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Julie

I love science fiction. I love the reluctant hero. Characters that try to do the right thing no matter what.

NEW BERLIN, WI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • It Happened One Autumn: Wallflower Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (713)

    Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren’t entirely “the thing.” And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London’s most eligible aristocrat.

    Prue says: "Yay for the wallflowers"
    "Good romance"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the tension between feisty women and the men who love them in spite of it.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Consent to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3654)
    Performance
    (1676)
    Story
    (1687)

    For years, Mitch Rapp's bold actions have saved the lives of countless Americans. His battles for peace and freedom have made him a hero to many, and an enemy to countless more. In the tangled, duplicitous world of espionage, there are those, even among America's allies, who want to see Mitch Rapp eliminated. They have decided the time has come.

    Timothy says: "One of the Best Stories I've Ever Heard"
    "Excellent story"
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    What did you love best about Consent to Kill?

    I love the contrast of Mitch Rapp's compassion and ferocity. A really imperfect character which makes the most interesting hero.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Consent to Kill?

    The most memorable moment was the entire epilog. I won't write a spoiler.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    He does them all well.


    Any additional comments?

    I really am sorry that number 13 is the last......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5356)
    Performance
    (4085)
    Story
    (4099)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Denise says: "What a HOOT!!!!!!!"
    "Sexy, truly funny and a great story."
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    What made the experience of listening to Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs the most enjoyable?

    Caught my interest in the first chapter. Something about a Vampire that gets turned after being shot while being mistaken for a deer by a drunk hunter that just makes me laugh.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Superb characters. The principal ones are interesting, funny and flawed while the supporting cast of characters are just as lovable. When Zeb keeps trying to stab Jane to see if she's really immortal is so funny.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    She brings Molly Harpers characters to marvelous life. Reading this story, this series, would not be the same as listening has been. It's laugh out loud funny at times. I probably look weird while I'm on a walk, bursting out laughing at......apparantly nothing.....!


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

    Not really.....I try to drag it out over as much time as possible. Like a good movie, I've listened to the entire series several times.


    Any additional comments?

    The tie ins with Driving Mr Dead, and the Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires are a treat as the stories tie in with this series. Mollys books and Amandas characterizations are a treat to listen to. A real pleasure.

    0 of 0 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
    (6431)
    Performance
    (5646)
    Story
    (5646)

    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.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Captured my interest in the first chapter."
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    What did you love best about Monster Hunter International?

    I love a hero. Owen, Julie, Milo, Trip and Earl Harbinger are such interesting people doing extraordinary things. Owen is adorably awkward with Julie and tries to be such a good guy. Julie is a beautiful geek. I love her. But, my favorite character is Earl. Oliver Wyman really brings Earl's gruff personality out. I especially like how he loves his great granddaughter. He's a gentleman, a throwback to a different time where men were rough, tough and silent, protecting their own.


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

    Larry Correia creates the character and story but Oliver Whyman brings it to life. Larry draws the picture and Oliver colors it in. They are a great team.


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

    Tried to listen in one sitting but it's pretty hard when it's so long...and that's not a complaint.


    Any additional comments?

    I have favorite movies I've watched dozens of times. I also have favorite books that I've read numerous times. I have listened to the Monster Hunter series probably 5 times now. I start at the beginning, go to Vendetta, then Alpha and on to Legion. I work in the garden, sit at the computer or go for long walks listening. It has become my true guilty pleasure. And.......Larry, hurry up with Nemesis......I can't wait for Franks' story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Heart: Bloodlines, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer, Alden Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (433)

    Sydney Sage is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. In the Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her...But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once.

    Amanda says: "Why mess with a good thing?"
    "Who is this new guy???"
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    If you could sum up The Fiery Heart in three words, what would they be?

    Why the change?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Adrian's snarkyness and am VERY disappointed that Emily Schaffer is not doing the voice of Adrian. Why the change? The guy is very flat in his voice and it's just not Adrian. The accent is all wrong and the expression is all wrong.....I would like to know who thought having this person read Adrian was a good idea. It's not! Nothing against him personally, I'm sure he could read.....a weather report or some such thing....just not this part. To me it's like an imposter is taking over.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Shaffer’s performances?

    I love Emily Shaffer's voices....she's awesome. Please Emily.....redo the Adrian parts and bring him back....this other guy is just not him......!!!


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Lily: Bloodlines, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (658)

    Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students - children of the wealthy and powerful - carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

    Felicity says: "An Excellent Sequel!"
    "Wonderful storytelling!!!!!"
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    If you could sum up The Golden Lily in three words, what would they be?

