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Blaine

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  • Sparks Fly: A Novel of the Light Dragons, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    From contemporary romance to paranormal page-turners and pause-resisters, the books of New York Times best-selling author Katie MacAlister prove to be irresistible treats. The third entry in MacAlister’s Light Dragons series, Sparks Fly continues the ever-more-intriguing adventures of Tully Sullivan (aka Ysolde de Bouchier). A normal suburban mom, Tully was having a perfectly fine life as a human before discovering she is in fact a dragon—complete with a dragon mate named Baltic!

    CAROLYN says: "Oh Katie Katie what has happened??"
    "Weak Plot and Anticlimactic Ending"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better plot and a narrator who did a better job with making distinction between female character voices. I did know if Ailsing, May or Ysolde was speaking at times. Also Braum sounded too much like Jim.


    What was most disappointing about Katie MacAlister’s story?

    There were times while listening to Sparks Fly that I fell I was listening to the monologue of a sexually frustrated housewife. The quick pace and humorous dialogue I had become accustom to from MacAlister was reduced to long rants about sexual fantansies and food menus. Finishing the first three chapters was particular difficult as the story stall and Ysolde spent entirely too much time in an Adult Sex store shopping for replacement toys for Pavel. You ask why Ysolde would be spending time leisurely shopping for sex toys instead of moving forward on the more urgent task she was given by the First Dragon? To that point your guess is as good as mine. Ysolde claimed she felt bad that Pavel lost his toys when their former house was destroyed. One would think since Pavel was living in the house at the time of its demise that he would have lost a great many things more important that his fleece lined handcuffs. Why wasn't Ysolde buying Pavel necessities such as clothing? What was even more preplexing was why both Constantine (a shade who has confessed undying love for Ysolde) and the First Dragon (a god like figure) would just show up at the sex shop of all places for a little chat. I could go on and on about the many issues with the book that include but are not limited to poor narration and an anti climatic revelation (the task the first dragon assigned Ysolde all those many years ago).


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voices of too many of the characters were too similar. It was very difficult to distinguish between characters.


    What character would you cut from Sparks Fly?

    Non-essential characters such as Constantine, Cyrene and Kostya. They only served to drag the plot on.


    Any additional comments?

    In a nut shell, this book is not worth the loss of a credit or a single dollar. It seems to me that the prolific Ms MacAlister may need to slow down and spend a bit more time with a piece before publication. Or it could simple be that as a reader I have out grown her re-writing of the same characters over and over again. For now, I have taken her off of my favorite author list.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Shiver of Light: Merry Gentry, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Charlotte Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (241)

    Merry Gentry pretends to be human. She moved to Los Angeles and began working as a private investigator at Grey's Detective Agency. But all of this is just a disguise; in fact she is a princess of faerie, her real name is Meredith Nic Essus, and she had to flee the Dark Court of Faerie because of attempts on her life. In order to inherit her rightful crown, Merry needed to conceive an heir, a notoriously difficult task for the slow-reproducing Fey. In the 2009 novel Divine Misdemeanors, Merry had finally achieved that goal - and fans have been kept waiting all this time to find out what happens!

    Dennette says: "Narration not for me"
    "The Never Ending Story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this book to a friend who has read the previous books in the Merry Gentry series. But even then I would be reluctant about my recommendation. This much awaited book fell very short. In fact, the story when on and on as we were given endless glimpses of Merry insecurities about motherhood and her future. The author spent so much time in her psyche that very little action went on. Nothing significant happens to move the plot along until the last few chapters of the book and even that is quickly wrapped up.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Laurell K. Hamilton again?

    I am unsure.


    Which character – as performed by Charlotte Hill – was your favorite?

    Merry was the only character that didn't sound like all the rest. Every male character (even the American ones) seem to have the same Irish accent.


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

    No. I would fall asleep before my popcorn got cold.


    Any additional comments?

    If you just want to find out what happens nexts to the characters..then purchase the audiobook. However, if you are expecting the final conflict to be action pack..you will be disappointed.

