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Linda Luella

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  • 19 reviews
  • 74 ratings
  • 1052 titles in library
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  • Cast in Ruin: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (561)

    Seven corpses are discovered in the streets of a Dragon’s fief. All identical, down to their clothing. Kaylin Neya is assigned to discover who they were, who killed them - and why. Is the evil lurking at the borders of Elantra preparing to cross over? At least the investigation delays her meeting with the Dragon Emperor. And as the shadows grow longer over the fiefs, Kaylin must use every skill she’s ever learned to save the people she’s sworn to protect. Sword in hand, dragons in the sky, this time there’s no retreat....

    Nina says: "Home Run!"
    "AMAZINGLY Good Start to the Series!"
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    If you could sum up Cast in Ruin in three words, what would they be?

    Stunned How Good (it was)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Very hard to say. Obviously it should be the main character, Meryn, but my favorite was actually the "dead woman".....I enjoyed the entire book, which for someone with hundreds of books in my library (member since 2004 or 2005) seldom occurs. But the ending left me dying to see how life goes on for the smart mouthed "chosen one".goes on with her new roomie.


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

    The narrator has a nice cadence and voice. It helps alot to have her humor, including snorts and giggles come through the narrator's reading. The only reason I didn't give her 5 stars is that she uses the same accent for anyone who isn't "human". The dragons have the same accent as anyone else who isn't human (and they all sound like their from Jamaica, maaan). That irritated me a bit, as I was listenening while working and often couldn't keep up with who was speaking. Otherwise, she brings the story to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me want to buy MORE BOOKS! I bought this to try at the reduced price and started the series with book 7. After trying so many other of the new fantasy series authors that have become wildly popular, I was amazed that this book stood out as just BETTER than what I've been listening to. I just downloaded the first book (although I wanted the second one reading the story) and looked at how many credits it's going to take me to get through the series. This book reminds me of trying the first Sookie Stackhouse when it came out and being amazed by the idea/series, or the very beginning of the Eve Dallas books (by #33, I still listen but it's getting old), or the first Vorkosigan book (Shards of Honor) by Bujold.
    I hope the rest of the series continues to keep me as happy as those series do/did. I hope Sagara can keep me this impressed for a long time!


    Any additional comments?

    When is the new installment coming? Tell me this was a teaser for the upcoming (soon) release of book 8.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Exile: Fae, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By C. T. Adams
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Brianna Hai runs an occult shop that sells useless trinkets to tourists - and real magic supplies to witches and warlocks. The magical painting that hangs in Brianna's apartment is the last portal between the fae and human worlds.

    Jessica says: "Will be the next best series!"
    "Highly recommended if you like Rice's Gentry books"
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    Would you listen to The Exile again? Why?

    Yes. The fae cultures and the characters are well planned out to build an interesting world/story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It took me to Fairy in as interesting a read since Anne Rice wrote about her first Meredith Gentry books (without all the sex). The story goes deep enough into the fae culture and characters to interest me. I'm looking forward to the next book taking me further into the world created here and learning more about the characters. This could be another break - out series for me....cross your fingers.


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

    Not that I know. I generally go through so many stories when I hole up to enjoy my library that I only really notice who the narrator is if s/he is (1) truly horrible, (2) has an annoying tick in their narration, or (3) when I've been in a series for 3 or 4 books with a good narrator and the author (or whoever) changes narrators midstream. Evanovich did this to me and the characters were never the same. If I remember correctly Harry Potter changed into someone else with a new narrator. Generally it happens with the growing popularity of a particular series and it feels like when Bewitched brought in a new Darren. Weird.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just joy at finding a book i can truly say I enjoyed and a feeling of satisfaction and anticipation at the end of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, my favorite character in the book was the King of the Fae. I'll be interested to see how I feel after the next book.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Tokyo Raider: A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (829)

    With the Japanese Imperium at war with the Soviet Union, and the United States watching cautiously on the sidelines, Second Lieutenant Joe Sullivan of the U.S. Marines is sent on a dangerous mission to Tokyo. The Russians have Summoned a demon of epic proportions to attack the city, and all that stands in its deadly path is an untested Japanese super-robot. Now, Joe is at the controls, his gravity-spiking Power at the ready. But that is one huge, mean Demon....

