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La Faye

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Avondal, AZ, USA | Member Since 2011

  • 9 reviews
  • 103 ratings
  • 359 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • Mastiff: The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker

    The Legend of Beka Cooper gives Tamora Pierce's fans exactly what they want - a smart and savvy heroine making a name for herself on the mean streets of Tortall's Lower City - while offering plenty of appeal for new readers as well. From the Hardcover edition.

    Marie says: "One of the best Tamora Pierce series yet!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mastiff to be better than the print version?

    Tough question. I read the first part of the book, but ended up buying the audio one simply because I don't have time to sit down and read. The writing for the story is outstanding, but the narrator brings a little something extra to it.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mastiff?

    There was a part in the story where Pounce brakes the rules. No spoilers, but I cried a little bit at that part.

    What about Susan Denaker’s performance did you like?

    Her voices. It is easy to tell who the voices belong to. Some narrators just have male and female voices and don't change it up for each characters tone or personality. Susan did it was flare and it was a pleasure to listen to.

    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. I am a huge fan of Tamora Peirce and this book has to be one of her best ones yet!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Macrieve: Immortals After Dark, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff

    Uilleam MacRieve, a centuries-old Lykae warrior, was captured, caged, and experimented on by a shadowy human order, along with other immortals. During a prison break that devolved into one of the bloodiest massacres in recent history, he escapes. But the aftermath of his unspeakable torture preys on his damaged mind, while the wolf inside him roars for vengeance and carnage. In the days leading up to the full moon, can MacRieve rein in his beast, even when he encounters his mate - a vexingly impossible female unlike anything he'd ever dreamed for himself?

    Angela says: "AUTOMATIC DOWNLOAD!"
    "Best by far"
    Would you listen to Macrieve again? Why?

    I have listen to a few of Kresley Cole's novels in the past and found this one to be the best by far. I almost didn't buy this one just because there were some themes in the previous novels I thought were overdone. This one had a lot more depth and character plot than previous ones and I found myself enjoying it a lot.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The few plot twists. Normally I can predict the future of novels, but when I get a surprise, I really like them.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    That's a hard one to answer. I guess the one where the two main characters were out jogging. I am not sure what about that made it really stick to me. Mostly because no one else in the series really seems that athletic and it was nice to see.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Uh... expect the unexpected?

    Any additional comments?

    It was a good book. If anyone is looking for a novel to curl up with and listen to while you knit or whatnot this would be it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

    yasmine32068 says: "Once again this should have disclaimers"
    "Made me laugh (some spoilers)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe one of my girlfriends that would like a comical romance novel. Most of my friends like to read books such as Wheel of Time or anything by Brandon Sanderson, so they tend to think they are above romance novels.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I felt the relationship was a little too rushed. I haven't met a couple that feel in love in a month and proposed and seen it last. If maybe it happened after a few years, or he just came back and said he wanted to be with her, I would be ok with that.

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

    I thought she did an awesome job and it really allowed me to enjoy the story fully.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot. It was really a witty book that I enjoyed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki

    The China Study offers conclusive evidence that a change of diet can dramatically reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The book is based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, a 20-year joint project between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The study surveyed the eating habits of 6,500 adults from all over China and Taiwan and found a direct correlation between diet and disease.

    James says: "Deserves a second listen"
    "The secret is..."

    I spent the first two hours basically listening to "Americans are mislead by the social media about what is healthy and my research shows that having high animal based diets leads to health issues later in life" rephrased a few hundred times.

    Now, I am not saying that the book doesn't have some interesting points or facts about it, because it does. Did I decide to become a Vegan after reading this? Well, no. Because the thing I was really interested in was the actually study that is mostly skimmed over.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Caleb: Shadow Wranglers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sarah McCarty
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The loss of control. The fear of desire. Allie always thought that mysteriously sexy rancher Caleb Johnson wanted her as much as she wanted him. But since he never acted on it, she was ready to admit defeat. Until the night she was attacked by a vicious wolf, only to be rescued by another. In the triumphant, bloodied male, there was something Allie recognized---the baritone growl, the mesmerizing eyes, the inexplicable animal attraction. Her savior was Caleb.

    Michele says: "Wasted a credit!"
    "Make it stop >.<"
    What disappointed you about Caleb?

