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Rachel

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia | Member Since 2012

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  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5399)
    Performance
    (4819)
    Story
    (4833)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "My first novel with vampires in it!!"
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    If you could sum up Monster Hunter Vendetta in three words, what would they be?

    Uber Awesome Explosions!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Owen Z Pitt, cause while he's a kickass monster hunter, he's still has that accounting skills he could fall back to later in life. I like practical people like that. I love how practical he is.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Undoubtedly the time travel scene.


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

    LAughS! I really did not expect that. I bought the book because it was on sale. Never regret a moment!


    Any additional comments?

    As a rule, I don't read books with vampires in them until I had read Dracula (which I haven't yet) out of some book snob reason. I figure if the vampires are being shot/hacked to pieces, it didn't count. Yeah.

    Also, I like how the characters approached problems with extreme prejudice and prefer to pile odds onto their favour rather than leaving things to chance and waiting for a 'Saviour' to save them. Caugh*HarryPotter*Caugh

    If Z had been a character in the Potter world, well he would have given D the finger and bye, bye V-mot

    Extreme Prejudice is sometimes a good thing.

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  • Murder on the Orient Elite: A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (195)

    In this brand-new Grimnoir Chronicles story written exclusively for Audible, it's 1937 - four years after the Grimnoir Society defeated the magical alien force known as The Power. "Heavy" Jake Sullivan is summoned by his oddest ally, Dr. Wells, to stop the bombing of a new ultra-luxury airship. Amid the glitz, the gambling, and the high-society types, Sullivan races time to hunt for the saboteur. But surrounded by a blimp-full of Germans, Russians, Imperium Iron Guard, and other magical enemies - where can he even begin?

    Matthew E. Bowman says: "An Excellent Teaser"
    "Almost screamed with joy when I saw this!!"
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    If you could sum up Murder on the Orient Elite in three words, what would they be?

    Very Noir StoryBecause it IS very typically noir with all the detective work and what not. All it lacked was a slick, mysterious lady of the night.


    What other book might you compare Murder on the Orient Elite to and why?

    Murder of the Orient ExpressDo I have to explain this??


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Since I listened to Pinchot's performance in other Grimnoir works. It held true to the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Murder! Mystery! Unexpected Twists!


    Any additional comments?

    All I had to complain was that it was too short! Moar, Mr. Correia! Also, would like to find out Toru's reaction re Mr. Sullivan's latest daring rescue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3428)
    Performance
    (3212)
    Story
    (3205)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Haven't regretted a Larry Correia yet!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Warbound the most enjoyable?

    The suspense, the bloodshed, the sheer blood and guts of it. Nothing sparkly or clean here.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Warbound?

    When Jake Sullivan revealed his plan M. I was bowled over. Totally did not see that coming.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    His male, female and narrative voice are all very distinctive. No overlap, very well done. Although would like to see his 'shouting' voice actually shouting or at least a little louder. Only knew the characters were shouting via... he shouted...

    It was a little odd.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Quest to find the Pathfinder


    Any additional comments?

    Go read it. It's worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (103)

    With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion, lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood, until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and finds herself falling head over heels in love. Sensitive, intelligent, and high-minded, her noble pen pal seems to embody everything Emily has ever dreamed of in a man. But Simon Augustus Traherne, the mysterious Earl of Blade, is not at all what he seems.

    Hazel says: "Wonderful scandal"
    "Irritatingly spotty naration"
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    Would you try another book from Amanda Quick and/or Anne Flosnik?

    Amanda Quick, maybe. Anne Flosnik maybe never.


    If you’ve listened to books by Amanda Quick before, how does this one compare?

    I have waited for a long time for this book to be available in audio form, keeping fingers crossed that it would be Tomlinson to do the performance. Unfortunately...


    What didn’t you like about Anne Flosnik’s performance?

    Let me count the ways.

    First, the pace of the performance was just a touch slow. Nothing that can't be solved with the speed option. Optimal speed is at 1.25.

    Second, the male voices were a little... odd. Not very masculine and uneven allover, like a badly made jumper.

    Third, voices tended to bleed into each other. Flosnik's narrative voice and masculine voice jumped around a bit. Made for a very irritating experience.


