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Marjorie

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  • Bitter Is the New Black

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jen Lancaster
    • Narrated By Jamie Heinlein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
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    (153)
    Story
    (159)

    Jen Lancaster was living the sweet life-until real life kicked her to the curb. She had the perfect man, the perfect job-hell, she had the perfect life - and there was no reason to think it wouldn't last. Or maybe there was, but Jen Lancaster was too busy being manicured, pedicured, highlighted, and generally adored to notice.

    Amanda Sava says: "Better than I'd hoped."
    "Terrible."
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    What was most disappointing about Jen Lancaster’s story?

    Her attitude, her tone, ugh. So irritating! I really wanted to like this book.


    What aspect of Jamie Heinlein’s performance would you have changed?

    She was fine. Maybe too fine because she voiced this terrible person to a tee.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some of the humor wasn't insulting.


    Any additional comments?

    Let's just say I wouldn't want to be friends with Jen. I will be requesting a refund. Waste of a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder Complex: Murder Complex, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lindsay Cummings
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies, Josh Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Close your eyes and feel your enemy's weakness. Mind over body. Mind over body. Mind over body. Breathe. In. Out. In. Out. Now survive. Welcome to the Murder Complex. You cannot see us. You cannot feel us. But we are here. And we control your every move.

    Marjorie says: "Dark. Heavy. Not in a good way..."
    "Dark. Heavy. Not in a good way..."
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    Has The Murder Complex turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. But I need to be invested in these characters. Otherwise, why subject yourself to the dark heaviness of the story?


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sure. Some exaggerated "sinister" voices, but I guess that's what they wanted. Those poor narrators must have been so depressed with this!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Serious disappointment. Where is the hope? Who should I root for? Even the lovey dovey scenes were dark!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hell House

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (498)

    For over 20 years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity.

    But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers to Belasco House in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death. A wealthy publisher, brooding over his impending death, has paid a physicist and two mediums to establish the facts of life after death once and for all. For one night, they will investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townsfolk refer to it as the Hell House.

    Phebe says: "Hell House is like Hill House, but fiercer"
    "I'm more of a Haunting of Hill House kind of girl."
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    Would you try another book from Richard Matheson and/or Ray Porter?

    Love Ray Porter!


    What could Richard Matheson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Just not my cup of tea. Ending was a cop out.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    His voices are so distinct! Never confused.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure for some this book rocked. It was just not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Incrementalists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Brust, Skyler White
    • Narrated By Ray Porter, Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    The Incrementalists - a secret society of 200 people with an unbroken lineage reaching back 40,000 years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, just a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories. Phil, whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else’s, has loved Celeste - and argued with her - for most of the last 400 years.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Almost Speechless"
    "Audible Reviewers, I'll never doubt you again!"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ray Porter and Mary Robinette Kowal ?

    Any narrator(s) that can be on the same page! One character from one narrator has some sort of sophisticated European accent and the same character from the other narrator has her as an old Granny. How can you possibly keep it straight and better yet, take it seriously? Why did no one point this out?


    What character would you cut from The Incrementalists?

    Because this story was about big ideas and wasn't broken down for the rest of us, I felt nothing for these characters.


    Any additional comments?

    There were too many ideas in this book. It's a great concept, but poorly constructed. I never felt invested in these characters. The narration ruined it, and I'm actually a fan of both these voice actors! So disappointing. I should have listened to the reviews. I'll be requesting a refund.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ignite Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (345)

    With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world...but that’s not all he wants with her.

    Marjorie says: "Stunning conclusion!"
    "Stunning conclusion!"
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    Would you listen to Ignite Me again? Why?

    Oh yes. So well written, such good vocal work, such a wonderful turn and redemption for the characters!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ignite Me?

    Oh all the steamy moments between Juliette and Warner. And Juliette's evolution. Sooooo good!


    Which character – as performed by Kate Simses – was your favorite?

    My darling Kenji. What a great character.


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

    I cheered for the ending! I want more!


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Academy: Vampire Academy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2435)
    Performance
    (1496)
    Story
    (1522)

    St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's - the very place where they're most in danger.

