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mavram

HENDERSON, NV, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • 22 reviews
  • 94 ratings
  • 227 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2015
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  • Mortality

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (347)

    Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death.

    Darwin8u says: "Death IS the DARK backing"
    "No gimmicks, just the facts"
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    Would you listen to Mortality again? Why?

    Yes. Well written, expresses the reality of the battle of the human spirit when faced with its mortality, specifically cancer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very factual and real. I could feel his pain and his anguish.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Very well done, cognicent of the late writer himself.


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

    The afterward by Christopher's wife.. very difficult not to break down with her. My heart goes out to her.


    Any additional comments?

    I am in the medical field and was moved and enlightened by Christopher's ability to express and describe his emotions and consequences. He is a huge loss to talent.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Grim: Tornians Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By M.K. Eidem
    • Narrated By Commodore James, Laura Jennings
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (448)

    King Grim Vasteri is the strongest and most feared warrior in the Tornian Empire. He is the King of Luda, blood brother to the Emperor, and his line will die with him. He will have no offspring for no female would join with him for once he was scarred he was considered "unfit". The Tornian Empire has been dying ever since the great infection caused the birth of females to become a rarity. Since then they have been searching the known universes for compatible females.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "SO DANG GOOD!!!"
    "Really really bad!"
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    I am beside myself at all the great reviews. I have listened to audiobooks based on books by Karen Marie Moning, J R Ward, Jeanine Frost, Suzanne Wright, Thea Harrison, Kresley Cole, Etc...
    This was dreadful! The story is just lame and the narrators were clear yet ugghhh, just bad. The one reading Lisa sounded like a boring librarian and the one reading Grim was annoying.
    There is nothing exciting about this story. It is dry and potentially entertaining to one that has not read paranormal romances by some of the greats.
    I am not recommending this to anyone and am annoyed I read reviews as that is what lead me to get the audiobook. What a waste of time. This is just bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12099)
    Performance
    (10408)
    Story
    (10428)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Hot"
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    Pleasantly surprised. This was a great story,way better than the first book and hot. I could not reading it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bound by Flames: Night Prince, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (1054)
    Story
    (1056)

    Leila's years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn't learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin...

    Hassan says: "Fantastic!!"
    "Great story with bad Romanian"
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    I really liked the third installment in The Dark Prince series. It was sexy, action packed, gut wrenching, and kept me on a roller coaster the whole way through. This was a great read! Some scenes are harsh, yet they play well into the story.
    The Romanian in this book was not all that complicated ( I am fluent in Romanian). The author totally destroyed a beautiful
    Language with horrible pronunciations, where many times her Romanian was so terrible that one could not discern what she says.
    Other than that, I love this story!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of a Dark Warrior: Immortals After Dark, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (623)

    Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives. When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals - unaware that he belongs to their world.

    Julius says: "love this series but..."
    "Wow!"
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    Declan Chase starts off as a bad guy, but he totally makes up for that as the story unfolds. Regan's torture is insane, yet not to the point where it is graphic or nauseating, and it takes up only a couple of short bursts in the story. The rest is an evolving relationship between the two that goes from complicated to just right. I loved this story! It was hot and emotional and the way it unfolds lends for a great book. Wow!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burned

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (855)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (758)

    Another shockingly suspenseful installment in #1 New York Times best-selling author Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. Burned picks up right where the surprising conclusion of Iced left off, and will feature beloved characters Mac and Dani O'Malley as they embark on another high-octane adventure in the Fever world.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Didn't work for me!"
    "Where is this going???"
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    This book has completely strayed from the last one, and the hotness of the Fever series is lost. There is too much talking and thinking about irrelevant points with a story that takes some very strange turns, turns that are odd. The relationship between Mac and Barrons is annoying in this book; the things that happen to Mac are weird and not in a good way. Simply put, it is almost like this book had a different author. My suggestion is that the author not wait another 2 years for the next book as I pray that the third book is able to redeem itself following a disappointing one ( Burned). I was able to get through the book yet not at all impressed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Kiss: Lords of the Underworld, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1286)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (700)

    Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death - a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him.

    Brande says: "BRANDE"
    "Terrible narrator"
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    What would have made The Darkest Kiss better?

    The narrator is WAY too soft spoken and his overly soft voice does not correlate well with the story. I needed to go out and get the book as I was nauseated listening to a terrible voice.


    What other book might you compare The Darkest Kiss to and why?

    In the same genre as Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark, only those books have an outstanding narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Max Bellmore?

