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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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  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2767)
    Performance
    (2523)
    Story
    (2529)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "A rushed and contrived ending for a good series."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The motivations of the bad guys out to get the main character were total garbage, and so were all the convenient inconsistencies that helped the story along. There have been some inconsistencies in the writing of these books before, but it's never been a big enough road block for me to begin to dismiss the story completely. This addition felt rushed and poorly thought out.


    What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator does a good job with the voice and accent of the main character, bringing the sultry and traditional elements of the south out in full color, though the voices and mannerisms she used for many of the other characters sounded unrealistic and stereotypical. Sam always sounded like a goofy little boy with a crush on the main character, not a grown man from Louisiana.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • City of Ghosts: Downside Ghosts, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (184)

    Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess’ bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.

    Lupdilup says: "URBAN FANTASY AT ITS BEST!!"
    "When they break they shatter, but when they rejoin"
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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Chapter 23 was freaking transcendent. I'm not going to spoil it for you, but wow. That's a well done chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really liking this author, even though she's probably not for the litra-choor conniseurs. Good genre fiction can be hard to find, and this series is pretty good! I mean it's not Shakespeare guys. It's a thrill and a pleasure though. Ive got to say, after reading some reviews, I can't understand how reviewers can say they "can't identify with" a functioning drug addict as a protagonist. Really, that's kind of what books are for, to help you identify with the kind of life you have never lived yourself. Most of us also "can't identify with" what battling cancer is like, but a book about it wouldn't prompt most people to name this as a shortcoming of the plot. I suspect that most, but not all of those comments are more about people expressing their distaste for drug abuse, or drug abusers. That sort of thing is always in style isn't it? Having some group to look down on? Some big evil to scorn, even when doing so is meaningless and irrational? Like when you're just reading about it in a fictional novel which utilizes said evil in a very realistic, thought provoking, and original way? Anyway, these stories are fast paced and very creative, but I think the way the relationships between its characters are written and their dysfunction are the best parts of it all. I love the way the author really breaks things between her characters, I mean really BREAKS things badly, then she takes you through the seemingly impossible task of putting things between them back together again in the most exhilarating ways, then bam! It all breaks apart again! Very fun series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Appetite

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (409)

    Rumor has it that a collection of priceless ancient relics representing the Seven Deadly Sins have made their way to Boston’s North Shore. Partnered with pastry chef Lizzie Tucker, Diesel bullies and charms his way through historic Salem to track them down - and his mastermind cousin Gerewulf Grimorie. The black-haired, black-hearted Wulf is on the hunt for the relic representing gluttony. Now in a race against time, the pair soon finds out that more isn’t always better, as they battle Wulf and the first of the deadly sins.

    JEAN says: "great beginnings"
    "Not great"
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    Any additional comments?

    To begin with, the story basis just seems kind of lazy, as though the author one day just decided she should do one of those southern paranormal romance things the kids are buying nowadays and threw it together. Second, something about it just kind of bored me. Other than the uninspired subject matter, I think what bored me might have been the pace of it and the annoying male protagonist, "Diesel", who it seems was supposed to be a charming scamp. He was just kind of an arrogant horse's a**. This story lacks a lot of the substance of the Plum novels, and those novels were not something one could call "literary", so that's saying a lot. Just kind of a limp book here. Seems like more of a commercial move on Janet's part than a labor of love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unholy Ghosts: Downside Ghosts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (298)

    In a future world under attack from the undead, the powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Consequently, there are many false claims of hauntings from those hoping to profit. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for nailing human liars and banishing the wicked dead.

    T. Hernandez says: "Not for the faint of heart"
    "Awesome, and bold."
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    Any additional comments?

    This is truly what I think of as urban fantasy, because of the wry, gritty sense of humor and pressing sense of action it delivers. What I really admire in these books though, is the reality of a high functioning drug addict, how her mind works, why she lives that kind of life, how it harms her, but especially how it sometimes actually comes in handy. This is not an after school special on why drugs are bad and will ruin your life. There are two sides to every coin, and it takes courage to write about the less desirable side in today's market. Only complaint I cloud possibly have is the way her world building and mystery investigation get so intertwined that when the main character is finding clues and trying to figure things out, it's easy to get totally lost, since the strange magical elements of her world seem to be so innumerable. Its like she was making up lots of the rules and realities of this world as she went along. Just makes it easy to get confused is all. And maybe it felt a little tedious. Still, this story injects a little ugliness into a genre that is plagued by fluff. Ghost stories don't have to be for kids :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of the Damned: The Vampire Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (350)

    In a feat of virtuoso storytelling, Anne Rice unleashes Akasha, the queen of the damned, who has risen from a 6,000-year sleep to let loose the powers of the night. Akasha has a marvelously devious plan to "save" mankind and destroy the vampire Lestat in this extraordinarily sensual novel of the complex, erotic, electrifying world of the undead.

