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  • City of Ghosts: Downside Ghosts, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (189)

    Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess’ bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.

    Lupdilup says: "URBAN FANTASY AT ITS BEST!!"
    "Self Destructive"
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    Where does City of Ghosts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Stacia Kane is a strong writer who weaves strong story lines with original material. Even though this is a series, one never gets the feeling that the author is dragging out the material - she paces her stories nicely.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though this is clearly fantasy material. Her characters are real on an emotional level. Her ideas original and interesting.


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

    Narration is highly subjective, but I think Bahni does a superb job bringing the story to life.


    Any additional comments?

    The protagonist is someone I am rooting for. She is a highly flawed individual. She clearly is a destructive personality patching her emotional wounds with drugs. I cannot really relate to this and yet I enjoyed listening to the book. It is a bit hard to deal with her bad choices, but she rings true.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hunter
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (205)

    No secret stays hidden forever. A phone call from an old friend sets mysterious book researcher Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery that has eluded him for centuries. Little does he suspect a young librarian holds the key to an ancient secret, nor could he expect the danger Beatrice De Novo would attract. Now both will follow a twisted maze leading from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a passion that could destroy them both.

    Robin in Vermont says: "What's happened to Dina Pearlman?"
    "Whiny helpless protagonist."
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    This listen is just OK. I have to agree with another reviewer who was irritated by main character's helplessness and abundant whining. I wanted to slap her. Also as much as I love to read, I did not get understand why vampires would have such an obsession about old books. I guess everyone needs a hobby.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paper Magician

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charlie N. Holmberg
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she's bonded to paper, that will be her only magic... forever. Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined.

    Joe Frazier says: "A Delightful Story Whose Magic Draws Us In"
    "I wanted to be charmed...."
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    This had all the right stuff to make an enjoyable quirky listen, but it never came together for me. There wasn't enough time spent on character development,and the relationships seemed shallow. The author also did not spend enough time developing the background world the story was set in.

    I got terribly bored during what should have been the most exciting part of the book.

    The narrator's voice was pleasing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    Award-winning author Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom with a thrilling prequel complete with dark magic, royalty, dangerous action, a strong heroine, and flawless world-building. This epic fantasy adventure is destined to be a classic, and is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones.

    Ethan M. says: "Return to the Old Kingdom in an inverted YA novel"
    "New Abhorsen Tale"
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    I always enjoy these books and this is another interesting story from the Old Kingdom world. It fills in some of the history. Really there is a lot Garth Nix could write yet about the Old Kingdom if he chooses to. The narrator while no Tim Curry is very good as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Born at Midnight: Shadow Falls, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By C. C. Hunter
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (528)

    One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls - a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just "troubled". Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side - learning to harness their powers, control their magic, and live in the normal world. Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she?

    Angela says: "Outstanding!!"
    "Plucky leading lady."
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    The main character is an independent smart young woman. This is series is really for young adults but I found it enjoyable. There was a lot of chaste romance but the writing is definitely not prudish. The books are funny and engaging. The author does an excellent job at writing interesting and appealing characters

    This definitely would be a series I would recommend for adolescent female readers of paranormal fiction. One of the best things about this series is the independent spirit of the protagonist who while certainly interested in boys is not boy crazy. In fact I wish the author had the balls to have the main character dump both of her romantic interests in the end (she's only 16) but alas ... no. Still I think overall the story gives the message that young females can work towards their own life goals without reference to their romantic interests.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sins of the Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jane Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Finally, Kristine Kathryn Rusch's graphic tale of a world overrun by vampires gets a new life of its own. When she was a little girl, Cammie drove a wooden stake through her father's heart to save her brother Ben's life. Separated by the system, Cammie lost track of Ben. Now Cammie works as an eradicator, a vampire slayer for a privately funded organization. But she can't forget her brother. She leaves her job and her home to discover what happened to Ben. Instead, she discovers what price she paid for her own survival. She learns about her family, and its legacy. She learns what it really means to have sins of the blood. A memorable cult classic of vampirism, Sins of the Blood is the most shocking book Rusch has ever written.

    grik says: "Unchaste Bloodsuckers"
    "Unchaste Bloodsuckers"
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    Would you listen to Sins of the Blood again? Why?

    I am glad I listened to it once - it's not the sort of book I will listen too again though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the fact that that the story had traditional nasty vampires and the plot line was interesting. I do think the storyline could have been refined a little though, especially concerning the protagonist's employment story. Frankly I was rooting for the evil vampires during the entire book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I was not a fan of the narration, but it wasn't horrible either.


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

    Actually this could make a good horror movie but I don't know what the tag would be.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miserere: An Autumn Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Teresa Frohock
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Exiled exorcist Lucian Negru deserted his lover in Hell in exchange for saving his sister Catarina's soul, but Catarina doesn't want salvation. She wants Lucian to help her fulfill her dark covenant with the Fallen Angels by using his power to open the Hell Gates. Catarina intends to lead the Fallen's hordes out of Hell and into the parallel dimension of Woerld, Heaven's frontline of defense between Earth and Hell. When Lucian refuses to help his sister, she imprisons and cripples him...

    Tango says: "Mercy Me! Seriously good, edgy fantasy."
    "A thoughtful fantasy for the over 30 crowd."
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    Where does Miserere rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The character development was very interesting in this book. Frankly many of the paranormal fantasy books really don't have much depth to their characters. There is a maturity to this story that I found appealing. I would rank this story fairly highly.


    What other book might you compare Miserere to and why?

    Strangely enough I would compare it to Lois Bujold's Paladin of Souls in that both stories concern middle aged people who feel lives are played out due to past mistakes and fate. I like redemption stories.


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

    I enjoyed her narration.


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

    No, I enjoyed this book, its characters, its story line, its world development in its totality.

    Although I'm not religious, I found the idea of Christian holy magic and demons interesting. The protagonist's notion that he was in some manner responsible for his sister's warped character - over protecting her and not allowing her to develop coping strategies for life's rough spots was interesting to me. It seemed to be a plausible explanation.


    Any additional comments?

    I would be interested in reading other books from this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Selected Shorts: American Classics

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Amy Tan, Donald Barthelme, Eudora Welty, and others
    • Narrated By Freda Foh Shen, David Strathairn, Stockard Channing, and others
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and PEN Award winners.

    Michael says: "Classic classics"
    "Brilliant reading of Welty's Why I Live at the PO"
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    Would you listen to Selected Shorts: American Classics again? Why?

    I could listen to Stockard Channing's performance of Why I Live at the PO over and over again. It is wonderful. I enjoyed the other stories as well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night Hawk

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J.E. Taylor
    • Narrated By Jane Boyer
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Selling your soul has never been so charming and Mark throws in a little something to sweeten the pot, his girlfriend Naomi. Sentenced to death at the hands of a demon, Naomi Hawk has a firsthand lesson in despair and betrayal in Mark's deal for fame with all the trimmings.

    grik says: "Unable to get past the narrator"
    "Unable to get past the narrator"
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    Would you try another book from J.E. Taylor and/or Jane Boyer?

    I can't really say if the story is any good because it was unlistenable for me. The woman narrating sounds like she is overdosing on valium. Really a horrible narration.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2040)
    Performance
    (1851)
    Story
    (1852)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Witty and different"
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    What did you love best about The Rook?

    That it wasn't the same old clap trap.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was funny while not being silly. The story line was compelling.


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    She does a wonderful voice for the crazy Belgian in the tank. She is an excellent narrator.


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

    Well, it isn't really that kind of book but I thought the protagonist's determination to succeed for sake of her old self was sort of touching.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope there is a sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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