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Member Since 2009

  • 9 reviews
  • 36 ratings
  • 441 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • Touch the Dark: Cassandra Palmer, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Karen Chance
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits - talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead alike. The ghosts of the dead aren't usually dangerous; they just like to talk...a lot. The undead are another matter. Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires, but when the bloodsucking mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she's forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection.

    donna says: "decent story but does have a few flaws.."
    "Plot okay, Narrator is just too much"

    I downloaded this selection after having 2 week without a book to listen to. This is a long time for me because I use the books to help with my commute. Sorry to ramble, but the reason I go into this is because I read the reviews of several books and this seemed to be my best bet. The story itself is actually okay, even good in some parts (not rocket science, but passes the time in my car pretty well) however - the Narrator is way toooo slow and overly dramatic with passages. I had to turn the story off several times because her style of reading gave me a headache. And man, SHE IS SLOW. I did read one reviewer who gave it only 1 star. So I was forwarned...but hey author...if you want us to listen to the other books..please get a new reader...I actually daydreamed several times during the story and lost the plot a couple of times. My final thoughts are "does every author have to create their own version of what a mythical creature we lack so much in creativity that the only way to have a story is to bury it in confusing hierarchial structures with convuluted rules that the main character always breaks anyway, surprise, surprise. I am getting tired of picking up new books hoping for interesting plots ex. Laurell Hamilton's early books for Anita Blake only to have 1/2 of the book be about what the HE*L their version of vampire, werewolf, least with Kim Harrisons books she doesn't try to give you ALL the information in 300 have to read several books to gradually be pulled in, not inundated with all kinds of rules, magic crap that you don't understand and doesn't always add to the story? SOrry, just venting a little. This story is okay, but not great. Would have given it 3 stars if the narrator wasn't so annoying.

    17 of 22 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

    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"
    "Boring. I kept hoping I would be pulled in..."
    What would have made A Discovery of Witches better?

    Another reviewer stated that it was "Twilight" for adults. I have to say it's not even that good. If you're in for 24 hours of dragging romance laced with very long tedious descriptions of scientific discovery or furnishings then by all means go for it...otherwise you might pick a different series. I did give the reader a good review because she did a fine job reading the story..I just didn't like the story.

    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

    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.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "Enjoyed it!"

    I didn't know if I would like this series by Molly Harper since I hadn't read anything else by her. It's definitely "Fang-Light" .... so if you're looking for deep story or intense scenes this isn't your read. However, if you enjoyed Mary Janice Davidson and her Unwed and Undead series you'll also enjoy this. Funny and enjoyable..reader is good too. I felt like she did a good job switching voices between all the female characters but might want to work on the male leads voice just a bit more. Other than that, very enjoyable... made my trips to work fun :D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls

    Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant.

    "Simply Marvelous!"

    I am part of a small lunch time book club with some friends from work. We all agreed that this book was a great read. We (well most of us) had read and enjoyed Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls' first book, and were delighted when another novel by her came out. Excellent read. This book is a "true life novel" about her grandmother Lilly Casey, born 1901. Jeannette writes it in 1st person and she also narrates the book which really gives it a personal feeling. There is an explanation at the end about why it's a true life novel and not a memoir but the adventures of Lilly Casey are based on stories from her family, specifically her mother Rosemary, and other family. We all loved it and highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darkfever: Fever, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    MacKayla Lane's life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she's your perfectly ordinary 21st-century woman. Or so she thinks...until something extraordinary happens.

    Dana says: "Stick with it!"
    "Very Entertaining"

    I enjoyed this 1st book in the Fever series quite a bit. I've been looking for a new author to add to my list of "downloadable" and she def. made my list. Easy to listen to, even if the story is quite simple, sometimes that's better than an overcomplicated story line. I prefer to be enticed in to a story not overwhelmed or bored out of my mind with all the new terms...laws,..rules...etc. Reader does seem a little older, but she's good. Feels a little like Mary Janice Davidson character - Sookie...but hey that's the greatest compliment :) I'm going to listen to the 2nd book too.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderbird Falls: The Walker Papers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For all the bodies she's encountering, you'd think beat cop Joanne Walker works in Homicide. But no, Joanne's a reluctant shaman who last saved mankind three months ago; surely she deserves more of a break! Yet, incredibly, "Armageddon, Take Two" is mere days away.

    Isaac says: "Hhmm... I'm disappointed."
    "Okay. Not as good as Urban Shaman"

    I really enjoyed the 1st book in this series esp. with the original narrator. This narrator isn't bad, but I thought the 1st one was exceptional. The story is okay but drags on and on during the middle. I would have liked more plot and less "trips to the lower world". I also would have liked more about the growing relationship she has with her boss, Morrison. Hello, a little romance is nice. Overall, it was a 3 1/2 star to start then dropped to a 1 1/2 star in the middle but redemnend itself at the end. so 3 stars. I think I'm going to listen to the 3rd book....just to see if the author decides to develop her "love" interest.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bitten: Women of the Otherworld, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Young, beautiful, and successful, Elena Michaels seems to have it all. Her happy, organized life follows a predictable pattern: filing stories for her job as a journalist, working out at the gym, living with her architect boyfriend, and lunching with her girlfriends from the office. And once a week, in the dead of night, she streaks through a downtown ravine, naked and furred, tearing at the throats of her animal prey. Elena Michaels is a werewolf.

    Autumn says: "My favorite Audio title"
    "Decent and entertaining"

    I would recommend this title. I enjoyed the reader, and the story (not always true).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Ties Book One: The Turning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Armintrout
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer

    I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. But after my life turned into a horror movie, I take fear a lot more seriously now. I finally became Dr. Carrie Ames just eight months ago. Then I was attacked in the hospital morgue by a vampire. Just my luck.

    David says: "Meh"

    This is the 1st book that I have listened/read by this author. Decent story, not profound but engaging. I agree with others who have commented about the annoying way the narrator voices some of the minor characters. Esp. Ziggy. very annoying. Other voices were not so bad, but that character was especially difficult to listen too. Also, if you listen to the second book, the voice of the "oracle" is hideous. But, it was short lived. I would recommend this series, even though I didn't enjoy the second book as much. Just realize it's not a profound piece, but as I indicated in the beginning of this review, book one of "the turning" was fairly engaging. Enjoy :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Mary S. Murray says: "Delightful and Enjoyable"

    I downloaded this as a treat for my 12 year old son to listen to on a trip across the country...but it was so good the whole family ended up listening to it and we loved it. Because it was so good we also downloaded the sequel, Eldest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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