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Susan

BLOUNTS CREEK, NC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 1 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Dark and Stormy Knights

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews, Jim Butcher, Shannon K Butcher, and others
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, Joe Barrett, Marc Vietor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (340)

    It was a dark and stormy knight, and nine dark defenders embarked upon a most perilous quest. They're the ultimate defenders of humanity, modern day knights who do dark deeds for all the right reasons. In this all-star collection, nine of today's hottest paranormal authors bring us thrilling, all-new stories of supernatural knights that are brimming with magic mystery and mayhem.

    L. L. Kiminki says: "Get this just for P.N. Elrod, not for Jim Butcher"
    "Great way to meet new authors"
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    I enjoyed all of the stories. I have started listening to Jim Butcher's Furies series as a result. These collections are a great way to meet new authors!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9524)
    Performance
    (8489)
    Story
    (8464)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "One cool Druid and a great commute companion"
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    Atticus is a wonderful character - very human and paranormal at the same time. The blending of all the different mythological gods and creatures could have been overwhelming, but the author (and the narrator) made it easy to follow the entities and personalities.
    And then there is the dog Oberon who is so wonderfully canine. The relationship between Atticus and Oberon is a special spice in this mixture. It is both touching and LOL funny. I read/listen to a fair amount of fantasy and paranormal stories, but few of them have a druid as a major character. I enjoyed the descriptions of the art/religion/life of a druid in Hearne's world.

    While I think I would have enjoyed the book in any format, Luke Daniels made the book absolutely delightful! I didn't have to think about the pronunciation (or spelling) of all those weird names and places. Each character's voice is so distinctive that it is easy to keep up with the individuals. He varies the pacing and the tone of the narrative so naturally that I never noticed it - until I decided to write this review.

    The story line does contain a fair amount of violence, but it is more of the comic book type (in the nicest possible sense). It isn't the gruesome stuff that lingers in your mind for hours. There is less sex than one might expect, and the author spares us the steamy graphic descriptions while getting the message delivered. There is plenty of profanity, and it is used in keeping with the characters' personalities so it doesn't get in the way of the plot.

    Between the author and the narrator, I feel like I have a new friend riding to work with me. I am now on my 3rd book in this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Trap

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tracy Anne Warren
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (402)

    In this glittering Regency romance from acclaimed author Tracy Anne Warren, wallflower Eliza Hammond has suddenly become a wealthy heiress. Now, every eligible bachelor is interested in marrying her. Hoping to instruct Eliza in the social graces needed to attract the best suitors, her best friend Violet enlists the help of her brother-in-law, Lord Christopher "Kit"Winter. Just one problem. Eliza has always secretly pined for Kit.

    mia says: "Audible, please add the rest of the series"
    "Just so so"
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    The plot was predictable and pleasant enough which is what I want when I download a historical romance. I just didn't find myself wrapped up in it. The narrator did a good job of communicating the shyness and inner turmoil that accompanies those sections.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1512)
    Performance
    (1321)
    Story
    (1346)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "Narration added to a nice story"
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    I enjoyed the book - no it is not as complex or intense as the time travel in an Outlander or Time Traveler's Wife stories.... and yet between the narrator and the author I found myself engaged throughout the book. My American ears enjoyed hearing the language spoken in keeping with the book's location. The plot managed to take me by surprise at least twice.
    I listen to books on my daily commute to work and the characters in this book were excellent company for the drive

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4124)
    Performance
    (2960)
    Story
    (2955)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Prepare to enter your own stae of wonder"
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    My book club is a fairly diverse collection of people ranging in age from 35 to 69 and preppy to reformed hippie. Without a doubt this book struck a chord with all of us.... the plot takes you to a place that you just don't expect. I enjoyed this story much more than I did Bel Canto. The characters develop throughout the book and you begin to care about even the least likeable of them.
    Half of my group listened to the book. They agreed with me that the narrator was great. The audible version allowed me to immerse myself even deeper into the strange jungle land of the story. I enjoy listening to books that contain scientific and medical terms without worrying about how to pronounce them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4310)
    Performance
    (3846)
    Story
    (3866)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Odd and wandering and wonderful"
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    This is a tale that you need to read when you are ready to suspend belief in reality and let your mind drift like a dust mote in an empty room of a summer lake cabin. This is the first book I have read by Neil Gaiman and will try some of his other books when I am in the mood to wander in an alternate world. The plot is a murder mystery, a romance, an urban sci-fi, and any other plot you want to imagine. I enjoyed the cast of readers and felt the variety of voices added to the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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