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FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Space Between: An Outlander Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (569)

    Joan MacKimmie is on her way to Paris to take up her vocation as a nun. Yet her decision is less a matter of faith than fear, for Joan is plagued by mysterious voices that speak of the future, and by visions that mark those about to die. The sanctuary of the nunnery promises respite from these unwanted visitations...or so she prays. Her chaperone is Michael Murray, a young widower who, though he still mourns the death of his wife, finds himself powerfully drawn to his charge.

    Kathy says: "A Delight!"
    "A Delight!"
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    I have to confess that I am an Outlander addict. I love all the books in the series and I do believe Davina Porter is one of the best narrators I have heard. I have been counting the days for Diana Gabaldons next book so "The Space Between: An Outlander Novella" has been the perfect little taste before the next book. This audio book is only just over 4 hours long so it is a little pricey if you compare that to the 40+ hours of the other Outlander series books.This novella is just a fast little story about Michael Murry (Jamie and Clair's nephew.) Joan (Jamies step-daughter) who is on her way to the convent in France,the Comte St Germain (we all thought he was dead!) and best of all Master Raymond! Hearing Master Raymond was like hearing from an old friend! The story is really short and telling you more then what Amazon says in the description would be a spoiler I think.
    For me it was well worth the credit just because it has been so hard waiting for" Written in My Own Hearts Blood" but I have to say if Diana Gabaldon should write more books or novellas about these characters I would most definitely read or listen to them. I sure hope she does cause it would be way to hard to wait for the next book after this one!

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • One Plus One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1036)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (945)

    Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

    Kathy says: "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
    "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
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    One plus One by JoJo Moyers is in my opinion a very easy read or in my case easy listening. In this book I defiantly liked having .all the different narrators. I think it was the right decision on their part to have someone with a child's voice doing the part of the little girl Tansy and adults doing the adult parts. It took just a couple of minutes to get use to the British accents and I think they all did well.
    Ed a wealthy nerd that has gotten into some trouble for unintentional insider trading .He is told to get out of town for a while by his lawyer and he ends up taking a road trip with Jess a single mother, her teenage step son, her 10 year old math wiz daughter Tansy and their great big slobbering dog. They need to get to Scotland for a math competition cause it looks like that is the only way Tansy will ever get into a school that is suited for her high intelligence. Jess seems to be stuck in Murphy's law cause if something can go wrong for her or her kids it does but Jess has such a good attitude about things working out.
    JoJo Moyers has a very special talent to write about quirky people The story may be a little predictable but I ended up liking the characters so much that I just wanted the best for them. It is a very nice romantic story about people being right for each other. I am pretty sure that at some point I will listen or read this book again

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Dead but Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris (editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (editor), Rachel Caine, and others
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (362)

    Charlaine Harris' smash-hit Sookie Stackhouse series may have reached its conclusion, but the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, lives on in this all-new collection of 15 stories. Written by a killer lineup of authors, including New York Times best-sellers Rachel Caine, MaryJanice Davidson, Jonathan Maberry and Seanan McGuire, and with introductions read by Charlaine herself, Dead but Not Forgotten puts your favorite characters center stage.

    Catherine says: "Bitter Sweet"
    "Not at all sorry to have purchased"
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    I have been a great "Sookie Stackhouse" Fan up until Charlaine Harris's last 2 books in the series. Maybe part of that was because of all the waiting and anticipation but I honestly felt like the author had given up on the books and just wanted to get it over with. The only reason I got Dead but Not Forgotten was because I got it on sale. That being said I very much enjoyed this book. It is always delightful to hear Johanna Parker and it was very nice indeed to hear the stories with writers that seemed to care more about what they had to say. I hope they do more!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6214)
    Performance
    (5381)
    Story
    (5375)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Beautiful Book"
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    I can not tell you how much I enjoyed this book. It is really several stories in one starting with Pasquel a small hotel owner in a very small Italian coastal village to present day Hollywood with Chair a young disillusioned development assistant.
    Jess Walter is very good at descriptions and has a real feel for the locations described and life.
    I got this book because of an NPR review rated it as the best new novel of the year. I agree
    One other thing I think Edoardo Ballerini was fabulous as the narrator

    61 of 65 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (214)

    A cop with nothing left to lose, Burke Basile is out to get revenge. Corrupt lawyer Pinkie Duvall has cost him his best friend’s life and his job. Kidnapping Pinkie Duvall’s trophy wife seems the perfect way to get even. There’s just one problem. He doesn’t foresee the electric attraction he’ll feel for this lonely, desperate woman from New Orleans. Sandra Brown’s flair for concocting just the right blend of passion and mystery has made her one of America’s most popular writers.

