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Kathy

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  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4397)
    Performance
    (4045)
    Story
    (4058)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Katherine says: "What happens in Vegas..."
    "This series just keeps getting better!"
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    Would you listen to Monster Hunter Legion again? Why?

    I have already listened to the series 1-1/2 times. I am a speed listener and sometimes miss pertinent facts when listening the first time through. I love to re-listen several times to the MHI stories because I always pick up something new that enriches the listening experience.


    What other book might you compare Monster Hunter Legion to and why?

    This is the the second time that I have read a book that is centered around a military theme. The first was the Alera series by Jim Butcher. Both authors handle the military themes in detail, but in such a way as to make their stories interesting to me. It also helps that there are romances in both series. I must say that the Alera series is probably my favorite audio experience ever, so comparing MH Legion to that series is high praise from me!


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    I LOVE the way Mr. Wyman does the deep scary voices. He handles alien accents, both friendly and enemy very well. He also handles non-American accents well (at least as far as I am concerned). He also changes the tempo of his reading when appropriate. A beautiful performance!


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

    Yes - I didn't realize it was out until late last week, so I purchased it immediately, but held off reading it until 5 pm Friday, when I left work. What a great way to spend my weekend!


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to the next book. For those of you thinking about starting this series, please do - it is well worth your time and money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Ghouls Allowed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    M. J. has had a distant relationship with her father since her mother died more than two decades ago. But when M. J.; her boyfriend, Heath; and her BFF, Gilley, take a break from their show, Ghoul Getters, and visit her family home in Valdosta, Georgia, they find Montgomery Holliday a changed man. The source of his happiness seems to be his new fiancée, the charming Christine Bigelow.

    leanne says: "Fan of the series"
    "Victoria's best book EVER!"
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    This book is the most serious, well-written, frightening book ever written by Victoria Laurie. I highly recommend this book. It is the most mature storyline attempted by this author. It is a well executed ghost story with an underlying serious subject matter.

    While there are still some comic scenes in the book, the majority of the story is serious, sentimental and brilliantly written. MJ goes home to Georgia on vacation with Heath and Gilley. There MJ meets her father's new fiancé and finds her father to be happy, loving and content in his new life. The fiancé is a delightful person. Of course the vacation is interrupted by the most destructive, personal fiends that the ghost hunters have ever come across. This book make me laugh, cry and enjoy every single word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Symphony of Echoes: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (664)

    Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

    Sires says: "Enjoyed This Second St Mary's Time Travel Book"
    "i love this book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Symphony of Echoes to be better than the print version?

    Yes this book needs to be heard. The comedy, tragedy, and fear in the various scenes almost had me pacing the floor. I attribute this to excellent writing and amazing narration!


    What other book might you compare A Symphony of Echoes to and why?

    Oh dear, I almost hate to say it, but it reminds me of books by C. Willis, D. Harkness and J. Butcher's Alera Codex series. Not because of the stories themselves, but because of the way I was absorbed into the pages of these books and walked along side the characters as they traveled through their lives. The stories in this series are amazing and in no way copy other time traveling adventures. I walked, ran, and cried my way through this book with Max and all her teammates. It was quite a shock to leave that world and come back into my own happy, yet uneventful life!


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

    I now know exactly what the extinct dodo bird sounded like before it became extinct! Ms. Ramm is an amazing narrator. The entire Dodo bird chase is probably my favorite listening experience in this book. No, wait. Maybe it was when Jack the Ripper is trying to kill Max. So many choices, I suggest you read the book and pick your own.


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

    David. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't say more. David's story moved me deeply.


    Any additional comments?

    I have already read the entire series. This is my favorite book in the series and I've read it many times. The entire series is brilliant and I highly recommend all of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1440)
    Performance
    (1300)
    Story
    (1300)

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Sires says: "Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader"
    "Surprisingly good!"
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    What did you love best about Just One Damned Thing After Another?

    I quite enjoy time travel stories and put off reading this series because it sounded a bit too much like Connie Willis' amazing series. This series leans more toward a fantasy time traveling experience as opposed to Willis' fiction which read more like a reality-based time travel series, if that makes any sense. I enjoyed this series in a totally different way than Willis' books. I highly recommend both of them!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Just One Damned Thing After Another?

