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Shawnda

Albuquerque, NM, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Assassin's Code: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1322)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1236)

    When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran, the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood.

    Melinda says: "Hang On To Your Shorts!"
    "Awesome!!!"
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    If you could sum up Assassin's Code in three words, what would they be?

    Intense nail biter!


    What other book might you compare Assassin's Code to and why?

    I've read all of the previous Joe Ledger novels and this one has to be the best! It's a little bit Dan Brown mixed with sci-fi and horror novels.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ray Porter clearly is an expert at voice inflection. Each character's voice is clear and distinct. I know who's talking before Ray reads who said it.


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

    I loved Joe's interaction with Violin and with Ghost. My body actually felt the stress and strain of each situation in this novel. I could almost spell the blood and feel the fear and frustration as I listened.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent read! I recommend all of the Joe Ledger novels but this one was a great ride.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Influential Magic: Crescent City Fae, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Deanna Chase
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    It's tough being a faery in New Orleans, a city fraught with vampires...especially when their very existence drains your life force. Willow Rhoswen, owner of The Fated Cupcake and part-time vampire hunter for the Void is having a rough week. Four years after her twin brother's mysterious death, Willow's life is threatened and the director saddles her with a new partner-her ex-boyfriend, David. To her horror, he's turned vamp, which causes her physical pain whenever she touches him

    Leiah says: "A potential new favorite on my UF shelf"
    "Snooze feast!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure


    Would you ever listen to anything by Deanna Chase again?

    Maybe


    How could the performance have been better?

    This book screamed for a more emotional performance and better character development. I have tried to avoid books narrated by Gabra Zackman because her voice is not suited for changes in character or highly emotional scenes. Her character voices are never more than a slight, weird change in inflection otherwise, it's a monotone reading. She has a beautiful voice, although more suited for hypnotherapy audiobooks.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritated. The synopsis was interesting but the heroine Willow was whiney, weak and hard to get behind. I found myself getting irritated and wishing she'd grow a backbone. The plot was scattered and had no real purpose. Some of the main elements of the story e.g. the reason she was able to turn David, were never explained or even resolved...hinted for the next book in the series....nothing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Metal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Karina Halle
    • Narrated By Mia Chiaromonte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    It’s the summer of 1974 and 21-year-old Dawn Emerson has only three things she wants to do: compete one last time in the Ellensburg Rodeo, win back her ex-boyfriend Ryan, and become the best damn music journalist at Central Washington State College. But all her plans are left in the dust when she’s contacted by Creem magazine to go on the road with one of her favorite groups, the up-and-coming metal band Hybrid.

    viviangrrl says: "fun"
    "Waiting 8 hours for something to happen"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. This synopsis read like a mix between Almost Famous with a little Stephen King thrown in. It was a long story about nothing. I listened to the entire book hoping something spooky would happen but the scary aspects are lukewarm at best.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I like the trip back to 1974 but the author spent way too much time with creating the past and developing Dawn's character. She never got away from those two topics for very long.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lake Shasta in the ending.


    Did The Devil's Metal inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This would have been a really great read if the author had spent more time on the curse and allowed the demons to really get at the characters. Instead it was like she dipped her toe in the water and fell asleep. The narrator was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • She Can Run

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Melinda Leigh
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (254)

    Ten months ago, Elizabeth Baker uncovered a dangerous secret about her politician husband - a secret that nearly got her killed. Now she and her children are running for their lives. When Beth is hired as the caretaker of a remote Pennsylvania estate, she dares to hope she has found a corner of the world where Congressman Richard Baker can’t find them. But when her new boss dies suddenly and his nephew inherits the estate, Beth is faced with outwitting a former homicide detective who is very smart, very suspicious - and very attractive.

    Trine says: "Average at best"
    "Don't bother...."
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    What disappointed you about She Can Run?

    The narrator was great however, the story is crazy unrealistic. It is peppered with interesting moments of suspense and LONG minutes of snooze. Fiction is fantasy however, a severely abused woman having instant sexual feelings for a stranger isn't believable. The relationship needed to be developed because of how the book was written.


