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Wendy

I have been an avid reader my whole life. I love getting lost in a good story and letting the real world get lost for awhile.

O FALLON, MO, United States | Member Since 2010

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Isis Collar: Blood Singer Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cat Adams
    • Narrated By Arika Escalona
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    Celia Graves was once an ordinary human, but those days are long gone. Now she strives to maintain her sanity and her soul while juggling both vampire abilities and the powers of a Siren. Warned of a magical "bomb" at a local elementary school, Celia forces an evacuation. Oddly, the explosion seems to have no effect, puzzling both Celia and the FBI. Two weeks later, a strangely persistent bruise on Celia's leg turns out to be the first sign of a magical zombie plague.

    Kindle Customer says: "Nice Storyline Poor Narrator"
    "Another Great Adventure"
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    The Isis Collar continues Celia Graves story as an investigator with new and unusual powers (part Vampire and Siren - unusual, right?). I recommend this book as a great escape into an alternate universe with very entertaining characters. Nothing deep going on here, but just a fun and entertaining 9 hrs and 38 minutes, that I consider well worth the credit I spent.

    What you should know:
    -Not a stand-alone book, previous books must be read to understand the character interaction.
    -While this is an entertaining book, no major progress is made within Celia's world as relates to her powers, or her relationships... What you knew at the end of book 3, is pretty much what you know at the end of book 4. However, the story is a great adventure within Celia's world and shouldn't be missed if you enjoyed the previous 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Carver of Waar: Waar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nathan Long
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (239)

    Jane Carver is nobody's idea of a space princess. A hard-ridin', hard-lovin' biker chick and ex-Airborne Ranger, Jane is as surprised as anyone else when, on the run from the law, she ducks into the wrong cave at the wrong time - and wakes up butt-naked on an exotic alien planet light-years away from everything she's ever known. Waar is a savage world of four-armed tiger-men, sky-pirates, slaves, gladiators, and purple-skinned warriors in thrall to a bloodthirsty code of honor and chivalry.

    Diane Rivers says: "Story and Narration = Epic Fun!"
    "Just wish I hadn't bought it!"
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    If the author had wanted the main character to be a guy, he should have written her as a guy... Think BIG, Think Butch and Think UGLY. The pretty guys are gay... the big butch girl is a lesbian in the story because no 'man' wants her (because of how big, butch and ugly she is)... I just felt insulted by the stereotypical roles playing out. I liked the John Carter setting.. but if the rest was supposed to be some subtle tongue-in-cheek, I just didn't get it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Insignia

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By S. J. Kincaid
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom's drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible. Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone's been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he's offered the incredible - a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom's instincts for combat will be put to the test and if he passes, he'll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces.

    Wendy says: "YA Novel with Adult Appeal"
    "YA Novel with Adult Appeal"
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    I am an adult that was greatly entertained by this futuristic YA novel. There are some very interesting concepts within the story, and it had me hooked right from the first minute. The friendship interaction is great and held quite a few humorous moments that had me laughing out loud.

    What you should know:
    -This IS a YA novel and the complexity of the tale reflects that fact, but it IS a great story, and the young adult within myself enjoyed every minute of it!
    -Well Worth the Credit, and I will be listening to this book again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1888)
    Performance
    (1708)
    Story
    (1709)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Don't Overlook this Gem"
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    Where does The Rook rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there on my "Fun-to-Listen" Virtual Shelf! I will enjoy listening to this book again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rook Myfanwy Thomas (Myfanwy is pronounced as 'Miffany' and Rhymes with 'Tiffany') - This character continued to evolve throughout the book, and I cheered at seeing her evolve.


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

    I read other reviews that were pretty much right-on in describing her cadence as difficult to get through in the very beginning, which she quickly overcame. Perhaps the awkwardness was intentional, as she did progress and become extremely competent along with the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    A fun listen and held my interest throughout... Hope more is to follow in this series!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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