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Acacia

Favorite books are Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series. I also like supernatural novels such as Laurel K. Hamilton, Patricia Briggs and Charlaine Harris. I love mysteries as well as mysteries/romance for example J.D Robb's In Death series. I will read a good contemporary or historical romance novel as well. I guess what I'm saying is I love anybook that is good enough to provide me with a well-deserved escape and entertainment.

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  • 8 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 381 titles in library
  • 61 purchased in 2014
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  • Shadow and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Leigh Bardugo
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (586)

    Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

    Norma says: "Great Listen!!"
    "Enjoyable And Oh So Entertaining!"
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    Would you listen to Shadow and Bone again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again because it was pure entertainment.


    What other book might you compare Shadow and Bone to and why?

    I would compare this book to Divergent.


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

    She has a way of bringing the characters to life with creative and interesting accents that I don't think I wouldn't have come up with in my head.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book came together so well it's difficult to pick out one thing. However, I will say it was pleasing to see the development and maturity of the characters as the book progressed.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good book and I am amazed that a first time writer could deliver this kind of product. I was really captured by the story and can't wait for the next installment. I highly recommend this book.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Samson's Lovely Mortal: Scanguards Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tina Folsom
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (533)

    Vampire bachelor Samson can't get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there's nothing wrong with his hydraulics - that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms. His scruples about taking Delilah to bed vanish when his shrink suggests it's the only way to cure his problem. Thinking all he needs is one night with her, Samson indulges in a night of pleasure and passion.

    CAROLYN says: "Mmmmmmmm YUMMY"
    "Not Worth A Credit!!!"
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    I was looking for a good vampire series and this one was highly rated (which I am at a loss to understand why), but what I got was a straight romance novel. Why she bothers making the men vampires was probably just to attract those who like the dark fantasy genre. Withstanding a few quirks they behaved like the average guy next door. The plot, the writing and the characters were extremely simplistic and that's being kind. The reasons behind the evil villainess' actions in the book would have made sense if she were a ten year old. The narrator's flat monotone voice was better suited for a sports commentator, and his tone for the female characters were all the same, AWFUL!
    The huge preoccupation with sex throughout the book did not enhance the story, and after the 2nd one served no purpose. In my experience a book is truly bad if at the end of it you realize there was nothing redeemable about it. I'm going to have to get my credit back for this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries: Mrs. Jeffries Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Emily Brightwell
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    She keeps house for Inspector Witherspoon...and keeps him on his toes. Everyone's awed by his Scotland Yard successes - but they don't know about his secret weapon. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, Mrs. Jeffries's polished detection skills are up to the task...proving that behind every great man there's a woman - and that a crime-solver's work is never done.

    Sally says: "Very Entertaining"
    "REALLY BAD!!!"
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    I can't understand how this book managed to get anything other than one star. I finished this book hoping that it would get better, but it was bad from start to finish. Who wants to read about a fumbling bumbling detective that is not only incapable of solving a case, but doesn't even know when someone is making fun of him. The way the case was solved with the help of his household was not entertaining but ridiculous. I'm going to have to get my credit back for this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8205)
    Performance
    (6223)
    Story
    (6199)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "Has Some Entertainment Value"
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    This series is rated so high that I thought I'd give it a chance. The storyline is interesting enough that you want to find out what happens, but the main character does go on and on. It's all about what he did and what he shouldn't have done and everything is his fault. He's kind of this pitiful guy that cries a lot and has no confidence in his abilities but always skates by. The narrator has a nice speaking voice, but he does every character in the same tone be it male or female. The book is readable but I wasn't as impressed as most of the other readers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mine Till Midnight: The Hathaways, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (519)

    When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.

