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Lorfet

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  • Into the End

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bonnie R. Paulson
    • Narrated By David Gilmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    America's end is near. No one knows why, but the great country is under attack. After being weakened by countless natural disasters, America opens its airspace for aid. But instead, what is left of the devastated West Coast finds itself nearly obliterated from above. The key may belong to tests designed by a Pacific Northwest psychologist, Rachel Parker.

    Lorfet says: "UGH! could not finishd"
    "UGH! could not finishd"
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    Would you try another book from Bonnie R. Paulson and/or David Gilmore?

    I doubt it. Definitely would not pay for one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bonnie R. Paulson again?

    Very doubtful.


    Which character – as performed by David Gilmore – was your favorite?

    none


    What character would you cut from Into the End?

    The wife was unbelievable. She was a psychologist, but couldn't remember what she was taught about dealing with grief and so couldn't deal with her own child's grief and just blurted out that daddy died in the fire. She supposedly almost left her husband and got a divorce over "Josh" yet didn't even recognize him when he arrived at her house. Then, later, again recalling that earlier she went into detail about almost losing her marriage because of him, she suddenly realized he had dimples. Her husband had been dead less than 36 hours and they all ride off to investigate a plane crash but she rides on the same 4-wheeler as the former boyfriend, leaving her 14 year old son to drive the other. Really? Just ugh. Insulted my intelligence one too many times and I ripped my headphones off and did the unhappy dance and started another book.


    Any additional comments?

    You will survive this book only if you can suspend any common sense you might possess and listen with gritted teeth.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Infinity: Chronicles of Nick

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (645)

    At 14, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends - until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Fantastic Prequel/Sequel to the Dark Hunter Series"
    "Funny and good listening"
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    This is a good book and a good start to a series I am looking forward to working my way through! It made me laugh out loud on several occasions and I liked the message of good over evil and that bullying can actually make you stronger and not just a victim. I would not say this is a novel that is appropriate for younger kids - not because of bad language - but because of references to females and sexual innuendos that might cause endless questions and/or some embarrassment if listening to this together!!! Overall this is very entertaining and I am truly glad I bought this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster in My Closet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By R. L. Naquin
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (260)

    I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn't imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I'd seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no? After all, I've always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain.

    Teresa says: "Quirky with Unusual Characters."
    "Entertaining"
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    This was entertaining and enjoyable. It kept and held my imagination throughout the story. The narrator did a good job with reading the book and helping develop the characters and keeping their voices distinct and individual. I would recommend this book for light reading and purely entertainment value.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1008)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (918)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "Disappointing"
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    I have really debated on how to review this book, as I really enjoyed the first third of the book - was underwhelmed with the second third - and was lost and disappointed with the final third. My husband read the book before I listened to it and I knew he was not impressed. I really wanted to like this book as Mr. Koontz is one of my favorite authors and has been for many, many years. As it began, the main character reminded me a great deal of Odd Thomas and Christopher Snow and the story of his beginnings and subsequent life were interesting and kept me engaged. But then there was the introduction of the marionettes and the fogs and and the clears and I began to get a little bogged down and confused. As the book was ending I was really confused and unclear as to exactly what was taking place and it all seemed to come to a conclusion with no real excitement or "ta-da" moment. It turned from an interesting story to just a very basic good versus evil story that was underwhelming in its conclusion. Not a winner for me. I would not reread this and I could not recommend without some hesitation or explanation. It wasn't awful.....it just wasn't very good.

    MacLeod Andrew's narration was as splendid and excellent as ever.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1555)
    Performance
    (1383)
    Story
    (1402)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Enjoyable!"
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    Would you listen to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared again? Why?

    I would listen again as the story made me laugh and was very entertaining. It is a "feel good" book and there was no angst or sadness to be found. It was just a solid book that made me happy and it made me think (in a good way!)


    What other book might you compare The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared to and why?

    The story reminds me of "Forrest Gump" with all the world travels and the interesting and notable people that he meets. Then a little of the "Pink Panther" with the situations that develop and how the story eventually winds down and ends so that all is well and the good guys go on their merry way.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Crossley did an excellent job with the voices and with the accents and with pronouncing everyone's name the same way each time. His comedic timing was perfect and he made the book very enjoyable.


    If you could take any character from The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Well, of course it would be the 100-year-old-man! I cannot begin to imagine the tales he would have to tell and all in such an innocent and "it's not a big deal" manner. It would be a great dinner with good food and lots of vodka!


    Any additional comments?

    This is just an entertaining and fun book. I would recommend this one to anyone who is in the mood for a good book that tells an excellent story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alex Hughes
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (241)

    I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it - real scary.

    Lisa says: "Some good, Some annoying!"
    "Totally enjoyed"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a totally engrossing, interesting book. The future envisioned by the author was believable and convincingly written. The main character is an addicted telepath that is currently clean, but at times coming close to losing his sobriety because of job stress and personal stress. He is very human in his weaknesses and it makes the story more interesting and draws you more fully into his world. The narration was good and did not detract from the story in any way. I am looking forward to adding the second book in this series to my library and listening to another good book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Teek

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Steven Krane
    • Narrated By Nicol Zanzarella
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    It began with an undercover government agency, and agency experimenting with genetic breeding, their goal to develop and enhance specific mental powers--to create teeks. But not everone was willing to be a guinea pig, and have their children turned into some sort of monstrous mutation--so some of the experiments escaped. But now the agency was deterimined to track them down no matter what the cost. And with loyal teeks doing the hunting, how could they fail?...

