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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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  • In a Witch's Wardrobe: Witchcraft Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (311)

    Taking a night off from running her successful San Francisco clothing store, Lily attends a local art deco ball where vintage fashions steal the show. But when a young woman at the event falls under a mysterious sleeping sickness, Lily senses that a curse was placed on the woman's corsage. Before Lily can solve the woman's magical ailment, she's asked to assist in investigating a string of poisonings in the Bay Area witchcraft community.

    Beatrice says: "Loving this series"
    "Blackwell keeps getting better and better"
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    If you could sum up In a Witch's Wardrobe in three words, what would they be?

    Witty
    Exciting
    Entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oscar; Lily’s familiar. He is the most unusual of characters. He is always entertaining and intriguing. Lily does not know much about him, or even if he is HER familiar, or sent to spy on her. Each book she gets to know a bit more about him. In this book, she inquires about his age and instead of telling her, he just tells her that is a rude question.


    Have you listened to any of Xe Sands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have only listened to Xe Sands's performances in Blackwell's books. I find her pace and characterization to be very easy to listen to and entertaining.


    If you could rename In a Witch's Wardrobe, what would you call it?

    Mystery in a Mirror.


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  • Honey House: KC Carmichael, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Harner
    • Narrated By Sonja Field
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Former con artist Katherine "KC" Carmichael inherits the Honey House, a Bed and Breakfast located in the tiny town of Juniper Springs, AZ, a hotbed of the paranormal tourism industry. It doesn't take her long to discover that both the town and the House are keeping secrets. The town plays up its over-the-top paranormal reputation with fake werewolf photo safaris and psychic vortexes. It's all in good fun until an investigative journalist is found murdered in KC's backyard.

    Beatrice says: "Phenomenal story"
    "Save your money..."
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    What disappointed you about Honey House?

    Where do I begin? With the writer or the narration? Really cannot blame Sonja Field for her narration when what she has to read is bad. So it was the writing. Laura Harner's writing in the same class as a college freshman's English essay.


    What was most disappointing about Laura Harner’s story?

    The story sounded interesting from the jacket's description, but it didn't live up to it's hype. The story should have kept to the paranormal and not to the sexual paranormal. I'm not a prude, but when a writer uses the F word and the P word during the sex scenes, she or he has run out of words. I felt those words were use to shock the reader, and for me it just made me ill. I was more interested in the possibility of a three some, but was disappointed it never happened. Almost everything to do with the heroin and her paranormal discovery, was nothing other than sex. Laura scene changes were also abrupt. So much so, I felt this was an abridged version of her book.


    What didn’t you like about Sonja Field’s performance?

    I guess she did an okay job. She didn't have much to work with. All the young viral males and sounded the same, all the older women did too. When she had to read the sex scenes, one might ask if she may have not enjoyed reading them.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappointment. Anger I was duped into buy this book, and angry with myself for listening to the whole seven hours of it. I really kept hoping it would get better, but trust me, it didn't.


    Any additional comments?

    Paranormal fantasy fans save your time & money, this was a waste. Fans of hot sex scenes, ditto.

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  • Iron Kissed: Mercy Thompson, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2800)
    Performance
    (1908)
    Story
    (1926)

    When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to shapeshifting car mechanic Mercy Thompson to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not. And she'll have to choose between the two werewolves in her life-whether she wants to or not.

    Deborah says: "Iron Kissed"
    "Can a fae kill?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Iron Kissed to be better than the print version?

    Hands down, I love a audio book over a print book. The only exception is if the narrator is the author. Sometimes this doesn't work out very well.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    We get a closer look at the fae world and their reservation. Her boss's background is slightly reviled. Mercy begins to finally make a choice between Sam and Adam.


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    I don't really have a favorite performance. She did a good job reading for the darker fae characters, which sent chills down my back.


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

    There were moments of laughter, but in this book I felt chilled and frightened for Mercy.


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  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1785)
    Performance
    (1615)
    Story
    (1620)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Kathy says: "I couldn't stop listening"
    "Interesting, and wonderful tale of 2 in NY"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is for those of us who's life hasn't turned out the way we wished it. Liz Moore digs deep into her character's lives and fatalities. Her characters are truly human.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I wouldn't say this book increased my interest in the subject matter, but I will read another book written by Liz Moore.


    What about Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ’s performance did you like?

    I can relate to the lead character Opp. Being ashamed about his appearance and not wanting to face the outside world. His character is very passive and gentle. All of his qualities of his character, both good and bad, are realistic. I believe most people will find him to be sweet and miss understood.


    If you could rename Heft, what would you call it?

    Both narrators have a wonderful performance, and they bring each character alive.


