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Dr. E

I am a voracious reader. Lately I've been alternating between mysteries and sci-fi and love their weird intersection.

Member Since 2012

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  • Dreamsongs (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (51 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By George R. R. Martin, Claudia Black, Mark Bramhall, and others
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (129)

    Dubbed "the American Tolkien" by Time magazine, number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for listeners: a compendium of his shorter works, collected into two stunning volumes, that offers fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.

    Maliboo says: "Contents"
    "Not worth the money"
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    What did you like best about Dreamsongs (Unabridged Selections)? What did you like least?

    I looked forward to the potential of more George RR Martin works, since he is an outstanding author. However, I was sorely disappointed by the majority of the tales.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Since this was a collection of short works, the endings depend upon the individual story, but for the most part, they were rather uninspired


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    The narrator was a bit tiresome, so I think that I would not seek him out for fantasy/sci-fi works.


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

    Not on a bet.


    Any additional comments?

    This did not live up to any of my expectations at all. Maybe I had hopes of more Storm of Swords, etc.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Bound: Mercy Thompson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2849)
    Performance
    (1873)
    Story
    (1875)

    Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places - and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind. But this new vampire is hardly ordinary - and neither is the demon inside of him.

    Deborah says: "Blood Bound"
    "Best one of the series!"
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    If you could sum up Blood Bound: Mercy Thompson, Book 2 in three words, what would they be?

    This book has the least amount of romance and strongest development of Mercy as an individual.


    What three words best describe Lorelei King’s performance?

    Lop-sided, limited, adequate


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River Marked: Mercy Thompson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2537)
    Performance
    (1770)
    Story
    (1770)

    Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.

    Yuriko says: "Love it"
    "Kind of thrilling and then...schmaltz"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If one is already a Mercy Thompson fan, then the book has soon cool twists, but the initial focus on the wedding is off putting. If someone hadn't read the series, this is not book with which to begin


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that the fae aspects were more developed and that the author would quit having Mercy and her "mate" gush over one another

    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
    (3953)
    Performance
    (2517)
    Story
    (2522)

    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.."
    "Potentially strong female lead"
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    What did you like best about Moon Called? What did you like least?

    The idea of an outcast, lone "coyote" being raised by a wolf pack and carrying lots of dark, unresolved, super natural baggage in the guise of a kick ass mechanic really intrigued me. The idea of the independent female involved in preternatural mysteries as the lead won me over. Unfortunately, romanticism began to edge past other aspects of UF plot


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The door was open for a variety of future plot lines, which left the present story adequately resolved and I felt inclined to go to book 2


    What aspect of Lorelei King’s performance would you have changed?

    She tends to fall out of character a bit and seems to have a limited range of vocal characterizations


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frost Burned: Mercy Thompson, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1985)
    Performance
    (1833)
    Story
    (1843)

    Mercy Thompson's life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman - the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack - has made her a stepmother to his daughter, Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy's life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more.... After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can't reach Adam - or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They've all been abducted.....

    ShySusan says: "One of the best urban fantasy series"
    "Mercy is becoming such a love struck chick!"
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    Would you try another book from Patricia Briggs and/or Lorelei King?

    I'm a die hard series reader, unless the series becomes completely unbearable. I have hope that Mercy will stop blathering on about her "mate" and feel her own strength. However, I'm becoming skeptical


    Has Frost Burned turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I'm getting tired of potentially strong female leads succumbing to sappy romance with that romance taking over the plot


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Broken: Mercy Thompson, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1891)
    Performance
    (1755)
    Story
    (1751)

    An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

    Hassan says: "Good Addition!!"
    "Really sappy"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    As a Mercy Thompson follower, I looked forward to moving forward in the storyline. While the potential was there, the story became too fractured, formulaic, and under-whelming


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm looking for a new Dark Urban Fantasy series that has decidedly less romance & much more dark, paranormal or preternatural elements


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration pace was adequate, but the narrator often forgot to stay within character voice.


    Was Night Broken worth the listening time?

    I became so disappointed that I began to space out, but wanted to have closure - although I suppose I do, in a way (any number of likely formulas will proceed)


    Any additional comments?

    Mercy began as a strong female lead and by the last couple of books, she became such a stereotypical woman needing a man for strength. It was quite irksome to have another woman become half of a couple.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Which Way but Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2100)
    Performance
    (1275)
    Story
    (1285)

    Some days, you just can't win. Witch and former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has managed to escape her corrupt company, survive living with a vampire, start her own runner service, and face down a vampire master.

    Ananda says: "oh! the trashy goodness!"
    "Action packed, non-traditional witchy-ness."
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    If you’ve listened to books by Kim Harrison before, how does this one compare?

    This one is one of the better ones. The characters become more developed, as does the setting and story lines


    Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

    Aside from Rachel, I rather enjoy Ivy. She's both tough and sexy.


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

    Rachel Morgan and company creates a glimpse at A supernatural side if the Midwest at its most entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2364)
    Performance
    (1461)
    Story
    (1464)

    Former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has it pretty good. She has left the corrupt Inderland Runner Service and started her own independent service. She's survived werewolves, shape-changing demons, bad-hair days, and sharing a church with her vampire roommate, Ivy. She even has a cute (if human) boyfriend - what more could a witch want? But living with a reformed vampire isn't all it's cracked up to be.

    A User says: "I found a new series"
    "Good witch gets hella tough"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The series just gets better, so I wouldn't change anything


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kim Harrison? Why or why not?

    I've read them all and crave more


    What three words best describe Marguerite Gavin’s voice?

    Smooth, captivating, creative


    Did The Good, the Bad, and the Undead inspire you to do anything?

    Read more Kim Harrison


    Any additional comments?

    As a person from Cincinnati, I enjoy the attention Harrison takes to local detail

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5188)
    Performance
    (4697)
    Story
    (4708)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Surprisingly Amusing and Captivating"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure - it's a unique twist on both magic fantasy and detective fiction genres. It does, however, require a niche taste for late1920's sentiment


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one character stood out as my favorite as they each held their own in the plot line.


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

    His ability to character act, alter his voice, and add nuance to the narration was superior. I loved him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kinsey and Me: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    In 1982, Sue Grafton introduced us to Kinsey Millhone. Thirty years later, Kinsey is an established international icon and Sue, a number-one best-selling author. To mark this anniversary year, Sue has given us stories that reveal Kinsey’s origins and Sue’s past. Kinsey and Me has two parts: The nine Kinsey stories (1986-93), each a gem of detection; and the And Me stories, written in the decade after Grafton's mother died. Together, they show just how much of Kinsey is a distillation of her creator’s past.

    Jean says: "How did Grafton create Kinsey?"
    "Outstanding blend of memoir and fiction"
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    If you could sum up Kinsey and Me in three words, what would they be?

    Memoir cum fiction


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kinsey, of course. She is the alter ego of Sue Grafton. Kinsey exist during the part of the 1980's when I felt amazing and adventurous. I seem to meld into Kinsey for a variety of reasons.


    What about Judy Kaye’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is so dynamic


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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