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Katana Rogue

Studio City, CA United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 17 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 210 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015
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  • Croak

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gina Damico
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (683)

    Fed up with her wild behavior, 16-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business. She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next.

    Jessica says: "Great story, distracting reader"
    "Good but...."
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    Make no mistake: this is definitely a YA book. I've listened to quite a few YA books that were well crafted and enjoyable ("Firelight" by Sophie Jordan comes to mind), but between the attitude and the angst and unsophisticated storyline of "Croak", I probably will not be continuing with the series (unless it goes on sale maybe). It's not bad, just not engaging enough for my adult mind to latch on to.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7890)
    Performance
    (6982)
    Story
    (6976)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "Delightful!"
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    After coming off a very enjoyable listen of Larry Correia's Grimnoir Chronicles, I hemmed and hawed about giving his other series a try. Boy, am I glad I did! I even bought extra credits because I couldn't wait until my next one came in!

    The story is fun, adventurous, and would make the most amazing movie. Oliver Wyman does a fabulous and enthusiastic job reading this. I laughed out loud in the supermarket, was on the edge of my seat in the car, and couldn't wait to see what Owen shot up next!

    Do yourself a favor and try this one out.

    0 of 1 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
    (1219)
    Performance
    (1088)
    Story
    (1090)

    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.

    Theresa says: "Enjoyable Story Ruined by Awful Narrator!"
    "I did like it BUT ---"
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    This was a cute, light-hearted book with some interesting characters. That said, the narration was pretty awful. I felt like I was listening to Maxwell Smart from the old "Get Smart" TV series instead of a girl-next-door trying to hide her accent in New York City.

    The story itself felt very YA. The main character goes from being a nobody to an instant MVP in a job she's only had a week and supposedly super-powerful people hang on her every word and think her average ideas are pure genius. She's so "valuable" the bad guys (who turn out to be highly ineffectual and lame) target her but her new buddies are always there to save her. And of course, there's the love interest who is "so far out of her league" she dismisses it, but you won't buy it for a second longer than I did.

    So if you don't want to think too hard or be dazzled by any big plot twists, you'll like this book. Every problem has a super convenient solution that just seems to fall into place like, say.... magic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3887)
    Performance
    (3628)
    Story
    (3617)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "I <3 Atticus"
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    I am a huge fan of this series and have hung on every word with great delight and relish and I look forward to any new stroke of Kevin Hearne's pen.

    That said, this book, while enjoyable, took too long to get started and while I think Owen and Granuile are wonderful in their own rights, their new viewpoints in this book are a big break from the previous installments and honestly, took over way too much of the story. I missed Atticus. It hardly felt like he was in the book at all. I'd totally read the Arch-Druid or the Apprentice spin-offs but wanted more of the Iron Druid I fell in love with.

    Luke Daniels shines like the superstar he is.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1988)
    Performance
    (1807)
    Story
    (1819)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "This was quite wonderful"
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    I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. It's an uplifting book that gives insight into Africa, elephants, and introduces you to the amazing human being that was Lawrence Anthony.

    If you love animals and/or are into conservation, this book will delight you as it takes on you a fantastic journey on the Thula Thula Reserve as they thwart poachers, interact with the indigenous people, battle spitting snakes, and best of all, provide safety and shelter to a herd of "rogue" elephants.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cat o' Nine Tales: The Jane Yellowrock Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (532)

    For the first time - in one Audible-exclusive collection - it's 13 stories of Jane Yellowrock, the shape-shifting skinwalker and vampire hunter for hire whose business card reads, "Have Stakes - Will Travel". Jane carries inside her the soul of her Beast, the mountain lion's soul which merged with hers when she accidently performed black magic as a child. Now, she and her Beast stalk the dark streets of New Orleans, bringing rogue vampires true death.

    Pauline says: "More of Everything Jane Yellowrock (and friends)!"
    "Sadness!"
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    I mourn that I am at the end of all the currently written Jane Yellowrock books. I feel like a piece of me has grown silent. Empty.

    As with all her other books, Faith Hunter does not disappoint in her gatherings of the JY short stories. Here you will get a better understanding and more background on all your favorite characters, from Jane to Molly to my favorite, Bruiser. It will fill in some of the gaps that you may have found yourself wondering about.

    As a stand-alone, a reader who isn't familiar with this series, you'll still enjoy this one, but you are doing yourself a disservice if you don't start at the beginning.

    Paw. Paw. Paw.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3296)
    Performance
    (2808)
    Story
    (2814)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "An Unexpected Delight"
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    This kept popping up in my recommended column. After suffering through the god-awful Sookie Stackhouse series (first few books were good, the rest awful but i guess I'm a masochist and a sucker for something on sale), I figured this was another romance book disguised as fantasy. It was anything but. While it certainly has it's moments of sexual tension, it was super solid story, well researched, and interesting. The narrator is wonderful.

    I've burned through the first three already and well into the fourth. Don't resist Jane and Beast. You'll love her. And maybe Bruiser too. ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angelfall: Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Susan Ee
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1156)

    It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival.

    Brooke says: "Creep-tastic!"
    "And there were angels..."
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    I was a bit leery of getting this because it's classified as a YA novel. I've enjoyed some, but others are a bit angst-y for me. I thoroughly enjoyed this and half wondered if it was inspired by the TV show, "Supernatural."

    The characters are well rounded and enjoyable. The story also was a decent adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jumper

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1276)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1159)

    What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?Davy can teleport. To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.

    Cather says: "A nice descent into fantasy..."
    "A Fun Romp"
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    I hooked into this book through Audible's sale in series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and carried my iPod with me at all times so I could keep it going. The main character gets a little whiny at times, but its fun story with believable characters and even sets you to wonder what *you would do if you could "jump."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11268)
    Performance
    (10071)
    Story
    (10044)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Better than gravy!"
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    This series is truly a delight. There's magic, action, humor, mystery. It's such a pleasure to listen to Luke Daniels and I am super excited to get every installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael A. Singer
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1453)
    Performance
    (1225)
    Story
    (1218)

    Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

    Lea says: "Fabulous!"
    "My touchstone"
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    This book was recommended to me via a podcast. It really hit a chord with me and has helped me immeasurably when the monkey in my head starts screaming about something. I go back to it again and again when I'm having a hard time letting something go. It's just something that happened; move on.

    I hope you get as much out of it as I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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