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Jean

Always looking for twists in a story that surprise me!!!!

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  • Dying Fall: A Ruth Galloway Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (126)

    Ruth Galloway receives a phone call that bears shocking news. A friend of hers from college, Dan Golding, has been killed in a fire at his Lancashire home. Her shock turns to alarm when she gets a letter from Dan. He has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever but he needs Ruth's advice. Even more alarming, he sounds vulnerable and frightened. DCI Harry Nelson is also rediscovering his past. Up north for a holiday, he meets his former colleague Sandy MacLeod, now at Blackpool CID.

    Aryn says: "Still a great series"
    "Great Ruth Galloway Mystery!!!"
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    Ruth remains one of my favorite mystery characters. She is very real with believable strengths and weakness. Like all of us she is always second guessing herself. DCI Nelson and the Druid Cathbarth, other characters in these tales, are well developed with their own strengths and weakness. Ms. Griffiths' books, well plotted and riveting until the last paragraph, leave the reader wanting more.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Blades: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brian Staveley
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1386)
    Performance
    (1299)
    Story
    (1303)

    In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

    Ethan M. says: "Of the various new fantasy series, this is... fine"
    "Fantasy at Its Best"
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    As an avid sci fi/fantasy reader, I've read 100s of this genre. Only rarely do I find a novel or series that is so excellent, well written, with a believable culture, characters that come to life as I listen or read, exciting storyline, and even-paced writing. The Emperor's Blades is such a book. I'm eagerly waiting for Book 2. This book was a terrific find. I place it with Daniel Abrahams' series "The Dagger and the Coin", James S. A. Corey's "The Expanse" series as well as George Martin's "Game of Thrones". Hope other readers enjoy it also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Dark Magic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Magnus Flyte
    • Narrated By Natalie Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (127)

    Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood. Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings?

    Tyler says: "So promising and yet..."
    "Change Title to 50 Shades of Dark Magic & Sex"
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    Enjoyed the book because the narrator added an extra star to the overall rating. The story has great potential but bogs down with efforts to bring in serious science. The sex scenes were really out of place. Felt like I was reading 50 Shades of Dark Magic instead of this book. However, liked it enough that I will give Book 2 a go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Miles Cameron
    • Narrated By Matthew Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (586)

    Twenty-eight florins a month is a huge price to pay for a man to stand between you and the Wild. Twenty-eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern's jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men - or worse, a company of mercenaries - against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder. It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.

    Amazon Customer says: "A New Favorite in the Epic Fantasy Biz"
    "Slow Start, But Worth the Listen!!!"
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    The author has so many major characters that it takes time to meet, describe and understand who they are. My advice is take the time. The narrator keeps the flow going and there is lots of action to hold your interest. Has the making of an epic series if Book 2 is as action filled and interesting.''

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Immune: The Rho Agenda, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1051)
    Performance
    (954)
    Story
    (954)

    Anyone who dares challenge the Rho Project is being systematically picked off. At the top of the hit man’s death list: NSA fixer Jack Gregory, and the three teenagers who first exposed the Rho Project’s dark agenda to the world.On the run for their lives, Heather, Mark, and Jennifer know that the Rho Project’s alien nano-technology has been released into the world, disguised as a miracle cure. But what they don’t yet know is that the serum has taken on a life of its own....

    Orson says: "A second volume that stands alone - brilliantly"
    "First Book's Characters Add Dimensions and Skills"
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    This is book 2 in a three book series. The first book caught my interest enough to bring me back to listen to 2. I liked 2 even better!! The characters - Mark, Jennifer and Heather - develop more skills and depth. Who would have guessed they could clean up in Vegas. Jack proves to be even more invincible than in book 1. Go back and read book 1 before tackling this one to fully enjoy the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (373)

    An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators - Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist - are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl. But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb's sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ's own hand....

    Jean says: "Surprising Disappointment"
    "Surprising Disappointment"
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    I've read all of James Rollins' books. I buy and read/listen as soon as each new one comes out. I was surprised when I was disappointed in this one. The story seemed to be a series of hackneyed elements from other series and books I've read over recent years. The characters' dialogue was juvenile in many instances. I expected someone to come out with "golly gosh" at any time. Overall it didn't read/listen like a true James Rollins book with the action rolling me along to the point that I could not put the book down. Please where is Sigma Force??

