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LaurelOlivia

LauralOlivia

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  • The Vanishing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wendy Webb
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired...and who the world believes is dead.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Convoluted"
    "Convoluted"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think there are people that might enjoy it. The premise was interesting, follow through was frustrating and lacking. Character development would have helped. That was missing, no connection with any of the characters. The mystery is summed up in the last few minutes and still you are confused or at least I was. I think with good editors or a collaboration, the story could be really good. Nora Roberts did one similar.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am hoping for a great recommendation from Audible or other listeners.


    What three words best describe Xe Sands’s voice?

    Saltery, whisper, .....She is an acquired taste, at first I wasn't sure I liked her. Sometimes at first I had a hard time hearing or understanding some of her words.I chose this book because of her. Now I look for books she has narrated.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It did. I finished it. There are many books I don't. Xe Sands might be part of why I finished it. I also kept listening to see if relationships developed or to make sense of the mystery. I finished it hoping to be convinced, I wasn't.


    Any additional comments?

    Right now I wouldn't recommend it but , after awhile I might try listening again. It was not worth my credit, but on sale.....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Bolt: Haunted Home Renovation Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    Turner Construction's latest restoration project is a historic Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco. This time, general contractor Mel Turner has to work around the owners, who insist on sticking around-along with some ghosts that insist in their own way that the work stops. The ghosts aren't the only ones standing in the way of the renovations. A crotchety neighbor, Emile Blunt, secretly wants this house and could be behind some of the disturbances. But when Emile is found dead, it's Mel who appears guilty.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Easy listen"
    "Easy listen"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would like midway through the book for Mel to partner with Graham. Tease more and get together before the last three sentences of the book. When the summation happens in the end, it would be good to repeat to a couple people, the dad or Russian girl what bodies were there and why. Telling once right at the end when several intense things are happening with several people leaves you trying to say who what where. Some books that develop each character more and their connection with others helps in the summation.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Juliet Blackwell? Why or why not?

    Yes. This is the second of her books I have listened to. You can count on a light mystery. Easy listening.


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    She does very well with all the characters. I have looked for other books she has narrated.


    Do you think Dead Bolt needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, it could have a follow up, only if it is not going to tease the relationship the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    There is so much potential for a more developed book. Why not develope more lines with different characters. More interaction with the dad and his friend, more with the stepson he could bond with Graham. Some sarcastic funny humor between the characters and crazy self talk would step this up from a fluffy light to a developed book that I would listen to more than once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Auction

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert Weinberg
    • Narrated By Nick Santa Maria
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Held once each generation and attended by the greatest mages in the world, the Auction offered a prize of incredible power to the winner. But, what happened to those bidders whose offers didn't meet the final price? Valerie Lancaster had no desire to attend the Auction. But when her father was murdered for his invitation, she knew she had to go to find his killer - and keep from being slain herself. It's the Devil's Auction. Accompanied by her father's friend, Alex Warner, Valerie found herself confronted by werewolves, golems and the most powerful sorcerers in the world.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Couldn't hold my attention"
    "Couldn't hold my attention"
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    Would you try another book from Robert Weinberg and/or Nick Santa Maria?

    I probably would not try another Robert Weinberg.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Weinberg again?

    No


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It was predictable. I fast forward a few times. In the last five minutes the story was summed up, corny.


    Any additional comments?

    In the first chapter I was thinking get on with it. I may wait awhile and try it again, if the narration isn't annoying I like to give the author a second chance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (256)

    "My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."

    DonNel says: "Like Harry Dresden? You will love Michael Ross!"
    "Dresden light"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would recommend it, the fast pace interesting characters, future potential, plot flow and most of all SARCASTIC Wit!!


    Would you recommend Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman to your friends? Why or why not?

    The main character had sardonic wit, optimism, likable personality and you root for him even though he keeps getting beat up. There was plenty of action, several plot lines going at once and good characters to support the various stories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were little scenes with friends, girls, and ghosts.


    Was Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman worth the listening time?

    Yes, the narrator was essential to the story. Only a few could have equaled his performance. He was excellent!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was one of the best of the last five I have bought. It is still Harry Dresden, light. When I say that I mean it is excellent but, Dresden books are so detailed and complex yet easy to follow. Dresden creates and describes all facets of his world, you can visualize all of it.
    I can not wait for the next book in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (403)

    Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs a big win to salvage her career - and her confidence - after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O’Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O’Connor’s friend and chief of staff...and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case.

    Lia says: "Wow! Suspenseful mysteries keep you riveted"
    "A good murder yarn"
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    What did you like best about Fatal Affair? What did you like least?

    The characters were good. The murder mystery had good twists and turns. There was plenty of story and it wasn't overtaken by romance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fatal Affair?

