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Elspeth

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  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6502)
    Performance
    (5018)
    Story
    (5036)

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Derick says: "Great Narration"
    "A Struggle Listening to Katherine Kellgren"
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    It has taken me forever to get through this audio book. FINALLY completed it today. I loved the author's other series (Olympians). I struggled to tolerate Katerine kellgren for this book--she yelled the entire time. I'm going to pass on the rest of this series in audio--will try print for the next book in the series and see if that is better. Kevin Free was fun (I would rate his performance a 3).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Sorceress of His Own: Gifted Ones, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1603)
    Performance
    (1494)
    Story
    (1500)

    Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence.

    Cheri says: "The Story Was Great but......."
    "Awful"
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    Dialogue painful. I made it 10 minutes and gave up. I am all for early career books being republished but this was terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laura Spinella
    • Narrated By Nicol Zanzarella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2297)
    Performance
    (2025)
    Story
    (2014)

    All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn't include desperate pleas from the dead. Her remarkable gift may help others rest in peace, but it also made for an unsettling childhood and destroyed her marriage. Finally content as the real estate writer for a local newspaper, Aubrey keeps her extraordinary ability hidden - until she is unexpectedly assigned the story of a decades-old murder.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Glad I didn't pay full price"
    "Surprisingly Engaging"
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    I hung in to the end and am glad I did. Despite its slow pace I actually enjoyed the book. I will look for other books by the author with hopes that that are better edited. Lots of the scenes, especially flash backs could have been cut at least in half (if not out completely). That said the story was interesting and great for a lazy weekend read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted, Inc.: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1763)
    Performance
    (1578)
    Story
    (1580)

    Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

    Debbie says: "Fun story of magic."
    "Read versus Listen"
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    Enjoyed the story but struggled to get through the reader's horrible accents. Will get the rest of the series to read. Will avoid this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl Cove: Donovan Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (98)

    Her husband died suddenly and mysteriously, potential enemies surround her, bankruptcy looms, and the fabulous Black Trinity necklace that was to be her financial security has vanished. Now desperate and alone, Hannah McGarry has no choice but to turn to Archer Donovan, one-time silent partner in her late husband's Pearl Cove pearl-farming venture.Archer would like to forget he'd ever heard of Pearl Cove and the dark memories it conjures up.

    barbara says: "Not a mystery story"
    "Story Stronger than Reader"
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    Because the setting is Australia for the first part of the book, the reader's inability to speak like an Aussie was painful. At least she gave up after the first few chapters with only a few sentences here or there where the she gives it another try. I'm not fussy about readers, I am disappointed in Rowan's attempt at an accent. I have to give her credit, though, for giving up through most of the book--it was why I could get through it.
    The story itself was interesting and I liked the interaction of the Donovans. Less than happy with the heroine who got to be a bit aggravating but I made it through. I've enjoyed Elizabeth Lowells other books more. I suspect I mgiht have liked Pearl Cove more if I read it and skipped this recorded version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob: Nightwalkers Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1566)
    Performance
    (1380)
    Story
    (1383)

    Since time began, there have been Nightwalkers - the races of the night who live in the shadows of the moonlight. Love with humans is absolutely forbidden, and one man makes certain to uphold this ancient law: Jacob, the Enforcer. For 700 years, he has resisted temptation. But not tonight... Jacob knows the excuses his people give when the madness overtakes them and they fall prey to their lust for humans. He's heard every one and still brought the trespassers to justice. Immune to forbidden desires, uncontrollable hungers....

    Dorothea says: "Awesome!"
    "Finished, But Just Barely"
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    Interesting story line, with some goofy elements you would expect in a fluff book. What made this book hard to finish was the performance of Xe Sands. Most of the voices were tolerable but the main character was girly beyond what I could tolerate. I might try this series in print for beach reading and just skip the audio versions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7838)
    Performance
    (6126)
    Story
    (6214)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    bluecat1861 says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Good Facts, Surprisingly No Fun"
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    What disappointed you about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

    I expected a fun read and was surprised at the serious tone. The author knew his subject and period which made a 2 star rating hard. I didn't like it because there was no play in the story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Seth Grahame-Smith again?

    Probably not.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Lightin' up!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Heat: Deadly Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Cynthia Eden
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    Six months after her lover died in an arsonist's blaze, firefighter Lora Spade calls in the FBI's elite Serial Service Division to track the elusive killer. When Special Agent Kenton Lake is lured into a violent inferno, Lora pulls him to safety and is stunned---not by the fire, but by her own searing attraction to Kent. For the first time in months, she longs for something other than vengeance. Kenton's interest in Lora should be purely professional. But one fleeting kiss and he can't get her out of his mind.

    deedee2253 says: "Good book"
    "Narrator distracting"
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    Would you try another book from Cynthia Eden and/or Justine Eyre?

    I like Cynthia Eden, but the narrator was not a good fit.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't get pulled into the story because of the reader so I can't really say if the writing is good or bad.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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