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Judy

FRIENDSWOOD, TX, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Pandemonium

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1360)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1227)

    I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her.I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bests eller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

    Emily - Audible says: "Remarkably Mature for YA"
    "Disjointed story"
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    What did you love best about Pandemonium?

    I loved the story but either there were file problems on the audio or there was a serious glitch in the writing. I kept getting switched between time lines as though some files were misnumbered andthe timeline was out of order. One minute she's being held captive by the scavengers and the next she's with Raven, then back with the scavengers. This happened repeatedly and it didn't in the first novel of the series. If it's a flashback, there's nothing to indicate that there is a change in time. As much as I enjoyed the audio version, it was very confusing and disjointed.


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

    I rather expected it, frankly.


    What about Sarah Drew’s performance did you like?

    Sarah did a great job with the performance.


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

    No. The closest I came to an extreme reaction was the frustration with the timeline.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Opposition: A Lux Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre, Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (165)

    Katy knows that the world changed the night the Luxen came. She can't believe that Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her-could destroy them all.

    Nikki says: "Made it through book 5"
    "As expected, a continue of the previous story"
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    This volume is a continuation of the war between the Lux and the people of earth. They discover that the enemy of their enemy is their friend and join forces with the Aram. This book is followed by a full credit cost of a 0.5 book. I have a policy that I don't buy any book under ten hours of narration and I don't buy novellas. If it was offered for five bucks, I might have bit. See you when your next real book comes out.

    Oh, and give Justine Eyre and Rob Shapiro some slack. They did a good job on the narration and for some reason they are getting beaten up by a few people. Makes no sense to me. Anyway, enjoy the book. It's a good story albeit another cliff hanger.. sigh...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Obsidian: Lux, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (391)

    When 17-year-old Katy Swartz moved to West Virginia right before her senior year, she'd pretty much resigned herself to thick accents, dodgy Internet access, and a whole lot of boring, but then she spotted her hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up...until he opened his mouth. Daemon Black is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. It's hate at first sight, but when a stranger attacks her and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens. The hot guy next door? Well, he's an alien.

    Katheryne says: "Holy Alien Hotness"
    "Good story, good narration"
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    Good story. My only issue is a common one for my reviews, every book ends in a cliff hanger and I feel that each book should stand on it on merits and not expect you to rush out to get the next version. I respect writers who write complete books and I buy everything they write if they do a good job of it. Check out Outlander, for instance.

    Oh, and one more thing. What's all the issues with the reader? The reader is fine. I liked her fine and at least she doesn't mispronounce half the names or words. Cut her some slack. So she's not Davina Porter but who the heck is Davina Porter except Davina Porter. Okay, try Outlander. You'll understand. But Justine Eyre was fine. Believe me, I've heard bad narration. Try the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter. Anyone is from Louisiana would throw up on the names. I'm NOT from there and I gritted my teeth through the entire series.

    Cut Justine some slack. She sounds like a teen age girl and her voice suits it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mercy Blade: Jane Yellowrock, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1790)
    Performance
    (1517)
    Story
    (1516)

    Jane, a shapeshifting vampire-hunter-for-hire, crosses paths with a stranger who has arrived in New Orleans, enlisted to hunt vampires who have gone insane - or so he says.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Still Going Strong!"
    "Reader still falling down on the job.."
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    Okay, now instead of ARK-in-new for the name Arceneaux,, she's pronouncing it Are-CHIN-new. Hmmmm.... instead of being from Louisiana, he's now from China or Japan? It's Are-sin-oh. Thank goodness the next in the series takes place in North Carolina.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3300)
    Performance
    (2812)
    Story
    (2819)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Like scratching a blackboard...."
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    This was actually a good story and if I were reading it on the page of a book, I would have an easier time overlooking the spelling errors but when peoples names are butchered so badly by the reader, it's like hearing someone scratch a blackboard. Was it too much for the author and the reader to go to Louisiana and actually do research there? Her cajun accent was sad and denigrating. How about calling a library in Louisiana and asking to speak to the Librarian about spelling of the french names and maybe even the pronunciation. You can get a lot of it on Google, for heavens sake. Next time, hire Davina Porter. SHE can do any accent.

    Here's a clue: It isn't Fonteneau, it's Fontenot and it's pronounced Font-know,
    not Fon-ten-new.

    It isn't Arceneau, it's Arceneaux and it's pronounced Ar-sin-oh, not Arc-ken-new.

    Zydeco is not pronounced zy-DECK-oh. The accent is on the first syllable. ZY-deck-oh. It doesn't rhyme with gecko.

    This is nothing short of disrespect for the people of Louisiana on the part of the author and the reader. Do your homework, people! I'm not even from Louisiana and I was offended. Geeez.

    Yes, I'm going to read them all but I don't appreciate the lack of attention to this particular detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4680)
    Performance
    (4358)
    Story
    (4343)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "A long awaited banquet with friends"
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    Satisfying, slowly consumed, and delicious. Diana's writing is more that of a sixty year old woman with twenty best sellers behind her name. She loves her characters and endows them with intelligence and a conscience. Realizing that there were no cell phones, even before Claire's first exit to the past, we know that we will have to wait for the journeys. The beauty of this is that Diana Gabaldon knows that it's the journey not the destination that builds character and memories. Davina Porter is an artist who paints words and characters with her voice. Her voice should hang, like a masterpiece, in the Louvre.

    I love these long stories that are told over the centuries because the characters draw you in and make you care about what may be waiting around every corner. I especially enjoy the medical applications and how Claire translates 20th century medicine to the 1700's. Learning how penicillin is made and what it takes to create ether is fascinating to me. You learn in little pieces of stories that illustrate the challenges of living in a time where convenience didn't exist.

