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Janet

BAY CITY, MI, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 7 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 268 titles in library
  • 40 purchased in 2014
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  • Moon Called: Mercy Thompson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4465)
    Performance
    (2983)
    Story
    (2991)

    Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

    Susan says: "I love this series.."
    "Great story if you like the supernatural."
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    What did you love best about Moon Called?

    The story was very well written, and the characters were well developed. There was a lot of action. The world of the supernatural characters was well developed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moon Called?

    The character of Mercy Thompson was the best part of the book.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    She does such a good job you get lost in the story and don't notice the narration. Voices for each character are specific and fit the personality of the character. The vampire was a little Bela Lugosi, but still worked (not too over the top).


    Any additional comments?

    The only drawback for me was that I am not interested in vampire, werewolf, gremlin etc.stories. The subject didn't interest me much, but the story; the personalities and interaction of the characters; and the narration were so good I still enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4217)
    Performance
    (3147)
    Story
    (3174)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Interesting Concept, Boring Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It starts out with a very interesting concept and the characters are kind of good. However it never seems to go anywhere. The characters are not that well developed and the action becomes repetitive. Just battle after battle of splattering alien gore. Maybe it picked up at the end, I tried several times but couldn't listen to it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sharing Knife, Volume 1: Beguilement

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (338)

    Young, pregnant Fawn Bluefield has just fled her family's farm to the city of Glassforge, where she encounters a patrol of the enigmatic soldier-sorcerers known as Lakewalkers. Fawn has heard stories about the Lakewalkers, who are wandering necromancers with no permanent homes and no possessions except the clothes they wear and the mysterious knives they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as "malices".

    Eric C. Zawadzki says: "Not really my thing"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Boring, slow paced. Tried to listen to it several times, but couldn't get through it. The Fawn character is immature and annoying. The age gap on the romance is creepy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (1238)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (919)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "Boring and Slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Nothing really happened in the first 3 hours. The narrator was also distracting. She made the main character seem flat and dull. Her voices for other characters were just irritating. I love sci-fi, but there wasn't any here. It was just boring with no real character development. The main character had no redeeming qualities.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mary C. Neal
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (202)

    In 1999 in the Los Rios region of southern Chile, orthopedic surgeon, devoted wife, and loving mother Dr. Mary Neal drowned in a kayak accident. While cascading down a waterfall, her kayak became pinned at the bottom and she was immediately and completely submerged. Despite the rescue efforts of her companions, Mary was underwater for too long, and as a result, died. To Heaven and Back is Mary’s remarkable story of her life’s spiritual journey and what happened as she moved from life to death to eternal life, and back again.

    Richard D. Shewman says: "Christian witness for the most part"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall
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    Story

    Near death experiences are always more interesting/credible when written by a physician, because they can address the critics arguments about the impossibility of NDE's in a scientific manner. This is a great story. It is very well written and there is a lot of detail on the experience itself and how it affected the author and her family. The narrator does a great job too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3636)
    Performance
    (3151)
    Story
    (3153)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Entertaining Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story is just plain fun and entertaining. Wil Wheaton does a great job narrating it. His timing is very good and so are the voices of the individual characters. I listened to his narration of "Fuzzy Nation" which took a little getting used to. He read it well, but just a little too fast. His narration of "Agent to the Stars" is great, much better timing and variation on the characters' voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent of Change: Liaden Universe Agent of Change, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (228)

    Fleeing the scene of his latest mission, Val Con yos'Phelium finds himself saving the life of ex-mercenary Miri Robertson, a young Tarren on the run from interplanetary assassins. Thrown together by circumstances, Val Con and Miri struggle to elude their enemies and stay alive without slaying each other - or surrendering to the unexpected passion that flares between them.

    Claire says: "At long last we have the Liadan stories on Audible"
    "Annoying Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator. The story and dialogue also seems a little dated.


    Would you recommend Agent of Change to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The narrator emphasized the dialogue all wrong and made the heroine sound like a whiny teenager rather than a strong woman.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Andy Caploe’s performances?

    NO! This may be a good book, but the narrator is so annoying I couldn't listen to it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It revolved around a strong heroine, she can fight and take care of herself. If she were written better (she spends too much time fuming, whining and talking to herself) and the narrator were better, this could be a good book.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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