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G. Drayer

Avid reader, mom, business owner.

Lafayette, IN | Member Since 2010

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  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5964)
    Performance
    (5218)
    Story
    (5219)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Loved It...full of Machismo"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the tone of this book. It seems like the contemporary fantasy genre is filled with angst-y guilt ridden characters or the stereotypical "kick-ass" femme-fatale (don't get me wrong, I eat that stuff up).

    The main characters like guns, the men appreciate good looking women and there's a dry wit to the whole story.


    Any additional comments?

    While I enjoyed Oliver Wyman, I think it takes some time to warm up to his narration. It's slow paced and drawn out. it drove my husband crazy, he bumped the playback speed up when he listened to 1.5X.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Yesterday: A Novel of Reincarnation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Samyann
    • Narrated By Darlene Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In modern day Chicago, deja vu draws together a handsome mounted policeman and the beautiful young woman who saves his life. This tender love story pulls the reader back to previous lives and a time richly elegant. Yesterday is also a harrowing tale of escape through the American Civil War and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. A life of tragedy is Amanda's destiny, or so she believes. But, in this historical romance, Mark fights through Amanda's rejection to prove that she will love again as she once loved - Yesterday.

    Susan-Marie says: "Yesterday! I Loved It! Five stars!"
    "Light Romantic Tale with a Twist"
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    Yesterday was a sweet romance tale set in two worlds.

    The main character was a little hard to relate to at first, but as the story went on I grew to like her. The budding relationship between Amanda and Mark is charming and I really enjoyed 'listening' to their relationship unfold along side Amanda's tale from the past. The author did a wonderful job transporting us back in time with the characters. The descriptions of the setting were vivid and tactile.

    By far the best character in the novel was the godmother. She was a nice counter to Amanda, straight talking and witty.

    My biggest complaint would have to be the narrator. I was distracted by her voices at time and instead of creating a more vivid character, it would draw me out of the story.

    If you are looking for a light romantic tale this would be a nice option.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Ice Cold Grave: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1079)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (436)

    Called to tiny Doraville, North Carolina, Harper investigates the disappearance of several young boys. After finding them buried in a secluded wood, it becomes clear that a sadistic serial killer is stalking the town's children.

    A User says: "Cant wait till november!"
    "Same story again."
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    for the third in the series I hoped that Harper would grow as a character. the mystery in this novel was at least compelling, but the series is more about Harper and her life and this is what drags the story down. I can't continue with a series where I find the main character so unbelievable stupid that the rest of the story becomes background, while I rant at the main character.
    I'm sad to say this will be the last Harper Connelly story I'll be reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Sight: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1390)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (700)

    Grave Sight draws listeners into the intriguing world of Harper Connelly, a woman with a unique gift: she can "see" the deceased and how they died. A teenage girl from a small Ozarks town is missing and feared dead. Hired by local police, Harper locates the girl's body in a nearby forest. But there's more than one corpse in those woods, and the second one raises questions no one wants to ask.

    Connie says: "Enjoyable. Interesting. Recommend!"
    "Not Sookie Stackhouse part 2"
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    I have mixed feelings about this book. I think Alyssa Bresnahan did a great job in narration. I think her voice lent well to Harper. I have to admit, I was a little off-put by what I thought was a very monotone performance, but after the book was over, I really felt Alyssa had captured the Main character, Harper and I couldn't imagine here being voiced by anyone else.

    Harper and Tolliver are not really sleuths, they seem to be drug into these situations kicking and screaming. Harris seemed to waiver from time to time. Are they trying to solve the mystery? or Are they just helpless by-standers caught in the cross-fire.

    I found Harper to be weird and not in the good way. If you picked up this book because you loved the light hearted, peppy Sookie Stackhouse, then you will be disappointed. Harper was a little hard to relate to, but am starting to warm up to her. I hope that continues in the next book. She's strong and has a sharp wit, but at the same time seems totally dependent on her step-brother, to the point of not being able to function without him. I'm having a really hard time with her relationship with Tolliver, her step-brother. I don't think it's health. Yes I know...not related, were teens when the parents hooked up....but still I'm a little off-put by it and the total dependency Harper has on him.

    There is a lot of backstory to this book. We learn a wealth of details about the characters childhood, outside of the accident of Harper's that gave her the gift of body location. While I really enjoy the fleshing out of characters. There was a lot for such a short book.

