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D. Kumpe

debbiek007

Fresno, CA United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 13 reviews
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  • Full Blooded: Jessica McClain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Amanda Carlson
    • Narrated By Casey Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (137)

    It's not easy being a girl. It's even harder when you're the only girl in a family of werewolves. But it's next to impossible when your very existence spells out the doom of your race.... Meet Jessica McClain - she just became part of the pack. In the vein of Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs, a new urban fantasy that rewrites the werewolf myth....

    Roberta says: "Terrible narration ruined it for me"
    "Hard to listen to"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from Amanda Carlson and/or Casey Holloway?

    Yes, but hope she changes who reads, good story line this one might be a better hard cover read.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Like a struggling reader, pauses in the wrong places, and characters are hard to follow


    What character would you cut from Full Blooded?

    the narrator, she colors how you view the all the different characters, hard to build a relationship


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Rises: Immortal Guardians Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (638)

    Krysta is used to getting the drop on vampires. Her "special abilities" aren't much, but the plan is simple - she plays helpless pretty young thing to lure them in. Then her shoto swords come out and it's bye-bye, bloodsucker. Until one night she finds herself with an unexpected ally. He's a vampire, all right, but different. Mysterious. Handsome. And more interested in saving her skin than draining it. Etienne has been an Immortal Guardian for two hundred years-long enough to know that Krysta is special.

    NEW NAME says: "They're back!!!!!"
    "To many I Love you's?"
    Overall
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    Where does Darkness Rises rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Better than many


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Darkness Rises?

    When you find out Zack isn't the bad guy


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

    yes, she is very good at character development


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

    I laughed out loud several times. Way to much mush in this one, didn't fit in well with the storyline. In the middle of a battle, turn to each other "I love you" really!


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy this series. It has a good plot that draws you, but the romance just did not fit in as well as the first 3 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Irresistibly: FBI-US Attorney Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julie James
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (257)

    A former football star and one of Chicago's top prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan will do anything to nail a corrupt state senator, which means he needs Brooke Parker's help. As general counsel for a restaurant company, she can get a bug to the senator's table at one of her five-star restaurants so the FBI can eavesdrop on him. All Cade has to do is convince Brooke to cooperate-and he's not afraid to use a little charm, or the power of his office, to do just that.

    M. Davis says: "OK Book -"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Love Irresistibly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Better than most


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

    You get a real feeling for the character, you like or hate them. When reading you are not
    as engaged in the individual people.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This series is great, in that the plots are all different but still similar in theme. Interesting
    people with interesting problems. Great listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Bluegrass Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1511)
    Performance
    (1387)
    Story
    (1373)

    Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks and Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year…until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position. Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign.

    Diana Turmenne says: "Made me want to visit Kentucky!"
    "WHY?"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Needs a much stronger story line with some twists and turns, you knew how this was going to end in the 2nd chapter.


    What was most disappointing about Molly Harper’s story?

    That it just went along with no true direction, lots of cute dialog but still boring.


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

    Kelsey is much more interesting than Sadie, Amanda's reading was the only reason I finished the book.


    Did My Bluegrass Baby inspire you to do anything?

    Not a thing


    Any additional comments?

    I love Molly Harper, but no matter how much I love her quips and dialog, the story has to go some place, has to have a purpose, sorry but this one did not. The competition between 2 workers just wasn't unique enough.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Biting Cold: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (687)

    Turned into a vampire against her will, 28-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago's vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye - and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing - among humans or inhumans. Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey.

    mhecker says: "oh, NO!!!"
    "This is a great series"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they like the unexpected


    What other book might you compare Biting Cold to and why?

    The Rachel Morgan series


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

    That is an unfair question on this book, as all the previous books were read by Cynthia Holloway. You associate a voice with a character, when that voice changed this late in the series it's hard to connect with the character the same way. If she had read all the books
    she would have been great. It was just hard on this one especially the voice of Ethan.


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

    I thought this was one of the better books in the series, you don't want to miss it.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drink Deep: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (788)

    Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal-registration act, times haven't been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay for a bit, and let the mortals calm down. But that's when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black - and things really start getting ugly.

    Stephanie says: "My favorite "Chicagoland Vampire" book so far."
    "Love this series"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Drink Deep to be better than the print version?

    The people come to life with the audio, they have a personality


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Drink Deep?

    That would give the ending away don't want to do that


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

    consistency, she is very good at keeping the characters voices the same. You always know who is talking.


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

    Could be great detective series only with Vampires.


    Any additional comments?

    Out of the norm, unusual story lines with unexpected endings, but still believable in a strange way. Hope this series goes on for years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Widow's Web: Elemental Assassin, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (748)

    I used to murder people for money, but lately it’s become more of a survival technique. Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town anyway. Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power.

    Julie says: "Not worth my credit"
    "Good but not what you expected"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Widow's Web again? Why?

    It was good once but I didn't like Owen in this book. Be interesting to see where she goes
    with this twist. Hope the next book comes out soon!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7612)
    Performance
    (6631)
    Story
    (6622)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "This would make a great series!"
    Overall
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    Story
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The differences in the personalities of male and female in this book are very interesting, and fun to listen to.Would love to see them together again!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Perfect Blood: The Hollows, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1770)
    Performance
    (1583)
    Story
    (1581)

    Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood. She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

    Aimee says: "Get on with it already"
    "What's up with Rachel?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up A Perfect Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Love this series, but this book was so out of character for Rachel. Who was this self doubting some what wishy washy woman. I hope this is the last we see of her. Glad to see Trent step up more and Ivy step back, but the Pixie and Al have got to stay, too funny most of the time. Great Narration, you will still want to hear this book even though not her best.


    What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

    She is so GOOD! Love to listen to anything she reads.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Poetic Injustice

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alicia Dean
    • Narrated By Paige Holt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Detective Samantha Colby wants a promotion, bad. So when she lands the high profile murder case of a celebrity television judge, she’s determined to solve the crime as quickly as possible. Medical Examiner Dexter Hawkins is a Harley riding, smooth-talking bad boy. Samantha knows his type, and she’s not jeapardizing her career or her heart by getting too close to him.Too bad keeping her distance might prove as difficult as catching the killer.

    D. Kumpe says: "Narrator problems"
    "Narrator problems"
    Overall

    Can't tell you about the book after 30 minutes I had to turn it off the narration killed it, sorry, I've never done that before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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