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Christine Ehren

C O Ehren

Saint Paul, MN | Member Since 2014

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  • The Ghost Bride: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Yangsze Choo
    • Narrated By Yangsze Choo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
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    (120)
    Story
    (118)

    Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lims' handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family's darkest secrets before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

    Janice says: "Fell just a little short of my expectations"
    "Fantasy, Folklore and Fun!"
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    This is a lovely book full of fun characters, and a fantastic journey drawn from folklore. Chinese folklore, very different from western folklore. I thoroughly enjoyed these unfamiliar vistas drawn from the Chinese traditions of the supernatural and the afterlife. The author did a great job of introducing the reader to the rules and the players.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead of Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jack Night
    • Narrated By Folly Blaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
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    (24)
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    (24)

    For the Anderson family, Rockwell is the picture-perfect small town. A wholesome place to start over. But as the autumn days begin turning to winter something is awakened deep within the woods. Something bent on revenge. Cut off from the rest of the world they must fight to stay alive as the haunting presence lays claim to Rockwell, exposing the dark secrets of the town that created it.

    Micaiah Evans says: "Top-notch reading of a fairly good book"
    "Troublesome"
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    Would you try another book from Jack Night and/or Folly Blaine?

    I might give this author another try. In this particular case, this author got an idea stuck in his head, probably based off of a news tidbit about a since discredited anthropological conclusion and from there it led him on a bad trajectory.


    Has The Dead of Winter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No no no, I like this genre, and this has the bones of a good book, the mechanics of a good book.


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

    I have not listened to any of Folly Blaine's other performances, and really the narration is fine.


    Was The Dead of Winter worth the listening time?

    I listened to the whole book, right to the end. Right to the "what the?" end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Lovely Bad Ones

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mary Downing Hahn
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Travis and his sister, Corey, can’t resist a good trick. When they learn that their grandmother’s quiet Vermont inn, where they’re spending the summer, has a history of ghost sightings, they decide to do a little “haunting” of their own. Before long, their supernatural pranks have tourists flocking to the inn, and business booms. But Travis and Corey soon find out that they aren’t the only ghosts at Fox Hill Inn. Their thoughtless games have awakened something dangerous, something that should have stayed asleep. Restless, spiteful spirits swarm the inn....

    Christine Ehren says: "A cute, sweet story"
    "A cute, sweet story"
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    Would you listen to All the Lovely Bad Ones again? Why?

    I wouldn't reread it by myself, I'm not a rereader typically, but I might read it with kids. The protagonists are children, and the book itself seems geared, with its milder scares and its themes, to be geared towards a younger audience. Teens and tweens love scary books, so knowing authors that write in this genre that aren't going to melt a kid's ears off are good to find.


    What other book might you compare All the Lovely Bad Ones to and why?

    A House With a Clock in its Walls is aimed at a similar audience, but while Bellairs' Louis is wracked with guilt over his slip up, Hahn's siblings don't seem to feel much remorse. They're a fun pair.


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

    He livens up the funny parts, helping you see what's funny about the bad kids' bad behavior, as well as the scary in the scary parts, and when the scary is funny, or the funny is scary, that takes a deft reader. It doesn't always come off perfectly, but Hahn is asking Mr. Cummings to keep an awful lot of plates spinning at once.


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

    Nope, it was a book to listen to while out walking. I am sure people were wondering what I was laughing at while I was walking along. : )


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghoul

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Brian Keene
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (145)

    June 1984. Timmy Graco is looking forward to summer vacation, taking it easy and hanging out with his buddies. Instead his summer will be filled with terror and a life-and-death battle against a nightmarish creature that few will believe even exists. Timmy learns that the person who’s been unearthing fresh graves in the cemetery isn’t a person at all. It’s a thing. And it’s after Timmy and his friends. If Timmy hopes to live to see September, he’ll have to escape the Ghoul.

    Amanda says: "CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!!!!"
    "Gruesome, & scary, like a 70's carny spook ride."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghoul to be better than the print version?

