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  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2127)
    Performance
    (1964)
    Story
    (1962)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Mmm mmm good!"
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    OMG - I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Finally, a heroine with a dirty mouth and a disposition as snarky as mine! I really liked her. There were plenty of one-liners that were just hilarious... What did the zombie say to the prostitute???? Heehehehe. Also, I liked the narrator. She's feels like Angel. Nice choice!

    I definitely will be reading more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Sting: Elemental Assassin, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (650)

    It’s Gin Blanco's party - and you’ll cry if she wants you to. Against her better judgment, Gin is coerced into attending a high-society gala with the rest of Ashland's elite underworld. On display: the priceless art collection of her deceased nemesis, Mab Monroe, and an excess of crime-boss swagger. While not comfortable in her fancy attire, Gin gets vastly more interested in the evening’s events when a group of thieves bursts in and tries to seize the valuable, dangerous gems.

    Hassan says: "Something Different than the usual Jobs"
    "OK Story; Great Narration"
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    FIRST IMPRESSION:: Chapter One was cute. Nice introduction back into the world of Gin and Finn. I love their banter, and Finn in general. He takes being self-conceit to a whole new level, but still remains loveable and charming.

    THE STORY:: This story, for me, fell flat because of how linear it was. Very "straight forward and to the point" plot-wise. I was a bit bored the whole time thinking 'this that's it. Really?' The entire book is one event long: Gin attends event, said event is robbed, chaos ensues. Throw in a somewhat resolution to the "will they, won't they" question about Gin and Owen's relationship and a flashback montage into how Gin came to be the spider and ... The End. Yes, that sentence was as abrupt as my reaction was to getting to the end of this book.

    The only thing I can hope is that maybe this is the true end of the original story arc. With Mab Monroe's death and Owen and Gin's relationship on the rocks, for the last few books there was a lot of loose ends dangling about. But when I came to the end of this one, I felt some things had been wrapped up.

    FINAL THOUGHTS:: This series has made a distinct impression on me. I'm not the type to scream in outrage, but the men in Gin's life often let her down in horrible ways. Especially Donovan Caine. Uggggh. Just thinking about him makes me shiver in disgust. His feelings toward Gin were so spectacularly judgmental and cruel. He made her out to be this twisted, evil temptress who lured him into a trap and played her up to be this horrible creature who had him in her snares He just couldn't help being attracted even though he despised her. Never had I wanted to jump through the pages and wring someones neck so much-- he was a colossal jackass through and through.

    All that said, I was dumbstruck when it appeared as if Owen was heading in the same direction over his feeling toward Gin because of Selena's death. Especially since he seemed so far from the colossal jerk Donovan Caine. But, he's just heartbroken and traumatized. i get that and I can live with it.

    Without revealing too much, the "new guilt" that Gin gains in this book got really repetitive. I didn't really get where she was coming from either.

    RECOMMENDED FOR:: Urban Fantasy lovers who like heroes they can root for and appreciate their fantasy grounded in some good foundation when it comes to realism. Part of what makes this series so great is that there's just as much action and magic as there is character development and story. Estep has created this interesting world and continually gives us little nibbles of detail with each book. It's a great balance, getting learn more about Gin's past and her present concurrently.

    MY THOUGHTS ON THE AUDIOBOOK:: I love Lauren's narration of these characters and this story. Eight books in, she of course has a good handle on them, but I appreciate it nonetheless. I'm like a kid, loving when narrators do distinct voices for central characters and I think Finn's is especially spot on. Another great interpretation; I'm definitely audiobook loyal to this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2267)
    Performance
    (2102)
    Story
    (2094)

    Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

    Diana Turmenne says: "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
    "Another Great Story from Half Moon Hallow"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It was nice to see Molly explore a different type of supernatural. One my favorites actually; I love witches and in this dystopian era of storytelling, you don't really see too much of them.

    I really liked Nola. She's definitely one of my favorite Harper heroines. This was definitely one of the best books Harper has written. The mystery was laid out in a great way. Lots of little twists and turns. I really enjoyed that. Most of all, I really like that Harper never left Half Moon Hallow. It's definitely a place I would enjoy living, if only I could. I do like how new characters come along and tell new stories, and you get to experience the whole gang all over again. It's really cool to see everyone - Jane, Andrea and Dick Cheney - from somebody else's eyes.

    It was enjoyable all around. Two thumbs way up. Fine holiday fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2257)
    Performance
    (2041)
    Story
    (2047)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Great Read; Cinder was Better"
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    So far, in my limited experience of fairy tale retellings, Meyer has been top notch. She's done more with the story than just make it something slightly new. She's created this crazy advance fairytale world with cyborgs, advanced technologies and data chip, and an insane Lunar race that can read your mind and infiltrate your thoughts. It makes for a wonderfully spectacular reading experience.

    Now, getting into the story, this one of course is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Definitely not one of my favorite fairytales. However, the wave that Meyer has told the story has made it definitely made me rethink my opinion. Scarlet and Wolf definitely had one crazy adventure to "Grandma's House". I really liked Wolf. He was all sexy but tortured and damaged, and these days, that seems to be how I like my book boyfriends, lol. I liked the twist on who he was and how he fit into the story. But I did have issues with Scarlet. She was just too much - too strong, too determined, too hard-headed and too annoying.

    I definitely will be continuing the series and I think it might be just one of my favorites. Nice job, Meyer.