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  • White Witch, Black Curse: The Hollows, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1938)
    Performance
    (1161)
    Story
    (1169)

    Some wounds take time to heal . . . and some scars never fade. Rachel Morgan, kick-ass witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover was murdered, it left a deeper wound than Rachel ever imagined, and now she won't rest until his death is solved . . . and avenged. Whatever the cost.

    Carrie says: "Welcome back Marquerite Gavin!"
    "Harrison continues to enthrall and excite you."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of White Witch, Black Curse to be better than the print version?

    I'm always asked "Would you consider the audio edition of (insert book title), to be better than the print version?" Since my eyes are poor, and I can multitask when listening, there is the first answer, Yes I prefer an audio edition. Second, the talent of the narrators always brings that extra excitement and spark to a book. Many of the narrators continue to narrate for the same series of books. Marguerite Gavin does an amazing job of bringing the characters within the Hollows series, and I'm so glad she returned to do this book. I would be put off if someone else narrated the next in the series.


    What other book might you compare White Witch, Black Curse to and why?

    This 7th book in the Hollows series is somewhat more serious than her others, but there is still humor and interesting new characters. You may think paranormal fiction has burnt out and they all have begun to tell the same tale, but you would be wrong. Harrison is able to keep her stories fresh and exciting, and different than other books in paranormal fiction. Yes there is a strong but heroin who is a bit of a misfit, and there are vampires, witches, werewolves, and ghosts. Her Hollows allows a spin on this "paranormal" fiction, that other books haven't come up with or are as good as. I disagree if anyone says this series is burnt out, I find it just the opposite.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It can be somewhat irritating to drag out secrets hinted at. This book does present a few answers to some of them.


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

    Nothing, I'm so glad she returned to perform this book.


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  • Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (468)

    In this mystery series by Dana Stabenow, the Edgar Award-winning author returns to the Alaskan setting she's famous for, with a wonderful character - state trooper Liam Campbell. Liam's just been transferred from Anchorage to the small fishing village of Newenham, Alaska - where a local pilot seems to have lost his head.

    Dr. Daniel Chapman says: "A quick heads up!"
    "Good start for a new Dana Stabenow series."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Anyone who enjoys modern day mysteries, whose antagonist is slightly flawed and facing a midlife crisis would enjoy this book. Liam Campbell reminds me of Linda Barnes's Carlotta Carlyle mystery series or Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon. Or even Johnathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series has this same feel. Liam Campbell meets interesting characters who are realistic and colorful. Circumstances allow Liam, to almost fall directly upon the right clues and persons, which help him piece the mystery together.


    What was most disappointing about Dana Stabenow’s story?

    This was a good introduction to the character Liam Campbell. The story set up the scene and characters for further follow up mysteries for Campbell to solve. The mystery was just half of the purpose of the book, so it wasn't that difficult to solve.


    What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

    Dana Stabenow is an excellent writer. Having read/listened to her other series, Kate Shagak, Stabenow knows first hand about the setting of her books (Alaska) since she grew up there and I believe she still lives there as well. She even grew up on a fishing boat there too. With all this first hand knowledge, she is able to transport her readers to Alaska with her.


    Do you think Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Margurerite's performance was well done. Her pace and characterizations were spot on. I know her for her narration of Kim Harrison's audio books The Hollows, and they are one of my favorite audio books.


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  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4850)
    Performance
    (4168)
    Story
    (4144)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "A penniless but clever royal, must solve a mystery"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There are many friends who would love this audiobook. Katherine Kellgren's narration, who's accent for Georgiana , bring to mind of Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins, and her roll in Thoroughly Modern Millie. This is a fun romp, of a penniless cousin of the King of England, who attempts to find employment, and ends up trying to prove her half brother innocent of a murder.


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

    I loved the characters and it is a real who dun-it mystery. You didn't know if she would fall in love and lose her virginity, or be murdered. I just loved it. As the last chapters sped to an end, you were not positive who the murder was, but you knew she would either catch him or die trying.


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

    Her different accents, speech patterns of the upper and lower class of the English and Americans, were so spot on. She created and performed each character with such joy and abandonment. One could hardly put down the book.


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

    Once I started this audiobook, I had to try and listen to it without any breaks. This book kept me wanting more of the Royal Spryness's adventures.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timebound

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rysa Walker
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1035)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (938)

    When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence. Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future.

    Lessa says: "Completely Enjoyed It"
    "Wrap Your Head Around Time Jumping"
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    Where does Timebound rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've always loved the idea of time travel, I've read many sci/fi and romance novels which have time travel is the main vehicle of the story line. I find this book Timebound, an interesting approach to the time travel genre. Even though this is a Teen or Youth novel, I still enjoyed. It isn't up there with Outlander, but it isn't half bad either. Rysa Walker does her homework when it comes to the setting of Chicago during the worlds fair. I think she has at least watched a few episodes on the History Channel to get most of her historical information down. But her work still is interesting enough for me to want to explore her next book in this series.


    What other book might you compare Timebound to and why?

