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Francine

Broomfield, COLORADO, United States

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  • A Hidden Witch: A Modern Witch Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (547)

    Elorie Shaw, steeped in the traditions of the Nova Scotia witching community, but not a witch. The fetching spell must have goofed this time... or did it? Travel to Fisher's Cove, Nova Scotia, where Moira is matriarch and the old ways are nurtured and passed to the next generation. Where a crotchety old witch makes small children cry and builds walls around the silent pain in his heart. And where Elorie - sea-glass artist, inn owner, and Moira's granddaughter - makes her home.

    Seppo says: "Is such thing possible as too much TLC?"
    "Not quite so sure about this one"
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    Where does A Hidden Witch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I rated it a 3 for story because even though I read books about witches, this one was a bit hard to 'buy into'.


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

    I was glad the book ended when it did. More use of the hidden power would have ruined it for me.


    Which character – as performed by Martha Harmon Pardee – was your favorite?

    Moira. I feel she has created a completely unique sounding voice for her and I know exactly who is talking without having to be told by way of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the rest of the books in the series focus on the more traditional talents of witches. There are several characters that I would love to see developed and hope I have a chance of reading all about it.

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  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4670)
    Performance
    (4162)
    Story
    (4164)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Finally a new author to explore!!!"
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    If you could sum up Suspect in three words, what would they be?

    Twisty. Heartwarming. Series?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie definitely!! She is loyal, loving, funny, creative, a survivor.


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    When I read, the characters don't sound different which keeps them from coming to life. He had several characters that had radically different voices and they were believable and by the end of the book I knew who was speaking without having any of the written "tells" to lead me.


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

    Yes. The beginning made me wonder what I was going to be getting into but I quickly understood and found reasons to listen. I generally only listen while driving but this book was an "at work" listen. And re-listen too.


    Any additional comments?

    I sincerely hope this is the first book in a series. The ending leaves that possibility open. And Maggie has plenty of pep in her doggie step to go so please Mr Crais, write more!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1485)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (653)

    Very early, 4:45, on a bitterly cold Minnesota morning, three big men burst through the door of a hospital pharmacy, duct-tape the hands, feet, mouth, and eyes of two pharmacy workers, and clean the place out. But then things swiftly go bad, one of the workers dies, and the robbers hustle out to their truck-and find themselves for just one second face-to-face with a blond woman in the garage: Weather Karkinnen, surgeon, wife of an investigator named Lucas Davenport.

    Erin says: "Entertaining & Edgy"
    "Lucas has grown as an investigator since this book"
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    Would you listen to Storm Prey again? Why?

    Yes. It is a good book overall, but not the best Prey book. As an investigator Lucas missed asking two obvious questions and it drove me nuts thru the book. If those questions had been asked and answered when they should have been, I feel the book could have gone a much different direction and been far more exciting. No spoilers here but they were follow up questions that I think any investigator would definitely ask.


    Would you recommend Storm Prey to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. The whole series is wonderful. But not every book can be a 5 star.


    Did Richard Ferrone do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. The first few books I heard him narrate I had a hard time with his 'gravelly' voice but now I like it. Gritty for the tough investigator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Drugs, thugs and questions that need answers.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a bit disappointed with this book. At the exact moment the first obvious follow up question wasn't asked I wanted to stop listening. Mr Sandford, you are better than this. There was no build up of tension, it was a logical book with no surprises. If that first question had been asked, it could have led to a kidnapping and much more tension and excitement. I love Lucas but he was not a stellar investigator in this book.

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  • Magnificent Vibration: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rick Springfield
    • Narrated By Rick Springfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (46)

    After making an unexpected connection with God via his cell phone, one man embarks on an unlikely spiritual quest in this smart, savvy, rambunctious debut from author Rick Springfield. After serendipitously stealing a mysterious self-help book called Magnificent Vibration: Discover Your True Purpose from a bookstore, Bobby calls the 1-800 number scrawled inside the front cover, only to discover that he has a direct line to God - and that God likes to mess with him.

    Laura says: "I was pleasantly surprised."
    "Not sure if I liked it or not"
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    What made the experience of listening to Magnificent Vibration the most enjoyable?

    It was a quirky story, with plot changes all the time so it wasn't boring! And listening to Rick's voice for hours on end was pretty amazing too.


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

    Frankly, it left me wanting something different. And I know that might have been part of the plan for the ending but I feel like alot of ground was covered in the book, with several story points not answered. What about LV? And I know it's possible to fall in love with someone in 12 hours or less, but how did it happen? What made it happen? And what was the point of all the retrospective? Each topic stopped just short of completion. Was that the point? I don't know.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Its a world full of confusion and not getting any better.


    Any additional comments?

    I went into this book with such high hopes. I saw reviews indicating it was a good, saw a performance of his in which he commented on the early reviews. I really wanted to love this book. I didn't. I feel like I need to write down notes about it and see if it makes more sense. Sorry Rick, but I just don't get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Celtic Witch: A Modern Witch Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (201)

    Cassidy Farrell is a world-class Celtic fiddler. And if she has her way, that's exactly who she'll stay. Except that's not what the rocks have in mind. Or a certain fetching spell. Or the truth working its way free in her own heart. A Celtic Witch is book six of the top-rated A Modern Witch series. Light contemporary fantasy with a good dose of humor, a little romance, and characters you won't want to leave.

    Amazon Customer says: "love it!!!"
    "BEST in the Series"
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    Where does A Celtic Witch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in the top 3 for sure. The characters feel like my family and I was so happy that this story finally happened.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ironically, it was that most of the story did not involve anyone finding their type of magic! These characters expanding the story to more than the magic. They have lives we want to be a part of.


    What does Martha Harmon Pardee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Distinctive voices. I tend to just read and not assign voices to characters and these books are read so well I can tell which character is speaking by just the voice she uses.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    When one heart finds a home a family finds its roots.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Broken: Mercy Thompson, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2980)
    Performance
    (2743)
    Story
    (2743)

    An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Beware the Exes!"
    "Mercy is at her best!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Night Broken the most enjoyable?

    I had eagerly awaited this book and it was so good I could not stop listening to it. Usually I only listen during my commute but with this book I had to listen all day at work too!


    What other book might you compare Night Broken to and why?

    Very reminiscent of book 1. Strong story and characters and totally believable.


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

    I have listened to all the books in this series and in this book there are a few times I couldn't tell she was 'in character' and thought she was reading the story between dialogue.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is a scene where Mercy is very emotional and the feeling of that moment definitely came thru in the narrators voice.


    Any additional comments?

    When is book 9 coming out? Can Coyote be in that book too?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7056)
    Performance
    (6317)
    Story
    (6323)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Not Happy with this"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending of book one indicates the characters will grow in book two. It took till chapter 18 for me to hear anything that sounded like the book I was lead to believe this one would be.


    What could Deborah Harkness have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Our female lead character is whiny. She is supposed to be an educated woman yet she repeatedly questions "who am I?" and "what does this mean?". And she does things that a smart woman wouldn't do. She takes risks that are not necessary for the story. They seem only to take up space in the book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes the narration is good. I have no issues with the narrator.


    Did Shadow of Night inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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