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Clarice

Henderson, NV, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (671)

    Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

    Scott says: "Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature"
    "Thought provoking"
    Overall

    I appreciated the detail and logic used in the creation of his parallel universe. The other two books in the trilogy are in my cart!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2384)
    Performance
    (2209)
    Story
    (2202)

    Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

    Diana Turmenne says: "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
    "A little predictable, but fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's fun.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The plot was somewhat predictable, particularly toward the end. Foreshadowing should have been a bit more subtle. But, I do like her brand of snark. It's uplifting.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Until they mentioned the character had a mix of Bostonian and Irish accents, I though she needed a speech tutor. Later, I could not figure out if they added the comment to match her narration or if she is a truly gifted vocal genius to merge the two. In any case I like her performances, even when the accent is confusing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Unleashed: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1981)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1432)

    Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, seductive cloth as her brother. Imprisoned for eons by their mother, the Scribe Virgin, she finally frees herself - only to face a devastating injury. Manuel Manello, M.D., is drafted by the Brotherhood to save her as only he can - but when the human surgeon and the vampire warrior meet, their two worlds collide in the face of their undeniable passion. With so much working against them, can love prove stronger than the birthright and the biology that separates them?

    M says: "Good not great **Spoilers**"
    "Melodrama with limited vocabulary"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Lover Unleashed better?

    The author should consider doing a word count and editing any word that appears over 500 times. That would cut the F-bomb in half. Not that I'm opposed to swearing, but it is SO thick that it takes the place of story and character in places.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Fine and predictable.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    The female lead, Payne. However none of the characters was very developed.


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

    Sadly, no reaction. A good theme and plot outline poorly executed.


    Any additional comments?

    Good to sleep to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3549)
    Performance
    (3252)
    Story
    (3232)

    Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

    yasmine32068 says: "Once again this should have disclaimers"
    "What a hoot...thoroughly enjoyed it"
    Overall
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    Where does The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10% of my 200 plus audiobooks so far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires?

    The interactions with the vampires were fine, but I particularly liked the exchanges with her teenage sister.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    The narrator has a delicious command of accents and voices. You can almost see the characters. She is right up there with Jim Dale of Harry Potter fame.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Prince: Dark Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Juanita Parker
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (317)

    Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of his people, the Carpathians. But they are dying out, falling prey to vampires or are choosing the soulless life. Mikhail is no longer sure he can bear the bleak future laid before him. The only thing that can add light to his life, can relieve his terrible loneliness, is to find a life mate. But he has given up believing one exists. He vents his centuries-old despair in an anguished cry that fills the waning night. And then, incredibly, a life-saving voice answers him.

    Maria says: "A complete waste of time!"
    "Predictable and boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could Christine Feehan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Work on conversation, add humor and read other writers and other genres. The basic story line was not terrible, but it is so soap opera.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pre-Order Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the "Campus" - a highly effective counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus.

    FREDERICK says: "Ignore this review"
    "Too little for too much"
    Overall

    As much as I love Clancy, I'll read a bit more closely next time. I can't believe I wasted a credit on a lousy 28 minutes.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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