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Dieter

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  • The Accidental Sorcerer: Rogue Agent, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By K. E. Mills
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    Gerald Dunwoody is a wizard. Just not a particularly good one. He's blown up a factory, lost his job, and there's a chance that he's not really a Third Grade wizard after all. So it's off to New Ottosland to be the new Court Wizard for King Lional. It's a shame that King Lional isn't the vain, self-centered young man he appeared to be. With a princess in danger, a talking bird who can't stay out of trouble, and a kingdom to save, Gerald soon suspects that he might be out of his depth.

    John Williams says: "A good start to a new series"
    "The bird, Reg, kept this from failing."
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    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Accidental Sorcerer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Last.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Hoye – was your favorite?

    Reg


    Any additional comments?

    Dunnywood dwelled so much on defeatism, if only's and poor me's, that if it wouldn't have been for Reg, I couldn't have finished this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Map of the Sky: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Felix J. Palma
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (87)

    A love story serves as backdrop for The Map of the Sky when New York socialite Emma Harlow agrees to marry millionaire Montgomery Gilmore, but only if he accepts her audacious challenge: to reproduce the extraterrestrial invasion featured in Wells's War of the Worlds. What follows are three brilliantly interconnected plots to create a breathtaking tale of time travel and mystery, replete with cameos by a young Edgar Allan Poe, and Captain Shackleton and Charles Winslow from The Map of Time.

    Jim N says: "What a Disappointment!"
    "Egad! I now know how long eternity is."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The time spent on listening to this book seemed to never end. I asked myself on 3 or 4 occasions, why am I still listening to this?

    It just seems to me that this work was printed from the authors rough draft notes and bypast the editor, altogether.

    I did like my introduction to James Langton and appreciated his performance but I don't know if I am able to buy another work of Felix J. Palma.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Carver of Waar: Waar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nathan Long
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (256)

    Jane Carver is nobody's idea of a space princess. A hard-ridin', hard-lovin' biker chick and ex-Airborne Ranger, Jane is as surprised as anyone else when, on the run from the law, she ducks into the wrong cave at the wrong time - and wakes up butt-naked on an exotic alien planet light-years away from everything she's ever known. Waar is a savage world of four-armed tiger-men, sky-pirates, slaves, gladiators, and purple-skinned warriors in thrall to a bloodthirsty code of honor and chivalry.

    Diane Rivers says: "Story and Narration = Epic Fun!"
    "Go Jane, and kick some a......"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The heroine reminds me of a couple of people long in my past. This story reminds me of books from Norman and Burroughs. How nice it is to hear them mixed together.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the mix and have already purchased the second installment.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3240)
    Performance
    (2964)
    Story
    (2947)

    Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

    yasmine32068 says: "Once again this should have disclaimers"
    "A Harper a day keeps the doctor away!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi are a sinch duo to make me smile and laugh out loud, a lot. When I need cheering up, it seems my first choice is this pair.

    That was the case here, when I was transported to Half-Moon Hollow and heard the hillarity begin.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (787)

    "You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.

    Olwyn says: "Gasp! Freeze! Repeat. Gasp! Freeze! Repeat."
    "Painful, infuriating & maddening to listing to."
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    This was almost the worst audiobook experience that I have endured. It certainly is the worst one that I forced myself to finish.

    I won't try the next one in the series.

    The repeats over and over along with the buzzing/hissing was distracting at first, then annoying and certainly served no purpose(for me) other than detract from my possible enjoyment, if any.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5614)
    Performance
    (4322)
    Story
    (4331)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "What a mouth! FUNNY!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Jane / Amanda R, remind me of an 2 hp Evenrude outboard motor I had owned, way back when. They just putt, putt, putted along without a hic-up. Refreshing and funny quips that at times had me wondering about a different environment than my own.

    This was not my usual interest in books, but as with others that I have stumbled across, deserves more attention. I will be getting the next in the series and then...who knows.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3424)
    Performance
    (2701)
    Story
    (2701)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "If you want a Hero, keep looking!"
    Overall
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    Story

    I could not form an on-going attachment to any character. I need some kind of redeeming feature or value, which soon evaporated after the introduction of each new cast member.

    I had to stop listening after 6 hours and hopefully will try again later. The setting of the story is interesting and the way Michael Page(Narrator) brought it to me was like a movie in my mind.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1134)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (715)

    At 12, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At 24, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him. Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills.

    James says: "How much disbelief are we expected to suspend?"
    "Good entertainment!"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is the genre of book that I read for pure entertainment and that is exactly what I got. I was thoroughly absorbed on a Sunday afternoon & evening.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was definitely interesting, especially toward the end.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading so many negative reviews, I almost didn't get this book because I usually read those reviews to see if anything falls in my sphere of interest. I'm beginning to think we had listened to two different books.

    I am hard pressed to find any faults with the story or performance. It was a fast paced adventure that I had no problem following, from beginning to end. All of the characters were well accounted for and introduced as to their relevance in the storyline.

    When I finished this book, I immediately bought the sequel..."Gideon's Corpse".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Called: Mercy Thompson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4306)
    Performance
    (2837)
    Story
    (2844)

    Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

    Susan says: "I love this series.."
    "Impressive reading."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Moon Called in three words, what would they be?

    Entertainig creature tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Merci, of course, because of the way Lorelei King presenter her, she seemed real to me.


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

    This is my first listen to her. I have put LK on my short list of favorites, so it won't be last.


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

    When Mercedes was using the language that all mechanics use in an effort to loosen an obstinate bolt.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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