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ypsilanti, MI, United States

  • 2 reviews
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  • 264 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014

  • Widow's Web: Elemental Assassin, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    I used to murder people for money, but lately it’s become more of a survival technique. Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town anyway. Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power.

    Julie says: "Not worth my credit"
    "Best of the Series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Widow's Web to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version..... Lauren Fortgang does a good job with both nuances of cadence of speech, expressing emotion, and differentiating characters with tones, accents, and inflection of voice, etc... So, listen to the sample. If her voice grates on your nerves, don't get it. I think she does a stellar job.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Widow's Web?

    This may be an odd answer, but what stood out for me was the lack of the "info dump" that has seemed to plague Estep's other books. I realize you have to catch new readers up on some vital information to the series, but for avid readers of the series it becomes tedious and annoying the way in which she approaches this ---- ie- the aforementioned "info dump".

    I never felt innundated with background information in this book. The information was still delivered but in a more amenable way this time. FINALLY!

    What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

    Covered in the answer to the first question. smile.

    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of Owen & his sister... there is a lot of meaty backstory uncovered here.
    I enjoyed learning more about the characters past ---- and the uncertainty of the future.

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  • Gunmetal Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea's whole existence is in shambles. She tries to put herself back together by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend. When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano-the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, and Andrea's former lover-die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate.

    LeSLiE says: "They're BACK! Loved It!!"
    "Ilona Andrews = Pure Magic!!"

    My favourite husband & wife writing team has done it again. Solid writing with plenty of humor and enough action & romance that I think even those readers new to the world of Kate Daniels ( The original "Magic" series of which this book is a spinoff of sorts) will enjoy.

    Having said that --- I would still greatly encourage people to read the entire Kate/Curran series as they are FABULOUS. As stated the writing is solid/stellar and no previous knowledge of other books is needed but for those who have read the other series, you will appreciate some of the humor more as you are more well-aquainted with the characters.

    Also, as a reader of both series... it's great to get some answers to things that motivated some of Andrea's actions ---- now I can say IN YOUR FACE to all the naysayers who were blasting Andrea.

    I enjoyed learning more about Andrea's beastkin background; I always enjoy Raphael (smile) ---- Basically, I enjoyed seeing characters I already know and love.... as well as some new (well, almost new) characters as well.

    "Russian Sugar Bear" was it???

    A note on Rene Raudman ---- She may not be on my top 5 list of favorite narrators, but she is also NOWHERE near my list of "can't stand to listen to" narrators either. Another reviewer mentioned her earlier works --- I'm only familar with her in conjunction with Ilona Andrews books and she continues her reading style ---voices, inflections, etc --- so I guess listen to the sample first. Personally, I have enjoyed her readings of both the Kate Daniels/Magic series and the Edge series --- which I also love and adore.

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