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leslie

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  • The Ersatz Elevator: A Series of Unfortunate Events #6

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Like the previous books in A Series of Unfortunate Events, there is nothing to be heard here but misery, despair, and discomfort, and you still have time to choose something else to listen to.

    leslie says: "Readers don't come any better"
    "Readers don't come any better"
    Overall

    The pairing of author Lemony Snicket and reader Tim Curry is simply brilliant! Like certain film directors and their favorite actors, when artists collide who just "get" each other, the work comes to life in a way that transcends the medium. I am a great fan of Lemony Snicket's "Unfortunate Events" Series. I love the relentless ingenuity of the Boudelaire orphans, and the way that 'adults' fail them at every opportunity. Curry's gleeful malevolence as Olaf, and the depths of shallowness that he manages to impart in his characterizations of the Squalors makes me giddy. I recommend all of the books in this series that Curry has recorded. Though Lemony Snickett himself does a better than average job as author-turned-narrator on some of the other books, the offerings with Tim Curry are the best of the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Boneshaker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading
    Overall
    (998)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (667)

    In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

    Tracey says: "Doesn't live up to potential"
    "Good.... Just not GREAT!"
    Overall

    I was looking for books in the steam-punk genre and stumbled across Boneshaker. The book kept me engaged for several days as I painted a mural in a friend's house. With sufficient steam-punk details to satisfy, and two good narrators, I stayed interested for the duration of the listen. I did enjoy the complete absence of female victims here. It was refreshing to let the old broads be both wise and kick ass- and not even a little concerned about the suppleness of their body parts. I wanted to LOVE this book, for all its uniqueness, but somehow I think the thing that will last the longest for me- is the cool cover art.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2681)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (911)

    Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?

    V. Sharol says: "Compelling but unsettling"
    "Didn't want to put it down..."
    Overall

    I only recently discovered the SHOWTIME series based on this book- and I was not disappointed by either of them. The narrator was excellent, and getting a peek into the mind of a sociopath was just the kind of fresh, twisted literary adventure that grabs and holds my attention. Who knew that an anti-hero, completely devoid of emotion or conscience, could be so compelling?

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress of Magic: The Mists of Avalon: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (420)

    In the tradition of T.H. White's The Once and Future King, the author makes use of the prerequisites of the Arthurian legend: Excalibur, the Holy Grail, Lancelet's illicit love for Gwenhwyfar, the destruction of Camelot, but with a twist - she presents the entire panoramic story from the female point of view.

    leslie says: "Excellent Narration-Frustrating Hatchet Job"
    "Excellent Narration-Frustrating Hatchet Job"
    Overall

    I've loved and reread "The Mists of Avalon" since I discovered it many years ago. Davina Porter does an excellent job with the narration. My only gripe is that the book is broken into FOUR short parts, instead of TWO longer parts or being sold as a 2 credit option. This makes for one VERY expensive read for the complete book. I bristle.

    50 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • Kushiel's Scion

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Carey
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (181)

    Imriel de la Courcel's birth parents are history's most reviled traitors, but his adoptive parents, the Comtesse Phedre and the warrior-priest Joscelin, are Terre d'Ange's greatest champions. Stolen, tortured, and enslaved as a young boy, Imriel is now a Prince of the Blood; third in line for the throne in a land that revels in art, beauty and desire. It is a court steeped in deeply laid conspiracies - and there are many who would see the young prince dead.

    Jennifer says: "Fun and frustrating"
    "Better than nothing..."
    Overall

    This is a good book, and fairly well narrated, except that the voices of the "Tiberians" all sound like Transylvanian vampires.( This is NOT a vampire book) I found it wildly distracting. The earlier books in the series which feature Phaedre and Jocelyn are much more interesting, but the horribly pedantic narrator of those books ruined things for me. I couldn't even listen to the whole preview(I tried, I really tried), so I settled for the better of two narrators from a series I really love. Read the books instead- and make up your own voices.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Austin Grossman
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (962)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (469)

    Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

    Brad says: "Now that I have you at my mercy. . ."
    "Exquisitely delectable fun!"
    Overall

    Paul Boehmer's performance as Dr. Impossible is so gleefully snarky, its hard to find superlatives equal to it. He is just brilliant!



    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1823)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (835)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Richard says: "Tour de force"
    "AAAAARGGGH!"
    Overall

    Imagine eavesdropping on the next table over lunch at a Star Trek convention- and this book is what you would get- Hour after hour of quantum and theoretical physics debate with no discernible plot or character development. I am a fan of SCI FI, but at about hour 22 I finally just gave up hoping that anything would actually HAPPEN. I cannot imagine what the other reviewers were thinking in recommending this book- unless they were afraid of appearing anti-intellectual by panning it. I want my 2 CREDITS back!

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Road Taken

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    It would have been impossible for Molly not to take a long, hard look at the Impala in the parking lot: it's big, dark, and impressive. But it isn't the only thing that gets her engine revving.

    Kim says: "A quickie"
    "Not just inept as erotica..."
    Overall

    ..but as engaging as the instruction manual for your desktop printer. Dry and colorless prose. The literary equivalent of cardboard. Erotica?! Pffft!
    If I had paid for this, I would have been VERY put out...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Gentleman's Wager

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Madelynne Ellis
    • Narrated By Betsy Garden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    When 18th-century young lady Bella Rushdale finds herself fierely attracted to handsome landowner Lucerne Marlinscar, she does not expect the rival for her affections to be another man. However, the handsome and decadent Marquis Pennerley has desired Lucerne for years, and when they are brought together at the remote Lauwine Hall for a country party on the Yorkshire Moors, he intends to claim him.

    Meg says: "Risque Period Romance"
    "Great! I'll look for more from this author."
    Overall

    I thought it was a great listen, highly erotic, and very well read and written. Judging by the outrage from other readers, they must have been expecting something more conventionally romantic- which this is decidedly NOT. You say 'pornography'- I say "erotica". I hope the detractors don't have an undue influence on audible's buyers. I really liked this book, as well as the erotica of Kristina Lloyd. I'd like to hear more from both of these writers.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Asking for Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kristina Lloyd
    • Narrated By Saskia Reeves
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    When Beth Bradshaw - the manager of a fashionable bar in the seaside town of Brighton - starts flirting with the handsome Ilya, she becomes a player in a game based purely on sexual brinkmanship. The boundaries between fantasy and reality start to blur as their relationship takes on an increasingly reckless element. When Ilya's murky past catches up with him, he's determined to involve Beth.

    LeftyMom says: "Crude"
    "Not for the"
    Overall

    ...This is smart, raw and raunchy erotica- complexly drawn and brilliantly read- with enough plot and character development to make it good fiction as well.









    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Caine's Reckoning: Hell's Eight Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah McCarty
    • Narrated By Zoe Winslow
    Overall
    (1412)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (701)

    From the moment he beds Desi, Caine knows turmoil will follow. Desi might have the face of a temptress, but she also has a will of iron, and while she needs his protection, she's determined that no man will control her again. They establish an uneasy bond, but it isn't enough for Caine. He wants all Desi has to offer. He wants her screams, her moans, her demands...everything. Yet there's still a bounty on Desi's head, and keeping her sexually satisfied is proving easier than keeping her alive.

    Toni says: "Wonderful! More like this!"
    "Explicit fluff"
    Overall

    This is best described as a sexually-explicit Romance novel. The plot begins promisingly enough, but rapidly sinks to simplistic stereotypes and a lot of pedestrian sex play.

    If you like your erotica on the vanilla side, and your characters simple and uncomplicated, you'll enjoy this read.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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