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Paul

I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.

United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 49 reviews
  • 75 ratings
  • 180 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • The Alexander Cipher: Daniel Knox, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Will Adams
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (183)

    Egyptologist Daniel Knox's lifelong fascination with Alexander the Great and his tomb, a fabled wonder of the ancient world, could be the death of him. After construction workers excavating in Alexandria expose a catacomb dating back to ancient times, Knox eagerly sneaks in to scout the cavernous and dusty site. Among the relics he finds clues that may solve one of the world's greatest mysteries: the last resting place of Alexander the Great.

    C. Johnson says: "Very strong start to a (hopefully) lengthy series"
    "Archeological Adventure"
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    Yes, I enjoyed the story and thought David Colacci did a good job of bringing Daniel Knox and the supporting cast to life. I thought hte premise was really neat. Finding Alexander's Tomb and the history behind it was well done and I thought the descriptions were good, but there were some plot lines that didn't get fully fleshed out. One man's daughter has a plot line that doesn't get resolved. I do enjoy the fact that there is no supernatural elements brought in. It makes the story more believeable in this setting. I enjoy fantasy, but this story didn't require it and it was made better for it. I thought it was a little weak with some of the other characters who were chasing Knox and some of Knox's allies didn't seem all that real. Some of it was a little too convienent. But like a summer movie, I had fun and want to hear the next chapter in the Daniel Knox saga, even though this adventure didn't WOW me, it was still fun. It also helps, that I like Egyptian Lore and the idea of treasure hunting and archeology along the lines of Indiana Jones, Nathan Drake, Dirk Pitt etc.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Called: Mercy Thompson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4452)
    Performance
    (2973)
    Story
    (2980)

    Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

    Susan says: "I love this series.."
    "Promising Beginnings"
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    This is a solid first book in the Mercy Thompson series. My wife and I really enjoyed it. The characters were good, the world was interesting and it kept moving. The book never slowed to a point where it got boring.

    Mercy is just an auto mechanic specializing in older European cars VW, Audi, Porsche etc. She's also got the ability to turn into a coyote. She's friends with werewolves, some of the lesser fey and acquaintances with some vampires. She gets wrapped up in a mystery when a stray werewolf appears at her garage looking for work. Once the story gets going, it moves rather quickly.

    Mercy's a pretty tough character, but Ms. Briggs doesn't turn her into a god. None of the characters are perfect and they all make mistakes. Mercy isn't swooning over every guys in the story and there's not much romance in this book. It's a solid urban fiction story not quite as good as the Dresden Files, but it's good nonetheless.

    Lorelei King's narration is pretty solid, she doesn't knock it out of the park, but she doesn't hinder the story in any way either. It's a solid reading and I'd listen to her narrate other stories.

    Overall, if you're looking for an Urban fantasy series that isn't the Dresden Files, then Mercy Thompson is a great place to go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I've Got Your Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1273)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1098)

    Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

    Erin says: "Pure fun"
    "A romance for the Always On generation"
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    Would you listen to I've Got Your Number again? Why?

    No, but that's because there's always new books to listen to and other media to consume, so I try to not replay any books


    What other book might you compare I've Got Your Number to and why?

    It's on par with "Can you Keep a Secret?" I think I like this book a little bit more, though it's not quite as laugh out loud funny, I think the characters are better.


    What does Jayne Entwistle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She uses her voice and accents to bring the characters to life and makes them feel alive and more likable than just reading the words on a page


    If you could rename I've Got Your Number, what would you call it?

    This is a great title, but since it's not Sam's number Poppy has, it's his assistant's. It's more of a "I've got your Mobile", since it involves more than phone calls.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a lot of fun to listen to. It's got some good characters and they're not completely one dimensional. The plot doesn't slow down, the pacing is good and the book never feels like it drags.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction and Snacks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Tara Sivec
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (351)

    Claire is a 20-something, single mom who grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he's asleep) toddler a better life. When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time. With Carter's undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire's panic that her stretch marks and slim-to-none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.

