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C.

One-time Army Paramedic trades life of lust and danger for safer, sedentary, pursuits like knitting, reading and cats.

TAKOMA PARK, MD, United States

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REVIEWS
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  • A Cast-Off Coven: Witchcraft Mysteries Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (374)

    Students are spooked at the San Francisco School of Fine Arts, and Lily is called in to search for possible paranormal activity. In return she's been promised a trunkful of Victorian-era clothes recently discovered in a school storage closet. But Lily finds something else: the body of a wealthy patron of the school. In between running the store and seeing her new boyfriend, Max - a "mythbuster" who is uncomfortable with her witchcraft - she uses her sleuthing skills to try to solve the murder. Soon Lily senses something from the school's vintage clothes, but it's not the smell of mothballs - it's the unmistakable aura of evil intent.

    C. says: "Speaking French"
    "Speaking French"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the second book of the Character Lilly Ivory as she grows more comfortable with being a witch and embracing her power. I'd this one as I did the first: funny and light, not violent or obscene. My observation for book two is the same as it is for #1; I wish the writer Juliet Blackwell would allow herself to give more depth to the characters. The French nuns were a major point in the book, but I still didn't really get to know these women and why they chose that path or why/if they had been deceived; the point was glazed over quickly in the story. I still liked the story however.


    Would you recommend A Cast-Off Coven to your friends? Why or why not?

    One could enjoy the book apart from the series, but I would recommend that you read book one first and the series in order.


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

    Other than this series, no, but I like how Xe Sands reads for the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I had that type of time, but I certainly wanted to read it all the way though.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible should put more Juliet Blackwell book on Audio.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • In Defense of Food

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1338)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (578)

    "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, but read The Omnivore's Dilemma first"
    "I am so going to die."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have to admit, even though I truly liked the book and greatly appreciated the information; emotionally it had me in knots, still feel that way. You know you are being marketed to with every food ad or show on tv, in the store and online. It comes down to who you trust to give you factual information about food and you find that everyone has an agenda and that every choice I thought I was making based on good information is probably killing me slowly. For me, reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma first as has been suggested by other reviewers didn’t help me feel any better about this book, but I do recommend it. I can look at my food choices with scrutiny but with a better understanding of why I made that choice and make a plan of how I go forth in becoming better informed about what I eat. I need to know so much more.

    If I have any issue with the book, it's that I'm not a "foodie". I'm well traveled and have been exposed to many foods, but I'm not a foodie like you almost have to be in order to eat like Pollen suggest. Also I wish Pollen could given more about the politics of food. Anyone of a lower income and limited access to food choices either by income or access have not much choice than to be a victim of food companies a well as the healthcare system gaining revenue from our poor "nutrition".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scott Brick for sure (LoL)


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

    no, but I might have to seek him out. I bet he could make the process of grass growing seem like a murder mystery.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration done by Scott Brick was well done, if not just a tad bit too dramatic which I’m sure added to my anxiety but in retrospect probably was helpful in presenting what is not a simple issue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wish You Were Here

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rita Mae Brown, Sneaky Pie Brown
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Curiosity just might be the death of Mrs. Murphy - and her human companion, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen. Small towns are like families: Everyone lives very close together. . .and everyone keeps secrets. Crozet, Virginia, is a typical small town - until its secrets explode into murder. Crozet's thirty-something post-mistress, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, has a tiger cat (Mrs. Murphy) and a Welsh Corgi (Tucker), a pending divorce, and a bad habit of reading postcards not addressed to her.

    C. says: "Language of the Cats"
    "Language of the Cats"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wish You Were Here the most enjoyable?

    Admittedly, it was hard for me to get into at first. After the third chapter I stopped and started at the beginning. Looking back at it the slow beginning was paramount to the story; small town, small people but their issues are the same as the big busy city. I would have said nothing started happening until the murders, but I was wrong. Though I don’t live far from where the story is based and am not a stranger to small town Virginia, I wasn’t connecting with the characters, not even Mrs. Murphy and Tucker (the tabby and the corgi of the story), but I appreciate why by the time the murders happen the pace was necessary to the story. It became an allegory of the town itself.

    After the first two murders the story started to pick up pace a bit and was locking in my interest. There are two perspectives you have to keep in line as you read; Mrs. Murphy’ and the other animals, and Harry’s world of humans. I must admit I still don’t understand the clue Mrs. Murphy was giving Harry which is driving me crazy, but the story evolved into a wonderful Who-Done-It tale and close to the end I was screaming for the answer. Great read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mrs. Murphy was really cool, but my favorite was Pewter.


    What about Kate Forbes’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Forbes did a great job in giving each character their own unique cadence, accent and pitch. It gave me a good sense of who the character were; pompus, demure, worldly and wise, her rendition added to the experience.


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

    Your Cat's trying to Tell you something....


    Any additional comments?

    On to book 2.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jackson Galaxy, Joel Derfner
    • Narrated By Jackson Galaxy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (167)

    In this book, Galaxy tells the poignant story of his 13-year relationship with a petite gray-and-white short-haired cat named Benny, and gives singular advice for living with, caring for, and loving the feline in your home. When Benny arrived in his life, Galaxy was a down-and-out rock musician with not too much more going on than a part-time job at an animal shelter and a drug problem. Benny's previous owner brought the cat to the shelter in a cardboard box to give him up.

