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Literary Sojourner

Pasadena, MD, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Undead and Unemployed: Queen Betsy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (487)

    Betsy Taylor needs a job and amazingly lands the perfect one: selling designer shoes at Macy's. But the other vamps, including sexy Sinclair, don't want their queen selling shoes. And the vampire hunters are becoming a real pain, murdering innocent vampires. It seems that everyone wants something from Betsy.

    spike99 says: "Awesome!"
    "Good, but not great"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from MaryJanice Davidson and/or Nancy Wu?

    I would definitely read another story from both MaryJanice Davidson or Nancy Wu. I love Betsy. I love this story. Somehow, this one didn't leave me as excited as the first. It was a good performance but the problem for me lies in the "already been there" in book one story line. I will listen to more in the series, but won't hold on for much hope as far as a different experience story wise!


    Would you recommend Undead and Unemployed to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, Betsy is a breath of fresh vampire so to speak!


    What does Nancy Wu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings voice to the characters that I think suits them, but she could do better with males! Her reading style is easy to listen to.


    Could you see Undead and Unemployed being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, I see this as a movie or tv series and I could've seen Alicia Silverstone doing this, but now it would have to be a younger actor with her acting chops. Emma Stone, Emma Watson, Hayden Panettiere, Anna Sophia Robb, Ellen Page or Dakota Fanning.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, but lacks interesting adventure. I love Betsy's character still stays true to herself throughout the story. I really wish the books were much longer!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Unwed: Queen Betsy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1747)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (755)

    Waking up in a tacky coffin and wearing off-brand shoes, Betsy Taylor can't believe the horrible turn her life has taken; then she discovers she's a vampire. Soon, Betsy becomes a participant in a power struggle between the forces of darkness. With only her friend Jessica and the hunky vampire Sinclair to help her, this new "Queen of Vampires" will have a tough time getting her afterlife straight.

    Vanessa says: "Great Concept / Annoying Character"
    "Fun, Fun, Fun"
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    What made the experience of listening to Undead and Unwed the most enjoyable?

    It wasn't a typical vampire story. It took the weak heroine and turned her into her own hero with a funny story line and interesting supporting characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were fun, diverse and very interesting. The funny things that happen to them made listening and being quite difficult at times!


    Which character – as performed by Nancy Wu – was your favorite?

    Betsy. Her males have a little to be desired but they are okay.


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

    Yes. I listened to it one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this story. It wasn't a serious vampire story dripping with cliche and lore. The character was weak by design but was actually more brave than she or anyone else thought she was. She was a vampire most people could identify with. In short, this wasn't your typical Twilight knock off. I was very glad for that!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15091)
    Performance
    (12433)
    Story
    (13072)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Limited vocab, awful story and weak characters"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who enjoy Twilight or don't care if characters have personalities, depth or a background. People who do not mine horribly childish descriptions repeated throughout a book. People who do not mine their authors with no sense of story telling. I think young girls will like this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something cerebral, my brain needs to recover.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    The narrator was fine. I think she fit the style of the weak "heroine" of the story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not one that I could think of. Thank goodness it was short.


    Any additional comments?

    The repetitive terms really angered me. It told me this author has a very limited vocabulary and the characters were as flat as cardboard so that tells me the author has no imagination. I really wish I would have paid attention to the reviews. I tried this in book form first and thought it was me. After trying it in audio form, I know it's not!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord John and the Hand of the Devils

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (428)

    In these tales, Lord John vows to avenge a murder, investigates a terrifying "night-hag" on the battlefields of Europe, and discovers treason in His Majesty's ranks.

    Teahouse Fox says: "Lord John Grey comes to life"
    "Lord John is the most interesting character!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to all of my friends because we are all mostly fans of Diana Gabaldon's


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lord John and the Hand of the Devils?

    Diana is a crafty author and she makes spins and turns everywhere in her series. There were quite a few unexpected twists and turns and outcomes that I was glad of.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Lord John. He does such a great job bringing him to life and is the most consistent with all of his characters. I don't usually like to listen to male narrators, but thankfully this has changed thanks to Jeff Woodman.


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

    I did want to listen to this book non-stop because I always wanted to know what mess Lord John was going to get into (and how he got himself out of it) next.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, good plot, questions answered and CLOSURE. This book has closure on the plot (something many have lacked that I have listened to of other authors). These books are not for the person not willing to go outside their comfort zone (and even squirm) in certain situations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2073)
    Performance
    (1392)
    Story
    (1412)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Owl says: "Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting"
    "I loved it... Mostly"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening to the book was exciting. I kept expecting some big revelation to come or some major event to happen. Besides (no spoiler from me) what happens to everyone in the book, there was no major excitement. The characters were enjoyable, interesting and the story line was very interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doomsday Book?

    The characters in the village and their relationship with each other were most interesting and memorable.


    Have you listened to any of Jenny Sterlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to this narrator but I can surprisingly compare her to my two favorites: Davina Porter and Geraldine James.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Most definitely would see this if it were a movie!


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was disappointing. Nothing happened, just death and a miraculous rescue. The book should have been longer. It should have included scenes of what happened and should have closed the story line for the missing character that was mentioned many times in the book. How did that get overlooked? The ending baffled and sort of angered me. I wanted closure on many things and it just didn't happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7808)
    Performance
    (5003)
    Story
    (4972)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    Kathy says: "Hurry up! I want them all!"
    "Adventure, Romance, History and great storytelling"
    Overall

    Diana Gabaldon writes a very compelling, exciting and historically accurate portrayal of life in the 1700s. Her use of language, custom, scenery and mannerisms are right on and make the story come to life. Her books are not for the week of heart or mind and I love her for it. This is my third time revisiting this book and I love the audio version. It is exactly how I imagined it as I was reading it the very first time. I've met Diana on two occasions and she is as an amazing story teller in person as on paper!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (168)

    In 1766 Scotland, the laird of the clan, Angus McTern, has everything he wants in life. That is, until Edilean Talbot shows up. Breathtakingly beautiful and born of privilege, Edilean represents everything Angus despises. Still, she dazzles him, and when Angus can no longer hide his feelings, she rejects him, leaving him deeply wounded and humiliated. Soon, though, Edilean needs his help....

    BookReader says: "Days of Gold"
    "Fun but predictable"
    Overall

    This book was so predictable I didn't need to finish it. I enjoyed it mostly, but didn't like the far fetched plausibility of some things for the times. I'm not putting this one on my "I should have skipped" list because it does entertain and isn't a waste of time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9538)
    Performance
    (7043)
    Story
    (7083)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Would be perfect without the Twilightness"
    Overall

    This novel is very well written in parts and in some parts, not so much. The story is rich, brilliant and well thought out. The parts that bothered me were the parts that look like they were straight from twilight (glowing skin, weak heroine). Then there was the part that tried to hard (dinner, wine) that nearly caused me to throw my iphone out my window. I'm glad I didn't because once I got beyond that pretentiousness, the rest of the story was brilliant and left me wanting more. I agree with others that the ending could have been better. The great thing about brilliant series authors is they leave you wondering if there will be another book in a series. This one leaves you knowing that there will be. I'm sure she will work it out because I REALLY like this author!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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