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girorv

montreal, QC, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • 47 reviews
  • 129 ratings
  • 352 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015
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  • Vampire Moon: Vampire for Hire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (420)

    Now in Vampire Moon, sequel to Moon Dance, private investigator Samantha Moon finds herself hunting down a powerful crime lord and protecting an innocent woman from her ruthless ex-husband—all while two very different men vie for her heart. And as the stakes grow higher and her cases turn personal, Samantha Moon will do whatever it takes to protect the innocent and bring two cold-blooded killers to justice—her own brand of justice.

    Karen says: "Series continues in fine form"
    "Can't wait to get to #3"
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    Samantha Moon...what a vamp... this one was... better than the first ...made me crave the next. Dina Pearlman does a wonderful job.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Amber Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (570)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Anthony says: "Love Amber's Narration"
    "I love John Scalzi !"
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    This is the third of John Scalzi's novels we have listened to. Generally, there are at least two stories going on at a time. Lock in is no different. Do listen carefully as he sets the premise for the book in the opening chapter, we didn't and it took us a couple of hours to figure out what threeps and Haydens were all about. The little novella at the end (why not the beginning, Audible ?) explains it all very well. We listened to both readers and went with Amber Benson because the lead detective is a woman and we had listened to a lot of Will Wheaton and were worried he might color our perception. Ms Benson does an adequate job, but the differentiation in the voices is often too slight to notice. Great Book !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2499)
    Performance
    (2204)
    Story
    (2211)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    David says: "And now for the kitchen sink...."
    "Wicked Evil Twins want to rule the world !"
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    We enjoyed book 1 so we went onto book2. Book 1 was farfetched but when well-written , it is entertaining. The science in zombies was interesting. I should have stopped there. The dragon factory was long and tedious and violent. Too many people died horribly . There was constant fighting...it was exhausting ! Ray Porter does a good job with the characters, if not for his reading we could not have finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Chinese Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nicole Mones
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers, James Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (449)

    When recently widowed Maggie McElroy is called to China to settle a claim against her late husbands estate, she is blindsided by the discovery that he may have led a double life. Since work is all that will keep her sane, her magazine editor assigns her to profile Sam, a half-Chinese American who is the last in a line of gifted chefs tracing back to the imperial palace. As she watches Sam gear up for Chinas Olympic culinary competition by planning the banquet of a lifetime, she begins to see past the cuisines artistry to glimpse its coherent expression of Chinese civilization.

    Dr. says: "Totally Satisfying - highly recommended"
    "Yummy !"
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    First of all , let me admit , that I am a foodie. When my husband found out this book was about a food writer and a chef, he lost all interest. Is being a foodie a requirement ? No I don't think so. I, thoroughly enjoyed it. The atmosphere set out by the author successfully transported me to China. The characters were developed enough that I was easily able to buy into the story. The narrators did a marvelous job of putting me in the scene. All in all a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (166)

    An aging but formidable strip-club owner, Claudiu "Manco" Kapak, has been robbed by a masked gunman as he placed his cash receipts in a bank's night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his half-dozen security men out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is new enough to Los Angeles not to know he was robbing a gangster.

    Barry says: "Great book overall"
    "What an ending !"
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    This is an unusual cop and robber story. The characters are numerous and somewhat classical in nature. The women are not particularly likable or intelligent. That annoyed me a bit.. but hey this is fiction. I forgive that so long as the author gives me a great story. He does, and he doesn't take it too seriously either. Lots of funny bits, he drifts into insignificant details at times and just as I think there is import to these details oh well there wasn't. The reader, did a great job, even with the women. I liked this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Steve Lopez
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (234)

    When journalist Steve Lopez sees Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' skid row, he finds it impossible to walk away. More than 30 years ago, Ayers was a promising classical bass student at Juilliard - ambitious, charming, and also one of the few African-Americans there - until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia.

