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Marina

Lone Star, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Betrayed: House of Night Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (627)

    Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night. She's come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs-like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend...or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night.

    A User says: "Great Series"
    "House of Night: Betrayed"
    Overall

    Fun and undeniably teenagerish!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Two Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (190)

    Beautiful and self-confident businesswoman Rusty Carlson was hurt, terrified and alone with a man she feared. But one thing was certain – she would surely die without his help. Vietnam vet Cooper Landry had a deep-rooted grudge against beautiful women like Rusty. Experience had taught him they were takers. But he’d survived far worse dangers, and this time he’d be damned if he’d let her risk his chance for survival.

    Angelia says: "Sensuality, believable characters, totally hot!."
    "GAG!"
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    Would you try another book from Sandra Brown and/or Joyce Bean?

    Not for a long time, at least until I forget how bad this one was.


    What was most disappointing about Sandra Brown’s story?

    The characters were just plain unlikeable and really unbelievable. The female is basically a blank slate, undeveloped, unremarkable except that she is good looking. Apparently her looks are her only desirable quality to the male character, who is an over-bearing jerk that basically is willing to give up years of heart ache and resentment because he likes her boobs.


    What didn’t you like about Joyce Bean’s performance?

    She really didn't have much to work with, the story was that bad. The two villain's backwoods accents were overdone and annoying.


    What character would you cut from Two Alone?

    I would advise to go back and redevelop the characters that are there. Give Rusty a personality, make Cooper worthy of redemption, tone down the Dad(he would have had some real affection for his daughter).


    Any additional comments?

    This is another example of where the sex scenes were more thought out than the characters and story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whispers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    Hilary Thomas knew terror as a child, but never anything like this. He is hunting her with a sick desire more terrifying than hatred could ever be. And he is in her house again.

    SA Shay says: "Turn on the lights!"
    "Surprisingly Bad! This is not new work!"
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    What disappointed you about Whispers?

    Dialog was immature and boring. Characters were flimsy and it was difficult to bond with them. Read like a really bad romance. The sex scenes were entirely too long and added nothing to the story. Sorry, but there is nothing hot about describing "jiggling breasts", while trying to make the characters seem deeper and emotional.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably not a Koontz for awhile. Perhaps Ashes by Bick.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Female voices were really bad, whiney undertone.


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

    It could have been a good plot, edit out the whining emotional crap, fish cold sex scenes, get a narrator that can actually do male and female voices, and stay on plot and it would be much better.


    Any additional comments?

    I really dislike the new releases of old work without it clearly being indicated. Not all work is good work, its ok to toss the bad stuff to make room for good stuff. This probably should have been used as kindling or seriously re-written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clean Sweep

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (733)

    On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast.

    Donna says: "A MUST LISTEN. Promising start for a new series."
    "Fun!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Clean Sweep to be better than the print version?

    I tend to read only for school and listen to fun books. This is a fun book, but I don't think the audio format makes much of a difference.


    What other book might you compare Clean Sweep to and why?

    Perhaps just a touch of Molly Harper with the humor, but not near as much snark.


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

    I don't recall listing to Raudman before. She has more of a slow Delta drawl with almost no Texas in it, so it threw me a bit. Most Texans tend to speak a little quicker with a bit of twang. It doesn't really detract from the book, and the character isn't exactly Texan, so it works out just fine.


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

    Not that creative!


    Any additional comments?

    Had a few laugh out loud moments, especially with the patio. I like that the characters remained pretty consistent, the powers they had were what they used. This can be a frustrating genre for readers when the author gives powers to a character, then doesn't allow them to use them! She stayed steady throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Stuff

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Leanne Banks
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    Cate Madigan isn't asking for trouble. Her wacky Irish family is constantly playing matchmaker for her with men who leave much to be desired. All she wants is peace and quiet and a nice place to live while she saves her money from tending bar in a lively Boston pub. So what if her roommate is a cross-dressing lounge singer named Marty Longfellow?

    Leslie says: "FUN"
    "Classic Evanovich"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Time well spent yes! Its like a mini-book!


    What other book might you compare Hot Stuff to and why?

    Its classic Evanovich, similar to her other reads. The characters and story line seemed a bit watered down though.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Absolutely nothing jumps to mind. Good, fast read but nothing that will make me remember it and laugh later.


    Was Hot Stuff worth the listening time?

