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Anna

SOUTH EUCLID, OH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (1076)
    Performance
    (990)
    Story
    (996)

    Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

    But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Fans of the Parasol Protectorate, Rejoice!"
    "Treat from start to end."
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    What did you love best about Etiquette & Espionage?

    The sense of humor and the world of Steampunk Victorian England.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The imagination and care to detail.


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

    Not had the opportunity yet.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clean Sweep

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (486)

    On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast.

    Donna says: "A MUST LISTEN. Promising start for a new series."
    ""Inn"credible good time"
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    What did you love best about Clean Sweep?

    I enjoyed the fact that the book takes place in a Magical Bed & Breakfast. The immediate charm that comes to mind when thinking about a B&B never fades throughout the book.


    What other book might you compare Clean Sweep to and why?

    The tone of the book makes me think of the Elemental Assassin series. Maybe because the main character in that series is also all about taking care of her own.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Vampires, werewolves, and Bed & Breakfasts.. OH MY


    Any additional comments?

    Pardon the puns, I honestly couldn't help myself and it seemed to fit the tone of the book. Tone is lighter, but still takes itself seriously enough to provide a good adventure. It doesn't have a "grand epic" worked into its plotline which I think is part of the reason it is so enjoyable. It is simply a good read and something I enjoy picking up to re-read/ listen to on a rainy day!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2348)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (605)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Reason I got audible"
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    What did you love best about Skinny Dip?

    The storyline and the performance. This is the ONLY book I prefer to listen to over reading!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Skinny Dip?

    The moment where Chaz realizes Joey is alive :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3629)
    Performance
    (3375)
    Story
    (3378)

    For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

    D says: "Another Serving of Hilari-tea"
    "Not sure about Granuiel's view"
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    Any additional comments?

    I think my main thing is that this is really the first time we get Granuiel's POV. Not sure I really care for it. She's a little too much of the deep philosophical for my tastes. I think I prefer straight Atticus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Switched: The Trylle Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Amanda Hocking
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (603)

    When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until 11 years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Light and Fun!"
    "Younger Readers Only"
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    Would you try another book from Amanda Hocking and/or Therese Plummer?

    Therese Plummer yes. Amanda Hocking most likely no.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Amanda Hocking? Why or why not?

    No, she isn't a bad writer but the book is blatantly YA fiction and there is little finesses in her writing. If I am going to read YA it needs to have a well executed plot line and needs to move at a decent pace. The imagination is there but the pace isn't.


    What does Therese Plummer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Therese Plummer did a good job. She kept me interested longer than I would have been if I was simply reading the book, but I still ended up being bored enough to stop listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Howl's Moving Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (1134)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (904)

    A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones amd was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

    Elisa says: "Howl's Moving Castle is Amazing!"
    "a fantastical story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Howl's Moving Castle the most enjoyable?

    I love the plot


    What did you like best about this story?

    the very British sense of humor


    What does Jenny Sterlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Spoiler alert******** Jenny does a good job making Old Sophie and Young Sophie's voice different, but seeming like they still belong to the same person.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    ummm well Studio Ghibli already made a film so that is kinda pointless.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book to pieces so am very biased. I enjoy getting into the ridiculous characters and enjoy this book in its written, audio, and film formats.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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