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Samantha

A lover of the printed and spoken word.

Albany, NY, USA

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Broken: Women of the Otherworld, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (255)

    Ever since she discovered that she's pregnant, Elena Michaels has been on edge. After all, she's never heard of another living female werewolf, let alone one who's given birth. But thankfully, her expertise is needed to retrieve a stolen letter allegedly written by Jack the Ripper. As a distraction, the job seems simple enough---only the letter contains a portal to Victorian London's underworld, which Elena inadvertently triggers, unleashing a vicious killer and a pair of zombie thugs.

    Samantha says: "Great story..bad narrator"
    "Great story..bad narrator"
    Overall

    The story is very good and well written. However, the narrator leaves something to be desired. Clayton doesn't sound southern at all. Jeremy sounds old and dull instead of intelligent but reserved. The 4 stars are for the wonderful story, sadly I would give the narrator a 2.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand, Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (177)

    Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence.

    Marianne says: "An Awesome Start to a New Series"
    "Good start to a new series..."
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    Where does Omens rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hmmm...not in the top 10 (I have a VERY robust collection on Audible). Not that NOT being in my top 10 is bad, I am just quite familiar with the author and I am aware that this is a set up book. While this book is well written, has wonderful character development and keeps moving there were things you could have kind of taken a guess and figured out.


    What other book might you compare Omens to and why?

    Hmmm...honestly this is the first time I've tried this type of book. I've read all of Kelley Armstrong's other books and has bits and bobs of many of her other characters and at times I was thinking is this YA book?


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrators were ok. I'm honestly not use to 2 different narrators and it does take a bit of getting use to. At times the "flow" of conversations were not fluid and that caught me off guard when I was lost in imaging what was taking place.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I have the hardback and if I didn't have a 14 month old I probably would have read it in one sitting. The narration (and cranky baby) kept me from being able to do so.


    Any additional comments?

    I played "Cainesville Files" before the book came out and I'll be honest and say that if I didn't have the knowledge gained from playing going into the book I probably wouldn't have enjoyed the story as much. This is not a plug for the game, it is just that I would possibly not have become as invested in the main character if I didn't play.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Local Custom: Liaden Universe Space Regencies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    The first of the seven books set in the Liaden Universe tells a rich and sweeping story of warring families and star-crossed lovers in a fantastic, other-world galaxy.

    Charlie says: "Classic Heyer-esque Romance with Cultural Clash"
    "Slow, drawn out and quite boring"
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    What disappointed you about Local Custom?

    Progression of the story was slow and no real explanation as to why there are different families/houses.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller again?

    I had such high hopes due to the extraordinary rating, however the writing, character development and explanation of the "worlds" left me feeling like so much was missing. If the first book in a series is set in this manner, I would not be encouraged to listen to more written by these authors.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narration was "ok". There were times where the voices were so similar that I did not know which character was speaking. This of course caused confusion and just left me frustrated.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment....I really was wanting this to be a grand "space" opera and the lack of description, character development and poor narration made me delete the book before finishing it.


    Any additional comments?

    While I understand that this book received high praises from many other listeners, the writing and narration simply did not invoke of a feeling of attachment or love for any of these characters

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Road Blues: The Pine Deep Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (592)

    The cozy little town of Pine Deep buried the horrors of its past a long time ago. Thirty years have gone by since the darkness descended and the Black Harvest began, a time when a serial killer sheared a bloody swath through the quiet Pennsylvania village. The evil that once coursed through Pine Deep has been replaced by cheerful tourists getting ready to enjoy the country’s largest Halloween celebration in what is now called “The Spookiest Town in America.”

    Kathleen says: "Love Joe Ledger Series? Avoid This Trainwreck."
    "Not your usual Maberry book"
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    Would you listen to Ghost Road Blues again? Why?

    I will not be revisiting this book for another listen. Why? Not because it wasn't a good book, because it was (once it got going), but once you know the "set-up" for the series you won't be missing anything needed for the next book(s). The story is well written and while setting up the next books, you'll be able to guess who/what will come about.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea of the town being an epicenter of evil. I'm a big fan of Halloween and I'm sure my affinity for the holiday played a part of this books appeal


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

    The voices and personality given to each character is wonderful. The softer female voice infused with strength all the way to the gruff evil overbearing voices make you imagine these characters in a vivid manner.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, the book progresses a little slow at first and I had to make myself keep listening. With that being said, the book reels you in toward the end and makes you wonder what book 2 will bring.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read the other series Mr. Maberry has written and this story/writing is not done in the same manner. If you are a fan of Mr. Maberry's other works (Benny Imura & Joe Ledger series) know that this is a deviation from what you would expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Decay

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (561)

    A New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, Marvel Comics writer Jonathan Maberry continues the story he began in Rot and Ruin. Six months have passed since Benny Imura and Nix Riley learned that flesh-eating zombies aren’t the scariest or most dangerous monsters around. Now, Benny’s brother Tom is training them in the art of zombie whacking. But as they plan to leave and find a better future, a zombie attack puts a crimp in their plans.

    CRISTY says: "Hutchison's narration (once again) is excellent!"
    "Great start to a new series"
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    Where does Dust and Decay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is in my Top 5 and that's saying something... I've been an avid reader of Zom books and this being a YA book this is a great introduction for readers new to the genre.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not real heavy on the sappy stuff and a logical (and sometimes disturbing) step in the aftermath of an apocalypse.


    Which character – as performed by Brian Hutchison – was your favorite?

    Tom - His portrayal of this character makes you want him to be your brother too!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sometimes Zombies aren't the worse things out there


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bitten: Women of the Otherworld, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1448)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (805)

    Young, beautiful, and successful, Elena Michaels seems to have it all. Her happy, organized life follows a predictable pattern: filing stories for her job as a journalist, working out at the gym, living with her architect boyfriend, and lunching with her girlfriends from the office. And once a week, in the dead of night, she streaks through a downtown ravine, naked and furred, tearing at the throats of her animal prey. Elena Michaels is a werewolf.

    Autumn says: "My favorite Audio title"
    "Love this author and the narrator is great"
    Overall

    This book made me love werewolve stories again. Kelley Armstrong always does a wonderful job telling a story and endearing you to the characters. This narrator gives each character a disticnt and appropriate voice and is very well read. I've read this book prior to listening and found that this listen is worth the credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Summoning: Darkest Powers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (325)

    "My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again. All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost - and the ghost saw me."

    Jennifer A. Peurifoy says: "Impressive"
    "Wonderful beginning to a new young adult series"
    Overall

    Worth a listen for those are looking for an introduction to this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Awakening: Darkest Powers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (234)

    "I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever. Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends: a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch, and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying."

    S. Walker says: "Super cute YA series!"
    "Love this author"
    Overall

    The story moves along nicely and there are some twist that make it even more interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitty and The Midnight Hour: Kitty Norville, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Carrie Vaughn
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1688)
    Performance
    (1033)
    Story
    (1035)

    Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station---and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts "The Midnight Hour," a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. After desperate vampires, werewolves, and witches across the country begin calling in to share their woes, her new show is a raging success.

    S. Droski says: "Pleasant Surprise!"
    "Such high hopes..."
    Overall

    The story seemed very interesting and a appealing premise for a book. However...the story takes for to long to get going and by the time I was halfway throught the audiobook I didn't really care what happened to any of the charaters. I did not finish the story simply because a connection was not made for the characters.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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