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Kr

san francisco, CA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Days of Blood & Starlight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (875)

    In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

    Katheryne says: "No Sophomore Slump here...Just wow!"
    "Nice Plot, Dumb Characters"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I can't recommend this to a friend.

    I enjoy the world that Laini Taylor builds, but the characters who inhabit it are not intelligent enough for me to enjoy. No characters exhibit any type of strategy or forward thinking. There are a lot of whiny monologues from Karou, which I assume is supposed to show some type of strength, but it just comes off as immature. There's no character growth in any of the main leads and I found myself not caring as the story went on. This made it harder to suspend disbelief.

    I can see why people like the story-- the premise has nice epic feel to it. But the execution did not live up to its potential


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

    I actually liked this book better than the first book in the series because it dotes less on that sappy love story and more on the world around the characters... But some of the plot devices felt a little cheap.


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

    I enjoy her range of voices. Her "Brimstone" voice is great. But her Karou voice is a little nasally and whiny... Which I guess makes sense, because that's how the character is written.


    Did Days of Blood & Starlight inspire you to do anything?

    Find better book recommendations.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, there's too much adult content for YA Lit. No, the author doesn't use explicit language, but I don't see how the sex is necessary to the story. It's clear that she's writing for adults under the guise of YA, which, once again, seems cheap. If you want to write a fantasy novel for adults, then write the type of character growth and plot that adults want to read. Don't slap a YA Lit label on it just to be held to a lower standard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (843)

    Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Velvet Jesus Painting, My Jimmies Are Rustled"
    "Fun Story, but Loosely Written"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I can see how this would appeal to a certain demographic: The 15-30 year old Caucasian male. Nothing wrong with that. It's the literary equivalent of a video game. There is tons of violence, potty/body humor and random monsters to be killed.

    The plot is too loose, for my tastes. There are times when I thought I hadn't followed the book close enough to know the plot. But then I realized that's just how the book goes.

    It was an okay read. I can see why people both love and hate it. I'm somewhere in the middle.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Immortal Beloved

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cate Tiernan
    • Narrated By Kelly Lintz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Nastasya has spent the last century living as a spoiled, drugged-out party girl. She feels nothing and cares for no one. But when she witnesses her best friend, a Dark Immortal, torture a human, she realizes something's got to change. She seeks refuge at a rehab for wayward immortals, where she meets the gorgeous, undeniably sexy Reyn, who seems inexplicably linked to her past. Nastasya finally begins to deal with life, and even feels safe - until the night she learns that someone wants her dead.

    stass says: "Excellent"
    "BORING!!!!"
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    This book is so boring. There's no plot... at least the plot is so slow to develop that I've lost hope. I don't recommend this story, as it is taking too long to develop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden City: The Fourth Realm, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (230)

    Struggling to protect the legacy of his Traveler father, Gabriel faces troubling new questions and relentless threats. His brother Michael, now firmly allied with the enemy, pursues his ambition to wrest power from Nathan Boone, the calculating leader of the Brethren. And Maya, the Harlequin warrior pledged to protect Gabriel at all costs, is forced to make a choice that will change her life forever.

    Martin says: "Didnt feel like the end of the trilogy"
    "Excellent Example of Urban Fiction!"
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    The author does a great job of blending fantasy and reality in this series. I've read all three of them and found them to be a solid example of modern science-fiction-- the trilogy shows the consequences of where technology can take our society. I also enjoyed the "traveling."

    The narrator was okay, but his accent for the African-American characters were terrible. Comically terrible, as if he's never met one in real life.

    I do think the series could use a bit of an edit, in terms of repetition, but I still enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coven: The Sweep Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Cate Tiernan
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    Morgan is not who she thought she was. She is not a regular 16-year-old girl. She is a witch. A real, ancestral witch. Her parents are not her biological parents, and she and her sister share no blood. Even in the coven, she is too powerful now, too different to belong. She is alone except for Cal, who is now her boyfriend. Cal tells her he loves her, and she needs to believe him. He helps Morgan accept the truth: Wicca is in her blood.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fun Read/Good Narration"
    "Boring Series, Protagonist is "Meh""
    Overall
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    These books are very short and not worth an entire credit.

