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Anita

Jonesboro, United States Minor Outlying Islands | Member Since 2007

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  • Lover Mine: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1944)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1176)

    John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown. Taken in by The Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was-or his true identity. Xhex has long steeled herself against the attraction to John Matthew. Until fate intervenes and she discovers that love, like destiny, is inevitable.

    Patsy G. says: "MMMMM WOW..."
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I love this series and have both re-read and re-listened to all the previous books. However,(1) LM had so many story lines going at once, I stayed frustrated with all the interruptions to "peek" in on what's happening with other characters. (2) The two main characters must have had personality transplants because they were unrecognizable from the characters we came to know and love in previous books (3) the editing on the audiobook was awful. There are loooooong pauses and voice changes where , I'm guessing, errors were corrected. There were even a couple of places where ambient sounds were heard.
    I have enjoyed the BDB series so much that it is difficult for me to critize anything J. R. Ward writes and I will continue to buy the BDB books. I just think that this time, the book did not live up to the hype.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9591)
    Performance
    (7108)
    Story
    (7156)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Jason says: "Brandon's Best Work Yet"
    "I loved it!"
    Overall

    I had to listen to the beginning more than once before I could visualize the author's fantasy world, but I am glad I took the time to do that. Once I could visualize the story, it seemed to pick up quickly and I was emotionally invested in the characters. It is an exciting, surprising action fantasy with depth to the characters. Anyone not accustomed to reading fantasy may have a problem with the beginning of the book. But, once the reader gets past the confusing beginning, anyone would enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Lover: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (3087)
    Performance
    (1973)
    Story
    (1985)

    The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

    Tracy says: "Amazing start to this awesome series!"
    "Oh yeah!"
    Overall

    Great vampire fantasy world and interesting characters. I think I will like reading this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4850)
    Performance
    (2636)
    Story
    (2653)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "Worth waiting for!"
    Overall

    Thank goodness Robert Jordan's wife was the person choosing the writer to continue Mr. Jordan's WOT series. I was wary in the beginning, but soon forgot about it and just enjoyed Mr. Sanderson's WOT interpretation! I loved seeing loose ends tied up and clearly saw how the final battle is very close approaching. Also, a big thank you for continuing with Kate Reading and husband Michael Kramer as narrators. I am looking forward to the last two books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm - Prologue: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading, Harriet McDougal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (187)

    The prologue of the long-awaited conclusion to Robert Jordan's fantasy masterpiece. This selection features a bonus recording of Robert Jordan's widow and longtime editor, Harriet McDougal, discussing the process of continuing the Wheel of Time series after Jordan's death, and how they came to select Brandon Sanderson to carry the torch.

    Brent says: "Exactly what I expected, something extraordinary"
    "Good re-introduction to the WOT series."
    Overall

    Good re-introduction to the WOT series. I loved hearing Robert Jordan's wife explain the process of continuing this wonderful series. I am so relieved to know that Kate Reading and her husband Michael Kramer will continue to narrate all of the books in the series. They are the best!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • New Spring: The Wheel of Time Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (2306)
    Performance
    (1241)
    Story
    (1258)

    For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon. In the city, a foretelling of the future is uttered. On the slopes of Dragonmount, the immense mountain that looms over the city, a child is born, an infant prophesied to change the world. That child must be found before he can be killed by the forces of the Shadow.

    Harold says: "Well done!"
    "Glad I read it"
    Overall

    I read all the series about two years ago, but never bought the prequel. When Gathering Storm came out, I bought it along with New Spring. I re-read the whole series starting with New Spring this time. For me, it made the whole series flow better than it did the first time I read WOT. I recommend it to all WOT fans and think new fans will enjoy the WOT series more by starting with New Spring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frostbitten: Women of the Otherworld, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (250)

    The Alaskan wilderness is a harsh landscape in the best of conditions, but with a pack of rogue werewolves on the loose, it's downright deadly. Elena Michaels, the Pack's chief enforcer, knows all too well the havoc "mutts" can wreak. When they hear of a series of gruesome maulings and murders outside Anchorage, she and her husband, Clay, journey to Alaska in the dead of winter in order to hunt down the dangerous werewolves.

    Anne says: "Another great one...but"
    "Another good book from Kelley Armstrong"
    Overall

    I like all of the "Women of the Other World"(W.O.W.) series and Clay and Elena are my favorite characters. Ms. Armstrong expanded her W.O.W. universe in "Frostbitten" with supernaturals not seen in her other books. I like everything she writes including her Young Adult series and this book is no exception.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5278)
    Performance
    (3478)
    Story
    (3485)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Another great book!"
    Overall

    I love this series and reading it felt like coming home. These characters are written in such detail and the historical setting is so accurate that it is easy to visulize every scene. I have a lot of money invested in the audio verison of all of these books and I do NOT regret one penny. They are wonderful to revisit and I always look forward to the next one.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Once Dead, Twice Shy: Madison Avery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Mandy Siegfried
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (159)

    Madison's prom was killer - literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper - yeah, that kind of reaper - intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away. Now she's stuck on Earth - dead but not gone.

    Stephanie says: "THIS BOOK WAS JUST OK KIND OF BORING"
    "Money wasted"
    Overall

    I like Kim Harrison's Hollows series so I thought I would like this. But, I found it tedious to read, therefore, never identified or sympathized with the characters. I gave it two stars instead of one only because I like the author and hope for a better read in number two of this series.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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