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Heather

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  • Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1105)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (593)

    "Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside."

    Angela says: "The Nightside"
    "An Unexpected Treat"
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    What made the experience of listening to Something from the Nightside the most enjoyable?

    It would have to be the narrator, Marc Vietor. He infused all the characters with wonderful, distinct voices and made the story come alive in a way I doubt it would have if I would have been reading it myself. That having been said, I really enjoyed his cynically dry take on the main character; it struck just the right chord for me and made me want to root for him more, though he probably wouldn't expect it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the descriptions of the Nightside and its various occupants. I found that with every new thing I learned about it and them, I only wanted to know more.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There's quite a few really terrific scenes throughout the book despite it being relatively short so I'd be hard pressed to pick just one.


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

    I can't deny I cringed a few times, especially during that scene with John, Joanna, Razor Eddie and all those creepy crawlies. It's vivid enough that I'm not sure I want to listen to it again any time soon. At least, not without some heavy duty bug spray on hand. Yuck.


    Any additional comments?

    Though I'm a bit disappointed that I'm only stumbling onto this series now, I'm thrilled that I did. It was an expected delight and reminded me in some ways of 'The Dresden Files' by Jim Butcher, though absolutely no one should go into this series with expectations for John Taylor to be like Harry Dresden. They're two very different characters that are well worth enjoying on their own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jane Austen, Steve Hockensmith
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (453)

    In this terrifying and hilarious prequel, we witness the genesis of the zombie plague in early 19th-century England. We watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a nave young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. We laugh as she begins her first clumsy training with nunchucks and katana swords and cry when her first blush with romance goes tragically awry.

    Dawn says: "Fantastic Narrator for a Fun Story!"
    "Fantastic Narration!"
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    What did you love best about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls?

    The narration was absolutely the best part of the entire experience. It made the entire novel and its characters come alive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls?

    While there was plenty of memorable moments for me the one that stood out the most was the very beginning funeral scene. It was striking in its imagery and set the tone for the rest of the novel.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    While he was a vile character in the story, Lord Lumpley was by far my favorite character performed by Katherine Kellgren. His voice was distinct and easily stood out among the others.


    Any additional comments?

    While devoted Austen fans may quibble about the fact that this novel doesn't echo Jane Austen's signature style, it's still a fun variation that zombie fans will definitely enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Urban Shaman: The Walker Papers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C.E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Christine Carroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (356)

    Joanne Walker has three days to learn to use her shamanic powers and save the world from the unleashed Wild Hunt.

    Melissa says: "Urban Shaman - Light Fantasy"
    "Entertaining to the End"
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    Would you listen to Urban Shaman again? Why?

    With the pacing and action being what they were, it would be easy to miss certain details in the story so it'll definitely be worth another listen at some point in the future.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the main character was neither a damsel in distress nor a perfectly formed heroine. She had to work at who she was and even then she was still a work-in-progress.


    Have you listened to any of Christine Carroll’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first time listening to Carroll's narration and thought it was wonderful, even if every single male character seemed to have the same kind of gruffness to their voice that, at times, got a bit trying.


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

    Honestly, no it wasn't. I listened to it over the course of several days and thought the story benefited from my taking a break here and there. It allowed me to focus more and kept me excited for what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    If I had any complaint about this novel it would be that the main character's wry humor and constant cynicism, while entertaining for the first half of the book, quickly grew irritating in the second . I'm all for laughing in the face of death and having a heroine be snarky but by the end it felt a little too forced; like the author was afraid of letting the character have a real moment of softness lest it strip away her pre-established bad girl street cred or something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Father Brown Mysteries - The Actor and the Alibi, The Worst Crime in the World, The Insoluble Problem, and The Eye of Apollo: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By G. K. Chesterton, M. J. Elliott
    • Narrated By J.T. Turner, The Colonial Radio Players
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Enjoy four Father Brown mysteries in this full cast audio drama. In "The Actor and the Alibi", Father Brown discovers that the cast of a famous stage comedy might include a killer. In "The Worst Crime in the World", something is amiss at Musgrave Castle! In "The Insoluble Problem", Father Brown's best friend is a master thief who's been assigned the task of catching another thief. In "The Eye of Apollo", Flambeau, the thief-turned-detective, shares an office building with the high priest of a new religion.

    Ursula says: "A fun listen"
    "Fun and Easy Listening"
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    This is definitely a fun and simple listen with each story in the set offering a sometimes over-the-top and mostly dramatic crime that is easily solvable by both Father Brown and the listener. Though relatively short each mystery is complete in and of itself and is wonderfully performed by the entire cast. If you're looking for something light to listen to while doing chores or relaxing, I'd definitely recommend any of the Father Brown Mysteries.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Hunger Like No Other: Immortals After Dark, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1917)
    Performance
    (1770)
    Story
    (1770)

    After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. But when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

    Teresa says: "My new favorite narrator!"
    "Surprising"
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    I’m usually quite reluctant to buy romance audibooks that feature a male narrator as they have a tendency to either read in a rush, obviously hoping to be done with it, or read in a monotone, which can ruin an otherwise fun story. Imagine my surprise and delight when Mr. Petkoff not only read at an almost indulgent pace but made the effort to give voice to each character, turning what would have otherwise been an enjoyable listen into a delightful one. He seemed to have fun with the story, which in and of itself was intriguing, entertaining, and well executed, though I admit there were times when I found myself not so much disliking but not fully enjoying Emmaline’s character. She was a bit too timid for my tastes but that hardly detracted from the overall experience. On the whole, however, I thoroughly enjoyed this and am looking forward to listening to the next book by the author and/or the next narration by Mr. Petkoff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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