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Lesa M. Scheifele

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  • The Rose and the Thorn: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2243)
    Performance
    (2072)
    Story
    (2076)

    For more than a year, Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner, Hadrian Blackwater, from certain death. Unable to get her out of his mind, the two thieves return to Medford but receive a very different reception - Gwen refuses to see them. The victim of abuse by a powerful noble, she suspects that Royce will ignore any danger in his desire for revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to once more protect them. What she doesn't realize is what the two are capable of - but she's about to find out.

    Cecil says: "Great Series but don't start here"
    "Can't wait for the next one!"
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    Would you listen to The Rose and the Thorn again? Why?

    YES! Royce and Hadrian are written so well that they seem like friends...I miss them in between books and it is difficult to find other books as engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The friendship and comedy between the two leads.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Hadrian or Royce...hard to choose.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, both!


    Any additional comments?

    Even though each story is stand alone, these books leave the reader craving more. The author suggests reading the first three books, Riyria Revelations, first even though chronologically the others come first, and I agree. There are minor points in The Rose and Thorn that won't mean anything on their own, even being invisible to a first time reader, but that add a lot to the understanding of the characters when you have already read the three Revelations.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Dead Air

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By James Goss
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (1162)
    Story
    (1156)

    This is an exclusive, original adventure for the 10th Doctor, read by David Tennant. Featuring additional music and effects, Doctor Who: Dead Air has never been previously published. Hot on the heels of a creature that exists through sound, the Doctor lands on a pirate radio station boat in the late 1960s. The creature has already killed some of the DJs, and the Doctor befriends the survivors. But then the lights go out, and a desperate race for survival begins.

    Paul says: "Brilliant story and well crafted audiobook"
    "Interesting premise"
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    Where does Doctor Who rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A little under middle.


    Would you recommend Doctor Who to your friends? Why or why not?

    Generally yes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the doctor was "swallowed" for a time.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This story, while an interesting and unique idea, just didn't hold my interest very well, but I am not a huge Doctor fan yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6055)
    Performance
    (3706)
    Story
    (3745)

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "LOVE THIS SERIES!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Towers of Midnight the most enjoyable?

    There are no better narrators than these two. They become the characters in my head.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm partial to Perrin's gentle manner, Moraine's intelligence and calm under pressure, and the idea of Loyal and his people.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The comical scenes with Matt.


    Any additional comments?

    When we talk about these books with other readers, we are all intrigued that we have to remind ourselves that we are not discussing a movie. The characters, voices, personalities, scenery, colors...they are all there in our heads, almost as if we've met them. If I could only recommend one book series that would enrich your life, the Wheel of Time would be it. Fantastic morals that examine both sides of the issues, strong female and male characters, believable character reactions, honor, duty, joy, love, faithfulness, comedy. I've listened to this series many times and will again! And, you get a lot of bang for your buck, especially if you use credits! I've often thought how perfect this series would be for someone who is sick and has to be sedentary for a while. The Wheel Of Time series takes the reader on an adventure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stranded with a Billionaire: Billionaire Boys Club, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jessica Clare
    • Narrated By Jillian Macie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (172)

    Billionaire Logan Hawkings needs a vacation. He's had a rough time after the death of his father and the betrayal of his fiancée. But with a visit to a recent business acquisition - a private island resort in the Bahamas - he has a chance to mend his broken heart. When a hurricane blows in, a misplaced passport and a stalled elevator bring Logan together with an unusual woman named Bronte. She's unlike anyone he's ever met - down to earth, incredibly sensual, and even quotes Plato. She also has no clue that he's rich...

    Susan says: "Narrator ruins the book!"
    "Cousin to Shades of Grey"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator was alright, and the different characters were clear, but there was emotional depth missing in the voice. As narrators go she was average, not terrible. The male character was better developed than the female. There was room to do more with her...the story hinted at some great things.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More time, more excitement and adventure on the island.


    Could you see Stranded with a Billionaire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, Brad Pitt and a new, unknown female lead.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for depth in writing skill, this is not it, but I just wanted a romantic fun romp with adventure tied in and this fit the bill. I would listen to a sequel and enjoy it, but I would not likely seek it out. For the sale price, this was fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1352)
    Performance
    (1259)
    Story
    (1260)

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "If Star Trek and Monty Python had a baby..."
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    Where does Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    That's comparing apples to oranges. In books that I choose to read just for quick fun and not looking for depth, this rates among the best. Action packed, funny, impossible to predict, superb narration (hard to believe it's just one voice!), just the right length. I would welcome a sequel!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration and smart, irreverent humor!


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

    It has a lot happening and is action packed...it may have been exhausting in one sitting!


    Any additional comments?

    This was exactly what I was looking for. I had just read some sad stories (not by choice) and had a lot of life stress going on. I wanted something fun and intelligent and this was perfect!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9944)
    Performance
    (5956)
    Story
    (6002)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Essential fantasy!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Eye of the World the most enjoyable?

    Immersing into this rich universe of extremely well developed characters and story lines.


    What other book might you compare The Eye of the World to and why?

