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Cristina Hatfield

Fidgit77

Oklahoma | Member Since 2011

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HELPFUL VOTES
  • 19 reviews
  • 93 ratings
  • 369 titles in library
  • 44 purchased in 2014
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  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5954)
    Performance
    (5548)
    Story
    (5547)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Quite an enjoyable read"
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    It's not without its flaws but overall it was certainly worth a credit.

    Laugh out loud funny at several points and it prompted me to put several of his other books on my TBR list.

    If you know what a Redshirt is, then you'll probably enjoy this book.
    If you're a fan of Wil Wheaton, then you'll probably enjoy this book.

    If you know that you are likely to be distracted to the point of RageQuit by the overuse of a word, then I wouldn't recommend this. The only nitpicky negative critique I have about this book is that is a dialogue heavy book and the word "said" is used to the point of annoyance.

    Regardless of that, it is a fun book and I enjoyed it.

    43 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • Untamed City: Carnival of Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Melissa Marr
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (123)

    Warriors Kaleb and Aya will stop at nothing to destroy their competition. But when Kaleb finds his fate entwined with that of Mallory, a 17-year-old human girl, he can’t seem to separate the vicious Carnival contest he’s entered from his sudden devotion to her. He and Aya may be prizefighters from the otherworldly Untamed City, but his strange, obsessive connection makes staying away from the witch-ruled human world, and Mallory, harder every day.

    melrailey says: "Good Story, GREAT Narrator"
    "Interesting world"
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    I like the varying viewpoints throughout the book. The world building was extensive but not in an info dump kind of way.

    Its not without flaws but it was an enjoyable listen and I'm eager (although not rabid) for the next installment as it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3663)
    Performance
    (3331)
    Story
    (3325)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "More of the same"
    Overall
    Performance
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    My headline says it all. In this audiobook you'll find supernatural creatures, Molly Harper's humor, fun storytelling, interesting characters, madcap moments and Amanda Ronconi's flawless narration.

    It's not deep or profound but its a great way to spend a commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warm Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Isaac Marion
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (939)

    R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

    Charles says: "Surprising"
    "I was surprised and a bit blown away"
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    Ok, zombie Romeo and survivor Juliet kind of story. I expected to be kind of cheesy and I had low expectations for this book.

    I did not expect to be in awe of the words, the flow... It was like music or wind. This was not the next War and Peace or anything but I absolutely loved it.

    I loved R and his eloquent inner monologues.

    “Are my words ever actually audible, or do they just echo in my head while people stare at me, waiting? I want to change my punctuation. I long for the exclamation marks, but I'm drowning in ellipses.” - R

    If you're on the fence, I'd say go ahead and give it a try.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Atrocity Archives: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (506)

    Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

    Ethan M. says: "A great techno-spy-Lovecraftian-horror-comedy"
    "I wanted to love this"
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    I was just going to buy this in paperback but then I listened to the sample on the audible website. Less than half a second later, I put the audio version in my cart because it's narrated by Gideon Emery.

    Proper review later, once I've listened to it. I'm just a bit verklempt at the moment.

    Review:
    It should've been awesome. Like H.P. Lovecraft mixed with The Office. It was kinda amusing at times but only mildly interesting, and at parts it was downright dull. I honestly think I would've abandoned it before I was even halfway through if it wasn't for the fact that I was listening to it on audio.

    Not that it was bad, but I was definitely underwhelmed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • White Cat: The Curse Workers, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Holly Black
    • Narrated By Jesse Eisenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (100)

    Cassel comes from a family of curse workers people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they'e all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn't got magic, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail - he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago

    Dave says: "Holly Black's Next Great Trick"
    "Excellent performance"
    Overall
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    I tried reading this book when I got it from the library but I just put it down and did not pick it up again until it was time to return it.

    However, I needed to read it for a challenge on Goodreads so I got the audible version to listen to during my commute.

    Not that this was a bad story by any means but for me, the narrator seriously made all the difference in the world. Our main character, and his family, were severely flawed but the portrayal in the audio version made him likeable and human. It made me root for (and feel for) him. So much so, that at one point I really wanted to beat up a fictional character on his behalf.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Dawns: Immortal Guardians Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1675)
    Performance
    (1501)
    Story
    (1508)

    Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control...

    Amazon Customer says: "Not bad"
    "It's good but not great"
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    Contrary to what my headline states, I did actually enjoy this. It's a paranormal romance and as such, it follows the formula all too well. Unless this is your first foray into the land of PnR, you know basic storyline.

    "Loner/surly supernatural creature meets plain jane and they fall madly in love. Snarky humor, angst, bad guys to defeat, personal issues to overcome, and of course a happily ever after (or at least a happily for now)."

    However, that doesn't mean that it is a bad formula. It's all in the execution, not the skeleton. Damsel (mostly) wasn't in distress and she does some rescuing of her own. The good guy vampires are unbelievably hot alpha-males but all organic and eco-conscious. That's not a bad thing for me but, I'm a bit of a hippie so its all in your perception. I did like our heroine although she's not in my top ten favorites or anything.

    It was good enough though that I bought the second and the third in the series although not so good that I've read them yet.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unfallen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Lilith Saintcrow
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Falling in love with the teenage Antichrist is dangerous, in this short story from New York Times best-selling author Lilith Saintcrow.

    Cristina Hatfield says: "Short story"
    "Short story"
    Overall
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    First of all, I love this author. Secondly, I liked (but did not love) this short story. I was intrigued by it but I believe that I would've enjoyed it a lot more if it had been extended into a full length book. It has potential and I'll keep my fingers crossed that the plot bunny that inspired this will make another trip to her consciousness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pure

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Julianna Baggott
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Joshua Swanson, Kevin T. Collins, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (458)

    Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost. There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss - maybe just because his family is broken. When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

    D says: "Pure Surprise"
    "Slow build but excellent"
    Overall
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    This story started out slowly. It didn't lag but it almost leisurely built the world around my mind. I was distracted by the descriptions and varying viewpoints and then suddenly I realized that I was quite trapped by the story and characters within.

    This is a dark and gritty world (not as much as some I've read but still...) and there are mutations, human and monsters alike, lurking throughout. I loved the dimensions of the characters and it was overall an excellent read (or listen, as the case may be).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born of Silence: The League, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (356)

    As the Resistance leader, Zarya Starska's only goal is to topple the government that destroyed her entire family and left her penniless. Her biggest asset is a mysterious man known only as Kere. But Kere has a dark secret. Born into a world that is as privileged as it is corrupt, his real name is Darling Cruel - and he is heir to the government Zarya wants to overthrow. No one has ever seen the real man behind the legend - no one except Zarya. But when she allows a weapon he designed to be used against his beloved sister, all bets are off.

    Heather says: "Vintage Kenyon- Heart wrenching story"
    "Poor Darling"
    Overall
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    If you're familiar with the Ichidian universe then you know that our heroes are tortured. This is especially true for Darling Cruel. He's tortured in his past as well as his present and it just breaks my heart.

    If you're famliar with Kenyon, then you can figure out how it ends for our hero. Still, getting there was heart wrenching.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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