You no longer follow Claire

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Claire

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Claire

Flagstaff, AZ, United States | Member Since 2008

13
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 14 reviews
  • 190 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
2

  • Quicksilver: An Arcane Society Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    Virginia Dean wakes at midnight beside a dead body, with a bloody knife in her hand and no memory of the evening’s events. Dark energy, emanating from the mirrors lining the room, overpowers her senses. With no apparent way in or out, she’s rescued by a man she’s met only once before, but won’t soon forget.... Owen Sweetwater inherited his family’s talent for hunting the psychical monsters who prey on London’s women and children, and his investigation into the deaths of two glass-readers has led him here.

    Aryn says: "Same old same old"
    "Pretty typical, pretty good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like Amanda Quick and the Arcane series. I like the paranormal concept and ideas of the talants, so I tend not to judge these books harshly even when not great. This one really is pretty good. I didn't have me dying to get back in the car to listen or regretting when I got to a destination and had to stop, but when I was listening, I enjoyed it (I drove 800 miles around AZ on a business trip while listening).

    I enjoy some of the clever ideas the author comes up with related to the paranormal talents of the characters. I appreciate that the women tend to be a little bit feisty and that the men appreciate that about the women. While I'm not listening for the sex scenes, I appreciate it if there is some passion there, and in many books this author is a little bit... um, perfunctory. In this book, there was something good between the characters.

    Worth the half-price download (or credit) - can't remember how I got this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (659)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Cookie says: "Oh the joy!"
    "Don't beat me about the head with your idea!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    When an author has a theory, express it, substantiate it, and then move on, don't beat me about the head with it by restating the same concept over and over and over.

    I listen to audiobooks during my commute, about 50 minutes each way. This book kept causing me to doze and I had to put it aside so as not to endanger myself or others on the road.

    There were a few interesting snippets, but I skipped ahead a lot. If I hadn't gotten it on some sort of deal such that I'm pretty sure I won't get any refund credit back from Audible, I'd just return it. Don't waste your time, money, or credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cast-Off Coven: Witchcraft Mysteries Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (342)

    Students are spooked at the San Francisco School of Fine Arts, and Lily is called in to search for possible paranormal activity. In return she's been promised a trunkful of Victorian-era clothes recently discovered in a school storage closet. But Lily finds something else: the body of a wealthy patron of the school. In between running the store and seeing her new boyfriend, Max - a "mythbuster" who is uncomfortable with her witchcraft - she uses her sleuthing skills to try to solve the murder. Soon Lily senses something from the school's vintage clothes, but it's not the smell of mothballs - it's the unmistakable aura of evil intent.

    C. says: "Speaking French"
    "Fun, brain-candy series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the second book in a really fun series. The characters are very likable, the stories are good, the little elements of witchcraft are interesting and the mysteries are good. The reader is good with the voices as well. The books are a fun listen and are excellent brain candy.

    I'm doing a 24 endurance event in 5 weeks and I'm thinking I'll download a few more of this series to listen to during the race as they make for a great escape and easy entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Unbound

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Keri Arthur
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (103)

    New York Times best-selling author Keri Arthur received the coveted Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for her urban fantasy tales. In Darkness Unbound, Risa Jones’ werewolf-and-Aedh lineage allows her to see reapers - supernatural beings that escort the souls of the dead to the afterlife. But when Risa discovers that a practitioner of blood magic is preventing souls from moving on, she knows she must set things right before all hell breaks loose.

    Lex says: "Wow, blew me away! Fantastic Listen"
    "Interesting and different"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this on a whim and a sale, so without much review or research. It was interesting, but I won't be getting any more of the series, I just didn't like the lead character that much so I don't really care about what happens to her or the unresolved elements of the story.

    I liked that the author did not spend time on explaining how the 'reality' or 'world' of this book came to be, just accept that there are humans, vampires, werewolves, witches, and other creatures that all exist and many have interesting powers. If you are the sort who needs explanations, this might be bothersome. It didn't seem to be necessary, just go with the flow so to speak.

    I'm thinking this might have been listed under romance, but I'd put it under fantasy/sci-fi. There isn't any romance but there is sex.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ann Vileisis
    • Narrated By Alex Day
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Ask children where food comes from, and they’ll probably answer: “the supermarket.” Ask most adults, and their replies may not be much different. Where our foods are raised and what happens to them between farm and supermarket shelf have become mysteries. How did we become so disconnected from the sources of our breads, beef, cheeses, cereal, apples, and countless other foods that nourish us every day?