    I am a 58 year old grandmother. I read the first Vampire Academy book at the suggestion of one of my 20 year old nieces. I used to read all of the time but now I have found listening to be far superior when the story is good and the narrator is talented. I loved being read to as a child and I find coming back to it is really a treat. I love stories with mystery, romance and most importantly characters that I would like to know. Richelle Mead is a wonderful story writer. Her characters are believable, they are complex and humorous. I was hooked by the second book. Then when I listened to the 4th one, I found the narration added so much. I may be older but my spirit still thrills to a great story. After finishing the story of Rose and Dimitri, I had that depressed feeling when ever I finish a really good series. By the time Bloodlines came around, I was skeptical that Sydney would be able to carry the story as well as Rose did. The plot of this series has so much potential and I am really looking forward to the next installment. The developing relationship between Sidney and Adrian is so enchanting and warm that when I listen, I find myself smiling or laughing out loud. Summing up a book like this in three words is not possible for me. The depth that Richelle writes with makes these characters interesting. I listen while walking, gardening or just chilling at the computer. We all age but the spirit goes on and there is a 20 something woman inside me that still relishes the fantasy. When you stop dreaming and imagining, you might as well be dead. I especially like the conflict of the black and white thinking of a young adult as life happens and the time comes to question what you believe the truth is, I like the good and decent people who are removing the rose colored glasses and being tested, finding out what they are made of. The most important feature of this though is the way Sydney and Adrians love begins and starts to blossom. She makes him want to be a better person. And it is all done with witty dialog. It's so entertaining when Sydney acts bossy or knowledgeable and Adrian just sits there smiling and listening, enjoying just being with her. I also love that Sydney is so brilliant but her social ineptitude makes her so clueless.


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

    Emily Shaffer, if you ever read this review, I'd like you to know how very talented I think you are. I really enjoy your male voices, Dimitri's soft Russian accent and Adrian's snarky sort of British accent. Can't tell where he got it but I think what you bring to the story is as important as what the author does. You've got great dialog, characters and an interesting, entertaining storyline and your voices, male and female are flawlessly blended so that the listener would believe there are different people doing them. I read some of the negative and nasty comments others have written and I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I also believe that constructive criticism is different than just nastyness. I want you to know that this listener is really looking forward to more books read by you. I also like Susan Erickson, who reads the IN DEATH series for JD ROBB for the same reason. Flawless continuity from one character to another. Try to take the nasty comments in stride and know not everyone thinks so.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smooth Talking Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (320)

    No one has ever truly touched Jack Travis's heart or soul...until Ella Varner comes along. She appears one day on his doorstep with fury in her eyes and a baby in her arms. Her troubled sister is the mother and, according to Ella, Jack Travis is the father. But when Ella demands that Jack take responsibility for the first time in his life, he ends up taking much more than that.

    mia says: "Lisa Kleypas does it again!"
    "Just okay"
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was so predictable and smooth....


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Didn't really like her voice or her characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Not Lisa's best effort...her historicals are better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue-Eyed Devil: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (212)

    His name is Hardy Cates. He's a self-made millionaire who comes from the wrong side of the tracks. He's made enemies in the rough-and-tumble ride to the top of Houston's oil industry. He's got hot blood in his veins - and vengeance on his mind.

    Rebecca says: "Great romance series"
    "Hardy's a fox!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Blue-Eyed Devil to be better than the print version?

    No, my voices in my head as I read print are just as good.


    Any additional comments?

    Hardy is a really magnetic hero....really liked him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Trust a Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (109)

    Mac McQuarry knew better than to mix women and work. And he had enough trouble of his own: The disgraced former cop had been demoted after an explosive shakedown of the Charleston police department. But when Julie Carlson hires him to spy on her cheating husband, Mac can't resist. Not only is she drop-dead gorgeous, but her husband was a player in Mac's inglorious downfall. But what begins as a run-of-the-mill assignment spiced by a fiery flirtation suddenly spirals into a harrowing race for survival.

    Anne says: "Fast paced...could not wait for next chapter"
    "Okay"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another book from Karen Robards? Why or why not?

    Have almost all of her books but this one was just okay


    Did Laura Hicks do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She was okay but still not better than the voices in my head when I read the books myself.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When Beauty Tamed the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (456)

    Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty... Naturally, she's betrothed to a Beast. Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman. Linnet is not just any woman. She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love - in just two weeks. She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees.

    Elizabeth says: "Witty banter, sexy story, good fun"
    "Sweet"
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    What made the experience of listening to When Beauty Tamed the Beast the most enjoyable?

    An okay rendition of the classic plotline....


    Any additional comments?

    A nice read, but probably won't read it again.....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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