    I've only listened to this book, I have not read it, but I did think the performance the narrator gave helped you feel the urgency, the tweenaged awkwardness, eew gross factor of being a kid on a bike back in the old days. I imagine you would have felt it in print, but maybe not with the same feeling of shared surprise and shared danger.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author nails the kid conspiracy, the summers nailed together out of junk and found on the side of the road and all that high drama of enemies and friends and feuds and forts and all that stuff that if our parents had known what we were doing they'd have been afraid for our lives and had us in twice a year for tetanus shots (and I was a girl. God help the boys). It makes a fabulous gritty, dirty backdrop for a monster story.


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

    I have not, but if I see his name I will hope for another good performance.


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

    It was very true. Things that have truth in them, that capture something like that can be very emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    There maybe should be a trigger warning (I know, but people who are tired of this can ignore it, and people who need them need them) for sexual assault & child abuse. People who have trauma that they are dealing with don't want to stumble on that unprepared.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seed

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ania Ahlborn
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (147)

    With nothing but the clothes on his back - and something horrific snapping at his heels - Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a trucker’s rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever. Now, years later, the bright new future he’s built suddenly turns pitch black, as something fiendishly familiar looms dead ahead. Surviving a violent car crash seems like a miracle for Jack’s family, but Jack knows there’s nothing divine about it.

    Eustacia P. Cornfeather says: "A Good Story, Just Not For Me."
    "A just fine story of its type."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book is very standard for its type. If anything, (spoiler alert) it is unstandard in that the characters are kept from taking advantage of any of the resources they have, the family, the friends, the father's trips to New Orleans (where he could have met somebody who might have helped him) his trip home, where he could have met somebody who knew something about the family history, or the history of (spoiler alert) "the old graveyard". But no, nothing like that happens. Nothing they do yields fruit. At every turn, hopeless, fruitless, doomed doomed doomed. You can be doomed and make it interesting, you can find out how you're doomed and why you're doomed and even have some old woman with beads and rum and cigars try to help you and still be doomed. You don't have to be doomed in a featureless cardboard box. I wish the author had thrown on some mardi gras beads and some cobwebs. Anything.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will be browsing around in horror looking for a title that sounds good, and I will be paying better attention to reader reviews.


    What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

    I think Eric Dove did a good job with character, putting together a family of voices that were believable in age and accent.


    Did Seed inspire you to do anything?

    Read reviews. : )


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghosts: Edith Wharton's Gothic Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin, Jonathan Epstein, Corinna May, and others
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (46)
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    (47)

    Beneath the brilliance that was behind The Age of Innocence and Ethan Frome was a dark side. A dark side which produced magnificent tales of the unseen influences in our lives, such as "Mr. Jones", "The Eyes", "Kerfol", "The Ladie's Maid's Bell", and "The Looking Glass".

    Diane says: "Ghastly Shadows of the Feminine Condition"
    "You really can't beat the classics for chills."
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    What did you love best about Ghosts: Edith Wharton's Gothic Tales?

    I love Ms. Wharton's ability to set a scene. Most of us have never lived in a household with servants, or have any idea what that kind of household's routine's are, but within a few short "pages" she can get you right into the life of a lady's maid.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghosts: Edith Wharton's Gothic Tales?

    I hate to write anything that would be a spoiler, but I love the way she essentially draws a word portrait for each individual dog.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    It seemed like there was a group of narrators, each narrator chosen according to the work, almost like a theatrical performance or a radio play. It was really really well done.


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

    So much for the quiet of the grave...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Ashes: Lady of Ashes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Christine Trent
    • Narrated By Polly Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    Only a woman with an iron backbone could succeed as an undertaker in Victorian London, but Violet Morgan takes great pride in her trade. While her husband, Graham, is preoccupied with elevating their station in society, Violet is cultivating a sterling reputation for Morgan Undertaking. She is empathetic, well-versed in funeral fashions, and comfortable with death's role in life - until its chilling rattle comes knocking on her own front door.

    Sara says: "A Most Unusual Book!"
    "Entertaining historical jaunt"
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    What did you love best about Lady of Ashes?