    What could Melinda Leigh have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Beth and her children were terrorize and abused by her husband. It felt like Melinda was more interested in getting Beth in to bed with the handsome former cop than she was exploring how Beth and the kids were warming up to the farm and having a "family" atmosphere. I also found that the flashes from the husband and the serial killer kept me reading but let me down because by the second section of the book, nothing much happened with those characters. It just wasn't a well balanced book. Great premise though.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The moments when the kids started warming up with the horses and the family.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment with some anger at Beth's husbands sadistic behavior. Mostly, I got bored about 5 hours in to it. I tried to hang on but finally gave up.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bill the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Rick Gualtieri
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (202)

    There are reasons we fear the night. He isn't one of them. Bill Ryder was a dateless dweeb...then he died. Unfortunately for him that was just the beginning of his troubles. He awoke to find himself a vampire, one of the legendary predators of the night. Unfortunately for him, he was still at the bottom of the food chain. Now he finds himself surrounded by creatures stronger, deadlier and a whole lot cooler than he is. Worst yet, they all want him dead...permanently this time.

    Mike Naka says: "imagine howard stern as a vampire"
    "Laugh Out Loud!"
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    If you could sum up Bill the Vampire in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, clever, awesome


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bill the Vampire?

    I love the banter between Bill, his roommates and Sally.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not really a favorite scene but Bill's internal dialogue when hearing the coven names. I laughed out loud when he renames them.


    If you could take any character from Bill the Vampire out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Bill - he's clever and hilarious. There would not be a dull moment.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next book!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Sacrifice: A Werewolf for Hire Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nic Brown
    • Narrated By Wyntner Woody
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Michael Warren isn't your ordinary detective, he's a werewolf. With his partners, Tabitha and Sam Edwards (she's a witch and he's the I.T. guy), Michael takes on cases where the supernatural is the norm and it pays to be more than human. When his partner's niece, a talented witch named Samara, is kidnapped, Michael must journey to England to try and save her. He discovers more than meets the eye as a fanatic tries to use Samara's special magical abilities to bring an ancient goddess back into the world.

    Jim Gilvin says: "Excellent little book"
    "Too bad about the narrator"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator is really bad. He's more suited to reading the news or the weather or maybe a biography. He distracts from the story which is really a good story. I was able to ignore it for the most part but still didn't enjoy it as much as I shoud have.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Sacrifice?

    The Wendego in the first chapter


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Character changes weren't fluid or even consistant. When in the U.K. the accents were sometimes done, sometimes not.


    Did Blood Sacrifice inspire you to do anything?

    Make sure I don't buy another book narrated by this person unless it's a biography or something that doesn't require character development.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is really good if you can ignore the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Video Vixen

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Karrine Steffans
    • Narrated By Karrine Steffans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (67)

    Confessions of a Video Vixen is the widely anticipated memoir of Karrine Steffans, the once-sought-after sexy siren who appeared in the music videos of multiplatinum hip hop artists such as Jay-Z, R. Kelly, and LL Cool J. A top-paid video dancer, Karrine transitioned to film when acclaimed director F. Gary Gray picked her to costar in his film A Man Apart, starring Vin Diesel.

    Lito Da Critic says: "It ishard to stop listening to this one"
    "Good Book - Bad Narration"
    Overall

    A lot of things have been said about Karrine Steffans in the media both good and bad. I chose this book after watching an account of abuses of females in the Hip Hop culture. After reading this however, I have changed my perception of her as a victim. She's really a self serving egomaniac who believes that she was put on this earth to be taken care of and helped out.

    Whether an effect of her early childhood abuse or not is anyone's guess but she's reading her own story here (badly might I add) and really does play the victim while at the same time admitting to having used sex to manipulate men in to taking care of her, giving her money and paying her bills. I do find it courageous that she was willing to call out all of the men who she had affairs with over the years. A very interesting read if you can get over the bad narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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