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Christina

Chris

Edwardsburg, MI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Broken: A Paranormal Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David H. Burton
    • Narrated By Jennifer Knighton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Three days before her 24th birthday, Katherine Gregory receives a letter from her deceased mother. It details a faery curse in which the eldest child in each generation will die in their 25th year. Also three days before her 24th birthday, a new love interest comes knocking, and her first love has returned. Neither man is what he seems, and Katherine may have to choose between them. And three days before her 24th birthday, Katherine must decide if this is all real, or if the strange visions she's been having are just a figment of her imagination.

    Jenna says: "Excellent Listen"
    "Nice novella"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a good novella, just right for a break between longer books.

    The story moves at a good pace. The characters aren't deep, but are likeable and consistent.

    The story was full of "oh, that makes sense now" moments that I found quite enjoyable. (a big plus for me -- I can be annoyingly observant when it comes to seemingly inconsequential details, and am always delighted when I find out seeming inconsistencies were there for a good reason)

    I'll probably purchase other books from this author.

    The narrator sounded too young though. I had a hard time remembering this was a 24 year old, not a 16 year old, which was a bit disturbing at times. She was perfectly pleasant to listen to, but seems better suited to young adult fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12085)
    Performance
    (10976)
    Story
    (11003)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Suprisingly good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Really good.

    It's a light book.

    Lots of humor, both from interesting characters and humorous pop references. It occasionally approaches absurd but never actually gets there. Lots of suspense too. I was really surprised how well the two worked together. A little romance, social commentary, and Lovecraftian horror rounds it out.

    Excellent momentum. The story moves quickly without seeming rushed. You get a good sense of the setting and characters without drowning in superfluous details.

    The foreshadowing was nicely done -- not everything was given away but it didn't seem like plot devices were constantly popping out of nowhere. That kept the surprises and expected events nicely balanced. No real misdirection.

    The narrator was great as well. He really fit with the main character. The other characters were clearly voiced as well, there was no confusion on who was speaking when several characters were talking.

    My overall impression is fun, fast-past, and engrossing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Teckla: Vlad Taltos, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Steven Brust
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (150)

    Soon after the events of Jhereg, Vlad becomes embroiled in a struggle between the House of the Jhereg and a group of revolutionaries that his wife has joined.

    Ron says: "Rebel Uprising"
    "Complete departure from the series."
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    Performance
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    I was extremely disappointed in this book.

    I very much liked the first two books in the series. There was action, there were twists, there were great plans slowly revealed, there were characters of power as friend and foe. I expected more of the same.

    Instead I got a drawn out tale about how people change. Sure, there were a few strategy bits, but it was mostly a tale of a man realizing that the woman he is married to is not the woman he married. The secondary story is politics. There is also a fair bit about refusing to look at things from other points of view. There are no real twists.

    The story was still well told. In fact, the segues were possibly the most interesting part of the book.

    I felt cheated out of the time I invested in this book. Several other books in the series look promising, but I doubt I’ll read them -- this was just so far outside of what I expected that I have no confidence in the rest of the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Dawns: Immortal Guardians Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1709)
    Performance
    (1531)
    Story
    (1538)

    Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control...

    Linda says: "Luscious, Enthralling & Sensual w/o being porn"
    "Preachy Tripe"
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    The book starts off preachy, with a heroine whose inner monologue has spent far too long lecturing others about the benefits organic food. The closing scene also mentions how they're preparing their organic vegetable and organic Cornish game hens. All the numerous mentions of food include organic in the description. For people who find eating organic food to be socially irresponsible, it ends up sounding like all the good guys are brainwashed and preachy. I would hope Milena old beings would be smarter than that.

    I almost didn't finish the book, but if you can ignore the endless social commentary, the super-abundance of convenient pedophiles (at least 60 a week have been dying for months in this area, you would think eventually they would run out), the self-righteous behavior of the heroine, and the plot holes, the story does pick up. It made it all the way up to two stars for me.

    The attempts to use science fall pretty flat. There's no way a 'gifted' should be able to produce offspring with a regular human. The explanation would have been perfectly sound if it had stuck with "psychics become guardians" instead of going to "psychics aren't human." Also, once a virus mutates it doesn't revert back as soon as it passes to another person. If that was the case we wouldn't need a new flu shot every year. The poor understanding of science would be excusable if it was mentioned in passing instead being of a major tenet of the world and discussed more than recycling.

    The mystery woman sub-plot looks like a ploy to tie multiple books together, but shows some promise. If I hadn't been so displeased with this book it would compel me to go on to the next.

    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
    (10255)
    Performance
    (7700)
    Story
    (7745)

    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?"
    "Not a bad story, but not all that great."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narration is very good.

    The idea, the story itself, is good.

    The multiple viewpoints the story is told from switch between first and third person. I didn't like that at first, but ended up finding it effective at expanding the story and keeping it focused on the protagonist.

