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  • Some Girls Bite: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1441)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1130)

    They killed me. They healed me. They changed me. Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago's vampires announced their existence to the world---and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker...and this one decided that the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

    Stephanie says: "GREAT"
    "Great story, iffy mechanics, poor narrator."
    Overall

    This is a great story with a dynamic plot. The author, however, is the queen of adverbs sometimes sprinkling two or three in one sentence. This is sometimes distracting and seems to me to be sophmoric in writing mecahnics. The narrator - what can I say? If Thurston Howell III and Lovey from Gilligan's Island has a daughter - it would be this narrator. Her inflections are highbrow and wrong. She also mis-pronouces words from time to time.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (648)

    Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

    Bluemoon says: "Great story... but not for kids!"
    "Layered beautiful plot"
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    What made the experience of listening to Before I Fall the most enjoyable?

    This story is full of revelations and layers of characterization that intertwine to make a suprising and deep read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Samantha, who through the course of the novel matured through her discoveries.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Sam was at Juliette's house and how she experienced a home life she never knew existed, giving her a wake up call and peek into what can make a person who they are.


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

    How many days does it take to get it right? Samantha Kingston just might die finding out.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully layered book. Just when you think you have it figured out, another layer of plot or characterization is uncovered and you realize you were still just looking at the surface.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus Blues: Georgina Kincaid, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1848)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1090)

    Succubus (n.) An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men. Pathetic (adj.) A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid. When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical? But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid's life is far less exotic.

    Jessica says: "Another great paranormal series!"
    "Fun story, great reader"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is a fun, upbeat story with paranormal elements. So it has all the things I love to read. The main character is quirky and fairly unpredictable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Georgina of course!


    Which character – as performed by Elisabeth Rodgers – was your favorite?

    All of them. She's an excellent reader.


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

    This book made me laugh in several places. It was also poignant in a few places, especially when Georgina's long lost past is revealed.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll read the rest of the series. That's the mark of a good book in my opinion! The budding love story is a different twist and promises to cause more havoc in future books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodring: Rogue Mage, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Natalie Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (288)

    In a near-future world, seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle. But a new species of mage has arisen. Thorn St. Croix is no ordinary neo-mage. Nearly driven insane by her powers, she has escaped the confines of the Enclaves and now lives among humans. When her ex-husband is kidnapped, Thorn must risk revealing her true identity to save him.

    pewter says: "Bloodring Redux"
    "good story, poor reader"
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    What did you love best about Bloodring?

    The story is good. I love Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series, so I gave this one a try. This one isn't A-1 like Yellowrock, but it's quite good.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Natalie Gold’s performances?

    No. Natalie Gold sounds like the indians from old black and white westerns, but I don't think she's native American at all - she just reads like it. Her speech is stilted and has no emotion. I kept thinking she would say, "Yes, Kemosabi," at any moment.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I had to take the reader a little at a time or I'd fall asleep or scream.


    Any additional comments?

    Faith - you're a marvelous writer. Get another reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Cross: Jane Yellowrock, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1759)
    Performance
    (1451)
    Story
    (1453)

    Jane Yellowrock is back on the prowl against the children of the night. The vampire council has hired skinwalker Yellowrock to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules - but Jane quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep.

    Ducky says: "GO JANE!!! GO FAITH!! AND GO KHRISTINE!!"
    "Another Homerun for Faith Hunter"
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    Faith Hunter has hit another homerun with Blood Cross: Jane Yellowrock, Book 2. In this series, Jane Yellowrock is a Native American skinwalker whose supernatural abilities work perfectly for her job as a vampire bounty hunter. This series stands above other such paranormal series, because the protagonist is strong and savvy but also has a past that sometimes leaves her vulnerable. This makes a three-dimensional character that feels real with all her kick-butt attributes and human foibles. Hunter also weaves a superb history into vampire-kind as well as building a believable alternate-reality United States with well-thought politics and structure.

    This series also isn???t taken over by sex scenes as other paranormal series can lean toward???especially vampire stories. For once, a female protagonist who doesn???t just think about sex all day long!

    The only aspect of these novels that takes getting used to is the dialogue when Jane shifts into her animal form. The verbiage becomes stilted, but is what could be imagined as appropriate for an animal versus a human???s speech patterns. Since the books are written in first-person POV, the truncated speech definitely helps the reader differentiate who???s POV the writing is in at the time: Jane or her Beast.

    This book, as well as the rest of the series, are definitely worth the read. But be warned???you might find yourself staying up until all hours of the morning reading them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imagine: How Creativity Works

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jonah Lehrer
    • Narrated By Jonah Lehrer
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (541)

    From the best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types”, Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively. Lehrer reveals the importance of embracing the rut, thinking like a child, daydreaming productively, and adopting an outsider’s perspective.

    aaron says: "Starts out Promising, but Then...."
    "Interesting Stuff"
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    This is a very interesting book. The author takes technical/scientific information and makes it understandable and engaging. The reader is good, but he has certain quirks that become irritating such as he says "coont" instead of "couldn't", and several times he say "dint" instead of "didn't." It's distracting that at times he talks like my six year old nephew.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (411)

    A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he can be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang… but a bite.

    Mike Naka says: "pretty good zombie story"
    "Great story - melodramatic reader"
    Overall
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    This is a great story: action-packed, well defined characters, plausible scenario, great plot. The reader is good but leans toward the melodramatic in places. It got a little irritating at times, but overall this was a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1438)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1110)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "Good story, not so good narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    These stories in this series are cute and interesting. The fact that the author is in real life a psychic adds depth and information to the story. The narrator's voice and inflection got on my nerves after a while. She's kind of like the voice of the teapot in the animated Beauty and the Beast with bad inflection.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4155)
    Performance
    (3111)
    Story
    (3116)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "Wow, what an excellent book"
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    I read this as a part of my MFA thesis requirements. I had to read a classic in my genre, so I selected this book with little hope that I would really like it, because I hate anything even resembling a war story. I was happily proven wrong. This is an excellent story read by an excellent reader. The plot is rich in character and relationships while supporting a wonderful suspence thread mingled with a science-fiction-esque quasi-apocolyptic landscape. I would suggest this for anyone - man or woman - as a fantastic read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9732)
    Performance
    (7226)
    Story
    (7264)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Excellent reader, very good story"
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    Performance
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    The reader of this book is one of the best I've ever heard, and I'm picky about readers. The story drags a little in the middle, but is very good. The romance thread is kept alive, but the external conflict and suspence are lost in the dreaded sagging middle while the romance and characters are developed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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