    This was not what I was expecting at all. After reading the short summery for the book, I thought it was just going to be a saucy southern romance novel, which I was what I was looking for. Then I find out that Caleb is a vampire? A cowboy vampire? And the only way Allie agrees to go along with Caleb is if he gives her an orgasm? I had to stop the book and go back and reread the review because I thought I clicked on the wrong one only to find the rest of the summery for the book on the books main page. Regardless, the story was terrible, I hated Allie as she only sounded like whine teenager that wanted sex. I wouldn't even recycle this book if I had it in my hands. I would just burn it and never think about it again.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah McCarty again?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I have listened to her before, and she does awesome in other books. Her performance in this one was really disappointing. I blame the director and not her though.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was able to delete it from my phone and computer. That's a redeeming quality, right?

    Any additional comments?

    I feel completely mislead and I have no idea how this book got such a high rating. Part of me thinks the author got a bunch of her friends to say nice things about the book so people like me will lose a credit to find out it's trash. After this book, I am going to read every review before I buy something now as the overall rating on some books just seems like miscalculated result.

    0 of 0 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

    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"
    "Not a book for me"
    Would you try another book from Karen Marie Moning and/or Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross ?

    I am a big fan of Phil Gigante and kept trying to give this book a shot, but the whole thing with grown men lusting after a pre-teen was a huge turn off for me. Actually, anything about Dani was a big turn off for me. Anything else done by Phil I'll listen to, but not this.

    Has Iced turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't even think this book is in the proper genre. It is suppose to be a romance novel, but it really reads more like young adult fiction. Sure, there are a few saucy details now and then, but nothing that I would honestly think belongs to the romance section.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrators are the only reason I listened to as much of the book as I did. They are very talented folks and I kept hoping that the story would get better if I just stuck with it, but it never happened.

    What character would you cut from Iced?

    Dani. I know the story is about Dani and the work she is doing, but she isn't what I was expecting or even having to deal with a teenager giving the reader life lessons about the world. I don't think anyone wants to listen to a teenager act all knowing about things they are just discovering. Not to mention that I am really not into pedophilia. Age difference is a nice plot twist, but not when one of the characters is 14.

    Any additional comments?

    I really like Karen Moning's work and Phil's performance, but this book just isn't for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Shopper24 says: "Laughed so hard, I nearly coughed up a lung!!"
    "My inner goddess wanted to burn this story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    How about some better writing? I feel like I waste both my money and my time with this book/story. There was no growth and it was just a constant inner monologue about some air heads attempt to adjust to a BDSM relationship that she isn't even really interested in doing. Actually, there are so many things wrong with this story that I can't even list it all here. Overall, the story was terrible, the writing was horrid and the pace was so painfully slow that I wanted to claw out my eyes.

    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

    I have, and she is a good story teller. Why they decided to make her sound like a clueless ditz in this story is beyond me. Honestly, it was a major turn off. I cannot think of a single person that wants to listen to the inner monologue of an airhead. Especially when there is no growth of the character at all.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    Yes. So long as it is not part of this 50 shades set.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    All of it.

    Any additional comments?

    Save your money. Don't buy this~!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
    • Narrated By James Marsters

    1870. A time known as The Great Killing. The vampire clans arose and slaughtered humanity with unprecedented carnage in the northern parts of the world. Millions perished; millions were turned into herd animals. The great industrialized civilizations of the world were left in ruin. A remnant fled south to the safety of the ever present heat which was intolerable to vampires. There, blending with the local peoples, they rebuilt their societies founded on human ingenuity, steam and iron.

    Diana says: "The Greyfriar Rocks!"
    "Beats sparkly vampires any day!"
    Where does Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is such a well written book and was very easy to get into from the start. I greatly enjoyed it and couldn't stop listening to it when I started.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The princess was my favorite because of the character development with her. Plue there are so many unknowns with her that it makes her very intriguing.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Adele and Greyfriar were in the library looking over the vampire's collection of books

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the gift was deliver to the Adele at the end was my favorite. It actually brought tears to my eyes.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "Hooked at first word"
    If you could sum up Tricked in three words, what would they be?

    Just freaken awesome

    What did you like best about this story?

    I greatly enjoyed the pacing of the story, the lore in it and how well everything flowed together. Although, the dog had me laughing in spots where I normally wouldn't have laughed at all.

    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was the first time I heard him. I took the time to listen to another book he narrated and I found I liked this one more simply because of character he was portraying, but he always does a fantastic job as a story teller.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending when they were bringing fresh soil to Tony Cabin was something that was very touching to me. Only because of Oberon's comment about how it was going to take a long time to fix the area and how Atticus agreed, but was still willing to do it.

    Any additional comments?

    Just a wonderful fun book. I would recommend it to everyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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