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Cheri

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  • The Search

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2923)
    Performance
    (1658)
    Story
    (1668)

    To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

    A User says: "Not very exciting"
    "Not her best..."
    Overall

    I expected something better, something that was more about "The Search" and less about the romance of the main characters. I was put off by the crude language and the details of sexual encounters of the two main characters. There was such potential for this book, and it did not deliver.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool's Errand: Tawny Man, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (74)

    For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But now, into his isolated life, visitors begin to arrive: Fitz's mentor from his assassin days; a hedge-witch who foresees the return of a long-lost love; and the Fool, the former White Prophet, who beckons Fitz to fulfill his destiny. Then comes the summons he cannot ignore. Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, has vanished.

    K. Harmon says: "The Tawny Man is Here at Last!"
    "just can't get into it..."
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    i don't know if it's the book or the narrator, but i'm having a hard time getting any interest up for this book. i've tried for days to listen to this one, but keep falling asleep and can't recall what i've heard when i wake up.
    i'm only in the first few chapters (granted i've slept through most of it) i'm ready to return this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2114)
    Performance
    (1982)
    Story
    (1976)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "too much back and forth..."
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    although this was still a good book, i found the back and forth between sets of characters a bit too much. it always seemed to jump to another set of characters before you were ready to leave the ones you were with. very annoying.
    and i gotta say, way too many detailed sex scenes, which for me detracted from the book and quite unnecessary. when a book is good, you don't need sex 'hooks' to keep the reader interested. i found myself fast forwarding through it.
    that being said, this book is another one that most all will enjoy. and enough can't be said about the talents of the narrator, Davina Porter. just excellent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charming the Shrew: The Legacy of MacLeod Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Laurin Wittig
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (403)

    Returning to the Scottish Highlands after a fierce battle with the English, Tayg Munro receives a hero’s welcome - and an ultimatum. To take his place as heir to the chiefdom, he must choose a wife or have one chosen for him. Furious and stalling for time, the brooding warrior volunteers for a mission that takes him deep into the Highlands, with no hint of the fateful encounter that awaits him.... Catriona MacLeod is known as the Shrew of Assynt, thanks to her razor-sharp tongue and her unwillingness to yield to her five brothers. When she learns that her eldest brother has promised her hand in marriage to a loathsome man, she flees....

    MickeyMarie says: "Holds interest"
    "Disappointing..."
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    but to be fair i just finished the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, narrated by Davina Porter...so i wanted more of this type. that being said, i found this book to be poorly done by comparison.
    there was no depth of character, the narration sounded like something out of a high school theater, and truthfully, i couldn't wait for it to be over. possibly this book would be more apt to appeal to young adults, but not anyone with any maturity.

    1 of 1 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
    (3624)
    Performance
    (3464)
    Story
    (3442)

    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."
    "Everything is changing..."
    Overall
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    while this was a good book, and James Marsters is the ONLY narrator who should do this series, i found myself wishing for more of the 'old' feel of the first 8 or 9 books. as life progresses in this series, it seems to lose more and more of what kept me coming back.
    i want more interaction between Mouse, Bob, Mister, Thomas, and Dresden. i was happy to see Michael back with a larger role, but Molly seemed to only have a kind of cameo role, and Toot Toot was only a slight mention.
    i was glad to see less of the blood, gut, and gore. graphic details are just not my thing.
    i am excited to see what happens with the newest member of the series, though... the Spirit Entity born from the relationship of Lash and Harry after Lash dies in a selfless act to save Harry.
    while not the best book in the series, it wasn't a disappointment either...i guess the old saying 'you can't go home again' is true...but i'll just keep 'holding out for hope', just like always.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Sorrow: The Chronicles of Elantra, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (343)

    The Barrani would be happy to see her die. So Kaylin Neya is a bit surprised by her safe arrival in the West March. Especially when enemies new and old surround her and those she would call friends are equally dangerous... And then the real trouble starts. Kaylin's assignment is to be a "harmoniste" - one who helps tell the truth behind a Barrani Recitation. But in a land where words are more effective than weapons, Kaylin's duties are deadly.

