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Sheila

Olympia Fields, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 9 reviews
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  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2709)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1074)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Not that great"
    Overall

    I really wanted to like this book. I read the overall reviews of 3.93 stars, but I just could not bring myself to really listen. It could have been the narration. I thought both narrators were flat; with no depth to their voices. I just had to finally chalk it up to the book being boring. I had heard this similar comment from someone else who read the book, but I wanted to find out for myself. I will have to agree - the book was too long, and just not enough happening for long periods of time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Drive: Anna Strong, Vampire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jeanne C. Stein
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (284)

    Anna Strong was a tough-as-nails bounty hunter, until the night she was attacked-and changed forever. Now a vampire, Anna discovers that her long-dead brother may have had a daughter-and the girl's in serious trouble. There are some very dangerous people after her, but they're about to learn that to a bounty hunter with an unnatural thirst for blood, even the deadliest human predators are easy prey.

    Yuriko says: "Like it better than the first book"
    "So Annoying"
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    Anna is so annoying. How long can you drag out a story. She may be a vampire, but she has no instincts. Each time she allows someone in her head, she goes; "I really need to stop doing that." Really, Anna? She has no instinct on who to trust or what to do. Even before she became a vampire, how on earth was she a bounty hounter. She does not want to "hurt" anyone, and absolutely no one is intimidated by her. Everything is spoken from an introspective point of view. She is clueless. I just cannot imagine listening to any other books. What is the point in having a heroine if she isn't a "kick *ss." I like my characters with flaws, but not CLUELESS. At this point, I'm ready to fast forward to the end of the book.

    If you really want a heroine, try the Elemental Assassin books (Jennifer Estep), and the Magic Burns (Ilona Andrews) books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Iced: A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1058)

    Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

    Katheryne says: "Dude, It exceeded my expectations"
    "Great Book"
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    Performance
    Story

    I loved the book. I laughed out loud, and was definitely on the edge of my seat. Next bo Barron's, I love Ryodan. It is pretty obvious that he sees the woman Dani will become. I think Christian is just losing it because of the Fae prince thing. Ryodan is looking out for her, and tells her on many occassions that he would never hurt her. It is clear that he wants to keep her where he can see her at all times, and knows what she is up to. Unfortunately, our little 14yr old firecracker is very unpredictable. (Let's hope she grows up in the next book). Although she was definitely acting like a typical super-hero 14 year old; there were times when her conscious about hurting people should have kicked into high gear. Have to admit, I didn't see the whole Jo thing coming. I think eventually she will be a casualty, because she is playing with her heart. Something tells me that Ryo takes no prisoners. Not all ruthless and cold, but he has an agenda. He is definitely worth developing. He's like Barron's, the anti-hero. Not bad, but definitely not good. Somewhere in between that beautiful shade of gray. I cannot wait until the next book. Loved it.

    PS - Can we have Dani grow up a bit, please!!!

    1 of 2 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
    (5502)
    Performance
    (4930)
    Story
    (4923)

    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"
    "Wonderful story"
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    I thought the second installment in the All Souls Trilogy was wonderful. One reader said there were too many new characters introduced, but I thought each character had their own role to play within the storyline. I think Deborah Harkness does a wonderful job of laying out the continued storyline, while also giving us further insight into the characters. I thought it was a wonderfully delicious read. It's one of those stories that you just curl up with and listen to. I love listening when it's quiet - so I have the opportunityt to sit still while listening.

    I am hoping that the third and final books gives us everything that we have come to expect, and finally a "happily ever after' for our beautiful couple.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Foot in the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3820)
    Performance
    (2712)
    Story
    (2722)

    You can run from the grave, but you can't hide. Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She's still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her. But when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

    melrailey says: "Makes for a Short Commute"
    "Loved it"
    Overall
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    What is there not to love about Cat and Bones. They are truly hysterical. Just when you think you've got things figured out, a new twist comes into play. I love Bones - and the way he loves his "Kitten." A great series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5363)
    Performance
    (4091)
    Story
    (4105)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Denise says: "What a HOOT!!!!!!!"
    "It's really good, but......"
    Overall
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    Well, although I think the story is really funny, Jane acts so obtuse. I mean really, she's hearing tales about how she did all these awful things, and yet she dismisses this - like it's a mean girl thing from high school. She may be a vampire, but she has absolutely no super natural skills to determine what the heck is going on. When she gets shot at, she is just stunned and nervous. Hello - can you please react like a vampire and do something. I like the story, but I don't know if I will commit to the remainder of the series - unless Jane seriously gets a little smarter.

