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Anna Browning

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3277)
    Performance
    (2824)
    Story
    (2827)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Fun!"
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    I liked this a great deal. The story was fresh, the dialogue was hilarious, and Wil Wheaton's performance was stellar. The ending seemed far-fetched, which is slightly ludicrous considering how much suspension of disbelief I'd used up until that point. I can still recommend this strongly, and I do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Slayre: The LIterary Classic with a Blood-Sucking Twist

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë, Sherri Browning Erwin
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    Raised by vampyre relatives, Jane grows to resent the lifestyle's effect on her upbringing. No sunlight, nighttime hours, and a diet of bloody red meat is no way for a mortal girl to live. Things change for Jane when the ghost of her uncle visits her, imparts her parents' slayer history, and charges her with the responsibility of striking out to find others of her kind and learn the slayer ways.

    Raven says: "oddily enough"
    "A Lovely Surprise"
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    When Pride and Prejudice and Zombies came out, I was excited. I was giddy with the thought that two of my beloved favorites would mesh, much like the pairing of peanut butter and chocolate, into a wonderful new creation. Insert face palm. Sherri Browning Erwin manages the feat: she seamlessly blends the paranormal into Bronte's classic tale in such a way that, if I didn't know better, I'd imagine that it had always been this way.

    0 of 0 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
    (9823)
    Performance
    (8763)
    Story
    (8741)

    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"
    "More under heaven and earth"
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    Well, now. This is a happy surprise! I despair upon occasion that there are no more paranormal rocks to be overturned, no fresh narratives, no new worlds to discover, and, boy, do I like to be proven wrong. This has everything I like in a book: it's funny, engaging, expects me to have a brain, and did I mention it's funny? And not just because there's a talking dog, although, hey - that's always funny. Looking forward to returning to this version of the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1822)
    Performance
    (1688)
    Story
    (1685)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Sookie's Trashy Cousin"
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    Fans of the Sookie Stackhouse novels should love Angel Crawford, a small-town Louisiana gal with a slight problem dealing with her new condition as one of the living impaired. Angel is far from derivative, however. She's a likable character who lives in a world that has suddenly become very, very different, thanks to her recent aforementioned living impairment. While this is a debut novel, and, as such, has to create the world and introduce it and its occupants, My Life as a White Trash Zombie is both engaging and fun. I look forward to the next entries in the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (724)

    A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

    Snoodely says: "Finally Revealed: Where Dickens Got His Ideas!"
    "Pratchett and Dickens"
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    As a Discworld fan, I delight in Pratchett's prose and plotting. "Dodger" did not disappoint. A lovely visit to Victorian England is marred ever so slightly by inauthentic winks to history and literature, but Stephen Briggs' narration is delightful, and this is certainly worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (593)

    Sonea is caught up in a confrontation between the hated Guild magicians and the angry youth of the slums. To her dismay, she discovers that she possesses the same powers as the reviled magicians. To avoid capture, she must seek protection from the city's feared underworld, The Thieves. In return, she must use her powers for them, but her magic never seems to do quite what she intends it to.

    Jeremy says: "The book is like a wooden roller coaster..."
    "Not all audiobooks should be unabridged"
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    I *think* I quite like this book. It's hard to tell, however, because every conversation takes place three times. This might be alright if I were reading it, but, as a listener, I'm trapped. Suddenly nothing happens. These prolonged conversations serve to bring the plot to a standstill.

    The first half of the audiobook should, by rights, take half the time. The narration is repetitious, and seems to imply that the reader or, in this case, the listener is dense. This is an editing issue and should have been dealt with before the book was released.

    I like the story, I like the characters. I'd like action to occur. The narrator is doing a fine job, for the most part. He's doing quite well on most of the voices. Considering the number of characters, it's nigh onto impossible to get them all distinct. Some of the female voices suffer from the Monty Python-esque falsetto. Like most fantasy novels, female characters make up, perhaps, fifteen per cent of the population, so this isn't much of an issue.

    At this point, I sincerely doubt that I'll look into the other books in the series because this feels like it's happening in real time. Each day is filled with needless detail, repetitious dialogue and interior monologues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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