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Anna

Reading Mama

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  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Steve Hockensmith
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (190)

    The story opens with our newly married protagonists, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, defending their village from an army of flesh-eating unmentionables. But the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the proper course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she learns of a miracle antidote under development in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love.

    J. McDonald says: "Best of the Series"
    "Not As Enjoyable"
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    I was pleasantly surprised and greatly enjoyed Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, but I have just started listening to this and I am not enjoying the storyline at all. The performance is wonderful as always, but I don't like where the story is heading. Will come back and revise this review after I have finished the book, but it may be a while since I don't find myself looking forward to it at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (789)

    Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

    But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Fans of the Parasol Protectorate, Rejoice!"
    "Wonderful Addition to Parasol Protectorate World"
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    Set in the world first introduced in Soulless, is a wonderful story of a teenage girl who doesn't quite fit into the role expected of her. The writing is as wonderful as the Alexia Taraboti books and so is the narration.

    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoyed the Soulless series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (275)

    Moon, once a solitary wanderer, has become consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. Together, they travel with their people on a pair of flying ships in hopes of finding a new home for their colony. Moon finally feels like he’s found a tribe where he belongs. But when the travelers reach the ancestral home of Indigo Cloud, shrouded within the trunk of a mountain-sized tree, they discover a blight infecting its core.

    Magdalena says: "Wow - An original universe"
    "Wonderful & Amazing World"
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    A wonderful continuation of the story and characters introduced in The Cloud Roads, can't wait for the 3rd installment. The world created by Martha Wells is simply amazing, I can see it all in my mind's eye as the story unfolds.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cloud Roads

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (391)

    Moon has spent his life hiding what he is - a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community.

    Joe says: "Interesting read"
    "Very Interesting Creatures"
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    I have enjoyed listening to this audio book, the creatures are very interesting and unique, I have never come across this type before. A welcome change to the urban fantasy so popular these days. The reader is alright, though his female voices are a bit funny to listen too. He seems to use the same type of voice when the character is described to be of small stature, but not off putting to the enjoyment of the storyline. I will continue with the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (483)

    Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.

    Paul White says: "Not a full story."
    "Great Start"
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    Great start to another interesting story in the world created by Kelley Armstrong in her Women of the Otherworld Series.

    I plan on purchasing the 2nd in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (355)

    Maya Delaney's paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is - a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly everyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it's only a matter of time before she's able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.

    Etana says: "Seems to be Setting up for a Great Finale"
    "Will Continue with the Series"
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    I enjoyed this, the 2nd book in the series and look forward to the continuation of Maya's adventure / quest. Though this would be considered a young adult book, and I am most definitely not part of that demographic, I really like the story and where it is headed. Jennifer Ikeda does a wonderful job of reading the book and making it come to life for me.

    I have been reading Ms. Armstrongs books for a while and started with "Bitten" featuring Elena and the werewolf pack. This is a great story set in the same world of the cabals and supernaturals introduced in that first book. Give it a try, if you've enjoyed that world, you won't be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3257)
    Performance
    (2969)
    Story
    (2968)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Amazon Customer says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "Quirky"
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    It was an okay book, Ms. Ronconi gave the narration the right amount of sarcasm and tonality for the main character. Her male voices were lacking though. I finished it and mildly enjoyed it, but I don't plan on continuing with the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist and the Executioness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (321)

    It is a world where magic is forbidden – yet practiced in secret every day. But each small act of magic exacts a dreadful price – for it brings the bramble, which chokes farmland, destroys villages, and kills with its deadly thorns. In this world an alchemist believes he’s found a solution to the curse. But will the cure be worse than the disease? And a woman is forced to take up the mantle of her father, the Executioner. But it will not be the only death that she faces.

    Ryan says: "Not What I Expected..."
    "A wonderful story of magic and its consequences"
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    I purchased this title because it was discounted and seemed like it might be entertaining. I am so glad I gave it a try. The world is very well realized and the reading is wonderful with nuance and inflection. I purposely save this to listen too as I use my elliptical machine because it makes me want to exercise just to listen to this story and I frequently go past my allotted time just to keep listening. A very nice change to the standard fantasy that is out there right now, no vampires or werewolves in sight.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Beast Master

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andre Norton
    • Narrated By Richard J. Brewer
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    Left homeless by the war that reduced Terra to a radioactive cinder, Hosteen Storm - Navaho commando and master of beasts - is drawn to the planet Arzor, to kill a man he has never met. On that dangerous frontier world, aliens and human colonists share the land in an uneasy truce. But something is upsetting the balance, and Storm is caught in the middle. He had thought the war was over - but was it?

    Robert says: "And Old Master but still Tops"
    "Can't Finish It"
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    I have tried to listen to this audiobook 3 times now, and just can't seem to finish it. Andre Norton is one of my favorite authors from my teen years, and I have always enjoyed her stories. With this one I don't know if it is the story, not interesting to me, or the narration which is flat and boring, but I just don't enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara Gran
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (173)

    Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant skills of deduction and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve mysteries, and relies on Détection—the only book published by the great and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette before his death.

    Aryn says: "Amazing"
    "Out of my genre but Enjoyable"
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    I thorough enjoyed this audio book even though it was outside my usual genre of Science Fiction or Fantasy. The story was interesting and the narrator was easy to listen too and understand, and did a good job of conveying the mood of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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