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Georgina Sands

Stockholm, Sweden | Member Since 2010

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  • Easy Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Libby Fischer Hellmann
    • Narrated By Beth Richmond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Removed from the gritty streets of Chicago, the residents of the North Shore sleep easily in their million dollar homes. Easily, that is, until a local girl is discovered bludgeoned to death in the woods. Quick to blame the man with the bat, the North Shore returns to its version of normalcy. But the accused's sister isn't so willing to forget and hires Georgia Davis - former cop and newly-minted PI - to look into the incident.

    Ed says: "Better than expected"
    "Too bad"
    Overall

    I object to all stereotyping and was very disappointed to find that in this book. Too bad, as the issues, teenage prostitution and peer pressure, otherwise were well approached.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Raven Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (657)

    It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain.

    C. ALLINGER says: "Stiefvater does it again!"
    "Alot of teenage angst."
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    Would you try another book from Maggie Stiefvater and/or Will Patton?

    I'm not sure I would try another of Maggie Stiefvaters books. There is way too much teenage angst.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Blue is an interesting person but not interesting enough to continue to try pushing past the (did I mention it before) vast amonuts of teenage angst.


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

    Narrator does a good job, would not mind listening to other audibooks narrated by him.


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

    No way.


    Any additional comments?

    With a little less of the emotional turmoil of the characters the story is interesting and could have appealed to a much larger audience. I also found the lengthy and somewhat in my oppinion contrived similies would have been much more potent if used more sparingly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cat o' Nine Tales: The Jane Yellowrock Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (434)

    For the first time - in one Audible-exclusive collection - it's 13 stories of Jane Yellowrock, the shape-shifting skinwalker and vampire hunter for hire whose business card reads, "Have Stakes - Will Travel". Jane carries inside her the soul of her Beast, the mountain lion's soul which merged with hers when she accidently performed black magic as a child. Now, she and her Beast stalk the dark streets of New Orleans, bringing rogue vampires true death.

    Pauline says: "More of Everything Jane Yellowrock (and friends)!"
    "Uneven, but in the end worth it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Cat o' Nine Tales in three words, what would they be?

    Uneven, but OK.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Jane.


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

    She reads with a pleasant voice and just enough character to differentiate but not irritate.


    Any additional comments?

    I seem to enjoy Faith Hunters novels much more than the short stories. And BTW, why should Jane choose between a dimwit who throws himself on all women and someone who betrays her? She deserves much much better than that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breakup: A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (53)

    When winter's done, but spring has not yet fully sprung, much of Alaska turns to slush. Locally, it's called "breakup," and it's a…messy time of year. It's certainly messy for Kate Shugak; between doing her taxes, being chased by grizzlies, and getting shot at by feuding families, she has to cope with an NTSB investigation that hits very close to home. Then, of course, there's the body in the woods. And up at the old mining town. And…being Kate Shugak, somehow she can't leave well enough alone, and begins to tease apart a well-planned and surprising crime.

    Rusty says: ""I hate Breakup" was the funniest line in a great"
    "Frustrating but good"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What made the experience of listening to Breakup the most enjoyable?

    Kate, who stands tall where others might shy away and let things slide.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Again, Kate, a person to aspire to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The burning. Because it illustrates what happens when people stop thinking for themselves.


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

    I was angry in the knowledge that this kind of situation exists today and that biggots and bullies will force their will on others. And although the end is realistic I wished for a different solution.


    Any additional comments?

    Will keep buying this series, the stories are great and the narrator very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Cross: Jane Yellowrock, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1753)
    Performance
    (1445)
    Story
    (1447)

    Jane Yellowrock is back on the prowl against the children of the night. The vampire council has hired skinwalker Yellowrock to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules - but Jane quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep.

    Ducky says: "GO JANE!!! GO FAITH!! AND GO KHRISTINE!!"
    "Ear candy"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about Blood Cross?

    Fast paced, twists and turns, continuing development of characters.


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

    For one it is a pleasure to listen to her voice, just the right amount of character to make people easy to differentiate but not so much as to make it irritating. And then I had saved this book as a bribe to myself during window washing (which I hate) and that made the whole experience quite pleasurable.


    Any additional comments?

    Got the next one before I even started this one. Now onto no 4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mercy Blade: Jane Yellowrock, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1572)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1324)

    Jane, a shapeshifting vampire-hunter-for-hire, crosses paths with a stranger who has arrived in New Orleans, enlisted to hunt vampires who have gone insane - or so he says.