    After living with Max as she toils through historian training, you get to see her exuberance at waiting for her first time traveling event. What a delightful scene! There are so many more stories I loved from this book, but I must warn you that the author isn't afraid to end the lives of lovable characters. However, this book did not make me cry...whew!


    What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

    Everything! The voices, the accents, her technical skills at knowing when to speed up, slow down. Simply a beautiful performance!


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

    History, romance, intrigue and dinosaurs!


    Any additional comments?

    This series is funny, sad, full of facts and stands on its own. I'd say it is appropriate reading for adults and possibly older teenagers. Parents of young teens, I suggest reading the book to see if you would be comfortable with your children reading the fairly detailed love scenes. Not a problem for adults, but I wouldn't hand this over to my young teens to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Accidentally Dead: Accidentally Friends, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dakota Cassidy
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (242)

    It's a lousy first day on the job for Nina Blackman. A patient, loopy from the anesthesia, bites her. At least he was cute. The next morning, Nina wakes up with a set of razor-sharp fangs, bionic vision, supersonic hearing, and a taste for blood. But there's a good explanation: It's her patient, Long Island vampire Greg Statleon. Is Nina willing to commit to one man for eternity, even if they are perfect for each other?

    Kat says: "A paranormal party on my iPod!"
    "Groundhog day"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The author kept repeating the formula of Nina and Greg getting close, immediately followed by Nina getting cold feet and stepping back. Repeat and read again. This happened several times and reminded me of the movie Groundhog Day.


    What was most disappointing about Dakota Cassidy’s story?

    Too much swearing, the middle could have been shortened and more character development would have been nice. The first book in the series had much more substance to it. This was disappointing. I don't know if it was poor writing or poor editing. I am sorry to be so critical. The first book showed wonderful potential if you could get past the cursing. I suffered through slightly less cursing in this book because I expected another clever story. The bones were there, but the execution was lacking.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I like the narrator. She did the best she could with this plot.


    Could you see Accidentally Dead being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Oh, I hope not a series. Maybe a made for TV movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be reading book three just because I'm invested in the third female lead. Between the cursing and this poorly edited story, im disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spinning in Her Grave: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Molly MacRae
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    It's time for Blue Plum's annual historical festival, and everyone-including Kath and her spunky fiber and needlework group, TGIF-is getting in on the action. Expert spinners are being gathered, and a businessman has approached Kath about using the second-floor windows of her store for part of a reenactment. But the reenactment ends in real-life bloodshed when local baker Reva Louise Snapp is shot-with a bullet from a modern-day gun.

    Beatrice says: "Quick cozy mystery"
    "The best yet!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Spinning in Her Grave the most enjoyable?

    after reading books one and two, the reader is comfortable with the cast of characters. Plus the fact that this is probably the best storyline so far and you have a very enjoyable listening experience.


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

    i thought I knew how the book was going to end. However, there were a number of clues given to us that did keep me wondering. I enjoyed this very much.


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

    i love the emotion she brings to the scenes. Whether it is exasperation, frustration, or sarcasm, her reading hits the mark every time and quite often makes me laugh out loud!


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

    the scenes between Kath and Mel were very touching. Mel is probably my second favorite character. She is likable, her personality is perfect. Her situation in this book makes me want to support and comfort her. However, this is something she wouldn't appreciate!


    Any additional comments?

    i recommend this book. I look forward to reading more stories in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2374)
    Performance
    (2094)
    Story
    (2084)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to my cozy mystery reading friends. It is the best book in the series...each book seems to be getting better.


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

    Actually, it did keep me wondering. This story is about Georgie escaping her rotten sister-in-law's family for Christmas by taking a paid job as a hired hostess/helper over the Christmas holidays at a country estate. The owners are hosting a large Christmas party, scheduled to last many days and Georgie is to help with activities and needs of the guests. It just so happens that someone died in what is thought to be a bizzare accident before she arrived. However, more people meet with "accidents" following her arrival and she can't help but cry MURDER!

