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Karen

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  • The Spirit Clearing: A Michael Talbot Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (354)

    After a horrific accident Mike wakes to find himself blind in one eye. He now sees things that others can't, and nobody will listen to him. That is, until he meets Jandilyn Hollow. Will she be able to pull him out of the depths of his despair? Can love transcend even death?

    Amanda says: "Spiritually deep and moving"
    "Disappointing"
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    What disappointed you about The Spirit Clearing?

    I love Mike, but this whole alternative history riff falls flat. It seemed very pointless, meandering and not as amusing as I've come to expect from Mark Tufo. And the ending is a hokey device.


    Has The Spirit Clearing turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nope.


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

    Sean Runnette is Mike Talbot. He does the best he can with this material.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Spirit Clearing?

    It would have been better as a short story. Way too much superfluous stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Zombie Fallout series, but I'd skip this little diversion, if I were you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9534)
    Performance
    (7056)
    Story
    (7104)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Jason says: "Brandon's Best Work Yet"
    "Why are you wasting your time reading this review?"
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    Would you listen to The Way of Kings again? Why?

    Yes. Because it was magnificent. Stop reading this review right now and download the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Way of Kings?

    You're still here? What's wrong with you?


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sigh. You need more convincing? The narrators knocked this one out of the park both were amazing.


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

    I couldn't stop listening. All the characters, the world they inhabited, their social customs, how everything worked...just amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    Ok, you're done. Now go get the book. You might as well get the second one tool it's even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Any Other Name: Walt Longmire, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (484)

    Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, in Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life.

    C. Telfair says: "Lost in Fog with Buffalo"
    "ANOTHER WINNER!!"
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    If you could sum up Any Other Name in three words, what would they be?

    Walt Longmire Rules.


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

    True confession time. The mysteries always take a backseat to the characters and their interactions for me. I would enjoy a story where Walt, Henry, Lonny,and Lucian and went camping and did nothing bust fish and talk just as much as the most mysterious mystery.


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

    Well, he IS Walt Longmire and even more so, he IS Henry Standing Bear. He completely ruined the television series for me.


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

    Walt, at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    You won't go wrong with this series, but you'll get so much more out of it if you listen to it in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2393)
    Performance
    (1754)
    Story
    (1764)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "I Wanted to Love This"
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    Would you try another book from Peter V. Brett and/or Pete Bradbury?

    I don't think so. The story isn't bad. The characters are well done and we are given enough of their backstory to really feel like we know them. My problem is twofold: are all the other people in this world seriously STUPID?? They never thought of the rather simple solution that the Warden Man comes up with? REALLY?? I found myself asking "why don't they just do ***" almost immediately. It was a long wait for someone in the story to think of it.
    My other problem is with the character *****SPOILER****** who is savagely raped. I get how it "made sense" in the story but I cannot believe that a few days after that attack she would be throwing herself at a man she isn't even sure she likes. I thought it was callous and out of character for me.


    Has The Warded Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely not.


    Which character – as performed by Pete Bradbury – was your favorite?

    Bruna.


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

    Yes. All those. I saw a pathway where this could have been an amazing book.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I'm just getting old. I dunno.I love character development, but the main characters can't be the only smart people on the whole planet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (416)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Lesley says: "I didn't want to like these girls..."
    "WOW Just WOW"
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    What did you love best about The Wicked Girls?

    The narration was superb. I felt like each of the main characters was a real and separate individual. The pacing of the story and the way to jumped from present day to "The Day" was wonderful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I was fully prepared to dislike both of the Wicked Girls. But I found myself caring about their fates very much. I don't think I could choose between them.


    Which character – as performed by Anna Bentinck – was your favorite?

    All. The girls were so different and she voiced them both wonderfully.


    If you could take any character from The Wicked Girls out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Well, I obviously wouldn't want to take them both......but maybe I could take them each on different nights? I'd love to hear more of their stories.


    Any additional comments?

