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Clear Spring, MD, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 4 reviews
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  • 832 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2015

  • The Fairy Godmother: Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella - until an accident of fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! Determined not to remain with her stepfamily, Elena set out to get a new job - and ended up becoming the Fairy Godmother for the land. But "Breaking with Tradition" was no easy matter. True, she didn't have to sleep in the chimney, but she had to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who kept trying to rise above their place in the tale.

    Captain Skurvy says: "An excellent start to a new series"
    "This is Mercedes Lackey?"

    First I have to say that I am stunned by the abundance of positive reviews of this book. Perhaps this is aimed at children and I purchased it in error, but if so then the rather graphic scenes and overall writing style seem somewhat out of place.

    In short, this book lacks respectable editing and any semblance of conflict.

    This may sound pedantic, and perhaps if it only occurred once this criticism would be, but the number of times that statements like, "He briefly gave her a long look," appear throughout the book has me grinding my teeth.

    There is no real conflict in this book. At no point was I inspired with any actual concern for the fate of a single character. The outcome of every exchange is a given: fairy godmother wins.

    Perhaps this was written in response to the mediocre-at-best TV show Once Upon a Time's popularity...? At any rate, it does no flattery to Mercedes' reputation as an author. Trite, uninspiring writing comprising a flat tale of borderline-dull characters.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tigana

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

    But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

    Robert says: "Says a lot about who we are."

    When I read the description I actually thought the plot might be a little corny and since it was so long, I thought it might drag on a bit. However, for the most part, my initial impression could not have been more wrong. Well-described characters who are each unique with a past and personality fill this novel virtually from end to end with action, suspense, a little philosophy, and a story of real human struggles with choices and their consequences. The plot is not shallow or corny, but a well-worked and thorough framework for the tale of heroic people in difficult times.

    I've never read any of Kay's work before, but after this, he's in my top ten list of authors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric Greitens
    • Narrated By Eric Greitens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior....

    Theodore says: "Unforgettable"
    "Elitist Humanitarian Becomes a Seal"
    Would you try another book from Eric Greitens and/or Eric Greitens?

    Very unlikely.

    Would you recommend The Heart and the Fist to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, lacked real conflict or deep character or plot. Reads more like a rambling blog entry than a serious, well thought non-fiction.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing memorable stands out.

    Could you see The Heart and the Fist being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator's voice is perfect for this book: drab and borderline monotone.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Game: Ghost Walkers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Possessed of an extraordinary telekinetic gift - she can make objects burst into flames - Dahlia Le Blanc has spent her life isolated from other people. But just when she thinks she's finally achieved some peace, her world comes crashing down. For a reason she cannot guess, she has become the target of deadly assassins. Suddenly, no place is safe - not even the secret refuge she established long ago. Now she must rely on Nicolas Trevane, a dangerous warrior sent to track her down and protect her.

    karen says: "Nicolas and Dahlia - Blend perfectly together !"
    ""sizzling romance" indeed"

    The basic plot of this book appealed to me and, as the story began, I found myself intrigued and anticipating the next development. Unfortunately, I was not prepared for overly-romantic turn the story would take. Repeatedly. Without carrying the plot forward. Now I'm hoping that in the five hours left in the story the action picks up! The redundant and repetitive nature of the (graphic) romantic re-hashing is really getting old, much like this review. And yeah: the whole "baaahwdy" thing gets annoying fast, too!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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