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  • Trade Secret: Liaden Universe Books of Before, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a universe full of interstellar intrigue and burgeoning commerce novice Terran trader Jethri Gobelyn, adopted by a Liaden clan after an ill-directed bow of honor insulted the scion of a major Liaden house, is alive and whole to tell the tale. Convinced that the adoption has saved his life and made his future he settles into a comfortable and even elite routine, a Trader's Ring his goal.

    Charlie Russel says: "The Further Adventures of Jethri Gobelyn"
    What would have made Trade Secret better?

    I have liked and enjoyed many of the previous books in this series. Normally they are action-packed, character driven, great books with a wonderful dry humor running through them. This one however, drags to an unbearable level. The authors kept going off into detailed tangents that made no sense or had no purpose. I'm half way though this book and can barely force myself to try to finish it. I will only because it may affect the overall story arc.

    What could Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It is like this book is a series of unrelated scenes that should be related to one another but you can't clear away all the trivia to understand what the point is. It starts with the main character reading an incredibly boring book while thinking about the salient points in the authors' previous book about this character. Then his mother tells him he has to have sex for the first time and he complies. Then he is riding around in a scout's spaceship on a matter of honor because the scout lost a notebook. In the background the "enemy" is having sex and compiling complaints against people who have wronged him. Meanwhile he learns some things about his deceased father and that the woman he grew up thinking as his mother who was really horrible to him. After more than 7 hours you expect a bit more from a book.

    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to this actor's performance before. Maybe it was the lackluster matter that made this so hard to listen to.

    What character would you cut from Trade Secret?


    Any additional comments?

    I normally love to read these authors' books, but this one missed the mark. I read the other reviews with a bit of disbelief wondering if we are reading the same book. Maybe the 2nd half of the book will be so good I will have to edit this review...but I am not holding my breath.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

    ShySusan says: "Perfect antidote for vampire & zombie overdoses"
    "Great wholesome family fun"
    What did you love best about A Modern Witch?

    There is a delightful sense of fun and humor running through this book.

    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a story about love. Love of self, friends, family, community and world. An adorable mischievous 4 year old and the way things are bound together. Delightful.

    What about Martha Harmon Pardee’s performance did you like?

    She has an elderly Irish witch with just the perfect accent.

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

    I listen to the entire book in less than 24 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shield of Winter: Psy-Changeling, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he's done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch-if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake....

    Amazon Customer says: "Loved every minute"
    "Poor quality of recording and Narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As always this is a good addition to the series.

    What other book might you compare Shield of Winter to and why?


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator ended each sentence by emphasizing the last word, starting low going high and back to low. Then she would pause. Also the esp. towards the end of the book, the volume would increase, decrease or sound as if it were in a tunnel before reverting back to normal. Very distracting.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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