    For me, this novel surpasses a mere "thriller" or "mystery", and takes us deep into the meat of what it is to be human, to make mistakes, and to live with the consequences of seemingly insignificant choices. How life is not "fair", the road to Hell really can be paved with good intentions, and sometimes chance/luck/fate makes all the difference. A very powerful and moving performance of an unsettling and profound story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Say You're Sorry

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (199)

    When pretty and popular teenagers Piper Hadley and Tash McBain disappear one Sunday morning, the investigation captivates a nation but the girls are never found. Three years later, during the worst blizzard in a century, a husband and wife are brutally killed in the farmhouse where Tash McBain once lived. A suspect is in custody, a troubled young man who can hear voices and claims that he saw a girl that night being chased by a snowman.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Robotham is the real deal!"
    "You Won't Be Sorry!"
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    Where does Say You're Sorry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Oh, somewhere in the top 50. I listen to A LOT of audio books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Piper. She was an ordinary extraordinary girl.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favorite?

    I liked Piper. Through her journal entries, I felt like I really knew her. She was a very realistic teenaged girl.


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

    Trust No One.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (276)

    Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

    bernadette says: "Wow!"
    "The Series is Faltering"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure. I've enjoyed the previous entries, but I had some issues with this one. Credibility was strained to the breaking point and beyond, in my opinion. Joe is less real in this installment. I think he really needs the backdrop of his family to be a fully fleshed out character.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The mystery wasn't bad, but it was fairly predictable. These series novels work when each book gives us more insight into the detectives. I felt like I learned nothing new about Joe or Vincent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very, very end.


    Do you think Watching You needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I'd like to see a return to a more realistic storyline. I'd also like to see Joe clear up the mess in his personal life. More about his relationship with Vincent and how Mr. Parkinson is affecting his life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (491)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "Amazing"
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    Would you listen to 600 Hours of Edward again? Why?

    Yes. His insights into an Asperger's adult are fascinating and ring true to my ears. Several times I caught myself smiling at things Edward says or does because I've seen the Aspie in my life behave the same. Luke Daniels did a stellar job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's truth. It's heart. It's compassion for all the characters, while not making them pitiable.


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

    He's a wonderful narrator. I always ipenjoy his performances.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to listen to the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (1236)
    Performance
    (1186)
    Story
    (1182)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    Russell says: "After Six Good Books, I Was In Seventh Heavan"
    "Decent entry in a great series"
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    What did you love best about Shattered?

    Oberon. There needs to be more of his wisdom in the next installment.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin Hearne? Why or why not?

    Yes, although I though this entry was not his best work. It took too long for the story to get started. There wasn't enough Atticus/Oberon interaction and I felt like Owen's reenter into society was a rich story not given its due. Frankly all the Granuile sections could have been omitted and I would have liked it more. She is a tad smarmy for my tastes.


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

    Luke Daniels is wonderful.


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

    No. Like I said before, some of the sections lagged. I felt like the whole Yeti thing was just padding.


    Any additional comments?

    More Oberon/Atticus and less Granuile, please.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Infected: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Scott Sigler
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (276)

    Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

    Jessica says: "Confused? This review might help."
    "Disappointing"
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    Would you try another book from Scott Sigler and/or Scott Sigler?

    I very much enjoyed Noctural by him. The reader was very competent and I cared about the characters. Not so much in this one.


    What was most disappointing about Scott Sigler’s story?

    The fact that I enjoyed a different book by him. There was no character in the book I cared about. Much was made about the female doctor being not good enough for the big time BUT she was hot and frequently imagined having sex with her bodyguard. Seriously?


    What three words best describe Scott Sigler’s voice?

    Stereotypical. Annoying. Rough.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Infected?

    A bunch of the repetitive science. Tell me once and I get it, you don't have to keep telling me the same thing. Use that space to make me care about at least one character.


    Any additional comments?

    I do recommend Noctural by this author. It was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (843)

    Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Velvet Jesus Painting, My Jimmies Are Rustled"
    "Do Not Anger the Velvet Jesus!"
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    What did you love best about This Book Is Full of Spiders?

    The humor! The relationship between Dave and John and their banter makes the whole story enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hum....John, I think, he is so out in left field.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    He did a wonderful job narrating the story. The voice he chose for Detective Falconer was great.


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

    Yes, but I am going to keep it a secret. I hate spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    A great addition to the adventures of John and Dave. I look forward to more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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