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Kay

Reader of all things science fiction, fantasy, mystery and paranormal.

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  • Boneyards: Diving Universe, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    Rusch's popular character Boss returns in a whole new adventure, one that takes her far outside her comfort zone, to a sector of space she's never seen before. Searching for ancient technology to help her friends find answers to the mystery of their own past, Boss ventures into a place filled with evidence of an ancient space battle, one the Dignity Vessels lost. Meanwhile, the Enterran Empire keeps accidentally killing its scientists in a quest for ancient stealth tech.

    Dennis says: "At last a good book!"
    "Not as good as the first two"
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    Any additional comments?

    I agree with the other reviews that say this narrator isn't the best. She's growing on me (or maybe I'm just getting used to her), but she still isn't doing these books justice. They're first person, so they should be especially emotional, rather than be so monotone/flat. I will say though, that after some recent books, at least she can pronounce words correctly. Compared to the first two books, this book is less focused. There are two POVs this time: Boss and Squishy. Boss's sections are ponderous and slow. Boss builds her business. She and the captain try to figure out where the fleet might have gone. They visit a few worlds and find only a few clues. Finally, at the end, they get a better lead, but the book ends before they can explore it. Very little seems to get resolved, although it looks like the action might finally arrive in book 4. Squishy's timeline jumps back and forth with abandon, giving you moments in time ranging from present day to back when she was in college. It tells her whole history with stealth tech and explains her reactions to the empire's research of it. Squishy's part has some action, but I'm not sure her story even needed to be told. It didn't seem to advance Boss's story much, and I can't help but wish the author had gone in a different direction and stuck with Boss.I wanted to like this book, but it just didn't live up to my expectations.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls: A Ghost Hunter Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (182)

    When M.J. Holliday and the crew of her cable TV show, Ghoul Getters, venture to the haunted ruins of Dunlow Castle in Ireland, drawn by the legend of hidden treasure, they hope the road will rise up to meet them, that the wind will always be at their backs-and that the resident phantom won't push them off a cliff. If they treasure their lives, M.J. and her ghost busters need to get the drop on the menacing phantom.

    JEAN says: "gil please"
    "It's just getting so bad"
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    I thought this series had promise, but it's getting worse, not better. The characterization is awful. Like many other readers, I can't stand Gilly. It wouldn't bother me at all if the author killed him off. I can't think of one redeeming quality he has. He's thrown at least four childish tantrums so far (one of them was over someone leaving a TV show featuring a talking animal on in his room, I kid you not) and I still have four hours to go. He has broken all the meters and a camera, and lost an important artifact, all while whining about how people are mean to him. The majority of the characters are one-dimensional, and MJ is often unlikable. I really wanted to like this series, but the author is making it very hard. I've heard the next two books are more of the same, but that Gilly gets a little better after that. Maybe I'll skip to that book. I don't think I can make myself finish this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seawitch: Greywalker, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kat Richardson
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (161)

    In this seventh series installment, a ship that vanished (along with everyone on board) 25 years ago has reappeared. Hired to investigate, Seattle PI Harper Blaine soon uncovers evidence that a powerful being may be responsible. Meanwhile, local police detective Rey Solis attempts to solve the mystery of the death of a passenger’s wife.

    K. Eckert says: "Great continuation of this series"
    "My favorite book in this series"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The story in this book takes you away from the city and out to sea. While it isn't all on the ship, enough of the story takes place in an enclosed environment that you have a chance to focus more on Harper and her ability to solve a mystery. It's a solid mystery and a bit more self-contained that other books in the series.


    Which character – as performed by Mia Barron – was your favorite?

    Harper's voice is the best, but I found the narration to good overall.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wanderlust: Sirantha Jax, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Suzanna Duff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Broke and unemployed, “Jumper” Sirantha Jax accepts a diplomatic mission for the government - only to find herself up against Syndicate criminals, man-eating aliens, and her own grimspace-weakened body.

    Kay says: "Loved this whole series."
    "Loved this whole series."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Sirantha grows and develops a lot from the reckless pilot who used to dance on tables. I would have liked more March, but her relationship with Vel is also satisfying in a different way, and it continues to grow in this book. Ann Aguirre has a definite hurt/comfort element to her romances that works for me. I just wish this whole series was on Audible. As of right now, only books 1, 2, and 4 are available. If you're looking for all 6, they are Grimspace, Wanderlust, Doubleblind, Killbox, Aftermath, and Endgame.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11026)
    Performance
    (10277)
    Story
    (10282)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "I wish there were more books in this series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ready Player One the most enjoyable?

