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Captain Skurvy

I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print

Queensland, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (555)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "Epic Fantasy"
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    I read the first L. E. Modesitt's Recluse series when it first came out in the early 1990's since then15 additional titles have been added to the series.

    If you enjoy Epic Fantasy over many long novels, then this series is for you (this novel alone is over 19 hours long).

    The book is Narrated by Kirby Heyborne who does an excellent job of trying to read an difficult novel. Anyone who has listened to Lynsay Sands Argeneau vampire series will be recognise his name.

    The audio issue is that the book has many written "sound effects" which when read one can partially ignore, but the narrator cannot do this in an unabbridged version. Although Kirby does a reasonable job with the "sound effects" they tend to destroy the flow a bit in the Audio version. The ideal audio version should have actual sound effects, but that would have mad it too costly to produce.

    L. E. Modesitt's world and character building is excellent. The main character wears on you a bit as he seems fixed in his "eveything is boring" mode and his need to be spoon fed information at least at first . . . but slowly he learns and grows.

    Even with the comments above i would highly recommend this book and the Recluse series.

    I gave Kirby Heyborne's perforce 5 because i did not feel it was fair to lower his score because of the authors tendency to throw in sound effects every where eg clop, clop clop for horses. If i remember correctly sound effects were in italics in the printed version.

    In the book the White (Chaos) wizards are the "bad guys" and the Island of Recluce is the home of the Black (Order) wizards. Anyone on Recluce that does not embrace Order is exiled or give a chance to learn to embrace Order by receiving a little training and then going on a dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden quest in the lands beyond Recluce . . . but all is not that cut and dry . . .

    The Magic of Recluce follows the adventures of Lerris and several of the dangergeld group he trained with, trying to complete the dangergeld or at least come to terms with their exile

    30 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • The Paper Magician

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charlie N. Holmberg
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she's bonded to paper, that will be her only magic... forever. Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined.

    Ashley says: "The narrator needs to relax"
    "Has Promise"
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    It takes some time to get used to the narrator or at least it did for me . . . and the premise of different types of magic based on materials is not all that common for a magic based alternate world.

    At times one wants to just instil some common sense, or some backbone and still other times cheer Ceony on.

    The Author at times runs away with attention to such minute descriptive detail but it does not overly slow down the pacing.

    There is a distinct lack of expletives which is heartening and refreshing.

    I wont reveal the plot but you might want vet it first before recommending it to anyone who has a blood phobia, not that it is overly violent or even bloodthirsty (you have to read it to understand).

    Whilst the book does not end on a cliff hanger it is nicely set up for the next one.

    Some imaginative uses for Paper . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Boys in Kilts

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Donna Kauffman
    • Narrated By Chloe Lynn
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    You know those Scottish bad boys. They don’t wear anything under their kilts, and who would want them to? Brodie Chisholm has more charm than the law allows, a good thing now that he's bailed out of university to run the local pub. Brodie loves the pub life: especially flirting with the lasses - except for Kat Henderson. She’d probably kick his ass - or capture his heart....

    Captain Skurvy says: "Actually 3 stories in one based on a common arc"
    "Actually 3 stories in one based on a common arc"
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    This is actually 3 novellas in one based on a common arc.

    The description given for the book is actually for the first story in a series of 3 stories based on the common theme of the Chisholm brothers set in the same basic locale and with some of the same local characters/brothers appearing/mentioned in some of the stories to help tie them together.

    Each story is based on a different brother and could be read alone, but are best read in the order presented anyway for continuity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Ashes: Broken Destiny, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (119)

    Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse - her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate, no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy.

    Stacey says: "This is NOT a Cat & Bones Novel!!!"
    "Holy water & crosses are for vampires ..."
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    This is not your usual JF vampire novel as was voiced in the book when Ivy asked about Holy water & crosses and was told they are for vampires and the don't exist . . .

    Tavia narration as usual is excellent and this new arc has promise, I enjoyed this book but I will withhold my comments on comparisons with JF's previous arc and and much loved Characters until at least the next book in the series.

    I have read similar books on demons etc and found my interest waning after a few books at best . . . maybe this category is not my "bag" as much as Bones and Cat's arc was. Then again maybe Jeaniene and Tavia will win me over with this new series, only time will tell.


    I would however highly recommend this book to any fantasy reader and JF fan, its well worth the listen

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Zone: A Rainshadow Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jayne Castle
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    Halloween - with its tricks and treats - is a dust bunny's dream come true. Just ask Lyle, Sedona Snow's faithful sidekick. But for Sedona, it's a nightmare. Though her new job managing a small hotel and tavern on Rainshadow is helping her move on from her tragic past, a bizarre disaster down in the catacombs has brought a pack of rowdy ghost hunters to her inn. And now, Sedona's ex has arrived on the island, claiming he wants to get back together, just as a newcomer appears to have a strong interest in her.

