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Linda

Knoxville, TN, United States

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  • The Favored Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII's Third Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    From the New York Times best-selling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a powerful and moving novel about Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII, who married him only days after the execution of Anne Boleyn and ultimately lost her own life in giving him the son he badly needed to guarantee the Tudor succession.

    Amazon Customer says: "More Fiction than History"
    "Not what I expected"
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    The story over all was good. the Narrator as well. However I was looking for a story about Jane Seymour. More details about her and her life. Instead it was a story told as if Jane was writing it. it focused primarily around Cathrine, and Anne, though told through Jane's perspective. the last two hours of the book were all that was written directly about Jane. Perhaps it is the way it was written, diary style that made if feel less like a story about her and more about her telling the story for Henry's first 2 wives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Molly C. Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1645)
    Performance
    (1457)
    Story
    (1494)

    The New York Times best-selling Mortal Instruments continues - and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon. Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide? Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

    Jose Ruiz says: "Need a new Narrator...."
    "impoved"
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    The story is a continuation of the other 4 and a good one, I like how she interweaves, good Jace with bad Jace and good Sebastian and bad Sebastian keeping you on your toes. And the final outcome of the battle. I read this book long before I listened to it because , Molly Quinn's voice and pronunciations annoyed me so much in the last book. Finally since it was in my list I caved and listened to it. I have to say though her pronunciation of several of the words still grated my nerves her voice was less annoying. I am not sure how she changed it, but I found myself not minding listening to this story as I thought I would.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4591)
    Performance
    (4126)
    Story
    (4211)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "Excellent"
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    Okay I am not going to go into a review of the story. If you don't know it, just go ahead and download the book. Its a classic you should have long since read.

    Now onto the narration. Excellent. At points in reading this book I felt it dragged but its Tolkien, its Middle Earth, its Elves. I dealt with it because the story over all was good. NONE of that dragging comes in when listening to the Audio book. You stay engaged, or entranced. The Narrator does and excellent job telling the story, giving life to the characters and even pulls off the singing parts as well.

    Often the Narrations can ruin a good book. But it can also make a good book soar beyond expectations, and that is what this narrator did for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Soulforge: Dragonlance: Raistlin Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis
    • Narrated By Chris Sorensen
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    A mage's soul is forged in the crucible of magic. Raistlin Majere is six years old when he is introduced to the archmage who enrolls him in a school for the study of magic. There the gifted and talented but tormented boy comes to see magic as his salvation. Mages in the magical Tower of High Sorcery watch him in secret, for they see shadows darkening over Raistlin even as the same shadows lengthen over all Ansalon. Finally, Raistlin draws near his goal of becoming a wizard. But first he must take the drea Test in the Tower of High Sorcery. It will change his life forever - if he survives.

    Maggie McMeekin says: "Fantastic story"
    "My Favorite Character"
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    I have loved the Dragon Lance books since I was a teenager. I have loved Raistlin since then as well. I was beyond happy when these books first came out as it was a story of him and his life in more detail then you get in the other books. That is the basic premises of these books and if you know Raistlin but do not know theses stories you will find you did not really know Raistlin.

    I am very VERY happy to say the narration did not ruin this book, as I am often afraid of when listening to old favorites. They changed the character voices such that you could distinguish them and better then that the voices fit the personalities of the characters very very well. I will actually look for more books by this narrator and hope he continues to perform as well as he did in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Accidentally In Love With...a God?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
    • Narrated By Helen Wick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    Emma Keane is your average city girl trying to get a date. There's just one thing holding her back: the disembodied male voice speaking to her through her mind. Sound kind of crazy? Maybe. But crazy turns downright deadly when the voice persuades her to travel to the wilds of the Mayan jungle. There she will free his body - his incredibly hot, muscled, naked body.

    Robbie says: "Tempted...tempted..."
    "What is it with WHINNY heroine?"
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    Okay story is pretty cool. I like the Gods, what they are and what they are suppose to do. I like the challenges and limitations of them. I like the connect that formed between the hero and the heroine and the back story behind it. I like the support network they have formed. the witty banter between the Hero and Heroine is often funny and amusing. So over all I recommend the story. But I am so very tired of stupid, whinny heroine's, who really just don't get it. I understand everyone makes mistakes and that makes it more real, but how many times can one person do stupid things that nearly get them and everyone else killed, after being repeatedly told it would and STILL do them. I would really like to see a heroine that makes mistakes, learns, and either improves, or just stops being so stubborn she is stupid. Stubborn does not need to equal stupid.

