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ginger

Mu favorites are paranormal, supernatural, post-apocalyptic, and horror!

St. Louis, MO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Guilty Pleasures: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a writer who was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major best-selling author. Now, for long-time Anita Blake aficionados and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its audiobook debut. Readers will learn how Anita Blake started raising the dead - and killing the undead. And how she met Jean Claude, the master vampire destined to become not only her biggest nemesis, but her greatest lover.

    ginger says: "Paranormal Entities Galore"
    "Paranormal Entities Galore"
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    This is a solid start to the lengthy Anita Blake series. Anita is a multi talented, fiesty young woman with multiple resources to help her fight supernatural crime. An investigator by day and an animator by night, she is often called in by the local police department to assist with their otherworldly investigations. Her reputation for slaying vampires does not seem to deter the city's master vampire, Jean Claude, from pursuing her. This is a solid recipe for excitement, mystery, action, and paranormal intrigue.

    Personally, i am 5 books into the series and planning to purchase more. I believe there are close to 20 novels in total. One of my favorite details in this series is that the story takes place in St. Louis, Missouri - my home town! Laurell Hamilton often incorporates various St. Louis neighborhoods in her writing. Imagining my city overrun with vampires, zombies, and ghouls is a unique listening experience!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Allison Hewitt Is Trapped: A Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Madeleine Roux
    • Narrated By Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    One woman's story as she blogs about - and fights back against - the zombie apocalypse.

    Allison Hewitt and her five colleagues at the Brooks and Peabody Bookstore are trapped together when the zombie outbreak hits. Allison reaches out for help through her blog, writing on her laptop. It may also be her only chance to reach her mother. But as the reality of their situation sinks in, Allison's blog becomes a harrowing account of her edge-of-the-seat adventures.

    Daniel O. Buchholz says: "Book Lover seeking not to meet Zombie"
    "Fun Apoclyptic Zombie Tale!"
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    I enjoyed this book and found the style to be unique and fun - storytelling through her blog, followed by "comments" offered by her blog readers. It fit well. I didn't expect much as i have read many zombie books and figured it couldn't have much of anything new to offer, but the story was different and the characters were fun - even the ones i hated along with Allison. Where many zombie books i have read focus on the action, this novel also paid enough attention to the small details that helped the setting feel more realistic (i.e how and where to dispose of their waste?, trying to track down an internet signal, or trying to invent their version of Molotov cocktails based on what she had seen in the movies)! Allison is a brave, inventive, ax-wielding female who proved she could take care of herself, but never had to do so alone. When the world has fallen to crap - friends are detrimental to one's survival. I would like to listen to this story again someday and would therefore rate this it 4****s.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Project

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gretchen Rubin
    • Narrated By Gretchen Rubin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (949)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (560)

    Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

    A User says: "The gift that keeps on giving..."
    "Fancy name for our new year resolutions..."
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    I don't understand what all the hype is about. A whole book about how to identify a goal and work towards it? Isn't this largely common sense? I bought the book because it was selected in my book club. It sounded interesting, but I lost interest very quickly. I am in my 30s and I know how to set goals and work towards them. I do not need to follow someone else's plan. I was quickly disappointed with how basic the book's information was. I felt the author did not have anything of value to offer to me. I was very bored and could not finish the book. I doubt I will read anything else from this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fog

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Herbert
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    The peaceful life of a village in Wiltshire is suddenly shattered by a disaster which strikes without reason or explanation, leaving behind it a trail of misery and horror. A yawning, bottomless crack spreads through the earth, out of which creeps a fog that resembles no other. Whatever it is, it must be controlled; for wherever it goes it leaves behind a trail of disaster as hideous as the tragedy that marked its entry into the world. The fog, quite simple, drives people insane.

    Rickard says: "People die or people kill"
    "I lost interest"
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    This book has some creepy and interesting ideas, but it really fell short. The story did not pull me in and I lost interest rather quickly. Every once in a while, something interesting happened, but overall something was missing. I did not care what happened to the characters and could barely get myself to pay attention to the last chapter - no matter how many times I replayed it and tried to tune in. I love horror, but it must grip the reader and not let go! This book was a disappointment for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodring: Rogue Mage, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Natalie Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (253)

    In a near-future world, seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle. But a new species of mage has arisen. Thorn St. Croix is no ordinary neo-mage. Nearly driven insane by her powers, she has escaped the confines of the Enclaves and now lives among humans. When her ex-husband is kidnapped, Thorn must risk revealing her true identity to save him.