    The redeeming quality was the narrator. He brought life to the mostly cardboard characters with his voice.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Cyteen

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (399)

    The saga of two young friends trapped in an endless nightmare of suspicion and surveillance, of cyber-programmed servants and a ruling class with century-long lives – and the enigmatic woman who dominates them all.

    troy says: "This is a Heavy Book (lovely too)"
    "Classic Cherryh"
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    Would you listen to Cyteen again? Why?

    Yes, I will as new ones are brought to audio books. I've listened to most that are already available in audio format. There are several classics that I would love to see recorded. Can't remember titles after a number of years but she had written a series many years ago about a female warrior and her companion. Great series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The many things that I like about all of Cherryh's writings. A believable futuristic society; well-developed, sympathetic characters and interesting aliens.


    What about Gabra Zackman and Jonathan Davis ’s performance did you like?

    If a narrator is good you are caught up in the story and not derailed by the narrator's voice or speech characteristics. Both of these narrators had me listening to the tale without thinking about their voices.


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

    Cyteen is an excellent title for a movie as well as the book.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (1008)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "Disappointing. Summary sounded great. Plodding."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, after listening to it, my reaction was disappointment. I had looked forward to it after reading summary. There was not enough action. Too much intra and retrospective thinking by story teller. Main character went back in his thoughts so often in the story that it was easy to lose track of where you were in the real time of the story. When there was action it was well written and enjoyable. Liked the relationship and contrast between the two characters who lived at the air strip. All characters were extremely well written. Story is scary in its reality.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Mentioned above more action and less going back in time to tell the story from different time periods. Some of this is fine, but to go back and back and back again was confusing. I generally love and read complex books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hig's return with the 2 deer in the sled and his defense against the attackers.


    Could you see The Dog Stars being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    A movie and/or TV series would be possible with a less complex story, i.e, not so much retrospective thinking. Several interesting possiblities for Hig in movie role would be: James Franco, Matt Damon, or Will Smith. TV might be someone like: Joshua Jackson.


    Any additional comments?

    Would like to see a sequel to this book. With more action.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Kissing the Demons: Joe Plantagenet Murder Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kate Ellis
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Thirteen Torland Place was the scene of five terrible murders back in the 19th century, and was also linked to the more recent disappearance of two teenage girls. When a student living in the house is found murdered, DI Joe Plantagenet wonders whether her death has anything to do with the house’s grim history. Then other, similar deaths come to light and he fears a ruthless killer is at work in the ancient Yorkshire city of Eborby; a killer who deprives each victim of one of their five senses.

    Jean says: "Excellent British Mystery Author"
    "Excellent British Mystery Author"
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    If you could sum up Kissing the Demons in three words, what would they be?

    Eerie, Enthralling, and Twisting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kissing the Demons?

    Didn't read with the purpose of IDing most memorable moments, but enjoyed the opening sequence at the party, the oujii board message and the carpet search.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Choose any one of the above three as my favorite. Liked the twist with person who thought he was "Death".


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

    No, just generally enjoyable read (listen)


    Any additional comments?

    Ms. Ellis has a number of published mysteries. Would appreciate more available on audio than are available currently. thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pride of Chanur: Chanur, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (210)

    No one at Meetpoint Station had ever seen a creature like the Outsider. Naked-hided, blunt toothed and blunt-fingered, Tully was the sole surviving member of his company -- a communicative, spacefaring species hitherto unknown -- and he was a prisoner of his discoverer/captors the sadistic, treacherous kif, until his escape onto the hani ship The Pride of Chanur.

    Ellen says: "A whirl of worlds."
    "Old favorite revisited!!"
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    Where does The Pride of Chanur rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have many favorites among the numerous genres that I read (listen to) This book is one of the best of its genre. C. J. Cherryh is one of my favorite sf writers. There are enough clues as to how other races may have developed, their society and rules to keep the reader thinking and imagining how a human would react if he/she was in Tully's position. The narrator has a talent for projecting the voices of the different characters without being laughable in her efforts. I'll definitely listen to the other books in this series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Captain of the Pride was of course my favorite character. She dominated the story and her viewpoint drives the tale.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many to choose from that I can't select my one favorite scene. The on planet activity toward the end was attention getting as much as the station scenes and the shipboard activities.


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

    Meow!!!


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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