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Alesicia

HOUSTON, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Undead and Unpopular: Queen Betsy, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (306)

    A very modern vampire, Betsy Taylor is facing some formidible challenges. She is getting ready to negotiate her way through a highly political meeting with powerful European vampires. She just found out her best friend, Jessica, may have a fatal illness. And her fiance, Eric, continues to evade every wedding plan. What to do? Put on high heels, hug her friend, and splash on something special for Eric, of course.

    Alesicia says: "What happened????"
    "What happened????"
    Overall

    I'm still trying to figure out what happened with this book. The narrator (all though the same person) read this book at a snails pass and paused for what seemed like 30 seconds at the end of each statement. I also felt like I was missing information in this book...Like who is this werewolf chick and when did the fiend become super normal. I've listen to the other four unabridged books and still can't find any mention of this women...This book makes me not want to listen to the other four books...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Heart: Bloodlines, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer, Alden Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (518)

    Sydney Sage is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. In the Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her...But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once.

    Debbie Pharr says: "Turned it on...Turned it off :'("
    "WHERE IS EMILY SHAFFER... a Preliminary Review"
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    What didn’t you like about Emily Shaffer’s performance?

    Well it was kind of hard to judge her given that she was NOT THE FREAKING NARRATOR!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I just started the book today (only into chapter one)...Who is this guy narrating the book. He has absolutely NO inflection, accent, or noticeable different character voices. He literally changed Adrian's character within the first 5 minutes of reading the dialog. Adrian is no longer the Playboy drunk with a heart of gold...he just this normally love sick guy...can you say boring. Also, I feel like I'm starting in the middle of a story already in progress. WHERE IS EMILY SHAFFER? I will write an update to my review once I finish the book. I only wrote this to see if anyone else out there is just as confused.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Zoe's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (833)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (608)

    "I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player in a interstellar chess match to save humanity. Seventeen years old. Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope."

    David says: "A fun listen, and some new information, but..."
    "Should have been a Novella"
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    Any additional comments?

    Okay don’t get me wrong I REALLY enjoy John Scalzi’s writing. I mean I literally laughed out loud at Agent to the Stars, Fuzzy Nation, and Redshirts so when I saw the Old Man’s War series I thought I would give it a try…and I haven’t been disappointed thus far. HOWEVER, I think this book should have been a Novella (3.5) instead of an entirely new book in the series. This is the same story as The Last Colony so if you’ve read The Last Colony you can honestly skip this book. I do understand it is from the view point of Zoe who is your typical 15 year old teenage girl but oh how she can work your nerve. Let me try and better explain myself. I’m the kind of “reader” who listens to all sorts of things… from Mark Tufo, Jonathan Maberry, Kevin Hearne, Christopher Moore, Molly Harper, Gina Damico, Jeaniene Frost, Kelley Armstrong, Rhys Bowne and the list goes on and on. I say this only to show that I like a variety of different types of books a lot of which are YA books. Normally I can put up with some of the teenage angst but Zoe was even too much for me at times. Zoe demands to know EVERYTHING ALL THE FREAKING TIME… which FYI gets a bit annoying. I mean she isn’t this genetically altered human with special powers or even a Genus; she is your average 15 year old teenage girl who just so happens to have a Father that helped out an Alien race. To be perfectly honest this book paints Zoe in a much different light then I had preserved from The Last Colony. I thought of her as being an intelligent, witty, grounded and mature teenage; come to find out she wasn’t really that mature and some of that wit was her just being mean. If you can get passed the mood swings, the all knowing knowledge of a 15 year old mind, and the erratic (at times) and stupid behavior then you will probably enjoy this book. Don’t get me wrong the book is not terrible but it could’ve stood to be a little shorter.

    *Note* I did read the other reviews before purchasing this book (some of which told me it was the same story as The Last Colony) but I purchased it anyways because I hate to skip books in a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11122)
    Performance
    (10210)
    Story
    (10266)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "AMAZING...but be prepared to cry"
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    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Heart Wrenchingly Beautiful


    What did you like best about this story?

    That even among all the pain and sadness they still found the fun, joy, and beauty in life. I really enjoyed the fact that I laughed as much as I cried


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

    I have never listened to this narrator before but I really enjoyed her. She made the characters real for me. The author created the world and the characters but Kate Rudd gave them life.


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

    I listen to my audiobooks Monday-Friday while I'm at work. My days normally pass fairly fast but they seem to zoom by while listening to this book. I was tempted to take it home so that I could finish listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I heard about this book in a magazine I read so I was curious to see what the fuss was all about. I read the summary and the reviews and knew that this would be a very sad book so I put it on my wish list and found a more light hearted book to listen to. This book sat in my wish list for months; I don't like the thought of children dying without even getting a chance to live. I finally couldn't wait any longer and purchased the book. Right out the gate I was laughing; the fact that she said she would have to outlive four of these bast**** took the cake. However, the last 1 1/2 of the book took me about 6 hours to listen to it; it became too overwhelming and I had to continuously pause it to compose myself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (1115)
    Story
    (1105)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "Amanda Ronconi is the best Narrator..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Ummm...yeah....I would make the book not so predictable. I mean I can see it coming...it is so obvious to everyone except her. I mean you can't help but love the Heroine but you can see how stupid some of her decisions are before she makes them. She eventually puts it together but you want to pull your hair out while you wait on her to do so.


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

    Amanda Ronconi makes the book. Half way through the book you'll be able to tell who the Villain is and who the good guys are. I like the direction the write was going but she made it way to easy to figure out; she needs to develop her story more. You will start to get annoyed with the Heroine simply because she refuses to put two and two together when it is staring her in the face.


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

    I absolutely love Amanda Ronconi; that is the only reason I bought the book. She can make a Good book Great and a bad book good. I would give this book a 3.5 simply because the writer makes the middle too predictable and the Heroine to weak at times.


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

    Yes, only if you change the middle of the book. If not this will be your typical scary movie where you are yelling at the screen telling the dumb girl the killer is behind her.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Living with the Dead: Women of the Otherworld, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (199)

    Robyn Peltier moved to Los Angeles after her young husband's sudden death. Though she's still grieving, the challenges of her new life as the PR consultant to Portia Kane - the world's most famous celebutante wannabe - can sometimes be amusing, even distracting. But when her client is gunned down in a nightclub, Robyn is suddenly on the run as the prime suspect in the murder. And as more bodies pile up around her, it seems like only Hope Adams, Robyn's best friend, and Hope's somewhat spooky boyfriend Karl are on Robyn's side. But it's not the police Hope is worried about, and the only way Hope can keep her friend alive is by letting her enter a world she's safer knowing nothing about.

    Jonathan says: "Great Story brought down by terrible naration"
    "Another Great Book...But the Narrator"
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    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't understand how the narrator got


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the story, however I was very use to everyone in the story having some type of power and it was just a little disappointing that Robyn is just human.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coyote Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By James Jenner
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (308)

    With New York Times best-sellers like Bloodsucking Fiends to his credit, Christopher Moore has developed a devoted cult following. Coyote Blue introduces Samuel Hunter, a young man who's running from his past while being tormented by an ancient Crow God with a talent for mischief.

    Mari says: "You Can't Go Wrong with Moore"
    "Could have done without it..."
    Overall

    Let me first just start off by saying that I absolutely LOVED Bloodsucking Fiends, YouSuck, and Bite Me but this worry was weird and all over the place. It took too long to get to the plot and the point of the story. That'll teach me for buying a book just because it's on sale...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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