    The second book in this series just slogs along. It's all too predictable.

    The protagonist doesn't really make smart decisions (or any decisions, really). She's passive, insecure and boring. I'm sure the author is setting her up to grow into herself and powers, but really, the did nothing to make me want to take that journey. I was almost relieved when the story was over.. and of course, it ended on a cliffhanger.

    I won't be reading anymore of this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Book of Shadows: The Sweep Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Cate Tiernan
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (138)

    Something is happening to Morgan that she doesn’t understand. She sees things, feels things in a new way. She can do things normal people can’t do. Powerful things. Magical things. And it scares her. She never chose to learn witchcraft, but she’s starting to wonder if witchcraft is choosing her.

    Terrance says: "Beginning of a great discovery of magic"
    "Not Enough Plot or Character Development"
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    I bought this on sale for $5.00. Good thing, because the books are very short-- not worth an entire credit.

    The main protagonist is a high school girl and I usually don't mind that, but she is very boring. Not much personality, confidence or anything to say. The author spends too much time on the monotonous moments of high school. Maybe if I was a pre-teen, this would be exciting, but this type of YA lit doesn't translate to adults.

    That said, I gave the second book a shot, hoping the series would pick up the pace. Unfortunately, it did not. Worse, all the books end on a cliffhanger. It's popular these days, but it's a cheap trick. I want a full novel in itself.

    Also, the narrator is stiff. She sounds like she's reading the story for the first time. She does a great Irish accent in the second book, but it's not a great performance.

    I didn't hate the series, but I certainly won't finish it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1812)
    Performance
    (1620)
    Story
    (1638)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    Coffee says: "Amazing story & INCREDIBLE Narrator!"
    "This is a Glorified Romance Novel!"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Laini Taylor and/or Khristine Hvam?

    I don't think I would read another book from Laini Taylor. I may finish this particular series because it has great mythology, but it gets too bogged down in the sappiness of the romance. This novel tries too hard to be Romeo and Juliet, therefore losing all the urban fantasy aspects to a cheesy love story that feels forced.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The fantasy mythology is interesting and could be very rich, if the author made room for an actual plot. This story is advertised as an exciting story about angels and the underworld, but then gets SOOOO SLOWWW as it indulges in so many love scenes. Further, if this is supposed to be YA fiction, it is not age appropriate. There are too many references to sex for a younger child to read.

    I feel like this was a great story that an editor picked apart to fit into today's "trends" rather than let the story organically flow.


    Do you think Daughter of Smoke and Bone needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Meh.


    Any additional comments?

    If Audible is going to carry this series, it should at least provide all three books. I'm guessing I can live without the last book in the series, but it is incomplete.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Caitlin R. Kiernan
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens, Katherine Kellgren, Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (52)

    Sarah Crowe left Atlanta, and the remnants of a tumultuous relationship, to live alone in an old house in rural Rhode Island. Within its walls she discovers an unfinished manuscript written by the house's former tenant - a parapsychologist obsessed with the ancient oak growing on a desolate corner of the property. And as the gnarled tree takes root in her imagination, Sarah risks her health and her sanity to unearth a revelation planted centuries ago.

    Kristen says: "Worth it for the quality of writing"
    "Rambling Novel about Rambling Writer"
    Overall


    I don't mind that the character is a lesbian, or that she uses the "F" word. But this isn't a novel. It's a journal of Kiernan writing about what it's like to write when she doesn't know what to write about. There is no plot, no coherence, just a meandering stroll through the author's mind. While that would ordinarily be acceptable if the book was described as such, it is a complete disappointment for someone wanting to read a fantasy/mystery story.

    Don't waste your time or money. Just read someone's blog on the internet. It's basically the same thing.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • New Moon: The Twilight Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5784)
    Performance
    (2197)
    Story
    (2242)

    For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning.

    cmclien says: "Emotionally Painful..."
    "Terrible Narration"
    Overall

    Good story, but terribly narrated. Maybe I was spoiled by Johanna Parker on the Sookie Stackhouse series, but this woman with the valley girl accent reads in a choppy way, as if it's the first time she's seen the words.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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