    bluebelle says: "More of a Mystery than a Romance"
    "not so good"
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    I very much enjoyed Sandra Brown's "Envy". It seems like she has written quite a few books and received many good reviews so I figured I would Give "Fat Tuesday" a try. It is way over dramatized, predictable and the language is weird. I think this book is suppose to be a steamy/thriller mystery but with sentences like "men that are ravenous don't eat neatly" it is far from it. Seriously I can not imagine anyone talking like that. To me the book was so bad that I thought it was kind of funny. I ended up listening to it in 2X the speed and I think it would be better if I could have listened to it in speed 3 or 4. I did finish the book on the other reviewers recommendation but all in all not so good and it's a definite thumbs down from me

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (4535)
    Performance
    (3984)
    Story
    (3962)

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

    B.J. says: "Another terrific listen."
    "much better"
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    A breath of Snow and Ashes is so much better then Fiery Cross. Originally my plan was to listen to this book in installments because 50+ hours is a lot of time to invest in one book. This book grabbed me enough that it was a good listen. I love Davina Porters voice for the most part but I think she could do better with her children's voices in this book. All in all I liked it and I will defiantly listen to this book again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4971)
    Performance
    (4417)
    Story
    (4407)

    The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

    Lorrie says: "LOVE THIS"
    "worth the time"
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    I read the hard copy of the other Outlander books before the Fiery Cross They were very big books as well but it is so different to listen to a big 55 hour book. Slow starting but it is a really good book and I would not change a thing. I have no idea how accurate the history is in the Outlander series but it is such a fun way to get a feel for the time just before the American revolution. I loved the narration but I think for the next book I will limit my listening to one part at a time and listen to other books in between.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3629)
    Performance
    (3215)
    Story
    (3222)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "Kind of disappointed in Deadlocked"
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    First off I am a huge fan of the other Sookie Stachouse books.I have been waiting for this book to come out for a long time so that may be the source of part of my disappointment. I feel like Charlaine Harris should have spent another year working on "Deadlocked" because it seems like at least 85% of the book is a recap of everything that went on in all the other books. This book is almost like a very short story with all the other books wrapped around it. ..doesn't feel like the author put much thought in it at all. Not much plot, Sookie is not as spunky as she is in the other books and there is not very much action in it all. Most of the favorite characters are out of town for a good deal of the book as well.

    I think the saving feature in Deadlocked is the narrator Johanna Parker. She has such a charming voice and she really does a wonderful job at making all the characters different. I think I would like to see how she does at other non-Sookie books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shiver

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (383)

    Every summer Sam spends a few precious months being human, until the cold causes him to shift to a wolf once again. Discover what happens when he meets Grace in this chilling romance.

    FanB14 says: "Inventive Wolf YA Drama"
    "Nice story"
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    Shiver is a different kind of werewolf story. In this story young werewolves get to be human during the warmer months of the year and are werewolves for the winter. It is primarily a story of Sam the werewolf and Grace the teenager that was bitten bitten by wolves when she was a very young child but never turned into a wolf. She is very attached to watching the wolves that live near her home....most of all one beautiful wolf with amber eyes...Sam. I do not want to give the story away but Grace and Sam get to know each other when he is forced into his human form during the colder part of the year. I think this is a very well done YA story
    One really small thing I really loved in the book is at one point Sam is reciting part of a poem by Rilke. The scene only lasts for a few minutes but I liked Sams reading of the poem so much that I searched on Audible for readings of Rilke but the narrators of Rilke poems on Audible are not as good as David LeDoux.
    I enjoyed the brief interview with Maggie Steivater after the book and I wish more authors would share their own thoughts on the books they write.
    I believe I will read the other books in this series but I will wait a while before I start book 2

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men: Jane Jameson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3964)
    Performance
    (3069)
    Story
    (3060)

    Once a devoted children's librarian, Jane Jameson now works at a rundown occult bookstore. Once a regular gal, she's now a vampire. And instead of a bride, she's an eternal bridesmaid -- which leads her to question where exactly her relationship with her irresistibly sexy sire, Gabriel, is headed. Mercurial, enigmatic, apparently commitment-phobic vampires are nothing if not hard to read.

    Kickez says: "A great continuation from the 1st book!"
    "Molly Harper is funny"
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    Would you listen to Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men again? Why?

    I think one time is enough


    What other book might you compare Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men to and why?

    I do feel as if many of the ideas in the nice Girl books were borrowed from Charlene Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books. I don't know who is borrowing from who. The


    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not yet


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found myself not wanting to listen to this in one setting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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