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Christina

Vacaville, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Monster Hunter Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4255)
    Performance
    (3866)
    Story
    (3883)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "Awesome!"
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    I've really enjoyed all the the Monster Hunter books, but this was my favorite. Earl Harbinger is one of my favorite characters in the series and he gets his own book here! Not only a plotline that centers mostly on Earl, but we get to learn about his past also.

    In classic Monster Hunter style, Alpha has lots of action, guns, blood, and blowing stuff up. Very fun! But also a very engaging story with an ending that satisfies, but leaves it open for more in the series. I'm looking forward to it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1996)
    Performance
    (1787)
    Story
    (1804)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Writing, Mediocre Romance"
    "Very unique book!"
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    Wow. This is one of the most interesting, unique books I've read in a long time! The characters are amazing, even the secondary characters are memorable and unforgettable. The world that the author built was so vivid I had wished a couple times that there had been pictures. Should I be embarrassed to admit that?

    Unfortunately, I do have a small criticism. There was way too much angst and self reflection going on. Several times during the book I just wanted them to get on with it already! I don't think it was the writing style because I didn't have any issues with the rest of the book, but I think (for me) it was just the way the author decided to write those sections of the story. I found them a little boring and long winded.

    Overall, the book was excellent and the narrator was excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (562)

    Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Fifteen Realms, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

    Sharon says: "Really, Really Good!"
    "Great story with a great narrator!"
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    I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. It was an amazing blend of drama, action, mystery, and great characters.

    I had a little trouble getting a grasp on the people and culture, so I think the world building could have been a little better. I also had to wonder at Avry's psychology. I think I'd be a little apprehensive at taking on someone else's injuries and suffering not only the physical pain, but she's also left with the scars. She just jumped right into it with not much thought. I did like that she tried to use herbs and medicines when she could in place of using her healing powers.

    I also got frustrated at her when she and her friends would be fighting with very bad men and she's worried about not killing the men. Unless you're a pacifist, I tend to think that in a fight for your life you don't worry about not killing the person who's trying to kill you.

    These are minor quibbles in an otherwise excellent book! The narrator did a great job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inspired By...The Bible Experience: New Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Inspired By Media Group
    • Narrated By Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, and others
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (262)

    Like never before, you can experience the beauty and life-changing power of the Bible. Unique among audio Bible productions, The Bible Experience is a captivating performance of the Bible presented by a stellar ensemble of today's top-name actors, musicians, clergy, directors, and award-winning producers. This historic production also features a cinematic musical score, unparalleled sound design, and the highest production value.The Bible Experience is truly theater of the mind and spirit.

    Kathleen says: "ANGELS not zombies"
    "Should have been better"
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    This is a hard one to review for me because it should have been so much better than it was. It started out wonderfully! The narrators were fabulous and I loved the dramatization. After the first few books they started adding gospel music into the books and I found this quite irritating. Then they started bridging back and forth between narrators for some reason. That may not have been too bad, but the female narrator was horrible!

    In the end, I just found this one too frustrating so I won't be getting the old testament version.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (668)

    After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

    P. Wade Thompson says: "A Great Listen"
    "Fabulous!"
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    This is one of the absoulte best books I've ever read. (Listened to!) Beautiful, haunting, and full of suspense...I'm so glad I took a chance on this book!

    I was a good way through before I realized that I didn't know the new Mrs. De Winter's name. Did I miss it? It was such a contrast from Rebecca, who's name was constantly mentioned. I realized later, that the omission was purposeful. The narrator is the new Mrs. De Winter, (who's name we never know) but it's Rebecca that dominates everything.
    I was very angry about the ending at first! How could it end like that?! I knew from the first chapter that it was going to end badly, but it was so abrupt and unfinished! What happened to Mrs. Danvers? How did that psycho pull that off?! All the people at Manderly...?!! I had to go back and listen to the first two chapters again just to get a little closure! And I haven't stopped listening. I'm going to listen to this whole damn book again!

    I can't even begin to articulte what amazing talent it took to write this book! Brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10100)
    Performance
    (6688)
    Story
    (6718)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "Loved it!"
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    Jaime and Claire have to be one of the most amazing fictional couples EVER!! This is the second book in the Outlander series and it's just as good, if not a little better, than the first. I wish I had the ability to convey how beautifully written, rich, and totally epic these books are. I'm curious about the historical accuracy of not only the general events in the story, but also the smaller details that made up life in 18th century France and Scotland. I'm definitely interested in learning more about this period in history!

    If you've read Outlander, then you'll know right from the beginning of Dragonfly in Amber that something is wrong because Claire is back in the 20th century. Frank has passed away and she's returned to Scotland with her grown daughter to tell her the truth about her experience traveling back to the past and who her daughters' real father is. When Claire begins her confession, she picks up the story shortly after the end of Outlander. Jaime and Claire have traveled to Paris attempting to stop the second Jacobite uprising. Their adventures take them from Paris, back to Scotland, and (you know it's coming!) the heartbreak of Claire's return to the 20th century.

    The narrator is brilliant and she's ruining me for lesser narrators!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10491)
    Performance
    (8770)
    Story
    (8846)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Brilliant!"
    Overall

    I absollutely loved this audiobook! Patrick Rothfuss is an amazing writer and Nick Podehl did an amazing job bringing this book to life!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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