    I love an author that has clearly done their research, those little details that show they love their subject. This is an author that seems to know her Victorians, and their obsession with death. The main character and her vocation are well designed to show off one area of that period that hasn't been thoroughly mined already.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lady of Ashes?

    I now know more about royal funerals, and what went into early embalming fluids than I ever expected to know.


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

    I thought the narrator's accent and diction were well suited to the period the story was set in. It helped set the right tone.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to further installments of this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Deborah LeBlanc
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Dunny knew from an early age what it meant to be an outsider. Her special abilities earned her many names, like freak and water witch. So she vowed to keep her powers a secret. Now, though, her talents may be the only hope for two missing children. A young boy and girl have vanished, feared lost in the mysterious bayous of Louisiana. But they didn’t just disappear; they were taken....

    MissSusie66 says: "Good Stand Alone"
    "This story is like a classic old pick up truck"
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    Where does Water Witch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story is overflowing with character and with a sense of place. Like an old well used truck coated with mud and bumper stickers. I loved these characters, and the references to regional folklore. The mother in law Poochie was such a treat, with her prayer tree. The story kind of bumped along, but the voice performance was really great. You could tell the narrator got into the regional accents and the characters. The story itself was thin in places, and not everything is tied up neatly at the end, but these ladies are fun to visit with, and it is satisfying listening to them kick and fight and swear. So much fun I didn't mind the occasional stalling out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Inquiry into Love and Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Simone St. James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    After her ghost-hunting uncle Toby dies, Oxford student Jillian must drive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings. Almost immediately, terrifying events convince Jillian that an angry spirit is trying to enter the house. Is it Walking John, the 200-year-old ghost that haunts the bay? And who besides the ghost is roaming the local woods at night? If Toby uncovered something sinister, was his death really an accident? And the arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken leaves Jillian with more questions than answers....

    Jacqueline says: "Old Fashioned Ghost Story ----"
    "I love this author."
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    I love this author. I love the way this author handles the supernatural, ghost as character almost, as well as a mystery, but still genuinely frightening without being unnecessarily gory. I love the way the character inhabits the setting, the way the supporting characters are revealed, how they're well realized people with inner workings of their own.

    I will be watching this author for more works. I hope audible is watching, too.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Island of Bones: Crowther and Westman, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Imogen Robertson
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    England, 1783: In Island of Bones, Crowther’s haunting past is at last revealed. For years he has pursued his forensic studies - and the occasional murder investigation - far from his family estate. But an ancient tomb there will reveal a wealth of secrets. When laborers discover an extra body inside, the lure of the mystery brings Crowther home at last. Fans of both historical fiction à la Anne Perry and the intricate forensics of Tess Gerritsen will be delighted by Robertson’s latest.

    Christine Ehren says: "This series is now on my favorites list"
    "This series is now on my favorites list"
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    I like these characters. I appreciate that their relationship isn't predicated on teetering constantly on the edge of romance. I enjoy that they appreciate each other for their skills, for what each one brings to the investigation. I like that they have families and friends that continue to exist even when the story focus moves away from them. The author has created an interesting cast that is rather large, but she handles their numbers rather deftly (although I'm tempted at times to keep notes so I don't get confused - who was that? A trick I have to employ with Dickens.) Emotions ring true. People are imperfect and make mistakes. Even our heroes make mistakes, sometimes awful ones. Villains are seldom complete monsters, more often complex with real hurts and motivations of their own.

    The author seems to know a lot about the history of this time, and cares enough about it to be consistent, and to employ elements and events large and small in her story lines. I get an impression of a lot of research, of an encyclopedic command of the details. Characters have conversations studded with topics and terms showing real familiarity with period skills and news of the day, world events are pressing on their minds, they are plagued by the limits of period science and belief, they are completely creatures of the world that Robertson has recreated. It is a treat to spend some time in that world looking around corners, noticing the little treasures and delights scattered in your path all for the sake of atmosphere and immersion in the time period.

    I recommend this book without hesitation.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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