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Jennifer

Alden, MN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2391)
    Performance
    (1590)
    Story
    (1589)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    Lore says: "It just never grabbed me."
    "Fun book, good naration"
    Overall

    I enjoyed it. It was different and fun. I liked the characters. I liked the use of Navy terms. As a Navy spouse, it was easy to follow, but I don't know if the average civilian would find it distracting or not. I have downloaded Book 2!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Unleashed: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1904)
    Performance
    (1351)
    Story
    (1356)

    Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, seductive cloth as her brother. Imprisoned for eons by their mother, the Scribe Virgin, she finally frees herself - only to face a devastating injury. Manuel Manello, M.D., is drafted by the Brotherhood to save her as only he can - but when the human surgeon and the vampire warrior meet, their two worlds collide in the face of their undeniable passion. With so much working against them, can love prove stronger than the birthright and the biology that separates them?

    M says: "Good not great **Spoilers**"
    "Don't kill my imaginary friends!"
    Overall

    I am not a BDB finatic, but I really, really enjoy the characters and the books. (When I read the boods, I am fascinated by the characters. When I am not reading one of the books, I move on with my life.) Have you ever read a book where you feel kind of depressed because it ended before you were ready to let go of the new "friends" you made? JR Ward makes their personalities and life real, not just stories about people. Well, as real as Vampires and Lessers can be. Unfortunately this book is a wattered down version of those characters. I feel like "Lover Unleashed" killed my friends. They are just ghostly images of the real thing. I am currious to understand the conditions the author was under to turn out a book so lacking compared to her other books. JR Ward! I demand a re-write! Like kids playing kick ball in the street, I am calling a "DO OVER!". Until then, I will look forward to the newest book in the "Fallen Angel" series. I do have other friends, you know...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Foot in the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4033)
    Performance
    (2898)
    Story
    (2909)

    You can run from the grave, but you can't hide. Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She's still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her. But when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

    melrailey says: "Makes for a Short Commute"
    "Pretty good but didn't hook me on the series"
    Overall

    Just so you know where I am coming from, the BDB are my standard. I am trying to find an author who can create interesting characters and a story you can’t put down. This was pretty good, but not fun enough to hook me. I didn’t find myself wishing I could meet the characters in real life. Tavia did a good job with all of the voices including the men except when it came to Bone, she used an annoying squeaky voice with his accent. All I could visualize was a wimpy nerd. The book just wasn’t enough for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bill Baldwin's The Helmsman

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bill Baldwin
    • Narrated By Steve Cumming, full cast
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    One of the few survivors of a League sneak attack on his poor and miserable homeworld of Carescria, Wilf Brim sets out to settle the score. Were it not for the attrition from the war that followed, Wilf would never have escaped his lower-class status and been accepted into the Academy. Now, freshly graduated, young Sublieutenant Wilf Ansor Brim, Imperial Fleet, begins his first assignment, Helmsman of the I.F.S. Truculent.

    David says: "The Helmsman"
    "I enjoy dramatizations of books."
    Overall

    I heard a few chapters on XM Radio, so I downloaded it. I like some si-fi. This book was a little bit complicated but I still found it entertaining. I like the characters. I really enjoy dramatizations of books, and they did a good job of filling the spaces between the lines with what you might expect to hear as background sounds. Good performance from the voice actors. I liked this enough, that I downloaded the next book “Galactic Convoy”. As a point of reference, I recently listened to “Armor” by John Steakley, and “the Helmsman” is not nearly as substantial or memorable as “Armor”. I probably won’t listen to “the Helmsman” again, but I have already listened to “Armor” twice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bitten: Women of the Otherworld, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1465)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (820)

    Young, beautiful, and successful, Elena Michaels seems to have it all. Her happy, organized life follows a predictable pattern: filing stories for her job as a journalist, working out at the gym, living with her architect boyfriend, and lunching with her girlfriends from the office. And once a week, in the dead of night, she streaks through a downtown ravine, naked and furred, tearing at the throats of her animal prey. Elena Michaels is a werewolf.

