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DebaDeb

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

Houston, TX | Member Since 2010

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  • 54 reviews
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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
    (2061)
    Performance
    (1893)
    Story
    (1899)

    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
  • Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles - Levana's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (581)

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told - until now. Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death.

    Log Cabin Pat says: "For fans only"
    "Levana explained..."
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    I was looking forward to the next book in this series having loved all of the others. I even pre-ordered this one. I was so disappointed when I discovered it wasn't focused on Cinder and her friends. (Now we have to wait until the fall of 2015.)

    That being said, this was a good read. It explains so much of why Levana is the way she is. It doesn't make you like her, nor excuse her. It just explains. I am glad I listened. It helps make it through the time waiting for the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22077)
    Performance
    (15880)
    Story
    (15786)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Sara says: "The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary"
    "Love, Love, Loved it!"
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    It almost seems like all of the authors I love have hit a writers block and I can't seem to find a book to read. But one day while watching the Starz network, I saw the show Outlander advertised. It peaked my interest, and I watched the first season. I loved the show and wanting more, I got the first book.

    What an enjoyable book! The narrator "made" this book. I've noticed others have called this a romance, but I disagree. Had it been one, I wouldn't have finished the book. I have book 2 in my library and I will be listening soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (2422)
    Performance
    (1831)
    Story
    (1832)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Bruce says: "Made for TV Movie .."
    "Opens your eyes!"
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    This would not be a book I would have chosen had it not been for my favorite book reviewer on Audible recommended it. I am so glad I did.

    Even though this is a heart breaking story, and Alice's journey with Alzheimer's has a predictable ending, it was an interesting and enjoyable listen. This book should be prescribed for anyone diagnosed or dealing with someone with Alzheimer's.

    I you or anyone you know has this horrible disease, this is the book to read. You begin to understand what they are going through and what to expect. Who knows, it may help when your patience is at its end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Day

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stone
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (444)

    Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke - they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago. When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps, dodging Nazi soldiers.

    Joe Crescenzi says: "What a fantastic story... a real treat!"
    "Payback is a ...."
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    Movers have stolen an older couples entire household of belongings. Just the thought of this happening to me is unimaginable. How this man gets his payback is a thrilling adventure. I highly recommend this book. I listened to it in one sitting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (972)
    Performance
    (834)
    Story
    (837)

    The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar or a parking lot or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.

    W. Perry Hall says: ""Well, Mr. Secret Revealer!""
    "Average at best"
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    Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors and I have read all of his books. "Stranger," was average. Usually his books are hard to stop listening to, and I usually do his all at once no matter how long they are. I found myself stopping the book for phone calls and such and forgetting later that I was even listening to a book. It's as though he is finding it hard to find things to write about.

    If you are also a Harlan Coben fan, I know you will probably get this book as I did. Just don't expect his best.

    0 of 1 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
    (1028)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (922)

    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.

    Angela says: "Fantastic Follow up!"
    "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
    (8280)
    Performance
    (7634)
    Story
    (7650)

    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
    (1084)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (988)

    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!

    29 of 31 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
    (24373)
    Performance
    (22379)
    Story
    (22386)

    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?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "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

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