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ypsilanti, MI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6292)
    Performance
    (4818)
    Story
    (4814)

    The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

    Michael says: "Harry & James are one."
    "A 'Harry' Situation"
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    I'm a fan of urban fantasy and I also love a good a detective story, so people have been telling me to read Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series for years. Since I find myself with very little time for reading at this particular moment in my life, I decided to check out the audio books. I'm glad I did.

    James Marsters does a magnificent job giving a voice to Harry. I had read several of the short stories before I began reading the series, so I had an idea of what I thought Harry sounded like --- but now I can't picture Harry sounding any other way. James Marsters skillfully breathes life & emotion into Harry and the gang. I enjoy the various vocal nuances he brings to ALL the characters, and in this book there are MANY.

    As for the story, Harry finds himself in some truly hairy situations in this book. (I suppose that is normal, but it seemed like more than usual.) We get a closer look at Wizard Dresden and what makes him tick. I haven't read all the books yet, but I didn't truly become invested until the last book, Grave Peril. I feel as though the series has hit its stride with the 4th installment, Summer Knight, in which we continue to see the measure of the man. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series --- I can't imagine experiencing the books in any other fashion now.

    Narration --- 5/5
    Story --- 4/5

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7309)
    Performance
    (6634)
    Story
    (6636)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "We Should All Get Hammered!"
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    This was my favorite of the first three books in the Iron Druid series. I'll be starting the next book right after this.... so I'll make it short.

    If you are brand new to this series then I urge you to, by all means, get Hammered... but you REALLY want to listen/read the books in order.

    As to how this book stacks up to the two books preceding it, I seem to differ in opinion from many. I very much enjoyed this story and the new characters introduced. I can see how the mythology might be much for some if that's not their thing and this book is heavy on mythological characters; but I found most of it to be quite facsinating. I loved bonding with the new cast of characters (and some familiar ones) over the campfire as Atticus solidified his bonds with them as well.

    As much as I love Oberon, I didn't miss him. He is not featured as prominently in this book so if Oberon is your favorite character and the reason you read the books, then you might be disappointed. I found that there was still an enormous amount of humor in this book. I especially enjoyed the banter between Jesus and Atticus and Leif and Atticus.
    My deep love/appreciation of Atticus(and Kevin Hearne) grew with mention of his love/appreciation of Neil Gaiman and with his playful jabs at It's a Small World and Budweiser/American beer.

    The epilogue is a diabolical teaser, however, and if the fourth book wasn't already available I might have been just a tad irritated. I cannot wait to find out the fates/futures of many of the characters.


    Once again... kudos to Luke Daniels' narration. His narration and Hearne's writing make for a wonderful combination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8226)
    Performance
    (7398)
    Story
    (7412)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Wonderful Mix of Fantasy/Humor/Action"
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    I enjoyed Hexed, the second book in the Iron Druid series, as much as if not more than the first. This will be a quick review as I'm about to listen to Hammered the 3rd book in the series & have the next 2 books downloaded and ready to go for the weekend. smile.

    Interesting and fun book with fantastic characters. Wit, whimsy, action, mythology, and quite a bit of humor ---> entertaining stories w/ spot-on narration that totally kicks arse!

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SERIES!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10655)
    Performance
    (9518)
    Story
    (9494)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Genuine Good Time --- Have a Listen, will ya?"
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    Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

    Absolutely! However... I just finished Hexed & am not about to go right into book 3 of the series, Hammered. I plan on listening to as many books as are currently out in the series.
    They are simply THAT entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters & how the narrator breathed life into them. It's a nice bit of fantasy that meshes the modern world & myths of old so well that it feels as though you really could walk into a shop and converse with a 2100-year-old 'dude' (though he looks 21) who likes to quote the bard & who likes to pull pranks on unsuspecting people with the help of his talking dog.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    His performance/narration is AMAZING. The different voices & intonations & inflections perfectly convey the mood, wit, personality of all the various characters.


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

    Yes.... It's also one in which I rewound if someone came in the room and interrupted my listening experience. I didn't want to miss a second of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Book(s) and well worth purchasing the audio version(s) as Luke Daniels really adds to the enjoyment of Kevin Hearne's story & enriches his well-written characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (398)

    Maya Delaney's paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is - a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly everyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it's only a matter of time before she's able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.

    Etana says: "Seems to be Setting up for a Great Finale"
    "A Promising YA Series"
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    Jennifer Ikeda is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators. She does an excellent job giving a unique voice to all the characters.

    Kelley Armstrong is quickly making a fan out of me. She has successfully taken aspects of her Otherworld series and crossed over into Young Adult friendly series. I had previously enjoyed Armstrong's other YA trilogy, Darkest Powers, so I didn't hesitate to pick up the first 2 books in her Darkness Rising trilogy... of which The Calling is the second book.

