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Jean S.

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  • Foundation: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (340)

    In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey's best-selling world, a 13 year-old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust into the center of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had - and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds' Collegium.

    Wyonia says: "great for kids"
    "Ditto on Young Adults"
    Overall

    I agree with Wyonia, the series is probably for young adults. It is not at the same level as the previous Valdemar books by this author. I will probably listen to the rest in the series as they are published just because they do fill in some of the early history of the Collegium and Valdemar and I like the Companions

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse: A Cats in Trouble Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Leann Sweeney
    • Narrated By Vanessa Johansson
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    Recently widowed Jillian Hart is rebuilding a life for herself and her three beloved cats - Chablis, Syrah, and Merlot - as a quilter in a small South Carolina town. The quilts she makes are for cats as smart, special, and sweet as her own, and business is thriving. But when she returns from an overnight quilting show, she discovers Chablis sneezing - and since Chablis is allergic to humans, that can only mean one thing: Someone has broken into her house. When she realizes her Abyssinian, Syrah, is missing, Jillian suspects catnapping. Spurred by Chablis and Merlot’s mournful meowing, she investigates - and discovers more missing cats and a murder.

    Linda says: "WONDERFUL AUTHOR, AND VERY GOOD STORY LINE."
    "Will not continue series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Since I did finish the book and marginally enjoyed the story, it is probably not fair to return it, I got this from the first 2 of a series sale. Glad I didn't buy the second or I would be returning it. even as a cat lover, this was just a little too cute. The drama wasn't and the narrator's voice just a little annoying.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Moonlight: Free Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1646)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1384)

    Barely a teenager, Kaylin Neya is a thief, a fugitive and an attempted assassin. She also has a smart mouth, sharp wits and mysterious markings on her skin. All of which make her perfect bait for a child prostitution sting in the city of Elantra - if she survives her first meeting with the Hawks!

    Jason says: "Great STUFF!!!"
    "Inaccurate synopsis"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The statement about child prostitution is not accurate. Nor is Kaylin bait for any sting". Children are being killed for for unknown reasons and magic is involved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Engaging the Enemy: Vatta's War, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (236)

    The brilliantly unorthodox Kylara Vatta - black-sheep scion of Vatta Transport Ltd., one of the galaxy's wealthiest merchant houses - is a heroine like no other, blessed with a killer instinct both for business and for battle. Now, in the aftermath of cold-blooded assassinations that have left her parents dead and the Vatta shipping empire shattered, Kylara faces her greatest challenge yet. There is a time for grief and a time for revenge. This is decidedly the latter.

    Charlie says: "More Grace, Less Stella"
    "Bad Narrator"
    Overall

    Of all the many books I have listened too over the years (I started listening when they were just on tape), Cynthia, for this book, has the worst voice I have ever endured. She sounds like she is trying to portray a hard military female (very cliped, flat and emotionless). She has no noticeable voice change between characters. I agree with the one reviewer who said the series is now ruined for her. I need to start checking the reviews before I buy. I would try to return the book it it was allowed. Wonder if she was approved by the author?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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