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Vanessa K. Adams

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  • The Faceless Ones

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Derek Landy
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (66)

    Valkyrie screamed, sprinting toward Skulduggery. He looked up and reached out to her, but it was too late. If you've read the other Skulduggery books by Derek Landy (and you really should have read them by now), you've seen it all before: Some bad guy wants to bring about the end of the world, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie fight valiantly to stop it from happening. A few people get hurt, sure, but everything's all right in the end. Well, not this time.

    Mare says: "Ready for the fourth book!"
    "What is there not to like about Landy's characters"
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    If you could sum up The Faceless Ones in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting
    Suspenseful
    Hilarious


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book has it all, a charming and witty (although skinless) hero, a tough and resourceful side-kick, lots of interesting supporting characters and an engrossing story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Skuldugery's side-kick was trying to escape the underground house was a lot of fun.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beggar King: A Hangman's Daughter Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translated by)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (262)

    1662: Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of a village in the Alps, receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. When the city constable discovers Kuisl alongside the corpse, he locks him in a dungeon, where Kuisl will experience firsthand the torture he’s administered himself for years.

    Frank says: "Great Read!"
    "Suspenseful and beyond!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Beggar King the most enjoyable?

    Great reader....Great story....sooo many twists and turns. Oliver Potzsch is one of the best authors in the genre of hystorical period mystery. You are truly never sure if the protagonist is going to survive long enough to solve the mystery.


    What other book might you compare The Beggar King to and why?

    High Level of Suspense with low predictability, such as:
    Books by the late great Stieg Larsson (e.g. Girl With a Dragon Tattoo)
    Maze Runner series by James Dashner (youth novel)
    Anything by Patrick Carman (children to younger teen)
    Any book by Clive Cussler
    Game of Thrones series (if you can take persistent and high level brutality)Historical

    Mystery Masters
    Roma Sub Rosa series by Steven Saylor (twists and turns in Ancient Rome)
    Falco Mystery series by Lindsey Davis (Ancient Rome with humor)
    Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters (particularly the early books)
    River God series by Wilbur Smith (top notch storytelling and best books to take on a long road trip)
    Sano Ichiro books by Laura Joh Rowland


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Virtually all of the scenes in the city with the Beggars, Monk and other characters of Regensburg.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Beggar King and why?

    It is a tie between the King of the Beggars and the Regensburg Executioner. Both characters were brave, loyal, risk-takers and consciencous.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3976)
    Performance
    (3492)
    Story
    (3492)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Fun story, leaves me wanting more"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fuzzy Nation the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed all of the characters and the interesting story. I did not read the reference book first and look forward to listening to Little Fuzzy.


    What about Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    It made me take greater interest. I do not regularly read Fantasy, so was immediately intrigued by the idea of a classic and its updated treatment.


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

    I do to know, but make both movies.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4501)
    Performance
    (3853)
    Story
    (3830)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Great mystery in a golden age"
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    What did you love best about Her Royal Spyness?

    I enjoy the protagonist, who is an independent woman ahead of her time. I also love her grandfather.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

    The heroine learning to care for herself against obstacles, familial and sinister.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She is very good, brings distinction to each character. I can see each character in my imagination.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maryrose Wood
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

    Yvette says: "Wonderful! ... but only the first installment..."
    "Excellent book for all ages!"
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    What did you love best about The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place?

    The story and reader kept me spellbound throughout the book. I am eager to acquire the next book in the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The teenage Miss Lumley (Lumeroo) was captivating as the protagonist and narrator.


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

    I like the full book title minus the book number and hope that a screenplay or made-for-television mini-series is in the works.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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