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MaryAnn

Idaho Falls, ID, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5704)
    Performance
    (5300)
    Story
    (5299)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "foul language - out of character"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Days to be better than the print version?

    I am not a prude, and I think that the audio editions of Jim Butcher's work are always wonderful, but this one had a lot of F words in it, and I was surprised, quite frankly. It didn't seem to fit the character Dresden has been in previous books, seemed like they were just 'stuck in'.I had been enjoying the series specifically for the love of the characters, and the fact they had so little swearing, which sets them apart in this day and age, but the addition of bad langueage sure didn't add to this book. It was disappointing.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Butcher? Why or why not?

    probably.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    always a good performance and he does a super job with extra voices.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    The foul language sounded like it was added as an afterthought - put in by an editor or whatever, but it sure was a surprise in this book after so many without the F word. It would be nice to find a book by an author as fine a writer as Jim Butcher without the bad language. I get tired of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (140)

    In the wake of a failed love affair, brainy beauty Jilly Lovitz takes off for Tokyo. She's expecting to cry on her sister Summer's shoulder, then spend a couple months blowing off steam in Japan. Instead, she's snatched away on the back of a motorcycle, narrowly avoiding a grisly execution attempt meant for her sister and brother-in-law. Her rescuer is Reno, the Committee's most unpredictable agent. They'd met once before and the attraction was odd - tattooed Yakuza punk meets leggy California egghead - but electric.

    Shannon Souza says: "loved it"
    "Could use a more complex plot"
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    Would you try another book from Anne Stuart and/or Xe Sands?

    no


    Has Fire and Ice turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    better plot, less foul language


    Any additional comments?

    This novel really was more sexual tension than any kind of plot - romance? Not really romantic, just graphic, leaving little to the imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    Ayn Rand discusses how a writer combines abstract ideas with concrete action and description to achieve a unity of theme, plot, characterization, and style, the four essential elements of fiction. Here, too, are Rand's illuminating analyses of passages from famous writers, rewrites of scenes from her own works, and fascinating rules for building dramatic plots and characters with depth.

    Lois says: "Get Stein on Writing"
    "overblown style, know-it-all and pompous writing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not much could help this book. It is read by a reader in a style that matches the book - a prissy accent and so many "i.e.s" instead of using "for example", that is nearly ridiculous. Ayn Rand compares herself to famous master writers, classics, cutting them down in a derogatory "holier than thou" way I find unbelievable. She also manages to get her own political views ingrained by using those particular excerpts form her writing as "good" examples.Just a terrible read (listen) that I couldn't finish. A waste of my audible credit.


    Has The Art of Fiction turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no, but it has certainly turned me off anything by Ayn Rand, no matter how well-known.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marguerite Gavin?

    Just about anybody not so irritating to listen to.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How I Write: Secrets of a Best-Selling Author

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Ina Yalof
    • Narrated By Janet Evanovich, Ina Yalof, Alex Evanovich
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Written with nonfiction author and creative-writing teacher Ina Yalof, and with help from daughter Alex Evanovich, How I Write is the perfect guide for anyone looking to strengthen his or her writing - and for those who want to find out just what makes Janet Evanovich tick.

    Debra says: "GREAT MOTIVATION"
    "How I Write: Secrets of a Best-Selling Author"
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    Would you try another book from Janet Evanovich and Ina Yalof and/or the narrators?

    I love her novels but would not try another one about how she writes...


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Personal background was intersting.


    Do you think How I Write needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No - there really wasn't much helpful info in this one, as the book title sounds like it would be geared for budding authors to read. While it was entertainging, there weren't large passages of helpful ideas or suggestions - mostly anectodes. Fun, but not what I hoped for.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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