    The first 6 hours of the book were good, entertaining, and well worth it. Hours 6-9 I really just wanted to shut the woman up and/or strangle her and wished it would end (yes she got that bad during that time) the last 2 hours of the book picked back up and equaled the first six.

    The narrator was very good varying the voices and settings, making it easy to tell what was going on with who and where, communicated emotions well, even did the whinny enough to annoy (because it really was annoying even if I had been reading it) and then she was able to switch to communication patent frustration as the hero was annoyed with the whining too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8770)
    Performance
    (7876)
    Story
    (8010)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Much easier listening then reading"
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    I like tolkien, but sometimes he is just hard to read and get through, it can sometimes be tedious even if a great story. The audio book changes that, none of it seemed tedious it just flowed through where and when reading I struggled with it and flipped pages to get through parts. Perhaps it is the narrator, but it really changed the way I look at book whose story I have always loved, but hated drudging through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Better Homes and Hauntings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (983)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (931)

    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Not quite equal to her others but still good"
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    I enjoyed this book, but it doesn't equal her other series and independents. The witty banter was there, and the storyline was great, but at several points throughout the story I felt like the characters were kids playing at being adults and not actual adults, with professional business (even if some of them were just starting out) , and that kind of set the book off a little. It didn't carry a maturity level through out in the characters. Sometimes they seemed like what they were, young successful, mid 20s other times I felt like they were 12-13 year olds pretending to be adults or acting out what they imagined their adult lives would be like. There was something missing in the possession scenes, no real build up or end they were just there then gone again, and it seemed a little jarring. I feel like Molly Harper needs to explore the world of ghost and hauntings more to bring it to her level of Vampire, witches and werewolves.

    That said, it was still a great story and great narration and I do not regret the credit, or the time in the least, I have yet to read / listen to any of her books that were not worth it and Amanda Ronconi as usual did an amazing job with the voices and emotions, and I didn't even feel like I was hearing Jane tell a different story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Spirit Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rachel Aaron
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (444)

    He's not just any thief. He’s the greatest thief of the age - and he’s also a wizard. And with the help of his partners - a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls - he’s going to put his plan into effect. The first step is to increase the size of the bounty on his head, so he’ll need to steal some big things. But he’ll start with somethingsmall. Something like a king....

    Bronwyn Soell says: "Entertaining light fantasy"
    "Intresting Concetp but not there yet"
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    The story was an interesting concept of a thief who is also a magic user, who is out to raise his bounty, nothing else. He generally seems like a nice enough guy, though there are points where is just wishy washy between good guy and callous jerk.

    I enjoyed the concept and l where it looks like the story is headed. This is the first book of a trilogy, so I understand not explaining everything write a way. You want to dangle hints to make readers go deeper into the next books. However in this particular series I feel like EVERYTHING was left dangling and nothing was explained. Even about the world.

    The world issues: Magic - there is spirit magic, where the mages work with the spirit of everything. Okay got it. They can't really use the human spirit and why isn't really explained in fact all you know if that they can talk to spirits, make deals with them, ask them to do stuff, or in some cases forcibly control them, and that is just plain wrong. that's it that is all you know about the magic in the world, until along comes another organization that is also mages but use a different type of magic or use spirits differently, or something. Its not really explained expect they are not huge fans of the spiritualist and the feeling is mutual.

    Main character issues: He's mage, a spiritualist, But I guess was never trained as one? He's a thief, and apparently the greatest thief ever, but why he is a thief, or how he got his reputation, not really sure. He is stealing things to increase the bounty on his head, that's it. That's all he wants, but why? You can guess but its never explained. He has 3 odd companions (we'll get to their issues in a moment) but why they are together, where the loyalty between the three of them is coming from, is left completely open and it is a fairly strong loyalty.

