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Liz

I'm 30 years old, from the east coast of America, and my favorite books are realistic, but stretch the truth and the laws of physics.

Bogart, GA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (459)

    The town psychiatrist has decided to switch everybody in Pine Cove, California, from their normal antidepressants to placebos, so naturally - well, to be accurate, artificially - business is booming at the local blues bar. Trouble is, those lonely slide-guitar notes have also attracted a colossal sea beast named Steve with, shall we say, a thing for explosive oil tanker trucks.

    Chris Robbins says: "Very funny, but perhaps not for everyone"
    "I was skeptical, but Moore delivered the goods!"
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    At first, I wasn't sure I was digging the pace of this story, and I wasn't sure just how all these odd elements I'd read about in the summary were going to fit together. I was pleasantly surprised. The writer brought out a lot of evolutionary biology inspired aspects of Steve the sea monster which really made the story more realistic (at least as realistic as a story about a sea monster can get), and the whole town being off their meds was the perfect catalyst for a good ride. The premises Moore used were believable and fit together so well, and the guy has such a great sense of humor, that really came out in this book. Give it a listen. I definitely recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guilty Pleasures: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (768)

    Published almost 10 years ago, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a writer who was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major bestselling author. Now, for long-time Anita Blake aficionados and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its debut in downloadable audio

    Jeanette says: "In the beginning"
    "meh"
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    Okay, I didn't hate this book or the narrator. I really wanted to like it. But what began to make that harder and harder in the beginning was that the details of what was going on when, who was who, where the characters were, etc seemed to be either missing or hard to follow. I think they were just so briefly mentioned that they were very easy to miss. The fact that the story was so reliant on a dense plot full of little details, not all of which mattered, and skimped on character development didn't help.

    What really was the final straw for me, after I'd gotten to about mid book and was really no longer following the fine details of the plot, was the continuously, boringly tense tone. The main character was always tense. Always. It's not that she necessarily felt that way in the story all the time, though she often did--she was just written in that style in her dialogue and thoughts. She doesn't drink, she doesn't wear makeup, she doesn't give in to fear easily, she's not in the market for love every time she sees a pretty, dangerous man, she's always working--these are all admirable qualities-- but things like this seemed to function as a way to keep her always at a distance from other characters. It contributed to the tense and sober mood of the whole story, which can be a good thing if it isn't allowed to get tiresome. The main character's continual use of the words "MY GOD." whenever something big was happening really didn't help bring any grittiness to that mood either, though it seemed intended to.. Actually that just made it kind of cheesy.
    I didn't get to know, or really want to know her characters. I didn't especially want Anita to further explore a relationship with any of them. None of it really excited me. The author wrote some really cool scenes though! She showed some creativity with that, for sure. It just wasn't enough to carry this largely featureless ball of plot and tension past the finish line in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brown Girl in the Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nalo Hopkinson
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    It is the late 21st century, and due to the economic breakdown and rising crime rate, nearly every citizen has fled Toronto. The city is a slum, populated by the homeless, the poor, and criminals like Rudy, who uses the power of voodoo to help him control the booming drug market. But also left behind are people like Ti-Jeanne, who hope to use voodoo to help rebuild the city, even as Canada's privileged population turns to Toronto to begin harvesting human organs.

    Stef says: "Fascinating, unique story deftly narrated"
    "Almost 5 stars"
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    I think this story was really something special, even though throughout the first half of the book I wondered if this was the work of a talented, but then inexperienced author. I wondered this because the first half was marked by a lack of sensory detail. I like stories that put me in the setting and let me feel what is happening. The atmosphere here wasn't incredibly immersive, and also the author kept using the same figure of speech to describe character's emotional reactions again and again (everybody's always sucking their teeth in disgust, or sucking their teeth to show some other negative emotion, it gets weird). I thought the story skimped on detail fairly often, though not in a way that crippled it. Altogether, once it gets going this is a really cool story. It's culturally immersive and graceful and full of cool voodoo stuff. The ending was especially fitting and satisfying too. Worth the cash.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand, Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (233)

    Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence.