    Rebecca Soler is a great narrator. As soon as I find an interesting premise, I'd be happy for her to take me on another ride.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stardust

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2829)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1338)

    Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

    R. BREEN says: "Witty and magical"
    "It's so bewitching."
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    Is there a review for such a tale? You just dive in and the whole world is there for you to learn about. All of the story threads were fantastic and it fit together so well. It read like a fairytale, but had the elements of an adult story that made it all the more enjoyable after a beat. i have to admit, I didn't know it was intended as a "fairytale for adults", so the first sex scene caught me a bit off guard. But, I didn't mind it as the story got on. I did enjoy the prose in which he wrote. It gave the story it's magic, drawing you in.

    The only issue i had - and it kind of was a big one - was the major love story. For me it just never really developed enough for it to be believable for me. But, I liked it in the end.

    Neil Gaiman doing the narration definitely made this audiobook stellar. So good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger Lily

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Lynn Anderson
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair.... Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

    Page says: "Meh..."
    "Meh..."
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    Overall, it was a somwhat interesting read. I was mostly engaged and interested in how it was going to end. That said, once I got to the end, I was kind of like, :hmmm". I don't think that it wasn't a good book, just not really my cup of tea.

    I did, to a point, like both Peter and Tiger Lily. I think they were both interesting characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jamie McGuire
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1311)
    Performance
    (1204)
    Story
    (1224)

    The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand. Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid.

    Guiselle says: "5 things you should know before buying this book"
    "Liked it, didn't love it"
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    I didn't like the book in the beginning. When i started the book, I wasn't sure how I feel about this story. I, for one, don't really get Abby's appeal. Especially when it comes to Travis. I mean, I understand that he obviously was attracted to her from the start. But I wasn't sure what kept him coming back. And being so willing to help her in the beginning of the story. She was like on a crazy mood swing teeder-toddler. But then, same goes for Travis. His desperation for Abby to like him and not leave is odd. I guess I want to know what the deal is faster.

    I didn't really get into the story until about halfway through. Then, i started to really like Travis as a character. He had a very extreme personality and there was something very Pan-like about him. Yes, I mean Peter Pan. He was fierce and he was strong but very, very vulnerable too. I really felt for him because Abby really put him through the ringer. She even had my head spinning through the whole story and it was told from her perspective. However - his behavior was a bit too extreme at times. And damn - what a temper he had.

    I will be reading the next book though. I can't wait to read Walking Disaster and here what Travis has to say... the man behind the myth. Excited.

    On another note, Emma Galvin was perfect, as always. She's one of my favorite narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Obsidian: Psy-Changeling, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (470)

    In 2006, Nalini Singh introduced the beguiling and sensual Psy-Changeling world in Slave to Sensation, which spawned a series that has had readers and critics cheering. Throughout the incredible 11-book run there has been one question that has tantalized Nalini's legion of fans. Now, in the eagerly awaited 12th book in the series, Nalini Singh finally reveals the answer to the biggest Psy-Changeling mystery - an answer so surprising we wouldn't dare spoil it. Even if we knew.

    C. Mendez says: "Amazing read, but be warned..."
    "Simply magnificent"
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    Nalini Singh is a master at bringing two people together in the most darkly, beautiful ways. With this book, the story is so far removed from the entire world. So isolated. You don't see, or hear, much of anyone else. It's just him and her while the whole world is falling down around them. The setting beautifully emulates their feelings toward each other. The simplicity made the perfect setting. It's so beautiful; I never felt like anything more was needed. I won't spoil anything for anyone. If you're even a teensy bit of a Psy/Changeling fan - this is a must read.

    I just love this book so much. It's a masterpiece. The darkest love story I have come across and it's just perfect. Truly amazing!

    2 of 2 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
    (10290)
    Performance
    (7733)
    Story
    (7778)

    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.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "I'm a bit torn"
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    Harkness is a master storytelling; the world was rich and full of color. What you could also appreciate was how everything that the character's loved was shown, not told. I learned about wine as Matthew explained it and fell in love with the beauty of alchemical manuscripts as Diana read them. Brilliantly done.

    I just wish this much care was put into the actual plot... For it to be as long as it was... not much happened. I've heard someone say that this was the adult Twilight. I agree - and that's not a good thing. Not at all...

    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
    (5885)
    Performance
    (5044)
    Story
    (5037)

    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"
    "Meh..."
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    This one was quite intresting. Not saying I liked or disliked it; I'm somewhere in between.

    But first, let me say that I do prefer "Alive Harry" to "Dead Harry." Having a "sit back and watch" Dresden was, in fact, not cool. I didn't like seeing him in such a passive role. I'm my head I kept screaming for him to do something, and I just couldn't rectify him being dead as a viable reason for him to not do things. It just didn't work. Then of course there's the "Chicago without Dresden" backdrop. Karrin was more annoying; Molly was eh; I absolutely what happened with Bob...

    But I was happy with the resolution. I was shocked, floored actually, to learn who killed Dresden. Didn't see that coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5945)
    Performance
    (5530)
    Story
    (5529)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Oh...my....GAWD!"
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    I spent my New Years Eve/Day listening to Cold Days. Pretty much 16 hours straight. Time well worth it. This is undoubtably not only my favorite book of the series (sorry Changes) - it's is my favorite book of the year.

    Everything I love about Harry Dresden can be found in this book. And the surprises/plot twists - i've never gasped so much in my reading life. I mean holy crap. It's one thing for a book to be great. It's one thing for a series to be excellent. But for the main character/storyline to still be this damn thrilling & thought-provoking 14 books in is a major achievement.

    What got me the most is that there have been characters who I've never liked - and by the end of this book, I not only understood but liked & respect by the end of this book.

    I will not start breaking this apart. What I will say is that I'm very very very VERY excited to see what is coming next. And hope that it's already halfway finished cuz I really don't want to wait a year for the next one - or gulp - even longer.Long live Harry effing Dresden!!!!

    It's also fantastic to have James Marsters back. Love his narration!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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