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  • Burn for Me: A Hidden Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (327)

    Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career - a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn't sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire. Then she's kidnapped by Connor "Mad" Rogan - a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers.

    RabidReads says: "Cover aside, this audiobook rocked!"
    "Lots of surprises"
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    Would you listen to Burn for Me again? Why?

    Yes, I will definitely listen to Burn for Me again. I was a little put off by the almost continual "hot guy" commentary, but there was plenty of action. The heroine, Nevada, is well grounded in professional responsibility and love of her family. She is clearly a well-rounded person. The other characters in the book are not quite as well developed, but Mad Rogan is coming along nicely by the end of the book, as are Nevada's cousin, mother and grandmother. The plot is nicely tied up, with plenty of loose ends for future development.


    What other book might you compare Burn for Me to and why?

    I put off buying this book until I read a review that indicated that it is tied to the novella, of Swine and Roses -- which I found to be an absolute hoot. I have read all of the Ilona Andrews books that I can lay hands on -- both the Edge series and the Kate Daniels series, as well as Clean sweep and assorted short stories. I'm not sure how they do it, but the Ilona and Gordon Andrews husband and wife writing team can pull of some super yarns that include family warmth, romantic love and exceptionally fast-paced scary plots. I hope they keep writing for a long time to come.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many good scenes in this book it is hard to choose. I think my favorite might have been when Nevada sees the parking lot full of red carnations -- but the two scenes where she discovers the active aspects of her power are close runners-up.


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

    Yes...when Bern steps out of the van. And I can't say a bit more about it without spoilers. Just take my word for it...it is moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hex Appeal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher, Carrie Vaughn, Ilona Andrews, and others
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Marc Vietor, Gayle Hendrix, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (289)

    Fall under the intoxicating spell of their hex appeal…In the magical world that lies hidden beneath our own, witches and conjurers play deadly games. They know just the right spell to kill a man with one kiss—or raise him back again. And they’re not afraid to exact sweet revenge on those who dare to cross them. But what if you’re the unlucky soul who falls victim to a conjurer’s curse? And if you had the power to cast a magic spell of your own, would you use it?

    Shay Bella says: "Good Format, Good Stories"
    "Some excellent -- some not so great."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Most of the stories in this collection are excellent. Retribution Clause by Ilona Andrews and Big Foot on Campus were both excellent. The reader performing Big Foot did an amazingly good rendition of Dresden -- so good that I was halfway through the story before I realized that it was different from Marsden's interpretation. Holly's Balm was a nice little visit with resurectionist Holly and Andrew. But I found the forced, tongue in cheek style of Snow Job to be so poor a presentation that I skipped to the next story half way through it. Outside the Box by P.N. Elrod was up to her usual excellent standards. The rest of the stories were moderately good, but not memorable.


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

    No. the three best authors are writers whose work I already follow. I enjoyed the addition to their worlds.


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

    It was a decent sampler.


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

    The narrators all did well. The reader for Big Foot gave an outstanding performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read similar collections and enjoyed learning of new authors. This one had some good storyes by authors whose works I already collect I always hope that a book of this nature will turn up someone new that I've not read before. Such was not the case with this collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Breaks: Kate Daniels, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (877)

    No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: If there' s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it. As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers.

    Angela says: "I LOVED IT!!!"
    "Kate Daniels does it Again"
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    Where does Magic Breaks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there with Dresden files -- my other favorite series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kate, of course. But there is also Curran, Jim and Julie -- as well as her business partner.


    What about Renée Raudman’s performance did you like?

    Renee's voice is to me Kate's voice. But she also did a credible world-weary teen in the add-on short story about Julie.


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

    The moment when Kate and Curran find the plate of cookies. There are many superb parts -- like Kate despairing over losing two of her own, or when she finds the bones of her grandmother -- the cookies trigger a definite "uh-oh" moment.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure which Ilona Andrews series I like best -- I started with the Kate Daniels books, but I also have read all of the Edge. I hope the newest one -- the Inn Keeper book -- is the beginning of another series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Betrayer: Foreigner Sequence 4, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (126)

    In the wake of civil war, Bren Cameron, the brilliant human diplomat of the alien atevi civilization, has left the capital and sought refuge at his country estate, Najida. But now he is trapped inside Najida-which has been surrounded by enemies- with the powerful grandmother of his ally, Tabiniaiji, atevi leader of the Western Association. Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, is not inclined to be passive and sends Bren into enemy territory, to the palace of the leader of the rebels.

