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Nik

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  • 76 reviews
  • 103 ratings
  • 283 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Cruel Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Janine Ashbless
    • Narrated By Gracie Lockhart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Winged demonesses, otherworldly lovers, and a dragon with an enormous sexual appetite collide with spoilt princesses, spell-weavers, and wicked ancestors in Janine Ashbless' fantastic tales of lust and magic. Cruel Enchantment is a stunning collection of unique and breathtakingly beautiful erotic fairy tales.

    Kelley says: "Pleasantly enchanting"
    "Steamy"
    Overall

    This was a good compilation of eroctica set in far off lands and with a fantasy basis. That is how I prefer this genre. It was steamy without being horribly base or offensive. The narration was wonderful, as well.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1380)
    Performance
    (1174)
    Story
    (1174)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Amazing history of drinks."
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    Where does A History of the World in 6 Glasses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far this year, it was my fave non-fiction book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A History of the World in 6 Glasses?

    All the info about Rum and Tea. It was amazing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Coke VS Pepsi in the cold war


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

    No. I listened in a week on car rides.


    Any additional comments?

    A fun history of beverages. Good times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2527)
    Performance
    (2324)
    Story
    (2314)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Depressing, but beautifully insane."
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, because Colin Firth read it to me. He was the best part.


    If you’ve listened to books by Graham Greene before, how does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Which character – as performed by Colin Firth – was your favorite?

    All 3 main characters were well read and completely mental about each other.


    Do you think The End of the Affair needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. No it does not. The story was sooooo depressing and slightly mental.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not listen again. It's just too depressing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jason Zinoman
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    Much has been written about the storied New Hollywood of the 1970s, but while Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Francis Ford Coppola were making their first classic movies, a parallel universe of directors gave birth to the modern horror film - aggressive, raw, and utterly original. Based on unprecedented access to the genre's major players, New York Times critic Jason Zinoman's Shock Value delivers the first definitive account of horror's golden age.

    Nik says: "Great for Horror Fans"
    "Great for Horror Fans"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I did recommend this to my horror geek friends.


    What other book might you compare Shock Value to and why?

    None that I have read thus far.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The history of Wes Craven's upbringing and eventual move into horror was really mind blowing. I was like "WHAT?"


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

    I laughed many times and shook my head a lot at the behind the scenes beefing between horror creators, writers and movie companies.


    Any additional comments?

    A really good book about the change in horror in the 70's.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10790)
    Performance
    (9792)
    Story
    (9811)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "A Complete Surprise."
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    What did you love best about 14?

    I thought this was going to be a horror book. It ended up being the Scooby Gang in a sci-fi end of the world book with other dimensions! I know, right? Loved the characters and loved the twists.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My faves were Zeela and Tim because they were the most interesting and always had the best lines. Although I love Nate and Roger, too.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Tim was the best listening. He was awesome. He was interesting.


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

    YES YES YES!


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good listen. Give it a go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reliquary: Pendergast, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2416)
    Performance
    (1506)
    Story
    (1499)

    Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation.

    Jim says: "An unsurpassed thrill ride"
    "It's Not Relic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or Dick Hill?

    I'm reading this Pendergast series now. So, yes.


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

    I love Agent Pendergast. And I loved we revisited the story from Relic. However, it was not as interesting as Relic was and even became a little far fetched at times for me.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Agent Pendergast has the greatest southern draw. It's the best character to read for.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. Even though their attempt at Relic was bad for a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Good series. I will continue it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2122)
    Performance
    (1334)
    Story
    (1340)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "A Sciencey Good Time"
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    Where does The Disappearing Spoon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was fun. Not the best book I've ever listened to, but it's well done and interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No characters in this book. Just science. The periodic table is the main character here, so perhaps it's noble gasses.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    It was even, teacher-like with a side of sarcasm. This is good for a science book.


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

    I laughed a few times. It was amusing and learned.


    Any additional comments?

