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Glinda Good

Michigan | Member Since 2010

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  • Unholy Ghosts: Downside Ghosts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (303)

    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"
    "Could be a guilty pleasure"
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    It's always a pleasure to find a story that breaks a little new ground in its genre. Stacia Kane does so with Unholy Ghosts. Main character Chess is often annoying, addicted to drugs, and walks a fine line between competency and incompetency in her profession of Debunker. She is also a character with an appealing amount of determination to do what must be done. I hope Kane continues to build on Chess' character, and address her level of drug addiction in upcoming stories. Supporting characters were just beginning to jell by the end of Ghosts. Lex is a mystery. Terrible was wonderful and the most real after Chess . . . The structure and people of the Church need to be fleshed out. Lastly a word about the narrator: Wonderful!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7046)
    Performance
    (6224)
    Story
    (6219)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Ronn says: "'Men In Black' with a conservative undertone"
    "Light entertainment, if unpolished"
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    What did you like best about Monster Hunter International? What did you like least?

    The potential for major characters to grow and provide interesting stories about themselves and their world was well established. The hodgepodge of mythical creatures sat a bit uneasy with me -- trashy fairies, orcs, wendigo along with werewolves and vampires with odd powers make a kind of hobo stew that a reader may or may not find fully digestible.


    What didn???t you like about Oliver Wyman???s performance?

    Wyman did the author no favors with his performance. I struggled to find Owen's character in his vocalizations; the over-the-top southern accents were so horrible I was always jerked out of the story. Wyman voices a dreadful caricature of a Southern redneck or Belle -- but I'm pretty sure the characters aren't "written" as the kind of stereotypes that come to mind when you hear his accent and weirdly emphasized phrases. A reader with subtler portrayal for this kind of genre literature is needed to pull it off. James Marsters does it with Harry Dresden. The one accent Wyman does manage to nail is the Eastern European old man.


    Was Monster Hunter International worth the listening time?

    Monster Hunter is worth a listen if you like urban noir/paranormal novels, or have a thing about guns.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely an unsophisticated, although energetic entry in the field. There are more in the series, and I hope the author found a good editor to cut out the extraneous, unnecessary padding and focus more clearly on the story.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (253)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

    Lifelong Reader says: "Beyond disappointed"
    "Can I give it NO stars?"
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    My reason for passing on the audio version of Ghost Story is not solely due to the absence of James Marsters as narrator. Glover might be an acceptable narrator for some stories -- his over-enunciation and childish exaggerations of inappropriate words in a sentence had me first irritated, then amused. He clearly has no concept of the character or literature he's reading here . . . Butcher and Dresden deserve much better. I have a complete library of both audio and hardback versions of the Dresden stories. It pains me to not be able to add Ghost Story (audio) to my library, but there's no way I could ever listen to the entirety.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mick Herron
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    Slough House is Jackson Lamb’s kingdom; a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who’ve screwed up: left a secret file on a train, blown surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable. They’re the service’s poor relations – the slow horses – and bitterest among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations.

    Joanne says: "Patience pays off..."
    "Slow build up, but worth it"
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    Slow Horses does have action and intrigue, but it develops at a more measured pace than many stories in the "spy" genre. The slow start to the story others have mentioned is due to the exploration of the characters exiled to Slough House -- and in this novel characters are more important than plot, although the plot is sturdy, interesting and timely (homegrown vs. immigrant terrorists) without being a cliche. The narrator is excellent. Highly recommended, and I bought the printed novel after finishing the audio!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4215)
    Performance
    (3231)
    Story
    (3237)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "Harmless and silly"
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    There's not much real paranormal in this paranormal romance, but plenty of suggestions of Northern Exposure meets Dharma and Greg. Pure fluff with a bland, verging on annoying female lead who finds her guy in a brooding, easily manipulated were. This story seemed to go on forever before the inevitable results of sex show up, as conveniently shortened gestation. As harmless and silly as Naked Werewolf is, I almost regret the time I spent listening to it. The narrator is adequate unless trying to do regional accents.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    Overall
    (9795)
    Performance
    (7283)
    Story
    (7322)

    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.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Not recommended, but if you must"
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    24 hours of this novel was about 12 hours too much. I fell asleep several times, and didn't miss anything, based on where I rejoined the narrative. If you must read this, check it out from a library, don't waste money. When the author gets a good editor, she may be readable. (After she cuts out the lengthy nonessential passages about food, exercise, wine, old books that don't push the story forward, just wallow in Knowledge). The last third of the book was the best, but be prepared -- evidently the story is a trilogy, so just as something interesting happens, you have to wait for the next book. The witch is supposed to be "special," but she comes across as irritating, dependent, aggressive passive, and gooey when faced with cold physical beauty in a Vampire that doesn't want to consummate a marriage because "there will be plenty of time for that." Danger. Run away!

