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  • Conspiracy in Death: In Death, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1312)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (896)

    With the precision of a surgeon, a serial killer preys on the most vulnerable souls of the world's city streets. The first victim: a sidewalk sleeper, found dead in New York City. No bruises, no signs of struggle. Just a laser-perfect, fist-sized hole where his heart had once been.

    MaxineSap says: "Really a good one"
    "good listen, as usual."
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    always a good way to spend some down time. the only complaint for me is the length of time i have to spend by passing the sex scenes. what ever happened to letting the imagination take the lead...?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wolfblade: Hythryn Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jennifer Fallon
    • Narrated By Maggie Mash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Marla Wolfblade of Hythria is determined to restore her family's great name, but conspirators surround her: The Sorcerers' Collective, the Patriots - even members of her own family. She must make sure her son Damin lives to be old enough to restore the Wolfblade name to its former glory. Elezaar the Dwarf is a small man with big secrets - but that doesn't matter to Marla Wolfblade. Her brother is the High Prince of Hythria, and, in this fiercely patriarchal society, her fate will be decided on his whim.

    Cheri says: "unless you enjoy pedophiles and child molesters.."
    "unless you enjoy pedophiles and child molesters.."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    no one should enjoy a story about pedophiles.


    What could Jennifer Fallon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    taken a lengthy course is 'how to write a novel'.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Maggie Mash?

    her voice isn't 'bad', but the cadence is. if she studied some of the better narrators, maybe.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wolfblade?

    well, if i started in chapter one and started erasing ....


    Any additional comments?

    not only was this a third rate novel, about a completely hideous topic, the narrator completely ruined any hope of redemption by her inability to vocally 'act'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9047)
    Performance
    (6453)
    Story
    (6492)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "good story, solid narration"
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    it was hard for me to really get into this one in the beginning. but don't let that stop you...it really is a very good book.
    at times i thought there was a bit too much 'listening to the thought process' of the main characters, as well as the 'poor pitiful me' of Vin. and i have to say this was the type of book i use to sleep by...meaning not too much continued need to keep listening so i don't miss out. i always go back to where i fell asleep to continue the journey.
    the narrator, Michael Kramer has a nice soothing voice to help me sleep, which for me is good. he isn't boring to listen to at all, i don't want you to think that. he doesn't have the kind of voice that puts you to sleep, only makes it pleasant so you can sleep.
    i hope the next book in this series is as well done as i did enjoy the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seer of Sevenwaters: Sevenwaters, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    Prior to making her final pledge as a druid, the young seer Sibeal visits the island of Inis Eala, where the Sight leads her to Felix, a survivor of a Norse shipwreck who has no memory of his past. As the island's healers struggle to keep Felix alive, he and Sibeal form a natural bond. But Sibeal's vocation is her true calling, and she must choose between the two things that tug at her soul - her spirituality and a chance at love....

    Suzanne says: "I love this story!"
    "good...but too much left out"
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    again i keep wanting more. too many things keep being left out of the story. each book in this series keeps me coming back to this same theme. i love the story line, but am always dissatisfied with the endings. each book should be a continuation of the last, and they are not. they are each a new beginning with little to no bearing on the book before, except that the books are about the 'family' line in one way or another.

    what started out as a wonderfully addicting story, becomes, with each new book, an unsatisfying meal with no clean segway from one course to the next. granted, you get a superb first and second course, but then, before you're ready, comes the next course without a palette cleanser.

    each book seems to stop before fully completing the story. and when the next book comes along, you can't wait to start listening because you want more of the story that left you feeling incomplete. what you get is another story with little more than a few inferences to the story you want. it's like having a waiter take your plate before your meal is complete, and you're still hungry for what you've been eating!

    this book is probably the worst as far as stopping too soon. if i go on the assumption that this book will be the same as the others, i can not feel the same anticipation and eagerness to listen to the sixth book in the series... i almost dread to find that once again, there is no continuation of the characters i just listened to, and their story is not finished! sooo frustrating!!!