    Over all I enjoyed the book. The story was a fast listen and I rushed to get the next. I have high hopes that the characters will develop more and they will jump into the mystery solving business with both feet (no more wavering).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (421)

    Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stomping ground. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane world of the living, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment: a seemingly simple exorcism.

    Jessica says: "wonderful story"
    "Mediocre story, Fantastic writing."
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    The Story itself was alright. A little slow to start, there is a lot of set-up and I found it took away from the story instead of being seamless in the narration. Vanquishing ghost via wistle idea is not that sexy, but I honestly thing most of my dislikes of this story were made up by the truely fantastic turn of phrases. Carey paints a picture with his words and his dry witt had me enthralled. The story has a real noir feel to it, all dark and stormy. The characters are gritty and not really fleashed out, there is lots of room for growth. Overall I'm looking forward to reading the next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Head Rush: Disillusionists, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Carolyn Crane
    • Narrated By Rebecca Wisocky
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (71)

    In an attempt to put her unhappy past behind her, Justine Jones throws herself into nursing school and planning her wedding to the man of her dreams. But something is off. Random details aren’t adding up…and is it her imagination, or are her friends and fiancé keeping secrets from her? And what’s with this strange sense of unease, and her odd new headaches?

    G. Drayer says: "It all ends now"
    "It all ends now"
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    The third and final book in the Disillusionist trilogy and you more or less know what's going to happen you just don't know how.

    We know the villain. We know the faithful love interest that goes above and beyond for his lady love. We just need to know how it all unravels. Carolyn Crane crafted a fitting conclusion to this unique story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Double Cross: Disillusionists, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Carolyn Crane
    • Narrated By Rebecca Wisocky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who gifts her with extraordinary mental powers - dooming her to fight Midcity’s shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately craves.

    G. Drayer says: "Last hour will leave you breathless"
    "Last hour will leave you breathless"
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    Wisocky's narration is very good. The second in this series starts right were the last left off.

    I found Justine's character more frustrating in this installment because she's starting to fall in to the stereotypical heroine faults: self doubt, stupid/rash decisions and questioning the love of the men in her life. I don't find any of the characters to be wholly likable, but they all have some redeeming/endearing qualities.

    But the ending of this book really made me do a double take. I could not believe what happened. While that character (name omitted to keep out spoilers) was never my favorite, I never thought they would do something so reprehensible, shocking, heart-breaking...can't even put it into words.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4890)
    Performance
    (4106)
    Story
    (4105)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Shocking after Changes"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Jim Butcher before, how does this one compare?

    Changes left me breathless, so I was a bit let down by this book. I see this more as a transition book for the characters to have some time to process the new reality in their world.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Glover?

    I really, really, really missed Marsters, but I can almost see how a second narrator could work. In my mind it has really set this book apart...saying "you had your change now here's the fallout" and with Harry not REALLY being with us...I can appreciate the missing narrator.

    And Glover did a fine job with the narration, but after so many books when my favorite characters didn't sound like "themselves" it really took me out of the story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (4725)
    Performance
    (4383)
    Story
    (4383)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Finished too soon...Can't wait for the next!"
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    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    Harry is Back!


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    I love James Marsters's performance, in my mind he is the voice of Harry. He has that great timing and dry witty humor that is the trade mark of these books. I sorely missed him in ghost story.


    Any additional comments?

    The story takes our characters on a sharp left turn, after ghost story many of the characters have been altered deeply. They are the same but fundamentally off. It's sad, almost like running into an old dear friend and realizing you can never go back to those crazy college day.

    Some reviewers are really disappointed in this, but I think it show great growth in butcher's writing. If we look at the characters as developing "living, breathing" people, then after everything that has happened, what else should we as a read expect. Heck personally I'm surprised some of them haven't been institutionalized yet.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Working for the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lilith Saintcrow
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    Dante Valentine’s working relationship with the Devil wasn’t her choice - but you don’t turn down a contract with Lucifer and live. Hired to kill fugitive Vardimal Santino, Dante can count as allies only a demon familiar she doesn’t trust and a small band of psychics. The thing is, Dante doesn’t need friends, she needs a miracle. Because the first time Dante Valentine met Santino, she almost died.

    G. Drayer says: "Dynamic World Building"
    "Dynamic World Building"
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    Great start to series. Dante is a very gripping character, independent and dynamic. The world building is wonderful and well thought out. I really appreciated the time spent really fleshing out little bits of the characters and the setting.

    Tanya Eby was a great narrator. I would listen to other books narrated by her.

    overall a good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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