    D says: "A Few More Hours"
    "Save your time for something interesting."
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    What would have made Tokyo Raider better?

    Where do I start? A more interesting, less superficial story. A little depth to the characters. Actually, not writing it at all would have made it better.


    What could Larry Correia have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not bother to write it and put his time into producing a real story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bronson Pinchot’s performances?

    Yes. No narrator could have saved the waste of time Larry Correia calls a book here.


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

    Yes. It was so short I didn't waste much time on it.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Kingdoms Excursions: Season One Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Douglas Seacat, Howard Tayler, and others
    • Narrated By Ray Porter, Bronson Pinchot, Scott Aiello
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Take a short journey to adventure with Iron Kingdoms Excursions! Each season features six volumes, each containing three very short tales about the people, creatures, and machines of Immoren. The Season One Collection gathers all 18 previously released tales from the first season of Iron Kingdom Excursions into one book. Experience the Iron Kingdoms through the eyes of nine talented authors, including New York Times best-selling author Larry Correia, Hugo Award winner Howard Tayler, and Iron Kingdoms lead writer Douglas Seacat.

    Vernon D. Burt says: "A bunch of good trailers"
    "Big disappointment"
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    after the exxciting worldd of the Grimmies and the disillusionment of the survival of mankind in Monster Huntets International (along with the quirky twists of Orcs, Agent Frank's, and a.myriad of other interesting characters) this book had uninteresting characters and storing that left me wondering where one ended and where one began and why anything here was either entertaining or relevant.

    I will admit that I have not read any other books in this storyline but I was seriously disappointed when I had to start searching for my hidden pain pills at 2AM because I hurt and this is no distraction from a complete knee replacement surgery last month. However, writing this helped decrease the pain!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (1504)
    Performance
    (1423)
    Story
    (1425)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "Pleasant Opera but you can't do justice in 7 hours"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay to be better than the print version?

    NEVER!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay?

    As always, Ender's disappearance with his sister at the end is the best ending ever.


    Have you listened to any of Full Cast Recording’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO.


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

    Not particularly but then I read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ship of Destiny: The Liveship Traders, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (423)

    As Bingtown slides toward disaster, clan matriarch Ronica Vestrit, branded a traitor, searches for a way to bring the city's inhabitants together against the Chalcedean threat. Meanwhile, Althea Vestrit, unaware of what has befallen Bingtown and her family, continues her perilous quest to track down and recover her liveship Vivacia from the ruthless pirate Kennit.

    Lore says: "Wraps it all up nicely."
    "I don't get it....."
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    What disappointed you about Ship of Destiny?

    It was boring and uninteresting.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something in Space Opera. Fantasy has been a big disappointment the last few new tries.


    What three words best describe Anne Flosnik’s voice?

    Emotes, energy, pleasant


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ship of Destiny?

    The entire book. Didn't listen to it all but everything I heard was boring.


    Any additional comments?

    Bought this with a valuable credit as I've been hearing the author compared to Briggs and Bujold. What a crock. Don't listen to others when they compare authors, it's subjective.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead but Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris (editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (editor), Rachel Caine, and others
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (461)

    Charlaine Harris' smash-hit Sookie Stackhouse series may have reached its conclusion, but the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, lives on in this all-new collection of 15 stories. Written by a killer lineup of authors, including New York Times best-sellers Rachel Caine, MaryJanice Davidson, Jonathan Maberry and Seanan McGuire, and with introductions read by Charlaine herself, Dead but Not Forgotten puts your favorite characters center stage.

    Catherine says: "Bitter Sweet"
    "What a dreadful listening experience"
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    What would have made Dead but Not Forgotten better?

    Maybe some cohesiveness in the stories or perhaps authors who actually could write anything worthwhile in the world of Sookie Stackhouse.


