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Oak Harbor, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 5 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 205 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014

  • Daughter of the Blood: Black Jewels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By John Sharian

    Seven hundred years ago, a Black Widow witch saw an ancient prophecy come to life in her web of dreams and visions. Now, the Dark Kingdom readies itself for the arrival of its queen, a witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But she is still young, still open to influence - and corruption.

    Bexlyn Wright says: "A Walk on the Dark Side of Fantasy"
    "Wonderful Story ... Average Narration"
    If you could sum up Daughter of the Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Delightfully engrossing story.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Daughter of the Blood?

    Many Jaenelle's encounters with Satan left me chuckling.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The voices John Sharian attempts to give to the characters waver and change, shifting between characters. This had frustrated me enough to cause me to nearly step away from what really was an excellent book. Beyond that he is a decent narrator, reading at a good pace and is generally nice to listen to, but the shift in voices really annoyed me.

    Any additional comments?

    This whole series is incredible and definitely worth the read. There are moments when I found myself laughing hysterically and times when I was crying sadly. Bishop spins a wonderful story that is full of twists, turns and surprises.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Simply an Amazing Book - even better than the movi"
    What did you love best about The Help?

    Everything. It's truly difficult to select a few items to list. The story reaches out to you and draws you along till you find yourself laughing, crying, aching, rejoicing. I couldn't turn the book off and when it was over I wanted to share the story with everyone I knew - and I did!

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mimi was by far my favorite character, not just because her antics made me laugh, but because she was so dynamic and you never really knew what she would do next. Especially when she doles out her own sense of justice!

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

    YES! I listen to audiobooks on my long drives between home and school. I'd arrive at school and have to force myself out of the car despite having already lingered for longer than I should have.

    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

    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"
    "I laughed, I grumbled, I wondered ...."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I truly enjoy the Rachel Morgan series. My husband and I read the books simultaneously, sharing funny moments and teasing the one who is currently behind with tidbits of real and false information. This time though... there wasn't as much of that because the book simply wasn't as good as its predecessors. I found myself wondering if we could "just get on with it" now and again and finding it a bit odd that Rachel seems to either be getting weak or old. While reading this book wasn't a waste of my time, I also lacked my usual energy to listen to it.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Kim Harrison? Why or why not?

    Oh yes! Harrison's books are some of my favorites. Not all are going to be perfect winners, so I'll forgive her for this one.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I have simply never liked Gavin as a narrator. Her voice grates on my nerves and she has a tendency to mispronounce words which only grates on my nerves even more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Could have been so much more...."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed listening to this book, and felt the narrators did a good job. The story had so much promise, and while at times it did a great job of explaining Aspergers, often it failed at that very same thing. As a mother of a child with Aspergers some of Picoult's descriptions hit home so hard I found myself crying - other times she was so off or even contradictory of herself that I found myself angry at the misconceptions being put out there.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The end ... that was the biggest disappointment. You go through this maddening story where you just want to beg them to simply ask Jacob what happened and its like she got bored of writing and just dumped out the end and quit writing. I felt cheated! Even if some of her descriptions of Asperger's were off... even if she has issues contradicting herself... it was still a good story and the end did no justice to any of the rest of it.

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

    I do enjoy the different voices and rhythms brought to the story. Mostly though, I just love listening to the audio books while I drive otherwise I would likely have no time for recreational reading.

    Do you think House Rules needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, Picoult pretty much ruined the end and any chance for any desire for a follow-up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus Shadows: Georgina Kincaid, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Georgina Kincaid has formidable powers. Immortality, seduction, shape-shifting into any human form she desires, walking in heels that would cripple mere mortals - all child's play to a succubus like her. Helping to plan her ex-boyfriend's wedding is a different story. Georgina isn't sure which is worse - that Seth is marrying another woman, or that Georgina has to run all over Seattle trying on bridesmaid dresses.

    Shelley says: "Didn't want it to end!"
    "Wonderful Series ... narration is ok"

    I have absolutely loved this series. Georgina can be crass, rude, sweet, amusing, and always just uniquely herself. Dynamic characters, intriguing plots, and humorous occurrences keep me coming back for more.

    However, the numerous mispronunciations of common English language words drove me nuts throughout this book in particular. I have listened to this entire series on audio book during my long drive to and from school and find myself cringing every time the reader pronounces something wrong.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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