people looking for the exact same thing, but I think its a fair decision on the author's part.

    This installment seemed more of a wrap-up and correction of the last novel. There were some new developments that I'm looking forward to, but mostly, I think the author was regaining her footing. In my opnion, she did.

    Johanna Parker, the narrator, is AMAZING, as usual. Seriously, that woman is "Sookie," in my opinion. I'd love to see her have a bit part on the show. I'm even tempted to buy more of the books that she narrates, even if they're not my style/ genre.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast

    In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compass, the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld, Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: 12-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

    Geoffrey says: "The second book in a fantastic trilogy!"
    "2nd Book in a Trilogy is Seldom Good"

    This was just the typical second book in a trilogy. It dragged. It was all exposition: seemed like the characters just sat around and talked for a majority of the book. But the action (when it occurred), was good. Loved the first book and looking forward to the third.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ombria in Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Patricia A. McKillip
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ombria. It is a city that echoes with the footfalls of sapphire-heeled shoes...that holds its breath as a straw-haired apparition glides through its streets...that sees its dreams-and nightmares-take shape in the drawings of a bastard-heir. It is an enchanted time and place envisioned by World Fantasy Award winner Patricia A. McKillip, acclaimed author of The Tower at Stony Wood....

    Pie says: "Very fairy tale :)"
    "Too Simplistic"

    Reviewers compliment McKillip's "fairytale style," but I found it to be overboard, as if written for a child-- not in the new, edgy YA fashion of fantasy, but in literally a bedtime story for a 6-year old. I kept thinking I had dazed out and missed something. I didn't. It was just that simple.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Boneshaker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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.

    Jesse says: "Doesn't live up to potential"
    "Clunky and Slow"

    This book read clunky and slow, much like the gadgetry within it. I wanted to like it, due to a strong female lead character, but this book was simply a cut-and-paste of trendy subjects-- ooh steampunk! zombies! Seattle! These themes don't work in isolation and unfortunately, this book doesn't work at all. There was too much dialogue, not a strong plotline and very little imagination. Good cure for insomnia, though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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