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LOUISVILLE, KY, United States | Member Since 2008

  • 8 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014

  • City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn

    City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

    Harriet Marks says: "WARNING: HORRIBLE NARRATORS"
    "City of Fallen Angels Writing Great/Narrators blah"

    I would have given this book a five star rating just for the content alone, but I was not impressed at all with the narrators.
    As always Cassandra brings us such lively characters with humor, danger, love and pain. You cannot have light without dark. I love hearing from the various perspectives and not just Clary's. Oh and for those of you who loved Clockwork Angel there are teasers in this book for the next in the series of Clockwork.
    With that said, I am personally going to go out and purchase the hardback novel. Reason : Again, the narrators are horrible. Their voices do not complement one another at all. Her voice is very shrill and his voice is very baritone. I truly feel that neither of them did this book/Cassandra's characters any justice. Through the majority of the book both readers are flat and do not create individual voices for the characters, everyone sounds exactly the same unless the character has an accent. After 4 books, Clockwork included, having been brought across so well by other readers, they fall short and make the characters and Cassandras writing flat. Suddenly have Simon, Jace and a new character Kyle are made to sound as if they are Rocky Balboa, I was truly waiting for "Yo, Adrian". At times when the three are having conversations you feel like your listening to the Mob and unless Cassandra has written in "Jace said" or "Simon said" then you get lost in who is saying what because they all sound the same. I understand they are from Brooklyn, but geez, Simon sounds like he is going to hop in the boxing ring at some points.
    I will not even get too far into the female narration. There were points in the book that I truly felt as if I would have to turn it off. It was like listening to a whiny version of scratching you nails down a chalkboard. She too was one dimensional, flat and downright annoying.
    Narrators ruined the book!

    Just a note : If I had my choice I would have called the couple who read for Shiver, by Maggie Steivatter.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Molly C. Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The New York Times best-selling Mortal Instruments continues - and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon. Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide? Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

    Jose Ruiz says: "Need a new Narrator...."
    "Great book, terrible narration"
    Would you listen to City of Lost Souls again? Why?

    No, I would not listen to it again. I purposely purchased the hardback so that I could appreciate the story. Molly should stick to acting badly instead of reading badly.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Molly Quinn made all of the characters seem flat and lifeless. The only true change she ever made in her voice was if she was speaking for someone with a foreign accent.

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

    Molly Quinn completely ruined this book and the last. I had no way to connect with this book emotionally because her narration is so poor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Great start to the series!"
    Would you listen to Patient Zero again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to it again. Ray really did a good job in bringing across who Joe Ledger was.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Joe. He was written very realistic.

    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Ray's performance never seemed forced and he seemed to really understand the characters he was reading.

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

    It was a good book, but it was not one of those books where you get so emotionally wrapped up that you are unable to put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Kristin Allison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A walled city surrounded by lush land, protected by high mountain summits, and fortified by a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, The Bastion remained humanity's last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. On one fateful day, the valley gate failed and the Inferi Scourge overran and destroyed the human settlements outside the walls, trapping the remaining survivors inside the city. Now, decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive....

    Mike Naka says: "better than expected!"
    "Expected More"
    Would you try another book from Rhiannon Frater and/or Kristin Allison?

    I loved the last Zombie series that Rhiannon Frater wrote, but not this one. It just did not have the emotion wrapped into it like The Last Days series.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I plan to listen to The Clockwork Princess when it becomes available in March

    What didn’t you like about Kristin Allison’s performance?

    Kristin just did not seem to understand the character enough to bring her to life. It was just a very unemotional read.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment because The Last Days series was so great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'Til Death Do Us Part: Zombie Fallout, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    BT, Gary, and Mrs. Deneaux race to the Talbot compound in a desperate bid to turn the tides of a lost war. Is Michael dead? This is the question plaguing the Talbots as they prepare for the final showdown with a merciless enemy hell-bent on their absolute destruction.

