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Sally

Oklahoma City, OK, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Bone Crossed: Mercy Thompson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2505)
    Performance
    (1568)
    Story
    (1575)

    In a world where "witches, vampires, werewolves, and shape-shifters live beside ordinary people" (Booklist), it takes a very unusual woman to call it home. By day, Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic in Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shape-shifter with some unusual talents, Mercy's found herself maintaining a tenuous harmony between the human and the not-so- human on more than one occasion. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

    cmclien says: "Great books"
    "Briggs and King score again!"
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    Patricia Briggs writes one of my favorite series with her Mercedes Thompson novels. Mercy is a kick-ass strong woman who constantly finds herself in a mess, but gets out of it with courage and intelligence. Of course being able to shift into a coyote doesn't hurt. Add to that the hottest of werewolf alphas competing for her, and what's not to like.

    Lorelei King is a terrific narrator. She does such a great job bringing a wide variety of characters to life with her voice. I can't imagine anyone else every portraying Mercy. Pair up King with Briggs' clever writing and you always get your money's worth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26018)
    Performance
    (12672)
    Story
    (12714)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Buy it!!!"
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    This was pure pleasure. The story is so descriptive and well-written, and the content draws you in immediately. The performances were excellent. It's easy to see why this is one of Audibles top-rated and top-selling books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Kissed: Mercy Thompson, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2288)
    Performance
    (1435)
    Story
    (1452)

    When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to shapeshifting car mechanic Mercy Thompson to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not. And she'll have to choose between the two werewolves in her life-whether she wants to or not.

    Deborah says: "Iron Kissed"
    "Another great Mercy Thompson story"
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    Once again Lorelei King makes the characters in Patricia Briggs series come alive. She does so many voices-female, male, a variety of accents and ages so well. Most male narrators can't speak a woman's voice worth a darn, and vice versa with some female narrators. Lorelei King and Susan Erickson (of the In Death series by JD Robb) are 2 wonderful exceptions. They capture not only the timbre, cadence, and accent of a character's voice, but also the personality, humor, etc.
    Reading the book is great, as Briggs writes complex characters with flaws as well as strengths, and has a wonderful imagination in her creation of her paranormal world. But having such a terrific narrator makes the book come alive in another dimension. Bravo for the pairing of this author and narrator for the series. Please don't change anything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Bound: Mercy Thompson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2622)
    Performance
    (1663)
    Story
    (1668)

    Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places - and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind. But this new vampire is hardly ordinary - and neither is the demon inside of him.

    Deborah says: "Blood Bound"
    "Great series and super narrator"
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    What did you love best about Blood Bound: Mercy Thompson, Book 2?

    I love the evolving dynamics between Mercy, Adam, and Samuel in this series. In this book the demon-ridden vampire is really scary. The brief references to Stefan's feelings for Mercy add another interesting dimension.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Bound: Mercy Thompson, Book 2?

    There are several memorable moments revolving around the hunt for the bad guy, but I particularly enjoyed when Mercy first realizes how much she is effected by Adam and the conversation they have as a result.


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

    I've listened to Lorelei King throughout this series, and she is fantastic. Her inflection as she speaks as Mercy makes the subtleties of Mercy's personality come alive for me. She does the variety of female and male characters voices very well. I love Briggs complexity in her characters, and the detail in her creation of the paranormal world makes it very interesting reading. But when you add King's performance talent into the mix it makes this series one of my favorites.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like paranormal stories this series by Patricia Briggs with Lorelei King narrating is a great addition to your library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New York to Dallas: In Death, Book 33

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1868)
    Performance
    (1614)
    Story
    (1605)

    It was one of Eve Dallas’s earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he’s not behind bars anymore. After his escape, McQueen has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, preying on the young and innocent - when necessary, with the help of a female partner all too willing to be manipulated and to aid and abet his crimes.

    helen says: "How does she do it?"
    "One of the Best In Death"
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    This is a great example of the whole In Death series. Over time the characters have evolved in really great ways. I love watching Eve struggle with learning to be a married partner (but hey, with Roarke!!!), learning to be a good friend, and resolving her issues with her past. Nora Roberts has gotten better and better at writing characters with depth and complexity, and I thoroughly enjoy her dialogue. This story in particular is a favorite because of the way it provides some backstory for Eve's development. We see her as a young girl with a despicable mother, as a young cop facing a deadly situation, and as the mature woman and cop dealing with both areas of her past in a way that makes her stronger.

    I also can't say enough about the superlative performances given by Susan Ericksen as the narrator of the In Death series. Please DON'T EVER CHANGE NARRATORS! She totally brings the characters alive, and her ability to seamlessly slide from character to character is outstanding. She even does male voices well, unlike most male narrators who sound falsetto on female voices. I have listened to Susan narrate the series so many times that when I read a book in the series I hear the dialogue in Susan's voices. So this one gets 5 stars all around!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruthless Game

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (282)

    GhostWalker Kane Cannon's mission plunges him into a hot zone more personal than he anticipated: the hiding place of Rose Patterson - hunted fugitive, ex-lover, and a fellow GhostWalker desperate to save the life of her unborn child.

    candyceschenck says: "Wonderful!!"
    "mediocre"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Borderline for time well-spent. The narrators voice is starting to get on my nerves.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I like the way the female lead asserted herself against her enemy.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It was OK.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    More interaction of the female lead with her new team mates. Less drawn out and repetitive descriptors of how much the two leads turn each other on.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm getting disappointed at the repetition in every book in the series of the uber macho man scenario. Feehan at least has her female leads portrayed as strong, independent women (I can't stand weak female leads), and in every book the men do end up making concessions to respect the woman as a strong person. But I'm finding the characters and dialogue a bit lacking in depth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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