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Lola B.

Riverside, CA

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  • 6 reviews
  • 29 ratings
  • 117 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Carrots: Shelby Nichols Adventures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Colleen Helme
    • Narrated By Wendy Tremont King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (127)

    Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber's mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer.

    Dr. Geoff says: "Fantastic story and flawless audio! Get it!"
    "Where is Book 2?"
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    I really, really enjoyed this one. I finished it in 2 days. That's like a record for me. It had plenty of humor and suspense to keep me interested. It was a great listen. Lots of fun. I was laughing out loud in my cubicle on some parts. I was disappointed when I did not see book 2. I guess I'll have to buy the print version because I really want to see what happened.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unholy Ghosts: Downside Ghosts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (318)

    In a future world under attack from the undead, the powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Consequently, there are many false claims of hauntings from those hoping to profit. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for nailing human liars and banishing the wicked dead.

    T. Hernandez says: "Not for the faint of heart"
    "Spiritual not Religious"
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    I enjoyed listening to this book, although I did find Chesses drug use a little bit grating at times. There were times that she really should have stayed clear headed but didn't. I was just waiting for her to get clean or at least try! Maybe later in the series. Despite that, the book wouldn't have been nearly as good if she wasn't an addict. She's got street smarts but she still makes bad decisions. I like that she is vulnerable but can still hold her own. She needs help sometimes but isn't helpless.

    I also liked the gradual buildup of Chess and Terribles friendship. Their relationship started off shakey but kind of blossomed into this, cool, dyfunctional friendship. I look forward to seeing what will become of these two.

    The narraration was fantastic. I love how she gave that downside street vernacular life. The voices all sounded different from one another. Very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silver Borne: Mercy Thompson, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2854)
    Performance
    (1886)
    Story
    (1897)

    When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she'd previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down. It seems the book contains secret knowledge - and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands.

    Meghan says: "Highly recommend"
    "Just okay for me...."
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    The series is usually pretty action packed and the stories are very well thought out and sculpted with a few twists and turns. For this book I felt like the story was a little stagnant. I felt like I was getting a lot of explainations and not a lot of story. Please stop explaining werewolf dominance. It's the fifth book. We get it already. She is still giving explanations for concepts that we already learned in previous books. Constant explanations about dominance is not interesting. By now I thought she would have delved a little more into Mercy and her power as a walker instead there's a lot of talk about dominance/submission. I'm waiting for Mercy to start kicking but and growing into her pack status. I would also love to see her walker power fully develop into something more powerful. Despite being annoyed by the dominance thing, I would still say listen to/read the book. There are some things about the fae that are interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • She Can Run

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Melinda Leigh
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (286)

    Ten months ago, Elizabeth Baker uncovered a dangerous secret about her politician husband - a secret that nearly got her killed. Now she and her children are running for their lives. When Beth is hired as the caretaker of a remote Pennsylvania estate, she dares to hope she has found a corner of the world where Congressman Richard Baker can’t find them. But when her new boss dies suddenly and his nephew inherits the estate, Beth is faced with outwitting a former homicide detective who is very smart, very suspicious - and very attractive.

    Deeadra says: "Good story. Horrible, horrible narrator."
    "Must Hire New Narrator"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She said Hor-sass one too many times. Who doesn't know how to pronounce horses? She was breathy for no reason. At first I thought maybe it was to emphsize the fear of the situation but then realized she wasn't going to stop using that ridiculous voice.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Roads Less Traveled: The Plan

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By C. Dulaney
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (180)

    Ask yourself this: If the dead rise tomorrow, are you ready? Do you have a plan? The dead rose, and the living quickly realized that Hollywood-style tactics were the quickest way to find yourself one of the walking dead. Kasey, a strong-willed loner from West Virginia, and Ben, a college student from Pennsylvania, have shared an unlikely friendship over the years. And their bond is stretched to its limits when society collapses under a tide of zombies. But Kasey has something she likes to call The Zombie Plan.

    Tilo says: "Perfect! Highly Recommended!"
    "Intense!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Roads Less Traveled: The Plan?

    The most memorable moments was in the beginning when Kasey is saving her group from a swarm of 'dead heads' while blasting Metallica from her car stereo. Hard core zombie but kicking! Haha!


    Which character – as performed by Elisabeth Rodgers – was your favorite?

    I have to say Kasey was my favorite character as far as narration. She had just enough country accent without it being annoying. I like how she tried to keep the accent authentic without being over the top.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. It wasn't predictable like I thought it would be. There were definitely some surprises thrown in there. I cared about what happened to these people. I was able to put myself in the situations and ask myself what I would do. I could visualize what was happening which made my palms sweat more than once. I would have liked to know some more back story of the characters. I haven't listend to book two yet so hopefully some of my questions will be answered as far as that.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12121)
    Performance
    (11009)
    Story
    (11035)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "A fun ride"
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    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    I liked the fact that all of the voices sounded different. The accents were very believable as well. I always knew who was talking so to speak. Even the female voices were above average.


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

    I listened at work at my desk mostly and for about an hour in the car but I could have easily listened to it in one sitting. Maybe two.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was very intriguing. It had me engaged from the start. I don't usually like mystery novels but this one had a little bit of everything I like. It had some sci fi, mystery, comedy. I laughed a lot actually. It was very witty. The timing in the humor was also very perfect.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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