    Brutal Honesty time: If you are thinking of picking up the series then I would STRONGLY advise you to NOT pick up The Gathering unless you get The Calling as well. The first book in No Way Shape or Form contains anything resembling a complete story. Yes, I get that it is a trilogy, but it ends so abruptly it doesn't even feel so much like a cliffhanger ending as it does simply unfinished. Good News: The Calling picks directly up where the first book leaves off, but it also gives enough back story that a first-time listener could follow the story. Having said that, I would suggest reading the books in order as to understand the characters better and fully enjoy not only the unfolding of the mystery/intrigue, but the character development as well.

    The Calling redeems the abrupt ending of The Gathering and although this book also ends with plenty of unanswered questions, it at least felt like a natural ending point.

    *** PEOPLE WHO HATE CLIFFHANGER ENDINGS may want to wait until April 2013 when The Rising comes out. In the meantime.... pick up her Darkest Powers trilogy. There are connections between the 2 series though you may certainly enjoy one without the other. ***

    Summing Up:

    > A YA Series that continues to hold this Adult's attention.
    > Check out Darkest Powers series for more backstory on Edison Group/Lyle House --- though Darkness Rising series can be enjoyed on it's own.
    > FANTASTIC NARRATION!!!!
    > Don't read/listen to first book without the second book standing by...
    > Still at least 7 months before we get the answers to our questions/ see how the kids' journey ends (or perhaps begins---- I would happily read more books involving the characters of The Darkest Powers &/or Darkness Rising series).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (535)

    Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not a full story."
    "mixed feelings ---- interesting characters"
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    I enjoyed the narrator. Male and female characters sounded believable and I always knew which character was speaking. (In truth, she probably deserves 5 stars --- but I just finished listening to a story in which the narrator that was so crazy good that everything is paling in comparison at the moment.)

    The storyline/ premise was interesting and I want to keep on with the story. Here's the thing though..... BIG WARNING.... if you do not enjoy cliff hanger endings then do NOT get this book. (Or wait until the entire series is out?) I do have the next book in the series and will be listening to it directly after finishing this review. (And with my luck, it will end suddenly, too.)

    The characters are endearing enough that I want to continue with the series; however, the story ends abruptly enough that it is somewhat annoying. I don't always mind a cliffhanger ending, but I prefer books in a series to have a full story in that book and then have a larger series arc. This is not the case with this book. It VERY much reads like part I / too be continued.

    * Also, I am HUGELY grateful that I didn't read the snippet about the book before listening to this story as it tells far too much. (Like when a movie is ruined because all the best parts are shown in the trailer.)

    Having said all that.... It is a decent story (the part of it told in this book anyway) and I like the characters enough to continue with the series to see what happens next & to learn if more of my hunches turn out correctly. (:

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unholy Magic: Downside Ghosts, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (197)

    For freewheeling ghost hunter Chess Putnam, finding herself near-fatally poisoned by a con psychic and then stopping a murderous ghost is just another day on the job. An agent for the Church of Real Truth, she investigates claims of harassment by the undead. But Chess has been extra busy these days, coping with a new “celebrity” assignment while trying on her own time to help some desperate prostitutes.

    The Book Nympho says: "FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC"
    "Original, Smart Series --- Amazing Narration"
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    The Narration on this is simply superb! Let me start with that as the narration is can make or break an audiobook. In this case, it is more than merely good or adequate --- it actually elevates the story.

    It's difficult to describe this series - as the world is so rich & complex- so I will refrain from trying for the sake of brevity. I will say that while I enjoy both the paranormal aspects of the story as well as the mystery/detective story componet of the story/series, This particular book is all about the characters' growth and development for me. It's all about the romance --- and not the flowery kind, but the punch-in-the gut, emotional highs and lows kind.

    This series should definitely be read in order to fully fall in love with Chess and Terrible and the like and, you know, to be properly emotionally eviserated later. That may not sound pleasant, but I personally love when a writer can pull extreme emotions from me. And this particular book brings empathy to new heights.


    Great Series, Great Characters, Unique World, Fantastic Writing & Amazing Narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unholy Ghosts: Downside Ghosts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (317)

    In a future world under attack from the undead, the powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Consequently, there are many false claims of hauntings from those hoping to profit. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for nailing human liars and banishing the wicked dead.

    T. Hernandez says: "Not for the faint of heart"
    "Bahni Turpin ups the ante on this series"
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    The first time I read this book, I immediately wanted to tell people how amzing it was. The problem was that I didn't think it would have universal appeal due to a lead character who some may find unlikeable and who is a drug addict. Then there is the whole premise of the world being set in a setting where religion is turned on it's head --- while I found the Church of Truth to be interesting and the world that Kane has created to be both highly imaginative and original--- I know some folks might be uncomfortable with it.

    The second and third time I read and/or listened to the story, I loved it more and more. I'm no longer timid about who I recommend this book/series to --- I think it will win everyone over in the end. This is definitely a Credit Worthy series. It might take some people a little bit of time to get used to the language (both Church speak and the Downside Slang) and a bit of time for some to fall in love with Chess (who is by all accounts a flawed character), but she'll win you over in the end.