    Charlie Russel says: "The story continues"
    "World Conflict"
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    Would you listen to Betrayer again? Why?

    Yes. This is the capstone book for the forth sequence of the Foreigner series. Cherryh has pulled off something that is very difficult, if not impossible. She has kept the series fresh, yet informs new readers during the introduction of each book of the action that has occurred previously. In this series, Bren Cameron is back on the world, and we are introduced again to Cajeiri, who is growing into his role as heir apparent with a considerable lack of grace -- although he is trying hard to behave and do as he should.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cajieri. His antics and immature thougts reflect Cherryh's background as an educator. His antics get him into a lot of hot water, but also serve to help drive the main plotline. Like many children, he lives encapsuled by an adult world which affects him, but which he can affect only minimally.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In this third book, Cajieri is starting to mature, as he moves toward his ninth birthday. I think my favorite part is where he is trying to help his grandmother, and when bombs are thrown at Cameron's house, he is knocked down. But his main concern as he comes to himself is that he broke the tea service.


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

    Yes. I had a hard time breaking away to do other things I needed to do.


    Any additional comments?

    Concurrent with listening to this series, I re-read Cyteen, Regenisis and Forty Thousand in Gehenna. Cherryh is an author I re-read periodically, as a reminder of how good plotting and excellent writing actually work. Her writing is dense, packed with information on every page, yet well-paced and enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5741)
    Performance
    (5404)
    Story
    (5387)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Dresden carries on"
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    What made the experience of listening to Skin Game the most enjoyable?

    James Marsters is a master reader, and his performance reading the Dresden files has made the series for me. However, he also has superb material in James Butcher's writing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dresden. The entire series is told in first person from his view, so enjoying this character is essential to enjoying the series. However, Karon, the tough little ex-cop and the coroner are very important to this particular book.


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

    Marsters has a way of reading the story as if he were Dresden -- acting as much as reading. The one time there was a different reader (who was not a bad reader -- he just wasn't Marsters), the change in characterization grated on the ear.


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

    Between a rock and a hard place.


    Any additional comments?

    Once again, Butcher has pulled off a plot line that places the central character in an impossible position -- yet allows him to pull off a positive ending. One has to wonder if Mab is actually as evil as her public image, because she certainly allows her current Winter Knight a lot of latitude.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echoes of Betrayal: Paladin's Legacy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (267)

    All is not well in the Eight Kingdoms. In Lyonya, King Kieri is about to celebrate marriage to his beloved, the half-elf Arian. But uncanny whispers from the spirits of his ancestors continue to warn of treachery and murder. A finger of suspicion has been pointed toward his grandmother, the queen of the Ladysforest elves, and that suspicion has only intensified with time and the Lady’s inexplicable behavior.

    Daniel says: "Awesome. You'll Love this"
    "Looking forward to more"
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    Would you listen to Echoes of Betrayal again? Why?

    Yes. This book continues the story begun in Deed of Paksenarrion. It picks up Kieri's story, and examines the relationship between the elves and humans in the kingdom he has inherited. The pacing is excellent, characters well rounded.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kieri and his young wife. They are central to this part of the story.


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Van Dyck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. I like her vocal range and the way she deals with character voices. I will watch for more of her performances.


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

    Spoiler alert for people who have not yet read the book. I was very moved by the moment when the young queen loses her baby, and the realization that food at the banquet had been poisoned.


    Any additional comments?

    The chief attraction in this series for me is the excellent world building and the interplay between characters and cultures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Listen to and Understand Opera

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    To watch any opera lover listen to a favorite work, eyes clenched tight in concentration and passion, often betraying a tear, is to be almost envious. What must it be like, you might think, to love a piece of music so much?And now one of music's most gifted teachers is offering you the opportunity to answer that very question, in a spellbinding series of 32 lectures that will introduce you to the transcendentally beautiful performing art that has enthralled audiences for more than 400 years.

