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Barbara Johnson

Thousand Oaks, CA United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Discount Armageddon: InCryptid, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (384)

    The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity - and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right?

    a says: "I love this book!"
    "Another winner by Seanan McGuire!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Discount Armageddon the most enjoyable?

    The writing. Seanan is a terrific story teller. Once I started listening, I used any excuse I could find to continue listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Verity. She's strong, a bit vulnerable, and funny. But I also liked Dominic because he started with very definite views about the cryptids but wasn't so stubborn that he could admit that what he knew about cryptids could be skewed.


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

    I've never heard her read before.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun story and eagerly awaiting the release date of book 2.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9823)
    Performance
    (8763)
    Story
    (8741)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Great story!"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hounded to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. But I listened to Hounded in the car and I wasn't bored. In fact, I laughed out loud several times.


    What other book might you compare Hounded to and why?

    Seanan McGuire's October Daye series and Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series. I enjoyed the worlds that were created in each story and felt I could really like the main characters.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    He did a pretty good job with the accents. His version of Oberon was hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to listening to Hexed, book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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