    Gringuita says: "Fabulous book -- anemic performance"
    "Far more history than I expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It took several tries to get into this listen - the narrator is beyond dreadful! Speeding up the audio as another reviewer suggested helped a little, as was spending a day clearing brush from an acre of land - something so mindless that any audio was better than listening to the locusts and the flies buzz.

    I like history and I am very interested in food and nutrition, yet the minutia of this book is too much for me, I feel as if the author is trying to bury me in it. I found skimming by fast forwarding 10-20 minutes here and there to be helpful.

    The story improved a great deal once we got to the 20th century, perhaps it is because I can better relate to what the author is describing as far as how we think about food and nutrition, how we came to shop as we do, and our considerations about food production.

    I just reread the description of the book thinking I must have misread the summary the first time. Hmm, no. I just don't find the book to be as described and cannot recommend the book as is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Man's Mistress: Mistress Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (272)

    Lord Ferdinand Dudley is accustomed to getting what he wants... that is, until he appears at the door of Pinewood Manor, attempting to claim his rightful estate, and is met by the bewitching fury of Lady Viola Thornhill. She refuses to cede him the home she calls her own. He refuses to leave. And so the contest begins....

    Jackee says: "Great"
    "Neverending..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator was excellent, the story, not so much.

    Actually, it started off good, had some interesting ideas, but totally bogged down in the neverending middle. The hero was too good to be true, a paragon. I struggled through the first few hours and was about to give up when there was a spark of interest, an unexpected twist, but then more blah, blah, blah had me skipping chapters and hours of the second half of the book until I listened to the last 30 minutes.

    This was my first (and probably last) book by this author. When I enjoy a book in a series and meet characters from a previous book, I often get that book to learn their stories. In this case, I am mildly curious about those characters, but won't be getting the book as I don't have confidence that I could listen to it, fearing another boggy middle.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sins of a Wicked Duke

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sophie Jordan
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    One would think the last place a beauty like Fallon O'Rourke could keep her virtue was in the Mayfair mansion of London's most licentious duke, the notorious Dominic Hale. Yet Fallon - who's endured nothing but lecherous advances since her father's tragic death - is perfectly safe there...disguised as a footman! Beneath the notice of the dark-haired devil with his smoldering blue eyes and sinful smile, Fallon never imagines her secret will be discovered. But how long can her deception last?

    CAROLYN says: "Good enough story and a good narrator"
    "I wanted this book to be good..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had high hopes - I've always been a sucker for stories with women who masquerade as boys/men. This one just didn't seem plausible (and I've very willing to accept a lot of silliness). Maybe it was the narrator - the voices weren't too good.

    The bad guys became good with no real reason to change, and I just didn't get why the 2 characters would come to actually fall in love, and the Duke would not have married that girl.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Devil in Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (761)

    Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage!

    Robbie says: "Easy 5 stars!"
    "A wallflower blooms"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've only listened to 2 of the Wallflower books, #2 and this one. I felt this one had more, hmm, integrity? I mean the story was well contained within the book and the loose ends wrapped up. The hero redeemed himself for past misdeeds, and our little Wallflower found some confidence and started to bloom on her own, not just as a result of having a man come to love her and take care of her. I also enjoy getting to know some characters outside of the 'ton'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Night of Sin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Gaelen Foley
    • Narrated By Angele Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (324)

    Lord Alec Knight, the most daring and handsome rogue in all of London, is a smooth-talking aristocrat with an abundance of high-society lady admirers. With his irresistible wit, lucky hand at the gaming tables, and enticing charisma, he can have any woman he wants. But when the only girl he would have considered marrying ties the knot with someone else, Alec realizes he doesn't want to be with just any lady - he wants to find the love of his life.

    CAROLYN says: "My first - but definitely not my last !!"
    "Too much modern phrasing for an historical romance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Pretty good story but I didn't like the modern phrases - they yanked me right out of the listening experience because it was jarring in an historical novel - 'head games' - really? Quite a bit of sex in this one, so if you don't like that sort of thing, pick something else.

    The hero gets to be heroic and the heroine is plucky - I liked that.

    This was my first novel by this author - I don't believe I'll look for or buy anymore as based on reviews on another site, the language problem is common in her work.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6107)
    Performance
    (5422)
    Story
    (5420)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Really good story - more than a romance!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    At first I was excited that Jim Dale was the narrator as I loved the Harry Potter audio books in large part due the way he made them come alive. Yet, when I started listening to the Night Circus, it was really distracting - as more than reviewer noted, the voices used for the Night Circus were similar to HP character voices.

    It took a while to get past linking current characters to HP characters, but as soon as I did, I really got into the story. Too bad this is in the Romance category as I think many would love the book, yet won't see it for the classification. Enjoy it for the really excellent story that the book offers. A bit of magic is good for everyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.