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Jodie

Laurel, IN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1360)
    Performance
    (1213)
    Story
    (1206)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Fascinating"
    "Some slow spots but a great listen regardless"
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    This book was very good. The author tells an interesting story and the narrator was very pleasant. There are a few slow spots in the story but over all it's worth the listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You Slay Me: Aisling Grey, Guardian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (337)

    You Slay Me is a lusty romance novel with amusing supernatural undercurrents. When courier Aisling Grey is dispatched to Paris to deliver a priceless dragon statue to a rich and eccentric female collector, she finds the intended recipient the apparent victim of a demonic ritual. And that's just the beginning of Aisling's discoveries.

    E. Moore says: "You Slay Me, With Dry Mouth"
    "Funny, interesting but a little too wet"
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    What did you love best about You Slay Me?

    I love the craziness that is Ashling and love Jim. He is almost as good as Kevin Hearne's Oberion


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is very fun and funny.


    What three words best describe Barbara Rosenblat’s performance?

    Wet, moist, breathy


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

    Seriously!?


    Any additional comments?

    Barbara is a great performer for this story. However, there are some points where you can hear, I mean seriously HEAR her swallowing spit! Other times you just wish she would swallow so her words aren't so... lip smacking. Yuck. It's distracting enough to actually miss what's happening in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damaged

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By H. M. Ward
    • Narrated By Jessica Geffen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (234)

    Life sucks. And, as soon as Sidney picks up the pieces something always knocks her back onto her butt. It's never pretty, but this time is different. This time pretty isn't even the right word. Peter is the personification of perfection. It's like he fell off his angel perch in purgatory, because let's face it - any guy that hot has got to be naughty. He was probably sent here to ruin her life.

    C. Dyess says: "Worst Narration of Any Book I Have Read"
    "A plot that goes nowhere."
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    What disappointed you about Damaged?

    The story could have been good. There were several times that I thought the plot might pick up but it never delivered. The authors tries to build up these huge tramatic events for both of the main characters but we never really get full details. And when a little comes out...nothing happens. No resolution, no great aha moment, no great anything. Both characters are depressed most of the time and when they finally get back together and have some action in the story, it just ends. Blah.


    What was most disappointing about H. M. Ward’s story?

    There were a few good set-ups in the plot that just got ignored. Did the editors cut out chapters?? Who did Mark call in the park? Was it the police? Why didn't anyone call the police? What happened to the ex-boyfriend? What did he say to her brother? Are they just going back to see her mom and that's the end of the story. Nothing more. Whatever.


    What about Jessica Geffen’s performance did you like?

    Jessica Geffen's performance was great. She did very well with all of the characters.


    What character would you cut from Damaged?

    The twin brother. You didn't even know that Sydney had a brother until half way through the book. And then all of the sudden, her brother was her twin? For no real reason. And then her abusive ex-boyfriend was her brothers friend. But none of that matters. The ex-boyfriend should have just remained an unknow rapist for as much as it added to the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this book...it's not worth your money or time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4149)
    Performance
    (2414)
    Story
    (2429)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "I'm hooked!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Naked in Death the most enjoyable?

    The story is good but the Susan Ericksen's performance makes it great!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are really well developed. I couldn't wait for the next book, and 3rd and 4th!


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    Lt. Dallas, of course. I love her character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spider's Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2696)
    Performance
    (2067)
    Story
    (2075)

    They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

    Tony says: "Very Disappointed"
    "Performance puts you to sleep"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    For anyone that is looking to relax and likes to take their time getting to through a story, this books for you. The story was good but the tempo/pace and deep voice of the reader just made it boring to me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I actually changed my iPod speed to "faster" which helped for a while. It was just too slow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3119)
    Performance
    (2853)
    Story
    (2837)

    Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

    yasmine32068 says: "Once again this should have disclaimers"
    "I heart Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi"
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    Where does The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20


    What other book might you compare The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires to and why?

    Driving Mr. Dead


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    Cal - Amanda Ronconi has the greatest ability to hit that perfect note of sarcastic, idiot, jack-a@#, cute guy tone.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dovekeepers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Hoffman, Heather Lind
    • Narrated By Aya Cash, Jessica Hecht, Tovah Feldshuh
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (643)

    Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing work ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel. The author of such iconic bestsellers as Illumination Night, Practical Magic, Fortune’s Daughter, and Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman is one of the most popular and memorable writers of her generation. Now, in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman delivers her most masterful work yet - one that draws on her passion for mythology, magic, and archaeology and her inimitable understanding of women.

    FanB14 says: "Grade of B-"
    "Amazing story telling"
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    Alice Hoffman has not just written an amazing story but her words bring you straight to the heart of Masada. Four very different yet bonded women give tell of their journey, creating this life for readers, placing their heart and souls in our hands. There are few books that I read over and over....this will be one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6024)
    Performance
    (5412)
    Story
    (5408)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Caught again"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow of Night to be better than the print version?

    Deborah Harkness has caught my attention again with Shadow of Night. Once again, I found myself completely captured by the characters and the settings that she so wonderfully creates. I can not wait for the release of the third book to find out what happens with Mathew and Diana and their ever growing family of witches, demons, vampires and humans.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow of Night?

    My emotions were hit hard at Diana's loss. I felt her all of her sorrow and mourning.


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

    She is fantastic!


    If you could take any character from Shadow of Night out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Glasgo (not sure of spelling since I was listening, not reading). You know he has so much to tell. He sees so much, is involved in everything and I know there is a story or four there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5723)
    Performance
    (5284)
    Story
    (5277)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "Amazing"
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    Kevin Hearne has given us another amazing story with Tricked. And Luke Daniels has brought the characters to life once again. I can not wait for Trapped...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10096)
    Performance
    (9016)
    Story
    (8994)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Fantastic Series"
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    I admit it, I chose this book based on the dude on the front cover. What? He's cute. But let me tell you that I was completely and fantastically surprised to find a very clever, well written, amusing story. Atticus is a great character on his own but it's the relationships that Hearne has created that makes this book so good. How Atticus treats the widow, each interaction with the Gods, and best of all that with Oberon. I totally think that my own dog would sound and behave like this Irish hound. Sausages and French poodles on the brain 24/7. Finally, the reader of the series, Luke Daniels, just brings it all to life. I had the entire series lined up on my iPod before finishing the last chapter of Hounded and can not wait for the release of Tricked.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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