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Honey Hutson

Virginia | Member Since 2012

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  • 11 reviews
  • 39 ratings
  • 87 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Shadow Game: GhostWalkers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (794)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (546)

    A man and woman possessed of telekinetic powers. She is the doctor. He is the experiment. What comes between them is a terrifying secret history that could save them or destroy them.

    Jane says: "Not enough happening."
    "Great audiobook, for both sexes"
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    Would you listen to Shadow Game again? Why?

    This was a really good book and the first book of it's kind that I think would strongly appeal to both sexes. A lot of it is from the main male characters viewpoint. He's a soldier, special operations in a leadership position and as a former military wife I can say she was dead on with his characteristics and personality. Reminded me a lot of some folks I know. I think a man would like this book just as much as the ladies. A nice balance between story, character and animal attraction (and of course the results of that - it is Feehan after all). I'd certainly recommend the book or audiobook.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Strong characters, not a damsiel in distress type of thing, she is as much rescuing him as he ever rescues her.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

    Ryland - definitely. He oozed right out of the head phones and into my fantasies!


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

    His emotions conflicting with his need to be all male.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well done from all sides. Particularly like that this book would be as enjoyable for the guys as the gals. I haven't seen another of this kind like that.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Foot in the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3980)
    Performance
    (2852)
    Story
    (2864)

    You can run from the grave, but you can't hide. Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She's still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her. But when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

    melrailey says: "Makes for a Short Commute"
    "Good Book, great performance"
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    Where does One Foot in the Grave rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is one of my two top favorite Audiobook series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bones, he's determined, hardheaded and smart. He doesn't beg at her feet, but baits her into telling him what she wants and he doesn't want anything that she doesn't, even for himself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The surprise one I can't tell you about because it would be a spoiler. Anyone who listens will know when they get to it!


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

    Yes!!


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book. It lost a star for the story because it started leaning toward common Vampire genre fantastic things at one point. Hopefully that trend won't continue in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Game: Ghost Walkers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (345)

    Possessed of an extraordinary telekinetic gift - she can make objects burst into flames - Dahlia Le Blanc has spent her life isolated from other people. But just when she thinks she's finally achieved some peace, her world comes crashing down. For a reason she cannot guess, she has become the target of deadly assassins. Suddenly, no place is safe - not even the secret refuge she established long ago. Now she must rely on Nicolas Trevane, a dangerous warrior sent to track her down and protect her.

    Jean says: "Baahaaady"
    "Fantastic"
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    Where does Mind Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Ghost Walkers series ranks among my top two highest book series and audio book experiences. I am so hooked I am buying them ahead of my points in quick succession. I'm not too happy at the higher price over other books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very well written on characterization. Real people, real reactions, no unrealistic swooning on either characters part. Caution and fear, insecurity, the whole gamut.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

    Nicolas Trevane


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

    Nicolas Trevane has finally met, the only woman to take his heart and a one of a kind match when the dark and dangerous Dahlia La Blanc walks out of the bayou and straight into chaos.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book, so far I'm loving this series. Looking forward to the rest of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Tall Grass

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (388)

    In the Tall Grass begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they've lost one another. The boy's cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King and Joe Hill can deliver.

    Gabe says: "Absolutly disgusting. Emotion provoking. Brilliant"
    "Ehh... so so"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I had an overall distaste for this story. The characters went against human nature and there was some very distasteful content. I suspect that was part of the point, but I didn't find it so much disturbing as just a little pointless.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King and Joe Hill ’s story?

    I don't give spoilers, but there was content that I think was meant to be disturbing, but was more just pointless.


    Do you think In the Tall Grass needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, never. Glad it wasn't a novel, I wouldn't have gotten far.


    Any additional comments?

    I am usually a fan of Steven King, but this one I really felt I wasted my time on. It was a bit of a shock, because I don't think I've ever said that about the books I've read or listened to. The performance was fine, it was the material.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5505)
    Performance
    (3824)
    Story
    (3844)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "Loved this Audiobook"
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    If you could sum up Halfway to the Grave in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, intriguing, electric


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Bones - the reader did a very good job of performing these characters


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

    Yes, I didn't want to be disturbed or have to pause it for anything.


    Any additional comments?

    This was well performed, well written, good strong characters and a realistic ending instead of the "happily ever after" we get all too often with tidy, unrealistic end results.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2820)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1183)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Slow, burried storyline"
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    Would you try another book from Elizabeth Kostova and/or the narrators?

    The writer would have to do a lot to earn back my trust. The narrators did a good job.


    Has The Historian turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Good narration, good rythm and sound.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    This book probably had a good story buried in there somewhere. I caught glimpses of it. It had beautiful prose and language. But the story was so deeply buried underneath the facts, description and a ton of unnecessary material that I gave up finding it at about halfway through. Much further than I'd normally give something to get to the point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Witch Walking

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3107)
    Performance
    (2184)
    Story
    (2187)

    Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

    Patti says: "wildly entertaining"
    "Enjoyment"
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    If you could sum up Dead Witch Walking in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, moving, energetic


    What did you like best about this story?

    The realistic nature of their lives. Struggling to make ends meet, working hard to make their way in the world.


    Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

    Ivy


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun, fast moving read. Good description, characterization, performance. It has a lot of energy and well worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9959)
    Performance
    (7433)
    Story
    (7473)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Descent read"
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    What did you love best about A Discovery of Witches?

    The learned tolerance of the different species.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It was an interestingly woven story, but it took forever to get going. It was slow, nice dialogue, good sound and prose, but the rythm lacked heavily in the first 1/3 of the book. It picked up, but I almost didn't get there. Once I did it was worth it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he introduces her to his family home in France.


    Any additional comments?

    Okay book, the slow start pulled down it's rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Prince: Author's Cut Special Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (496)

    A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps to catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks for a vacation far from home. Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. From the moment they meet, Raven and Mikhail are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them.

    julie says: "Utterly Supurb!!!"
    "Great Story/performance"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dark Prince the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the rich description in this story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    MiHail is well written, very male and character and personality fits with his time period.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to pick from.


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

    Yes, in fact I cheated a lot listening in places I don't normally.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good book, strong characters and setting. I felt Raven was a little too "damsiel in distress" at times, but overall the story is good enough to absorb that weakness. I could see, feel, smell the entire story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11 Short Stories from '31 Horrifying Tales from the Dead'

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Drac Von Stoller
    • Narrated By Michael Adashefski
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Sit back, turn the lights down low, and get ready for the scare of your life. Immerse yourself into some of the best horrifying short stories ever told. 11 Short Stories from '31 Horrifying Tales from the Dead' includes "Knock Three Times on my Grave", "Worley Manor", "The Premature Burial Grounds", "The Castle of Black Shadows", "The House of Death", "Rise of the Zombies", "Campfire Tales", "Captain Bloody Bones", "Curse of the Evil Fairies Fort", "The Graden of the Dead", and "The Inheritance".

    Avid Reader says: "Sad"
    "Sad"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There is nothing that wouldn't have made it better. The stories were immature and amateur in writing and composition. The performance made me feel like I was being talked down to and was questioning my intelligence. Overall I felt like it was an immense waste of time I could have spent on another book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Drac Von Stoller again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Adashefski’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from 11 Short Stories from '31 Horrifying Tales from the Dead'?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    So much could have been done differently, but the very first consideration is always your audience and any audience that is addressed like this is going to walk away. Cheesy on so many levels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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