    Most of the characters are good. I found the main character to be a little whiny for my liking, but most of the characters are enjoyable.

    The romance is annoying, moving in starts and jerks and ending in a pre-teen level stupor. Certainly the relationship is central to the story, but this was just... cheap. An imitation of a love story fit for starry eyed twelve year olds.

    Oddly enough, the thing that really bothered me was the obsession with wine. Most human supertasters can't stand wine -- it doesn't have hints of this or overtones of that, it is overpowered by the taste of "not food" (a bad taste meant to dissuade us from eating poisons or spoiled things). Someone with a preternaturally sharp sense of taste would not like wine without serious work at it.

    I wasn't entirely happy with the way the dietary restrictions were handled either. Some of it made sense, but things like eating fruit but not vegetables, not eating cooked meat but liking broth, or liking the way muffins smell but not the taste, just seemed like making up rules because their weren't enough of them.

    The story also ended at least half an hour before the book did. The rest of the book was about how everybody was getting ready to say goodbye to each other, a few important details rightly covered in the denemou, and everybody saying goodbye to each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What's a Ghoul to Do?: A Ghost Hunter Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (372)

    M.J., her partner Gilley, and their client, the wealthy, de-lish Dr. Steven Sable, are at his family's lodge, where his grandfather allegedly jumped to his death from the roof-although Sable says it was foul play. But the patriarch's isn't the only ghost around. The place is lousy with souls, all with something to get off their ghoulish chests. Now M.J. will have to quell the clamor-and listen for a voice with the answers...

    Martha says: "How A Narrator Can Ruin A Story 101"
    "Quite Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was an enjoyable listen. The story was fun and fairly quick paced.

    The main character does the stereotypical insane jealous female bit. It's suppose to be funny, and it is a little, but I find that sort of thing annoying. It's not too badly overdone so not a big detraction. It's used as a device to create conflict in the romantic sub-plot.

    The murder of slang by a supporting character is adorable at first, but starts getting old. It never gets to the point of annoying, more just to the point of not as funny as it was.

    The other supporting characters are quite enjoyable throughout. Gilly is absolutely adorable.

    There are other bits that stand out as the physics or timeline being a bit questionable. Nothing glaring, and I found these bits to be easily overlooked. The predictable, unexpected, and 'expected but do not occur' events are balanced nicely.

    I consider the time spent with this book time well spent. I didn't feel it was a "wow" book, but it was fun. It doesn't merit an immediate re-listen but I wouldn't rule out a re-listen in the future.

    Overall, I would recommend this book. I plan on picking up more in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (259)

    As long as anyone can remember, society has been ruled by a Colortocracy. From the underground feedpipes that keep the municipal park green to the healing hues viewed to cure illness to a social hierarchy based upon one's limited color perception, society is dominated by color. In this world, you are what you can see.

    Roger says: "Slow, weird... but a good set-up for sequels."
    "Fabulously Funny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Shades of Grey again? Why?

    Absolutely. It's an easy listen. The plot is straightforward enough, but there are lots of extras that could be picked up on a second time around.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Incredibly funny.


    Any additional comments?

    This story does well on walking the edge of the absurd. It stops just short of too much. It never becomes silly or stupid.

    The word is very well thought out and quite detailed. The reveal of all the intricacies is long and woven in with the story, letting you come to grips with all the differences slowly.

    Each chapter starts with a bit of law or knowledge from the world, and it is always something funny. A part of one lists the conditions in which the chicken is considered a vegetable (to help meet the dietary needs of vegetarians, of course).

    0 of 0 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
    (5584)
    Performance
    (3894)
    Story
    (3916)

    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."
    "Compelling read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely.


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

    Bones is voiced incredibly.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    After finishing this audio book in only 2 days, I listened to it again in nearly the same amount of time. The characters deep and well developed. The plot is strong and the reading is just incredible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1523)
    Performance
    (1185)
    Story
    (1179)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "Fun Listen"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this audio book quite a bit.

    There were several several amusing asides that helped to keep the story upbeat as well as expanding the characterization. The main character is endearing and relate-able. The plot has a good pace, too. It moves forward fast enough to keep the reader's attention and not so fast as to trivialize the important points.

    The story does use the foreshadowing method of "If I had realized then...", which I find fairly distracting. It's used less than half a dozen times, though, so not too bad.

    The mystery aspect is nicely done. It's nothing so difficult as to keep you from figuring out the basic idea of who done it, but the exact details needed are withheld to the very end. I found it a bit simple, but not distractingly so.

    I found the narration to be very good. The narrator has a slightly airy, very relaxed tone, which I find suits Abby extremely well.

    This is a very good, fun listen. The characters are great. If you enjoy books like the Stephanie Plum series or Undead (Betsy the Vampire Queen) series, you will almost definitely enjoy this book

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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