    Over time, the two men form a bond and Lopez imagines that he might be able to change Ayers' life. The Soloist is a beautifully told story of devotion in the face of seemingly unbeatable challenges.

    David says: "Fascinating true story"
    "Someone get the scissors , please."
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    This is actually a 2 hr book. Oh, he managed to keep me listening , as I waited for a climax to this story, but I was disappointed. It plods along. It was with a sense of relief that it ended. Even the author seemed happy to have it over with. Maybe...that was the point of this whole exercise. How much , as we do for others ,are we actually doing for ourselves ? The book was very well read, without that, I would not have made it through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1911)
    Performance
    (1721)
    Story
    (1726)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Melinda says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "what a bunch of whiners !"
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    I listened to the whole thing. So, it was not that bad. That being said , however, it was painful. The hefty one bemoans his lack of involvement with life while the teenager shares his teenage angst with us. A whole lot of whining going on. I waited for development and lo and behold just as it was about to happen.. the story ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Prism

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Cristofer Jean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (1069)
    Story
    (1075)

    Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

    Lee says: "Big fan of Brent Weeks but..."
    "Color my World , please"
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    My daughter raved about this series. She read it on her kindle. I looked at the reviews and was not sure I wanted to listen to it , as many listeners had issues with the reader. But I was not going to know it any other way. I'm a knitter who listens while she knits. The reader was not that bad. Kip is young, and the voice is young and maybe a little too modern , but hey, not all men are baritones. Maybe forewarned was forarmed. My husband and I both loved this book and have already listened to the second installment. Have to wait for more credits before we can have book 3. Highly recommend this series. Wonderful plot and even the fighting scenes are followable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2284)
    Performance
    (1651)
    Story
    (1665)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "interesting perspective"
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    I have read/listened to a lot of the authors' work. I like the way he thinks, I know that generally he will make me think too. Calculating God does that. It also entertains. No mean feat. However there is a lot of extraneous meaderings that will only appeal to those that have a higher science knowledge than I do,i believe. So at times I was bored and just waited for that to be done with. I got the impression I was being lectured by the professor but didn't get it. I may listen again. I return to some of his concepts to think about it. That explains the 4 star review.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jhereg: Vlad Taltos, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Steven Brust
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (655)

    Vlad Taltos, a mobster and assassin in the magical metropolis of Adrilankha, is given the largest contract of his career, but the job is even more complicated than he expects.

    D says: "Dragons, Assassins, and Intrigue"
    "Story better than the narration..Huh?"
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    I did not think such a combination was possible. The story is one of assassination. Oh, but how to do the execution without possibility of revivification or breaking the laws of Castle Black. The assassin must not contribute to the next war between the Dragon and Jhereg Clans. So many factors make this a good story. I really wanted to keep listening and enjoyed it overall.
    I just had to ignore the reader's voice. Especially when it came to the main character. He was flat. It made it so that I did not like my main character. He sounded childish and petulant. He did a pretty good job with every one else. The female voices also were too faint. I had to keep increasing the volume for the women and then putting it down again for the men. Surely a technician should have been able to control this. In spite of all this , though, we listened to the whole thing. Great Story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lives of Tao

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Wesley Chu
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (175)

    When out-of-shape IT technician Roen wakes up and starts hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumes he’s losing it. He isn’t. As of last night, he has a passenger in his brain - an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Over the millennia his people have trained human heroes to be great leaders, to advance our species at a rate far beyond what it would have achieved on its own. Split into two opposing factions - the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix - the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries.

    Nathan says: "Realistic take on secret agent with aliens"
    "An underrated listen !"
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    I urge to listen to this story...if... you like action, sci-fi . Those are not uncommon combinations. However, I find that many times the action overwhelms the characters in a story. This is not the case with "The lives of Tao". Wesley Chu takes the time to develop his main characters and we care about them. We also feel the conflict he is dragged into. This story works on many levels. The reader added to the pleasure by making sure we knew who was involved when and giving them their voice. I was sad when we got to the end and am looking forward to book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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