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Robin

West Bountiful, UT, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 16 reviews
  • 87 ratings
  • 323 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2014
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  • Fair Game: Alpha and Omega

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1666)
    Performance
    (1506)
    Story
    (1518)

    Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles. Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves - all of them were.

    David says: "Best of the Best"
    "Best of the series so far!"
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    Read this book before Frost Burned of the Mercy Thompson series. The story crosses over in a big way. This book as the feel of a true mystery and I loved it.

    I was cool on this "side" series to the Mercy books at first but I'm a true believer now. I love these characters just as well. Great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9979)
    Performance
    (7453)
    Story
    (7493)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Warning - Vampire Romance!"
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    This book was just not my cup of tea... pun intended. (Diana, the main character, spends an inordinate amount of time making and drinking tea.) I think there should be a warning label on the front cover "THIS IS A VAMPIRE ROMANCE". I love urban fantasy, at least my definition of it, and this was not it. I guess if I'd been smart enough to read the other reviews, I might have figured that out beforehand.

    I am not a romance novel person to begin with, paranormal or otherwise, so the book lost me pretty early on. Yoga class for vampires, witches, and daemons? Really? The detail was mind-numbing... what they ate... what they drank... what they were wearing. The dialogue was ridiculously juvenile.

    My biggest beef is this; I think books that are part of a series should be able to stand alone. This was just one big long introduction to the next book (which I shan't be reading) with nothing resolved.

    The only thing I did like was the house that was alive and was an additional character. That was clever but not enough for me to recommend this book.

    Total waste of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4876)
    Performance
    (1760)
    Story
    (1770)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Totally Captivating!"
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    For me, this was one of those books I didn't want to put down. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.

    I hope this author is working on another book. I'll be one of the first in line to purchase it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2035)
    Performance
    (1774)
    Story
    (1774)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Wonderful!"
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    One of the best books I've read this year. The politics of the day were fascinating. The personal journals allow the reader to glimpse within the working of the minds of the former president and his killer. Totally enthralling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5719)
    Performance
    (5315)
    Story
    (5314)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Harry is back!"
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    Harry and the gang are back in action. The last book was really just a bridge from Changes to Cold Days.

    Really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3144)
    Performance
    (2704)
    Story
    (2723)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Fabulous!"
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    I didn't start off loving this book but by the end I was a true believer. Kate Morton does it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Called: Mercy Thompson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4304)
    Performance
    (2835)
    Story
    (2842)

    Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

    Susan says: "I love this series.."
    "What a nice surprise!"
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    I've had this book for over a year without bothering to listen to it. I'm not even sure why I had bought it in the first place.

    Then, my husband and I went on a road trip last week and we forgot to bring something to listen to so we were "stuck" with whatever was on my phone. The characters are very likeable and the story is entertaining and unpredictable. The plot was just a little confusing at some points but not overly so. If I were to sum up the book in a few words I would say that it's a fun read.

    We both enjoyed the story so much that we had to download the next book in the series for the trip home.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7014)
    Performance
    (4971)
    Story
    (4961)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Unlikely"
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    I debated on how many stars to give this book. Just on pure ???listen-ability??? I???d give it 5 stars. The reader was great and the story flowed along just fine. However, the story itself seemed so farfetched to me. How could anyone be so dense as the main character? I also felt that everyone in the book had a stereotypical role to play. The good guys were unbelievably good and the bad, well???. Bad to the bone. The good and the bad seemed to be dependent on the person???s feelings about slavery. The story does take place in the late 1700???s when slavery was socially acceptable. I???m not defending the practice I???m just saying??? the story placed a lot of moral judgment through modern lenses.

    My last beef is, and perhaps my greatest, was the ending. Really? After all the emotional investment into Lavinia???s life, the story felt incomplete without more details of her life going forward. There were hints but nothing that felt like a conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2799)
    Performance
    (2353)
    Story
    (2358)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Delightful"
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    This book might not appeal to everyone but I loved it. It had a bit of all the things I find of interest. Genealogy, history, time travel (sort of )... I couldn't stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (257)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

    Lifelong Reader says: "Beyond disappointed"
    "Seriously?"
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    After listening to this clip, I am so very disappointed. It's like Harry truly did die with the ending of Mr. Masters??? narration. I can't believe that the author left the last book as a cliff hanger and then changed narrators. Harry now sounds like a hick or something. This just ruined my long held expectation and I'm not sure that I'll even read it.
    What were they thinking?

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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