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Anita St George

San Diego, CA USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 23 reviews
  • 75 ratings
  • 247 titles in library
  • 53 purchased in 2014
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  • Feast of Souls: Magister Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (386)

    C.S. Friedman, acclaimed author of The Coldfire Trilogy, returns to the epic style which has made her one of the most popular fantasy writers in the genre. In this first book of the trilogy, Friedman introduces listeners to a world of high fantasy, replete with vampire-like magical powers, erotic interludes, treachery, war, sorcery, and a draconic creature of horrific power and evil that will have listeners eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series.

    Stefan says: "The Price of Power - Would You Pay It??"
    "14 hours of boredom, last four hours interesting"
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    The premise is interesting, but for the first 2/3 of the book, you don't really care that much about the characters, and the plot is not interesting. Sure, there are characters you like (the prince, the queen, and the anti-heroine), but you don't care that deeply about them. And there aren't any villains that you care much about. Worst of all, the plot isn't interesting or captivating.

    Basically, an interesting premise, with ok writing, but boring characters and a boring plot.

    Now, the last four hours of the book are enjoyable. So if you don't mind plodding through 14 hours of boredom, to get to a good ending, than maybe this book is for you. If I had not been on a 22 hour drive when I started this book on my iPod, I would not have finished it.

    I will not continue with the series.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1776)
    Performance
    (1293)
    Story
    (1310)

    Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

    Gwen says: "Poeticly Written"
    "So much potential, so much disappointment"
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    I love the premise of the trilogy, and Robin Hobb does a very good job of character development and general storytelling. But the pain and suffering that main characters go through, and the terrible decisions they make, ruins this book. After reading reviews of the third book in the trilogy, I decided not to read it. Great performance by Paul Boehmer.

    I guess if you like dark books where there is mostly pain and loss and crappy things happening, with no end in sight, this will be a great book for you.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (581)

    Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Maybe The Best Mystery Novelist Anywhere"
    "A True 5 Star book"
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    I've read all of Jo Nesbo's book, and I generally view him as a solid "4 star" author. This is his best work; great characters, great plot. Edge of your seat, the "pages" fly by. Highly recommend; I don't give many 5 star ratings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Norwegian by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Derek B. Miller
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (100)

    Sheldon Horowitz - 82 years old, impatient, and unreasonable - is staying with his granddaughter's family in Norway when he disappears with a stranger's child. Sheldon is an ex-Marine, and he feels responsible for his son's death in Vietnam. Recently widowed and bereft, he talks to the ghosts of his past constantly. To Norway's cops, Sheldon is just an old man who is coming undone at the end of a long and hard life. But Sheldon is clear in his own mind.

    Sara says: "Don't Miss This Amazing Book"
    "Very solid book"
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    I really enjoyed this book. Good characters, good story. Very good storytelling, with believable plot and believable action.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (6835)
    Performance
    (4780)
    Story
    (4763)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Decent read"
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    The narration was too slow. Each. Word. Often. Spoken. With. Great. Precision. The story was decent and entertaining, though the character development could have been a little better.

    I didn't plan on reading further into the series, but at the end of the book was the first two chapters of the second book in the series, and it started very well. Different narrator, and he sounded very good, and an interesting start to the book, so I'm going to give Jack Reacher another try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2515)
    Performance
    (1822)
    Story
    (1850)

    With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

    Jake says: "Great book"
    "So much potential, but so disappointing"
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    Hobb's writing is very good, the characters are well developed and interesting, and the premise of the plot is very good. Boehmer does a great job narrating.

    But it is just PAINFUL, the terrible decisions that are made by the protagonists of the story. You like and care about Fitz, but it is just painful as he lurches from one bad decision to another. And often he gets terrible advice from his mentors.

    Thank you to the reviewers of Book 3 who made it clear that Book 3 is more of the same, so I could save myself the pain of slogging through it. The first book was pretty good, I'd recommend stopping there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4147)
    Performance
    (3133)
    Story
    (3107)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Jason Spencer says: "Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner""
    "An ok read, but lots of disappointments"
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    The Gray Man is this super awesome guy - I'm good with that. He's portrayed as very well trained, and very good at what he does. But how does he get through the book alive (sorry for the spoiler, but I assume since this is Book 1 in "The Gray Man Series," one would figure he'll live through it)? He lives through it by getting lucky, time and time again. It gets tiring reading about how he just barely misses getting killed, and makes dumb decisions. Based on the main characters actions, he really isn't well trained or good at what he does, but rather he is dumb, honest, very stubborn, and very lucky. A mostly entertaining book, but if Greaney would have the character rely just a little more on skill, and a little less on luck and dogged determination, it would be much more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2771)
    Performance
    (2249)
    Story
    (2250)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "Very disappointing"
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    This series feels like it could be so good, but it just misses. The dialogue between characters - particularly between good guy and bad guy, or during or just before battle - is terrible.

    Also, the Gray Man makes certain decisions that just make no sense - one such decision caused me to actually stopped reading with about an hour left of this book, which I NEVER do. It was so ridiculous, that about only an hour to do go, I just gave up on the book completely.

    For books that are similar but actually work and make sense, read the Mitch Rapp series. I was hoping this would be another series I could get into, but I'm done with it after 1.9 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Act of Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3026)
    Performance
    (1519)
    Story
    (1513)

    It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice-president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national-security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose.

    Stevon says: "My first Flynn"
    "Absolutely fantastic"
    Overall
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    Along with the "Consent to Kill," Vince Flynn raised raised the bar with "Act of Treason." I've enjoyed all of the Mitch Rapp series, but "Consent to Kill" was the best, with "Act of Treason" a close second.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Consent to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3805)
    Performance
    (1810)
    Story
    (1822)

    For years, Mitch Rapp's bold actions have saved the lives of countless Americans. His battles for peace and freedom have made him a hero to many, and an enemy to countless more. In the tangled, duplicitous world of espionage, there are those, even among America's allies, who want to see Mitch Rapp eliminated. They have decided the time has come.

    Timothy says: "One of the Best Stories I've Ever Heard"
    "The best Mitch Rapp book yet!"
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    I've enjoyed the Mitch Rapp series, each prior book was good and enjoyable. This one, though, really took off, and I couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (358)

    Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect.

    Old Hippy says: "Glad I read the all the other Nesbo books first"
    "Pretty good start to the series"
    Overall
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    I had already read Books 3 - 10, which were generally better than The Bat. But, this is a good introduction to Harry Hole. Not great, but some of the later books are great, and this is an enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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