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DebaDeb

Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.

Houston, TX | Member Since 2010

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  • 49 reviews
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  • 608 titles in library
  • 84 purchased in 2014
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  • The Undead Pool: The Hollows, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1819)
    Performance
    (1676)
    Story
    (1683)

    Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike. The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

    Angela says: "Unbelievably Satisfying!"
    "Ho Hum"
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    Would you try another book from Kim Harrison and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    Yes.


    Would you recommend The Undead Pool to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you're a fan of Kim Harrison, you'll read it anyway. I think I am bored with this series. I've read every one and this one was just like the last ones.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She should stick to reading and not acting. Her sex scenes were like listening to a fog horn going off in an elevator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If this was the first book in the series it would have been good. Unfortunately it was like the ten (not sure of the exact amount.) before it.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Kim harrison would write something new. I probably won't buy the next one if it is about Rachel Morgan....again.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Murder of Crows: A Novel of the Others, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Alexandra Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (719)

    After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

    RabidReads says: "Without equal"
    "She did it again!"
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    I anxiously awaited book 2 of The Others series, and was not disappointed. I only wish it was a year later so I could read book 3!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7026)
    Performance
    (6513)
    Story
    (6528)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Yep...it felt like old times!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Especially if they like some people, felt King had lost his edge over the years. He's back!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say.


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

    Yes, and as usual, he was spot on.


    If you could take any character from Doctor Sleep out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Abra. Such a wise little girl.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (611)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    DebaDeb says: "Amazing, horrifying, and heartwarming!"
    "Amazing, horrifying, and heartwarming!"
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    What did you love best about The Auschwitz Escape?

    I loved the entire book! But, my favorite would have to be the end of the book. I'm not going to give away any spoilers, but I found my eyes welling up with tears and a smile on my face.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    At times I actually found myself talking out loud as if Jacob could hear me. After saying, "Oh no, don't go that way!" My son actually asked me, "What are you talking about? There is only one way to the back yard."


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    Christopher Lane gave each character their own unique sound. He did such a wonderful job. One reviewer said people who speak french only have accents when they speak English. I don't speak french, but when a friend of mine, who is french speaks french, she has a definite accent. I hate it when narrators try to do the opposite sex and end up sounding like they have an awful head cold, or are being strangled. Christopher Lane did a wonderful job!


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

    Unfortunately I began the book late in the afternoon and had to force myself to stop and go to bed. That being said, as soon as I got up the next day, my headset was the first thing I picked up.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't say enough about this book. It is so worth the read!

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9508)
    Performance
    (9043)
    Story
    (9059)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "OMG !!!! WOW!!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Martian?

    EVERYTHING!! I told my son he had to read this. He bought it, and couldn't put it down. It's well written, and the narration is perfect!


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I sure will now.


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

    I tried but at 3AM, I still had 2 1/2 hours to go and had to go to bed. As soon as I woke up, the headphones were back on my head!


    Any additional comments?

    There is one heck of a story line, the math and science are spot on, and the narrator does a fantastic job. Even if you didn't like math or science in school, (I didn't.) it is worth reading. I don't want to spoil this book for anyone. All I can say is I haven't been this excited about a book in a long time!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7035)
    Performance
    (6559)
    Story
    (6584)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Macho book for people who like macho!"
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    What disappointed you about Steelheart?

    I like adventure. I like dystopian books. I like sci fy. But I don't care for books that get into war strategy and weapon descriptions. If you like that sort of thing, you will love this.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator did a great job.


    Any additional comments?

    This would be a great book for young men. It just wasn't my cup of tea.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cell

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (341)

    George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc. George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating.

    Paul says: "Wow!!!"
    "There's an app for that!"
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    I haven't listened to or read a Robin Cook book in years. But the idea of having an iphone app called idoc was intriguing...and scary! Can you imagine using your iphone instead of seeing a doctor? How about your phone managing your meds? What if you're somewhere where the signal is lousy, your battery is dead and the power is out? I liked this book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Champion: Legend, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Steven Kaplan, Mariel Stern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (531)

    June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic - and each other - and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government's elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic's border cities.

    Joki says: "Close of a Very Underrated Series"
    "Wraps it all up, and ties it with a bow!"
    Overall
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    This series is a typical story of a rogue teenage boy, law abiding girl and their mission to beat the system. However, Marie Lu did "typical" differently. There was romance, but not too much, just enough action, and a great ending. Well worth reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6677)
    Performance
    (6051)
    Story
    (6051)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Absolutely WONDERFUL!"
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    This is one of those stories I could listen to again. Which is surprising to me, as I rarely read a book twice. I was thoroughly engrossed in the lives of Sarah and Handful. The Invention of Wings is about Sarah Grimke, a southern young woman, and a slave girl, Handful. Sarah, who at an early age is against slavery, and is given Handful for her birthday. Reading this book brought out many emotions in me. I found myself smiling, angry and sad. Sue Kidd writes a wonderful novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cress: The Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (1074)
    Story
    (1077)

    In this third audiobook in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

    AudioAddict says: "Very clever story (and series)"
    "OK, Now what?"
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    What did you love best about Cress?

    Great story, great characters, easy read. The beginning is a little slow. I'm not sure if it was because I wanted to jump into the Cinder storyline, or if it was because Cress's character was being set up. Once we knew exactly who she was, the book took off. And we were off and running with Cinder!


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

    Yes, she does a good job. Her portrayal of Queen Levana is a little weird, but all in all she does it well.


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

    All I can say is watch for Captain Thorne running down a hall. That is all I can say. Lets just say the crowd of people around me were looking around to see what was funny.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, how long do we have to wait for book 4?

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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