    While many may compare it to The Lord Of the Rings, I like this WOT series much better. The characters are richer, the story lines clearer and farther reaching, and the comedy here and there is the frosting on a delicious treat!


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They give tone of voice and mannerisms to each character. Since they do a great job of creating new voices, they make it easier to learn and remember who each character is and their names without having to flip back pages to be sure...you KNOW that new character when you hear them!


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

    YES! Impossible, but yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a busy super-mom, president of a successful business and occasional university instructor and I am on at least my 5th time of listening to this series. Years go by between, but no other fantasy series has ever been as good as coming back to these guys. I have saved the last book until I had time to start at the beginning and enjoy them all again. Each time I pick up some detail I missed. The characters are like old friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (404)

    What happens when a young child is traumatized? How does terror affect a child's mind---and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses to their own parents' murders, children raised in closets and cages, the Branch Davidian children, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, he tells their stories of trauma and transformation.

    Marilyn says: "Changed a Sixth-Grade Teacher's Life"
    "EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog to be better than the print version?

    Yes. This reader has the perfect voice for this subject, and I believe gives the correct nuances.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Everyone should understand the forces that shape our relationships and society as a whole. By teaching us the roots of empathy vs the roots of sociopaths, the author creates a powerful tool in the reader.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hmmm, I have two....the interactions with the Raven, and how the author first approaches the boy in the cage.


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

    No, because each case sparked very interesting family discussions.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to encourage, no...IMPLORE, everyone who works with children to read it. The author explores how our brains develop sequentially, how this is affected by life experiences, and how those effects shape our personalities. Reading this should be a requirement for teachers, and parents will find it fascinating. If you think your kids are being given too much homework, your gut is right and he explains why....and so much more! The true case stories he relates will grip you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Lord's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3011)
    Performance
    (2017)
    Story
    (2018)

    For years he has endured the endless trials and triumphs of a man whose skill and power could not be restrained. Battling ancient enemies, forging new alliances, and confronting the corruption within his own land, Gaius Octavian became a legendary man of war - and the rightful First Lord of Alera. But now, the savage Vord are on the march, and Gaius must lead his legions to the Calderon Valley to stand against them - using all of his intelligence, ingenuity, and furycraft to save their world from eternal darkness.

    Jason says: "Excellent conclusion"
    "We don't want the series to end!!!"
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    If you could sum up First Lord's Fury in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, intelligent, engaging


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First Lord's Fury?

    The romantic dinner in the tent had great comedy.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    She is always excellent...my favorite reader. Listening to her and her fantastic ability to create separate voices and vocal speech patterns really allows me to fall into the story and forget that it is just being read...after listening to a book she has read, I feel like I saw the movie!


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

    In a future where the powerful and wealthy have become lazy and complacent, the hero rises from obscurity and reminds them of the value of intelligence, perseverance, thinking outside the box, a good heart and a great upbringing just in time to save the world from oblivion by taking paths that no one else could see or were brave enough to take.


    Any additional comments?

    I am hoping for a continuation...picking up maybe 10 years later? Jim Butcher impresses us with his writing...his knowledge of human nature, his ability to lay out all sides of a problem in depth, and then create solutions that were not easily seen, make for an extremely intelligent, thought provoking read. If he can use this same type of thinking himself on the fly, I would vote for him for president!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4462)
    Performance
    (3462)
    Story
    (3464)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "Fun adventure"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a quick, fun read. I was happy to find a sequel. The characters are believably normal people that just happen to be dealing with some no-so-normal issues. The love story is light and fun, and the plot is interesting and not so straight forward as to be transparent. I could read ten of these...the characters are bright, funny and have enough depth that you care about them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf?

    The first time she meets her guy.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    It took me a little bit to get used to her, but she brings out the wit in the characters very well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was delighted to find such a fun book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Path of Daggers: Book Eight of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3265)
    Performance
    (2346)
    Story
    (2367)

    The Seanchan invasion force is in possession of Ebou Dar. Nynaeve, Elayne, and Aviendha head for Caemlyn and Elayne's rightful throne, but on the way they discover an enemy much worse than the Seanchan. In Illian, Rand vows to throw the Seanchan back as he did once before. But signs of madness are appearing among the Asha'man.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another book with not much going on."
    "It doesn't get better than the Wheel of Time!"
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    Would you listen to Path of Daggers again? Why?

    This has got to be at least my 6th time listening to POD. Never before has a series of books grabbed onto me like these have. Every listen I find new nuances that I missed the first time, more depth to already deep characters and story lines. Everyone should have the opportunity to hear these books!


    What other book might you compare Path of Daggers to and why?

    All the other Wheel of Time books! Many people compare these to the Lord of the Rings books, but I like the WOT series MUCH better. The reader can identify with the characters a lot more closely, the story lines are richer, character development makes you feel that you could meet one of these characters in a pub and comfortably chat for hours. They really need to be made into movies!


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just like their others, this one is a mastery of voices, expression, and great acting coming through.


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

    Wanted to? YES, but the book is too long to make that practical. These books are my housework friends, driving to work companions, exercising fellows....


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to books a tenth as long that felt ten times longer to listen to. The story is so rich, the characters and reading so excellent, that even a twenty hour book leaves you wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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