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Cindy

I am a self employed artist who listens to books while I work. I go through a very large selection of books because of it.

janesville, WI, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Courting Darkness: Otherworld, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Yasmine Galenorn
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (176)

    We're the D'Artigo sisters: sexy, savvy ex-operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But being half-human, half-Fae means our powers go haywire at all the wrong times. My sister Delilah is a Death Maiden and werecat who belongs to the Autumn Lord. My sister Menolly is a vampire who's dating a gorgeous werepuma, and the godfather of the undead-set. And me? I'm Camille, Priestess of the Moon Mother, married to a dragon, a youkai, and a Svartan.

    Jill says: "I got a whole new appreciation for Camille"
    "Weak and Pathetic"
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    I have listened to all the books in this series. This is my least favorite yet. Camile comes across as weak and pathetic to me. The series as a whole is decent but something has bothered me all along and this book slammed it home. The story lines are more of what I would expect from young adult books except for one thing.... the sex. There are usually 3 to 4 fairly graphic sex scenes in each book. I don't mind sex in a book, if it adds something to the story but for me, in these books it just doesn't.

    I have to say.... I might pass on the next book that comes out with Camile as the lead. Early on she was my favorite of the 3 but as I get to know her, not so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodring: Rogue Mage, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Natalie Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (310)

    In a near-future world, seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle. But a new species of mage has arisen. Thorn St. Croix is no ordinary neo-mage. Nearly driven insane by her powers, she has escaped the confines of the Enclaves and now lives among humans. When her ex-husband is kidnapped, Thorn must risk revealing her true identity to save him.

    pewter says: "Bloodring Redux"
    "I Paid for This?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I can't believe I used good credits for this. I should have heeded other reviewers warnings.

    The narrator is one of the worst I have heard in a very long time. I listen to books on long drives and this one is actually putting me to sleep. Very monotonous narration and irritating mispronunciations of words.

    The story shows promise, however it needs serious editing. The entire writing style feels very much like a brand new writer who has not developed her skills.

    I love all the Jane Yellowrock books but this is a huge let down.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6700)
    Performance
    (5963)
    Story
    (5963)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Yawn"
    Overall
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    Story

    I love Jim Dale and think his performance was as to be expected. I really wanted to love the story. The premise has alot of promise however, I really struggled to keep focused on this story. I work while I listen and a really good listen holds my attention fully even while working. This book is sadly not one of those.

    The book was just too "all over the place" jumping from one century to another and from character to character far too often. Although I did listen all the way through eventually, it is not a book I would recommend or even listen to again.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4428)
    Performance
    (3076)
    Story
    (3115)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Jim says: "Remastered into chapters from CD."
    "Harsh Listen Through Ear Buds"
    Overall

    Let me start by saying I LOVE the Dresden Files and expected a similar listen. The plot is OK and the character development is a bit slow but the reader, UGH! I listen while I work and have to listen to my books through ear buds. I own a very good set since I listen 8 to 10 hours a day 4 days a week. This reader hurts my ears literally. Not constantly but when she emphasizes certain words its like a harpy screeching in my ear. Also, the corny and painful heralding of a new chapter is not necessary and really takes away from the story for me. I don't think I can listen to the entire series. Too bad since my understanding is that the books just get better and better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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