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Marla

I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.

Independence, MO, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Hexes and Hemlines: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (281)

    With her vintage clothing store taking off, Lily Ivory is finding that life in San Francisco suits her just fine. But her ability to sense vibrations from the past, so useful in locating secondhand gems, has landed her in the middle of a new mystery.... Lily gets called away from Aunt Cora's Closet when the police need a witch's take on a strange case. Malachi Zazi was stabbed to death in his apartment.

    Shanley says: "Love, Love, Love this series"
    "A Study in Witchcraft"
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    Where does Hexes and Hemlines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really love this series tremendously. I can't wait to listen to the next one. Blackwell is one of my current favorites.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Next to the protagonist Lily Ivory, I think Oscar the pig/gremlin/gargoyle is the most charming and endearing.


    Which character – as performed by Xe Sands – was your favorite?

    Xe has a very natural and entertaining quality of reading, and is one of the best narrators out there.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I want to rush into it as if it was one of my favorite flavors of ice cream, but another part wants to slow down and enjoy the ride.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sin City Goddess: Secret Goddess, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbra Annino
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (82)

    Tisiphone loves spending her days playing poker in the underworld, far away from mortals and all the trouble they cause - and all the terrible mistakes they make. Unfortunately for this goddess, her sister Alecto has vanished in Las Vegas - and the gods of Olympus believe only Tisi can find her and bring her back. To make matters worse, they force her to partner up with a mortal: recently deceased FBI agent Archer Mays. With all these challenges, how can a Fury keep her temper?

    Gayle says: "Awesome New Series!"
    "Good to make you fall asleep"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The characters were 2 dimensional We knew they were gods, goddess, demi-gods, etc., and they all had names. Other than this there wasn't any substance. I didn't believe the heroin was tough, smart, or a fury. She sounded more like a self centered rich bitch from Beverly hills. "I'm hot, sexy, I can fly, I think I'm better than everyone else and I can play Texas Holdem". "Oh look at my eyes flame.", are we really going to be scared or intimidated by this? Not at all, especially if all the male characters are looking at her breasts. Only saving grace I found was in the playful hell hound and the setting of Las Vegas.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something really worth my monthly credit, like a Steven King novel, the newest Evonovich novel or a recommended new series, such as March Violets by Phillip Kerr. I have over 300 books on my wish list, so there has to be something in there worth my credit. I have a few biographies on my wish list and I'd wager those people have much more depth than those in this book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Christina Traister did a better job than the author did. Her pace, tone and individual character voice were fair. Traister didn't have much to draw from the novel, so I really can't suggest what she could have done to improve her performance.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Best redeeming qualities for me was that it helped me with my insomnia, and it was relatively short. I kept listening in hope it would get better. It was also my first paranormal novel involving gods and other mythological creatures. I won't hold this review as to not read another from another author.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe Barbra Traister,s sequel of this book, will do better than her first.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5412)
    Performance
    (4901)
    Story
    (4914)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "OMG! The Best Audio Book Ever!"
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    Would you listen to Hard Magic again? Why?

    Where do I start raving about this book? The narrator, Bronson Pinchot (who you may remember him as Balki on Perfect Strangers) creates the best character voices I've ever listen to. Each main character (and there are many) he performs has their own cadence, tone and accent. He is just one of the best narrators I've ever listen too. So listening to this book again would be just as enjoyable as the first. Another reason to listen to this again would be the story and the wonderful and creative characters. Larry Correia's writing is far better than James Marsters' Dresden Files. That's just my opinion, sorry Marsters. I know we live in the same town and everything, I just could never get excited reading your books. But I am excited to listen or read any of Correia's books!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Correia story-lines, for each of his main characters, approaches (the ever present evil which threatens) from a different angle. They have their own unique magical ability, and they have their own reason to fight for their own cause, bad or good. The story showed how family can have apposing views and needs. Some may turn to evil and some to good, and it's not just their own up bringing or nurture which dictates it.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Who was my favorite performance? That is a toss up, it's either Fey or Mr. Jake Sullivan. Fey the 16 something, naive Traveler, but a power-house, Okey? Or the seemly dumb acting Heavy, who is secretly the most intelligent? Both are just amazing. You wanted so much for them to win, and not to die, it just kept you on the edge of your seat through out the whole book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There are many good laughs in this books, especially due to the naive Okey's exuberance in her performance of her powers. Yes there are many tears and sadness due to the lose of lives in the book. I hate it when a character dies just when you begin to love them.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book, you won't regret it. I'm now a huge Larry Correia fan!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6278)
    Performance
    (5823)
    Story
    (5843)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "King Writes a Great Sequel"
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    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Yes, I enjoy Stephen Kings books too much to not want to reminisce with his tales and characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abra Stone was such a brave young little lady. You rooted for her from the beginning. Dan Torrance was heroic but scarred. His tale was very heavy. Seeing what happened to him since the Overlook made you look for a positive ending for Abra's tale.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Patton reads with such emotion, so just reading it you might miss this bit of life he breaths into it.


    If you could rename Doctor Sleep, what would you call it?

    The True Knot


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1864)
    Performance
    (1077)
    Story
    (1082)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Jaclyn A Rupert says: "Narrrator: 1 star, Story 5 stars!"
    "You Will Never Believe What's Got Into Rachel"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Outlaw Demon Wails to be better than the print version?