    Lorfet says: "call me "bored"
    "call me "bored"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was slow to get going and I am sorry to say that I was unable to finish it. It's not that it was horribly written - it's just that I didn't care. I didn't care about the characters, their stories (or lack thereof) and the plot. It was not making sense in the kind of way that makes you stop and think "well, why didn't he/she/it just do this/that/or the other?" Duh!!! And when you are not invested in the main character and the plot, then it is death to the entire endeavor. I love books and stories and it pains me to say that I was unable to finish a book, but in this case I would have rather had a root canal than listen to the rest of the book. It was also not because of any fault on the part of the narrator. She was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angelfall: Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Susan Ee
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (979)
    Story
    (988)

    It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival.

    Brooke says: "Creep-tastic!"
    "Call me "a little confused""
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Angelfall to be better than the print version?

    I don't own the print version so I cannot compare the two.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was not really an ending - just a stopping point until book two can begin.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was confusing for me from the beginning. As I began listening to the story, I thought that Penryn was a young girl, maybe 12 or 13 years old. This was due to the way the story was written, her spoken parts and remembrances, and also the way it was read by the narrator. As the story progressed, she seemed to age in every way, and I don't mean by what was happening to her in the story, but the writing changed and made her more adult and grown up. The narrator's voice was also more adult and confident sounding. In contrast, the angel sounded like a totally grown man, way older than Penryn, from the beginning. I swear I thought she was all of 13 years old trying to take care of her crazy mom and little handicapped sister. But, all of a sudden, we are headed toward the forbidden attraction between angels and humans, she's putting on make-up and a slinky dress to go in a club, and there is sexual attraction. I had to really adjust in a hurry and get with the program. I am not normally a "duh" kind of person and I am convinced that I was not off in la-la land when I started listening. I'm not too sure I will rush to read/listen to the second book and I don't even know if it has been written. I am just really torn about how to review this book - not very helpful I know and I am truly sorry. The purpose behind the angels attacking humans was never really explained and there were only hints dropped as to a possible cause and that was also frustrating because there don't seem to be any good angels at all and everything that was alluded to in this book regarding angels and God and history was in no way similar to the majority of the teachings we hear/see/read these days. Also, society seemed to have fallen apart and everything stopped working in very quick order without any good explanation for why this was so. I think I would have to recommend this book only with a caution and a question mark and an additional "I'm not sure how much money/credit this book is worth" Have I read worse books? YES! Have I read better books? Definitely YES! Not awful but .......???????

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Swain
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Peter Warlock is a magician with a dark secret. Every night, he amazes audiences at his private theater in New York, where he performs feats that boggle the imagination. But his day job is just a cover for his otherworldly pursuits: Peter is a member of an underground group of psychics who gaze into the future to help prevent crimes. No one, not even his live-in girlfriend, knows the truth about Peter - until the séance when he foresees an unspeakable act of violence that will devastate the city.

    Lorfet says: "Heavy sigh....."
    "Heavy sigh....."
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    Would you try another book from James Swain and/or Stephen R. Thorne?

    Probably


    Has Dark Magic turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Have you listened to any of Stephen R. Thorne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator's performance was good; however, sometimes I got the impression he was also struggling with some of the narrative/story line he was being required to read.


    What character would you cut from Dark Magic?

    Although I finished the book just this afternoon, I am already at a loss as to recalling character names. The girlfriend was just awful. She was supposedly pretty and a magician's apprentice, but every time the magician tried to explain that his powers were "real" she would balk and refuse to believe him and get mad and run off to live with friends. She even suggested counseling, after the magician told her he never confided in anyone before and his life and freedom depended on secrecy. Her response? Why, counselors are sworn to secrecy, right??? Ugh. Find a new girlfriend that is less childish and petty maybe? That has an imagination and maybe loves you no matter what?


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was a complete rip-off and the old "make everybody forget" spell does not include the entire city of New York, the press, television coverage, etc. Or the dead bodies left behind. How to explain them????? I feel duped and I wasted time listening to this and unfortunately, it did not get better with age. The magic system was unbelievable and there was nothing "Peter Warlock" (I'm not kidding) or the bad guys could not do. Don't waste your time unless you can suspend total belief in just about everything.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Archangel: Samaria, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    A tale of the distant future by the author of The Shape-Changer's Wife brings listeners to a world in which the fate of all life rests on the voice of an angel.

    Paul says: "A great story, narrrated well"
    "Ugh"
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    What disappointed you about Archangel?

    This book went on and on and on. I kept thinking it would surely be over soon and it was like the energizer bunny - it just kept going and going! I had the plot figured out and it all fell into place as expected. I liked the character, Gabriel, but had a hard time liking Naomi. I get that she has had a hard life and bad things happened, but she just never once bent even a little, and everything had to be on her terms.....to use a cliche, her way or the highway. I felt sorry for Gabriel and kept thinking he could surely find someone better than Naomi and wished that he had. I felt like he deserved better.


    Any additional comments?

    The premise behind the book is what drew me in and at first, I really liked the world created by Shinn. By the end of the book, not so much. There was too much of a gap - both socially and politically - between the angels and the other people and the angels were not very nice as a whole. Actually, there weren't very many nice people or situations in this book at all; therefore, before I get super negative, suffice it to say that I will not be reading the rest of the books in this series and I am glad that this one was purchased on sale and not for full price.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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