    Angela says: "Very Good"
    "A comedic mix of sweet and sassy"
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    This was a difficult review to write. I have mixed feelings on the book. It's not that the book is bad or the narrator was boring, it's more fluff than anything. I like the characters, and I think there's chemistry between the group, but the book feels very juvenile. There's at least one penis joke or mention of penis or vagina every minute or so it feels. I don't mind the raunchiness, but there's more ways to describe things and organs than repeated used of penis and vagina, some vulgar and some not.


    This is the first book in a trilogy, but it holds its own as a completely stand alone novel. With that being said, I don't know if we'll continue with the rest of the series. This was sweet, but it's also a little empty. The humor was good, but it's raunchy, so if that's not your thing, stay away.

    From a plot standpoint, the chemistry between Claire and Carter is spot on, and Gavin is great comic relief, There's some good embarrassing situations for Claire throughout the book and they work well for the most part, but if you're looking for some deeper romantic plot, this isn't it. It's fun and shallow and great for laughs. It's short and sweet which is great because it doesn't get the chance to stall and drag the plot along.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Courageous

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3372)
    Performance
    (2304)
    Story
    (2330)

    The Alliance has been fight a losing battle against the Syndicate Worlds for over a century. Now, Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, must keep the Alliance one step ahead of its merciless foe.

    Jesse says: "Great Scifi!"
    "The great hero faces doubts"
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    This book was quite a bit better than Fearless, the second book in the series. There are more consequences for Geary's actions, and not everything is met with the great success that it was in book 2. This made for a much more interesting book. There was always something happening and you can really start to see the toll it begins to take on the Captain. Book 4 should be pretty exciting to see how he deals with a fleet a bit shaken and as usual issues with resources.

    Christian Rummel provides solid narration for the good cast of characters. His narration has been solid all series, but it isn't going to cause anyone to rethink the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3235)
    Performance
    (2457)
    Story
    (2477)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Kyle says: "Not an average book"
    "Wish fullfillment"
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    The Magicians isn't a bad book, in fact it's got the makings of a pretty good book if it weren't for the fact that this book is boring.

    Quinten and his friends aren't the best of people, but they are characters with flaws and that's pretty neat to see. However, I can see why lots of reviews say they're bad characters. Granted I don't think they're bad, but I do think they can only be taken in small doses. Powering through this book isn't the best way to listen. At least for me, I could only take so much wallowing in self-pity before I wanted to throw myself out of the car.

    Some people say that this is a Harry Potter for adults, but it's not. There's an aspect of it, but it's not even half the book. I thought there were some interesting things that happened there, but it's not the end all be all. The story draws upon some similarities to some popular childhood fiction. For better or worse, I didn't find an issue with it. It did make me chuckle at times, but again, it's not the big part of the story.

    I think the story is about growing up and accepting responsibility for your actions and their consequences. I think it also serves as a way for the author to break down popular fantasy and put his own spin on both popular fantasy fiction and say look at some of the tropes here's my take on them. I won't say they all work, but it's a good attempt and it didn't feel lazy.

    As I mentioned, it's a boring book. There are events that happen, but it's so few and far between, that it was hard to hold my interest. We're still trying to figure out if we're going to listen to books 2 and 3 in the series. I think we will, but it's not on the top of the list.



    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Island: Gideon Crew, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (438)

    Gideon Crew, brilliant scientist, master thief, is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment - only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks.

    Mary says: "Their worst book!"
    "This book should be lost"
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    There's some really good aspects in this book. It starts off looking for a secret and has some really neat planning and theft of a precious book, and well done scenes set on the water with sailing. Some treasure hunting and Gideon has a pretty well written female lead in Amy. There's some great chemistry early between Gideon and Amy. Then it falls off the rails hard when they reach land. Without spoiling the story, there's some big revelations that just made me roll my eyes. Characters fall apart and it's just laughable. This happens just hover halfway through and lasts through the end. That's not to say there aren't some cool and interesting things that happen after the book goes bad. I like some fantasy in my adventure novels, but takes some things to literal and it doesn't work. I'm a fan of Preston and Child and Gideon Crew stories, but this one didn't work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Fearless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3816)
    Performance
    (2637)
    Story
    (2666)

    Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.

