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Margaret

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

Corryton, TN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 36 purchased in 2014
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  • River Marked: Mercy Thompson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2541)
    Performance
    (1774)
    Story
    (1774)

    Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.

    Yuriko says: "Love it"
    "One more in a very good series"
    Overall

    This story includes many previous characters, but adds quite a few new ones, and I hope we get to see at least some of them again. The story has moved in a new direction, adding depth to the story and the characters. I especially enjoyed the humor - there seems to be more of that this time. I'm really looking forward to book 7! This series is one that I have listened to several times, and I plan to continue to replay. Ms. Briggs writes a very good story, and Ms. King brings it to life.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2252)
    Performance
    (1954)
    Story
    (1960)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Possibly the strangest "boy meets girl" story ever"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have to admit the original primary appeal for me is that Wil Wheaton is the narrator, and he did not disappoint. He has the perfect voice for stories with aliens that can speak English. His voice is comfortably familiar without being intrusive.
    The story is a little more complicated than it needed to be. There is laugh out loud humor as well as gory deaths, and several people die. There is also a fascinating viewpoint on religion. I'm going to have to listen to this at least one more time to really understand the details of the plot, but I think I will enjoy that.
    There are two heros in this story, I think, and I'm glad the second one is allowed to live. Reminds me of Heinlein. Sharp tongued heroine included.
    I would have given the story 5 stars except too many people with similar names got me very confused. I don't believe reading the names would have helped. Otherwise I really enjoyed this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scent of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christina Dodd
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (270)

    New York Times best-selling author Christina Dodd launches a thrilling paranormal series with this scorching tale. Dropping off some urgent paperwork at her boss Jasha’s house, Ann decides to finally admit her crush on him. But things get a bit complicated when she witnesses Jasha transform into a wolf.

    Kristi says: "Finally!!!!"
    "Well told"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have just listened to this for the second time. So many things are buried in the first story that become important later!! I love it. It makes the whole story that much richer.
    This series definitely needs to be heard/read in order. I really like the characters and wish some were more developed. Ms. Dodd took the time to actually finish this story, rather than just stop, which helped the main characters become a little more believable.
    This series does improve in the following books. This isn't her best writing, but I still enjoyed the tumultuous love story, mystery, and family interactions. And I love how it ends, now that I know who the last character really is!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1992)
    Performance
    (1845)
    Story
    (1838)

    Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

    Diana Turmenne says: "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
    "Best one yet"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The same town, the same cast of characters, with 2 new ones that are different from any before. And I mean ~different~! I am having so much fun with Molly Harper's Half Moon Hollow, I hope it never ends. This book is sweet and sexy without being sappy or trite, with a plot that intrigues but doesn't confuse. It is carefully woven into the existing story, but it would still stand on its own. I just love it. I'm ready to listen to it again already!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4966)
    Performance
    (2771)
    Story
    (2804)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Too many time frames"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am not a fan of stories that jump back and forth between time frames, but I can handle 2, as in "before and after". This story has at least 6 time frames, and even with the date declared at the beginning of each section, I got very lost a few times. I just wanted the story to finish so I could move on to something else. The writing was excellent, and the narrator is very good, but the writing style just pulled it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3266)
    Performance
    (3025)
    Story
    (3030)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "Oh yes, there's a dragon"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is written a lot like books 1 and 2, with a very good story and complicated monsters. The only thing that bothers me is his books are getting shorter! I like a good long story.

    Most of the characters make an appearance, the underlying story of who the really big bad monster behind all of this becomes a little more clear, and lots and lots of crazy monsters pop out of every corner. Yes, even a dragon! Owen and the other hunters have to find out what the main monster is and how to kill it, while secret government agencies refuse to help, even though this monster may be the fault of one of those agencies. Franks show some surprising initiative. I think my favorite part might be all the complaining about the ice sculpture, though.

    Unfortunately, Correia has gone back to having a major cliff hanger at the end, and since book 5 isn't out yet, I find myself having to be patient. I hope he writes fast. And makes the stories last a little longer!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3782)
    Performance
    (3418)
    Story
    (3436)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "Highly recommended, keep them coming!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was surprised to find that Owen is barely mentioned in the entire book, and the premise is completely different, and even the style the author is writing in has changed. Never fear, the original style comes back in book 4. And even though I am ~not~ a fan of two stories told at once, alternating time and voice back and forth, it works pretty well here. Also, the narrator is just perfect, and I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who hears Christopher Walken in the Russian character (don't worry, it works very well too!)

    Earl is such an old character with such control over MHI, it makes sense to me for him to have his own story, which happens to allow the author to explain a few things he's had to speed by before.

    Figuring out the identity of the bad guy involves a lot of past history being explained, and it also is a wonderful setup for book 4. Underneath the blood and gore are some very fun characters and a rather well organized story. I'm hoping he keeps this series going for at least 15 or 20 books! Meanwhile, I'll see what his other series is like.

