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Carla

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Dark Predator: Dark Series, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (437)

    As brutal as the undead he hunted, Zacarias De La Cruz was a master executioner. Now his stark and savage journey has ended. For his brothers, Zacarias had walked to the edge of madness, but with centuries as a killing machine now left to the past and without a hunt to define him, Zacarias wonders, for the first time in his life, who he really is.

    Latonia says: "A little drawn out...."
    "Well, not her best."
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    I am a fan of the Dark Series and have enjoyed most of them. However, this will be a waste of your credit. Absolutely no story, or should I say the same conversation between two characters chapter, after chapter, after chapter. I always expect redundancy with these books, but this was actually offensive to me. It's like they threw a book together to make money. Perhaps they should call it day with the Dark Series because this seems like a road-ender.

    On a up note I did enjoy the narrators. I'm sure I would thoroughly enjoy them with good material.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (11359)
    Performance
    (10235)
    Story
    (10299)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Where is the editor????"
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    This is for young adults, understood. From the beginning I did not want to put down books like Harry Potter or Hunger Games because the author was able to build characters I cared about immediately. But this book suffers from weak character building and a weak story leaving me caring less, and less. But I continued to listen while I did other things and then around chapter 25, a glimmer of some story telling that carried through until the end. But too little too late. The editor should have cut this book in half. I'm not sure what other people see in this, but to each their own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8641)
    Performance
    (6210)
    Story
    (6246)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Barbara says: "A feast for the mind and imagination"
    "I give up, I think."
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    This book is in desperate need of better character building and by all means an EDITOR! Chapter after chapter of, I can't even remember anymore. I mean who needs 10 chapters to explain vampires with witches = bad, they'll hate us..war...war and "I'm not a witch, wait I'm a witch...where are my powers and the damned missing book. Good god. I really wanted to like it. It does brighten up a bit when they hit France but now I don't think I can go on.....good narration for what she had to work with. This book could have been great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4845)
    Performance
    (4064)
    Story
    (4063)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "It's the story, not John Glover....:-("
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    Well, no one was more upset than I was when I found out James Marsters would not be narrating "Ghost Story". I whole-heartedly decided I would NOT be spending any credits or money on any company that made such a ridiculous choice. Not that it's Audible's fault, but I"m sure the publisher gets a cut of the download fee. (Eat Words here, kind of) I was so adamant that I waited one year before even considering listening and then when I had nothing to read or listen to...the thought crept in..

    How can I be a fan of James Marsters and have such a betrayal on my conscience and be a Jim Butcher fan and not listen...ohhh the agony. LOL Well my boyfriend told me he would buy the credit so none of my hard earned money would support buffoons. And I downloaded.

    Well, shame on my stubborness for not giving John Glover a chance because he does an amazing job. Kudos Mr. Glover for taking on such an arduous task and succeeding. He lends a small difference to Harry but, in myopinion, his essence remains.

    Now, the story is another thing all together. I have not finished listening because, quite frankly I find myself daydreaming and suffering from story boredom. I attempted to read the book first and the same thing happened. I put it down and didn't pick it back up. I am dissappointed in this last installment. I will force myself to finish, it's just my nature. But in this scenario it's not the narration...it's the story that is lacking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lothaire: Immortals After Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1028)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (960)

    Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness - until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.

    Nicola says: "Amazing Book"
    "Great Disappointment"
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    Let me start by saying I have thoroughly enjoyed Kresley Cole's series, until now. Now, I don't read KC's work for mind blowing intellectual gratification. I read it because it's entertaining. A good enough storyline with good "raunch" and I like it. However, this installment has none of the above. Very, very poor storyline, with....I'm not sure what to call the supposed "raunch". I like good smut and I am by no means prudish..I like well written sex but I could have watched some good old fashioned porn to get what Lothaire has to offer. Maybe that was the intention but it's a little pushed for what I'm used to with Kresley Cole.

    Poor Robert Petkoff...he tried. His male voices are great and I enjoyed his narration of "A Hunger Like No Other"...but the female lead voice in this book is absolutely horredous. I could not stop from laughing and then grimacing.

    This book seems forced....like Charlaine Harris maybe it's time to shelf the series and move on to something new.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Serpent's Kiss: Elder Races Series #3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (926)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (834)

    In order to save his friend's life, Wyr sentinel Rune Ainissesthai made a bargain with Vampyre Queen Carling - without knowing what she would ask from him in return. But when Rune attempts to make good on his debt, he finds a woman on the edge.

    ducksandruns says: "My Favorite of the Series!"
    "Slow like a serpent..."
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    Overall, I find Thea Harrison an enjoyable read. Something to drive by. However, her third installment is not nearly as enjoyable as one and two. Serpent's Kiss was s l o w. Some writers do not have the knack for being able to make strict conversation exciting, and this happens in this book.

    The "tons" of Carling's background was just not enjoyable and too drawn out. However, the last hour brings it all back to what Thea Harrison is good at, writing with action and I did enjoy the end. I aslo agree with another reviewer, at times the choice words just does not fit the flow...if I hear "incredulity" in one more book a thousand times, I'm through...

    The narration is good enough, but I always like a male reader for romance so Ms. Eastlake does well enough to keep me listening. I look forward to see what the fourth brings.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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