    That is an easy question. Audio 9 out of 10 times is always better than a print version. Not just because my eye sight if failing, but the narrators do a great job breathing life into the characters, The print version is 2-D for me, especially if the writer is a bit wordy. The audio versions bring the story into the 3-D.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Several times I was on the edge of my seat worrying about Rachel and her friends having to go into the demonic ever after, and be stuck there. Or far worse be killed.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Gigi Bermingham's narration of jinx drove me a bit nuts. She made him sound like tiny squeaky mouse. He's a male and she made him sound more feminine then his daughters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    and you are about to enter the demon zone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tarnished and Torn: Witchcraft Mysteries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (241)

    When Lily arrives at an antique jewelry fair, her bargain sensors go off left and right - but she also picks up a faint vibration of magic. Could the hard-bargaining merchant Griselda be a fellow practitioner? It certainly seems that way when a sudden fire sends panic through the crowd, and Lily discovers Griselda murdered in a way that nods to an old-fashioned witch hunt. A crime that hits close to home turns into an unwelcome flash from the past when the police bring in their lead suspect - Lily's estranged father.

    Marla says: "This Charming Witch Tale is a Good Read"
    "This Charming Witch Tale is a Good Read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Any of Juliet Blackwell's books are worth reading if you enjoy lite paranormal tales with a bit or romance. With enough true knowledge of witchcraft, demons, ghosts and all other manor of the paranormal to make her writing makes you believe her tales. Their is always the humor, sarcasm and romance that is in her books to make her characters lovable. So far her villains have been evil, but sometimes you feel sympathetic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lily is always my favorite, but Oscar, her gob-goyle familiar often steals the show. Lily is bright and very likable. She can often be too trusting. For someone who is a powerful witch, she never can see it coming.


    Which character – as performed by Xe Sands – was your favorite?

    Xe Sands does a great pig/goblin/gargoyle. In this she also brings to life a few Germans and young girls planing a quinceañera.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Sailor's return, both to San Francisco, but also back into Lily's life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death's Excellent Vacation

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris (author/editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (editor), Amanda Ronconi, and others
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (265)

    It really can be an endless summer — if you’re immortal. Though a vampire would be ill-advised to take a cruise to Bermuda, the possibilities for getting away from it all — and maybe snacking on some unsuspecting tourist — are many.

    Terry says: "The Perfect Listen for a Vacation Getaway..."
    "A Good Collection of Authors of the Paranormal"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure would. Even if they only read or know of one author in this book, it is a good was of finding more authors they may like.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I will always be a Charlaine Harris fan, so it has to be Pam. Huh, I bet you thought I was going to say Sookie.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Christopher did an excellent job on all the characters, and I cannot say that anyone stood out from the others.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    More laughter than tears.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (420)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "An Interesting Life"
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    Would you listen to Society's Child again? Why?

    Yes I would, because there were many moments of her life I would have liked to revisit, only because I was thinking about the timeline and where I was at that time and what I was doing then.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about Ian's childhood and family life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many "favorites", most of them had to do with her explaining her life tie in with her songs.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt so bad for her when her apartment was broken into and her father's guitar was stolen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By J. Lincoln Fenn
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    It's Halloween, and life is grim for twenty-three-year-old Dimitri Petrov. It's the one-year anniversary of his parents' deaths, he's stuck on page one thousand of his Rasputin zombie novel, and he makes his living writing obituaries. But things turn from bleak to terrifying when Dimitri is assigned to cover a séance at the reputedly haunted Aspinwall Mansion. There, Dimitri meets Lisa, a punk-rock drummer he falls hard for. But just as he's about to ask her out, he unwittingly unleashes malevolent forces, throwing him into a deadly mystery.

    Julie says: "Not finished - but need to write this!"
    "Humor, Horror and Suspence"
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    What made the experience of listening to Poe the most enjoyable?

    The combination of Humor and Horror. It was like Stephen King and Robert Crias had a love child. Elvis Cole visits Derry Maine. I just loved it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Poe?

    The séance at the haunted Aspinwall Mansion and the scene with Lisa playing the drums for Demitri.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    I liked his Russian accent, so I'd have to say Poe or Rasputin.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nothing is every normal


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cemetery Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1535)
    Performance
    (766)
    Story
    (763)

    Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.

    J. says: "Not for the faint of heart OR animal lovers"
    "Zombies in Manhattan"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cemetery Dance the most enjoyable?

    Both the story and the fine narration were excellent. One was glued to one's seat waiting and wondering what the next chapter would bring.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story had you believing zombies were real.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any of the scenes with the zombies. I loved the action, sounds and fear.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was so sad for the lost of a main character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon Stilettos: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (473)

    Click your heels three times and say, "There's no place like Bloomies!" Katie Chandler's life is pure magic - literally. As an executive assistant at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., she's seen more than her share of fantastical occurrences. A mere Manhattan mortal, Katie is no wizard, but she's a wiz at exposing "hokum" pocus, cloaked lies, and deceptive enchantments. And she's fallen under the all-too-human spell of attraction to Owen, a hunky wizard and coworker. Owen, however, is preoccupied. Someone has broken into his office and disrupted top-secret files, and it reeks of an inside job.

    Jennifer B. Creamer says: "A new addiction!! For Molly Harper fans"
    "Not all job romances are bad"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Once Upon Stilettos to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoy listening to this audio edition of Once Upon Stilettos, because each character is brought to life by the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Thinking about how the roommates have boyfriends who were once frogs or thought they were a frog. It just cracks me up.


    What about Eva Wilhelm’s performance did you like?

    Each character was done well, but I love her gargoyle the best.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt bad for a character who has to use a illusion spell all the time, because he doesn't feel good about himself.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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