    Although the narrator does a really good job with Jane's voice, the other voices fall short and flat. Gabriel sounds awful. Just that voice alone would make you NOT want to make out with him. There are truly some funny parts to the book, but please have Jane smarten up.She is gullable to the point where it's annoying. She thinks nothing of vampire murder charges - but really thinks nothing of it. Come on, Jane - can you get past yourself. Nice girls don't have fangs is really good, but Jane needs to find some intelligence - and not just quoting pop culture from books.

    Well, I'm at my least 1 hour of the book, and I cannot wait to finish it - but for all the wrong reasons.

    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
    (2507)
    Performance
    (1899)
    Story
    (1910)

    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.

    Alex says: "Only because..."
    "Fantastic Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Gin Blanco is one of the best characters that I've come across. She is TOUGH, FUNNY AND VUNERABLE. At first glance, you may think she is just another assassin, but keep listening and you will find out what a complex character she is. She will fight to protect the people she loves, or will die trying. Finnegan Lane is pure heaven in the book. He adds a comedic balance to Gin's hard core edge. The characters are great - and you will be on the edge of your seat listening to what happens next.

    Jennifer Estep has started an absolutely wonderful series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2091)
    Performance
    (1119)
    Story
    (1118)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "Loved them all"
    Overall
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    Let me start by saying that I was on the fence about the series. However, once I read the article about movie rights being picked up for the books; I thought they might be worth a shot. I then downloaded all five books - and went on a marathon listen. I was not dissapointed. The books were not only funny, but they kept me on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen to Mac next.

    Jericho Z. Barrons is the best character that could happen to any great series. Finally, a "good guy" who truly gets to be a bad ass, with a soft spot. However, I did tire of Vlane. I mean really, after a while - I thought Mac would have seen through the superficial lies, and all the sweetness, and promise of sex so profound, until she would not remember her name (literally). As Barrons once said, anyone can tell you pretty little lies, but look at the actions of the man. How many times did he have to save her life, for her to know that he was truly in her corner.

    Althought I truly loved all five books, Mac did a lot of pontificating in Book 5. I also feel there were loose ends that could have/ should have been tied up. However, once reading that Ms. Moning planned two more books to finally conclude the series (after writing three 'stand alone' books that will cover Dani, Dancer, and Riordan. We will probably obtain a final conclusion in about five years. I can only hope that our hero and heroine will finally make it through the last books unscathed and still very much in love, in their own special way they show it. Any good author would never hurt her main characters. Barrons and Mac together is what made me and the rest of you guys loves these books so much.

    Overall, a great and entertaining listen. LOVED THEM ALL!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9084)
    Performance
    (6615)
    Story
    (6654)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Barbara says: "A feast for the mind and imagination"
    "Superb and Wonderful"
    Overall

    Well, where do I begin. After reading the Steig Larson Trilogy, I thought - what book will be able to compare to these. Sadly, the one before this was the House at Riverton; and although a lovely book, rather slow and boring. Nevertheless, my next book was a Discovery of Witches. From the first ten minutes of the book; I knew I was going to be hooked. This is a love story, but SO much more. The characters developed quickly, but not too much information was given away; instead the character building unfolded in layers of the story. I was amazed at how much I genuinely cared for the characters, which is an excellent sign of superb writing. From the moment Diana laid her eyes on Matthew, I think we were both in love. You felt as if you were right there with her. The strength and complexity of both characters makes it so much more than a love story, but yet - a very beautiful love story. There are heart-stopping events you never see coming, and it's almost impossible to stop listening. After you finish the book, you will immediately want to listen again, which is what I am doing. Normally, after listening to a book, I delete from my MP3; well not this one. Just being able to listen anytime I want will be comfort - until the next book. Although I must move on to the next epic read; A Discovery of Witches, will be my comfort book - such as comfort food. Our hero and heroine are compelling characters, and that's what makes the story so rich. I was spell-bound (no pun intended). I was on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen next, and when it did - what would happen after that. The story moves along at just the right pace. It grabs you by the neck (again, no pun intended), when you least expect for something to happen. My breath was taken away each tine. It is an amazing story. I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT INSTALLMENT. For anyone who is thinking about the book - Stop thinking and DOWNLOAD it immediately. You will be left wanting more!!!!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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