    There are many Teen or Young Adult Paranormal of Sci/Fi books out there where you could find similar brave heroins. These heroins are mature beyond their years. These fifteen to seventeen year old's have the wear with all to stand up to anything thrown at them. I don't know of any real girls of this age who could fight off serial killers, or find true love from spending a few days with a boy. But that is the attraction for this genre isn't it? But for me it is the puzzlement of time travel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where she is looking for her Grandmother in the crowds of the Chicago's Worlds fair. How it might have felt being there was well done by Rysa Walker.


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

    Your existence has just been erased.


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  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4377)
    Performance
    (3386)
    Story
    (3388)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "Molly Harper's Take on Werewolves"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf to be better than the print version?

    I do enjoy Amanda Ronconi's narration. Her cadence and pace are perfect for a love story, paranormal romance. Although there isn't much of a big difference between characters who have no accents, she is still enjoyable to listen to. If I had a choice between an audio book and a print version, I have to take the audio edition every time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Molly Harper's take on the werewolf lore as being more to do with DNA rather than a paranormal curse, is refreshing. This spin make a love story involving the "paranormal", light rather than dark. The slight playful wolf like nuzzlings nips and love making, are well done and not offensive as they quickly could be. I love that the heroin was a daughter of hippies, and how she longed for a normal life. She finds herself settling into a life, which is not normal, the irony is not lost by the character.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Amanda Ronconi?

    I still love Amanda Ronconi's narrations and have listen to other books she has narrated. Is is a fun reader. I couldn't see her reading a book by Stephen King, she is more suited to a Molly Harper type book.


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

    Keep your eyes on his eyes, no matter the temptation.


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  • Chilled: A Bone Secrets Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (194)

    After his brother’s murder, Alex Kinton vows to hunt the killer and administer his own form of vigilante justice. His chance comes when he lies his way onto a search and rescue team and is called to the site of a downed plane in the Cascade Mountains. The team soon discovers that everyone aboard has perished…except for the man Alex is targeting. Alex is determined to do whatever it takes to stalk his prey through the snowy wilderness. Brynn Nealey, the team’s forensic nurse, doesn’t have time for the mysterious outsider. But in the close quarters of the search party, Brynn begins to feel drawn to the hardened and brooding stranger.

    Leigh says: "Returned it!"
    "Exciting Rescue or Romance?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Chilled to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version of Chilled, but for me listening to a audio book is always more enjoyable. Audible has the best selection of titles available. I find it more relaxing to listen to various books, especially when they are performed by talented narrators. Listening allows me to do other things, like driving to work, or cook in my kitchen. You can't do that by reading a book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chilled?

    Chilled's tale of a search and rescue team, trekking into the snow covered Cascade Mountains, after a downed plane, is exciting enough. But to throw in a escaped psychopath and a vengeance seeking ex-federal agent is icing on the cake. The characters of the S.A.R.s team were interesting and human. I enjoyed listening to the build up of each of their characterization and back stories. There is a romance with in this story, and that was okay. The only part which didn't seem necessary to the book, was the graphic sex scene near the end of the book.


    What aspect of Emily Sutton-Smith’s performance would you have changed?

    Emily's performance was fine and well paced. There wasn't any need for different accents to make much of a radiance in her performance. I would listen to her perform another book.


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

    Chilled. You just never know what you will find, in the cold Cascade Mountains.


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  • Abducted: Lizzy Gardner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By T. R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (555)

    Escaping from a madman should have been the end of her nightmare. Instead it was only the beginning...Lizzy Gardner was just seventeen when she was kidnapped by the psychopath known as Spiderman, a serial killer terrorizing her California hometown. Imprisoned and tormented for months, Lizzy narrowly escaped with her life and Spiderman vanished without a trace. But if she thought he would forget her, she was dead wrong.

    Kathryn says: "Was hoping for better..."
    "You Can't Run From Evil"
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    What did you like best about Abducted? What did you like least?

    I did like the premise of the teenager escaping and later teaching others how to service an abduction.


    What could T. R. Ragan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think if she had told the story from beginning to end, without all the jumping back and forth in the story line, I would have enjoyed it much more. As it was, it made the heroine sound whinny and the villein sound like a joke. I know Ragan, wanted to create more suspense, having her heroine remember bits and pieces of the escape. But to me it was tedious and it has been done over and over in other stories.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Kate Rudd's voice at times sounds a bit busy, and she doesn't do characters very well. All the women and girls sounded the same. The only change in the male characters voices was the voice of the villein using a voice changing machine. Rudd's characterization of the heroine was odd too. She gave her two different voices, one for the thoughts and the other when speaking.


    Could you see Abducted being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I was thinking this would make a typical Life Time or LMN movie. Just weird enough to be made into a TV movie, and still predictable to be able to make the transition from book to TV.


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