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Soulstorm

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chet Williamson
    • Narrated By Chet Williamson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Three men are offered a million dollars each if they will spend a month in an isolated Pennsylvania mansion, The Pines. There they will confront madness, murder, and the ultimate evil – so that their billionaire host might find the key to life beyond the grave. But as they learn, dead souls dwell in The Pines. And death is just the beginning…

    Leah says: "This is a 'Must read'"
    "Interesting entry in the genre"
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    Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House" was published in 1959; Richard Matheson's "Hell House" in 1971; Williamson's "Soulstorm in 1986. These three novels tackle the "prove life after death by living in a 'haunted' house" scenario. I've listened to all three recently, and they hold up surprisingly well in 2010. Soulstorm seems very much a first novel, with weaknesses that are evident, but not overwhelmingly distracting. This is a novel I'd love to ask the author to rewrite after his additional 23 years of writing and life experience. While not in the league of Jackson and Matheson's stories, and suffering from an ending that was very much in vogue for horror during the late 60s onward, Soulstorm is still an interesting entry in the genre, and worth a listen.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4118)
    Performance
    (2971)
    Story
    (2982)

    Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

    Brian says: "Know what sucks about this book?"
    "Great collection"
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    Like others I was very pleased to get all the stand-alone stories without having to buy compilations with other authors included. It was great fun to see how much of Harry and his world was present in Butcher's first story. Some of my favorite "extras" are featured in these stories -- Gard, Billy and Georgia, Thomas and even Mac. While not as polished as his novels, the stories fill in the little niches between novels. As always, James Marsters is the voice of Harry Dresden. Highly recommended to fans. If you haven't experienced Harry yet, start at the beginning with "Storm Front" and enjoy!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Allegra Fairweather: Paranormal Investigator

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Janni Nell
    • Narrated By Charlotte Parry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    "Allegra Fairweather here. Paranormal investigator. Got problems with specters? Shapeshifters? I'm the woman to call. Just don't call me a Ghostbuster. The last guy who did that ended up flat on his back with my boot at his throat. With my 99.5% success rate, solving the mystery of a bleeding rose that has sprung up on the shores of Loch Furness should have been an easy gig. But no...."

    soliloquy says: "Worst book ever"
    "Silly, but mostly harmless"
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    Produced by Harlequin. I wish I'd noticed that before I bought it. This incredibly silly story includes a mishmash of paranormal happenings as an excuse for a normal "paranormal detective" to agonize over why she can't have sex with her guardian angel. If you accept the story for what it is, and can get over a heroine who loses focus on the hot Scotsman exploring her oral cavity with his tongue (!) and drifts off on why she doesn't find him so hot, and agonizes over where to find glass-cutting equipment to break into a house when she believes someone is going to commit suicide . . . well, if you're busy housecleaning the story is bearable. The narrator wasn't wonderful, I'd think twice about buying something with her name on it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1910)
    Performance
    (1119)
    Story
    (1123)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Carol says: "Horrible Narration Take 2"
    "Good story bad narrator"
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    The Hollows series starts out strong with Dead Witch Walking, and continues strong, avoiding some of the pitfalls and dead space that a couple of other paranormal authors left characters to stagnate in. Outlaw Demon continues to follow Rachel, Ivy and Jenks and strengthens the storyline around the Demons. Great fun to listen to . . . but the new narrator is horrible. She uses little baby voices and exaggerated vocal mannerisms that are just painful to try and get beyond, to focus on the characters and story. And would it be too much to ask for audible publishers of science fiction/fantasy/paranormal books to present a vocabulary list to their narrators ahead of time to prepare?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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