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Jen

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  • There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Laurie Notaro
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    When her husband is offered a post at a small northwestern university, Maye Roberts is only too happy to pack up and leave the relentless Phoenix heat for the lush green quietude of Spaulding, Washington. But when you're a childless 30-something freelance writer who works at home, making new friends can be quite a challenge. Her attempts to do so lead her to enter a kooky beauty pageant - and to uncover a sinister mystery.

    A User says: "Is it over yet?"
    "I love Notaro!"
    Overall

    She is such a funny author. Just separate yourself from the world for a while and enjoy this book. Yes, it's silly and tongue in cheek, but that's part of the charm. Notaro can always make me laugh. The "Idiot Girls" books will make you snort out-loud with laughter!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5333)
    Performance
    (3675)
    Story
    (3692)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "Very enjoyable story, not so sure about narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed the story and the characters, but I found the narrator's accent for Bones distractingly weird. At one point in the book it is explained that his accent comes from both an Australian and British mix, but I felt as though that tidbit was tossed in there merely to explain the narrator's inability to perform a strong, solid dialect. I'm hoping it gets better the further I get into the series.
    As for the story, I thought it was a fun, enjoyable book and I like the authors sense of humor. I was pretty taken aback when Bones and Cat got together so quickly, wrongly assuming it would take a couple books for that to happen. The author's solution for what happens when vampire's cry or otherwise... emit fluids... is somehow the most disturbing solution of that issue that I've ever come across. Pink? I don't know why but somehow just straight blood is less disgusting.
    Really hoping to continue enjoying this series and seeing more developments in the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Me If You Can

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Marshall Karp
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (472)

    Matthew Bannon, a poor art student living in New York City, finds a duffel bag filled with diamonds during a chaotic attack at Grand Central Station. Plans for a worry-free life with his gorgeous girlfriend, Katherine, fill his thoughts - until he realizes that he is being hunted, and that whoever is after him won't stop until they have reclaimed the diamonds and exacted their revenge.

    Roland C. Hiltscher says: "Best James Patterson Yet!"
    "Really enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's not often that James Patterson book catches me off guard, but this one did and I really liked it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3966)
    Performance
    (2641)
    Story
    (2677)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Eric says: "great fantasy series"
    "Not my favorite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had high hopes seeing as it's a Jim Butcher book, but I didn't care for this as much as I hoped to. It was a good story, but I had a hard time paying attention to it. Lots of characters and locations, jumping around a lot in the beginning. I think it's partly because I listened in 20 to 30 minute bursts. I might have liked it more had I listened at length. I love this narrator, she was great. But I cannot STAND the trumpet sound between sections. And I'm guessing sections, it seemed kind of random. But it was horrible. Maddening, really. It was very jarring in the middle of a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Precinct

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (134)

    We enter The Last Precinct through the reverberating aftershocks of Black Notice, inconceivably finding Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner, Kay Scarpetta, an object of suspicion and criminal investigation. The nightmare on Scarpetta's doorstep continues as she discovers that the so-called Werewolf murders may have extended to New York City and into the darkest corners of her past.

    Kathleen says: "Another great Scarpetta novel"
    "I give it a C."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very sloooow. A lot of analysis, not much to keep the reader interested. Not one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promises in Death: In Death, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (564)

    Amaryllis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn't just "one of us."

    Erin says: ""Promises" Delivers!"
    "Good book, terrible narrator"
    Overall

    I absolutely can't stand this narrator. It ruins the book. ESPECIALLY her voice for Peabody. It's so annoying it's hard to focus on the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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