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Joni

Island Park, NY, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11703)
    Performance
    (9381)
    Story
    (9493)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Glad I took a chance on this"
    Overall

    One of the reviews for this book almost spooked me from getting it but I had a feeling so I took a chance and I'm so glad I did. I admit that at first I thought I'd made a mistake but I hung in there and even had to go back and relisten a couple of times. It finally caught me when the writer sits down to record the story of his life. The narrator is SO good. I don't think I've heard one so good since DaVina with the Outlander series. I'm totally hooked now and will have to listen to them all. If you want a good listen that will draw you in and whisk you off to another place and time, be patient, hang in there and give Patrick and Nick a chance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2122)
    Performance
    (1147)
    Story
    (1148)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "Agonizing start... but hang in there"
    Overall

    The beginning of this book droned on so that in desparation I skipped the first few chapters. Then it finally grabbed me. There is a lot of soul searching and self-questioning (yawn) that I could have done without but all in all, once again, I enjoyed the book. I love both the narrator's.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss of Crimson: The Midnight Breed, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (509)

    He comes to her more dead than alive, a towering black-clad stranger riddled with bullets and rapidly losing blood. As she struggles to save him, veterinarian Tess Culver is unaware that the man calling himself Dante is no man at all but one of the Breed, vampire warriors engaged in a desperate battle.

    Denise says: "The Midnight Breed series is GREAT!!"
    "cookie cutter formula book - blech"
    Overall

    This book is a total ripoff of the platform of another author. Worse than that, after I gave it a chance and read book 2, it was the unbelievable carbon copy of the first book in the series. Almost page by page.

    The characters are interesting but the dialogue is nauseating. There is real potential here to have good interesting stories and romantic men and women. Readers need more good paranormal writers so badly that I was so very disappointed and let down by this. I had hoped I'd found a new series to get lost in. Instead I decided it was pretty pitiful that I was so desperate for it that I'd settle for reading something this awful

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4132)
    Performance
    (2451)
    Story
    (2489)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "I'm not a quitter..... but I QUIT"
    Overall

    I gave up. This book has no heart. I can't find a hook. Not one character I can hold on to. I slogged through to the end of the first part and then ... I still didn't have a desire to read it. So, I skipped to the last part because everyone said that was the best part but still nothing. I wont read anymore of this book or it's sequel. Thank goodness I bought it on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cursor's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2918)
    Performance
    (1917)
    Story
    (1922)

    The power-hungry High Lord of Kalare has launched a rebellion against the aging First Lord, Gaius Sextus, who with the loyal forces of Alera must fight beside the unlikeliest of allies - the equally contentious High Lord of Aquitaine. Meanwhile, young Tavi of Calderon joins a newly formed legion under an assumed name even as the ruthless Kalare unites with the Canim, bestial enemies of the realm whose vast numbers spell certain doom for Alera.

    Readalot says: "Great series"
    "Great read despite the strange and wierd horns"
    Overall

    After reading the two preceding books, I Still can not figure out what the deal is with the horns. I can live with them, I just don't understand their purpose. I love this series and though it took me a while to snuggle in with all the characters, I feel as close to them now as I do with Jamie and Claire of the Outlander series. I'm glad I stuck with this one. The only reason it didn't get a five star rating was because of the excessive battle descriptions which I consider a cop out for book filler. He's got a better writers brain and shouldn't be stooping to such silly tactics.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Sacrifice: The Fey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By David DeSantos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (136)

    Defying their Black King in order to rally an attack on the peaceful Blue Isle, warrior-prince Rugar and his fearless daughter, Jewel, do not suspect that the islanders, under young prince Nicholas, have prepared to defend themselves.

    Lori Cheney says: "Bizarre but intriguing"
    "Also glad it was free and I AM a fantasy reader"
    Overall

    I am BARELY hanging on to this story. I'm into the third part and the pace of this book is SCREAMINGLY slow and predictable. Obvious solutions to problems are ignored while the author goes ON AND ON about mundane things. If you want to write an epic book like this, it has to MOVE. Look at Diana Gabaldon who knows how to keep you engaged for hours, or Brandon Sanderson.

    I disagree about the narrator as well. He does great character voices but his narrator voice makes me want to scream. If I was reading this book instead of listening to it, I'd be scanning like crazy to get to a little action every now and then.

    Only die hard fantasy fans, desperate for a read and with unending patience should try to read this book. I have to finish it now because that's how I roll but others should take heed.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Night: Lords of the Underworld, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1742)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (908)

    All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member - a man trapped in a hell of his own.

    Amazon Customer says: "Keep Trudging..."
    "this is actually a good story .. BUT"
    Overall

    I wanted to SCREAM at the narrator to get on with it at times. He pauses and reads in such a monotone that it ruins the action. His voice drops you into such a dark depression that it sucks every bit of joy from what could be a really good listen.

    I guess I'm going to have get the rest of the books on my reader to escape his voice since I see he's been allowed to read the rest of them too.

    From now on, I'll make sure he's not the reader before I purchase a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Highland Mist: Highlander, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2140)
    Performance
    (1314)
    Story
    (1320)

    He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart - until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland.

    E. Anderson says: "Loved It!!"
    "No way two people could actually be this clueless"
    Overall

    By the time I got to the middle of this book I wanted to scream with agitation, frustration and impatience. NO ONE could be as stupid and misbegotten as these two people. The silly assumptions and mis-communications ruined what could have been a really good story line. I know Ms. Moning has to be a better writer than this. I assume she is trying to stay true to the romance formula but really this took it too far. How can people who read these books be satisfied with the same plot over and over again.

    I ran out of other fantasy paranormal books so I turned to this one. Unfortunately, it fell too close to my read of Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon and that's like comparing Stephen Hawking's superior mind! to a first grade primer.

    I'm going to try and remember that frustration the next time I'm tempted to read a romance again. I gave it two stars because it had a good idea for the story. I'm just sorry she couldn't flesh it out better.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Light My Fire: Aisling Grey, Guardian, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (180)

    Katie MacAlister, best-selling author of paranormal romantic comedies, ignites a devilishly lusty story with Light My Fire. The gorgeous Aisling Grey, introduced in You Slay Me, juggles being a demon lord, a Guardian, and a wyvern's mate all at once - though not always successfully. Recently relocated to London, Aisling and her doggie demon sidekick, Jim, are eager for a fresh start. Drake the hunky dragon, however, has other plans for her.

    Deb says: "Hot and sexy but where's the rest of the series?"
    "That swallowing thing"
    Overall

    Rosenblat is a good performer but the swallowing thing is hugely distracting. It just seems like the production people or the director could do something about it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • You Slay Me: Aisling Grey, Guardian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (325)

    You Slay Me is a lusty romance novel with amusing supernatural undercurrents. When courier Aisling Grey is dispatched to Paris to deliver a priceless dragon statue to a rich and eccentric female collector, she finds the intended recipient the apparent victim of a demonic ritual. And that's just the beginning of Aisling's discoveries.

    E. Moore says: "You Slay Me, With Dry Mouth"
    "cute and fun"
    Overall

    It took me a while to get into this story because although I think the narrator is very good at creating character voices, I didn't think her husky older sounding voice fit the personality of Aisling. It just kept bugging me all through the recording.

    Another thing that bothered me was the constant rustling of paper in the background and the swallowing noises of the reader. It actually sounded like she was eating or sucking on candy or something. I don't ever remember listening to another book with so much saliva swallowing in it ever. Even though the story was good, I kept having to fight my way through it because of the narrator. I think she would be really really good if she can learn how not to rustle the paper of the script and tone down or edit the very loud swishing and swallowing in her mouth. yuck

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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