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Lannita

Finally finding time to enjoy my first love... "reading" ... in a whole new way that fits into my busy schedule.

SunShine State | Member Since 2012

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  • 17 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 249 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (127)

    This is the disturbing tale of the dual personality of Dr. Jekyll, a physician. A generous and philanthropic man, he is preoccupied with the problems of good and evil and with the possibility of separating them into distinct personalities. He develops a drug that transforms him into the demonic Mr. Hyde, in whose person he exhausts all the latent evil in his nature.

    Tad Davis says: "The best one yet"
    "Very enjoyable classic"
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    Very different than any movie of the subject I've ever seen...but as this is usually the case when it comes to book vs movie I was not surprised. The book was quite enjoyable....I utilized immersion reading on my kindle....reading as well as listening to this book through Audible....the narrator was excellent! I can recommend both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Stony Mayhall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1022)
    Performance
    (907)
    Story
    (909)

    In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman's arms is a baby - stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda, and he begins to move.The family hides the child - whom they name Stony - rather than turn him over to authorities who would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow....

    Dave says: "The Undead Have Never Been So Fresh (or Funny)"
    "Pleasantly Surprised"
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    Going in, I am not exactly sure what I expected of this book, but I can tell you it turned out to be much more than just a ZOMBIE book. Yes, yes the main character...heck, many of the characters, are zombies, but they think, they feel, they ARE dead but they ARE human. It was easy to recognize the real connection Stony has with his family and his friends. His outlook and quick wit had me laughing on more than one occasion. Heck I was even rooting for the Zombies. It is definitely a book I would recommend to adult friends. My only complaint is the use of the word "f**k" SO much in this book. I am grown and I can ignore it but by the time I reached the end it was becoming annoying. I don't feel as if gratuitous cursing adds to a novel...but hey, if I lived in a society were there was a plague of zombies, perhaps my vocabulary would more frequently be sprinkled with vulgarities...hopefully we will never know.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4255)
    Performance
    (3792)
    Story
    (3795)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Enjoyable"
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    The Orphan train was not what I expected but it was very enjoyable. I don't know if I didn't read the synopsis thoroughly or what but that fact that part of it took place in present day and the other part in late 1920's and 1930's was a surprise to me. I can't say that I learned to love the teenage character (Molly) but the child in the book (Vivian) I found fascinating and her life was quite heartbreaking at times. The end did seem a bit rushed, but all in all it was a short and sweet book that I did enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3049)
    Performance
    (2856)
    Story
    (2846)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "What can I say????"
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    Speechless....I loved, loved, loved this book. For me, Warbound was highly anticipated and it did NOT disappoint. Bronson Pinchot was delicious as always...and any qualms I had with his previous change in character voices were corrected this go round. I was very pleased. The plot was exceptional and entertaining from the word GO. The end of the novel actually wrapped things up a bit, so it seems this may be the last in the series. The thought of this was actually pretty sad to me because I have grown to love the characters so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4991)
    Performance
    (4448)
    Story
    (4466)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "Another Good One for Larry Correia"
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    Vendetta, the second in the Monster Hunter series is very good, action packed...easily keeping my interest. The narrator was exceptional. The plot and character development was done well. I liked that you got to know and understand Myers and Franks a little better in this installment. As I have others by Larry Correia, I would highly recommend this book. The only complaint I have is that there was QUITE a bit more heavy hitting cursing in this novel than his previous ones. I am an adult, so normally I can over look it, but for me, it seemed a bit too gratuitous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House On Tradd Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (356)

    Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it. An Old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog - and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets.

    Joanna says: "Pleasantly surprised"
    "Kept me interested."
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    I can not say that this was one of my favorite books, but I didn't have the impulse to turn it off once either. The plot was a little predictable in places but did have its surprises as well. All in all, it was worth the time and the credit.

    0 of 0 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
    (11765)
    Performance
    (8615)
    Story
    (8615)

    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"
    "Magically Delicious"
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    I read the reviews...the good, the bad...and decided to give Storm Front a chance. As have many others, I too have seen the TV series and was interested to see how it translated into book form. I was very pleased with this book. The plot was a little predicable, this is true... but for me, it did not detract from the enjoyability of the book. I am the type of Audible listener who rather enjoys the narrator who does "all the voices"... James Marsters (at least in this book) is not one of those. I was admittedly disappointed as the "pages turned" to reveal this, but I must say, he won me over. Some of the reviews stated the reader's breathy voice was annoying...I simply envisioned Dresden sitting right there in front of me weaving his witty tale and counted it in as part of the ambiance. I highly recommend Storm Front and I honestly can't wait to read the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghostwriter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Travis Thrasher
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In Ghostwriter by Travis Thrasher—the Stephen King of Christian fiction—a successful horror writer becomes trapped in a web of inexplicable evil. Grief-stricken and desperate, Dennis Shore mails his publisher a novel he didn’t write. But after his plagiarized submission receives high praise, he encounters its aggrieved author. And as this vengeful soul threatens his career, his sanity, and even his life, Dennis begins to experience all the horrors of his own fiction.

    Lannita says: "Almost didn't finish it."
    "Almost didn't finish it."
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    This book is in the Horror genre but is also a Christian novel? I don't feel like it was effective in either. I am the type who ALWAYS finishes an audio book...however, this one tried my patience. I became annoyed with the author after the first couple hours, debated abandoning my efforts after six and by the time I only had ninety minutes left I was listening just so I could get it over with.

    The writing was atrocious at times...perhaps it's just me but I found myself annoyed by the author's over use of "this guy" and several other phrases. I felt cheated the story didn't flow better and irritated the main character made some just plan stupid choices. The ending was lack luster for me. Throughout the story I wondered was the main character being stalked or is he going crazy. I will not give away the ending but even after it was somewhat spelled out I still didn't feel satisfied nor was I convinced.

    The narrator...well....he sounded as if he should have been reading a Mickey Spillane novel. He wasn't bad, mind you, just a little over dramatic in the suspenseful voice department for my liking.

    All in all... that's 9hrs 23mins of my life I'll never get back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5788)
    Performance
    (3721)
    Story
    (3733)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Excellent read!"
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    I had an acquaintance recommend this book to me and I was honestly a little skeptical because I didn't think I would like a book told from a animal's view point. I have got to say that I was enthralled from the opening passage. I fell I'm love with the characters and sincerely dreaded knowing the end of the book was near.

    You will not regret the credit nor the time invested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not Quite Dating: Not Quite Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Catherine Bybee
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (213)

    Working the graveyard shift as a waitress, single mother Jessie Mann has no time to waste on a Texan with big dreams and a skinny wallet. And that’s just what she sees when Jack Morrison ambles into the diner where she works. After a childhood of financial instability, Jessie swore she’d do better by her son. But with Christmas just around the corner, saying no to Jack and his cowboy good looks is easier said than done.

    SIMARA says: "A pleasant surprise!"
    "Not Quite Enjoyable"
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    Regarding the book: I figured it would be the usual formula for a romance novel...going in with that expectation..it was still lacking for me. The heroine was a little too whiney for my tastes.

    Regarding the Audible Narration: I have listened to many audible books...this was definitely not the worst but certainly not one of the better ones either. The narrator made the female love interest's voice "lispy" at times which was distracting and a bit confusing because it made her sound too much like her sister's voice. The male voices were mediocre at best and the Texas draw left much to be desired.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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