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Melinda

Fire Angel

Putnam Valley, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 7 reviews
  • 70 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 79 purchased in 2014
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  • The Hidden Oasis

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Paul Sussman
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Egypt 2153 BC: 80 priests set out under cover of darkness with a mysterious object.... Albania, 1986: A plane takes off bound for the Sudan. Somewhere over the Sahara it disappears.... The present: a mummified corpse is discovered in the dunes with a roll of camera film and a clay obelisk inscribed with a hieroglyphic sign.... Three unconnected events - or so it seems.

    Matthew says: "Hot and Heavy in Egypt"
    "Fantastic, fast-paced Thriller"
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    Story

    Don't even try to guess what will happen next. This was one of the best thrillers. I couldn't put it down. The last five hours are absolutely amazing--better than Indiana Jones! The narrator was great as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dissolution: A Novel of Tudor England Introducing Matthew Shardlake

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (615)
    Story
    (623)

    This riveting debut set in 1534 England secured C. J. Sansom’s place “among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists” (P. D. James). When Henry VIII’s emissary is beheaded at an English monastery, hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake is dispatched to solve the crime. But as he uncovers a cesspool of sin, three more murders occur - and Matthew may be the next target.

    Grcla says: "Very good"
    "A gripping knot of suspense skillfully unpicked"
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    A gripping knot of suspense skillfully unpicked by the series' star, Matthew Shardlake. The twists and turns just kept coming ratcheting up the suspense. I could not put it down; the story was addictive and the characters brilliantly realized. It kept me guessing until the bitter end. The narration was spot on in my opinion, I could not imagine a better voice for this series or as Matthew's voice. I cannot wait to listen to the next installment and I'm generally a fan of mysteries! C.J. Sansom has won me over to the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9506)
    Performance
    (8470)
    Story
    (8446)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Stunning"
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    I enjoyed this story so much I bought Hexed and Hounded before I even finished Hounded. Unexpected twists, turns and the very interesting perspective of a 21-hundred year old Druid combined to tell an intriguing tale of revenge and the lengths people (and deities) will go to get what they want. Truly entertaining from start to finish. I loved the relationship between Atticus and Oberon. Luke Daniels was spot on with the characters; he has a way of voicing novels that emphasizes the immediacy of the story making it doubly hard to pause the story before it's ended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6520)
    Performance
    (5902)
    Story
    (5903)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "Hooked"
    Overall
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    From Asgard to Midgard this tale captivated me--it just never let up. I couldn't put my ipod down--I had to hear what happened next. The humor was spot on and had me cackling in my cubicle, garnering more evil glares from the HR rep three rows over. Luke Daniels did a fantastic job voicing all the characters and making them distinct. I especially enjoyed the tales of the others who had vendettas against Thor. I can't wait for the next installment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7352)
    Performance
    (6586)
    Story
    (6598)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Spellbound"
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    I couldn't bear to pause this one even to answer the phone at work! The twists and turns kept me spellbound and the unexpected moments of humor had me laughing so hard in my cubicle that the head of HR glared at me through her glassed-in office. The narrator did a fantastic job; he had me hanging on every word. What a great way to spend a boring Thursday at work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Radiant Seas: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    This sequel to the acclaimed Primary Inversion continues the story of Sauscony and Jaibriol, each the heir to an interstellar empire, as they become entangled again in the machinations of the Skolian Empire.

    Melinda says: "A Nobel Effort"
    "A Nobel Effort"
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    Story

    Read the Radiant Seas because the universe where it is set and the players behind Soz and Jabriel interest you and you'll not be disappointed. If you read it because you enjoy Soz and Jabriel and want to continue their story--then skip most of the first part. If you belong to the former group, there's some great writing about the Imperator and insight into his troubled past and present. If you're part of the latter group, skip to the rescue and you'll not be disappointed. The two halves of the book form an interesting cycle of events and themes that once I got over my annoyance that Soz and Jabriel were mostly absent from the first half, I actually enjoyed. It's actually a good book if you read it with the right mind frame and know going in that you'll have wait for Soz and Jabriel to return to the mix. There are three really great sequences that truly make the book worth listening to. I can only give this book three stars because it should really have been split in two. It functions as two separate books and has two separate climaxes and resolutions. The narrator did a great job considering the sheer number of characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When Darkness Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (214)

    A great working of Wild Magic and High Magic strikes at the heart of the Demon Queen's plots, but the human city, the Golden City of the Bells, falls farther under her sway with each day that passes. And without the City's High Magicians, the Wild Magicians, the Elven Army, and all their allies will surely fall before the onslaught of the Demon Queen's malignant warriors. But not all hope is lost. The Light's young mages, tempered by war, grow ever more powerful.

    Dan McGee says: "Good Enough!"
    "Slow Starter, Long lead-up, Good Ending"
    Overall

    The story has a very long lead-up and once it gets going, it crawls along. However, the last 6 hours are well worth it and I wish the rest of the book moved at that speed and tension level. The main character is very dense and more than a bit daft thus the reader catches on chapters ahead of the boy and that wears on the reader. By the 15th hour of the recording, I was ready to strangle Kellen for his daftness. He would worry for a good length of time about something the reader already knew was not important or was not going to happen the way he feared. You know it is bad when other characters comment on his darftness. Truly Kellen lead a sheltered life but I wish the authors had chosen to make him less daft and less worrisome and instead, devoted their writing to the plot. The descriptions are photographic at times, they are so detailed. But the narrative tension completely dies after the outlaw hunt and is not revived until Kellen has a vision and then it dies out again when he and Idalia arrive at the sanctuary of the Elves. It is finally ressurected at the last six hours of the narrative, which are very good. The last third bears striking similarities to the Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King and The Fellowhship of the Ring. That was something I did not expect. I am a long time fan of Mercedes Lackey, especially her series concerning Valdemar and its Heralds. I have never read any other James Mallory works, so I cannot comment on his writing. Since I am a die hard fan of Mercedes Lackey, I will listen to the sequel and I hope it is devoted more to plot and characterization and less to exposition and is faster paced. Show us what is happening, do not tell us about it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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