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Karen

Gainesville, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (743)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "Not one of his best"
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    Bit of a disappointment. This story is very convoluted, more so than usual. I'm going to go back and reread this book to see if I can pick up more the next time around. Its good enough that I will go back and reread it, but not good enough that I'll do it right away and for the fun of it. Too many sub stories. Too little connection between the sub stories. And the Bad Monkey plays such a small part in the story. I kept looking to learn more about the monkey and was disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Quest for the Wicked: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (228)

    Now that the Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc. team has defeated the nefarious Spellworks, the only "competition" in town, Katie Chandler doesn't have much to do as director of marketing, and she's starting to question her role at MSI. Her boyfriend Owen Palmer, on the other hand, is in hog heaven, translating an ancient and powerful magical manuscript. But then he finds that the cryptic text describing the location of an enchanted gem known as the Eye of the Moon has radically changed. This deadly stone gives its holder enhanced power over others and a craving for more power.

    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds says: "A real magical quest!"
    "Granny plays a bigger part!"
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    I really like this one because Granny visits NY and plays a much larger role than in previous books. I like Granny. Spunky. Smart. Just imagine Granny on a flying carpet. Or Granny in Grand Central Station. Such fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon Stilettos: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (426)

    Click your heels three times and say, "There's no place like Bloomies!" Katie Chandler's life is pure magic - literally. As an executive assistant at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., she's seen more than her share of fantastical occurrences. A mere Manhattan mortal, Katie is no wizard, but she's a wiz at exposing "hokum" pocus, cloaked lies, and deceptive enchantments. And she's fallen under the all-too-human spell of attraction to Owen, a hunky wizard and coworker. Owen, however, is preoccupied. Someone has broken into his office and disrupted top-secret files, and it reeks of an inside job.

    Jennifer B. Creamer says: "A new addiction!! For Molly Harper fans"
    "watch out for those red shoes!"
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    Great next book in the series. Fun listen. katie's parents visit, learn where Katie inherited her immunity. And those red shoes her roommates wanted Katie to buy in the last book - they make a return visit and play an important role in this book. Katie has an unusual experience (more than normally unusual for her) and sees things from "the other" viewpoint. Great fun, fast story, fantastic narration. I highly recommend this book and this series. Just bought the next book and about to start listening.

    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
    (709)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (636)

    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.

    ELSA says: "fun and interesting"
    "Great fun!"
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    Wasn't sure when I first started this book if I would like it. Seemed so serious, what with the rude boss and all. Then it got into the fun. Gargoyles. I like gargoyles. Especially talking ones. And frogs into princes. Like it so much I just bought book 2 in the series. Highly entertaining.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Laughter of Dead Kings: The Sixth Vicky Bliss Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    Who stole one of Egypt's most priceless treasures? That is the question that haunts the authorities after a distinguished British gentleman with an upper-crust accent cons his way past a security guard and escapes into the desert carrying a world-famous, one-of-a-kind historic relic. But the Egyptian authorities and Interpol believe they know the identity of the culprit.

    Loves To Read says: "I love Vicki Bliss"
    "I've already listened to this book many times!"
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    Vicky Bliss is one of my favorite characters. Her stories are funny and serious and full of action. I wish there were more in the series, and hope there are more to come. This one is set in current time, so that cell phones are involved. Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If Walls Could Talk: Haunted Home Renovation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (181)

    Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line. At her newest project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools. Mel hopes that by nailing the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man - and not end up a construction casualty herself....

    Ann says: "DIY murder, that spans the here and hereafter...."
    "Outstanding first book in the series"
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    Xe Sands is a great narrator. This series is quite different from her Lilly Ivory series, though both are based in San Francisco. The main character runs a construction company that restores historic houses. In my opinion, this is the best of the first three books in the series. I hope this series continues.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Run with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1638)
    Performance
    (1531)
    Story
    (1517)

    Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger - only to discover he's really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don't faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she's known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham - that's a risk. Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper. The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.

    itsallaboutthestory says: "More Serious Than The Others"
    "Fantastic ending!"
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    This book fits in well with the series based in Grundy, Alaska. It gives very unexpected background about the Doc in Crescent Valley. Some of the lesser known characters are expanded nicely. Don't want to give away the ending, but it was very unexpected, surprising, and fantastic. Pulls in some unexpected characters. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3912)
    Performance
    (2772)
    Story
    (2780)

    Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

    Brian says: "Know what sucks about this book?"
    "Excellent! Filled in many gaps"
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    Filled in many gaps between some of the stories. Started with how Harry got his start in the Wizard For Hire business by helping find lost children. Includes a story where he and Murphy have a couple minutes of romance before figuring out it is magic induced. Some good short stories and a couple of good novellas. All excellent stories. The author includes some notes about why he wrote each piece - anthologies they went into and his frame of mind at the time. Great addition to the "Dresden Files". I highly recommend this one.

    1 of 1 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
    (5597)
    Performance
    (5018)
    Story
    (5010)

    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"
    "Very good part 2 of this series"
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    This is an epic series. The first audio book is very long, as is this audio book. Both really pull the reader/listener in. I've listened to both books a couple of times and always pick up more about the people and times each read. person to person interactions are great. Times in history are also great. What a way to learn history! I'm restlessly awaiting part 3 of this trilogy! I don't want to rush the author because I know it will be well worth the wait. I highly recommend this series and this book in particular.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Secondhand Spirits: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (559)

    Lily Ivory hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora's Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion - she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry - her store becomes a big hit. But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime.

    Sherry says: "Witches and fashion - what's not to like!"
    "good series, a fun read"
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    I've listened to the entire 5 books in the series ( so far) and looking forward to more (soon I hope). Good characters. I like the gobkin (he's a crossbreed) who's a familiar who's familiar shape is as a miniature potbellied pig who hangs out with his witch in a vintage clothing shop in San Francisco. He and his person get into lots of situations, and their friends help them get out. I highly recommend any and all in this series. I read them out of order, and gone back and read them in order, either way works fine. Its easy enough to pick up on the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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