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Diana

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Bone Shop: A Marla Mason Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. A. Pratt
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    Marla Mason is the chief sorcerer of Felport, a woman who's tangled with gods and monsters and come out on top (if a bit damaged in the process). Bone Shop tells the story of Marla's evolution from runaway to sorcerer's apprentice to mercenary magician and beyond. Fans of the urban fantasy series from Bantam Spectra that began with Blood Engines will find surprising secrets revealed about Marla's past, and new listeners can get to know the character from the very beginning.

    Dave says: "Top-Shelf Marla (and Pratt)!"
    "An interesting story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This was an interesting start to a series. This book was actually written in the middle of the series and is like the secret history of the main character. As such, I think that some of the world background got glossed over and there were some akward manuverings to make things fit. But it was still an interesting story and I am more than willing to actually listen to the rest of the series. It's kind of nice to see characters that have such twisted moral and no regret angst over them.


    Would you be willing to try another book from T. A. Pratt? Why or why not?

    Yes. I liked a lot of the world but it lacked detail. Since this was a prolgue to his series though, written in the middle of the series, that might be understandable.


    What about Jessica Almasy’s performance did you like?

    I thought she did a very good job giving the character's that teenage sarcastic ring without making you hate them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tuck: King Raven Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (137)

    Filled with unforgettable characters, breathtaking suspense, and rousing battle scenes, Stephen R. Lawhead's masterful retelling of the Robin Hood legend reaches its stunning conclusion in Tuck. Steeped in Celtic mythology and the political intrigue of medieval Britain, Lawhead's trilogy conjures up an ancient past while holding a mirror to contemporary realities. Prepare to hear an epic tale that dares to shatter everything you thought you knew about Robin Hood.

    Steven says: "Another version of a good story."
    "Ugh..."
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    I love Robin Hood tales but by the time the series got to Tuck, I just was sick of it. The characters are all one-dimensional and the story has a repetative feel to it. The characters just continue to do the same thing over and over and continue to be surprised when it fails only to have everything magically turn around at the very end. Huge chucks of time are skipped over and there is no character developement in sight. I really wanted to like this set of books but there was just nothing in the story that was interesting or original.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet: King Raven Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stephen R Lawhead
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (164)

    After losing everything he owns, forester Will Scarlet embarks on a search for none other than King Raven, whose exploits have already become legendary. After fulfilling his quest - and proving himself a skilled and loyal companion - Will joins the heroic archer and his men.

    Teresa says: "Amazing Performance"
    "The best of this trilogy..."
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    This was the best of this trilogy...which actually isn't saying much. But I enjoyed the world through the eyes of Will Scarlet as he waits to hang and tells his tale. I just wish the author had spent more time on Will Scarlet's present than the constant flashbacks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1306)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1168)

    Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

    Amanda says: "Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging..."
    "A great story"
    Overall
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    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator does a wonderful job giving the characters emotions and inflections. I am so glad to see that she continues narrating this series.


    Any additional comments?

    A great beginning to a series. It has some interesting twists and turns, a clearly the beginning of a larger story. I finished the first one and immediately wanted to move on to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hood: King Raven Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (313)

    For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting. Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him, for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets.

    RJT says: "Extremely well done ... mostly."
    "Not bad but not great"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen R. Lawhead and/or Adam Verner?

    Stephen Lawhead maybe, Adam Verner definitly


    What does Adam Verner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Verner does an excellent job making the characters interesting and handling the Welsh names.


    Any additional comments?

    Hood was an interesting take on a classic story. But it did tend to drag and make you wonder were it was going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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