    Mitch says: "The Weakest Installment in a Fantastic Series"
    "Narrator makes this unbearable!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator. Her voices are terrible. It's almost like she's mocking the characters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Terrible voices. Her main man is Russian and talks a lot. Don't you think you would want to perfect the accent? It was painful. The supporting characters have a dopey tone. Why didn't someone fix this in the studio?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Will be requesting a refund. What a waste, the story was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Super In The City

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Daphne Uviller
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In a city brimming with opportunities for heroism, 27-year-old Zephyr Zuckerman has often fantasized about committing acts of bravery that would make front-page news. Now she may get her big break - though it may require plunging a few toilets. When the superintendent of her parents' Greenwich Village brownstone is led away in handcuffs, unemployed Zephyr takes over his post and unleashes her inner sleuth: discovering titillating secrets about her tenants

    Marjorie says: "LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!"
    "LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!"
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    If you could sum up Super In The City in three words, what would they be?

    Crazy Good. Yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Zephyr! Best heroine ever. Better than Carrie in Sex and the City. Funny, odd, caring, crazy, the kind of girl I'd want to hang out with!


    What about Emily Janice Card’s performance did you like?

    Her really solid voices. There wasn't a question abut who was talking. Lovely French accent, which can be painful if done wrong.


    If you could take any character from Super In The City out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Zephyr! We would have such a good time gossiping about everything!


    Any additional comments?

    This was such a crazy story. I laughed so much, which is worth five stars alone. Add in all the unique characters and you have a hit. I really loved the Sterling Girls and of course Gregory. Give this book a listen. You will love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tall, Dark, and Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tate Hallaway
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (418)

    Recovering witch Garnet Lacey owns Wisconsin's premier occult bookstore. And a fringe benefit of the job is getting customers like Sebastian Von Traum - piercing brown eyes, a sexy accent, and a killer body. The only thing missing is an aura. Which means he's dead. And that means trouble - something Garnet's a sucker for....

    amy says: "Tall, Dark, Dead & Poorly Edited"
    "It was ok."
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    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, she's a consistently awesome narrator. Always does a great job with unique voices.


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

    No and I think that's the problem. The book was just OK. Not very special, not horrible. I didn't hate it and I didn't love it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Romancing the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tate Hallaway
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (224)

    It’s been one heck of a week for Garnet Lacey. The Vatican witch hunters finally think she’s dead, the FBI has closed their file on her, she’s co-founding a new coven - and the gorgeous vampire she loves has just asked her to marry him. How lucky can one girl get? Then, her fiance goes missing and Garnet’s worried sick. Has he been kidnapped? Or could he have run off with that blonde from the coven?

    Marjorie says: "Garnet is good and all, but she's no Jane Jameson!"
    "Garnet is good and all, but she's no Jane Jameson!"
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    Would you listen to Romancing the Dead again? Why?

    Sure if I was bored.


    What other book might you compare Romancing the Dead to and why?

    The Jane Jameson series, and unfortunately, this book wasn't even close.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Her voices are fun, original, and distinct.


    Any additional comments?

    Not bad, maybe if I hadn't listened to the Jane Jameson series first, I would have more passion for this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (234)

    Mary Alice Brannigan doesn’t believe in the supernatural. Nor does she expect to find that Dreamland, the decaying amusement park she’s been hired to restore, is a prison for the five Untouchables, the most powerful demons in the history of the world. Plus, there’s a guy she’s falling hard for, and there’s something about him that’s not quite right.

    iphone reader says: "Tons of Fun"
    "Listened to it. Then proceeded to listen again!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wild Ride to be better than the print version?

    Yes because Angela Dawe does some great voices. Particularly Ray and the Devil. Good work.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Ride?

    Oh everything Mab. I loved her. LOVE.


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

    Yes and this one blew the other performance out of the water!


    Any additional comments?

    I almost quit on this book. It started out pretty slow. But the more I listened the more I loved, the more connected I felt. I loved Mab's evolution, loved Fun, loved the concept in general. I'm so glad I stuck with it. In fact, as soon as it ended, I started it over again and loved it even more!

    1 of 1 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
    (3036)
    Performance
    (2758)
    Story
    (2764)

    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!!!"
    "I need a 5th 6th 7th etc. book!"
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    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    Jane of course!


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

    Yes when it was over I wanted to download the next book immediately, but then I realized there wasn't one! Why can't there be a 5th 6th or 7th book?


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the ending and really appreciated the humor in this series. I loved Jane's maternal side too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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