    Do you think Scandal needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The first book already stretched my ability to suspend disbelief. Fine, the female character's amazingly intelligent, when it comes to money, and incredibly dense to the point of stupidity when it comes to matters of human relationships. I could credit all this as naivete and escapism but NOT. THE. MALE. HALF. OF. THE. FAMILY'S. LOW. CLASS. ACCENTS.

    Seriously? They are gentry aren't they? At least the second generation? The very good looking twin brothers? Surely they have some pride or at least would have tried to distance themselves from sounding like low pay help?

    It's either that or Flosnik put too much emphasis on all the 'ain'ts' that appeared in the story. OMG, I want to dig out my eardrums with a spoon.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm returning this book, I can't have it taking up a credit I could have spent on something else. How did it get a 4.1 rating anyway?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (2756)
    Performance
    (2561)
    Story
    (2571)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Yay, Franks!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Monster Hunter Nemesis the most enjoyable?

    It's about Franks, what more can I say?It's a story that explored the INSIDE of Franks' head. A head that is more than a little alien and very different from any human's.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I've always liked Z and Earl, but Franks is frankly in a league of his own. Almost literally. Oh, I'm still hoping that we'll get to see Jason Lococo in the next installment. Please say he's not dead, or an undead. Or a transformed mutant thing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The moment when the warrior monks tried to get their long spears out of their very colourful bus under the Bureau's wary (and incredulous) eyes. It was awesome.


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

    Franks have a heart. It was painful to look at yet incredibly sweet at the same time. Like warming up a frostbitten limb.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to audio recording twice. Once by itself, and once going through the whole series again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tokyo Raider: A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (406)

    With the Japanese Imperium at war with the Soviet Union, and the United States watching cautiously on the sidelines, Second Lieutenant Joe Sullivan of the U.S. Marines is sent on a dangerous mission to Tokyo. The Russians have Summoned a demon of epic proportions to attack the city, and all that stands in its deadly path is an untested Japanese super-robot. Now, Joe is at the controls, his gravity-spiking Power at the ready. But that is one huge, mean Demon....

    Doug D. Eigsti says: "…..The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend....."
    "GODZILLA VS GUNDAM ROBOTS!!"
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    If you could sum up Tokyo Raider in three words, what would they be?

    GODZILLA VERSUS GUNDAM!


    What other book might you compare Tokyo Raider to and why?

    What other books but the other THREE awesome Grimnoir Chronicles starring Sullivan Senior? Clearly Joe inherited more than his dad's brawn and powers over gravity, it's a pleasure to see how that scholarly brain would have turned out with proper education. Bronson Pinchot gave Joe a voice that gave the impression of being as deep as mountain roots (Like his dad) but with a crisper edge and just a hint of uncertainty as the son of a famous man.


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    When I first heard Pinchot's voice it was in Grimnoir book 1. At first, I was a little put off due to heavy favoritism for Oliver Wyman's voice (Performing Correia's MHI series) and could not really give the book my full attention.

    Jake's rather slow drawl takes some getting used to.


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

    I giggled. Peopled looked at me oddly at coffee shops.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is good enough to be a standalone even though it's a continuation of the Grimnoir Series. Only wish it could be just a bit longer. Readers who like this should totally read about Sullivan Senior's adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice (Dramatized)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Kate Burton, Miriam Margolyes, Kevin Theis, and others
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Jane Austen's classic romantic comedy is the sparkling tale of the Bennets, a family blessed with five daughters and a mother desperate to marry them off. The tempestuous pairing of the witty, independent Elizabeth and her arrogant but honorable suitor Mr. Darcy sets the standard for all great couples of stage and screen. Although many have tried, few literary romances have matched the wit and gentile satire of Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

    Joseph R says: "A Cliff's Notes P & P"
    "I like this better than Kiera Knightly's film"
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    Would you listen to Pride and Prejudice (Dramatized) again? Why?

    Yes, I've listened to it many times


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pride and Prejudice (Dramatized)?

    The moment when Mr. Darcy first danced with Elizabeth


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Mrs. Bennet. Funny!


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

    Ah, when Elizabeth realizes she loves Darcy


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to listen to other dramatized version of Jane Austen's books.

