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Lady

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REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
30

  • Keeper of the Way: Aftermath Cleaners

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Shirin Dubbin
    • Narrated By Janina Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    NiaMora, is destined to die - tonight. Severin, a harbinger of death, has already arrived to bear witness. But he'll defy his duty. He won't stand by and watch, not when NiaMora may be his people's last hope for survival. Zan Wynn cares nothing for Severin's heroic delusions. The Fae-tech mogul has "spies" on NiaMora and her aftermath cleaner team. He wants her for reasons of his own, and as the quintessential bad boy - some might say bad guy - he can't be bothered to play fair.

    Lady says: "Great Story"
    "Great Story"
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    Because this is a quick listen, I did not expect such well-developed characters. My assumption was wrong. The characters are interesting, developed, and compelling. It's my first time listening to a story by this author. I am now a fan. She only has one other story on Audible, but I'm getting that one as well, and I look forward to more. Hopefully, all of her stories will be as interesting and complex as the Keeper of the Way. I'm glad I took a chance on the author and this story, it was definitely well-worth it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Captivology: The Science of Capturing People's Attention

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ben Parr
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The former editor of Mashable and cofounder of DominateFund examines the psychological phenomena that captivate our attention--and how we can leverage them to draw and retain attention for our ideas, work, companies, and more.

    Lady says: "Well Worth Your Attention"
    "Well Worth Your Attention"
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    Excellent primer on the essential elements required to capture attention in a noisy marketplace. I listen to numerous business books. Captivology is a listen that has earned a spot on the future business classics list. This one is worth a credit, or the purchase price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Empire's Corps

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (762)

    The Galactic Empire is dying and chaos and anarchy are breaking out everywhere. After a disastrous mission against terrorists on Earth itself, Captain Edward Stalker of the Terran Marine Corps makes the mistake of speaking truth to power, telling one of the most powerful men in the Empire a few home truths. As a result, Captain Stalker and his men are unceremoniously exiled to Avalon, a world right on the Rim of the Empire. It should have been an easy posting...

    Michelle MacDowell says: "A great military themed sci-fi"
    "What the . . .Is this Social Conservatives Only?"
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    This is just neo-nazi or social conservative propaganda in fictionalized format. I got this for my spouse, who loves B.V. Larson, but with comments about how multi-ethnic communities should be separate, and the evils of "socialism," I would be better off listening to social conservative media. Is the writing good? Yes. The story follows the plot points you'd expect from the genre. It tries to make a case that the hero is a noble warrior who fights for the oppressed-- unless that oppressed is anything other than blonde and blue-eyed. If you want a book to reinforce your social conservative views, this is the book for you. Here's the thing about readers, I believe that people who purchase a lot of books are more open minded than the average man on the street. Moreover, most Americans are American first. (Fist) bumping up against the bigotry that "liberals" don't like war doesn't mean that people who are not conservatives don't like to read about a necessary war. Readers, and that is the population that buys Audible books, may not believe in non-essential wars, but many people who are not warmongers like books like these for the technology, and the thematic exploration of good vs. evil. This writer sets up the reader, giving us someone who appears to be good, but holds beliefs that are immoral, with no hint that these beliefs will be redeemed. The writer also assumes that his listeners fall into a political, or ethnic category, which is silly in this day and age. As readers/listeners, we want a story, not politicized dogma. It's too bad that this book chooses to lean in with right-wing conservative themes. I was excited to find an author that would interest and entertain my husband. The book has potential, but in the current political environment, the only listeners who will enjoy it are extreme social conservatives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Alchemist

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Gigi Pandian
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (208)

    Unpacking her belongings in her new hometown of Portland, Oregon, herbalist and reformed alchemist Zoe Faust can't help but notice she's picked up a stowaway. Dorian Robert-Houdin is a living, breathing three-and-half-foot gargoyle - not to mention a master of French cuisine - and he needs Zoe's expertise to decipher a centuries-old text. Zoe, who's trying to put her old life behind her, isn't so sure she wants to reopen her alchemical past... until the dead man on her porch leaves her no choice.

    Maria says: "Loved the french gargoyle"
    "Great Writer! Bad Plot"
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    The writing was really good. The story idea was really good. Characterization destroyed this story. Or maybe it's just my own pet peeves. Pet peeve 1. Why don't characters do their own cooking, cleaning, self-care? Does every magical creature have to be Dobby, the house elf for the entitled main character? Pet Peeve 2. Out-of-date characterization of the POC love interest. Applauds for having a Chinese love interest, but why throw in an old 1950's stereotyoe? A Chinese cop is not FOTB? Plus, if you're going to bring in an etnic character, give us more of his culture. Where does he fit in Portland with his world view? There is a hint of world view, but he is mainly ashamed of his ancestral beliefs. Still, the author tried, so yeah. Finally, the biggest flaw with this well written, but poorly characterized, story was the main character. She never solved a single problem on her own. She didn't save the day. She didn't solve her own problems. She would have been out of luck had she been the only character in the story. The main character was the epitome of self-entitled whiner living in the past and running from her future. Perhaps this is a long character arc, but while I was very impressed with the writing, I was deeply disappointed by the character's one dimensional nature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taken: Alex Verus Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (606)

    This time last year, I could go weeks without seeing another mage. In mage society I was an unknown and, all in all, that was how I liked it. It’s hard to say what changed. Whatever it was, I got involved in the magical world again and started getting myself a reputation.