    THE NARRATION IS AMAZING!!!! Bahni Turpin - whose narration you might recognize from The Help - is TOP NOTCH. She really breathes life into the story by giving every character his/her unique voice. You can tell she's a trained actor because she isn't merely reading well-crafted words, she playing every part --- and skillfully.

    If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy, you won't be sorry you picked up this refreshingly original series. And if you've already read this series, you will enjoy HEARING it performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fairy-Tale Detectives: The Sisters Grimm

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Buckley
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (562)

    The recently orphaned Sisters Grimm find out from their Granny, who they thought was dead, that they're descendents of the legendary Brothers Grimm. Now they must take over the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives in a town where fairy tales are real. Their first case: a giant is destroying the town and it may have something to do with a boy named Jack and a certain famous beanstalk.

    Tina says: "Funny twists"
    "Cute Twist on a Cast of Classic Characters"
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    I'm a fan of fairy tales --- whether the Disney 'happily ever after' versions or the more gruesome classics of the brothers Grimm. From Hans Christian Anderson & Lewis Carroll to Colladi & Perrault, I love them all.

    If you're a fan of fairy tales, too, this might be worth a listen. The story was cute --- a light, fun romp --- in which you see some of your favorite fairy-tale characters in a new light.

    The narration is excellent. This is the first book I've listened to narrated by L. J. Ganser; He does a marvelous job. The accents and different voices he uses bring the characters to life and will hold the interest of kids as well as adults.

    I'd definitely pack this on a road trip to pass the time and occupy the little ones. They will have fun figuring out who the towns people really are. The story isn't too complex that it would be hard for them to follow and none of the characters are too scary.

    I'll definitely pick up more books in the series to spend more time with the characters/ Grimm Family, if nothing else.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sex, Murder, and a Double Latte

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1676)
    Performance
    (811)
    Story
    (833)

    Thriller scribe Sophie Katz is as hard-boiled as a woman who drinks Grande Caramel Brownie Frappuccionos can be. So Sophie knows it's not paranoia, or post-divorce, living-alone-again jitters, when she becomes convinced that a crazed reader is sneaking into her apartment to reenact scenes from her books. The police, however, can't tell a good plot from an unmarked grave.

    Sandi J Wilson says: "FABULOUS FIND"
    "Coffee w/ a double shot of snark--add whip (Enjoy)"
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    SEX, MURDER, AND A DOUBLE LATTE was one of the audio books I picked up from Audible (and at a steal) for under $5. (Yeah, me!) I almost didn't pick this one up. I admit it. I can be a snob sometimes. I had never heard of Kyra Davis or the Sophie Katz series; and when I did a bit of research (by 'research' I mean I Googled Kyra Davis. --- Is it just me or does using "Google" as a verb sound slightly dirty? My apologies to the author.) Where was I...?

    Right! When I did a bit of research, I was brought to Harlequin's web site. My brain still equates Harlequin romances with the bodice-rippers that my grandma used to read when I was a kid. (Insert groan and eye roll here-- that's groan with a 'G'... not moan and not that kind of eye rolling ~~~ See, those books scarred me for life.)

    Anyway... I decided to judge a book by its cover and catchy title. I hoped for a light, fun, easy read. It was indeed that; but most importantly, it was entertaining. (And, I'm not going to lie. Having any sort of coffee beverage in a book's title does indeed up the chances of me picking up said book.)

    I was delighted to find that the book exceeded my expectations. Even though I was able to suss out the culprit of this particular Whodunit long before the reveal, there was at least one moment in which the author had me doubting myself. Nicely played.

    This book had characters that I enjoyed, plenty of humor, a bit of mystery, and a dash of romance. That's almost always a winning combination.

    Oh... and the narrator was pretty good, too. I might just have to pick up the next book in the series.

    My rating: A solid 4 stars. (Maybe even 4.5 on the Chick Lit scale.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1523)
    Performance
    (1185)
    Story
    (1179)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "Worth the Sale Price"
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    This book is my introduction to not only the "Psychic Eye Mystery" series, but also to the writing of Victoria Laurie. I'm going to give her Ghoul series a try next. As for this book, it held my attention --- there's a tiny bit of romance, a bit of humor, and a bit of mystery. I like a good detective story and I find the subject matter of psychics/mediums to be interesting. I enjoyed the characters, which I'm sure are further developed as the series goes on.
    * I have a 3 book rule when it comes to series: I like to read at least 3 books in a series before I pass judgment on the series as a whole/ decide if I'll continue on in the series. *

    I would definitely check out more books in this series, but I will most likely check out my local library for the rest. I didn't love the narration of this book. Don't get me wrong -- it wasn't horrible by any stretch of the imagination, but I only have so many credits. There are other authors/narrators that I'd spend money &/or a credit on before the next book in this series.

    Characters --- 4 stars (since I would like to see more of them.)
    Story line --- 3.5 stars
    Narration --- 2.5 to 3 stars

    Overall --- 3 to 3.5 stars. (Well worth the sale price!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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