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Jamie

I'm an avid reader but when driving or exercising, listening to a great book and a great performance makes time fly!

Richardson, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 18 reviews
  • 52 ratings
  • 118 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4014)
    Performance
    (3738)
    Story
    (3734)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Right again!"
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    Would you listen to Spellbound again? Why?

    Larry Correia did it again with this installment! Fun and action-packed, this book picks up about a year after the first book's end. Where the Imperium was the focal enemy in the first book, another, more sinister enemy takes the lead in this book.


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

    Mr. Pinchot is perfect. Simply perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next installment in this series!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1483)
    Performance
    (1331)
    Story
    (1322)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "Delightful as always"
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    Every book in the Royal Spyness series is light and fun and the characters are well drawn. Katherine Kellgren does a wonderful job of narrating the story. She gives each character a different voice and her accents are terrific.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Janus Affair: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (337)

    Certainly no strangers to peculiar occurrences, agents Wellington Books and Eliza Braun are nonetheless stunned to observe a fellow passenger aboard Britain's latest hypersteam train suddenly vanish in a dazzling bolt of lightning. They soon discover this is not the only such disappearance...with each case going inexplicably unexamined by the Crown. The fate of England is once again in the hands of an ingenious archivist paired with a beautiful, fearless lady of adventure.

    Marianne says: "Even Better than the First Novel in the Series"
    "A Fun Sequel"
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    Another fun story from Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris. Fun story. Well narrated. I'm looking forward to the next one when it comes out!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2530)
    Performance
    (2197)
    Story
    (2180)

    The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

    But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise.

    Coffee Lover says: "More Royal Fun!"
    "Lighthearted and fun"
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    The Royal Spyness mysteries are light and fun and well performed. A delightful listen!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4374)
    Performance
    (3974)
    Story
    (3989)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "All About Earl"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was another good entry in the series. I got a little tired of the seemingly constant and endless battles but it was overall a fun book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5108)
    Performance
    (4554)
    Story
    (4569)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "EPIC Battle"
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    What did you love best about Monster Hunter Vendetta?

    This book hits the ground running and doesn't stop until the very end. It's almost one big, long epic battle.


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

    This series is just plain fun. The characters are well drawn and the story is monsters and guns and action.


    Any additional comments?

    Oliver Wyman turns in another terrific performance in "Vendetta". He is able to give each character his/her own 'voice' complete with accent and inflection. Further, his 'voices' are consistent across this series of books. For example, Earl Harbinger's voice sounds the same in all the books. Mr. Wyman's talent brings the book to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7315)
    Performance
    (6465)
    Story
    (6457)

    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.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "Wicked Fun!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is definitely a fun book and series. It's got action and humour and monsters and guns. Who could ask for more? LOL


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    As much as I love Owen Pitt, the main character--a really decent man; genuine and kind and with a good heart--the character of Mordechai, Owen's 'ghost', was my favourite in this book. Oliver Wyman's portrayal of him was fun and sweet and the character is just a neat guy.


    Any additional comments?

    To me, this book is brain candy. It's full of action and thrills but overall it's light and fun. In other words, it's a good escape!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (651)

    Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest...

    Suzanna says: "Great Steampunk - worth a listen"
    "Clever and Fun"
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    If you could sum up Phoenix Rising in three words, what would they be?

    Fun steam punk.


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

    Mr. Langton's performance of Wellington Books is spot on; he perfectly embodies Books.


    Any additional comments?

    Light and fun, this is a good brain-candy kind of book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11302)
    Performance
    (10535)
    Story
    (10544)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Ryan says: "Wil Wheaton for President"
    "Loved it! FUN FUN FUN"
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    Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to this one again. Fun and exciting story line, fun characters, lots of 80s references.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Wil Wheaton gave a good performance and it was easy to see him as the main character, Wade/Parzival. His performance was nuanced with the emotions and tensions that the characters were feeling. Nicely done.


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

    I didn't want to pause while listening to this book. Even though I knew from the beginning how it ended (since the narrator told us early on that he was the winner of the game), I was still on tenterhooks during the game scenes and the final battle.


    Any additional comments?

    Just an all-around fun and exciting book...especially for those of us who grew up in the 80s. I could identify with both Halliday and Wade. Very cool!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11906)
    Performance
    (10818)
    Story
    (10842)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Fun and Inventive"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a fun book...a good escape. Adventures and alternate universes and Nicola Tesla-built machines and beers on the roof deck. Light and fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate, the main character, is a fun guy; likable.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun book; an easy listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27497)
    Performance
    (14099)
    Story
    (14148)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "A Definite Must-Listen"
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    What did you love best about The Help?

    I believe that Kathryn Stockett captured very well the racial tension of the early 1960s in the South. Her characters are well defined and beautifully drawn--and not just the three main characters of Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter. They are wonderful and strong women, role models in many ways.Ms. Stockett also created a terrific antagonist in Hilly Holbrook. Hilly's need to maintain her pretentious position as de facto Queen of the Ladies' League at all costs and her hatred of anyone not like her are palpable things that colour her words and inform everything she says and does.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Help?

    Two things: The relationship that forms between Minny and Miss Celia is a transformative experience for both of them. Also, the scene in the church when the book is presented to Aibilieen...just beautiful.


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

    Each of these performances is top-notch. I've only seen Octavia Spencer on-screen but now that I've heard her read, I'll be looking for other books that she narrates.


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

    I laughed a lot and cried many times.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book. The performances are superb and the story is beautiful. You won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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