    Dawn says: "10 Stars!!!"
    "Some Tears, But no Ah-Ha Moments"
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    What did you like best about Cat Daddy? What did you like least?

    I’m a cat lady and am familiar with Jackson Galaxy. I’m not convinced he accomplished his intent in showing the redemptive connection between his process of becoming clean and how the cat(s) help bring that about. I believe Mr. Galaxy cares deeply about cats, but the story makes them seem more like props to a life he just kinda fell into rather than a calling.

    I’m not opposed to profane language (so-called) but it was gratuitous at best, a performance.
    I don’t think anyone could read the book and not be touched by his interaction with animals, especially the euthanizing, but didn’t find his personal story compelling.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Nothing, just didn't find it all that great a read.


    What aspect of Jackson Galaxy’s performance would you have changed?

    He read his book well.


    Could you see Cat Daddy being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No on both counts.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catalyst: A Tale of the Barque Cats, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    Thomas's Duchess is no ordinary cat. She's a purebred Barque Cat, trained to patrol the ship on which she serves, sniffing out oxygen leaks and spotting other problems. But when a corrupt government announces it has found an epidemic that requires the impounding and possible destruction of animals across the galaxy - Barque Cats included - two young people, a kitten, and a mysterious, powerful cat with a hidden agenda, are all that stand between the galaxy's animals and total destruction.

    John says: "disappointing"
    "I Really Wanted to Like it, But"
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    What did you like best about Catalyst? What did you like least?

    It’s not a bad book. Being a Cat Lady myself I did with purpose look for stories with a cat (as a pivotal character) in it and when I came across this series I was interested to see how the author puts a cat in Science Fiction genera.

    I can appreciate that there is a sequel to the story and that book one set the stage for the next book, but I’m not sure the story was interesting enough to want to go to the next book. The character “Sharah” (spelling not withstanding) was weird to the story and the maturity given to Chester the Kitten seemed wrong to me. The people characters were a bit shallow and under developed. The story is a bit juvenile for my taste, but that’s my issue not the author.

    I will probable get book two in the hope that story develops better, but I’m lookin’ for a miracle here.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have introduce the Sharah character and the bugs earlier as a parallel story line made Chester more kitten like (naive).


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

    The narration was good and it carried what is a so-so story. I'm convened this would not be a better story if I read it.


    Do you think Catalyst needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It does because you still don't know what's going on, but I'm not sure you'd really want to know by the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secondhand Spirits: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (597)

    Lily Ivory hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora's Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion - she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry - her store becomes a big hit. But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime.

    Sherry says: "Witches and fashion - what's not to like!"
    "I'll Read the Next Book"
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    Would you listen to Secondhand Spirits again? Why?

    It was a little hard to get into in the beginning, but I think that had more to do with the type of fantasy fiction I'm use to rather than a shortcoming of the story. I find most witch stories either juvenile or over sexed. This was neither.

    It was a fun read without being soppy or condescending. The main character, Lily Ivory I think is more complicated that one may see in how she is written, but I personally related to the character well. I thing the story and the character development shroud have been bigger/more in depth, but it was enough to keep me interested to want to read the next book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I liked how Xe Sands read the story, able to give the right about of femininity, strength, provado and curiosity that carry the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6723)
    Performance
    (5113)
    Story
    (5193)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Marvelous"
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    What made the experience of listening to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter the most enjoyable?

    This is just a wonderful book. I think what cautioned me the most before I started reading what I thought I would need to detach myself from what I know of Lincoln in order to enjoy the story and was please to find out that didn't need to happen. I could actually start embracing this as a true story because it filled in with facts of Lincoln's life very well. The premise is so ridiculous and so fantastic...best book I've had in a long while.

    I was always surprised by the plot twist, it kept my interest throughout the book...just marvelous. I laugh and oooed the entire book, well done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The relationship between Lincoln and Henry...hard to pick which of the two I liked the best.


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

    This is my first Scott Holst book. The oration is just as wonderful as the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am new to audiobooks. This book makes it well worth continuing with my subscription.


    Any additional comments?

    I need to see what else Scott Holst is writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14940)
    Performance
    (12301)
    Story
    (12935)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Predictable Story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It wasn't horrible, but the hype was bigger than the book. The writing style reminded me too much of a Harold Robbins novella, so I wouldn't pan it, but it wasn't a great read. You can guess how the story will go before you are half way through the book, Anna and Christian's actions become predictable, the emails are filler for the lack of story content and the sex becomes gratuitous which unless you like that type of thing doesn't give you much of a reason to buy the other two except to find out Christian's history.You can read it, but it won't be memorable.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Though I think the story as a whole doesn't provide a compelling reason to buy the other two books, the ending leaves just enough questions about the character Christian's past (his "mentor", family relationships, early childhood) to consider reading on.


    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Becca Battoe did a decent job for the voice of Anna, was able to give the character that naive sense of the world and was okay for Christian since we were hearing Christian voice from Anna's perspective.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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