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Jennie

Jen

Titusville, FL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Dead Reckoning: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3918)
    Performance
    (2613)
    Story
    (2602)

    With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child", Pam, are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.

    BRANDON says: "Antiques RoadShow, Burned Hair & Elvis"
    "Spoiler Review"
    Overall

    Let me begin by saying that I am a huge fan of Sookie. And no one has ever embodied a character more than Johanna Parker. But I became a little disillusioned with the last book (#10). It didn't feel as though the story was quite complete or as much care and consideration given to the characters. This feeling was amplified in this book. In my opinion, Dead Reckoning is just a teaser for the remaining 2 books in the series. There were so many unanswered questions and incomplete storylines that I feel like I have to read the next 2 books just to finish this book's storyline. Does anyone else wonder how unsatisfied they will feel if for some reason, this series doesn't continue? It has happened before... SPOILER ALERT!!! As for the book itself, I was disappointed with the problems between Amanda and Sookie. I'm sure it means something to the future of the series but I felt this was out of character for both. And what's up with Alcide - that was totally weird. In the last book, Eric was becoming more open and honest with Sookie but now he's back to the way he was before they were married. Is this just to make the readers accept a breakup??? After all, Eric was the one who insisted Sookie know about Bill's affair and saw the consequences. Are we really supposed to believe that he would so stupid as to do the same thing? I also noticed quite a few time line continuity issues. There were a few in the last book but so many more in this one. Overall, it was good but definitely not the quality of the earlier books.

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2766)
    Performance
    (2523)
    Story
    (2529)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "What's lower than 1 star? Answer: THIS BOOK"
    Overall
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    What was most disappointing about Charlaine Harris’s story?

    Even though Charlaine Harris says she hired an editor to help with continuity, it didn't work. If I hadn't bought audiobooks, I could have sent her my 12 books so she could look up what happened in the previous books. For example, Sookie says she only met Copley Carmichael once before. WRONG! Also, why include characters that have no purpose in the book just because they were in prior books? I felt like it was a final episode of a bad show where everyone who ever had a part had to take a final bow.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Johanna Parker’s performances?

    Probably not. Johanna Parker should have reviewed her voices and pronunciation of names from previous recordings. Also, could Sookie have sounded more whiney?


    What character would you cut from Dead Ever After?

    Quinn. What was he there for? His part could have been performed by any other animal. Harris included him just so she could wrap up any possibility of Quinn and Sookie. Talk about playing to her audience.


    Any additional comments?

    Charlaine Harris started with a great concept and character in her first book but by book 10 it was clear she was bored with the storyline. This book was nothing more than a contractual obligation for her - she promised 13 books and no matter what the quality, she was going to provide 13 books. I didn't care who Sookie ended up with although Sam is definitely the easy, vanilla way of ending the book. Oh wait, there's another book due out in October that will tell the future. As if I care anymore. And another thing. A DEVIL??!!! COME ON!!!

    I solemnly swear upon my Audible account that I will never, ever, ever spend one more cent on a Charlaine Harris book. So help me God.

    42 of 47 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10752)
    Performance
    (7654)
    Story
    (7658)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Less Breathing Noises on a Prank Phone Call"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you like best about Storm Front? What did you like least?

    The story was good - not great. But I have bought 3 on a special purchase so I will continue.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unique story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    How many times can one person sigh in one sentence??? What about the voices? Bob and Harry are the only voices that work.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finale: Hush, Hush, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Becca Fitzpatrick
    • Narrated By Caitlin Greer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (173)

    Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen Angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean that they will always be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. And yet their biggest challenge lies ahead. Can their love survive a seemingly insurmountable divide? The lines are drawn, but it's unclear which sides have been taken. And in the end, will there be enough trust left to rebuild what has been broken?

    VAL-B123 says: "I should have just bought the novel"
    "Terrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story wasn't good.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Becca Fitzpatrick again?

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Less whining voice


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Finale?

    The repetition in Nora's thought sequences was annoying. Why say something 20 times when just a couple of times will accentuate the idea?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1787)
    Performance
    (1342)
    Story
    (1328)

    Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

    TravisD says: "Wyoming Fun-- in Philadelphia"
    "Not the best Longmire story but still good"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you like best about Kindness Goes Unpunished? What did you like least?

    Any Longmire story is a good story but this one had holes in the plot line.


    If you’ve listened to books by Craig Johnson before, how does this one compare?

    Books 1 and 2 were great but this one did not appear as well thought out and executed. There were several places in the book where I kept going back trying to see if I missed something like how did Lina get into Cady's apartment. Some of the plot lines were implausible and overly complicated. And, like most people, I missed Wyoming.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Henry's Cheyenne medical treatment of Cady. The burning of sage in the hospital was hilarious.


    Was Kindness Goes Unpunished worth the listening time?

    Any Longmire book is worth the listening time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3435)
    Performance
    (3045)
    Story
    (3049)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "What's going on with this series?"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Deadlocked?

    This book was obviously the bridge to the last book. Many things were left unfinished. Characters did not always behave in the expected way. I enjoyed the book only because I've been Sookie starved and I really want my Sookie journey to be over. Harris has lost interest and so have I. And considering the other reviews I have read, she's left a trail of dead listeners in her path.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charlaine Harris again?

    I will listen to the last book in the series but I will never listen or read a Charlaine Harris book again. Not only has she ended other series badly (Shakespeare, Harper Connelly) but why can't the entire Sookie Stackhouse story be told in the books? Again, there was a storyline that is contained in a short story in some other book. I don't care to read those books so I have to guess what happened. Doesn't she have enough imagination to write a unique story for the short story collection books? One last thing, after I read the previous book, Dead Reckoning, I thought about commenting on the book on the community blog on her website. Has anyone ever read the comments Charlaine Harris writes when someone criticizes her work? That's enough to make sure that after this series, NEVER AGAIN.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Johanna Parker?

    I love Johanna Parker as Sookie Stackhouse and can't think of anyone who would do a better job. However, this was my least favorite of her narrations. What happened? Several of the character voices were changed from the previous books, especially Bill and Eric. Some of the characters in this book sounded so similar I couldn't tell who was speaking. And again, Bill's voice was previously so cool and calm, so like the character's personality. I have no idea why she changed his manner and style of speaking. I didn't care for it at all.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Deadlocked?

    The scene with Quinn was just a way to let us know that there is a short story out there somewhere that we needed to understand what is going on. I guess Harris has to sell her contributions to other books in some way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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