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Cindy

Olympia, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Blameless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1261)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1045)

    Gail Carriger’s best-selling Parasol Protectorate series reimagines Victorian England with vampires, werewolves, and a dash of steampunk. Blameless is the third in the series starring the parasol-wielding Lady Alexia Maccon, formerly Alexia Tarabotti. After news spreads of her delicate condition—a surprise to everyone since she’s married to a werewolf—Alexia is desperate to escape the London gossip. So she heads to Italy for a change of scenery.

    Leanna says: "When you're right, you're right!"
    "A helping of boring followed by a wall-banging end"
    Overall

    I adored the 1st in the series, was just meh with the 2nd, and thought I'd just be bored with this. Until I reached the ending. If this were a book, I would have hurled it at the wall in disgust. But since it's a digital audiobook, I just immediately deleted it from my player and then figuratively stomped all over it. I thought the narrator did a great job with the voices--they were all very distinct and enjoyable. There were some enjoyable parts, but for most of it, I just wanted a resolution of the mystery and to get Alexia and Connall back together for his groveling scene. SPOILER ALERT: Alexia acts as if she hadn't been betrayed, humiliated and endangered by Connall's throwing her to the wolves. Err, vamps that is. She forgives him in 2 minutes (even though he doesn't actually apologize) and says he can make it up to her by giving her a bunch of stuff. They exchange some witty barbs and all is forgiven. Can you say shallow? Or maybe the author just wants to show the extent of Alexia's soulless-ness? This is one of those books where you wish you could scour out your brain in order to forget the experience. If you're not invested in the characters and are reading this series just for the steampunk elements, you might still like it. I'd only read/listen to the next in the series if Lord Akeldama were the main character and Alexia was relegated to the far sidelines.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Throne of Oak: Maggie's Grove, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dana Marie Bell
    • Narrated By Aletha George
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Vampire Dragos Ibanescu, Mayor of Maggie's Grove, is about to lose his mind. His mate, the dryad queen Mina Chainey, refuses to have anything to do with him after her ordeal at the hands of an evil witch. Mina's nightmares of her time with the witch haunt her. Unable to leave the Throne, she vows she will not accept Dragos until she can stand at his side as an equal. But the nightmares are only growing in strength. Dark forces are converging on Maggie's Grove. Only by uniting in body and mind will Mina and Dragos find the strength to defend their home.

    Dave says: "Getting Better"
    "Felt like I was missing something"
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    What would have made Throne of Oak better?

    More backstory


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Laura Kinsale's Midsummer Moon


    Which character – as performed by Aletha George – was your favorite?

    The hero


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Throne of Oak?

    The repetitions of the heroine's nightmares.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though I had read, listened to & loved the first in this series, I couldn't get into this one. I felt like there was a portion of the story that was left out. Unfortunately, it was a big part--the backstory of the hero/heroine (how they met, etc.).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Valor of the Healer: Rebels of Adalonia, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Angela Highland
    • Narrated By Gia St. Claire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    An assassin hired by vengeful elven rebels to kill the calculating Duke of Shalridan, Julian walks into a trap and barely escapes with his life. Healed by a beautiful captive in the dungeons, he's enthralled and vows to free her from the duke's clutches.

    Cindy says: "Hard to listen to"
    "Hard to listen to"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator was hard to understand. Her accent slurred several words together so that much of the time, I wasn't sure what she was saying. Her pitch was also a little high, so that could've added to the problem.

    I can't comment on the story itself as I really couldn't get past the first 10 minutes.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Angela Highland again?

    With a different narrator, probably.


    What didn’t you like about Gia St. Claire’s performance?

    Her accent.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Valor of the Healer?

    Couldn't say as I didn't finish listening to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crystal Gardens: A Ladies of Lantern Street Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (282)

    Novelist and professional companion Evangeline Ames has rented a cottage in the outskirts of Little Dixby, far from the London streets where she was recently attacked. Fascinated by the paranormal energy of nearby Crystal Gardens, she finds some pleasurable diversion in sneaking past the wall to explore the grounds. And when her life is threatened again, she instinctively goes to the gardens for safety. Lucas Sebastian has never been one to ignore a lady in danger, even if she is trespassing on his property.

    Vicki says: "Fun paranormal romp suffers from odd narration"
    "Another psychical winner"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Crystal Gardens in three words, what would they be?

    Psychic historical suspense


    What other book might you compare Crystal Gardens to and why?

    The Burning Lamp: has the same psychical/crystal/romantic/suspense elements


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

    No, but I'll look for some of her others now that I've listened to this one.


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

    When Lucas defended Evangeline from his Aunt Florence.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book from a narrator I'd never had the joy of listening to and an author that I've long enjoyed. Ms. Eyre's characters were all nicely distinguished. Loved the accents!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lionsheart

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Marteeka Karland
    • Narrated By Renee Nausser
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Darian Amos Shiffley is on the hunt. His protégé, Gretta, has gotten herself arrested and detained in Dead Man's Keep, a supermax underground prison of the worst sort. He intends on freeing not only her, but himself as well. For too long, Shiffley has hidden his feelings for Gretta. No more. He's out to show his little Lionsheart how much she truly means to him. Imagine his surprise when he discovers his secret was never really a secret to begin with.

    Cindy says: "Just a scene"
    "Just a scene"
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    Would you try another book from Marteeka Karland and/or Renee Nausser?

    Karland, yes; Nausser, no. I've read other stories by Karland and she has some good ones. I've also listened to 2 books narrated by Nausser, and I advise you to give them a pass. She enunciates everything and doesn't distinguish her characters very much. She'd probably do much better with nonfiction.


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

    Better narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Renee Nausser?

    A male narrator.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lionsheart?

    I would've added more plot and shorter sex scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't really a story. Just a scene or two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye: An Enola Holmes Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nancy Springer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    As Enola searches for the missing Lady Blanchefleur del Campo, she discovers that her brother Sherlock is just as diligently searching for Enola herself! Sherlock and Enola must solve a triple mystery: What has happened to their mother? And to Lady Blanchefleur? And what does either have to do with their brother, Mycroft?

    Cindy says: "Sorry to hear it end"
    "Sorry to hear it end"
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    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks in my 2nd tier of favorites. It was really good (much better than a lot of others), but not my favorite.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As always, Enola is my favorite character. I enjoy listening to her growth, her humor and her interactions with Sherlock.


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

    Yes. Katherine is always an excellent narrator. Her accents and voices are always enjoyable, and this is comparable to her others.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it's short enough to listen to all at once, but even if it had been longer, I'd still want to hear it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this entire series. Although I've heard that this is the last book, I'm hoping that Nancy Springer will write more. I would love to watch Enola grow up and come into her own.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa Marie Rice
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    Feelings kill faster than bullets.

    That is Drake's creed. A legend, a renegade, a ruthless, powerful enigma understood by no one and feared by all, Viktor "Drake" Drakovich heads up a billion-dollar empire - and shows no mercy to the many enemies who would stop at nothing to destroy him. He is a man with no love and no weakness... until Grace Larsen takes Drake's breath away the first time he sees her and quickly becomes his obsession.

    Cindy says: "Great story, so-so performance"
    "Great story, so-so performance"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Dangerous Passion in three words, what would they be?

    Steamy suspense


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dangerous Passion?

    Yacht scene near the end when the villain gets his comeuppance


    What didn’t you like about Karen White’s performance?

    The hero was an ultra-tough guy but her performance had him sound like a kindly Russian grandfather/politician.


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

    Can a lonely artist find happiness with a dangerous & reclusive arms dealer?


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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