    Marianne says: "An Awesome Start to a New Series"
    "not cool"
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    What does Carine Montbertrand and Mozhan Marno bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Carine Montbertrand narrated the Uglies series by Scott Westerfield. She was better here than in that work, but even in Uglies her skill as a narrator made up for the kind of weak, gravelly voices she does, and her own odd voice. I think she did well here. I also like having a separate narrator to read all the perspectives of the peripheral characters. That makes the change in perspective more defined.


    Any additional comments?

    This book could have been really good. It reminded me of American Elsewhere, at first, though much less skillfully written. Then i realized that it's one of those that keeps you listening by repeatedly introducing many weird details that make you want to know what is going on, (like LOST), without ever really explaining any of it. The book then continues only hinting at what's going on with the main plot while leading you through a story full of implausible, cliche, unrelated and incomplete ideas that come out of left field. Thing is, I actually liked LOST.

    Omens begins as a mystery revolving around a very strange town and a central family mystery which both beg to be discovered, then in the last two hours of the nine hour story, it completely derails and turns into a mystery based only on a far fetched government conspiracy which has almost nothing to do with the original direction of things.

    In the end you're left none the wiser about the town and characters, with a totally undeveloped but obviously budding romance between the female protagonist and a beautiful but disrespectful a***ole who's really only like that because he's wounded and needs to be loved (as usual), and what else? A climax based on a distant and random subplot that was only developed for less than a fourth of the book, and right at the very end? Is it going to be like this through the whole series? It's a good thing to have subplots, I get that, but this book is like... Have you even decided on your plot yet, author?
    So frustrating. If this constant, heavy-handed hinting with no payoff is how you get people to buy the next book in your series, then I'm out. That's just stingy and hack.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aunt Dimity's Death

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nancy Atherton
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    Down-on-her-luck Lori learns she's about to inherit a sizable estate - if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters in Dimity's English country cottage. What begins as a fairy tale becomes a mystery - and a ghost story - in an improbably cozy setting, as Aunt Dimity's indominable spirit leads Lori on an otherworldly quest to discover how, in this life, true love can conquer all.

    Amazon Customer says: "great book, lousy reader"
    "Excrutiating Narration"
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    I like this book. It's a cozy mystery which pulls you along with its momentum and description, and the mystery of it is also enticing. I want to buy the rest of the series. I will not be buying the audio version from audible though, and I urge you not to buy it either. I really cannot believe that this same narrator was hired to do every single book in the series after this terrible performance. Raising the playback speed really only helps alleviate the awfulness of this lady's narration a little, tiny bit. That only takes care of her unnatural slowness. At first, it was irksome, but I actually wanted to punch her in the face after the millionth time she annunciated a word so carefully that even words like "And" ended up with extra syllables on the end. She sounds like a robot which was built only to read illustrated books to five year olds, though I think even a child that age would find her reading style condescending and utterly wooden. Thanks for sucking every bit of personality out of this text, lady. Great job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3696)
    Performance
    (3018)
    Story
    (3010)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    S. Droski says: "Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!"
    "An Odd Mash up of good elements and weak skill"
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    At first I was pleased enough with this story, but then half way through I gave it up. The plot was laid out in a strangely scattered way that didn't do much for the tension building element of a mystery. There were lots of jokes and similes that really fell flat. There were some pretty sketchy plot devices. And then there was the sex scene which happened all of a sudden between a woman and a ghost, when the woman had been in mid conversation with like four people who were forced to stand there and watch as all the very intimate acts happened right in front of them, which was just repulsive for some reason. I thought the central concepts were cool and could have really worked. This would have been fun if it had been done with more skill. After I put it down, all I was left with was the impression of a main character who told lots of jokes, about 20% of which landed, and who never really had her personality expounded on much more than that, and lots of events in her life which seemed kind of unrelated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fair Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Nancy Springer
    • Narrated By Gabrielle De Cuir
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Buffy - a fat, 40ish, divorced mother - encounters a talking frog and, ignoring the warnings of fairy tales, does not turn the frog back into a prince. Trouble ensues when Buffy's rebellious teenage daughter Emily does kiss the frog; soon she and handsome Prince Adamus disappear into the enchanted land of Fair Peril. It is up to Buffy to rescue Emily and, in the process, learn that magic does exist in the most ordinary of lives.

