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DaniKnowsBest

San Francisco, Ca, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2417)
    Performance
    (2236)
    Story
    (2244)

    The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

    Shawn says: "Tufo does it again, briliant!"
    "I love Zombies, vampires et.al, but"
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    Would you try another book from Mark Tufo and/or Sean Runnette?

    This is the second and last, I'm sorry to say. I got through the first one because of the novelty. However, when I found myself telling myself the tired, Catskills-esque jokes during the stagey pregnant pauses, I decided to stop trying.


    What could Mark Tufo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Been 15 years older, I think.


    What character would you cut from A Plague Upon Your Family?

    None, but I would clarify the qualities of the main character, Mike. I was tossed between thinking he was a nerdy, obsessive type who is terminally scared of his wife and the ex-Marine with lots of handy skills...a WHINEY ex-Marine. Ended up dizzy, instead of interested.


    Any additional comments?

    The concept is interesting, a nice twist on the usual, but if you're too far past teenage perspective, either in body or mind, this is probably not for you. Final straw? Listing two men kissing as more repulsive than zombie grossness. It was the final touch of the frat house for me. All the women are pretty helpless or seductive, yet the husband is terrified of the wife. The boys are all good with a gun, the girls can't drive an automatic transmission and Mom mangles the stick shift. So much for the 21st century!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Iced: A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1582)
    Performance
    (1438)
    Story
    (1441)

    Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

    Katheryne says: "Dude, It exceeded my expectations"
    "The WORST "Irish" accents in the entire universe!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'm still near the beginning of the book, the story seems intriguing. However, I'm uncertain if I can listen to the narrator's criminally bad "Irish" accent...or should I say "accents". Mostly sounds Australian, possibly English with a speech defect, a touch of Scottish inflection (if the narrator had a terrible cold). Anything but actually Irish. Why take a story set in Dublin and have it narrated in a way that bears NO resemblance to anyone in my family? I'm finding it nearly unbearable to listen to because the phony voices keep kicking me out of the story. Going to try to stick it out, but no promises and definitely no recommendation. Was the editor unconscious?


    Would you be willing to try another book from Karen Marie Moning? Why or why not?

    Only if the narration is done authentically.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross ’s performances?

    NO!


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  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11203)
    Performance
    (8545)
    Story
    (8597)

    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"
    "Always a sucker for vamps and witches, but..."
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    Would you try another book from Deborah Harkness and/or Jennifer Ikeda?

    I probably will skip the next book because while the storyline is inventive and interesting, sadly the writing is sophomoric. Maybe younger readers live from one "breathless" experience to the next, but those of us with a few years and lots of reading behind us need more from our characters. And I agree that this is absolutely a romance novel wearing a supernatural costume. However, I also read good romance novels and this isn't in that category either. No one does time-traveling historical romance better than Diana Gabaldon, so anyone looking for good bones and great research should try her books. I still don't understand why a 1,500 year old spectacularly handsome, rich and deeply experienced guy would be interested in a 20-something kid who continues to make decisions that are frankly just plain silly...even if she is the most gifted witch born in centuries. THAT'S the biggest bit of suspended disbelief called for while reading this book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Discovery of Witches?

    As editor, I would have redlined much of the descriptive, atmospheric prose and suggested that Harkness bring it up a few levels. Those passages stuck out to me as if I was listening to the writer write, always a jarring experience.


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