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B. Newsom

I love books. hate reviewing books because I hate reiterating what many other's have said. I hate spoiling a review.

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  • Thieves' Quarry: Thieftaker Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By D. B. Jackson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    Ethan Kaille isn't the likeliest hero. A former sailor with a troubled past, Ethan is a thieftaker, using conjuring skills to hunt down those who steal from the good citizens of Boston. And while chasing down miscreants in 1768 makes his life a perilous one, the simmering political tensions between loyalists like himself and rabble-rousing revolutionaries like Samuel Adams and others of his ilk are perhaps even more dangerous to his health.

    B. Newsom says: "Returning to the streets of Olde Towne"
    "Returning to the streets of Olde Towne"
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    If you could sum up Thieves' Quarry in three words, what would they be?

    Historical magical PI


    What did you like best about this story?

    He is more committed to his lady. He is growing more aware of the things he could do and should not do. He is learning that mouthing the "right" words will not keep him out of the fray. He is growing into the the perils of the city instead of skimming over them.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    He has become the Theiftaker in my ears.


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

    When he hauls Canice upstairs in front of her clientele to talk to her and gets cheered because they all think he is being amorous. He blushes so nicely. And Canice takes it with amusement.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly dislike his sister.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Sorrow: The Chronicles of Elantra, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (388)

    The Barrani would be happy to see her die. So Kaylin Neya is a bit surprised by her safe arrival in the West March. Especially when enemies new and old surround her and those she would call friends are equally dangerous... And then the real trouble starts. Kaylin's assignment is to be a "harmoniste" - one who helps tell the truth behind a Barrani Recitation. But in a land where words are more effective than weapons, Kaylin's duties are deadly.

    Charlie Russel says: "A series that's gone on too long"
    "Kaylin heals the Green"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cast in Sorrow the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the servants assigned to help Kaylin. I enjoyed meeting the Lord of the Green again. I enjoyed the "little Dragon's" adventures.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cast in Sorrow?

    When she lead the Lord of the Green to the rot in the Heart of the Green


    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her slue of voices. her drama and narration.


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

    did and did


    Any additional comments?

    Just buy them all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (497)

    It has been a busy few weeks for Private Kaylin Neva. In between angling for a promotion, sharing her room with the last living female Dragon, and dealing with more refugees than anyone knew what to do with, the unusual egg she'd been given began to hatch. Actually, that turned out to be lucky, because it absorbed the energy from the bomb that went off in her quarters. So now might be the perfect time to leave Elantra and journey to the West March with the Barrani. If not for the disappearances of citizens in the fief of Tiamaris - disappearances traced to the very Barrani Kaylin is about to be traveling with....

    Amazon Customer says: "Loved it"
    "Kaylin travels with Teela and Severn"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Have and will again. the series is wonderful. involving and evolving.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marcus was only in the beginning. Drat. But Teela is quite funny when she isn't angry.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    I love her performances of the Cast In books. Her continued dramatic performance of Teela is rich and evocative.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    buy them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Ruin: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (526)

    Seven corpses are discovered in the streets of a Dragon’s fief. All identical, down to their clothing. Kaylin Neya is assigned to discover who they were, who killed them - and why. Is the evil lurking at the borders of Elantra preparing to cross over? At least the investigation delays her meeting with the Dragon Emperor. And as the shadows grow longer over the fiefs, Kaylin must use every skill she’s ever learned to save the people she’s sworn to protect. Sword in hand, dragons in the sky, this time there’s no retreat....

    Nina says: "Home Run!"
    "Kaylin... - oh just read it!"
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    Where does Cast in Ruin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this series is one of my favorites. I have listened to the whole series multiple times. I have re-read it even more times. I will do so again before the next book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marcus, Sanabalis, Archon, Tiamaris, Severn, Nightshade, ... oh, everyone.


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    Marcus, As I Keep Repeating.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I do in every one of this series' books


    Any additional comments?

    Buy them, you won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Chaos: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (513)

    Kaylin Neya is a Hawk, part of the elite force tasked with keeping the City of Elantra safe. Her past is dark, her magic uncontrolled and her allies unpredictable. And nothing has prepared her for what is coming, when the charlatans on Elani Street suddenly grow powerful, the Oracles are thrown into an uproar and the skies rain blood.

    Ali says: "Amazing Book Cant wait for the next one"
    "Kaylin continues doing what she does best"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have done so many times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kaylin stands up for what she believes in.


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

    I have all of the Cast In series. I love them.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    both at different times, as always.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series. I heartily recommend it to everyone. It is unlike anything else in my 2000+ library. It is unique- serious, funny, scary, mysterious, and intriguing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Silence: The Chronicles of Elantra, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (536)

    A member of the elite Hawk force that protects the City of Elantra, Kaylin Neya has sacrificed much to earn the respect of the winged Aerians and immortal Barrani she works alongside. But the mean streets she escaped as a child aren't the ones she's vowed to give her life guarding. Those were much darker....

    Nina says: "Never disappoint!"
    "Kaylin Walks the long road"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cast in Silence the most enjoyable?

    Khristine Hvam's voices. Over the course of the series, her's has become the voices I hear even when turning the pages of the books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is a close race between Marcus, Evanton, and the Archon. What can I say? I love the difficult ones.

    But Clint has a special place in my heart. He teases, he indulges, he cares. I wish he had a much bigger role, but then he would be hurt or stressed or in danger. He is sweet. so I want him to remain Kaylin's good friend with the Wonderful Voice and the silky soft feathers that he knows she is going to touch because she just HAS to.