    Patrick says: "Great performance but slow story"
    "Not as good as the previous books in this series.."
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    i don't know where it went wrong, but this book just didn't have the same effect on me as the others. usually i can't wait for the next one, but if it isn't any better than this one, then don't bother.

    it isn't that the writing was bad, or the narration...i can't put my finger on it, but the vibe was wrong. the flow and excitement was just lacking in this one.

    still and all, it's a good listen, Khristine Hvam is one of my favorites. i just wish it had the same 'something' as the other books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6765)
    Performance
    (4406)
    Story
    (4402)

    Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

    Frances M says: "You listened, Audible!"
    "Almost perfect..."
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    have fell in love with this series. that being said, i have to share my bafflement as to why the author chose to take previously strong, knowledgeable, women who knew their own minds, and turn them into wishy washy, almost brain dead, moronic females who couldn't make a decent decision if paid to.
    Claire was not nearly so badly portrayed in this book as her daughter Brianna, who somehow turned into a bratty, self-absorbed, moronic caricature of what you'd expect. there were times i fast forwarded so's not to have to listen to the stupidity of her thought process, while she again made the wrong decision and caused more trouble than she's worth. (this is why the 3 stars for story)

    i am hoping that Ian will turn up more often with his new family in the books to come. i was disappointed at his having been written into an Indian tribe and basically at this point, lost to his real family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Moon Rising: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (308)

    Fang Kattalakis isn't just a wolf. He is the brother of two of the most powerful members of the Omegrion: the ruling council that enforces the laws of the Were-Hunters. And when war erupts among the lycanthropes, sides must be chosen. Enemies are forced into shaky alliances. And when the woman Fang loves is accused of betraying her people, her only hope is that Fang believes in her.

    Chandler says: "Decent DH addition"
    "Started with this book"
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    can't remember why, maybe it was one of the cheaper promos... gotta say, i loved the narration! Holter Graham has one of those voices i enjoy listening to. i also enjoyed the idea of this book, and the one area i wished had been downplayed was the descriptive, and sometimes lengthy, sexual situations. i'd rather have some things left to the imagination, although it is not the worst i've listened to by any stretch of the imagination.
    but, even though i thought there was too much time given to the love life, or lack thereof, of the main characters, i really enjoyed listening to this one.
    i am concerned about the multiple narrators in this series...for me the narrator makes or breaks a book, and Holter Graham has become the heart of this series for me. ( as with the Dresden Files, changing the narrator breaks the spell of the series...)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24855)
    Performance
    (18757)
    Story
    (18818)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "after 37 hrs, i'm still not sure if i liked it..."
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    out of 4 parts, i really only liked 1 completely. i don't know if it's the odd cadence of the narration or what. i do like the idea of the story line, but much of it was seemed overkill. some of the voices were very similar, but in all fairness, there are a vast cast of characters.
    i don't believe i'll buy the rest of the series though, as the plots were too drawn out for me and sometimes i just didn't care for the outcome for the character involved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Iron Knight: The Iron Fey, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (520)

    "My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn’darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her. My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…."

    MAB says: "Unexpectedly pleased"
    "how could such a good story go soooo bad???"
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    I loved this series until I started the 4th book. While MacLeod Andrews is a very good narrator, his portrayal of Grim has really brought the enjoyment level of this book down. I suppose it's in a effort to try to make the cat character sound like he is purring, but it only succeeds in sounding like whine, whine, whine, moan and groan. Grims voice is so annoying that I have started to dread his part in the book. There is little about the story so far that is uplifting ( I'm only about 2/3rds the way through the first part of the book). So much of it is dark and depressing without enough expectation from the characters to lighten the load.
    Still, I am persevering in hopes that the dark will soon end and the hope and light will be just around the corner. Such a disappointment to what was a wonderful series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes of Honor: An October Daye Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (287)

    It’s been almost a year since October "Toby" Daye averted a war, gave up a county, and suffered personal losses that have left her wishing for a good day’s sleep. She’s tried to focus on her responsibilities - training Quentin, upholding her position as Sylvester’s knight, and paying the bills - but she can’t help feeling like her world is crumbling around her, and her increasingly reckless behavior is beginning to worry even her staunchest supporters. To make matters worse, Toby’s just been asked to find another missing child…only this time it’s the changeling daughter of her fellow knight....

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic Series"
    "Good as usual..."
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    Good as always for this team...but I am hoping the next book tops them all. I'm feeling as if Ms McGuire is getting a bit tired of the series. It seems to be lacking in the first books wit and humor as if she's struggling to come up with different story lines for her heroine and heroes.
    I did see another book that appears to be in the same series, October Daye, called 'Nacht Mayhr'... I hope to see it here in Audible soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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