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Lyn

charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • A Perfect Blood: The Hollows, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1912)
    Performance
    (1704)
    Story
    (1703)

    Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood. She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

    Aimee says: "Get on with it already"
    "overpriced and overdone"
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    Not worth 2 credits! The melodrama is off the chart. A shark jumping event. This series use to be clever, witty, and snarky but now has devolved into a sanctimonious melodrama, characters are 2 dimensional except for the obligatory descriptions of how hot someone is. Charging 2 credits for this crap is insult to injury.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Necromancer's House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christopher Buehlman
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    Andrew Ranulf Blankenship is a handsome, stylish nonconformist with wry wit, a classic Mustang, and a massive library. He is also a recovering alcoholic and a practicing warlock, able to speak with the dead through film. His house is a maze of sorcerous booby traps and escape tunnels, as yours might be if you were sitting on a treasury of Russian magic stolen from the Soviet Union thirty years ago.

    Brett says: "Decidedly Worth It!!!"
    "well crafted story that avoids gimmicks"
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    this is not a ya urban fantasy with tired tropes and inane dialogue. characters are complex, and good and evil are not so obvious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Child: An Audible Drama

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sebastian Fitzek
    • Narrated By Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, and others
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (553)

    My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer. Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client. Simon (Jack Boulter), a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.

    Rolando says: "Disappointing"
    "dramatization interfered with the story."
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    story was hard to follow because of the overuse of audio gimmicks. I didn't finish book it was so obnoxious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finn Fancy Necromancy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Randy Henderson
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Finn Gramaraye was framed for the crime of dark necromancy at the age of 15 and exiled to the Other Realm for 25 years. But now that he's free, someone--probably the same someone--is trying to get him sent back. Finn has only a few days to discover who is so desperate to keep him out of the mortal world and find evidence to prove it to the Arcane Enforcers. They are going to be very hard to convince since he's already been convicted of trying to kill someone with dark magic.

    Lyn says: "very enjoyable romp"
    "very enjoyable romp"
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    Well written and narrated, a fun story, great characters with depth with a roller coaster plot. not the standard urban fantasy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Infinite Sea: The 5th Wave, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Phoebe Strole, Ben Yannette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (430)

    How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity. Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others' ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

    GLENNO says: "Not much action; no resolution"
    "Humanity's last hope in bickering nitwits"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The narration is good but the story is crap. in place of action you are treated to a filler of ponderously stupid second guessing, inane bickering, tedious internal dialog, cheesy repetitive phrases like " his chocolaty brown eyes" and pointless combat between protagonists. The first book was interesting, but this story is composed of lawn trimmings and left overs.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mort(e): A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Repino
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    Former house cat turned war hero Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions and fighting the dreaded human bioweapon EMSAH. But the true motivation behind Mort(e)'s recklessness is his ongoing search for a pretransformation friend - a dog named Sheba. When he receives a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he begins a journey that will take him from the remaining human strongholds to the heart of the Colony.

    Gillian says: "Apocalypse/Military-Thriller With...Fur"
    "Really good on so many levels"
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    Performance
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    great story with fantastic narration, interesting perspectives. familiar and unique. not your average talking animal story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (161)

    Every great drink starts with a plant. Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley. Gin was born from a conifer shrub when medieval physicians boiled juniper berries with wine to treat stomach pain. The Drunken Botanist uncovers the surprising botanical history and fascinating science and chemistry of over 150 plants, flowers, trees, and fruits (and even a few fungi).

    Cynthia says: "No more cheap tequila!"
    "Fun and informitive"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Drunken Botanist the most enjoyable?

    Amy Stewarts writing style of mixing history, chemistry and trivia makes this book a rare gem that both entertains and educates.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Drunken Botanist?

    The history of angastora bitters.


    What about Coleen Marlo’s performance did you like?

    She has a silky voice that is a pleasure to listen to as well as her tongue twisting annunciations of the the plants scientific names without a stumble.


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

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, there was a few giggles to some of the light hearted trivia.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy science and history you you'll enjoy this book.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4134)
    Performance
    (3669)
    Story
    (3683)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Interesting as well as exciting"
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    Where does Ghost in the Wires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't usually listen to biographies but Mitnik was worth the exception. This was well crafted and insightful as well as humorous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Mitnik came across as a basically good guy with some exceptional skills and a wicked sense of humor.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    a sense of timing that added to the irony and humor.


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

    yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jennifer Morgue: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (448)

    Bob Howard is a special operative for the British agency called The Laundry, and his task is to stop a rogue billionaire from using an artifact, known as Gravedust, with the power to reanimate the dead. The U.S. Black Agency sends the lethal Ramona Random to aid Bob’s mission, but she seems to have a different agenda.

    Bryan says: "The Laundry as James Bond"
    "good, but not his best"
    Overall
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    Story

    Stress has an excellent turn of Phrase and an excellent sense of snark. I enjoyed this tho He really gets up to speed with The Fuller Memorandum and The Apocolypse Codex.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ship Breaker

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (705)

    In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota - and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.

    Rusty says: "Very good"
    "Rollercoaster of excitement"
    Overall
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    The story picks you up and carries you along, I found myself cheering and cringing at the fight scenes. The plot has the perfect blend detail and timing, the narration is excellent, the reader is fully immersed in his characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fuller Memorandum: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (365)

    Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross is renowned for his cutting-edge science fiction. This third entry in his “edgy … spoof of Cold War spy thrillers” (Booklist) finds covert agent Bob Howard learning about a top-secret dossier that vanishes with his boss. Determined to discover the contents of this memorandum, Howard runs afoul of Russian spies, ancient demons, and apostles of a hideous cult planning to raise the Eater of Souls from the undead.

    Maggie says: "Top notch!"
    "fantasy written as hard science fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Stross finally hits his stride in this story. This is not a Dresden files wannabe. Steeped in occult history, philosophy and technology this is not a god botherer friendly book, if your faith is so fragile that reading a story where god doesn't exist, and what we think are gods are actually extra dimensional aliens upsets you, do yourself a favor and go read the left behind series instead. The interlacing of tech, history and occult is done very creatively, the narrator does a great job with accents and his tone and timing is top notch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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