    Teresa says: "Love the book!! Wrong narrator for the story!"
    "Arcane's past merges on Rainshadow"
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    Just finished the audio book and whilst the narrator, who i like in other narrations and is a good narrator, i felt she does not quite fit this character, hers is the voice of a much more mature person and would have done justice to Arizona her self but she the handles different characters Male ans female with ease, maybe with future repeat listens she will grow on me in this book as she has in other stories she narrates.

    The plot and book its self is a wonderful mix of Arcane, Harmony and Rain shadow and of course the formula, Jayne has created another yet another winner, thank you.

    I wish Dust Bunnies were as real as they are in my imagination, i would dearly love such a companion (not a pet) . . .

    If you have enjoyed previous Harmony, Arcane or Rainshadow arcs or just like fantasy then ti think you will love this book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Wild Ghost Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By E. J. Copperman
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (129)

    Three years ago in a large Victorian house on the Jersey Shore in the town of Harbor Haven, fledgling private investigator Paul and his client, Maxie Malone, were murdered. Since then, recent divorcée and reluctant ghost whisperer Alison Kerby and her 10-year-old daughter, Melissa, have moved in and converted the place to a guesthouse, where Maxie and Paul are now checked in for an eternity and ready to solve any case that comes their way - or at least spook the guests (who love it). Alison’s got a lot on her plate at the moment, however, so when Paul discovers the 300-year-old ghost of a small boy in the house, he decides not to involve her in the case.

    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds says: "Unexpected Ending"
    "The choice of narator does nothing to aid this . ."
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    The choice of narrator does nothing to aid this book, after the first two books being read by the wonderful Amanda Ronconi they change narrators in this book.

    I understand the book is mainly from Paul's point of view, however the other main characters are still present and unfortunately this narrator's style & treatment not only presents them differently but the voices are a total disconnect from the previous books.

    Aside from the fact that I believe Amanda Ronconi has captured the characters and presented this series in the tone the Author meant it to be conveyed better than this narrator and his style, this book really gives the reader very little extra insight into the lead or any other characters. Its only redeeming factor in my opinion is the twist at the end

    It's not a bad book as such and if the narration is ignored could be of interest to lovers of this author or series

    I would say give it a miss for now and read it later but I don't know if the events portrayed end up being referred to in future novels, and even if they did I think it world only be in a minor way.

    Thankfully Amanda Ronconi make a welcome return in the next book .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Otherwise Engaged

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Louise Jane Underwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (147)

    Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler, is accustomed to adventure and risk. Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the Crown, has faced danger in the darker corners of foreign lands. But they are about to face a threat that is shockingly close to home . . . One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight.

    Susanna says: "An engaging return to earlier Quick style"
    "Disappointing"
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    Disappointing sums up my reaction to this latest Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) novel. I did not think i would ever rate one of these novels so low. I does not even feel like an Amanda Quick novel. I know this is a new series but it just does not grab me in any way nor did I find myself invested in the main character(s) which is unusual for this author.

    The narrator is OK but nowhere near the normal standard of the Narrators used in any previous books done by Jayne Ann Krentz (who writes under many pseudonyms the main ones these days being Jayne Ann Krentz - present day, Amanda Quick - past and Jayne Castle - Future).

    Maybe i was expecting too much and this reaction is mine alone (but a previous rating of 1 star - No review) make me sadly think otherwise.

    I pre-ordered this when it first became available months ago based on my enjoyment of previous Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick novels.

    The gimmick of a steel fan as a weapon is only effective if no one is aware it is made of steel and that as such it can be used as a weapon and i doubt in the era the book is set in that it would look very much like an ornament nor would it be very flexible or light. the materials and manufacturing processes were just not available then. This point is probably a bit picky on my part.

    So sadly based on my experience I must give this book a 2.5 star rating, again this is my reaction on my first listen and it might grow on me over time, but if it does Audible does not give you the chance to update/edit a review. I never thought i would rate an Amanda Quick book so low.

    Please if you enjoyed this novel then write a review to give others differing views

    At times, to me anyway, it did not even flow like an Jayne Ann Krentz novel

    Again i stress this review is made based on my impression after my first listen.

    Sorry Jayne Ann Krentz - for you and the books sake I hope I'm in the minority

    It's enough to make your dust bunny cry

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Glass Houses: The Morganville Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Katherine Fenton
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school’s social scene: somewhere less than zero. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they come out fighting when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood….

    Captain Skurvy says: "Greed Reins"
    "Greed Reins"
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    This book is a very much meant for young adults and is not like her some of her other more adult orientated series eg the Weather Warden series.

