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Texas | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 63 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014

  • The Bloodletter's Daughter: A Novel of Old Bohemia

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Linda Lafferty
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1606, the grand city of Prague hides an ugly secret: the emperor’s bastard son, Don Julius, is afflicted with a madness that pushes the prince to unspeakable depravity. Banished to a remote corner of Bohemia, Don Julius comes under the care of a bloodletter who works to purge the vicious humors coursing through the young royal’s veins. When the prince meets the bloodletter’s daughter Marketa, his madness sparks a frenzied - and dangerous - obsession.

    Think about this says: "Compels you to look up it's history"
    "Not for the lighthearted"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, some of the characters seem to have psychic abilities and there is a hint of a supernatural story line. I would expand on these areas more.

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

    I thought it ended as it should. I made the mistake of getting curious about the real life events in the story and read about them half way through the book. It totally ruined the second half of the book for me. Read the story and then if you are curious read the history afterwards-it's not exactly the same anyway.

    How could the performance have been better?

    There are some editing problems with the narration and some of the voices seem off. Having said that, these items do not significantly impair the story.

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


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a brooding romance where a misunderstood prince is rescued by the love of a coy maiden this is not your story. The historical backdrop is fascinating but there are some very sad and shocking parts to this story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

    yasmine32068 says: "Once again this should have disclaimers"
    "Romantic comedy with a supernatural twist"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but I did enjoy the audio version.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ophelia, local vampire council leader. She's not the vampire you were expecting and I wanted to know more about her.

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

    I am listening to The "Undead in my Bed" sublet now, it is very similar and has many of the same characters. I see a trend-strong independent woman falls for a vampire who somehow needs her help.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the part when vampire Cal is grilling teenage Gigi's date. Also, there is a steamy scene when Iris and Cal find themselves in danger.

    Any additional comments?

    This story reminds me of True Blood (based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels) but funnier and with less brooding. One thing I must say-this southern gal has to call BS on some of these characters but I think that may be how the narrator voices them. I looked it up- she's from New York.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Intriguing listen"
    What did you love best about The Sociopath Next Door?

    If you've ever been at a loss as to why someone did something so unimaginable, read this book. It's like being a fly on the wall in the mind of a sociopath. The author provides thought provoking examples to help you understand how the mind works and before you know it you are learning new things about yourself and those around you.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sociopath Next Door?

    When the the victim of a sociopath who is a family member asks the psychiatrist "What am I going to do?" The psychiatrist leans forward and says "You are going to protect yourself, that's what."

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


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When the soul sleeps

    Any additional comments?

    A good read, but it is obvious that the author favors liberal role models and ideals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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