    By the way, there is a LOT of blood and guts in this series, but mostly it avoids being gross. It is more like an animated cartoon than a slasher movie. I have a lot of respect for an author who can make me wince and say "ew!" in one bit, and then literally cry over a character going off to die in the next - and then laugh out loud a minute later. This is just fun to listen to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitty and The Midnight Hour: Kitty Norville, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Carrie Vaughn
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1618)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (973)

    Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station---and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts "The Midnight Hour," a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. After desperate vampires, werewolves, and witches across the country begin calling in to share their woes, her new show is a raging success.

    S. Droski says: "Pleasant Surprise!"
    "well written, well read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    With the main character named Kitty being a werewolf, this would appear to be a funny story. It isn't, really. There are a few funny parts, mostly it is Kitty's sense of humor about her life. The main plot is around Kitty going from being a doormat for most of the people around her, to being her own person. She is honest with herself about being able to give out advice but not being able to see the way out of her own troubles, and the people she asks advice from are quite unexpected.
    The ending is not trite, and even though I am very happy that there are so many more books in this series to read!, this book stands on its own.
    I was expecting a light read/listen, but that isn't what I got. This is a story about a girl who has a pretty bad turn of luck, and what she does about it. I enjoyed very much, anyway.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4456)
    Performance
    (3939)
    Story
    (3956)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "Wild left turns make for a fun book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really just like this series! I thought I would die laughing when I realized where Agent Franks got his name, and hearing Franks make jokes is just weird, but hysterical. This is a very complex story, told (and read) in a straightforward manner. I'm not familiar with guns but I can follow along fine. The snark is still alive and kicking, and even though I've listened to 2 other books since finishing this one, I keep remembering scenes from this book and laughing.
    It starts feeling predictable in a few places, but that is just the author lulling you along so you don't see the wild left turn he takes until the last instant. Owen has to save the world, again, but along the way he reconnects with family and makes a few new friends. Existing characters are given more substance, and I like them even more than I did in book one.
    The narrator is, again, solid and consistent. His voice matches what I think big, tough, gruff Owen should sound like, but he doesn't sound silly when portraying females.
    Don't want to wait for book 4, but I'm trying to pace myself a little, since 5 won't be out for a while. At least there is the Grimnoir series! Looking forward to that, too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6442)
    Performance
    (5655)
    Story
    (5655)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Engaging characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is gory without making me sick, which is a neat trick. The main character, Owen, is a "big guy" with an apparently high pain tolerance, who drew "the short straw" when Fate handed out her destinies. His obsession with guns would normally make me not like him, but he's such a likable guy! He's almost a monster himself, big as he is, but he is a calm sort of warrior.

    The constant barrage of guns and talk about guns was a little distracting, since most of it went over my head, but Correia kept it clear enough that I could sort of follow. His editor needed to spend a little more time with the book, cleaning out some minor repetitions, but that is the only fault with the story. Yes, it's a "B movie in a book", but in a good way. This was fun to listen to!

    The other characters are easier to get to know than Owen. He seems to be a more subtle man. Julie says what she thinks, as does Holly, and putting those 2 women in with the relatively quiet and polite Trip and Lee makes for some humorous situations. Some of the plot is almost too obvious (see "B movie" comment), but there are just enough twists and turns to keep it interesting.

    The narrator has his own style of reading, but he is clear and consistent, and is very good. It took a little bit of time for me to get used to him, but after a chapter or two, I realized his style matches the book just fine.

    There is a nice teaser at the end, and there are a few loose threads within the story, allowing for tie-ins with future books, but this is not an incomplete story. I really enjoy Julie and Owen's interactions, and will likely listen to this story a couple more times to catch every bit of it. I'm really looking forward to the next book, which is downloading as I type.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet: Charley Davidson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1399)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1280)

    Sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane.

    CAROLYN says: "AS SOON AS I HIT 'PLAY' I WAS TOTALLY ENTHRALLED!!"
    "Wonderful snark"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There is a lot of sadness and pain in this story, but considering what has been going on in Charley's life, that was sort of necessary. There is also the expected snarkiness that has me laugh out loud, and the strength of family and friendship that holds this book together. It has a texture that is richer than the previous books, and I'm really pleased where Darynda is headed.

    It has the feel of a book in the middle of a series, where the book doesn't really start, but just picks up, and doesn't really end, but just stops. However, this is not a bad thing. It's a bit like walking into a roomful of friends I haven't seen in a while. The end of this story could have been heartbreaking in several ways, but instead, a new mystery of how to cure cancer is thrown in, and Reyes actually starts answering questions. (Thank God.)

    This is definitely a series that should be read in order, and an author that needs to write faster, as I'm already ready for book 5!! By the way, it's worth hearing a second time. In the 2nd hearing, I've already picked up some author snarkiness in chapter one. Silly Rabbit indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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