    Cliff says: "Great book. Action packed and fun."
    "Good Stories, One Problem"
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    I've listened to all of the Benedict Jacka books. He's a great writer. The story pacing is excellent and there's rarely a dull moment. The character development throughout all three books (and the fourth, Chosen) is appreciated as well. If there is one pet peeve that I have, it's this: London is a multicultural city. The books reflects that fact. However, every single brown-skinned character is evil or incompetent. This "unconscious?" characterization holds true in Fated, Taken, Curse, and even Chosen. So, if you're a reader with brown skin, as I am, you must overlook what I hope to be unconscious stereotyping and just enjoy the story for what it is. A fast-paced, well-written urban fantasy with a singular flaw that will only bother some of the book's audience. Others won't even notice.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City: Prologue: A Tor.com Original

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By James MacKenzie
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Here is Old Man's War author John Scalzi's sendup of the heroic fantasy genre, now a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story.

    Lady says: "Wish I'd Read the Reviews"
    "Wish I'd Read the Reviews"
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    I paid for this "short story." My own fault, I guess, because if you don't pay attention, you will pay a price, but this is an all too brief 21 minute of introduction. It should be offered as a free teaser to the actual STORY, otherwise, it's a rip-off. I've already taken responsibility for not being more observant, but were I casting blame, I'm not sure who to point a finger at for not making it clear that this is not a $3.95 story, but rather a $3.95 (or 1 valuable credit) introduction to the story concept. It is, as others have commented, a teaser. I will probably buy the book when it comes out, but for the teaser, I have to cry foul on offering this for a fee.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Endless Knight: Arcana Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (727)

    In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles. With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals

    Katheryne says: "Thrilling!"
    "Great Book, Rushed the Ending"
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    Great story. Cole is an excellent writer and did a fabulous job of ushering the reader into an entirely new set of conflicts for the protagonist. Couldn't stop listening. . . and then came the end. The end was rushed, chaotic and conflicted with all of the carefully established character development just tossed out of the window for no reason, as far as I could tell. That being said, while the end was a let down, a big one, because I had become so invested in the outcome, the story is still worth a credit. If this were a stand-alone book, then I would say, save the credit. Fortunately, there is more to come for the characters; it is, therefore, to be hoped that the author won't get tired of developing conflict and forcing the protagonist through difficult decisions. I'm eager to see what comes next. I am also hopeful that the author will pull the protagonist back on track. Cole's writing is superior, so hopefully, all of that teenage angst stuff was just a momentary blip in a modern tale of fate gone awry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Food: A Cultural Culinary History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ken Albala
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (240)

    Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

    SamanthaG says: "Very interesting course"
    "Interesting"
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    Professor Albala is enthusiastic in his delivery and coverage of the topics. He does a fine job and covers various time periods and cultures as well as the routes foods would have traveled. While Albala attempts to avoid an Imperialistic tone, there is a hint of empire in the views he presents as he often acts as an cultural framer for present-day views on various non-white cultures. Also, he does not cover the interchange of culture and foods between Africa and Europe. He does, however, cover the Fertile Crescent, the Roman Empire, India, China, Europe the Middle East, South America, as well as North Africa. The book is as much about culture as food, perhaps more so. I would recommend it for anyone interested in an introduction to food history along with the associated time periods and cultures.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Alexis Q. Castor
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    All cultures lie in the shadow of ancient Mesopotamia-the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers that is now mostly encompassed by the borders of modern Iraq. In this fascinating series of 36 lectures, an award-winning teacher leads you on a vivid journey through Mesopotamian history-from Neolithic times to the age of Alexander the Great.

    Andrew says: "Excellent Introduction to Ancient Mesopotamia"
    "Takes too Long to Educate"
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    To be fair, I have not yet made it past Chapter Four. My main problem with the course is that the introduction is far too long. The professor seems more focused on the Iraq war and the ramifications of the war. In fact, even in Chapter Four, we are still being introduced to the topics that we will be talking about, at some point. I don't want a four chapter (or more) introduction.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Denise Grover Swank
    • Narrated By Frances Fuller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (216)

    For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She's had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone's toilet's overflowed, but she's never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

    Sires says: "Romantic Suspense with ESP and Southern Setting"
    "So Funny, So Fun"
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    This was such a fun listen. The characters are well-drawn, and crazy. I loved the book. I hope Ms. Grover Swank will write more in this vein. In looking at her Audible listing, it appears that she's writing mainly young adult books. My fingers are crossed for more like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brownies and Broomsticks: A Magical Bakery Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Bailey Cates
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (521)

    Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah's quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees. While working at the Honeybee Bakery - named after Lucy's cat - Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren't just tasty - Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!

    Kathryn says: "A Little Mystery with your Magic"
    "Lots of Potential"
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    This story has lots of potential. I think it would have been better with a different narrator, and I say that as a fan of Johanna Parker's narration of the Sookie Stackhouse series. In this book, however, the narration was rushed, which made it difficult to get a sense of the story. The story had a lot of interesting elements, seemed well-researched, and pretty well-written. I do think it's worth a credit if you can get past the rapid pace of the narration.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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