    Teddy says: "Series Back on Track"
    "Drop Dead Great!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book and the entire ZFO series. The characters are all written in a very rich manner.

    What other book might you compare 'Til Death Do Us Part to and why?

    I have no other series or book to compare it to, but if you liked this you would likely enjoy Gill's All Fright Diner. It has a very similar comedic aspect to it.

    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Sean Runnette is fantastic! I had to physically read one of the books and I really missed Mike because Sean just brings Mike and the rest of the cast to life. He understood the characters so well.

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

    "A horrifically good time"

    Any additional comments?

    One of the best Zombie series I have ever read. On occasion Mark Tufo will digress and get off topic, but not to the point of annoying.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Invincible: The Chronicles of Nick

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul. His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.

    Scott says: "Part 2 is a go."
    "Great Series"

    Not that I am knocking SK, because I love the DH series by all means. One of my guilty pleasures. However, I always wanted to hear or read a book written by her minus the sex. There are a lot of writers that are unable to accomplish that feat, but SK knocked it out of the park if you ask me.
    I am not a big fan of time travel stories, but she makes this work for me. The story is so rich, snarky, serious and funny that you don't have time to focus on the time travel aspect screwing things up. Again I have time travel issues LOL!!
    As with most other SK novels the narration of the story really makes it. The narrator truly gets Nick's snarky, smart ass attitude and does it with style.
    My fourteen year old son loves the Nick series, though myself, I feel that there are things he is missing out on because he cannot or likely would not read the DH series. However, he too said he got the book, loved the characters and cannot wait for the next one :)
    Kudo's to SK, thank you for sharing Nick's new life with us.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus Revealed: Georgina Kincaid, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina's boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can't just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she's being forced to transfer Las Vegas.

    Cindy says: "Satisfying! Loved IT!"
    "Satisfying! Loved IT!"

    I was so anxious about this book. I was so worried that she would try to cram too much in or leave something out..... but as with Seth Mortensen, it may take a year to write it, but it is worth every minute. If you are a GK fan you will not be disappointed in this book. RM stays true to each of her characters from beginning to end. Though I feel that she made Gerogina a bit more daft at times. True fans knew what was going to happen, but I personally did not think about the reactions to the revelation. Though there are not a lot of surprises as far as plot line there were many times that I was still guessing at how each character would play into the overall picture. I see another series forming from this one. I don't think this will be the last we see from the Seattle Crew, but I am very satisfied with Georgina and Seth's closing. I think this is the best series by RM. I have read other series by her and when I first started reading the Succubus series I had to go back and double check who the writer was. This series was written so profoundly different than any of her other series. It was smart, witty, mature and with just the right dose of sexual play and romance. The characters were all well developed along with each of their emotions and personalities. The reader for this series really made it too. You can tell she totally got Georgie. For me this was not just another typical Paranormal Romance. As with Katie and O'Neal, savor every page, or in this case, spoken word as it is rich and entertaining. Great Story, sorry to see it end, but what a great ending. Thanks Richelle for Sharing Georgie and the Seattle gang with us. It has been a pleasure.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark and Hollow Places

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Carrie Ryan
    • Narrated By Allyson Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters. Annah's world stopped that day, and she's been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn't feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.

    Cindy says: "Emotial and Dark"
    "Emotial and Dark"

    I was attracted by the name of the book, the title would make an amazing sculpture. I was truly unable to put this audio book down. From the very beginning Carrie Ryan introduces you to a dark new world or should I say what is left of our world and the people who are trying to eek out a life and love in it. In the beginning it did remind me of "The Village" however, you quickly find out it is significantly different. In this book the threat is real, the threat is constant and death is never really the end of existence. I truly found myself wrapped up in the darkness and emotion of the main characters journey in this coming of age novel of love and loss. One thing I felt Mrs. Ryan did well is never let you forget the threat, but always kept the human story in the front.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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