    Shannon says: "Learning and loving it"
    "The Fat Lady Will Never Sing for this one"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Listen to and Understand Opera to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, so I really could not compare the two. However, if you simply read the work, you would miss out on all the wonderful music clips used throughout.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Professor Greenberg's humorous way of dealing with what could be a fairly dry topic.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Robert Greenberg – was your favorite?

    Now I can't see that this really applies. He covers a lot of territory in the history of opera. Figero is certainly memorable, but I wouldn't necessarily call him a favorite. Otello was also well done.


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

    This question so does not apply to this work.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my second "Great Course" audio book performed by Professor Greenberg. He clearly enjoys his topic -- music -- and is adept at couching history in modern terms without getting tooo campy about it. I enjoyed this book and "how to listen and appreciate music" very much. Both added a great deal to my appreciation of music history and classical format.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Netherland

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joseph O'Neill
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    Alone and un-tethered, feeling lost in the country he had come to regard as home, Hans stumbles upon the vibrant New York subculture of cricket, where he revisits his lost childhood and, thanks to a friendship with a charismatic and charming Trinidadian named Chuck Ramkissoon, begins to reconnect with his life and his adopted country. Ramkissoon, a Gatsby-like figure who is part idealist and part operator, introduces Hans to an "other" New York populated by immigrants and strivers of every race and nationality.

    Darwin8u says: "Get Your Post-Colonial Gatsby ON!"
    "Nether where?"
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    What did you like best about Netherland? What did you like least?

    The best part of Netherland was the character development of the protagonist. I disliked the rambling style. The story begins in the present, but is largely driven by flashbacks and digressions.


    What was most disappointing about Joseph O'Neill’s story?

    I can't say I was exactly disappointed. I read the book to review it, so I had no particular expectations. I simply wasn't impressed with it.


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

    Mays does a nice job of working with this material. His reading is direct and clear.


    Did Netherland inspire you to do anything?

    NOT read another book by Joseph O'neill.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not fond of "slice of life" books, so my review is probably less than fair. However, I simply wasn't impressed with the overall approach. The whole concept of Cricket, the game as applied to "playing cricket" as keeping your dealings in life open and above board in life, seemed a little strained to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in Red: A Novel of the Others

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Alexandra Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (1100)
    Story
    (1109)

    As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

    Angela says: "WOW!!!!! JUST WOW!"
    "Psychology Turned Into Fantasy"
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    If you could sum up Written in Red in three words, what would they be?

    Understanding personal growth


    What other book might you compare Written in Red to and why?

    Sebastian, another book by Anne Bishop. It has the same sort of gentle sweetness wrapped up in bravado "tough".


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

    I have not listened to Alexandra Harris's other performances. This was a first for me. I was impressed with the way she could introduce voice differences without sounding strained. Since her narrative voice is a light soprano, this is truly impressive.


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

    Yes. And I could not. It gave me something to look forward to at the end of my work week.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all of Anne Bishop's books and short stories that I could obtain. I own copies of the Black Jewels series and the Ephemeral series. Like many of her books, Written in Red seems to pick up on a current social trend -- in this case, cutting -- and examines possible reasons and even an element of solution. It taps into the need for children and youth to make connections with others and to learn useful skills in order to survive. It examines values that are true "inside the tribe" and treatment of those "outside the tribe." At the same time, the plot is fast paced, the characters are believable. Her "others" are not as gritty as Patricia Briggs wolves or Ilona Andrews Edge dwellers, nor as ethereal as Charles de Lint's urban mythic creatures, but they have a charm of their own. Overall, the book comes across as light, playful, yet strong.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Marc Weissbluth, MD
    • Narrated By Paul Mantell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (11)

    One of the country's leading researchers updates his revolutionary approach to solving - and preventing - children's sleep problems. Here Dr. Marc Weissbluth, a distinguished pediatrician and father of four, offers his groundbreaking program to ensure the best sleep for your child. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child's natural sleep cycles.

    Ona says: "This guy had kids?"
    "This guy had kids?"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Use of reliable study citations.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marc Weissbluth, MD again?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was ok. Hard to do much with the material at hand.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the good doctor swallowed a copy of Dr. Spock, and tried to fancy it up. The coup de gras for me was when I looked up crib tents and found that they had been recalled as unsafe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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