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Jen V

Philadelphia, PA United States | Member Since 2011

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  • To Kill a Warlock: Dulcie O'Neil, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By H. P. Mallory
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (355)

    Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator - a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world. When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth before she’s either deported back to the Netherworld, or she becomes the next victim. Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie.

    Amazon Customer says: "Engaging, but sometimes frustrating"
    "This book is bad and it should feel bad."
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    The problem with this book does not lie with the narrator. It isn't her fault that 70% in I decided I didn't really give a crap about what happens at the end and gave up.

    I didn't feel like I was reading about faeries and vampires and other paranormal creatures at all. There was nothing actually otherworldly about any of them and it as really disappointing.

    Bram is basically just a subpar version of Laurel K Hamilton's "Jean-Claude". But instead of "ma petite" he thinks it is funny to call Dolcie "sweet". It's basically the same character. He owns a club and everything.

    I don't particularly like any of the other 3 male "love interests" at all. Quillin or whatever the hell his name is...I guess he's okay, but I still don't like him. The other three are pompous a-holes.

    And don't get me started on Dolcie. She's a friggin' idiot. She's supposed to be law enforcement and the best but she screws up all over the place and lets everyone else convince her of what she should be doing, except when she decides not to listen to them and then ends up screwing up again.

    She's supposed to be this super hot faerie according to all the men in this book but she's insecure enough that she goes around being jealous of all the other women in the book, and it actually interferes with her work. I hate main characters that hate how they look to the point where it comes up over and over and friggin' over again. Can't we get some women who are friggin' comfortable with themselves or something to follow around? She may as well be any regular human lead in a young adult paranormal romance.

    Also, I'm not into S&M or anything, and I would have been fine if Dolcie was just turned off by the goings on there, but then she went and called everyone who might be interested in such a thing freaks and made it seem like it was wrong (and also ruined her undercover shit there for a second time, why didn't she just tell Knight to go there himself, she's so dumb), and that's about when I gave up on this book.

    If I'm lucky, Audible will let me return it or something.

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  • Ship of Magic: The Liveship Traders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (445)

    Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships---rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her---a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim.

    Lorena says: "Something altogether new"
    "Irritating Narrator"
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    What disappointed you about Ship of Magic?

    I have to say I have no idea if the story is any good. after listening to the prolog and part of chapter 1, I had to give up listening to this story. The narrator grated on my nerves. It sounded like she was trying REALLY hard to sound mysterious, and I couldn't listen to her.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robin Hobb again?

    Only with a different narrator. I might try to read this as an ebook later.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I don't want someone sounding mysterious for an entire reading. Just read the friggin' book normally, lady, so you don't sound ridiculous.


    What character would you cut from Ship of Magic?

    Don't know; didn't listen to the whole book.


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