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Denise

saint helens, oregon, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Beggar King: A Hangman's Daughter Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translated by)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (198)

    1662: Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of a village in the Alps, receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. When the city constable discovers Kuisl alongside the corpse, he locks him in a dungeon, where Kuisl will experience firsthand the torture he’s administered himself for years.

    Frank says: "Great Read!"
    "Really enjoyed it"
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    I can't say enough good things about this audiobook. I stumbled onto The Hangman's Daughter by accident and really enjoyed it, which led me to the Dark Monk which I didn't enjoy so much. I expected that this one would go down from there since that's the way it seems to go with most books, but boy was I glad I took the chance! This one was as good as the first, and didn't leave all the characters separated as the second one did (that's what I hated about it) It even ended really well and has me wondering what will happen next to our intrepid heroes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prince Charming (Ascension Trilogy)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Gaelen Foley
    • Narrated By Nell Geisslinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (237)

    Destiny casts its hand one perfect moonlit night when Ascencion's most elusive highwayman, the Masked Rider, chooses the wrong coach to rob. For inside is Rafael, the prince of the kingdom, renowned for his hot-blooded pursuits of women and other decadent pleasures. The failed raid leaves the equally notorious Masked Rider wounded and facing a hangman's noose.

    Benoibe says: "Excellent novel. Absolutely a must read!"
    "Who can say?"
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    I can't exactly put a finger on what was wrong, but I really disliked this in audiobook. I love Gaelen Foley's other novels and even this one wasn't horrible on paper but I had to listen to it on double speed to get through.

    It wasn't exactly the characters specifically as I liked both the prince and the heroine. It might have been more the heroine's wishy washy attitude on sleeping with the prince who she admits she loves. I couldn't buy the scared line after the first night since this was a women who dressed up as a highwayman (woman?) and robbed people. The prince on the other hand was a bit to willing to take it.

    My final word on this one : It's not so horrible to never read, but definitely get it on discount.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn's Early Light: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    After being ignominiously shipped out of England following their participation in the Janus affair, Braun and Books are ready to prove their worth as agents. But what starts as a simple mission in the States - intended to keep them out of trouble - suddenly turns into a scandalous and convoluted case that has connections reaching as far as Her Majesty the Queen.

    Sammy says: "Even better than the first two!"
    "Ends with a bang!"
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    This story started out in the usual way of a Books and Braun novel with the two of them starting an assignment. This time it was in America. Although I thought there was too much of Welly's car in the story, the interactions with America - dressed up a lot like the wild west with steampunk, was really good. All the way through it was as quality as any other of the Ministry novels but I think they really outdid themselves at the end. I won't give away any details except to say that you actually meet the Maestro and boy won't you be surprised. - Or maybe not, but I sure was.

    So my suggestion on this one is : Yes Read It !! . . Read them in order for the best effect. You can read this one as a single, but you'll be missing parts of the story that help fill things out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Lies: Iron Wind: Clockwork Heart, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dru Pagliassotti
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Taya, the metal-winged icarus whose investigation helped defeat a plot against Ondinium and its populace, is assisting her exalted husband Cristof Forlore on his first ambassadorial mission. They must learn about Mareaux’s experiments in airship technology and determine whether the ostensibly scientific vehicles might be used for warfare - a taboo for Ondiniums, whose domination of the air is tempered by a deep cultural abhorrence toward airborne weapons after the devastation of the Last War 1,000 years ago.

    Denise says: "Worth Buying"
    "Worth Buying"
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    I loved, and I mean LOVED clockwork heart. I wished for a sequel even though I didn't expect one and had horribly high expectations. Maybe that's why I felt a bit disappointed in Clockwork Lies. Although Cristof and Taya are married now it seemed like there wasn't much in the story that had them working together. I got a real Taya = Lone Ranger feel, and although the most action centered around her in the last book, I felt she had a lot more help from friends and neighbors. Also, - and this will sound weird - I disliked the villain. I don't want to give away the surprise so I will say that the villain as a general idea was good, but the specific people didn't work for me.