    The bomb and who did it.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Felicity Munroe?

    I wouldn't seek her out but I wouldn't avoid a book because she narrated. She did well differentiating the voices.


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

    Yes. It had twists and turns.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Evil Dark: Occult Crimes Unit Investigations, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Justin Gustainis
    • Narrated By Peter Brooke
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    A series of seemingly motiveless murders of supernatural creatures points to a vigilante targeting the supe community of Scranton. Markowski wouldn’t normally have much of a problem with that, but his daughter may be next on the killer’s list... Justin Gustainis was born in Northeast Pennsylvania in 1951. He attended college at the University of Scranton, a Jesuit university that figures prominently in several of his writings. He is currently a Professor of Communication at Plattsburgh State University.

    LaurelOlivia says: "The narrator made it sound like a cartoon"
    "The narrator made it sound like a cartoon"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I did get through it but it wasn't easy. The narrator ruined it. It sounded like a Saturday cartoon. He didn't differentiate voices very well and did not do women well. I was hoping for a Dresden type book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am thinking of steering away from paranormal towards basic mystery.


    How could the performance have been better?

    He just was not suited for the story.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly there might have been potential in the story, it couldn't hold my attention so I don't know.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodlist: The Vampire Files, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By P.N. Elrod
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    I've always had a weak spot for strange ladies. One very beautiful girl had even warned me that she was, get this, a vampire. But did I listen? No.

    Joseph says: "A unique perspective on vampire novels."
    "Mixed feelings"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am really mixed. The main two characters are very likable. It could have been great if while solving "his murder" there were a couple other mysteries going on at the same time. The more interaction between the two main characters could have had some great sardonic humor. Throw in the girl interest, she could have added some dark humor also. It is like a film noir but...... It is not too hard to get through but at the end..... There were only a few events that carry the whole story. It was along long story to solve one mystery. My least easy critic.


    Would you ever listen to anything by P.N. Elrod again?

    I might. His characters were great. He needed more story.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was very good. I don't think someone else would do better.


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

    Probably


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mane Event: Pride Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Shelly Laurenston
    • Narrated By Charlotte Kane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (425)

    Shelly Laurenston turns up the heat with two sizzling novellas. Christmas Pride: How come all the good-looking ones are insane? That's what runs through NYPD cop Desiree "Dez" MacDermot's mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. Shaw's Tail: Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He's been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves.

    TSTBren says: "Why speed up Johanna Parker/Charlotte Kane?"
    "90% not story"
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    What disappointed you about The Mane Event?

    It is sex masquerading as a story.


    What could Shelly Laurenston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The characters and scenes had potential. Some were funny. If you fast forwarded through the sex scenes there would probably be a chapter maybe more. In addition to cutting the sex scenes by less than half, getting rid of the raunchy language would make the scenes better. Jeaniene Frost's sex scenes are erotic but not raunchy she should use them as an example.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was good but, I couldn't tell the girls apart. That made the story very confusing. She really needed to differentiate voices of characters especially the southern ones. I think she will improve. I would try her again. There were three main couples and it was hard to tell the voices apart.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    After a short while I had to fast forward through the long tedious sex scenes. You miss part of the story before and after. So the reaction is frustration. I finally gave up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feral Sins: Phoenix Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1643)
    Performance
    (1513)
    Story
    (1533)

    Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills - and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him.

    Paige says: "Surprised they didn't check my ID"
    "Good banter, but rape okay?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People that are looking for just porn not much story. There were some good characters and some development of them. The banter was the best part. However the whole thing is overshadowed by repeated rape and the girl grows to love the guy after. How else do you describe a girl repeatedly saying no, no, no, screaming cursing trying to get away and the guy doesn't stop?


    Has Feral Sins turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The banter was funny, my favorite part. There were enough characters and you like and hate some. The storyline was very weak. It was mostly an excuse for porn.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't use a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (234)

    After a woman is brutally slain, investigators bring psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin in for expert consultation. Joe is shocked to discover the dead woman is a former patient of his who cried rape when he rebuffed her sexual advances. Citing doctor/patient confidentiality, Joe hides this information. But the truth emerges, and suddenly he is the prime suspect.

    Bonnie says: "Found"
    "Not my cup of tea."
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    What disappointed you about Suspect?

    It was a mystery but it couldn't keep my attention at all. Also, it came down to child abuse in the end, I don't like to read about. The plot was detailed enough and had twists.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Robotham again?

    Perhaps but I won't seek him out.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Prebble’s performances?

    Perhaps but I won't seek him out. I like his voice but differentiating between characters is not up to par.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Characters are detailed, plot had good potential.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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