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E. Lanier

Maryland | Member Since 2007

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • A Girl's Guide to Vampires: The Dark Ones, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (139)

    Joy Randall's Top-five tips for vampire hunters: Location, location, location. Vampires won't be caught dead (ha!) in places like discos, 10-minute lube shops, or Switzerland. Remember, if you wouldn't be there, neither would a bloodsucker. Trust your eyes. You know the handsome, annoyingly arrogant, self-assured man in the shadows with long hair and a cleft in his chin? He's your vampire. No matter how tempting it might be, do not "accidentally" acquire a paper cut on your finger and suggest your vampire kiss it to make it better....

    E. Lanier says: "Maybe it was Katie's first "stab" at writing"
    "Maybe it was Katie's first "stab" at writing"
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    Smarmy lead guy with antiquated language "Baby" this and "Baby" that. Really idiotic leading female whom all the men in the story inexplicably fall head over heels for. One lonely vampire almost as an after-thought? This is a Vampire story. Where are the sexy Dark Ones?

    This book is nowhere near the level of the books later in the Dark Ones series. I really enjoy Katie MacAlister. I think her writing is irreverent and down right laugh out loud funny. Maybe this book was written before she really developed her style.

    If you've never read the Dark Ones before, start with a newer one. (I started with Zen and the Art of Vampire, because that was what Audible had before the first three were re-issued.) Then come back and get the first ones just so you can find out how some of the characters end up with their beloveds.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Would-be Witch: A Southern Witch Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kimberly Frost
    • Narrated By Mandy Siegfried
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (104)

    The family magic seems to have skipped over Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets are a few untimely visits from long-dead, smart-mouthed family ghost Edie. But when her locket-an heirloom that happens to hold Edie's soul-is stolen in the midst of a town-wide crime spree, it's time for Tammy to find her inner witch.

    Joie says: "Fun Story"
    "Would-be better off buying something else"
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    Insipid heroine. Nauseating narrator. Slowly moving story. I'm not even going to finish this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • That Touch of Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (152)

    To make ends meet, Stacy decides to develop her special…powers. Everyone can use a touch of magic now and then, right? Soon she’s got clients lining up to receive her signature potions - until a few of them go awry.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great 2nd Half"
    "Don't Touch This Magic"
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    Performance
    Story

    Lucy March's "A Little Night Magic" was worth the credit. This book isn't sure whether it wants to be a suspense book (at which it utterly fails) or a light romance. The heroine is so caught up in her past slutty-ness that the story drags every there might be a romantic moment. The characters are so unremarkable that I can't even remember their names and I just finished listening to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2735)
    Performance
    (2494)
    Story
    (2500)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Almost as bad as Jane Auel's Last Book"
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    I have nothing good to say about this book. I should have listened to the other reviewers. I should have saved myself the credit and the time and read the spoilers. I urge you to do the same.be smarter than I was.

    Charlaine Harris really is bored with her series. There is very little effort put into the story and the way she wrote, it seems as if she is mad at all of her readers and just wanted to take away any bit of fun left in the series so we wouldn't ask for any more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Bestseller

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Wendy Wax
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Once upon a time four aspiring authors met at their very first writers' conference. Ten years later they're still friends, survivors of the ultra-competitive New York publishing world. Mallory St. James is a workaholic whose best sellers support a lavish lifestyle. Tanya Mason is a single mother juggling two jobs, two kids, and too many deadlines. Faye Truett is the wife of a famous televangelist and the author of inspirational romances: No one would ever guess her explosive secret.

    S says: "Meh....just okay."
    "Book within a Book"
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    This is not your ordinary "triumph over adversity" book. Wendy Wax has created a story about writing a book and the publishing industry into a believable story about the lives of four diverse female authors. I really loved the insights into writing and publishing, but most of all I enjoyed the individual voices of each character. You can almost believe that this is something that really happened. You won't regret the credit or the time you spend on this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Galileo’s Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    With Galileo’s Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson crafts an instant masterpiece that blends epic adventure and thoughtful alternate history. Ganymede, a rebellious Jovian, attempts to bring famed scientific mind Galileo forward in time to alter the course of history with astonishing results.

    David says: "Historical Novel?"
    "Tedious"
    Overall

    I expected an exciting story. This is more a biography with a tiny bit of sci-fi on the side. Maybe it gets better as it goes, but I've not managed to make it through the first part after trying to engage with the story for over three weeks now.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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