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Tracey

Currently teaching sociology at a university in central Washington state.

Corona, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (4718)
    Performance
    (4376)
    Story
    (4376)

    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"
    "Harry is BACK!"
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    Where does Cold Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites.


    What other book might you compare Cold Days to and why?

    Perhaps the best in this series. This is one of the best written characters in this genre.


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

    Harry Dresden, of course. James Marsters rocks Harry. They should have used him in the tv series- it would probably still be on.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to a lot of second (and third) rate stuff it was wonderful to have a first rate experience again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifth Grave Past the Light: Charley Davidson, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (927)

    Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth... but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason.

    Hassan says: "Charley Davidson is Back!!!!"
    "Great Series!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fifth Grave Past the Light the most enjoyable?

    Charlie's quirky character. Interesting supernatural twist with a good dose of humor.


    What other book might you compare Fifth Grave Past the Light to and why?

    Charlie is a supernatural Kinsey Milhone. I would compare this more to the Sue Grafton series as much as to the more obvious supernatural ones.


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

    Ms. King narrates many of the books I listen to. She has a great talent for bringing a natural warmth to her female characters.


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

    Not just your average P.I.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't say enough about this character or this series. Very entertaining!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Witch Walking

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2718)
    Performance
    (1834)
    Story
    (1837)

    Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

    Patti says: "wildly entertaining"
    "Series has potential"
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    What did you love best about Dead Witch Walking?

    I liked the main character and the premise of the story- how magic became a part of the world. Interesting concept.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing this book lacks, which i have found in others of the same genre, is a strong bond between the characters. The main character has a roommate, and their interactions are awkward, to say the least. I think there is some missed potential there that i hope is corrected in future novels in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2003)
    Performance
    (1828)
    Story
    (1813)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Cassandra says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Like a trip home to Mid world"
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    What did you love best about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    The story that was new but included some beloved characters. Stephen King is a master storyteller.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Stephen King is my favorite writer of all time. I admire his genius and his work has provided endless hours of enjoyment. But he is not an actor, nor is he a narrator. With all of the wonderful narrators available, including those who have performed his other novels brilliantly, I wish he would leave this part of the process to those who have the talent for it. "Read by the author" is usually not better than a true narration, and this is no exception. Stick to the forwards and afterwards, and the occasional cameo, and let the pros breathe life into your phenomenal characters. Please.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in Black

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Paul Ansdell
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (266)

    Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

    Melinda says: "Classic Gothic Ghost Tale"
    "Classic Ghost Story"
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    Would you listen to The Woman in Black again? Why?

    I probably would not listen to the book again, although I enjoyed it very much. I have a few books that I read repeatedly, especially the Haunting of Hill House, because I enjoy the atmosphere and feel akin to the characters. I did not have that feeling of affinity with this story, but was intrigued with knowing what was happening and why.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woman in Black?

    I don't want to describe any of the memorable moments since it would spoil the suspense of the story, which is its main attraction. There are many, and the story is well-told and artfully developed.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Ansdell – was your favorite?

    The story is told in first person, so the main character is very compelling. His voice reminds me of Michael York (the actor), which is not a bad thing, just a bit distracting.Well played and acted throughout though.


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

    There were definitely moments that were harrowing in the book, specifically related to the power of the woman in black, but I don't want to describe any in particular.


    Any additional comments?

    T. he author has perfectly captured the feeling and tension of a great ghost story. The first person POV reminds me of Poe, and allows the reader to experience the terror along with the main character, discovering the truth along with him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32617)
    Performance
    (23937)
    Story
    (24262)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Great Reading Experience"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to friends. The writing is wonderful, the story compelling and the characters engaging. This author is a great storyteller. I found myself instantly liking the characters and caring what happened to them. The story kept me riveted; I had a hard time stopping and couldn't wait to get back and find out what happened next. I never felt disappointed or bored. Carolyn McCormick is a great narrator. I think she gave Katniss in particular a maturity that helped me respect and admire her, so that I never thought about her age.


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    Although I know this is suppose to be in the same category as the Twilight Saga I found it completely different, Its true the main characters are teens, but I did not feel like I was reading a


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when Katniss volunteers to take her sister's place,although there were no scenes in the story I did not like.


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

    There is a movie being made, which is what peaked my interest in the book (I'm not a teen or a Twilight fan). I don't remember the tag line being used, but I would say


    Any additional comments?

    I felt the violence was handled beautifully. Enough detail to let you know what is happening, without gratuitous gore. I never felt

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16103)
    Performance
    (14257)
    Story
    (14208)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Don't let the title put you off-"
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    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    a great adventure


    What other book might you compare 11-22-63 to and why?

    I love King's epic tales like The Talisman and The Dark Tower. This novel has all the richness of those adventures, but entirely set in the world we know- more or less. The exploration of the past is almost as fascinating as the Territories or the Wastelands.


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    My favorite character performance was of Jake/George. All of the male characters were well done. Unfortunately, the women all sounded a bit sappy as a result of using a falsetto voice.


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

    Would you sacrifice the world for love?


    Any additional comments?

    Although I am a BIG Stephen King fan I put off reading this book because I thought it was about the assassination of JFK. It wasn't. Stopping that event may be part of the motive for the journey, but the journey is the real story. Always a great storyteller, I think King just keeps getting better, and his work rarely disappoints me. I am so glad he keeps writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunting of Hill House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By David Warner
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (86)

    Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, the lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

    Carl Cravens says: "Different, but good."
    "A Masterpiece of Layers and Subtlety"
    Overall

    This novel is a delightful trip down an adult psychological rabbit hole to an evil side of the supernatural, where human need is used to capture the mind and soul. Every time I listen to this novel I pick up on some subtle aspect of the depth of these characters, especially Eleanor. Although masterfully played by Julie HARRIS in the 1963 film it is not possible to capture all of these layers in a feature film. I am drawn into the complex psyche of Eleanor from the moment she escapes on her adventure, creating an atmosphere of otherworldliness in her fantasies. The narrator has the perfect voice for expressing Jackson's viewpoint, and adds greatly to the chilling atmosphere. Please note that the description is incorrect in that Eleanor is not homeless, she lives with her sister, and all three, not just Theo, are considered research assistants for Dr. Montague. They are there studying strange phenomenon, and there are many of us that would love to be included on that team.

    0 of 0 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
    (4885)
    Performance
    (4101)
    Story
    (4100)

    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"
    "Worth the wait!"
    Overall

    I love Harry Dresden and was afraid he was gone forever. After so many books in the series, this was a new twist, a more ironically "human" and philosophical version of Harry. All our questions are answered, even some we didn't think to ask, with thrills mixed with good humor and the on-going fight between good and evil. Harry is no saint, but he is one of the good guys whose greatest gift is recognizing and protecting other good guys. Dead or alive, Harry's legacy will go on. This book was gratifying and fullfilled my expectations. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What the Night Knows

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (659)

    In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes.

    sadee poulsen says: "Koontz is back!"
    "nice surprise"
    Overall

    Although I know Koontz can be somewhat redundant in his plots, I thought this was an entertaining and fresh approach to his supernatural narrative. I have been disappointed by some of his recent work, but thoroughly enjoyed this story. Wordy, yes at times, but not irrelevantly so. Kept my interest, and not particularly predictable, in my opinion, except for the "good will win out over evil" theme that is Koontz's trademark. If you want something else, something less traditional good/evil, read Stephen King.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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