    Jean says: "The lost fleet: fearless"
    "The journey continues"
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    The second entry in the Lost Fleet series fits the mold with book 1. It's got some good twists and turns, but it largely follows book 1 in terms of the journey. I don't know if there's enough substance to keep the series going for 6 books as they journey home. I know the battles are good and well written, but 1 large scale battle per book becomes very formulaic. I think there's some good likable characters, and I'd like to see the other fleet captains get more plots. I'm interested in book 3, but after that, there needs to be more in terms of plot, not a just new star system and a fleet battle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1265)
    Performance
    (1132)
    Story
    (1137)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Is the Cold War over?"
    Overall
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    This is a great novel Jason Matthews weaves together a great story of intrigue. Great characters on both sides of the US/Russian line. The main cast all get a good bit of screen time, but Dominika and Nathaniel are both good characters. Marble is another great character. The CIA players are all on their game and so are the SVR, though they are clearly the villains in this story and can come off a bit cartoonish. A lot of this reminds me of "The Americans" TV show. Both sides have a lot to play for and have spies everywhere. This is stellar spy thriller and the best book I've read or listened to this year. Matthews will be an author to watch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4381)
    Performance
    (3390)
    Story
    (3392)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "Getting warm in Grundy Alaska"
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    Story

    Another series from Molly Harper narrated by the great Amanda Ronconi, sounds great! This has the makings of a great series, but my biggest turn-off was that this story was rushed. The first third was pretty fun with some good flirting and dialog. Then the story was in a hurry to get to the end.

    The mysteries in these books aren't particularly deep and this was no exception, but it gets the job done. I wasn't surprised by who the villain was, but it wasn't telegraphed from the start either.

    The romance between Mo and Cooper was cute and sweet, but it just didn't click in the same way as the Jane Jameson series. I think the characters would have been better served if the story was another 2 hours longer. It would have given more time for character development without the story getting dragged down.

    Book two promises a new story with some different characters being featured. We'll give it a listen, but it's not at the top of the must listen list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of Gods & Monsters: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (594)

    In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she's ever known. When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat--and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves--maybe even toward love.

    Rosemary says: "not with a bang, but a whimper"
    "A thrilling conclusion"
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    Laini Taylor weaves a wonderful story in the final piece of her Smoke and Bones Trilogy. This really should be a five-star book, but she introduces some important characters in this book, that should have had some pages dedicated to them in Days of Blood and Starlight. I won’t say it feels rushed, because it’s a long book and ample time is dedicated to all plots, but if these key people were introduced, it wouldn't have been so jarring. The hubby and I have really enjoyed it, but having these crucial characters introduced so late feels almost like a plot coupon because there wasn't enough plot with the characters introduced before to complete the story with who we had in the last book. I think she did the best she could without the story going completely off the rails or some ret conning.

    We listened to the audio version and Khristine Hvam delivered another spectacular performance. She was right on the button with the usual suspects and all the new characters were also brought to life by the performance. I will say my only issue with the production was point-of-view changes during a chapter. There was no additional pause other than a normal paragraph pause. I don’t expect the break like between chapters, but there were more than a few times where it changes a point-of-view and it took a paragraph or so to understand whose point of view we were focused on. I won’t say it’s the end of the world, but it was distracting more than a few times especially early in the book.

    I really can’t in good conscience not recommend this book. It’s got a lot of great pieces, but the additional important characters introduced in this book, feel a little cheap. If you’re read the first two books in the series, what are you waiting for? Read this! If you haven’t read the first two, this is a great place to start and it’s not the typical teen romance love triangle shtick that’s been making the rounds since Twilight made it big.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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