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Providence, RI, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 5 reviews
  • 81 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014

  • Furious: Kris Longknife, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Having used unorthodox methods to save a world - and every sentient being on it - Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife is wanted across the galaxy for crimes against humanity. For her own safety, she’s been assigned to a backwater planet where her Fast Patrol Squadron 127 enforces immigration control and smuggler interdiction. But Kris is a Longknife, and nothing can stop her from getting back to the center of things - not when all hell is breaking loose.

    Darry says: "Awesome Sci-fi series"
    Would you listen to Furious again? Why?

    Yes, Fantastic adventure

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kris but Trouble is closing

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

    Yes, I do like Dina Pearlman's reading however i thought this one was just a tad too fast, not much but just a little. Fantastic character renditions.

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

    Teared up a little when Kris was... can't spoil it sorry.

    Any additional comments?

    Just great work, imagination and skill to pull of such an outrageous story line. Is there a little time warp we can do to get at the next one?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead Pool: The Hollows, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin

    Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike. The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

    Angela says: "Unbelievably Satisfying!"
    "Wonderful listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Undead Pool the most enjoyable?

    The whole nine yards, the story is refreshing and wholly engrossing. Narration by Marguerite Gavin was excellent as always.

    What other book might you compare The Undead Pool to and why?

    In a class by it's self, the only other books that compare in this genre is the rest of The Hollows.

    Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

    I love them all.

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

    Made me very happy with the relationships and how all of them evolved, not just in this book but in the series.

    Any additional comments?

    First don't read this book without reading the entire series, it would be like reading Queen of Sorcery before Pawn of Prophecy (David & Leigh Eddings).

    Second for all those who have read the series FOR HEAVENS SAKE READ THIS.
    You will not be disappointed in the slightest.

    Big thanks to Kim Harrison for sharing her amazing imagination with us.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Devil of the Highlands

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Marianna Palka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    They call him the Devil.... He is the most notorious laird of Scotland: fierce, cold, deadly...and maybe even worse. Yet Evelinde has just agreed to wed him. Anything, she thinks, is better than her cruel stepmother. Though Evelinde should be wary of the rumors, she can't help but be drawn to this warrior...for the Devil of the Highlands inspires a heat within her that is unlike anything she has ever known.

    Rebecca says: "Eeyore"
    "Amateur Narrator"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one - die hard fans maybe, they might be able to hear the humor behind the dreadful narration.

    What other book might you compare Devil of the Highlands to and why?

    Most of Lynsay Sands books as long as they are not read by amateur narrators. Check the producers and they have done any other books, also check the narrators for other books and reviews.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes. The narrator was obviously an amateur as it seemed that she was using the finger pointing technique, I also believe this to be the case due the numerous hesitations and missed words. Punctuation was all over the place leading to confusion of what was actually going on. They, the narrator and producers, seem to have little understanding of the humor in the book leading me to believe that the producers and their chosen narrator had not read the book prior to recording it. The narrator's accent was lovely and gentle however the inability to be consistent with characters voices was horrendous. Sadly it was very hard to understand the story and I had to concentrate very hard to have my usual laugh when listening to a Lynsay Sands's book.

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

    Headache trying to understand through the narration

    Any additional comments?

    I listen to a lot of Audiobooks from many different Narrators and Producers, I have only run across one book that was so poorly narrated. I think that Authors and their Agents need to have legal recourse over the publication of Audiobooks. This Audiobook is a clear example where a fun book is turned into a very bad product. This reflects directly on the author and will have an impact, however slight,on their reputation and on their current and future sales.Yes this is a harsh review and some reviewers were OK with the narration however I as far as I'm concerned this is a poor product in relation to all but one of my Audible purchases.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "You can't get any better"
    Would you listen to Ever After again? Why?

    Yes and Yes and just in case you're not sure YES! This was a long awaited book for me, I was so excited i literally had Audible up waiting for the release counting down from 5 hours.Fabulous listen, never a dull moment, exceeding it's predecessor and that takes an amazing imagination.

    What other book might you compare Ever After to and why?

    The rest of the Hollow's, Kim Harrison has a very unique way of writing. I'm a very big listener and reader of fiction and I just haven't listened/read anything close.

    What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful as always, voices are spot on and continuity is excellent.

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

    Yes! but I'm not telling you where.

    Any additional comments?

    There seems to be a little issue with production, I noted that in order to listen comfortably I have to turn on the treble reducer on my iPod. It's sort of like the radio's not quite tuned. But to a fan, that's minor.Thank you very much Ms Harrison, I re-listen to The Hollows a lot as they give me such pleasure.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous in Diamonds: The Rarest Blooms, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Madeline Hunter
    • Narrated By Kate Reading

    The Duke of Castleford has been so bad for so long that scandal can't be bothered to rise up around him anymore. To alleviate the boredom of his privileged life, he occupies himself with drinking and whoring, not to mention the occasional duel. When something piques his interest, however, he has been known to emerge from his ennui and employ his considerable mental faculties to finding answers to the questions that fascinate him.

    Marcheta says: "Audio is much better than reading the book"
    "Grrrr... This could have been so much more"
    Would you try another book from Madeline Hunter and/or Kate Reading?

    Madeline Hunter possible but Kate Reading, not a romance or other fictional books

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

    Interesting use of English history, dreadful narration

    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

    Nope. When i started listening i thought this might be an OK book but soon found that anger and happiness had similar inflections, that being none. The female character was to be one of strength and self assurance what i heard was a meek mouse.
    Sadly there was a problem with telling the characters apart conversation seemed to just run through the words without indicating who was speaking, deepening the voice for a man, lighter for a woman.

    Was Dangerous in Diamonds worth the listening time?

    No, buy the book you'll be able to 'hear' the characters better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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