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Karen

I'm a DJ who travels a lot and listen to books while I drive 4 hours in each direction weekly. I've been an avid reader since the age of 5!

Toledo, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Bad Boys Do

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Victoria Dahl
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (235)

    Olivia Bishop is no fun. That's what her ex-husband said. And that's what her smart bob and glasses imply. So with her trademark determination, Olivia sets out to remake her life. She's going to spend time with her girlfriends and not throw it all away for some man. But when an outing with her book club leads her to a brewery taproom, the dark-haired beauty realizes that trouble - in the form of sexy Jamie Donovan - may be too tempting to avoid.

    Jennifer says: "Cute, romantic fun"
    "Need a new voice!"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I liked the story, but since I listen while on the road it was difficult as the narrator sounded like she was whispering whenever she would switch characters- annoying.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Whispering when switching characters. Ruined it for me.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen: A Fallen Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lauren Kate
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (436)

    There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

    Jennifer says: "This again?"
    "Better than I thought, but started slow"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    That the story would grab you earlier


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lauren Kate? Why or why not?

    Yes.. I'm reading the second in the series


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end where it all came together and also fell apart.


    Was Fallen worth the listening time?

    Yes, after the story got going...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Delta Of Venus

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Anais Nin
    • Narrated By Ingrid Pitt
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    Anais Nin is undoubtedly a great writer. In Delta of Venus she welcomes us into a world of new experiences where she demands that 'sex be mixed with tears, laughter, promises....new faces, dancing and wine.' This ground breaking collection of stories explores aspects of female sexuality long unexposed until Anais opened what she herself was to call 'that Pandora's box.' It is brave, fearless and compelling.

    Julia says: "Wow!"
    "I couldn't make it through."
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    Would you try another book from Anais Nin and/or Ingrid Pitt?

    I don't think I would try any others. After reading reviews and having it suggested, I really tried to get through it. I just couldn't get past the narration. Sometimes it just ruins the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was the worst part. Annoying.. I deleted it before I could get through 30 minutes.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10291)
    Performance
    (7734)
    Story
    (7779)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Unexpected and I really liked it..."
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    Would you listen to A Discovery of Witches again? Why?

    I would listen to it again...I really liked it. After listening to the second in the series, I appreciated this one more. It was more concise, had a few twists and turns that weren't expected. Made me interested in some history that I never knew existed. Quite good!


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the characters and that, for the most part, it wasn't predictable.


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

    I had never listened to Jennifer before, but I liked her story telling and characterizations. Very good, and I would seek her out again.


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

    I tried to listen to it all in one sitting, but couldn't manage it for being busy. I finished it in a couple of days though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6490)
    Performance
    (5841)
    Story
    (5844)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "I really wanted to love it..."
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    Would you listen to Shadow of Night again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to it again...I really wanted to love it, but it wasn't even close to the thought out story of the first book that held my attention. It hopped all over the place to make sense of what it needed to explain.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I knew there would have to be another book - the ending was expected.


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

    She's good. I would listen to her again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil May Care

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sebastian Faulks
    • Narrated By Tristan Layton
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    An Algerian drug runner is savagely executed in the desolate outskirts of Paris. This seemingly isolated event leads to the recall of Agent 007 from his sabbatical in Rome and his return to the world of intrigue and danger where he is most at home. The head of MI6, M, assigns him to shadow the mysterious Dr. Julius Gorner, a power-crazed pharmaceutical magnate, whose wealth is exceeded only by his greed.

    Tristan says: "Worst James Bond story EVAR!"
    "Loved it!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Devil May Care the most enjoyable?

    Loved the story. Wish it wouldn't end.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It wasn't a suspenseful as some I had listened to before, but it was still entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors: Jane Jameson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3034)
    Performance
    (2756)
    Story
    (2762)

    Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of wedding planning, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend, Gabriel, are coming along smoothly. That is, until she turns a fatally wounded teenage acquaintance, and the Council pronounces her responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.

    Kirstin says: "Molly Did it Again!!!"
    "A fun listen"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I had listened to all the other books, thought I would complete the set


    Would you be willing to try another book from Molly Harper? Why or why not?

    Yes.. her books are fun to listen to when I'm on the road.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5729)
    Performance
    (4430)
    Story
    (4439)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "Cute Story"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was looking for something a little bit lighter and fun after some heavy topics. This definitely hit the mark. I had read the reviews and wasn't disappointed. Some parts had me actually LOLing. I liked it enough to download the second one which I'm currently enjoying.


    What three words best describe Amanda Ronconi’s voice?

    Southern, entertaining, fitting


    Was Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs worth the listening time?

    Definitely worth a listen


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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