    Companion characters issues: Booth the Thief's and the main Spiritualist have companions, the thief has two. Both with VERY potent secrets of their own, which you do learn, (YAY information) some of them. But what you don't learn ANYTHING about is how these 3 ended up together, and why the bond between them is so strong, there is definitely a story there, you get hints at the very end about it, but nothing more, nothing to make you invest in any of them. The Spiritualist has a dog (ish) a very large, intelligent beast, with its own powers. A loyal companion as dogs are. except he is not a dog, and I venture to guess even more powerful then she is, yet she is his master and his loyalty complete, he will die for her and his faith in here is beyond that of servant to master. He is her companion for a reason, you can tell that and you figure out toward the end its by his choice. But what happened to her, or what is she, or what did she do for him to earn that, nothing is mentioned.

    Perhaps all of these will be addressed in the next two books, but book one, which should hook you, left me with nothing to grip on the characters except questions, and I HATE series that drag you along and reveal everything at the very end, I like my information spread out or at least enough hints to make me WANT to delve in, there is nothing here to get me invested in the story besides the fact it could be a really great concept if fleshed out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Predatory

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alexandra Ivy, Nina Bangs, Dianne Duvall, and others
    • Narrated By Arika Rapson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    Paranormal romance authors Alexandra Ivy, Nina Bangs, Dianne Duvall, and Hannah Jayne present four original novellas in this exciting anthology.

    Malinda says: "4 stories ranging from good to great :D"
    "1/2 and 1/2?"
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    So this is 4 books in one. Novella's. I picked it up for one specific one, but listened to all of them, well almost.

    Book 1: "Out Of Control", by Alexandra Ivy - never read her books, and that is probably why I was slightly confused at the start, but as it picked up I became intrigued by her world and the supernaturals in it. Well worth the listen and I will be looking into more of her books

    Book 2: "Ties That Bind", by Nina Bangs, Not Horrible. The Vampires of this world are unique to their blood line. A weird and unusable way of looking at Vamprism with a "2nd one". I did not dis like but I was not hooked on it.

    Book 3: "Still Darkness", by Dianne Duvall the reason I picked this up. I love her immortal guardians, I have read/listened too (yes both) all of them, except this one. it comes into play kind of during the second book, almost a parallel to it, some over lap from a different view point. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it and all her other books as well.

    Book 4: Hannah Jayne's "High Stakes: Ummm... yeah... NO. Sorry not even an hour into it. Done. Not going there, not even going to try. Maybe. MAYBE. if the setting was high school I could buy into it. But what self respecting 124 year old vampire, portraying and adult, not a teenager in New York City in High Fashion uses the phase "Totes Adorbs" even in their mind speech. Add to that the writing is atrocious. I really felt like I should be reading something from Jr High. Could not stomach it.

    Narration: Decent. Good inflection and character separation, for the most part. I was annoyed by the fact that Reichart kept getting switched to Richard In Still Darkness. I think there is a better reader for this genre but she wasn't horrible by any stretch of the imagination, especially reading 4 separate books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (1084)
    Story
    (1075)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "Excellent"
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    Slow start, almost slow enough to make me give up, but glad I didn't. It picked up and worked into the most amazing story of magic and magicals, I love the difference between the two and how the line is drawn. I saw the twist coming but it still worked well into the story line even expecting it.

    As always I ADORE Amada Ronconi, her voice is just perfect for these style stories. I am more then ready for the second book and hope there will eventually be a third.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zipporah, Wife of Moses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Marek Halter
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    In the time of the Pharaoh, a tiny infant is rescued from the banks of the Red Sea. She is named Zipporah, "the little bird". Although she is a Cushite by birth, one of the black people of the lands to the south, she is taken in by Jethro, high priest and sage of the Midianites. Jethro adores his adopted daughter, and she is an honored member of his family. But the blackness of Zipporah's skin sets her apart and will decide her future.

    Anne says: "A good listen!"
    "Not my favorite of his tellings"
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    Bernadette actually does a better narration of this story I think then the others. But the story itself drags on in ways not absolutely necessary. I feel there is a lot of necessary filler and it could be told more to the point. There are parts of it that don't sync a 100% with the bible, but the bible also does not reveal the details of this marriage, so who can really say if it is accurate or not. Its kind of a hit or miss on if another will enjoy it more or less. it is one of those books and readings that straddles the fence for me on it being good or being one that I should have just stopped listening too. I did find myself not minding if I walked away from the telling for a few minutes here or there so it did not hold my attention as much I I prefer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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