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magicmonster

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  • Turned: Book #1 in the Vampire Journals

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Morgan Rice
    • Narrated By Brianna Knickerbocker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    In Turned (Book #1 of the Vampire Journals series), 18-year-old Caitlin Paine finds herself uprooted from her nice suburb and forced to attend a dangerous New York City high school when her Mom moves again. The one ray of light in her new surroundings is Jonah, a new classmate who takes an instant liking to her. But before their romance can blossom, Caitlin suddenly finds herself changing....

    Captdoherty says: ""Twilight" meets "The Outsiders""
    "Skip it..."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Morgan Rice and/or Brianna Knickerbocker?

    Just disliked the teenage sound ofe the voice and thestory was slow at the beginning and the end was choppy and dis jointed


    Would you be willing to try another book from Morgan Rice? Why or why not?

    no


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    whiney teen voice


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shiftless: Werewolf Paranormal Fantasy: Wolf Rampant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Aimee Easterling
    • Narrated By Kelly Mccall Fumo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Forget the full moon, female werewolves shift uncontrollably at that time of the month. But after years of practice, teenaged Terra learns to squash her wolf, which allows her to flee the repressive village where she grew up. A decade later, Terra realizes she has an even worse problem. After hiding from her wolf for so long, she is now shiftless, unable to change back into canine form.

    Caroline J. Baines says: "Loved it!"
    "werewolf read for teens"
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    If you could sum up Shiftless: Werewolf Paranormal Fantasy in three words, what would they be?

    Tastefull. Finding own path.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The insights on growing up as a female werewolf under alpha leader.


    Have you listened to any of Kelly Mccall Fumo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Great addition to my library. Listened to it all in one listen and wanted the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Future Good

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By T. J. Kirby
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Mary and Joe are young people just graduating from their General Lessons. It is time for them to go to their first Project Day and choose the first Project they will to join. Mary wants desperately to get her boyfriend Joe to join her in the NutriSuit Project, but Joe wants just as desperately to do a Journalist Project because a major event is happening and Joe has an opportunity to play an important role.

    Trish says: "Such an unusual and engaging sci-fi adventure!"
    "reminds me of Robert A HEINLEIN."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes as long as they would not mind a story with a strong belief included in it. I personally enjoy books with something that you have to think about.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Our Future Good?

    The end.


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

    I have yet to be disappointed in anything that Simon Vance does.


    Any additional comments?

    Did not expect the ending. Was expecting something else there. Nice character creation and world building.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Eyes: Bloodscreams #3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert W. Walker
    • Narrated By Robert Neil DeVoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    It starts with a sacred crypt, dug centuries ago, discovered under Manhattan. Buried with it is a diabolical creature spreading a strange contagion, claiming its victims by the thousands. But the dead aren't staying dead for long...and only one man is qualified to brave the unstoppable zombie army. Psychic detective Abraham Stroud knows the origin of what festers in the unholy pit. And only he can battle the primeval horror as it prepares mankind for the ultimate sacrifice.

    Teresa says: "Ancient Etruscan Zombies"
    "An not the usual beginning for a zombie story."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A good solid zombie book if you don't mind demons...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zombie Eyes?

    the hospital with the zombies. You will know the one when you get to it. I don't want to spoil it for you.


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

    Did a great job bringing the characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Going to have to pick up book 1&2. Great job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death on the Aegean Queen: A Dotsy Lamb Travel Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Maria Hudgins
    • Narrated By Karen Krause
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    George Gaskill, a car salesman from Indiana, goes missing from the stern deck of the Aegean Queen, leaving only a pool of blood and a strange note behind. Ollie Osgood, the husband of Dotsy Lamb's best friend Lettie, is the last person to have seen him and one of three men who lost a bundle to George in a Texas Hold'em Poker game. Then the ship's photographer turns up murdered on the beautiful island of Mykonos.

    Beatrice says: "Not a pleasure cruise"
    "great mystery"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great mystery and I did not expect the ending.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interplay between characters and how believeable they are. You can really imagine the places!


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

    This is a first listen for this narrator and she did a fantastc job with it. Go ahead and buy it. You wont regret it!


