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Craig, AK, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 6 reviews
  • 39 ratings
  • 606 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2015

  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "Pleasantly surprised."
    What made the experience of listening to Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs the most enjoyable?

    I had listened to the first of the werewolf series by Molly Harper previously, and was unimpressed. I thought that this was a different author, and had been dismayed to learn that they were both Molly Harper books, with the same narrator. However, when I started listening, I found it hard to put down! Although this main character is also sulky and whiny, it fits her better, and plays into the plot in a way that it did not in the other series. The plot carried me on from beginning to end, with surprises at every turn. A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs?

    The surprise in the beginning about how the main character becomes a vampire is very funny and original.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Although I personally think the narrator's voice is nasal, that is not something I think she can improve upon. Her voice was a good choice for the part.

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

    This book was hilarious for a vampire novel, and that is something that many try for, and at which few succeed.

    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely recommend this book for a light, fun read; this book would make a great vacation novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mephisto Club: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    PECCAVI. The Latin word is scrawled in blood at the scene of a young woman's brutal murder: I HAVE SINNED. It's a chilling Christmas greeting for Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, who swiftly link the victim to controversial celebrity psychiatrist Joyce O'Donnell, Jane's professional nemesis and member of a sinister cabal called the Mephisto Club.

    Ramona says: "Must Read"
    "If I wanted a Dan Brown book I would've bought one"
    What would have made The Mephisto Club better?

    I love the Rizzoli & Isles series. But this was totally out of character. Neither Rizzoli nor Isles plays an important role, which sucks. I wish Tess Gerritsen would have made this a separate novel from the R & I series. Then she would have been released from the strictly logical cop novel format against which she seemed to be struggling throughout this book. And she wouldn't have subjected all of us mystery novel fans to a genre we didn't think we were buying into.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Tess Gerritsen again?

    Yes, because I love her mystery novels, but if she pulls another stunt like this...

    Which character – as performed by Kathe Mazur – was your favorite?

    The girl on the run was my favorite character. I wish Ms. Gerritsen would've made her a bit stronger, but she was a good character. She just didn't fit with the R&I format

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Mephisto Club?

    I would cut Rizzoli and Isles from the book. Take it all the way to Dan Brown genre. Make the two main characters someone from inside the Mephisto Club, who interferes with the police because he/she believes there is more to the series of deaths than the cops do, and the girl on the run. Major revisions.

    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had known this was so unlike her other books before I bought it. I had to fast forward through many chapters because I found the creepy what-if history so tedious in a suspense novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."

    Teresa says: "Keep your iron tools handy."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It would have been much better if one of the little vignette-like stories were expanded to cover the whole book. If that had been the case, I would have been able to attach more thoroughly to the characters and would have been drawn more deeply into the story. This book should be a series of 3 to 5 books.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Bernheimer again?

    Sure. He has very good ideas; this book seems like it just needed to be fleshed out. A LOT. It was kind of like reading someone's proposal for a series of fantasy books, instead of the fantasy book itself.

    What didn’t you like about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance?

    Actually, it was okay. I think it was the storyline that ruined it. But its hard to rate a narrator as good when you are having a hard time engaging in the storyline. Is it the story's fault or the narrator's?

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman?

    About 80% at the end, and expanded the first 20% to fill the space.

    Any additional comments?

    It's a shame really - such an original idea, turned into a lackluster book. It's one of those books that makes me wish someone would steal his ideas and rewrite it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Joe says: "Great begining of the series"
    What disappointed you about Nine Princes in Amber?

    It felt as though someone were explaining the plot of a series of books to me. Too much happened, and yet not enough. No characters were developed in detail, so that when tragedy befell them or they were saved from the brink of disaster, I did not feel anything for them. There was too much material for one book. I felt as though the author created a world without considering a storyline. I almost feel as though someone should rewrite this, and expand upon it extensively.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Roger Zelazny again?

    I will probably avoid Roger Zelazny's books in the future. I am not sure how he got the sequels to this book published.

    What didn’t you like about Alessandro Juliani’s performance?

    The performance was actually quite good, but the book's plot jumped around so much that the narrator's talent was lost. A good book with a quality narrator is a priceless thing. If either of those qualities is missing, it's difficult to judge the other independently.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Nine Princes in Amber?

    If I could rearrange the book as I wished, I would have separated everything into several novels. One book would be about the main character's adventures regaining his memory. There would be a much larger section in the sea world and a development of the hero's romance with its queen, culminating in the walk of the path and all of that mystical stuff. Next, I would write a prequel that would explain the history of the hero (instead of having him explain everything in the format of "I remembered..." which got tiresome pretty quickly). This prequel could contain flashbacks of pre-exile-to-Earth Amber, with the main story as the hero's experiences on Earth. This would build a foundation for the hero's relationship with his brothers, and add poignancy to his exile. The next book would be a fantasy war epic, concentrating on developing the hero's forces for an attack on his evil brother. This book would end with his imprisonment. The next book would contain his escape, and probably a lot of what happens in the second book of this series, which I will not find out the plot of because I don't intend to read it.

    Any additional comments?

    This book was extraordinarily creative, but it definitely lacked focus. A disappointment.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

    Amanda says: "Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging..."
    "Mostly confused."
    Would you try another book from Michelle Sagara and/or Khristine Hvam?

    I would not try another book by this author. I found it hard to connect to any of the characters because much of the plot was held back until the last quarter, when it was explained in flashback and overly formal conversation. I felt that it left too much unexplained and explained too much, all at once. The connection between the main character and her

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Definitely not one of these. A different series by someone else.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Khristine Hvam’s performances?

    I found her voice untrained and formal - like a high schooler trying to sound adult while reading a classic of literature aloud to the class. Maybe she would be better in something with a more casual tone that would allow her to relax into the characters. I think the author and performer were a bad mix.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom. I fell asleep listening to this book multiple times and could not get attached to the plot.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "Good story, but main character is annoying."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Although I understand the choice of narrator because of the lighthearted character of the novel, I objected strongly to the voices of Alaskans sounding like Sarah Palin. The heroine is incredibly whiny and I could not find any common ground with her. It was a fairly good storyline for a short and fun paranormal and the sex scenes were well done, but I felt the dialogue lacked intelligence, depth, or creativity.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Molly Harper? Why or why not?

    Unfortunately, I accidentally bought another book by Molly Harper and was dismayed to find that the narrator was the same as in this book. I was wondering if a less annoying narration would make the annoying dialogue less annoying, but I guess I won't find out. The maturity of Molly Harper's heroines seems to be a collective 16, and yet, as other reviewers point out, the raunchy sex makes the books inappropriate for readers with that maturity level.

    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator could have been less whiny. I know she was constrained by the whininess of the character, but I think it could have been done better. And the accents for Alaskans were offensive.

    Was How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf worth the listening time?

    If you have a lot of free time and have been using your brain too much lately, it would be worth the listen. And despite my bad review, overall it was rather entertaining. It is the listening equivalent of eating 4 large Hershey's bars. This would be a perfect listen for after finals in college.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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