    Autumn says: "My favorite Audio title"
    "Entertaining."
    Overall

    It was good. The story took a different Vampire twist. There was action and plot twists and the characters were fairly well developed. The narration was okay. I liked the book. Somehow the story fell flat toward the end and I finished it because I needed an ending. It was entertaining, not bad, but not the first book that comes to mind when I recommend a vampire book to a friend, probably the 5th or 6th. I don't need to listen to it again, but I wasn't unhappy for purchasing it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Galactic Convoy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bill Baldwin
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    Ursis nodded soberly out the Hyperscreens toward the merchant ships, then turned to Brim. "Out there, Wilf Ansor," he brooded, "are real heroes of war. To fight from behind disruptors of warship is something anyone can do. One can always count on lucky shooting to save him from disaster, or heavy armor plate at least. But to face enemy with only black void and thin sheet of hullmetal separating you from disruptors, and then stay in formation, that is kind of bravery we Sodeskayans record in Great Books."

    Alexander says: "A Ripping Good Yarn"
    "It just wasn't for me"
    Overall

    I heard a few chapters of the first book on XM radio, was intrigued and ordered the book. I liked the first book and downloaded the second. This story seemed thin and I just couldn’t finish it. It wasn’t necessarily a bad book, it wasn’t unique enough for me and couldn't hold my attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Armor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Steakley
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1118)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (725)

    The planet is called Banshee. The air is unbreathable, the water poisonous. It is the home of the most implacable enemies that humanity, in all its interstellar expansion, has ever encountered. Felix is a scout in A-team Two. Highly competent, he is the sole survivor of mission after mission. Yet he is a man consumed by fear and hatred.

    George Dean says: "An intense and unusual work, wonderfully performed"
    "A refreshing original!"
    Overall

    I never thought I would enjoy a si-fi, combat book, but I really, really did! I'm sure Stakely never meant Felix to be so sexy, but in my opinion, he is! I can't wait to download Vampire$. The reviews are very good.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Heir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    The grandson of a Scottish clan laird, Duncan MacTavish is shocked to learn that his other grandfather was an English marquis whose title and London estate he is now required to take on. Worse still, he is engaged to a stranger who has mocked him in public. But his bride-to-be, Ophelia, has been guiding a lovely and witty, if dreadfully inexperienced, country girl named Sabrina through the latter's all-important first coming-out season.

    Helene Hadfield says: "Don't Waste Your Credits on This One"
    "I guess I've grown up..."
    Overall

    I have enjoyed a lot of Johanna Lindsey books through my college years and well into adulthood. This one bored me to the point where with only 30 minutes left of the book, I gave up and just deleted it. The story couldn’t hook me, and the characters were pretty thin. This will be my last romance book, heavy on the romance. Ever since I fell into the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, I just can’t enjoy all of the dry romance, sighing, tingling, heart aching so called love stories.
    Love and sex is messy, the should I or shouldn’t I, wishy-washy stuff bores me. I guess I have outgrown the bodice rippers.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Protector's War: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (461)

    Rising from the ashes of the computer and industrial ages is a brave new world. Survivors have banded together in tribal communities, committed to rebuilding society. In Oregon's Willamette Valley, former pilot Michael Havel's Bearkillers are warriors of renown. Their closest ally, the mystical Clan MacKenzie, is led by Wiccan folksinger Juniper MacKenzie.

    JasonK says: "Not bad, but not great"
    "...and then what happened?"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed "Dies the Fire" so listening to the second book was a must. Once again SM Sterling captured my attention and I was glad to follow more of the story. I have already ordered "Meeting at Corvallas".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Meeting at Corvallis: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (392)

    In the 10th year of the Change, the survivors in western Oregon have learned how to live in a world without technology. They have held the Lord Protector, Norman Arminger - the warlord of Portland - at bay. The tensions between these factions have been building for some time, and the only reason they haven't confronted one another on the battlefield is because Arminger's daughter has fallen into Clan Mackenzie's hands. But Lady Sandra has a plan to retrieve her, one that may spark open warfare.

    J. M. Cousins says: "Series Finding It's Stride"
    "The Story Continues..."
    Overall

    I really enjoyed "Dies the Fire" and just had to know what happens to the characters I have come to know and care about. I was fascinated with how human nature and individual character responds to a complete change to everything we know and rely on to survive in our modern day world. "Meeting at Corvallas" is the next chapter to the chaos of the first book, and captured my attention and imagination, however the story seemed to drag out to the end. Oh, wait, it's not over, and now I have to get the next book to finally get closure to the story. Hummmm.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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