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Boulder, CO, USA | Member Since 2006

  • 7 reviews
  • 130 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014

  • Urban Shaman: The Walker Papers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C.E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Christine Carroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Joanne Walker has three days to learn to use her shamanic powers and save the world from the unleashed Wild Hunt.

    Melissa says: "Urban Shaman - Light Fantasy"
    "The narrator killed it"

    I have to say that I really enjoyed the book itself--the main character is witty and smart (though hardheaded), and the whole plot is well done. Unfortunately, the narrator was awful. It seemed like she had not put any thought into how she was reading--she put emphasis in completely the wrong places, ran some sentences together and was very choppy in others. In short, I wished I'd read this book in hardcopy rather than listened to it. The sequel, Thunderbird Falls, has a much better narrator! Bottom line is that if you can get past the reader of this one, the story's really good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck

    As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it's time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers--particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade--require Opal's unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap in to a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening.

    Amazon Customer says: "Interesting character, no Gabra"
    "Good story ruined by a bad reader"

    I hate it when a story that I enjoy is messed up because the reader can't be bothered to look up the pronunciation of words that she doesn't know! That's what happened in this case, and I'm very disappointed. I've listened to Maria V Snyder's other books set in this world (the first three), and was really stoked about this new series. The story itself was engaging, but within the first hour, the reader mispronounced so many words that I knew were going to be central to the story that I couldn't stand it. I stopped listening after about an hour and a half of the recording. I'll go get the hardcopy and read it--if I don't know what a word is or how to pronounce it, I know I've got a dictionary close by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "First rate!"

    I loved this book! And the reader's tone was perfect. She even had an African accent, which just added to the atmosphere of the story. Highly recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Staying Dead: A Retrievers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laura Anne Gilman
    • Narrated By Emma Woodbine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As a Retriever, Wren Valere specializes in finding things gone missing - and then bringing them back, no questions asked. Normally her job is stimulating, challenging and only a little bit dangerous. But every once in a while....

    Anne says: "Great Urban Fantasy!"
    "Good book, bad reader"

    The tone of the reader's voice didn't fit the darkness of this story! This is a relatively dark urban fantasy, and the reader's voice always sounded either like she was laughing or like she was asking a question--it just didn't fit. I ended up buying the paperback just so that I could read the rest of the story (I got about an hour into the audio) without the irritation of the reader!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Pawn of Prophecy: The Belgariad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle

    Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

    Michael says: "My literary "comfort food""
    "Great book; bad narrator"

    I have read this book in hardcopy, and was expecting to revisit an old friend when I got the audiobook. Sadly, the narrator has a very strange way of over-enunciating that I found very distracting--to the point that I couldn't listen to the whole thing. It didn't help that many of the names and political entities in the books are made up and, though they make sense and are easy to distinguish when seen on the page, their pronunciation isn't always obvious. The narrator's voice and speech patterns made a difficult situation worse. I wish that he had done justice to this really good book--I probably won't get the rest of its series unless they're read by someone else.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Secret: Dark Series, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Rafael De La Cruz has spent centuries hunting vampires with his brothers. With each passing year, his capacity to feel emotions has grown weaker and weaker, until finally there's barely a memory of one left - only sheer willpower keeps him from turning into the very abomination he hunts. But it'll take more than will to keep him away from the woman who is meant to be his and his alone.

    Heather says: "loved this book"
    "Reader did what he could with it"

    OK, so I know that this author has a big following, and I'm a fan of vampire fiction and of romance, so I thought why not? What a disappointment. The reader was doing his best to make a tired and trite story interesting, but there wasn't much there to work with. Christine Feehan's prose was far too purple for my taste, and I'm not talking about the sex. She kept going over the same territory again and again, with only slight variations in vocabulary. I found myself rolling my eyes and laughing aloud--and not in a good way! Add to that the "unwilling attraction" cliche taken to the extreme, and it was, overall, distasteful. This may be some readers' bag, but it wasn't mine.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"

    This story was riveting, from the first moments. The narrators are wonderful--two very expressive and well-acted performances throughout. The story itself is spellbinding. It's a mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. This is something I'll listen to again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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