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Melissa

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  • Spider's Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2994)
    Performance
    (2334)
    Story
    (2343)

    They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

    Alex says: "Only because..."
    "The narrator saved this book... barely."
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    The story was a standard revenge story. The writing style was pretty juvenile, though. There were elements of the story that didn't add anything. I was looking for a good series to follow, but I don't think this one is it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6919)
    Performance
    (6388)
    Story
    (6388)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "It keeps getting twistier..."
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    This was such a good story in this series. I wasn't quite sure which way it was going to go. Dead is dead, right? So, there was that little bit of contrivance to keep Dresden in the land of the living, but we love Dresden and want to keep enjoying his crazy life.

    It's interesting how much Dresden has matured over the last few books. He's always been an old-fashioned chivalrous guy, but having a daughter has really had an impact on him. He's become more of a "big-picture" guy. It will be so interesting (and entertaining) to see how Maggie influences him and becomes part of these stories. And now Molly's story will become more than tangential to Dresden's. Sad for Molly, but a great plot twist.

    So much happened in this book. And it was good to have James Marsters back. He does a great job of bringing Dresden to live and involving the reader in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6600)
    Performance
    (5692)
    Story
    (5684)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "What a distraction from the story..."
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    I downloaded this without reading reviews or noticing the narrator had changed. It's Dresden and James Marsters is the voice of Dresden. I'm sure the story will be the same Dresden, but the change in narrator will be pretty distracting. What was Penguin thinking? I'd waited this long for the book; I'd have waited for James Marsters. Had I looked and listened to the preview, I'd have bought the book.

    10 of 19 people found this review helpful

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