    That being said, its definitely worth a read, or listen whichever you prefer. This one says that it's book 2 so I'm hoping a book 3 will come along soon. I also loved what this book does with Captain Ancathra (sp?) and its worth a read for that alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (819)
    Story
    (823)

    Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

    CAROLYN says: "MEDIEVAL HIGHLAND ROMANCE AT IT'S BEST"
    "Needs Better Narrator"
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    I've always loved this book, but this version was hard to listen to. The narrator did a lousy job with the woman's voices, and they all sounded like they were 5 years old. I listened at 1.25 speed and it helped. The story is good enough to overlook any faults in narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hunter
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (105)

    No secret stays hidden forever. A phone call from an old friend sets mysterious book researcher Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery that has eluded him for centuries. Little does he suspect a young librarian holds the key to an ancient secret, nor could he expect the danger Beatrice De Novo would attract. Now both will follow a twisted maze leading from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a passion that could destroy them both.

    B. says: "Fantastic story--far less than ideal narrator"
    "Bad Voice"
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    I really love these books, so when I heard they were coming out in audio I couldn't wait to get them. Unfortunately the narrator is really bad. I mean really really bad. I had a hard time telling the difference between Gio and Carwyn by their voices. I also thought that Bea needed to sound more female and less like the actual narrator. The book isn't worth returning since I got it with the ebook and it was fairly cheap, but I don't recommend anyone spend any time or money listening. Buy the book instead. You'll be glad you did.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Werewolf in Denver: A Wild about You Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Vicki Lewis Thompson
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (130)

    When Denver-based Were blogger and founder of Honoring Our Werewolf Legacy (HOWL) Kate Stillman agrees to take on political "bad boy" Duncan MacDowell in a public debate about werewolf segregation, she's confident she'll sail through the challenge without letting down her guard. And what can go wrong while hanging out with the sexy Scottish founder of Werewolves Optimizing Our Future (WOOF) long enough to convince him his views on interspecies mating are mistaken?

    Denise says: "Bad Reader"
    "Bad Reader"
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    I've always loved the book, along with all of her werewolf series, but listening to it on audiobook just didn't work. I felt like Duncan was talking in a Scottish accent with a lisp. I think the reader was trying too hard with the accent and some sections were regular english with the lisp part mixed in to make it sound Scottish. Overall it was bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Pierce Cravens, Dan Bittner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (256)

    In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. In Linger, they fought to be together. Now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

    FanB14 says: "Meandering Tale, Abrupt Conclusion"
    "Different but Good"
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    The one different thing about her books is that each character has a different voice. (different narrator) At first this was odd, but it really works well for the story. I thought the end was a bit open ended, but I'd heartily recommend it to anyone along with the other books in the series.
    I read that someone thought Sam was a bit Emo but I didn't get that feeling at all. I thought he was sweet, but not soft, if that explains it correctly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dread: Fallen Kings Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gail Z. Martin
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    The Dread, Book Two of the Fallen Kings Cycle, picks up the adventures of Tris, Jonmarc, and the Winter Kingdoms gang immediately after the events in The Sworn.

    Denise says: "So disapointed...."
    "So disapointed...."
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    I thought for the longest time what I should rate this audiobook. I rated "The Sworn" as 3 stars and hoped that this one would improve since it's the second half of the story pairing. I debated giving it 2 stars because I had to know how it ended so it kept pulling me along, but lowered it to one because I never would have finished it if I hadn't started skipping chapters. The ending was also a bit of a flop which influence me as well.

    I'll start with the things I did like in this book since I was such a fan of the first series. I liked the character of Aidane, and thought her power was an interesting one, and although I wasn't sure what to think of Gethin at first, he was written well in the battles and I enjoyed the addition of the Hojun priests. Jonmarc was also enjoyable to read. I think that his physical battles keep him from becoming too one dimensional like Tris seems to be.

    Ok, and the bad.... Right off I'll start by saying that the narrator was bad. Tris sounded awful, and I couldn't tell who a lot of the characters were compared to the original 4 books (chronicles of the necromancer) because the pronunciation was so different, the context was the only thing that saved them.

    My next problem was with Kiara. I don't know what it is exactly but I find her and her chapters unbelievably annoying. It's like she's oblivious to something anyone with half a brain would see, and insistent on doing the most stupid things. I started skipping her chapters about halfway through. I couldn't have finished the book otherwise. Cam was also starting to bug me in ways that he never had in the Necromancer series. It might have partly been the voice, but the whole Isencroft section may as well been scrapped in my opinion.