    Listening time was very short, so sure.


    Any additional comments?

    Love Evanovich, but she is pricey. Watch for her books on sell, they tend to be relatively short books with a full book price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seventh Victim

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mary Burton
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (71)

    It's been seven years since the Seattle Strangler terrorized the city. His victims were all young, pretty, their lifeless bodies found wrapped in a home-sewn white dress. But there was one who miraculously escaped death, just before the Strangler disappeared. Lara Church has only hazy memories of her long-ago attack. What she does have is a home in Austin, a job, and a chance at a normal life at last. Then Texas Ranger James Beck arrives on her doorstep with shattering news: The Strangler is back....

    Merrci says: "Great Story with Great Narrator!"
    "Worth a read!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Although it was somewhat predictable, and sometimes stretched into total disbelief, it is a good read. It has all the good stuff, a Texas Ranger, a series of murders, and a German Shepard.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Seventh Victim?

    About 2/3 into the book when it became apparent who the bad guys were.


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

    Don't recall hearing her before.


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

    Actually, it was how ALL the police treated the lone surviving victim. All the cops either treated her like a prostitute or threatened her. I don't know many police officers with the experience she gives the characters would actually ever speak to a victim or witness in that manner. It sadden me to think that people think its a common occurrence.


    Any additional comments?

    I prefer a heroine with a little more snark, but over-all, its a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Werewolf's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michele Hauf
    • Narrated By Sasha Dunbrook
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (225)

    Alpha wolf Ridge Addison left his wife in Las Vegas, vowing to put their one reckless night of passion behind him and return to his clan. Thirteen years later he needs a divorce so he can become pack leader. Yet he's never forgotten the sensuous witch whose life he saved...Or the knee-buckling kisses he still craves. After they parted, Abigail tried banishing Ridge from her memory. Now her heart belongs only to her son. But when the boy is kidnapped, she knows she alone can't save him.

    CAROLYN says: "Good story very credit worthy."
    "Conflicted!"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not so much, no. It has the possibility of a good story, but author took the predictable way out by infusing so much sex that it really made the characters look weak and self-centered.


    Has The Werewolf's Wife turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm not even sure what to call this genre. Fantasy porn?


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narrator was fine. Actually, her performance was better than the book itself.


    Was The Werewolf's Wife worth the listening time?

    If you skip past the random sex to the story itself, than it had great possibilities.


    Any additional comments?

    Not being much of a prude, some sex scenes are expected in this type of book. Had the characters been strongly developed, the scenes should have flowed with the book. But if a child has been kidnapped its just not likely that his parents would opt to "pass the time" waiting for the call to bang each other. If I had no idea who had my child, where he was or what could possibly be happening to him, I doubt I would think, "hey we have an hour, do me!" It just makes the male figure a weak-willed doormat, and the mother a self-involved narcissist. Disappointing way to trash such a great story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1524)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (890)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Nicely Done!"
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    If you could sum up Still Missing in three words, what would they be?

    Chilling, thought provoking, unique


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is written as a monologe from a patient to her shrink. Very nicely done. Its easy to understand the main character's actions and thought patterns in this form. Brings out her personality, which, while damaged, is also smart and witty.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first page had me.


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

    Not extreme reactions, but her humor made me smile and I could feel frustration along with the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a bit disappointed with the ending, the writing was fine, just wasn't able to appreciate how the mystery was wrapped up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Game: GhostWalkers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (804)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (555)

    A man and woman possessed of telekinetic powers. She is the doctor. He is the experiment. What comes between them is a terrifying secret history that could save them or destroy them.

    Jane says: "Not enough happening."
    "I could feel my brain cells dying!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Even a slightyly more talented writer.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christine Feehan again?

    Not likely


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Just by reading the book out loud


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

    the story line could have been great


    Any additional comments?

    Author seems to have collated this book with a letter to a cheap porn mag.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1287)
    Performance
    (793)
    Story
    (805)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Ugg"
    Overall

    With such a long break between books, you would think she could have sat in a a writing class or two! Repetition, repetition, repetition....felt like she just did a copy and paste throughout the book. I don't understand how his sneaking around and hiding his relationship with Merona translates into Ailya's fault, and his excessive angst is mind numbing. Between the Mother's song and his whining, I wanted to drive myself off an overpass. Such a great story, her writing did not do it justice.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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