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Margaret

Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.

Corryton, TN, United States

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  • The Renegades of Pern: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    As long as the people of Pern could remember, the Holds had protected them from Thread, the deadly silver strands that fell from the sky and ravaged the land. In exchange for sanctuary in the huge stone fortresses, the people tithed to their lord Holders, who in turn supported the Weyrs, whose dragons were Pern's greatest weapon against Thread.

    Margaret says: "one of my favorite authors"
    "one of my favorite authors"
    Overall

    This series is very good, but definitely don't read this one first. I would suggest going by book publication date, which is not the same as chronological by the story line. There are a lot of "a-ha!" moments, especially at the end of the series, as Ms. McCaffrey tells the same story from different people's viewpoints. All I can think of as a description is that it is a rich tapestry of a story.

    I've read most of the books twice, and look forward to listening to them many times again.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Immortal Ever After: An Argeneau Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (408)

    Valerie Moyer doesn’t believe in vampires - until she is kidnapped by a fanged psychopath! After escaping her bloodthirsty captor, she’s through with creatures of the night. Until she finds herself under the protection of the darkly handsome Anders. Not only is she expected to accept that Anders is immortal, but also that she is the woman destined to be his life mate!

    CAROLYN says: "Ahhhhh a Vet & an Enforcer become life mates"
    "So much fun!!"
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    I can't believe a carjacking scene could be funny, but this was hysterical. Several books in this series make me laugh out loud, but this one did it the most.

    Anders is a different person from the Argeneaus, and here we find out why. I'm so glad to finally see what personality he has hidden so well. This may become my favorite book in the series.

    The story is well done, and the narrator is very good. Definitely read this series in order, of course, but I enjoy going back and listening a 2nd or 3rd time to most of them. This one may get a 4th or 5th listen! Each story stands on it's own. I especially love that this story has a good, strong female lead. And, a dog I wish I could bring home. <grin>

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady Is a Vamp: Argeneau Vampires, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (407)

    Kidnapped! When Jeanne Louise Argeneau left work, she never thought she'd end up tied down by a good-looking mortal. More attracted than annoyed, she quickly realizes there is more to her abductor than meets the eye. One desperate act leads to . . . Love? Paul Jones has need of a vampire, and only Jeanne Louise will do. He just has to convince this beauty of a Vamp to help him . . . never imagining that he would fall in love. But with law enforcement hunting them, their time together is running out .

    Frances says: "Another highly recommended"
    "Very well done"
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    So Uncle Lucius ha a heart, after all.

    I've read a complaint or two about the narrator reading very slow or choppy. I felt that she was more just trying to enunciate clearly. I enjoyed listening to her. But we speak slowly in Tennessee. ;-)

    It was pretty obvious how the story would end, but how the characters got there evolved slowly, and was a bit of a surprise. I loved it.

    I have listened to many of the stories in this series several times, and I will enjoy listening to this one again, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trouble in Mudbug

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jana DeLeon
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (519)

    Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law's death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana. Unfortunately, death doesn't slow down Helena one bit. DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into - especially as it seems someone wants her dead.

    K. April Holgate says: "My newest addition"
    "A happy little story"
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    This one had me laughing out loud many times. I'm really glad it's the beginning to a series, as I'm looking forward to more.
    The characters are a little thin, but another story or two will fill them out nicely, I'm sure.
    It's a boy-meets-girl plot with a mystery and a ghost thrown in. The story didn't quite end, but it's not a cliff-hanger. Just an enticement to get the next book.
    The narrator is excellent. The book is a light distraction from reality, in the form of a happy little story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Uncloaked: Stealth Guardians (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tina Folsom
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    Able to render themselves invisible, immortal stealth guardians, like Aiden, have been protecting humans from the dark power of the Demons of Fear for centuries. But the demons might soon have a powerful tool in their hands that allows them to seduce humans to the dark side. The person to provide them with this elixir is the human scientist Leila... Unbeknownst to Leila, the drug she's developing to cure Alzheimer's Disease has the unexpected side effect of weakening the mind's resistance to the influence of demons...

    Sharon says: "I Love Tina Folsom!!!!"
    "A bit campy, but entertaining"
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    The story is good, and the premise is made believable, but it gets a little silly. Explicit conversation makes this a story to listen to with headphones or in private. The narrator is solid and pretty good with voices, to the point that I recognized speakers before they were identified. Even though several had similar Scotch accents! Good for a nice mindless read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire, Interrupted: An Argeneau Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Victoria McGee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (341)

    After 700 years of life, Marguerite Argeneau finally has a career. Well, the start of one, anyway. She's training to be a private investigator, and her first assignment is to find an immortal's mother. It seemed simple enough, until Marguerite wakes up one evening to find herself at the wrong end of a sword. Now she realizes she's in way over her head.