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

    Loved the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Just buy it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampires Rule: Rule Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kasi Blake
    • Narrated By Alexander Edward Trefethen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This is not your average vampire story. You see, Jack was barely seventeen when a werewolf slaughtered his parents and ripped his throat out. Lucky for him, there were vampires nearby. Summer liked him on sight, so she infected him and gave him new life as a vampire. His only remaining family, a younger brother, buried him and tried to move on. Jack couldn't. His body and heart remained frozen in time, and that's why he does it, why he takes a trip home every year. Feeling nostalgic, he walks through the house and touches his former possessions.

    Vallerie Gilbert says: "The book is awesome!"
    "Vampire story with a twist."
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    Would you try another book from Kasi Blake and/or Alexander Edward Trefethen?

    Personally found story good. Predicted the bad guy. However that may be because I am an adult and read lots of mysteries. I disliked the narrator. Voice semed to be condesending at first and to me tainted the audio experience. I found depth in the characters and they were beliveable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Silver due to how she handled everything.


    What didn’t you like about Alexander Edward Trefethen’s performance?

    Tone of voice and the way he portrayed what the main character said.


    Do you think Vampires Rule needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The strry obviousy was not completed but did not leave in a major cliffhanger like some books do. Story plot kept moving and was enjoyable but to me narrator was a poor choice.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the sample and make sure you would be willing to listen to the narrator for the whole book. If in doubt read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taovan: Awaken: Seasons of Light, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By S. J. Saunders
    • Narrated By Lee Strayer
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Nadon-Kesh grows up like any other child abandoned to the Saget riverbank, but his life takes a dangerous turn when the Supremacy, the tyrannical force enslaving the realm, drives him from his home. Thrust into the dangerous world beyond the riverbank alongside his closest friends, Nadon learns of his place in an age-old conflict that may change the face of the land forever.

    Patrick says: "Taovan is here! Step aside Game of Thrones (GOT)"
    "story seems interesting"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes because I will never select a book read by this narrator in the future.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This may have been better experience with a different narrator. It took me a full 5 minutes before I could get past how the narrator was putting no inflection on what he was reading. Either he started doing so or I started looking past that. There also was an echo like quality to the recording. I found it hard to follow when the view point changed. To be fair to the author the story seems to be good as far as I went (1 hour) and will think about purchasing the book.


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

    Not sure since I did not finish it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Money: A Shelby Nichols Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Colleen Helme
    • Narrated By Wendy Tremont King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    A trip to the mall gives Shelby the shock of her life when she finds an extra five million dollars in the bank account Uncle Joey set up for her. She thought he was out of her life for good, but with this fast money, she's not so sure. Now she must decide if she will tell her husband the truth that she can still read people's minds. Including his. How will he feel when he finds out she lied to him? When the Mexican Police tell her that Uncle Joey's been kidnapped and look to her for the ransom, she knows she's in big trouble.

    Dr. Geoff says: "Excellent, engaging performance, top notch story!"
    "Great book. Opening really grabs you."
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    If you could sum up Fast Money: A Shelby Nichols Adventure in three words, what would they be?

    Gret this you will enjoy it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though main character is a mind reader you can still relate to her.


    Have you listened to any of Wendy Tremont King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First one....she did a fantastic job.


    2 of 2 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
    (2981)
    Performance
    (2713)
    Story
    (2726)

    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."
    "Still want more Sookie!"
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    What did you love best about Dead Ever After?

    Most of the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Ever After?

    Spoiler...cant say


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Still can't say... Spoiler.


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

    Sookie in jail...


    Any additional comments?

    Good plot but end felt rushed. Wanted even more closure.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Magic's Pawn: The Last Herald Mage, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gregory St. John
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (266)

    In Magic's Pawn, an ancient age in the history of Valdemar comes to life - an age when the kingdom was ravaged by the ungoverned fury of bandit warlords, ferocious ice dragons, and the wild magic of wizards. A new addition to Lackey's Valdemar kingdom - and her most powerful series to date!

    Susan L. Rock says: "Finally Getting To the Classics!"
    "This is my favorite Valdemar series."
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    Where does Magic's Pawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great listen!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic's Pawn?

    When Van stood up to his father.


    Which character – as performed by Gregory St. John – was your favorite?

    Vanyel


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

    The end but I don't want to spoil it.


    Any additional comments?

    A well done production spot on. Homosextual main charactor done with such care that you could even let a young adult listen to it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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