    This is the closest so far to an Agatha Christie style mystery in the bunch. That is a high compliment from me. If you are not a fan of Ms. Christie, but you enjoy the Royal Spyness books, I think you'll also adore this story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the scenes between Georgie and her beau. Yes, they are together throughout most of the story. I love all the scenes between them.


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

    No tears were shed in listening to this book! There were a number of giggles along the way and a whole lot of satisfied listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a mystery I will pull out each December to get me in the mood for Christmas. You thought I was going to say murder, didn't you?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Wool and Testament: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Molly MacRae
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (188)

    Thank Goodness It's Fiber: That's the name of the spunky group of fiber and needlework artists founded by Ivy McClellan, Kath's beloved grandmother. Though Ivy has recently passed on, the members still meet regularly at her fiber and fabric shop, The Weaver's Cat, which Kath has now inherited. But that's only the first in a series of surprises when Kath returns to the small town of Blue Plum, Tennessee, to settle her grandmother's affairs

    Beatrice says: "Good start to a good mystery"
    "Very enjoyable!"
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    Where does Last Wool and Testament rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I list my cozy mysteries more by two categories. The first category is: I will read again, the second category is: I won't read again. This book definitely falls into the first category!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kath is my favorite character. She is believable - not perfect, quite clever, yet not a know-it-all. While this story is about the death of Kath's grandmother, this is not a tear jerker. The plot is really filled with many people, I had to stop and rewind a couple of times to catch up with something I missed in the plot, but that has more to do with my attention span than the story. I found this to be fast-paced and fun to listen to. There were a number of times I laughed out loud!


    What about Emily Durante’s performance did you like?

    she did an excellent job reading this story. I forgot I was listening and became engrossed in the story very quickly. This is a compliment to both the writer and the reader.


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

    i did laugh out loud a few times. Probably more than I usually do and that is a good thing!


    Any additional comments?

    if you like cozy mysteries with a touch of paranormal in the plot, I recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Blood: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2217)
    Performance
    (1930)
    Story
    (1909)

    Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

    BJG says: "A little predictable"
    "A Royal Wedding in Transylvania!"
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    Imagine being sent to Transylvania in the middle of winter to attend a royal wedding. Compound that by the fact that you are traveling with a cockney maid who has never held a position for more than three weeks and knows nothing about her duties. During the festivities preceding the wedding there is a murder and the wedding party is trapped in a gothic mountain castle with a murderer. The inept maid goes missing. Another murder occurs and political rivals try to accuse you of murder. On top of that, you witness things that make you begin to wonder whether or not vampires actually exist! These are all things Georgie faces in this story.

    This is my favorite book in the series to date. Sleeping in this castle of intrigue would be enough to give anyone nightmares and make you fear that you will be attacked by vampires! The reader gives us another outstanding performance and this book moved along very nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (5310)
    Performance
    (4568)
    Story
    (4548)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "A Great Start to a New Series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. I found this to be a lighthearted read/listen with murder, mystery, royalty and romance. I also think it is an appropriate book for tweens...although it may be too tame and innocent for some of them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book has references to historical happenings and people as seen through the eyes of a fictitious relative. I love the humor and the story hints at some very serious things like war, drugs and murder. But it is basically fast-paced story, with likable characters that you want to see succeed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the scenes that describe the main character's ability to be a klutz.


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

    No tears, but there were a number of giggles throughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a fine job portraying the various accents. It aided in visualizing the class system in Britain at the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7267)
    Performance
    (5675)
    Story
    (5668)

    The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

    Michael says: "Harry & James are one."
    "Best Dresden book yet!"
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    I have had to work hard to like this series. I love Butcher's Alera Codex series, but this series has been slow to grab my interest. However, this book finally has won me over. We learn about Harry's past. We see inside a wizard meeting and learn that they can be good, bad, or very petty. We see Harry's friends supporting him, even when he does his best to push them away. I enjoyed learning more about fairies in Dresden's world. I enjoyed all the creatures and their stories. Marsden does a fabulous job with the voices of Toot Toot and his compatriots. They made me laugh like crazy and I have a strong craving for pizza right now! This is something I could not say about the first three stories. Not much to laugh about in the first three books.

    Most importantly, the growth of the characters in this book have guaranteed that I will be reading the next book in this series by tomorrow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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