    pewter says: "Bloodring Redux"
    "Something seems to be missing..."
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    I was excited about this book as the description sounds fun and different. I was really suprised to find that i could not get into the story. I liked that the main character owned a gem shop as i love gemstones and jewelry and could totally relate. However, that is about it. I love this genre of books but there is something critical missing here. Around 5 hours into the book, i found that the book was just not keeping my interest at all! I was trying to concentrate on the story, but would constantly find myself lost and wondering what was going on. I must have played chapters 11-13 about 9 times before giving up and going on in attempt to get through it. Then i gave up entirely a couple chapters later. I hate it when i am counting down the time to get through a book just to be able to finish it. I don't want to waste anymore time on this book when there are much better titles in my library. Perhaps i will try this again some day...then again, perhaps not.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3544)
    Performance
    (2555)
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    (2555)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Noe says: "Outstanding story of post-apocalyse."
    "An Average Post-Apoc Tale..."
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    I liked this book because i love Post Apoc books, movies, stories, etc. However, i don't agree with the excellent/ astonishing/ fantastic reviews listed here. I did not find the story to be exciting, gripping, or even all that interesting. There weren't any characters that really stood out or were of that much interest to me - until about the last chapter.And even then, there was not enough focus on that character to get excited. I had to start the audio over about 10 times before i could make myself pay attention and get into it. So far, this is my least favorite post apoc book i have read. Still, It is not a bad book by any means. It just meanders along as it describes what the world would be like after a nuclear attack. It is much less imaginative than many other post apoc stories and i really do not understand the outstanding reviews here. In my opinion, it is an average tale. Perhaps my expectations were just too high after viewing the ratings and reviews listed here? I was really looking forward to reading this and now i am not sure why. I liked it well enough, but i doubt i will ever listen to it again. I liked PATRIOTS by James Wesley Rawles 100x better than this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem: Delirium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (608)

    This exciting finale to Lauren Olive's New York Times best-selling Delirium trilogy is a riveting blend of nonstop action and forbidden romance in a dystopian United States. Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven.

    Katheryne says: "Where there is love there is freedom..."
    "I NEED MORE!!!"
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    I love everything about this series and Requiem was another excellent book in the series! I truely hope that there are more to come..

    I love the characters in this series, the moral delimmas that they must process, the excitement, and especially the naration - it is spot on! Sarah Drew is awesome!

    I could not stop listening to this book. And when i was forced to put it down - to work or be productive - i could not stop thinking about the story! This is a definate favorite in my library! A must read for those who like dystopian or YA novels!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feedback

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robison Wells
    • Narrated By Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (85)
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    (89)

    Benson Fisher escaped from Maxfield Academy's deadly rules and brutal gangs. The worst was over. Or so he thought. But now he's trapped on the other side of the wall, in a different kind of prison. A town filled with familiar faces. People from Maxfield who Benson had seen die. Friends he was afraid he had killed. They are all pawns in the school's twisted experiment, held captive and controlled by an unseen force.

    Franceska says: "Really Irritating Main Character"
    "Solid Sequel and Conclusion"
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    This series is different and exciting. This sequel to Variant could have gone in so many different ways - it really keeps you guessing on how it will turn out. I enjoyed the story quite a bit. This story is mysterious, suspenseful, emotional, and thrilling! Sometimes i caught myself yelling at the characters regarding what they were doing or needing to do! The characters exhibit loyalty, cowardice, betrayal, and bravery. Do you ever really know who you can and cannot trust? NO. The main character, Benson, is a likeable guy and we observe him dealing with a myriad of emotions regarding his escape efforts and his percieved responsibility for others.

    I enjoyed the journey all the way to the end. This sequel eventually answers all the questions that came about after reading the first book in this Robinson Wells series, Variant. How exactly is this strange town connected to the school? What the Heck is really going on at that school? Who, if anyone, is in charge and running this operation? Variant really leaves the reader hanging in a hundred ways and if you are like me, you just need to know the answers! In this regard, this book does not dissapoint!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daniel Woodrell
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (419)

    The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley.

    Brooks says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Glad it was Short..."
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    This book clearly portrayed the life, loyalty, and priorities of a poor, female youth growing up in the rural Ozarks. She learned many of life's lessons the hard way and kept pushing forward regardless of the toll it took on her. Life is brutal.

    Winter's Bone is not a bad book by any means; it is just not something that i enjoyed. I completed the book anyway, which was not too unpleasant as the book is very short. I was glad when it was over, and i quickly moved on to another book without much afterthought for this one. I will not likely ever read this book again.

    1 of 1 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
    Overall
    (8644)
    Performance
    (6213)
    Story
    (6249)

    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.

    Barbara says: "A feast for the mind and imagination"
    "Not a simple read..."
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    Witches, Vampires, Demons, and more...This book is right up my alley as a fan of anything paranormal. I really liked this book, quite a bit. I went with a 4* rating, b/c it felt a bit too lengthy and technical at times, making it more of a challenging listen than most paranormal novels I have read. In a way, this was a welcome change, less fluff, and more of a solid story. Still, i really feel that i need to listen to it again and pick up many details that were perhaps missed the first time, before i read the sequel. I do want to read this again, but i haven't yet as it feels a bit more of a chore than i had hoped. Still, i went and bought the sequel, SHADOW OF NIGHT, immediately upon completion of this book. I do want to know what happens next, but i don't feel the urgency to dive in immediately. I can understand how this novel has received mixed reviews. Overall, i do recommend, as long as the reader knows that this is not your typical easy to read paranormal romp.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemonium

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1038)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (944)

    I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her.I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bests eller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

    Emily - Audible says: "Remarkably Mature for YA"
    "A Strong Second book in the Trillogy!"
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    I loved this book just as much as the first in this series, DELIRIUM. It is quite different since we now know the set up and characters. The main character, Lena, morns her losses while establishing a new life for herself in the Wilds. This novel (series) is so well written. I thourally enjoyed the journey. I still need to read the 3rd novel in this trillogy and i am eagerly waiting for it to come to audio format too. If you don't mind reading YA novels, and enjoy stories about dystopian societies, you too will love this book - i am sure of it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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