    I close the book and a feeling of poignance comes over me. I know that like the journeys, there will be a stretch of time before I can once again experience the lives of characters that I've come to love. I will miss the histories that are nearly first hand, thanks to the authors kindest care with her research. But I know I will see these old friends again in future editions. For now I think I shall re-experience the beginning once again. Like a rich soup, it is often even better the day after it's made.

    Dear reader, I wish you a journey through this series to be remembered well enough to consume again and again. It is not for the instant coffee crowd, it's for those who appreciate grinding ones own beans and lovingly brewing a cup of smooth, rich coffee to be enjoyed in the most comfortable chair, feet up before a cozy fire, and with a Diana Gabaldon novel at hand.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2074)
    Performance
    (1270)
    Story
    (1269)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Carol says: "Horrible Narration Take 2"
    "Hard to listen to the end, but for good reaaon"
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    With all due respect to Gigi, it is hard to walk into a much loved series and take over where another well accepted reader was unavailable, for whatever reason. I admit that there were times when I thought I would have to order the electronic version of this volume. I'm rather forgiving but this recorded version should have been put on hold until the original reader could resume.

    It would also have made it better had she listened to the pronunciation of the names and accents previously used. At times she was practically shrill and at others she shredded the accents. Now, that said, Gigi is very capable and with the right book, she would be great but with this many accents and replacing a popular reader, poor Gigi was set up to fail and fail she did.

    It was a good book. I suggest you buy a printed version and continue the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20558)
    Performance
    (14522)
    Story
    (14420)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Well conceived, written, researched, RIVETING!"
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    I have not always written reviews and those I've written were not always positive. This one is an exception to all the rules. I couldn't put it down. It reads like a novel from an older experienced writer with at least ten best sellers on the resume. In the series you learn so many things you never expected to learn and they fit so neatly into the story. For instance, how is penicillin made? Bread mold, right? Well, yes and no. It isn't made from the mold but I won't spoil it for you because I want you to be just as amazed as I was by the things you will learn. The series is loaded with little things such as this and what a surprise to find out that this is the authors first novel!

    I would be completely remiss if I didn't mention Davina Porter. She is the best narrator I've ever heard read an audible book and I've read them for many years. When I was traveling and on the road for my company, it was a way of catching up on my reading and staying awake on the road. Davina's ability to do all the dialects and accents combined with her gender switches are nothing short of amazing. She does Jaime so well that even though I'm straight as an arrow, her rendition is a flat turn on.

    I can't say enough for this book and this series except that it keeps getting better and better. I wish you the joy of opening this book like you're opening a special package that you just know contains something wondrous and joyful. No spoilers here, my friends. I wouldn't do that to you. Instead, discover and pay it forward for this is one of those that when you turn the final page, you do so with joy but also a touch of regret, knowing that you will likely read it again but it can never again be your first time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (620)

    The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

    F. DesBouillons says: "Great Book!!!"
    "I'm not buying the sequel!"
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    You know, this book had a good story going for it and then things went south. Frankly, I found that it is an insult to the intelligence of any age reader but certainly to any teen who loves to read. I won't elaborate because I don 't care for spoilers and the plot devices used by the author to advance her story were pitifully stupid. No self respecting young adult with a thimble full of self esteem would buy into the ending without being totally offended. They deserve more respect and if they are lacking in self esteem, this book certainly would not reinforce good self esteem. I won't be buying the sequels. I will say that it was well narrated. That's my take on it! Wish I could have been more positive but I was ticked off royally by the time I finished it. I then waited a couple more weeks so that I could think it over before submitting a review. Colleen, please do a better job next time, okay?

    0 of 0 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
    (437)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (394)

    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!"
    "Captivating and well written"
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    Tahereh Mafi is a fine writer who delivers what she promises. Ignite me, like the previous two volumes were hard to put down and the narration by Kate Simses is masterful. I couldn't wait for this book to come out and when it did, I was not disappointed. I'm not going into the story or characters because I dislike spoilers whether intentional or not. It was a smart story and would be appreciated by all ages. Good reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starcrossed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Josephine Angelini
    • Narrated By Devon Sorvari
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (96)

    Helen Hamilton has spent her entire 16 years trying to hide how different she is. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood... and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

    Judy says: "First novel of a trilogy?"
    "First novel of a trilogy?"
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    I really enjoyed this read. The book was engaging, interesting, extremely well narrated, but it left me wondering where the second and third volumes were languishing. The second in the series is Dreamless. It was published and out in May of 2012. I'm really anxious to read the sequels because this writer doesn't short change the reader with a couple of dozen dime novels to tell a story when she can tell a full and compete story in a trilogy. I love the characters she painted with her words and I'm so surprised that I'm the first to write a review on this volume because it should have scads of them long since.

    I wonder if those who read it failed to post a review until they had continued the story in the sequels. If so, that's a pity because anyone who read the reviews would be downloading this book right now. As it is, I may have to go to Barnes&RobYou to download it to my Nook when I'd really enjoy it while on a long drive or even while cleaning house. I get so interested and into it that I fail to notice that I'm working or even working out, God forbid. Oh well... At least read Starcrossed because you will like it. I had had it in my library but was a tiny bit put off by the synopsis. That may need to be revisited in case anyone else had the same reaction. I thought, wow.... why didn't I read this sooner?

    Do yourself a favor and don't put it off. It's worth it.

    Oh, I nearly forgot. In my research, I put the authors name in my search engine and she has a website. So, I trucked on over there even though I should be in bed, and wouldn't you know? The third book in the trilogy is titled "Goddess." It can be pre-ordered in print but I think it can be downloaded now to my Nook. PLEASE, Audible... get these two recorded into audible books so we can buy them?

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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