    The character of Tris is starting to have problems. I've always really loved him, but he's getting a bit one dimensional in his spellings and battles. .... magical sword.. piece of his soul...spells... headache...people worry... rinse repeat. Although I will say that the section with the Dread was well done, as was the end battle (I won't give it away)

    Lesser gripes: The succession...Ok, the issues with the divisionists aside why are they having such a problem with Quinn being able to be the next king? He's not even a year old; Not only that but they've already started on another although they're on the brink of a war. In reality this would be a concern, but I think it just detracted from the story. I think they all had enough to deal with without Kiara being pregnant again.
    If you're a huge fan I'd say borrow a copy, but don't waste the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sworn: The Fallen Kings Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gail Z. Martin
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    As plague and famine scourge the Winter Kingdoms, a vast invasion force is mustering from beyond the northern seas. And at its heart, a dark spirit mage wields the blood magic of ancient, vanquished gods. Summoner-King Martris Drayke must attempt to meet this great threat, gathering an army from a country ravaged by civil war. Neighboring lands reel toward anarchy while plague decimates their leaders.

    Pamela Allred says: "Great Read poor Reader"
    "I was disappointed"
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    I've read (or rather listened) to all of Tris Drayke's adventures, both The Chronicles of the Necromancer series and this one. While I loved both the Summoner and The Blood King I felt things started to lag at the next one. I'm adding all of the books into the review, even the past compilation because they build on each other.

    By the third book, although I'm still loving the story it's bugging me that all the characters I loved from the first two are now split across all the Winter Kingdoms. Also, despite the fact that it's somewhat illogical I feel that married kings with kingdoms to rule shouldn't go adventuring all over the place. (At least not without Kiara, who should be his 'partner') By "The Sworn" Tris is heading out on another adventure - minus Kiara again. In this book we are getting a few newly added characters, each with their own chapter, just to make things more spread out. Jair and Talwyn, who I quite like are pretty much another Tris and Kiara except they are adventuring together, which Tris and Kiara should be IMO.

    Kiara on the other hand - who I'm truly starting to despise as a character, is insisting on another baby despite the hazards and the fact that Tris won't be around yet again. She seems to try to be brave to the point of stupidity and that annoys me more than anything else. No doubt her life will be in danger from the Divisionists yet again in a repetition of the previous stories assuming the author will give her her own voice in The Dread. She and Tris are also both having fits over whether or not baby Quinn is ok to rule, when at this point they should just be glad he's healthy.

    We also have the addition of Aidane, who again while being an interesting has no purpose except as a background character. She also hasn't done much and could have easily been seen through Jonmarc's eyes.

    Jonmarc is one of the only characters who seems true to form. Being a warrior-brigand seems to make it fairly logical for him to go with Berry to Principality even though Carina is pregnant. She also seems more the stay-at-home and worry type while being strong at the same time. These two were also the ones I enjoyed the most in books 3 and 4 of the Chronicles of the Necromancer series.

    I mention Cam last because his purpose in these stories seems to be a bit of an afterthought. He deals with the Divisionists directly but they don't seem to be doing anything about the invaders from the north which are a greater threat.

    Overall, I really liked the first two of the Necromancer series, the third and fourth were slightly less good, but I also appreciated them. This one, and also the next (because I know it'll leave me hanging at the end and that will make me crazy if I don't finish it.) are a disappointment and if I had known I probably wouldn't have gotten them at all. They have a 'I must know, no matter how bad it is' feel to them, which is really good, but also bad at the same time, and I can't give them less than a 3 star because of this.
    because I like Tris ....
    because I like Jonmarc...
    because I like the vampires...

    and so on...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Haven: Chronicles of the Necromancer, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Gail Z. Martin
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Gail Z. Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Once Tris wins back the throne and destroys the Obsidian King, he realizes that the hard work is just beginning. Although Jared the Usurper held the throne for less than a year, his reign took a terrible toll on Margolan.

    Denise says: "Have loved all her work so far"
    "Have loved all her work so far"
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    I've read through all the chronicles of the necromancer so far, and am working my wait to the further adventures of Tris Drayke summoner. There is only one comment I'd like to make. I think that book 1 and 2 should have been made into one book, and the same with books 3 and 4. Even so, I've loved them all. This particular book was a bit low on action, but it was still high on drama and shouldn't be skipped in order to get to the "good stuff" in Margolan. I recommend this and all the series to anyone who might be on the fence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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