    Juliet Marillier is a wonderful author and tells what would otherwise be a wonderful series, if each book gave a satisfying end to the story of the characters you learn to love. each book feels almost like stand alone books, as no set of characters plays important enough parts in book that follows.

    i don't want to put in any spoilers, so that makes it challenging for me to detail the problems i'm having with this series. but i must say that this ending is the most incomplete of all. there is so much more to be written about Sibeal and Felix and the vision concerning their life together, yet i'm afraid we will only learn bits and pieces of this in the next book, instead of a complete telling of this story.

    i do want to add that the narrator does a very good job, and i enjoy her voice. although there were times when i was hard pressed to know just which male character was talking at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heir to Sevenwaters: Sevenwaters, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    The chieftains of Sevenwaters have long been custodians of a vast and mysterious forest and a new heir has been born. But the family's joy turns to despair when the baby is taken, and something unnatural is left in his place. To reclaim her newborn brother, Clodagh must enter the shadowy Otherworld and confront the powerful prince who rules there.

    MissSusie66 says: "Another great installment in series"
    "good, but not her best"
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    this one is not as fleshed out as the first three, therefore not as satisfying. as usual, i wanted more connection to the book before. as usual, there is too much left out from one book to the next. i wanted more depth of the main characters. i wanted more depth from the bringing home of Finbar, the baby. i wanted to know why the fairy folk left Sevenwaters Forest. i just wanted more...
    i guess that's because of the author's ability to write an engaging story, and the narrator's ability to bring you into the story as if it's unfolding around you. i listen with my eyes closed and i see the story as if it's real.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Child of the Prophecy: Sevenwaters, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (120)

    Magic is fading... and the ways of Man are driving the Old Ones to the West, beyond the ken of humankind. The ancient groves are being destroyed, and if nothing is done, Ireland will lose its essential mystic core. The prophecies of long ago have foretold a way to prevent this horror, and it is the Sevenwaters clan that the spirits of Eire look to for salvation. They are a family bound into the lifeblood of the land, and their promise to preserve the magic has been the cause of great joy to them... as well as great sorrow.

    Cheri says: "sooo dark a story..."
    "sooo dark a story..."
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    i must admit i am barely through half of this book. with the first two books i could not wait for the next, this one i'm not so sure about. i'm apprehensive about the dark, unsettling feeling i get as i listen.
    i do not care for books that have so intensely manipulative main characters, that use their own dark evilness as the force behind their desire. there is not enough 'good' in this book so far to out way the unease that grips me as i listen. although i keep listening in hopes that the light will soon overcome the darkness.
    regardless of how well written or how talented the author, i do not want books that leave me unsettled in my spirit. there is enough of that in the world without intentionally taking it in through fiction.
    there are things about this book that disturb me, though you do get glimpses of hope, and almost certainly you think you know that in the end 'right' will surpass 'wrong', and all will be well at the end.
    now, about what i've read so far...i can't believe after the first two books, that the main female character, although young, is so naive to the point of stupid. infact, i feel angry at the author for making her this way. and the way no one tells anybody else what is going on, always to the detriment of family and loved ones is beyond belief! i hate 'stupid' ! so many secrets, so many lies and deceptions. with such history of how this does not work for them, you'd think they'd learn by now.
    i can't believe the author doesn't smarten up her characters a little. the story would be so much better if those with 'powers' were to communicate or use these powers to get where they're going with a little more intelligence. what's the point of having abilities when you don't use them as needed? it would make the story so much better.
    i will eventually finish this book in hopes that it gets better, but will say this is the worst book in the series so far.
    once again there is too much left out from the second book to this one. just as in the first to the second, there are many years left out. i wanted those years!! i still want those years.
    i will say that the narrator is very good, and i enjoy listening to her. i just wish the author had done as good a job writing this book as the narrator did telling it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Son of the Shadows: Sevenwaters, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (177)

    Beautiful Sorcha is the courageous young woman who risked all to save her family from a wicked curse and whose love shattered generations of hate and bridged two cultures. It is from her sacrifice that Sorcha's brothers were brought home to their ancestral fortress Sevenwaters, and her life has known much joy. But not all the brothers were able to fully escape the spell that transformed them into swans, and it is left to Sorcha's daughter, Liadan, to help fulfill the destiny of the Sevenwaters clan. Beloved child and dutiful daughter, Liadan embarks on a journey that shows her just how hard-won was the peace that she has known all her life.