    Also, sorry Kiera Knightly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystery of a Butcher's Shop

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Gladys Mitchell
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    When Rupert Sethleigh’s body is found one morning, laid out in the village butcher’s shop and minus its head, the inhabitants of Wandles Parva aren’t particularly upset. Sethleigh was a blackmailing money lender and when Mrs Bradley begins her investigation she finds no shortage of suspects. It soon transpires that most of the village seem to have been wandering about Manor Woods, home of the mysterious druidic stone on which Sethleigh’s blood is found splashed, on the night he was murdered.

    Luci Zahray says: "classic golden age mystery"
    "Mrs. Bradley is Scary and Awesome"
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    Would you listen to The Mystery of a Butcher's Shop again? Why?

    An elderly scary female detective as oppose to one who might be side tracked by a bit o' muslin' on the side? Count me in! Sorry Nancy Drew, I stopped reading about you once it started to center round her relationships. I read Mysteries for MYSTERIES.

    Also, Mrs. Bradley is scarily awesome, or was it awesomely scary?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mrs. Bradley! The others are mere side dishes. Also, I may like the forgetful and sporting pastor.


    What about Patience Tomlinson’s performance did you like?

    I bought this book because it was Patience Tomlinson.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Beware of old ladies with teeth.


    Any additional comments?

    I like mysteries well enough, but I think I'd only purchase more if they are on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Earnest: Free Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    Overall
    (1300)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1152)

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Susan says: "So much fun!"
    "I LOVE IT! *HEARTS*"
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    Would you listen to The Importance of Being Earnest: Free Performance again? Why?

    I've listened to it more than 5 times now.

    It was funny without being overdone, and oh the misunderstandings and the minor intrigue and Lady Whatshername being all snobbish and "After serious consideration, I have resolved to ignore my nephew's misconduct' indeed!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Importance of Being Earnest: Free Performance?

    Act 1! The whole of Act 1!


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ah no, there are MORE? I MUST HAVE IT!


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

    Yeah, only 2 hours, I have listened to it sitting, standing and driving.


    Any additional comments?

    IF THERE ARE MORE I WANT THEM!! GIMME!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4654)
    Performance
    (4227)
    Story
    (4240)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "Zombies & Werewolves & Gov Agents, oh my!"
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    Where does Monster Hunter Alpha rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    TOP NOTCH! For casual no heavy thinking full of explosions listen. It was better than watching Mission Impossible. There are werewolves and concerned citizens turned werewolf hunters! Full of Awesome!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter Alpha?

    Ah, the part when Earl realizes he may have found True Love!


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    I love everyone of them! Earl especially, though a special mention of the Lady in Charge of the School Gym is very satisfactory as well. Part of the reason why I read MHI was Wyman's voice.


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

    I did listened to it in one sitting.Until 4 am...


    Any additional comments?

    I had a headache, but it was well worth it. A few days later I listened to it again, at a more reasonable pace. Starting from book 1. Yeah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Loneliness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Radclyffe Hall
    • Narrated By Cecilia Fage
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Stephen Gordon (named by a father desperate for a son) is not like other girls: she hunts, she fences, she reads books, wears trousers, and longs to cut her hair. As she grows up amidst the stifling grandeur of Morton Hall, the locals begin to draw away from her, aware of some indefinable thing that sets her apart. And when Stephen Gordon reaches maturity, she falls passionately in love - with another woman.

    Erick says: "Loved it!"
    "Educational, but I just can't relate"
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    What did you like best about The Well of Loneliness? What did you like least?

    The descriptions were vivid and emotions are strong in the characters. They were flawed and well written.

    However, I simply could not relate to Stephen. I was born sickly and developed determination as part of a coping mechanism and detest people who are physically strong but appeared weak willed.

    So the part I like least is Stephen, but everything else was great. Which, seeing as s/he is the main character, made my position a little odd.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    If there's a sequel I don't want to know about it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Descriptions. The author's voice was a little too fast, but it was manageable with the audible software.


    Did The Well of Loneliness inspire you to do anything?

    Uh, no. It actually depresses me. Success and money does not make a person happy.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't have anything against Stephen in terms of sexual preferences or social standing. I just wish she would grow some self esteem. Self-sacrificial tendencies are so not attractive.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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