    I think I am squarely in the target audience for this book, as I got every reference to the 80s, scifi/fantasy, anime and gamer genres. It combined a lot of my favorite things, and brought me back to things from my teen years that I haven't thought of in decades. And who doesn't like a treasure hunt? Plus, it has Leopardon.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wade's transformation from lonely kid to confident protagonist was one of the best parts. I also really enjoyed his relationship with H and the twist about H's identity.


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

    Will Wheaton is a capable narrator. You know if you see him on a book you can listen to it with confidence.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11563)
    Performance
    (10505)
    Story
    (10526)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Worth the wait"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this book. It starts just a little slow, building up to a fantastic mystery. I was dying to know what was behind door 14 and I was not disappointed.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    It isn't really like anything else out there. I think it has the same sort of appeal as The Rook.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    An excellent narrator, Ray Porter managed to make each character distinct without being cartoony. He is very consistent with his accents and reads at a good pace.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1407)
    Performance
    (1250)
    Story
    (1247)

    Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

    Amanda says: "Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging..."
    "Had promise"
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    What disappointed you about Cast in Shadow?

    Wow, where to begin. First, I really wanted to like this book. It had a lot of promise, but it failed to live up to it, in my opinion. It feels like a first novel (I have no idea if it is) and it needed *a lot* of editing. I found the the main character's internal monologues (and sometimes external monologues) endless and tedious. The author is fond of hinting at something (character X knows something *important* about the main character) but then doesn't reveal it (character X tells main character they're not going to tell her because she doesn't need to know even though it effects her directly) and the main character doesn't have any curiousity about it, she just accepts it. A lot of the mystery about the various marks and at least one major conflict could have been resolved so much more easily if people had just had an honest conversation about it. Instead, they create meaningless problems for themselves. Misunderstandings are apparently just a way of life for Kaylin, along with crazy mood swings and fits of sulking. The dialogue is pretty stilted and frustrating to listen to. About a third of the way through, I started listening to the book at 1.5x speed so it would be over faster. It kept my attention enough that I wanted to know how it ended, but not enough to linger over it in normal time.


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    Khristine Hvam was the best part of this audiobook. She did a good job distinguishing the races's accents and doing her best with the dialogue. I would definitely listen to more books with this narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1994)
    Performance
    (1810)
    Story
    (1810)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Brilliant and unexpected"
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    Where does The Rook rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Rook ranks at the top of the audiobooks I've purchased in 2012. I found it fresh, fun, and unexpected. Sort of a men-in-black with supernatural creatures instead of aliens.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cloud Roads

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (477)

    Moon has spent his life hiding what he is - a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community.

    Amazon Customer says: "M. Wells' RAKSURA books narrated by Chris Kipiniak"
    "An unexpected pleasure"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cloud Roads to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read it in print, so I can't speak to that. The narration was good though, except for Jade's weirdly deep voice. Moon's voice was excellent throughout.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was hooked on this one right away. I loved it and I wasn't expecting to, having not read anything by Martha Wells before. Moon's story is all about finding a place where you belong and it's easy to relate to. Moon's relationship with Stone is my favorite part. It's so painfully awkward, and rings very true that way. The author has free "deleted scenes" for this series up on her website, and there is a sweet moment there between Moon and Stone that I wish had found it's way into the book somehow. I can't wait to read more about them.


    Which character ??? as performed by Christopher Kipiniak ??? was your favorite?

    Moon, by far. Jade was the worst. Thankfully, Moon is the main character and Jade rarely speaks.


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

    Oh yes. I downloaded book two before I was all the way done with book one just so I just have it queued up. I listened to books one and two back-to-back, and then read all the short snippets on the author's website. I wish book three wasn't so far away.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4882)
    Performance
    (3390)
    Story
    (3426)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    Justin says: "Kinda boring, mostly tedious, and frustrating"
    "Loved It"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Without hesitation, and I have. If you like sci fi, this book, and the whole series are a win. You wouldn't think that space battles focused on manuevers and strategy would be that exciting, but the author makes every one of them attention-grabbing. Jack is a memorable character with a great set up. He reminds me a little of Commander Shepherd in Mass Effect, in a good way. This is a great series, from start to finish. And I have high hopes for the second series as it continues Jack's story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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