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    They were boring, disjointed, unappealing stories written by authors with no feel for the world Charlie Harris created. I don't think a single story took me back to the world I enjoyed since I picked up the first book within a month of it's publication and never stopped waiting for the May edition of the continuing story until about 2 books before the end.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It couldn't have been. The performance was fine but how do you make a silk purse out of a pig's ear? The authors, including Ms. HARRIS were to blame for this abomination of the world of Bon Temps. Not one author was capable of creating a scene like one of my stand-out favorites... Eric bowling for vampire heads at the wedding of his Queen to the King of Arkansas.


    What character would you cut from Dead but Not Forgotten?

    The authors and the editor for the crimes against their readers. Create something new for us to pay our hard earned money to enjoy escaping reality. This reminded me of all the bad remakes Hollywood recreated of our childhood heroes and cartoons. Flintstone anyone? How about the Avengers (not to mention the rape of Mission Impossible with Mr. "MOOOM, Tom Cruise won't come out of my closet" and his unrealistic Hollywood Hype schmaltz. This felt the same...get rid of everyone who agreed rape the perfection of a great story trying to do a remake. Shame on all of you.


    Any additional comments?

    What more can I Say? This was like Hollywood trying to redo Casablanca with today's actors and writing. AVOID AT ALL POSSIBLEILITIES If you liked Skokie and here world anywhere near as much as I did.

    7 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • To Honor You Call Us: Man of War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By H. Paul Honsinger
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (780)

    The Terran Union is engaged in a vast interstellar war against the Krag Ruthless aliens intent on exterminating humankind. In 2315, the wily Max Robichaux is given command of the USS Cumberland, a destroyer with state-of-the-art capabilities but a combat record so bad, she’s known as the “Cumberland Gap.” Capt. Robichaux’s first mission: to take his warship to the Free Corridor, where the Krag have secretly been buying strategic materials, and to seize or destroy any ships carrying enemy cargo.

    Connor says: "Good Military Sci-Fi"
    "Enjoyable light read for Star Trek TNG fans"
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    Where does To Honor You Call Us rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle. Just what I was looking for right now, a light and enjoyable take off on Star Trek TNG characters but not a stellar new idea. Not great but fun and easy to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Whatshisname. I am terrible with names but this main character is very like Star Tree's doctor in The Next Generation. Nice Arabic Muslim without the religious prejudices we live with today. He's brilliant, somewhat effete, and often clueless. Very entertaining without being overbearing in his brilliance. My second favorite has to be "Will Robinson" (the smallest of the little boys starting their careers in the Navy.


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

    His different voices for each major character were just right. This fails in book 2 but in this book the narration is spot on IMO.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, it merely made me smile (which is a good thing right now). This isn't a stand out book with an exceptional plot and fabulous writing, just good plain entertainment with a few issues. It flows right along with the Star Trek theme in a "save the human race" war, the brilliant newly minted captain, and the highly educated ship's doctor who is also a brilliant diplomat (surprised? ) with no real new ideas or plots. Just what I was looking for right now.


    Any additional comments?

    There are some "in jokes" that don't seem to quite work out. At one point there's a comment about a message to "speak Friend and enter" where the Captain (a cajun human with the annoying but believable name Maximila) reads this message with the doctor and comments it's a little frightening when he is reminded of one of his favorite childhood books where that is written on a gate which leads the company to a bad place (Lord of the Rings) but then he goes on to say something about the author Arthur. This may be in the next book but it was such a glaring "hunh?" moment it put me off my pace and made me wonder what the heck was going on. Was he referring to Arthur C. Clarke as writing Tolkien or was something in between left out or what? Other than a couple of these moments I enjoyed a nice light ride with this book.

    The second book is more of the same and would have been just as enjoyable EXCEPT the narrator screwed the pooch for a listener who went right into the next book.....He CHANGED THE CAPTAIN'S VOICE! I spent this entire book listening to Captain Max with a younger man's voice then go on to the sequel where Max is now talking with the hoary old Admiral's voice from book 1. A real NO NO in the world of narration! Messed up my frame of mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frost Burned: Mercy Thompson, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2703)
    Performance
    (2478)
    Story
    (2492)

    Mercy Thompson's life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman - the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack - has made her a stepmother to his daughter, Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy's life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more.... After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can't reach Adam - or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They've all been abducted.....