    MissSusie66 says: "Another great installment in series"
    "once again...absolutely wonderful!!!"
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    the more i hear, the more i want. i love this series. can not get enough. i would have liked to have more of the time between the first book and the second. there is a lot of story not told about the early lives of this generations children, as children.
    when you find an author who writes the way you want to read/hear, you don't want anything left out. i would have also liked to have heard what happened when 'Red' went back to his homeland after Sorchas' death...which i hated to have her part in the story ended!
    this series seems to have quite a few different narrators from book to book. my preference is to have one narrator for all books, as the narrator makes or breaks the story. so far, it isn't too bad. the first narrator, Terry Donnelly took a bit of time to get her stride, but had a lovely voice, and the emotion she was able to put into the story was above wonderful.
    the second narrator, Rosalyn Landor's voice reminded me of an actress from the 50's, Maureen O'Hara, which is fine, but her male voices were at best mediocre. at times i was hard put to know which man was talking, and it was hard listening for long to any of the male voices. if it weren't for the compelling story line i believe i would have stopped listening...which is a big credit to the author that i didn't.

    also, i do wish that whoever writes the blurbs for the books would include the spelling of all the main characters. it would make it much easier when writing a review, not to be concerned with getting the names right.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Shades: Bridei Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (78)

    King Bridei is a man with a mission. His wish to unite his kingdom seems almost within his grasp but there are forces working to undo his dream. He sends Faolan, his most trusted advisor (who is also a master assassin and spymaster) out into the world to ferret out the truth of who is friend and who is foe. Along the way Faolan will uncover many truths. Some may hold the key to Bridei's future. But more important, they may unlock the secrets that Faolan has held deep within his soul for decades. And offer him the chance of redemption.

    Diana says: "Book 3 of Trilogy the best of all"
    "Juliet Marillier, fast becoming a favorite author"
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    really enjoyed this trilogy! very well written story, and Michael Page did a wonderful job narrating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of the Forest: Sevenwaters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (399)

    Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives and they are determined that she know only contentment. But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift - by staying silent.

    Bruce says: "My gratitude for this work of art!"
    "i am addicted!"
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    wasn't sure if i was going to be able to get into this book...only because of the cadence of the narrator. there was a long pause between thoughts, or sentences that was quite distracting through almost all of the first part. but it seems by the second part she gained her stride and the story started flowing well as it should.
    now, i am sooo glad i persevered, because i LOVED this story !!! the narrators voice has such depth, and emotion that it brought the story to life. i am now ready for the second book, and excited to get more of this story under way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blade of Fortriu: Bridei Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    Five winters have passed since young king Bridei ascended the throne of Fortriu. Five years, in which the people have felt a contentment unknown for generations. But the security of a people can vanish in a heartbeat, for wolves are often drawn to fields filled with fattened sheep. Bridei is determined to drive the Gaelic invaders from his lands once and for all. And so, with his land secure and his house in order, he prepares for war. One of Bridei's plans to win the war to come involves the beautiful young Ana. A princess of the Light Isles, she has dwelt as a hostage at the court of Fortriu for most of her young life.

    Dennis says: "Interesting story...but"
    "WHAT A WONDERFUL SECOND BOOK !"
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    this second book in the series was just as good as the first. actually, it was maybe just that little bit better. i like the way it is written, not too much blood, gut and gore, no long drawn out sex scenes...the author gets the point across with out over doing the ugly, un-needed parts. kept my interest, and can't wait to listen to the third book.
    the only thing that kept this book from a full boat of stars was the narrators gravelly, harsh sounding voice on too many of the characters for the men. he did a very good job with the female voices, but for the men, well, after a while that raspy harshness starts to get on my nerves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naamah's Blessing: Naamah Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Carey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (190)

    Returning to Terre d'Ange, Moirin finds the royal family broken. Wracked by unrelenting grief at the loss of his wife, Queen Jehanne, King Daniel is unable to rule. Prince Thierry, leading an expedition to explore the deadly jungles of Terra Nova, is halfway across the world. And three-year-old Desiree is a vision of her mother: tempestuous, intelligent, and fiery, but desperately lonely and a vulnerable pawn in a game of shifting political allegiances. As tensions mount, King Daniel asks that Moirin become Desirée's oath-sworn protector.

    Robin says: "A Pleasure as always"
    "did not want this series to end..."
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    this was a wonderful series, with an absolutely wonderful narrator! in fact, i am of the opinion that no matter how well written a book is, it is the narrator that makes or breaks it. Anne Flosnik does a superb job, her ability to take the written word and make it real is remarkable.
    the only downside to Jacqueline Carey's writing lies, for me, in the unnecessary detail of the explicit sex. for that i can only give 4 stars instead of the full 5 it would otherwise deserve. and i wouldn't have given that if it weren't for her excellent writing ability.
    i do wish that the tale did not end here, but instead continued on with the 'fat babies' and the rest of the characters lives in this series. they feel like family, and everyone always wants to know the in's and out's of family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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