    Ducky says: "JANE AND BEAST VS WEREWOLVES......OH MY!!"
    "Addictive series."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Fast, interesting characters, great universe.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Complexity of story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't say - I'd give it all away!


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

    No extreme reaction but totally entertained throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    Got the next one today - yeah!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Rock: Skindancer, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Anthony Francis
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    Dakota Frost is back, and the ink is about to hit the fan-again. Graffiti comes to life in the dark heart of Atlanta's oldest cemetery, slaying one of the city's best-loved vampires before the eyes of his friend Dakota Frost. Deadly magick is at work on the city's walls, challenging even the amazing power of Dakota's tattoos to contain it. The hungry, graffiti magick loves to kill, and the Edgeworld is no longer safe from its own kind.

    Dakota begins a harrowing journey to save those she loves and to discover the truth behind the spreading graffiti....

    Tracey says: "Uneven but fun 2nd volume in Skindancer series"
    "Waiting for no 3"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Blood Rock again? Why?

    Looked for the next installment, not out yet unfortunately. Characters are believable and intriguing and evolving. Great universe.


    What other book might you compare Blood Rock to and why?

    Jane Yellowrock series. Also strong multidimentional heroine and great universe.


    Which character – as performed by Traci Odom – was your favorite?

    Can't say.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many of the scenes between Dakota Frost and her adopted daughter are interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next installment, hopefully with the same narrator who is doing a great job!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frost Moon: Skindancer, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anthony Francis
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (191)

    In an alternate Atlanta where magic is practiced openly, where witches sip coffee at local cafes, shapeshifters party at urban clubs, vampires rule the southern night like gangsters, and mysterious creatures command dark caverns beneath the city, Dakota Frost's talents are coveted by all. She's the best magical tattooist in the southeast, a Skindancer, able to bring her amazing tats to life. When a serial killer begins stalking Atlanta's tattooed elite, the police and the Feds seek Dakota's help.

    Holly says: "Give it a pass"
    "So good I got the second book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Frost Moon the most enjoyable?

    Good narrator with just the right amount of characterization, great story and believable multidimentional cast.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Frost Moon?

    When Dakota inspite of being scared and coming face to face with her vunerability decides to stand up for herself inspite of all.


    What about Traci Odom’s performance did you like?

    Besides the above, her voice is pleasant, suits the story and the volume was kept at levels that did not have me reaching for the controls to adjust all the time.


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

    Yeah!


    Any additional comments?

    Got the second and happy to hear that more are planned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2910)
    Performance
    (2471)
    Story
    (2476)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Fast paced, funny, interesting plot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Skinwalker?

    Great characters with depth.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Heroine multifaceted and no push over.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    Easily identifiable voices, but not exaggerated. Real easy on the ears, even volume so you don't have to keep adjusting the volume.


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

    She can be whatever she wants to be - so watch your back bad guys!


    Any additional comments?

    Have already bought the next audiobook in the series and was very happy to see that it is the same reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Raised by Wolves

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (311)

    Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, 15-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it. That doesn't mean that she's averse to breaking a rule or two. But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian's basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents' murders return.

    Dorothea says: "Enjoyable listen."
    "Not even for teenagers."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Lynn Barnes and/or Eileen Stevens?

    Maybe the reader, not the author.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jennifer Lynn Barnes? Why or why not?

    No. Unlikely that the same author would produce any better, basic character profile stinks.


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

    I am not sure about trying different voices to identify who is speaking, but I may try another book read by the same reader and may have a better experience.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Raised by Wolves?

    Alot of the repeating "blood, blood, blood" and other of the main characters repetitive thoughts.


    Any additional comments?

    Young people and young women in particular does not need this type of heroine. I would reckommend Pippi Longstocking, honestly. At least she has some fortitude. Brin is a stupid and self centered girl, more than most teenagers, that plunge ahead and create havoc around her, again more than most teenagers. Her "gift" is what saves the day, wereas most teenagers do not have any gifts but rather alot of resources that encouraged certainly can help them a) not get into trouble and b) if trouble strikes use them instead of hoping for a miracle. In addition I would say that this type of female protagonist is old hat, very old and very mouldy and very unappetizing old hat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3587)
    Performance
    (3263)
    Story
    (3259)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "Great lauch!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Driving Mr. Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On the funny side.


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

    Just the right amount of character to each voice.


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

    Laughed out loud and got funny looks from people around me.


    Any additional comments?

    Will look for further installments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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