    Good science book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1133)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1058)

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "Hilariously smart."
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain?

    The smart and snarky humor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mollusk was THE BEST character ever. He is brilliant and outwits his foes...most of the time.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Aiello – was your favorite?

    Emperor Mollusk. He spoke him beautifully.


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

    I laughed excessively. It was amazingly funny.


    Any additional comments?

    Great sci-fi parody book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Queen

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Dagmara Dominczyk, Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    The newly-married couple welcome the doomed queen into their home, certain that serving as her hosts and jailers will bring them an advantage in the cutthroat world of the Elizabethan court. To their horror, they find that the task will bankrupt them, and as their home becomes the epicenter of intrigue and rebellion against Elizabeth, their loyalty to each other and to their sovereign comes into question.

    Cheryl says: "Not up to usual standards"
    "Two Queens is One too many."
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    *SPOILERS* I love Philippa Gregory books. The audiobooks are so supurbly done, as well. This is the last in the Tudor Court Series and it was a good one. It seems like every time I finish the book before and feel badly for the previously betrayed/abused/ignored heir or heiress they show up in the next book to be the tyrant putting the royal screws to the NEXT poor heir or heiress! Elizabeth is show to be paranoid and a tyrant at Cecil's bidding, but in other books she is to be given pity by the reader. THIS is why court intrigue is fun to read about. Bastard or not, everyone is in line for the throne in some way and could be hoisted up to that place and dragged back down again. Mary and Elizabeth should have joined forces and took on the male dominated world, but instead had their own agendas including Protestants versus Catholics. Good book. Good series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Syrie James
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (190)

    From Syrie James, the best-selling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, comes a novel that captures the passionate heart and restless soul of Charlotte Brontë—the author who gave the world Jane Eyre while longing for a soulmate.

    Victoria says: "WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR DREAM"
    "I Love This Book."
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    DELIGHTFUL! Written well. Researched. Narrated AMAZINGLY! This book was like spending 10 years with Charlotte Bronte as a companion and interacting with her amazing sisters, her bitter brother, her taciturn father, her bestie Ellen, her Mr. Nichols and blossoming friendship with Elizabeth Gaskell. This book was emotional, bouncing between cheerful and heartbreaking at all times. But when it came time for Charlotte to endure her brother's and sisters deaths, it was painful. This poor woman suffered as much as she won. **SPOILERS** The two best parts of this book were: 1) The Bronte sisters discussing Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" after reading it. Total literary-gasm. 2) Jane's wedding night. I blushed. No it wasn't graphic, but my inner victorian lady was quite aghast. This book takes place during the sisters publishing of their books, which is nerve-wrecking and exciting all at once. All in all, this is a very good listen. The narrator is brilliant. I am now going to down load this author's "The Memiors of Jane Austen" at once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent's Shadow: The Kane Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1435)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1297)

    When young magicians Carter and Sadie Kane learned how to follow the path of the Ancient Egyptian gods, they knew they would have to play an important role in restoring Ma’at (order) to the world. What they didn’t know is how chaotic the world would become. The Chaos snake Apophis is loose and threatening to destroy the Earth in three days’ time. The magicians are divided. The gods are disappearing, and those who remain are weak. What are a couple of teenagers and a handful of young trainees to do?

    Shelly Manus says: "A very satisfying *almost* conclusion to the story"
    "Crazy Good!"
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    *MILD SPOILERS* Five Stars? Yes. This was a great book from a really good series. Sadie and Carter are so good together in their fight against Apothos. Also compared to "Percy Jackson and the Olympians", this series gives us some romance! Walt, Sadie, Zia and Carter just seem to NEVER catch a break, but it's fun getting to the end with all their teen angst. Very satisfying, really. The gods are so different from the Olympians in some ways. I like the contrast. I liked the darker nature of this series. I wish it was more than 3 books long. Great narration by two people. Honestly, the narration made this series even more delightful than I thought it could be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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