    ShySusan says: "One of the best urban fantasy series"
    "Please Let this Installment be a Fluke!"
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    Would you try another book from Patricia Briggs and/or Lorelei King?

    Absolutely! I started reading Ms. BRIGGS religiously right after her first Mercy Thompson book (Blood Bound) came out. Eventually I was so satisfied with her Thompson books I started buying her older books and enjoyed those as well. At this point I have already read just about everything this author has written and can heartily recommend everything she has written so far except The Alorn books.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would like to see more interaction with the main characters of the series and just generally more cultural experiences / history / background in the story. My favorite books in this story include River Marked and Iron Kissed so I think what I enjoy most is learning about the cultures created in these books and Frost Kissed didn't have enough of this for me.


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

    Always a good listen.


    Did Frost Burned inspire you to do anything?

    Yes! Pray for the authors future work.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE don't loose the magic, Ms. Briggs. Create a new series if need be. I have been so disappointed by Charlaine Harris deterioration of her Sookie Stackhouse series, Hamilton's Anita Blake books went South really fast, and even the last installment of one of my favorite Looooonng series, Bujold's Vorkosigan series, showed signs of this "no longer up to par" performance for the first time. I won't even start on Nora Roberts In Death series.....why do i keep buying these? Generally every author who continues their series for over 5 to 8 books grows old and repetitive or unimaginative. Create a new series if need be. I have great respect for Harris coming out with her short lived but very satisfying Grave series about the time Sookie was getting old, then ending that series before it could grow old. I could barely finish her last few Dead book. This installment of Mercy feels like it's going the way of the author hanging on too long to a hit after the inventiveness / creativity is gone. I like nearly all Ms. Briggs worlds. If you don't have a new twist for Mercy (and I LOVED your Coyote and Indian cultuural twists in River Marked) write your next book in a new world! Tell us what happens next in Where Demons Walk. Your writing is enoyable and I don't want to see you go stale playing the big hit too long....like so many other authors I could name. I hope to be enjoying your books for many more years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endless Knight: Arcana Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (727)

    In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles. With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals

    Katheryne says: "Thrilling!"
    "More Juvenile than I could take,"
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    What disappointed you about Endless Knight?

    I couldn't finish more than a third of this book before stopping and getting a good fantasy to take the bad taste out of my ears. I bought both in this series and want to return both to minimize my suffering, if you like teen fantasy that's not terribly mature this may be for you,. I'm enjoying space opera righ now,


    What was most disappointing about Kresley Cole’s story?

    The characters were too juvenile to get involved in.


    What didn’t you like about Emma Galvin’s performance?

    Nothing. It was the story I couldn't continue with.


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

    Kresley Cole is a good writer and I have enjoyed some of her books, this series is just based on characters I found immature and irritating.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps if I were into juvenile angst I would enjoy this in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (1808)
    Performance
    (1627)
    Story
    (1642)

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Joe says: "Great begining of the series"
    "Decent rendition of an old series I kinda remember"
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    Where does Nine Princes in Amber rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very much in the middle. ..which means it was worth the credit! Not a favorite but then I read the written series "long long ago in a universe far away" when it was being written. I liked the Amber series then but it was never an auto buy qnd I never read every book as the series dragged on.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Don't believe I would change anything. I have pretty much forgotten the series and enjoyed rediscovering this story. It is a little medieval in an alternate universe. No complaints.


    What about Alessandro Juliani’s performance did you like?

    As I don't remember, it must have been okay but nothing to rave about. Since I gave him 4 stars immediately after listening to the book he is a good narrator but not the top (of which there are very few).


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

    Not so much. Compared to my favorite authors which include Bujold, Eric Flint's 1632 series, David Eddings Belgarion and Mallorean series (not to mention the GREATS like Heinlein and Tolkien) this iw an interesting story and a series I will continue to follow when I need a new read and can't find one I REALLY want.


    Any additional comments?

    Good solid story and writing. If you like Game of Thrones or Christopher Stasheff's Wizard series you will likely enjoy this series. Beware. ..like the Ringworld books and other series I seem to remember that there's a lot of books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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