    0 of 0 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
    (2770)
    Performance
    (2526)
    Story
    (2532)

    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."
    "It Wasn't So Hard To Say Goodbye (spoilers)"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, if you are a Sookie fan who needs closure. However, I would not recommend this book as an intro to the Sookie-verse. Here is the truth of it all. Charlaine Harris is a phenomenal writer. That is evident in everything else she has written (with the exception of the last three SVM books). I truly believe she had 10 good books in her and allowed her publisher to convince her to extend the Sookie story after True Blood debuted. The series began it's painful decline with Dead in the Family (book 10) and the storyline hasn't gotten any better since. I can compare the experience of reading books 10-12 to that of a maimed horse slowly being put out of its misery. I wanted the series to end and wasn't sure I would read book 13 (OMG 3 books of the most drawn out breakup ever).But like so many Harris fans I needed closure. I was truly hoping that Ms Harris would rally and end with a bang. It is somewhat disheartening that she didn't. However, I am still a fan and I just believe she didn't have anymore to say about Sookie. As Cyndi Lauper sang "Money, money changes everything."


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    There were no surprises in this book. Unlike many of my fellow readers, I believe that Harris always intended for Sookie to end up with Sam. A happily ever after for Eric and Sookie was never in the cards. 1) Throughout the series it was clear that Sookie valued her humanity and her religious upbringing would not allow her to abandon her soul. 2) Eric may have felt some measure of love for Sookie, but his own ambition would always outweigh what he felt for her. His self-serving decision was true to character. What has been a constant throughout the series is the mutual love and respect Sookie and Sam felt for each other. So there were no surprises there.However, it was sort of interesting how many people hated Sookie with such conviction for so little cause. It seemed as if all of her enemies' hatred of her was misdirected. They despised Sookie when they should have been hating on someone else. They all wanted to cage and torture her as if she directly injured them (when she didn't)."I hate her because she stole my last chance" -- When in fact she use an artifact that was gifted to her to save a friend's life . What should have been said here was.."I hate myself for being stupid enough to make a deal with the devil.""I hate her because I was tortured, disfigured and cannot return to fairy" -Well when you betray your monarch and try to take over somebody else's hood-- what do you expect?"I hate her because she chose to save herself and her lover instead of me and my queen" Daah?"I hate her because I am dying, my girl died and my boss hates her too... Btw it is my boss' fault that I am both dying and soulless...but I still passionately hate this women who never said a mean word to me" What the hell??? "I hate her because she is a freak who is in bed with the supernatural world and ........I hate gays, blacks, Jews, Catholics, and just anybody who is different than me. I am just a hater!"Ok. I don't know if you are with me here...but the rationale is more than a bit unbelievable here. I can believe you can dislike someone for an irrational reason. Investing the time and money in such a convoluted scheme is what I didn't believe. What was the least interesting aspect of the book was Harris' departed from the Sookie POV as an attempt to use misdirection, but it wasn't very difficult to figure out who the bad guys were. It was very unlike Harris to leave so many large bread crumbs.I really do want to say that I found something remotely interesting about this story .... but I can't.


    What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Johanna Parker is an amazing narrator! Her talent as a voice actor was what kept me on board. I don't think I would have listened pass chapter three had it not been for her. She really is the voice of Sookie.


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

    No. Sadly enough the story is too weak to be made into a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I do want to say that even though I believe the ending of the series to be a dud, I am happy that Harris wasn't influences by Alan Ball's True Blood. I am sure the money is good, but I think he has destroyed the spirit of her work in an effort to keep viewer interested. Overall I think she kept to her original vision. I believe that she should have said no to extending the series. Read her other series. You will love them. You will also know what I already know about Ms Harris...she is an awesome mystery writer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fearless Jones

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Walter Mosley, "one of crime fiction's brightest stars" (People), returns to mysteries at last! Fearless Jones is a dazzling new thriller, set in 1950s L.A. and featuring the most engaging hero since Easy Rawlins.

    William says: "Laughter and suspense"
    "Book Wonderful, Music Distracting"
    Overall

    Like all of Mosley’s work, this book is engaging and beautifully written. He is truly a masterful story teller. Walter Mosley is one of my favorite word smiths and to-date I haven’t been unhappy with any of the narrators for his audio books. However, I have noticed in a few of the Easy Rawlins and Fearless audio books the insertion of musical transitions. These transitions are distracting to say the least. To say the most, they are outright annoying. This is the only flaw in the audio book versions of Mosley’s work worth noting. Fortunately for Mosley his publishing company has chosen outstanding artists to perform his work. The music doesn’t add to the performance as much as it takes away.However, don’t let my pet peeve about the music dissuade you from purchasing the audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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