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Monica Dunlap

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  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1897)
    Performance
    (1107)
    Story
    (1111)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Carol says: "Horrible Narration Take 2"
    "Not News but..."
    Overall

    I have to agree with the others who reviewed this. This narrator sucked swamp water.

    Acording the the fan site, we need to complain to the publisher who outsource the first 4 and brought the 5th in house. Obviously Gigi never listened to the any one of the previous books and the producer/directory should be put in jail for uncommon stupidity with Al. It look me 10 minutes when the story was at Trent's house to figure out who taw kaw taw was and why we cared and why this new singer we had never heard about was brought up so often.

    I will say that Gigi did pronounce Leilines correctly once at 1 hour 21 minutes in part 2. Other than that, I really suggest going and learning how to do the breathing excersises for child birth. That helped me when taw-kaw-taw was said every other sentence with leeeeelines. All we needed was one line with that absurd Al voice saying something like "Rachel Mariana Morgan, do not tap a leeeeeline or I will change into puss-cury or Taw-kaw-taw" Yea, I know, there is a reason I am not an author, but you get the idea.

    With that said, the story itself is worth the pain of listening to the author, but I am not sure I will buy the next one if Gigi reads it again.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1722)
    Performance
    (1561)
    Story
    (1570)

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "Not uncommon stupidity"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    5 by 5 by 5. Marguerite makes this story come alive as usual.
    Kim wrote a great addition.
    I am not sure how I got out of order, but I listened to 12 (The undead pool) before this one. 12 Aggravated me to no end for uncommon stupidity. In 11 (Ever After) the bad guys bests bests them through wit and ability. In 12, I really wanted Rachel to just die already so the rest of the characters in the story could move on and have a great series without epic stupidity

    (I.E. sure let's trust this guy who has been saying he wanted you dead at every previous encounter. Maybe this time he is nice. Gawd idiotic. )

    Anyway, enough about book 12. This one... excellent story line, excellent good guys. excellent bad guys (you really want to hate them all), great twists and turns.
    I realize Harrison does not actually read these reviews, but pretending she does... Kim, please, re-re-read this one to see how you should do them and then re-re-read 12 to see how you absolutely should NOT. Rachel is a train wreck but not stupid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead Pool: The Hollows, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1707)
    Performance
    (1577)
    Story
    (1584)

    Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike. The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

    Angela says: "Unbelievably Satisfying!"
    "Uncommon Stupidity"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    As with several of the other books it's all Rachel's friends that save the day. I was literally wishing Rachel would just die so Harrison could continue the series with the not beyond idiotic "fool me 52 times" characters Ivy, Jenks, and basically everyone else.I have no problem with the main characters being outwitted or out maneuvered but epic idiocy is inexcusable. She's a daemon now, she should be tried and convicted of "Uncommon Stupidity". I am not sure if Harrison is just that bad a coming up with how to set up the rest of the story or what, but the "trusting" the guy who has out right told her countless times she should be dead because she is a demon... Maybe this time he will be a nice guy and (I cannot even call it a scam it was so obvious) not hurt me had me yelling out loud with no one around, "you have to be kidding me."

    All that said, still a really good book, but not because of Rachel. Thank you Ivy, Jenks, Newt, Al and Trenton for making this book worth listening to and bringing me back for the next episode of uncommon stupidity.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4214)
    Performance
    (2424)
    Story
    (2448)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "How sad."
    Overall

    I had to rate this a 2 for 2 reasons.

    The MAJOR reason was the narrator. Like so many series before and I am certain, sadly, many more to come, the publisher did not use the same narrator for this story. I am not telling anyone anything new here. The main reason for my reviewing it is a futile hope that the more of us that cry foul, maybe, just maybe a publisher, some publisher somewhere will actually use the same narrator through the entire series. Lee makes all of the characters into the worse parities of William Shatner as James T. Kirk. It took me a full 15 minutes to figure out who "Peter" was and why I should care about him. And Though a minor character, he turned comical Dullerios Ed into Eeyore.

    I will admit, I was able to get sort of used to the poor excuse for a narrator and plow through the rest story and. The characters were made so comical and so unrealistic, that the story did not hold my attention at all like the first three. I would stay up until 1AM some nights or sitting in my car just wanting to find out what happens next. I had no trouble turning this one off at any point in the story.

    The second reason I rated it a 2 was because I did not and will not like the, 31 hours of half of the world and then another 31 hours of going back in time and starting with all of the other people we never heard about.

    I am not giving up on the series yet, but if Detroice can be brought back, please please please please please.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Four Blind Mice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Michael Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (161)

    Detective Alex Cross returns in his most harrowing case yet - one that risks the life of his closest friend and partner, John Sampson. Cross and Sampson go deep behind military lines to confront the most ruthless killers they have ever encountered - and their even more threatening controller. Discovering the identity of this lethal genius will prove to be Cross' most terrifying challenge ever.

    James says: "Another Knock At the Door"
    "four blind mice"
    Overall

    Pure perverted filth. After listening to only the 1st hour or so, I stopped my player, disgusted with this trash. The scene that ended it, was 3 ?men? picking up a 19 year old prostitute, ?hunting? her through a nearby swap then catching, raping, then presumably killing her. I never let this garbage get that far. Does this perverted author get off on this crap. I am thoroughly sorry I wasted me money and I wish there was a way for me to specify 0 stars. I have herd hundreds of audio books. Some were great, some were not worth the time, but none have EVER made me this revolted in my life.

    72 of 101 people found this review helpful

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