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Morgan

I read/listen to drown out the nonsense.

Vershire, VT, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Serpent's Shadow: Elemental Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Michelle Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (410)

    From the magical mysteries of India to the gaslit streets of Victorian London, Mercedes Lackey's unique departure from her Valdemar series follows a young woman doctor as she searches for the secret behind the sorcery in her blood.

    CatBookMom says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Fan from the Beginning"
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    Would you listen to The Serpent's Shadow again? Why?

    I read this book when it was first released about 11 years ago. My mother actually gave it to me as a gift. I was hooked and didn't even know that it was a part of a series until 5 years later. I've since listened to it and reread it at least 4 times. The heroine is absolutely wonderful with her strength and intelligence while maintaining her femininity and being a true heroine. The story is compelling and the character development is clear and well done. I have and will listen to this repeatedly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maya, of course!


    Which character – as performed by Michelle Ford – was your favorite?

    Again, Maya!


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

    Running from her past pursued by killers, beautiful half Indian Dr. Maya Witherspoon flees from her Indian roots to the foreign streets of London. An outsider and exotic magical presence catch the attention of the "White Lodge" magical masters of London. Soon Maya finds herself learning the ways of her fathers people and finding out new powers of her own attached to her animals she calls pets. With fast paced action, magic and even romance, Mercedes Lackey takes us on fantastic romp in early 20th century London.


    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Stray: Shifters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1257)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (643)

    "I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds. Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked."

    Alexis says: "Loved it!"
    "Puerile and Irritating Heroine"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The writing is good and Jennifer Van Dyck is a tolerable reader therefore I tried my best to continue listening. Unfortunately the heroine is really annoying. I figured she would get better as the book unfolded but I just couldn't listen to one more scene where one of the male characters treated her like a incapable, childish, "female," stupid, and unable to make a rational decision. Then, what was worse is she would act like they were treating her. Really agonizing! I gave it 3 stars and not 1 because Vincent is a good writer, but this story is lacking.


    What was most disappointing about Rachel Vincent’s story?

    The heroines complete lack of having a spine is slightly confusing because she starts out as being this independent graduate student then is decreased into a rebellious imp. Furthermore, most of the story has very little depth almost entirely about the heroines authority issues and rebellious tendencies. It seems like the murders are completely side issues compared to the central theme being about the heroines infantile perspective on life and her subsequent treatment from her fellow werecats, who, by the way, are all male. She clearly can defend herself but her strengths are quickly overshadowed by her subservient behavior and teenage "rebel without a cause" attitude. All of the female characters are either to small to have any weight or they end up dead. All of the male characters are overbearing and condescending. Also, most of the story is limited to a ranch house, limiting the action to almost nothing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The only scene that was entertaining was when the heroine defended herself at the very beginning of the book.


    Did Stray inspire you to do anything?

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    Great writing but poor storyline and the characters were simply not my "cup of tea."

    1 of 1 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
    (4213)
    Performance
    (3586)
    Story
    (3566)

    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.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "Wonderfully Charming"
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    I have been reading and listening to exclusively romance novels, because it was required for my graduate thesis, and I needed something refreshing outside that genre. This book was exactly what the doctor ordered.
    The first book is witty, well written, and a jolly good mystery to boot. : )
    The reader Katherine Kellgren is divine, she effortlessly switches from one character to another and her accents are quite good.
    The story line may be a bit predictable, but not enough for it to be drab.
    I'm finished with the third book and that one was a little more predictable than this first novel, but I still like her characters so much that it really doesn't matter. I hope you take a chance on a fun filled romp of aristocracy laced mishaps that even has a little puppy love budding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born in Fire: Born In Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Fiacre Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1401)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (912)

    Maggie Concannon is a glassmaker whose exquisite works are more than mere objects of beauty: they are reflections of her own true nature. One man has seen the soul in her art, and vows to help this complex woman build a lucrative career.

    Robbie says: "Ho hum"
    "Wish for a different reader"
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    I like Nora Roberts, most of the time, and I think I need to actually read this book rather than listen to it. The reader drove me nuts, so much that I couldn't get through the first 45 min. I cannot really address the story because I haven't listened to all of it, I gave the story so far 3 stars because I figured that's a good middle ground.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River Marked: Mercy Thompson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2592)
    Performance
    (1820)
    Story
    (1819)

    Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.

    Yuriko says: "Love it"
    "Refreshing"
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    I love this series and after listening to another book recently and writing a scathing review, that may have been a bit harsh, this book made me feel better. I admit it is not my favorite Mercy Thompson but it's still good. The reader is wonderful. and a good reader is really important to get the story across the way the author wrote it.

    I'm very pleased overall, great characters, writing, reading and production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spy Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    Opal Cowan has lost her powers. She can no longer create glass magic. More, she's immune to the effects of magic. Opal is now an outsider looking in, spying through the glass on those with the powers she once had, powers that make a difference in the world. Until spying through the glass becomes her new power. Suddenly, the beautiful pieces she makes flash in the presence of magic. And then she discovers that someone has stolen some of her blood--and that finding it might let her regain her powers.

    Elizabeth says: "Satisfying conclusion to the Glass trilogy"
    "Very Disappointed"
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    I love Snyder's work, the three books before this series are amazing, and the reader is amazing, but this series was really bad in comparison.

    It drives me nuts when two readers pronounce words and names differently it destroys the flow of the books. Van Dyck pronounces things completely different that the other reader of the prior series and the voices are all different. Valeck in the last series had an English accent in this one he has some weird American accent, very annoying. I understand that the books are about Opal, but the other characters already established in the prior series are read completely different. If there are going to be books about the same world with characters from the beginning, than the reader should be the same or should have at least listened to the prior series. Thats my frustration with the production, it was awful.

    The story line was okay but again not even close to the Magic series from Snyder. I don't want to spoil it but Opal is a complete wimp. She is whining all the time and her choice in men is, to say the least, despicable. The message that is going out to young women to forgive a rapist and torturer and then fall in love with him is... beyond my ability to comment I'm so angry about it I cannot even articulate how wrong it is.

    It is in bad form to commend any actions that were displayed by this character, major thumbs down for this series, and Snyder should be ashamed of herself for such character flaws. These books are supposed to empower women according to the publisher, they not only fall short with this series, but they show their blatant sexist views, bordering on misogynistic, not only towards everyday women, but especially bashing battered and abused women, again leaving the answer for these women to forgive their abuser and fall in love with them. Disgusting! Then, the underlying drug addiction, blanketed by blood magic addiction, and that addicts should stick together and only can be together is also ridiculous.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2105)
    Performance
    (1133)
    Story
    (1133)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "Disappointed"
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    I was very disappointed with this book, I couldn't even get past the first 30 min. I was bored and confused to what was going on in the story. I admit it may have partially been because the reader is terrible as well. I think the combination of the two just lost me. A complete waste of a perfectly good credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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