    Ellen says: "My favorite fairy tale"
    "Well written and sassy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fair Peril to be better than the print version?

    For a mostly lighthearted fairy story this is well written, funny, and relatable.


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daring: Pax Arcana, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elliott James
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    Something is rotten in the state of Wisconsin. Werewolf packs are being united and absorbed into an army of super soldiers by a mysterious figure who speaks like an angel and fights like a demon. And every Knight Templar - keepers of the magical peace between mankind and magickind - who tries to get close to this big bad wolf winds up dead. No knight can infiltrate a group whose members can smell a human from a mile away...no knight except one.

    RabidReads says: "Werewolves make everything better!"
    "hmmm..."
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    The structure of this story really isn't as great as that of the last. It's got kind of an anticlimactic beginning and a really long and kind of boring middle. I'm really not getting into this one even though I loved the first. Also, it seems like maybe the editor kicked this one out the door a little too quickly. There are some repetitive parts, some info dumping, and some overused jokes. I'm disappointed with this. The first was great.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12342)
    Performance
    (9156)
    Story
    (9158)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Fun, but not a masterpiece of literature"
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    First, I really, really didn't need to hear the saliva swimming around in the narrator's mouth between every single word. Really.
    Second, the narrator wasn't a totally confident reader. He was a little stiff.
    Third, the plot was put together well and integrated into the prose pretty well. The paranormal subject matter was used in a calculated and slightly original way.
    Still. It was so pulpy that my mind kept wandering from the story. It didn't grab me that much. The author wasn't half bad when he wrote this, but he wasn't that great either. I mean, it's not nearly as poorly written as, say, 50 shades or a Charlaine Harris; just not totally compelling.
    And the male chauvinism of the young Butcher is quite evident. Here's a note: if you're looking for some reason to have pride in yourself, don't use your gender. You had nothing to do with which gender you ended up being born with, and what you see in it as superiority boils down to a mere lack of understanding and maturity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mona Lisa Overdrive

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (288)

    The award-winning William Gibson goes beyond science fiction to the broader mainstream fiction audience. His unique world features multinational corporations and high-tech outlaws vying for power, traveling the computer-generated universe.

    john says: "Narrator is Fantastic"
    "omg"
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    Didn't think I could like anything as much as I liked Neuromancer, but this I like equally as much. The way this author balances entertainment with literary value, with poetry, it's just too amazing. I can't fathom it. And what an awesome ending!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fevre Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Ron Donachie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (298)

    When struggling riverboat captain Abner Marsh receives an offer of partnership from a wealthy aristocrat, he suspects something’s amiss. But when he meets the hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York, he is certain. For York doesn’t care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh’s dilapidated fleet. Nor does he care that he won’t earn back his investment in a decade. York has his own reasons for wanting to traverse the powerful Mississippi. And they are to be none of Marsh’s concern - no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious his actions may prove.

    Carol says: "Vampires, the Mississippi, and George R. R. Martin"
    "Woah"
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    I prefer this book to many of even those of Anne Rice for vampire fare. She has a tendency to go into long, languorous detail, sometimes to the point of derailment (as in the vampire chronicles series after the first three books). Some reviewers thought that this book had too much worthless detail, but I thought that even when back story was being developed, or when the story moved along with most of the characters (and the reader) being left totally unaware of the true nature and intentions of the other characters and where they would inevitably take the plot, even then there was so much rich and realistic and exciting history to absorb from the story that not a single moment failed to entertain. This is just well written. Really, it takes you from start to finish so effortlessly. Martin didn't make the mistake of having only the vampires be the center of his story. The historical setting and the detail it was rendered in were really enthralling. This book has substance, character, horror, and excitement. Be aware however, that it is about the american south before slavery was abolished. It's not a book for those who are bothered by hearing the N-word over and over again, or generally hearing about people of all colors being treated as live stock and sex objects. I know things like that can be really unpleasant for some, and life was more than unpleasant for many back then.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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