    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    having read the books first, I know that her acting (dramatization), subtle though it is, is the shining star that made me hoard away each book as soon as it becomes available for purchase. I listen to the stories repeatedly ( my favorites are also favorite re-reads/re-listens).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just total absorption. I didn't want to go to work and interrupt the story. I wanted to hurry home and continue the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Secret: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (596)

    Still avoiding magic whenever possible, Private Kaylin Neya relished investigating a run-of-the-mill theft. Until she found out the mysterious stolen box had been taken from Elani Street, where the mages and charlatans mingled, and it was sometimes hard to tell the difference between the two. And since the box was ancient, without a keyhole, and held tremendous darkness inside, Kaylin knew unknown forces were again playing with her destiny....and her life.

    Ronnie says: "I couldnt stop listening !"
    "Kaylin Enters the Tha'lani Quarter"
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    What did you love best about Cast in Secret?

    We got to explore the Tha'lani people. We get to know the Keeper much better- he is such a mysterious figure that has defined and refined Kaylin. We get to see more of Sanabalis. Kaylin is in her element. Investigating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love them all. Kaylin is the main character but far from my only favorite in this series. I love the wild uniqueness of each supporting character. I love to hate Nightshade. I love Marcus' rough and tumble love for his adopted kitling. I love Teela (and Tain's) indulgent smugness and love for their little human mascot. I love Sanabalis' inegmatic mentorship of his stubborn student. I love the Hawklord- he is beyond words. I love Clint's love of Kaylin as a true friend and almost little sister. I love Tiamaris' youthful (for an immortal Dragon) enthusiasm and strangely open-mindedness (for an immortal Dragon). I love the crotchety Archon. I love Severn.


    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Marcus' accent. I never "heard" him as clearly when reading- until I listened to Her Marcus. NOW I hear that Carribean accent even when reading- I love it. I know, Lions don't live in the Carribean. But it fits!! Having lived there, I can just hear that slang-y British drawl coming out of Marcus' mouth.


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

    When she had to take responsibility for the Dragon to enter the Garden.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Courtlight: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (807)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (728)

    In Elantra, a job well done is rewarded with a more dangerous task. So after defeating a dark evil, Kaylin Neya goes before the Barrani High Court, where a misspoken word brings sure death. Kaylin's never been known for her grace or manners, but the High Lord's heir is suspiciously ill, and Kaylin's healing magic is the only shot at saving him - if she can dodge the traps laid for her.

    Jessica says: "I love this series!"
    "Kaylin goes to High Court"
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    What did you love best about Cast in Courtlight?

    Gaining a much better understanding of just how little we know of the Baroni. And getting to know Kaylin and Teela better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cast in Courtlight?

    When she gets to meet the Lord of the Green for the first time inside his soul. I really like him.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    I love how she treats all of her characters. she makes them all individual.


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

    I dislike this question. I wish someone would make this series into a series of movies like Harry Potter. I can just SEE the man who would be Sanabalis. Or even better--The Archon! but while I can just Hear a young James Earl Jones growling Marcus' lines, he is too dignified to act the part. So I am still trying to find the "right" personality AND voice for Marcus. Not to mention Nightshade.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1436)
    Performance
    (1272)
    Story
    (1270)

    Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

    Amanda says: "Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging..."
    "One of my favorite Stories"
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    Where does Cast in Shadow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of my favorite series'. I don't actually consider it a single book-- the story continues and builds with each new book. I have them all and re-read them about every quarter waiting for the next book (paper, audio interchangeable). The story is wonderfully detailed- it has to be it is a world unlike any other. The Emperor is an immortal Dragon. Her immediate boss is a Leontine (a vaguely humanoid lion). Her highest ranking boss is an Arian (winged humanoid but not angelic). Her best friend/mentor is an immortal Baroni (Elf- tall beautiful perfect). It all works perfectly.


    What other book might you compare Cast in Shadow to and why?

    I really can't compare it to any other books. I have read about fantastical police in other worlds before, but I can't really compare them to Cast. It is unique- mainly because Kaylin is unique. She is very opinionated and yet she is not extremely knowledgeable because she is a new citizen in this society. She is bigoted and yet she is open to learning and discarding those bigoted ideals when given the opportunity to met good "people". She is scathing and abrupt, but she makes time and takes care with the fragile. She is a contradiction by definition and brash about it. But she is lovable and loves her "people" that surround her for the very fascinating differences they hold.


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

    No, but I have listened to these alot. Her rendition of Marcus is wonderful. And later of Sanabalis, too.


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

    Yes, at least three times.


    Any additional comments?

    The caharacters become real and grow and mature and surprise you and disappoint you and thrill you and anger you and make you laugh and make you want to cry. Despite very few of them being human and having very few human responses-- they all become "human" to you in a very short time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thieftaker: Thieftaker Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By D. B. Jackson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (244)

    Boston, 1765: In D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker, revolution is brewing as the British Crown imposes increasingly onerous taxes on the colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. But for Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker who makes his living by conjuring spells that help him solve crimes, politics is for others…until he is asked to recover a necklace worn by the murdered daughter of a prominent family.

    Alison says: "I wanted to like it more..."
    "An interesting walk through Historical Boston"
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    Where does Thieftaker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It doesn't. It is a severe departure from the audio I usually purchase. It is True Historical/Fantasy/alternate timeline/murder mystery/fantasy forensics. I am usually a stright-forward fantasy or urban fantasy reader. I have dabbled in True Historical Alternate Timeline or True Historical Murder Mystery before: Laura Joh Rowland and Ariana Franklin to name two. In paper. The exotic flavor comes from the highly detailed world they described and though the murder mystery is the reason for the narration, it is almost incidental to the rich fabric of the place and people and doings described. Theiftaker is all that and a little magic thrown in too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The highly descriptive world tapestry.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    His voice "fit" our beleaguered hero very well.


    If you could rename Thieftaker, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't. The name fits perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    I do enjoy the struggles he goes through, but he has a huge target on his back.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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