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Janet

United States | Member Since 2012

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HELPFUL VOTES
  • 17 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 105 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • Mort: Discworld #4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (1419)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (677)

    Jonas says: "Best so far"
    "Mort!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mort to be better than the print version?

    I love this book, it was just extremely convenient to listen to it while driving, rather than read it. I enjoyed the voice of Death very much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Death, I think. I really like Mort, but I love that Death tries his hand at Life.


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

    This is the first one, but I loved his voice. I can still hear him in my head!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Where Death comes to Life


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable, humorous book. British humor, of course, which makes it even funnier for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12115)
    Performance
    (11002)
    Story
    (11028)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Twisty-Turny Story with a wild-end curve!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the book, only listened.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    I've never read a book like this. I might compare it to Dr. Who, The Twilight Zone or The Time Machine (which I did read). But this book is unique.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    I liked 3 characters the best, Veek, Nate and the old "publisher".


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Some parts of it I could not stop listening to, I had to continue the story, but some parts I needed to think about.


    Any additional comments?

    Really good story! I highly recommend itl.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4484)
    Performance
    (2932)
    Story
    (2965)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "skip this one"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no, i thought the story was flat and slow and not very interesting


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    more action, faster pace, less description


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Martin Jarvis?

    I don't know, but this guy has no inflection, just a very flat performance


    Was Good Omens worth the listening time?

    nope


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Called: Mercy Thompson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4461)
    Performance
    (2980)
    Story
    (2988)

    Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

    Susan says: "I love this series.."
    "Pretty good read, but won't read more"
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    What did you love best about Moon Called?

    I didn't really love anything about it, it was an interesting story and good narrator, but not really my style


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moon Called?

    Probably the shifting and the daughter rescue


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

    No, but I like her voice, I think she does a good job


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I have no idea, Hey the Moon Called and I didn't want to answer?????


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus Blues: Georgina Kincaid, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1906)
    Performance
    (1129)
    Story
    (1144)

    Succubus (n.) An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men. Pathetic (adj.) A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid. When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical? But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid's life is far less exotic.

    Jessica says: "Another great paranormal series!"
    "I had the Blues after reading"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Succubus Blues? What did you like least?

    The story was okay, but really tired of the main characters whining about how great she is and what a burden that greatness is


    Would you be willing to try another book from Richelle Mead? Why or why not?

    I usually love this author, but I did not like this series or this character


    Which scene was your favorite?

    none were really my favorite, but I guess the birthday party....


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, probably not


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Lily: Bloodlines, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (768)

    Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students - children of the wealthy and powerful - carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "An Excellent Sequel!"
    "Love, love, love Richelle Mead"
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    Where does The Golden Lily rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the top five. I love Richelle Mead's original series where Sidney was introduced, so this was a natural follow up. I think the story is better in these books, though. Or at least I like Sidney better than Rose, I think.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Golden Lily?

    Can't tell you, it would spoil the fun.


    What about Emily Shaffer’s performance did you like?

    Love how she was able to transition from all the different accents, and characters so smoothly. She really did a great job. And I love how she was able to give voice to Sidney's exasperation!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Alchemical Lily turns Desert Gold.....I don't know, not very good at this


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frost Moon: Skindancer, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anthony Francis
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (215)

    In an alternate Atlanta where magic is practiced openly, where witches sip coffee at local cafes, shapeshifters party at urban clubs, vampires rule the southern night like gangsters, and mysterious creatures command dark caverns beneath the city, Dakota Frost's talents are coveted by all. She's the best magical tattooist in the southeast, a Skindancer, able to bring her amazing tats to life. When a serial killer begins stalking Atlanta's tattooed elite, the police and the Feds seek Dakota's help.

    A. Hogue says: "Great"
    "skip it"
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    What would have made Frost Moon better?

    a new author and a new story, way too much "baggage" in this book for me


    What was most disappointing about Anthony Francis’s story?

    everything was disappointing. I think she could have done a better job fleshing out her main character instead of tying her up in dog collar regalia


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Traci Odom?

    have no idea, don't know very many narrators yet


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Frost Moon?

    the whole book and started over


    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1785)
    Performance
    (1506)
    Story
    (1510)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "It would be "criminal" to miss this one!"
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    What did you love best about Criminal?

    I loved finally learning Will's back story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was exciting, but not edge of seat, thrilling.


    What about Kathleen Early’s performance did you like?

    I liked how she voiced Will's character, I was not sure how it would sound since the main character was male, but she did a good job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I can't tell, it will give away too much.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7620)
    Performance
    (6638)
    Story
    (6630)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    ""Witness" this extraordinary novel, amazing read!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Yes! Yes! This is, by far, the best Nora Roberts book I have ever read. The story is absolutely riveting. It is timely and a great coming of age story, no matter how old you are....


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the main character. I loved how she is portrayed, I loved how the narrator interpreted the nuances of her feelings and words, and her story gave new meaning to what it means to have a stable home life.


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

    Have not heard any others, but will definitely find more!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, could not put this down. I even brought my headphones to bed to listen while I fell asleep!


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, this is just one of the best, most enjoyable books I have listened to, or read in a long time. Great story, great characters, and a great personal lesson. Always be yourself!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2047)
    Performance
    (1858)
    Story
    (1859)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "British Secret Service vs. The Supernatural"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Rook the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was fantastic. Great voice transition between characters, excellent pronunciation of seemingly impossible names/languages. And I loved the letter writer!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rook?

    Can't really say, as it would give away too much! Let's just say, I loved it when the main character finally came into her own.


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

    I have not listened to others, but will surely do so now.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could listen to the narrator all day......


    Any additional comments?

    The author really, really loves adjectives. And really, really loves describing things in laborious, scrupulous detail, when a small paragraph would have sufficed. That's why I did not rate it a full 5 star. I did enjoy the story very much, but was frustrated a couple of times by all the minute detail........

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3828)
    Performance
    (2200)
    Story
    (2205)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "Surprising, insightful, spot-on writer"
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    What did you love best about Faithful Place?

    The fact that she presented a story we all feel, but seldom hear.....feelings never die, regardless of time or space, feelings are our truest sense of who we are and what we become.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I loved the storyline. I loved the back-story. And I loved how all the action of the present was woven into the history of the past, and how the threads of that weaving enter our future life's patterns.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the "hero" finally discovers what happened in the past and realizes how his past has impacted all his decisions from that point, and how those decisions have impacted many, many others.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to hear all the story, but it was good to stop for a bit and think about what was going on and let all the relationship revelations marinate. Then when I re-joined the story I was more invested in what was happening.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this author. Have read all her books so far and I think she is fabulous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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