    Someone with a DEEPER and MANLIER voice. He is way way way way way too soft spoken! It is seriously annoying.


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

    Disappointment at the narrator. The actual book I read on my own... all kinds of emotions as great story.


    Any additional comments?

    The audiobooks, ALL OF THEM, are ruined for me when this narrator is reading them. I had to go out and get the hard copies to enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crave the Night: A Midnight Breed Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (208)

    Born and raised to be an emotionless killing machine, Nathan is one of the most lethal Breed vampires in existence. A key member of the Order - an elite group of warriors charged with protecting both mortals and vampires - Nathan executes each mission with flawless precision and a total lack of mercy. Now he must pursue a powerful, hidden enemy. But Nathan's hard discipline and training are no match for the fierce pull he feels toward a young woman he has no right to desire.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointed"
    "Hot hot hot!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Crave the Night to be better than the print version?

    Not sure. I was not crazy about the audio narrator, as too monotone. The story has a few twists and turns, as well as a relationship that required more emotion in the narration. She made it more boring than exciting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complexity between the evolution of the mating between Nathan and Jordanna. Also, love Jordanna's story.


    What three words best describe Hillary Huber’s performance?

    Monotone, boring, sleepy.


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

    I would not try to make a movie out of this as Hollywood would likely ruin it!


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, very hot. I liked the print edition way better. A different audio narrator would have improved the audio, yet great story!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Carnal Secrets: The Phoenix Pack, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1086)

    Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her wolf pack, but the petite redhead refuses to let an Alpha male interfere in her life. Furious and humiliated after her mate refused to claim her, she runs off to hide among the humans. Why wait around for an Alpha male to love her when he’d obviously prefer to ignore her?

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Better than book 2, not better than book 1"
    "Great romance with a twist of resistance!"
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    Where does Carnal Secrets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is hot and fun! The story is really good and keeps you on the edge, consistently wanting to know what happens next.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complexity of the developing relationship between the two main characters, There was a lot of depth there and the twists and turns in the relationship kept it interesting.


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

    I have and just as good. Great for audiobook.. really brings the book 'to life'.


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

    ***Spoiler alert***: When Shai confronts Nick as he is trying to leave again, tricks him, and begins to claim him... so emotional and very intense.


    Any additional comments?

    Great audiobook if you love paranormal romance. Very fun, keeps you on your toes!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Up from the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2035)
    Performance
    (1864)
    Story
    (1865)

    There's always one more grave to dig. Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband, Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…. A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences.

    Stacey says: "OMG--Can this series get any better? You Bet!"
    "I've heard this story before..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I am not sure. I loved The Night Huntress Series due to its originality. This story had the same story line as 'Underworld: Awakening"... The fact that this is the last book in the series does not make sense... the ending feels incomplete, like the author just ran out of ideas so decided to end it with book 7. I am disappointed with this one. Once again, weird similarity to a Vampire movie in the Underworld movie series.


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

    The most interesting was the experimentation on subject A80. The least was that Cat and Bones were boring as so predictable.


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

    Just as good. She always does a great job.


    Was Up from the Grave worth the listening time?

    It was as it was a little over 8hrs and not longer, yet not an original story... very disappointing.


    Any additional comments?

    The series ending now is very disappointing and does not make sense. Soooo many unanswered questions at the end of this book. Sad.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10723)
    Performance
    (9702)
    Story
    (9800)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Where was she going with this???"
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    Would you try another book from Veronica Roth and/or Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ?

    I am hard pressed to say no, yet this third book was ALL over the place and the plot is downright hypocritical and ridiculous.


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

    Most interesting: The idea of genetic damage was intriguing, yet the way it was written about was overkill. Least interesting: the story itself, with poor character development and little sense.


    What does Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well narrated with good emotion. Easy to understand.


    Was Allegiant worth the listening time?

    I am not sure... this story picked up from two great books and just went downhill. Without giving away much, I did not expect a fairy tale, yet what does happen is downright hypocritical and foolish. The plot is ridiculous and overdone, as if one did not know what to do with this story. Terrible end to a trilogy.


    Any additional comments?

    Be aware that this book will bring sadness and to many, disappointment. I am not sure if the author knew what to do with the third book as the plot is all over the place and more annoying than interesting. The last two hours of the book are gut-renchingly unexpected and leave me feeling empty with more questions than answers at the end of the trilogy. I am really disappointed with the third book... this trilogy went out with a flat tire!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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