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jennifer

MESA, AZ, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Blameless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1258)
    Performance
    (1037)
    Story
    (1042)

    Gail Carriger’s best-selling Parasol Protectorate series reimagines Victorian England with vampires, werewolves, and a dash of steampunk. Blameless is the third in the series starring the parasol-wielding Lady Alexia Maccon, formerly Alexia Tarabotti. After news spreads of her delicate condition—a surprise to everyone since she’s married to a werewolf—Alexia is desperate to escape the London gossip. So she heads to Italy for a change of scenery.

    Leanna says: "When you're right, you're right!"
    "Alexia is on the move!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The best part of these books is Ivy. The author's use of her voice highlight the absurd in polite society has me cracking up every time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blameless?

    The protagonist's forthright manner and prosaic attitude make nearly all her battles and chases entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (412)

    Meet Monster. Meet Judy. Two humans who don't like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady - for the future of the universe.

    Michael says: "A Fantastic Ride!"
    "I've read as much of this author as I can"
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    Where does Monster rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A Lee Martinez writes pleasant stories to listen to... I have happily purchased as many as offered up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2864)
    Performance
    (2730)
    Story
    (2712)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "A Spectacular Caper"
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    Where does Skin Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's why I came to Audible in the first place


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

    I was distraught when Marsters failed to read one in the series. It was a huge disappointment, quickly fixed.


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

    Yes, but no spoilers here. (I did cry.)


    Any additional comments?

    After 15 books, I am ready for deeper growth between the characters relationships. The way choices made in the earlier books have influenced events in later books in unexpected ways, and layered meanings and relationships people give to interactions and events over time are explored in this series is such a joy to wade through. For each crisis brings with it the promise of its undoing, and the seeds of the next. All of which would be frightfully pretentious if the characters did not quote movie lines, science fiction quips and homages to the best fantasy writers of our time at every opportunity. (Just to make the dorks in the room squeee with glee).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tad Williams
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (345)

    Bobby Dollar is an angel - a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own - pride, anger, even lust. But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions.

    Kenneth says: "I'll Read another Bobby Dollar Book"
    "Interesting premise"
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    Would you listen to The Dirty Streets of Heaven again? Why?

    No, once was enough. I liked it enough to try the second book. But while this one raised interesting ideas about the nature of morality and what comes next, the next book went much darker very fast, and stayed there. I did not finish it.


    What other book might you compare The Dirty Streets of Heaven to and why?

    After reading the first, I was involved enough to go on to the second book.


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

    As a defense attorney myself, I was amused that we were God's emissary's for souls, and prosecutorial duties handled by the dark side.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1029)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Once was not enough"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Midnight Riot to be better than the print version?

    This is a funny question to answer... until I started listening to books, I had not realized I read in an American accent. It was jarring to understand I had been mishearing Terry Pratchett for all those years. So, for me, hearing the British/Scotish/various other accents of the narrator is helpful, and entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The surprises. (No spoilers here.)


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

    Yes, it was a problem.


    Any additional comments?

    I admit to being a little bit in love with the main character. This is such a well written series, I have listened to each book twice. And I am panting for the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alex Hughes
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (222)

    I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it - real scary.

    Lisa says: "Some good, Some annoying!"
    "Compelling"
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    What made the experience of listening to Clean the most enjoyable?

    This author handles the day to day experience of being a human being in a realistic way, while setting his character in a fictional world. I gained a new understanding of addiction and recovery, and appreciated the way the world kept turning around the characters as they managed their crisis.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep going... it just gets better as the books progress.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Homes: A Rivers of London Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (327)

    My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame - whatever that is. Truth be told, there's a lot I still don't know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England's wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician's apprentice. But even he doesn't have all the answers. Mostly I'm just a constable sworn to enforce the Queen’s Peace, with the occasional help from some unusual friends and a well-placed fire blast.

    Cliff says: "Finally, it's out!"
    "OMG How will I survive until the next book?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Broken Homes to be better than the print version?

    The Narrator keeps me grounded in the differing accents of the characters... adding a level of complexity I might have missed had I read the book in my own American accent in my head.


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

    YES, it was hard to stop.


    Any additional comments?

    Book three was not as great as the first two, leading me to wonder whether Mr Aaronovitch was having difficulty maintaining his commitments. This book brought me back as thoroughly as PC Grant escorting a suspect in for questioning. Do not miss this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9620)
    Performance
    (8577)
    Story
    (8553)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Enjoyable"
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    What did you love best about Hounded?

    Oberon. How can you go wrong with a wolfhound as one of your main characters? Especially when he gets invested in a different historical figure in each book?


    Any additional comments?

    As much as I enjoy these books for being set in my hometown, and wish to support the local author, the books seem to convey a lesson that women are all evil and dangerous. Every female character we come across (with one exception so far, and I have not yet read Tricked, though I have a really bad feeling) is untrustworthy, manipulative, looking to further her own agenda by illicit means. Too bad.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodshot

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (222)

    Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist - even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government files: documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn’t bargain for is a case that takes her from the frozen outskirts of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta.

    Eivind says: "A notch above"
    "Try this, interesting and a little different"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bloodshot the most enjoyable?

    The main character was realistically cautious, the book opened several interesting lines of inquiry for future books to delve into


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3136)
    Performance
    (2231)
    Story
    (2227)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "World War Z was better"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Doomsday preppers... people who think that they alone will survive a cataclysmic event


    Has Day By Day Armageddon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no indeed go zombie apocalypse!


    Any additional comments?

    Written by a guy for guys...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride Wore Black Leather: Nightside, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (268)

    In the secret heart of London, under the cover of endless darkness, the Nightside caters to anyone with any unusual itch that needs to be scratched. But enter at your own risk. The party animals who live here may be as inhuman as their appetites....

    Bonnie says: "I've been waiting for more NIGHTSIDE!"
    "So sad to read this last book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent series, comfortable end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The characters are interesting and clever, and quite definitively British. There is not one that jumps out as a favorite as the cast is wide ranging. John goes out and talks with everyone in town.


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to this series, much of the Drood series, Ghost of a chance, and the Deathstalker series, I recommend this as his best work. The others are a little too light, or too dark - this one is just right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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