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John A. Saloiye

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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
    (4701)
    Performance
    (4360)
    Story
    (4360)

    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"
    "F Bomb is gaining ground"
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    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative, exciting, friends


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't have one, they are all old friends. Surprisingly, Thomas, a vampire is one too.


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

    Bob, I think. James Marsters sounds like a completely different person. He takes me back to my childhood because Bob sounds a lot like the Great Kazoo from the Flintstones cartoons.


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

    Completely different from the TV show. Karen Murphy was not the Karen Murphy in the books.


    Any additional comments?

    One thing I especially liked about Jim Butchers books has been they have minimal swearing. This book has gone beyond his norm. If this trend continues, I will have to leave the books on the shelf rather than bring them home.

    There is far less swearing than many best sellers. The frequency of the F bomb has increased for his books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (4814)
    Performance
    (4384)
    Story
    (4394)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Good Detecive Story"
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    What did you like best about The Cuckoo's Calling? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed this story. I purchased it after finding the author is actually JK Rowling.I've enjoyed the characters and the ending. It clearly is a book made for sequels.Ms Rowling's wriing has improved over time. I refer to the way Harry Potter kept parroting lines in the book. This device is long gone.My only critiicism is this, why all the F-bombs? Just because it's called adult fiction, must authors stoop to the level of motion pictures and infuse course language and intimate sexual situations and references to be classified as "adult"?


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Galbraith? Why or why not?

    Yes I would read other stories of JK Rowling with the character Cormorant Strike. It was actually a pretty good story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any involving Robin and Cormorant.


    Do you think The Cuckoo's Calling needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The lead character definitely allows sequels.


    Any additional comments?

    Please alter your question concerning Robert Galbraith. The world now knows it is JK Rowling and with this knowledge purchases soared.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lionheart

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sharon Kay Penman
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (121)

    From New York Times best-selling novelist Sharon Kay Penman comes the stunning story of a great medieval warrior-king, the accomplished and controversial son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: Richard the Lionheart. A powerful tale of intrigue, war, and diplomacy, Lionheart plays out against the roiling conflicts of love and loyalty, passion and treachery, all set against the rich textures of the Holy Land.

    jerelyn says: "Finally Sharon Penman on Audio!"
    "A Good Read"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to friends. I enjoyed the historical perspective/ setting.


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

    I was a bit disappointed. I didn't see an ending coming. I felt it ended abruptly.


    Which character – as performed by Emily Gray – was your favorite?

    Richard, It was called the Lionheart after all.


    Could you see Lionheart being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It's possible but I haven't a clue as to whom to cast as actors.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised a book called LionHeart should spend so much time with the women in this historical fiction. Some of my favorite Sharon Kay Penman books, the Queen's Man series, The Reckoning, and Here Be Dragons are books I eagerly look forward to purchase from Audible in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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