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Sumati

Jackson, MS, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 186 titles in library
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  • Midnight's Daughter: Dorina Basarab, Dhampir, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Karen Chance
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (157)

    Dorina Basarab is a dhampir - half-human, half-vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. So far Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing. Now Dory's vampire father has come back into her life. Her uncle Dracula (yes, the Dracula), infamous even among vampires for his cruelty and murderous ways, has escaped his prison.

    Leanna says: "Too much bravado"
    "Book is awesome.. Narrator is not."
    Overall

    I love the Cassie Palmer series and I LOVE Cynthia Holloway as a narrator. The narrator for this book just seems to do it all wrong compared to the voices Cynthia Holloway did with the Cassie Palmer series. Since many of the characters show up in both, it's just weird having completely different voices and having words pronounced wrong.

    I read the book when it first came out, and I was excited when I saw that it is now available in audiobook form, but I will continue to just read the Dorina series and listen to the Cassie series because of the narrators.

    Anyways, it is a great series if you are a fan of the Cassie Palmer series. You get to learn more about some of the smaller characters. Dorina is kind of mentioned in the last Cassie book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4209)
    Performance
    (3042)
    Story
    (3080)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Love it!"
    Overall

    The narrator isn't the best, but it wasn't horrible and it didnt distract me from the story once I got used to her. I took a star away because of the narrator.

    The actual book is pretty awesome! The book is slow going for the first 3-4 chapters. After that, it really begins to pick up and the story just sucks you in. I usually do not like the young adult books, but this one is nice. I'm definitely going to check out the rest of the books in this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Ties Book One: The Turning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Armintrout
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (990)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (326)

    I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. But after my life turned into a horror movie, I take fear a lot more seriously now. I finally became Dr. Carrie Ames just eight months ago. Then I was attacked in the hospital morgue by a vampire. Just my luck.

    David says: "Meh"
    "Great read"
    Overall

    I liked this series! I thought the narrator did a good job. She fixes a few of the voices in the later books. I really enjoyed the story. I wish there were more books in this series or that the author would make books from the point of view of some of the other characters. The books do have a lot of "romance," but I like the steamy bits! LOL I've recommended this series to a bunch of friends and they all loved it as well!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Staying Dead: A Retrievers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laura Anne Gilman
    • Narrated By Emma Woodbine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    As a Retriever, Wren Valere specializes in finding things gone missing - and then bringing them back, no questions asked. Normally her job is stimulating, challenging and only a little bit dangerous. But every once in a while....

    Anne says: "Great Urban Fantasy!"
    "bad narration"
    Overall

    So I took a chance on this book. I can't even get past the first half. The narrator's voices sound too similar for each character, so I have no idea who is supposed to be talking half the time. I just cant get into the book b/c I cant figure out who's talking half the time and the story will jump around to the point of view of another character. There wont be a pause or anything to signify this complete change, so I just got confused. I may just buy the paperback and read it like Sarah suggests. I didnt have a problem with the narrator being more bubbly.. just had a problem with 2 of the main characters having almost identical voices.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Stone: The Negotiator Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By C. E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Eve Bianco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (287)

    Okay, so jogging through Central Park after midnight wasn't a bright idea. But Margrit Knight never thought she'd encounter a dark new world filled with magical beings, not to mention a dying woman and a mysterious stranger with blood on his hands. Her logical, lawyer instincts told her it couldn't all be real, but she could hardly deny what she'd seen...and touched.

    Deborah says: "Entertaining if formulaic"
    "Nice series"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this series! Had to get used to hearing 3rd person b/c most of the books I've been listening to (Southern Vampire Series, Anita Blake, The Hollows Series) were in 1st person. Book was kind of slow at first, but it definitely grew on me! I've recommended it to all my friends that like urban fantasy type books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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