    Amazon Customer says: "Missing part of the story. NOT unabridged"
    "YAWN... PETTY BORING!!!"
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    Every so often I like to read a good romance novel. I always thought Lisa Kleypas was a good writer whose novels were entertaining. However, this book was a huge disappointment. I only finished it because I was away from home and nothing else had been downloaded. The characters were drab and underdeveloped, the plot was one dimensional and cliche. I don't expect a great deal of depth in a romance novel but this had none. Out of no where she threw in a supernatural element, meanwhile she left all of the story lines open except the romance portion. There was a tiny mystery involving a tattoo and that was never revealed to us readers. Last but not least, the book ended abruptly. My advice is not to waste your time reading this book unless you're using it as a sedative.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crystal Cove: Friday Harbor, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    Justine Hoffman has made a comfortable life for herself on the island of Friday Harbor. She is the proprietor of a successful boutique hotel, and she has the safe, predictable life she has always wanted. Growing up with her flighty, nomadic mother, Marigold, has instilled in her a deep longing for stability. But in spite of everything Justine has achieved, there is still something missing. Love. And after years of waiting and dreaming, she is willing to do whatever it takes to change her destiny.

    Kellie says: "Will the Real Lisa Kleypas Please Stand Up"
    "This Was A Waste of A Credit!"
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    I like all genres and was in the mood for a little romance. In the past I have read Lisa Kleypas and this book sounded good... Boy was I wrong. There is nothing interesting about this story. It is so cliche and boring and the characters are one dimensional, I couldn't relate to them on any level. I never stop reading a book in the middle but I just couldn't get through this book without torturing myself. When I came to the conclusion that I didn't care about finding out what happened to thes characters I just stopped reading. Lisa Kleypas has some decent books, but this isn't one of them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2908)
    Performance
    (2211)
    Story
    (2228)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul from Washington says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "SURPASSES MY EXPECTATIONS!"
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    Because of all of the positive reviews I expected this book to be good but it actually exceeded my expectations. I liked virtually everything about it from the complexity of the plot, to the abilities of the characters as well as the relationships between them. The only thing that was a little unrealistic was the psychological development and understanding of a person in his early teens, but this observation did not really take anything away from the story. The story is crazy creative and highly imaginative not to mention one of the most unique books I have ever read. For these reasons and the fact that it was well written, and perfectly executed the book deserved to be given five stars.

    I didn't find the book confusing or difficult to follow, but I definitely had to pay attention. What was confusing was the narration, the characters started out with one voice for the first half of the book, and then it changied as the book progressed. You had different narrators for the characters changing every few chapters. The tones varied widely and didn't represent the characters at all. I can't imagine why this was done but it was the most unprofessional narrating I have ever heard.

    With that said, I have never read an OSC book and after reading this one, I am looking forward to reading more. Even with the bad narration I highly recommend this book. It is refreshing in it's originality and makes for an interesting and entertaining read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband Trap

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tracy Anne Warren
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1087)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (861)

    Winner of a RITA, a National Readers’ Choice Award, the HOLT Medallion, and the Golden Quill, New York Times best-selling author Tracy Anne Warren is among the most acclaimed and popular Regency romance storytellers. In The Husband Trap, the reserved Lady Violet Brantford agrees to swap identities with her vivacious sister. Before she knows it, she’s married to the Duke of Raeburn, who finds himself pleasantly surprised with his charming new wife.

    SIMARA says: "Passionate and emotional narration..."
    "Totally Predictable"
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    Would you try another book from Tracy Anne Warren and/or Bianca Amato?

    I thought the book was extremely cliche. It became boring because you knew how the book would end.


    If you’ve listened to books by Tracy Anne Warren before, how does this one compare?

    I've never listened to any books narrated by Tracy Anne Warren and I don't think I want to repeat the experience. Her voice was very monotone. She used the same voice for all the males and the same voice for all the females. It really wasn't convincing at all.


    What three words best describe Bianca Amato’s voice?

    flat, unimaginative and boring.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Some twists and turns would have set it apart and made it not so predictable. Maybe some mystery and some humor... anything to set it apart! I had a hard time getting through it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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