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Bonnie

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Bellmore, NY, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • A Perfect Blood: The Hollows, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1769)
    Performance
    (1582)
    Story
    (1580)

    Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood. She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

    Aimee says: "Get on with it already"
    "Hello Rachel, get some smarts"
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    It seems that Rachel is getting more dumb as time goes on. She ignores her most trusted friends and runs head long into trouble. Then she's sorry every time...boo hoo. I really loved this series, but this but just makes Rachel seem really stupid, and self centered and totally ignorant. Once she would take advice of her dearest friends, especially Ivy and Jinks. Now all she does is make the biggest and stupidest errors to get her in trouble. Getting her butt kicked by 'Humans". I just don't know what's going on. Ms Harrison seems to be making Rachael become more infantile in her behavior than the other books. I truly hope that if there is a book 11, Rachel will get her wits about herself and grow up and remember who her friends are and maybe take their advice. If Ms Harrison is making Rachel behave in a really stupid way to make the series last longer, it is really an insult to the fans. If there is another book I will give it a try, but I was very disappointing in this one. Up til now I loved all the books, Sorry Rachel I can't feel sorry for someone who keeps making the same dumb mistakes through the whole book. However Marguerite Gavin did her best to over come the the story, and her narration was perfect. Just wish she had a better story to narrate.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Crossroad: A Novel of Midnight Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (283)

    From Charlaine Harris, the best-selling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It' s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Rocky Start but Good Mystery"
    "I'm a big Charlaine Harris fan"
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    What did you love best about Midnight Crossroad?

    All the bizarre characters, great paranormal living in this small Texas town.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Midnight Crossroad?

    I don't want to give away a spoiler and it would be if I mentioned it. Charlaine Harris really knows how to develop characters and especially knows how to push the envelope I've listened to several of her series which I've loved. I was disappointed with the ending of the "Sookie Stackhouse" series. However this maybe something we can get out teeth into, and hopefully it will only be a Trilogy like they say. I think she just went too far with Sookie and couldn't end it right.


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

    She was very good with characters and emotions. I really enjoyed her narration


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

    When you find out who killed Aubrey, that really got me. I think everyone will agree with this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Ms. Harris won't keep us waiting too long for the next book in this series. I truly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
    • Narrated By Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (262)

    From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

    Anne Morris says: "I don't normally write reviews but..."
    "Remarkable story behind the story"
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    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Cary Elwes and all the cast members adding touches to the background telling of the making of this wonderful film classic. So many moments that were exposed to those who love this film. I laughed out loud at some of the tales told about the making of this film


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

    Each narrator brought their own special touch and special flavor to the story of the making of "The Princess Bride" Stories about those who are no longer alive and what they meant to the cast that survives them.


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

    I won't go there.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of the move "The Princess Bride" as my family has been for over 25 years, this is a must listen. After you've listened to it, watch the movie again with your loved ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home for the Holidays: A Night Huntress Novella: Night Huntress, Book 6.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    They were looking forward to a normal holiday - at least as "normal" as it gets for vampires Cat and Bones and their otherworldly friends and family. But their yuletide plans are shattered when a mysterious stranger shows up and reveals long-buried secrets that threaten to take a bite out of their holiday cheer - and lives.

    Bonnie says: "Really miss Bones et al"
    "Really miss Bones et al"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    How Cat and Ian had to work together to save the day.....there were some real funny moments


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

    As usually she did a great job and made the story really roll along.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to a real major story from this series......Jeanine Frost can you hear your fans?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chains of Folly: A Magdalene la Batarde Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Roberta Gellis
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    That Nelda Roundheels had been murdered would have been of little interest to anyone - except that her body turned up in the bishop of Winchester's bedchamber with a letter to the bishop, from the king's most important enemy, rolled up in her breastband. The bishop and his knight, Sir Bellamy of Itchen, realize immediately that the purpose of putting the body in Winchester's bedchamber is to embarrass and discredit the bishop. And the reason for this attack on Winchester is his calling of a convocation to chastise the king for acting high-handedly against the bishop of Salisbury.

    lisa says: "My First Audible Return...."
    "So they changed the narrator....big deal"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Chains of Folly to be better than the print version?

    Never saw print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Magdalene


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    Every one was complaining about her narration. I've listened to her narrate several other books and she did a really good job. After Nadia May who narrates at a slower pace, it does take a while to get used to Ms Duerden. I slowed my audio by 1/4 and it was much more enjoyable for me. The story was good and sometimes you have to let go and get on. I've listened to series where they changed the narrator. If the story is good and the narrator is decent as it was in this case.....get past it people. If you can't change the speed on your portable device, maybe you should look into getting one you can do that with. It realy helps with many Audible stories.


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

    I almost did, listened Friday until the last 7 chapters and did the rest on Saturday.


    Any additional comments?

    People should listen to the free listen before they purchase......If I don't know the narrator I always do that. Because I can adjust the speed of the play back I find that many narrators that usually speak to quickly, or have a too high voice if I slow it down by 1/4 it still sounds natural and makes a big difference to the quality of sound.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • He Drank, and Saw the Spider: Eddie LaCrosse, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alex Bledsoe
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    After he fails to save a stranger from being mauled to death by a bear, a young mercenary is saddled with the baby girl the man died to protect. Now, 16 years later, that young mercenary has grown up to become cynical sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse. When his vacation travels bring him back to that same part of the world, he can't resist trying to discover what has become of the mysterious infant. He finds that the child, now a lovely young teenager named Isadora, is at the center of a complicated web of intrigue.