    To me some of characters were very immature at times and most of the vampires could be clones. They are not the Cullen's.

    Still the book does hold some charm and should appeal to the younger audience or those who remember who the target audience is.


    The story ends on a major, major cliffhanger so if you like books to at least tidy up most of the main plot threads be prepared to be disappointed

    Aside form all that the narrator does a good job and the story has enough action to keep you involved if you can forgive the above points. which is why i gave it the rating i did because for the audience it is aimed for it hits most of the right buttons for that demographic


    just recently Glass Houses: Morganville Vampires, Book 1 became a daily deal as i found out apparently now it has a different narrator it now not available in Australia. This has happened with other series and will not be the last time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Save the Date: Modern Arrangements Trilogy, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Sadie Grubor
    • Narrated By Craig Jessen, April Grace Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Book One of Three Aidan Iverson III, old money wealthy and blatant playboy, has never felt the need to be with one woman. Why, when he has the looks, money and a family name to rule the nightlife? And, when it thoroughly aggravates Grandfather?

    Wendy says: "A sassy good time"
    "Monied Jerk ruthlessly takes advantage of a woman"
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    Monied Jerk ruthlessly takes advantage of a woman to suit his own ends. With no care or thought for her or any offspring, except they are a means to save his life style

    Sadly this theme seems to run rampant in some books. Neanderthal, selfish, self centered jerk takes advantage of a woman whos in no real position to fight back.

    Spoilers Ahead

    This time the jerk has lots of money and power and does not want to loose it. if he does not Marry soon and produce a child as per his grandfathers will he futures looking grim.

    He finds a young woman who he knows is at rock bottom struggling to stay afloat, trying to pay pay past medical bills and continue bettering herself.

    He draws up a contract that he will pay all her debts if she "marries" him for 4 years has a child and then she must leave him with the child.

    She refuses him. Refusing to basically be paid for sex then leaving her child behind.

    Unfortunately her father becomes ill again and she is struggling even more to pay the bills

    This is Rich lowlifes chance and he pounces again.

    Eventually to provide live in care for her gravely ill father she agrees to marry the jerk BUT with no sex. Any baby is to be produced by other means.

    Sadly this is where the story goes from bad to worse and becomes even more stereotyped

    I wont go into the asinine details but a sensible woman who distrusts and has no feelings for the selfish uncaring money jerk, and the monied self centered jerk we are supposed to believe live happy ever after by the end of this stereotyped diatribe

    The narrators are reasonable, pity about the story.

    If this is your sort of twisted tale then enjoy


    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of the Demon: Kara Gillian, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Liv Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (354)

    Welcome to the world of Kara Gillian, a cop with a gift. Not only does she have the power of "othersight" to see what most people can’t even imagine, but she’s become the exclusive summoner of a demon lord. Or maybe it’s the other way around. The fact is, with two troublesome cases on her docket and a handsome FBI agent under her skin, Kara needs the help of sexy, insatiable Lord Rhyzkahl more than he needs her. Because these two victims, linked by suspicious coincidence, haven’t just been murdered. Something has eaten their souls.

    Leesa says: "Love this"
    "A great series"
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    A great series and i just tried for Book 3 which is supposed to whispersync to.

    But whilst Book 1,2 and 4 have the matching kindle and Audible titles available book 3 does not(at least in Australia) go figure. I have reported this issue to audible many times in the past and get a generic or mainly no reply and writing this here will get this wiped

    I recommend this series to those who like Fantasy/mystery/police, in the case of the mystery/police the probably like this better if the don't mind tales that take them out of there comfort zone

    The narrator Author do a wonderful job of immersing you into the characters and the story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire Wardens: The Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lisa Renee Jones
    • Narrated By Kris Edlund
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The werewolf population is entrenched in a century long war, and now they are plagued by a virus that is turning wolves into killers. The Brooks brothers pursue one such rogue werewolf to Temple, Texas. It is in Temple that Evan encounters a beautiful nurse named Marissa who instantly melts the hundred years of ice running through his veins. When she is brutally attacked by the wolf, he breaks the rules of the Vampire Council and uses his blood to save her. Now, if he doesn't kill the wolf by the next full moon, Marissa will become a killer wolf, and he will be sentenced to death

    Captain Skurvy says: "if you like crude language this is for you"
    "if you like crude language this is for you"
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    if you like crude language this is for you but not me. Dont get me wrong I'm no prude but the constant use of crudity and over reliance on sex with very little story line and the normal neanderthal meets soulmate who in most cases appears to too dumb to live thinly veiled story line makes for a very boring predictable read.

    These are apparently also available as single books and some of those appear to appeal to other members according to the ratings they have been given

    So as i said if you like this type of book go for it

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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