    Michele says: "Narrator is not one of your best!"
    "Great plot - And finally Marguerite's story!"
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    The story - is GREAT. I was not suspecting this plot at all, and the little hints the author dropped at the beginning got past me until I stopped for a while and thought, "now wait, what was that?" I also love how Marguerite is able to accept what has happened, and not be bitter. I'm not sure I could be so kind, but it is in the nature of this woman, as evidenced by all the previous stories, to react this way.
    One thing I really like about this whole series is that even though bad things happen during the book, the story always ends with me smiling. Perfect escape from real life.
    **
    I read other comments about how this narrator "ruined" the book, and I must say she is difficult to listen to. She spends so much effort at "sounding sexy" (or something) that she looses continuity in reading. This will occasionally bring me out of a story enough to glare at my iPod and say "just read, woman!", but not enough for me to stop listening.
    I decided to give it a try anyway as I really wanted to hear Marguerite's story, especially as the previous story was pretty much a set up for this one, and she is such an integral part of all the stories. I figured if it was too awful I would just return the book, but I was not disappointed in the story. The narrator is distracting but not horrible, and sounds like she does in all the other books she's read. She has a good control of her voice, so the different characters are easy to distinguish, she just needs to relearn breath control. Actually, when she is reading the lines as a character, she is wonderful. However, when she drops back to "narrator" mode, it's like a cheap vampire/sex goddess person took over. It's weird.
    So I listened to another book in the series first, read by one of the male narrators so I wasn't already annoyed by this woman, and got through the book just fine. I just know I can't listen to 2 books in a row, read by Ms. McGee.
    **
    Also, I would like to emphasize this series really needs to be read in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Quick Bite

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Victoria McGee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (733)

    Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood . . . an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn't hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?

    Kickez says: "This is book 1 of the Argeneau Vampire Series"
    "I'm really in love with this series"
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    I got the first book on a whim, and now I can't quit getting more. I just love this family. There is just something that draws me in.
    "Vampires as regular people with a condition." This premise annoys some people but I believe Lynsay Sands pulls it off quite well. Each story is a love story, and each story has its own idea, some with a fun twist at the end. A vampire that faints at the sight of blood is a wonderful way to start. Give this series a try.
    There are different narrators for each book. So far this hasn't been a problem for me, but I'm only on book 4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Past Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mara Purnhagen
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (254)

    "Let me set the record straight. My name is Charlotte Silver and I'm not one of those paranormal-obsessed freaks you see on TV...no, those would be my parents, who have their own ghost-hunting reality show. And while I'm usually roped into the behind-the-scenes work, it turns out that I haven't gone unnoticed...."

    janice says: "fun with twinge of spooky"
    "A good ghost story"
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    I really like how the story ended. A couple of bits in the middle felt a little contrived, to the point that it pulled me out of the story, but it was so well wrapped up at the end, I forgave the author.
    The narrator did a very good job and was easy to listen to. I would not mind listening to more from these two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Better Homes and Hauntings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1798)
    Performance
    (1669)
    Story
    (1674)

    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

    Jonathan says: "Would I let (ok, want) my daughter to marry a ..."
    "A nice light read"
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    This is a very lightweight book, just perfect for letting me get away from minor anxiety at work. You know from the beginning how it will end, but that's OK, the fun in is the ride there. There isn't much room for a follow up book, but that's OK, too. I want Molly to get back to the Hollow, or Alaska, either is fine. This was just a vacation to the beach.
    This is a good book to read to see if you like the Molly Harper style. Her other books have better characters and are set in a wonderful world I'd love to visit. This was just a fun visit "elsewhere". And the narrator is awesome, can't go wrong there!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (3157)
    Performance
    (2917)
    Story
    (2927)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "A peek inside the monster's mind"
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    Excellent writing, excellent narration. If you haven't read the other books, read them first, as this is a series that should be read in order. There are pretty good plot twists here and there, in a very complicated but well told story, but I'm a lot annoyed that I have to wait for the next book to find out where Larry Correia is leading us. If he reads these comments - Please sir, tie up a few of your loose ends before stringing out any more! Most of the ones from Las Vegas are still hanging, and I'm not patient.
    Oliver Wyman outdid previous performances. He's amazing, and really brings the characters to life.
    I really enjoyed watching Franks react to things he never thought would affect him, and I think it was well done. Maybe like watching a computer become self-aware. Pretty cool. I'm going to have to listen a couple more times to catch all the little things. Correia is good at hiding little details that just make the story better when you find them. I just wish he'd write a little faster. No, a lot faster!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (1319)
    Story
    (1310)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Shelly says: "I really hope this turns into a series..."
    "Good but not polished story, very good plot"
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    I understand other comments about Lucy March seeming to be a lot like Molly Harper, but Molly usually doesn't make me cry... This is a story about a girl who thinks her life is normal and boring, but suddenly a strange woman shows up and everything changes. I liked that before I could be annoyed at figuring out the ending, I got caught up in the story and forgot - and then that was only a small part anyway. The characters, even the "bad" ones, are likeable. The story is sad in places, but plausible, and some of the quotes are laugh-out-loud.
    The main character's self-deprecating humour is definitely similar to Molly Harper, and references to Tennessee are close to Kentucky, but this is not the same. This goes a little deeper, a little darker, and people die.
    I think Betty is my favorite character. I want to be like her when I'm ancient like her. I also like that the story has room for the next book, but if I never read it, it's OK. No cliffhangers. But I do want to know what happens in the town of Nodaway, in the next book. If I could ask for anything, it would be more information on Tobias, as he is awfully enigmatic, with a totally mysterious past, but maybe in the next book? Same for Cain (Kane?)
    Definite good things Lucy March did: all the names are very different, so no confusion there. Action scenes are clearly explained, strange things mentioned at the beginning are pretty well explained along the way. The main character was indecisive at times, and sometimes stupid!, but not whiny.
    I just wonder what else we would have gotten if Lucy March had been allowed about 50 more pages. It feels like she cut it a little short, and didn't quite polish all the rough edges out.
    I doubt I need to say it, but the narrator is AWESOME, as always. :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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