    Bonnie says: "Eddie and Liz take a vacation NOT!"
    "Eddie and Liz take a vacation NOT!"
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    Where does He Drank, and Saw the Spider rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm not going to compare it to any one book but to several series. Alex Bledsoe really knows how to develop characters and dramatic situations. This series though historical reminds me a bit of "Alex Verus" by Benedict Jacka. Even though in different times they are very well developed and have some magic in them


    What was one of the most memorable moments of He Drank, and Saw the Spider?

    Not all that we think is evil really is, sometimes it's just circumstances I don't want to give it away.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    Once again a great narrator with a great story


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

    When Eddie and Liz mess with a guy who was being rough on a young girl.......gotta laugh


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE GIVE ME MORE EDDIE LACROSS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wake of the Bloody Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alex Bledsoe
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    Twenty years ago, a barmaid in a harbor town fell for a young sailor who turned pirate to make his fortune. But what truly became of Black Edward Tew remains a mystery, one that has just fallen into the lap of freelance sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse. For years, Eddie has kept his office above Angelina’s tavern, so when Angelina herself asks him to find out what happened to the dashing pirate who stole her heart years ago, he can hardly say no—even though the trail is two decades old. Some say Black Edward and his ship, The Bloody Angel, went to bottom of the sea, taking with it a king’s ransom in treasure.

    Mark says: "A grand Pirate Adventure, and a bit with a dog!"
    "Eddie LaCross series just gets better"
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    What other book might you compare Wake of the Bloody Angel to and why?

    I never ever heard of a pirate story like this one. Alex Bledsoe really knows how to draw you into the characters and the story.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    Stefan Rudniki is a great narrator, I've listened to several series where he narrates and he doesn't disappoint ever


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

    SPOILER..........When Eddie confronts Angie with the truth.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series, there are always great moments some funny some scary, but always action packed. I hope there will be more in this series than five books and I hope Stefan Rudnicki continues to narrate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cursed: Alex Verus, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (443)

    Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he's discovered the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. Someone is harvesting the life-force of magical creatures-destroying them in the process. And draining humans is next on the agenda. Hired to investigate, Alex realizes that not everyone on the Council wants him delving any deeper.

    Cliff says: "The second book is even better."
    "So far story line getting better"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cursed the most enjoyable?

    It reminded me of when I started Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" series. Each book in the series got better and better. More outrageous character interactions and twists and turns.


    What other book might you compare Cursed to and why?

    If you crossed "The Night Side" series bye Simon Green and "The Dresden Files" by Jim Butcher, you'd get "Alex Verus" series. can't wait to read book three(3)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    *SPOILER........The next to last one with Martin........where his wish backfires on him.


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

    I stayed up all night until I did finish, it was so worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    So far Audible has 5 books in this series, I hope there will be more I know I'll really enjoy them if Mr Jacka keeps the story lines as interesting as the first two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legendarium

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kevin G. Summers, Michael Bunker
    • Narrated By Robert Rossmann
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (114)

    In every generation, certain writers are chosen to be protectors of The Legendarium, a metaphysical library that exists at the nexus of the multiverse. Inside this library are doorways that lead to every world ever created in literature. There are forces of evil constantly at work to destroy the library and send the world back into an age of darkness. Now, in a time of growing illiteracy, two heroes are chosen to defend The Legendarium.

    Elizabeth Hauris says: "If Butcher & Fforde had a child, this would be it."
    "Laughed so hard at times I cried"
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    What did you love best about Legendarium?

    How it touched on so many different stories and authors, and how Bombo and Alistair interacted. It was laugh out loud funny at times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Legendarium?

    There were several but the first that really got me was when Alistair was going to give Bombo mouth to mouth to revive him from drowning........


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

    No I haven't listened to Robert Rossmann before but he was wonderful and did a fantastic job with the voices and emotions.


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

    There were so many laugh out loud moments in this book I just can't pick one. This is a NEW FAVORITE FOR ME.


    Any additional comments?

    I know I will listen to many more times because of the enjoyment this book gave to me. I recommend this to anyone who loves literature, and enjoys laughing.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Archangel’s Shadows: Guild Hunter, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (156)

    In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot - should not - be walking the streets.

    Bonnie says: "Violence against women is a regular now."
    "Violence against women is a regular now."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Violence against women is becoming a regular theme, and as the series progresses it seems to intensify. I enjoyed the first few books in the series, but now it seems that there is so much misogynist violence on a regular basis. I wasn't crazy about this one. nor Ash and Janvier just didn't do it for me.


    What other book might you compare Archangel’s Shadows to and why?

    Can't this series is unto it's self. The only other series I enjoyed about angels and it had a great ending was J.R. Ward's "Fallen Angels" Not many series have great endings "Fallen Angels" did.


    Did Justine Eyre do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really I felt she didn't have it for the Cajun accent, She did ok on others but you really need flair for the Cajun "Patwa" (listen to Jane Yellowrock series)


    Did Archangel’s Shadows inspire you to do anything?

    To tell the author to find another topic besides beating up and killing women.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that this series turns around I enjoyed the first 5 books and the 6th was ok, but it's time to get off beating and killing woman for sport.......Try something else, like trying to help humans more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (810)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (736)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Jessica says: "Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom"
    "If Dresden and Night Side had a child........"
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    If you could sum up Fated in three words, what would they be?

    Nightside + Dresden + Alex Verus


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alex, but really enjoyed Luna and Arachnid....Very different than characters in other series, yet very enjoyable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many but one of the best was when Alex takes Luna to see Arachnid for the first time.


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

    Just like the Simon Green's Night Side series and Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden, you just want to eat it all up in one sitting. From reading reviews of the next books in the series they seem to get better just like Dresden and Nightside. Can't wait to take the next bite.


    Any additional comments?

    I Already purchased book 2, it was on sale......Can't wait to see what happens next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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