    Marilyn Armstrong says: "My favorite of the "trilogy" ..."
    "Amazing writing style, beautiful story"
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    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint would be the way Anne Rice allows the narrative to be so ponderous for such long stretches of text. This quality is what makes her writing so entrancing and romantic of course, but this is a very long story. I found myself wishing she'd just break tempo toward the end and give me some action, some more visceral presence. Still, incredible story, and man, what a writer. Really, really worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Suck: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1765)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (600)

    Being dead sucks. Make that being undead sucks. Literally. Just ask Thomas C. Flood. Waking up after a fantastic night unlike anything he's ever experienced, he discovers that his girlfriend, Jody, the woman of his dreams, is a vampire. And surprise! Now he's one, too.

    Deborah says: "Do They Give Awards For "Best Reader"?"
    "Such a fun story, PERFECT narrator"
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    Any additional comments?

    The lady who was the voice of Siri for Apple read the whole series of these books, and I can't imagine anyone doing a better job. I can't even imagine imagining it better myself! Really fun, fast paced, witty book, wherein a young woman becomes an a**kicking apex predator, and fully appreciates her new autonomy and power over her world in just the way I think a real woman would. It's cathartic for me! The plots of these books are genius too. Where does christopher moore come up with this stuff?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2605)
    Performance
    (1178)
    Story
    (1193)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "Great at first, then, couldn't finish it."
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a great author, and this was a great story. Well paced, inventive and smart, full of personality, full of social relevance. Really enjoyable for me, until the Man From Mars shed his child like demeanor after getting used to the way things work in the human world. After that point, the apparent sexism of the way he addressed women, and the way the reader made him sound like the stereotypical 60's "man in charge", *those things relinquished the transcendent quality of his unfamiliarity with the backwards ways of human beings for me*. Also, after a while, a person just gets tired of hearing it. Your gender is a part of who you are on the most fundamental level, and some of us can only listen to our kind be spoken to like ornamental, soft brained children for so long before we tune out entirely.
    Yes, this brilliant writer was born over 100 years ago, and dealing with the stupidity of earlier people is the price of the otherwise awesome ride that is his work. But those common attitudes towards females have not gone away, they've only gotten more subtle. It weighs on you over time in a personal way to deal with it, and all of us do, even in America. I hope you all enjoy this Incredible book, but I just couldn't do it, after a point, and I find that truly regrettable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bayou Moon: The Edge, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (804)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (559)

    When her parents vanish, Cerise's clan's long-time rivals are suspects number one. But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge - and Cerise's life. William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation's spymaster. When William's and Cerise cross paths, sparks fly - but they'll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.

    Angela says: "Great!!!"
    "Preferred the first one, but Love these books!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm so happy with this series! It's so very creative and well done. This edition was long, and at times felt slightly anticlimactic for that reason, but that long journey pays off in the end by making the romance involved feel more natural and by making the characters and the world of these stories more dimensional. I love the way details of the world are added in quickly and succinctly, without drawn out explanation, and then are expounded upon with action and dialogue. Really a cool writing style that packs lots of info in without slowing things down. On a side note, I am betting that the married couple who write these books under the moniker Ilona Andrews have a very strong relationship, partly because of the collaborative influence of their writing (and I'm sure cooking up the sex scene details doesn't hurt either.. These two can really write some sex ). Great stuff, all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sugar Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (142)

    Twenty-seven-year-old Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter in her North Carolina hometown is her favorite season, she's a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her hidden closet. For while Josey has settled into an uneventful life in her mother's house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night.

    Stephanie Berget says: "Must Read"
    "Okay book, mostly a drama"
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure what I expected, but this story did bore me just a bit. It was mostly one of those "a woman finds meaning in life" affairs, only with just a little dab of the paranormal. Really, it seems as though this author cannot stop trying to rewrite "Practical Magic" with every new book she releases, which is annoying. I found this book to be somewhat formulaic for that reason. I think the writing was well executed and the characters well drawn, which is why I listened to the end, but the plot, though interesting and deeply involved, just wasn't quite my cup of tea.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On the Edge: The Edge, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1314)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (924)

    Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

    Karen says: "Wow...wow...what?"
    "Wow, surprisingly great book."
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    Any additional comments?

    I had heard about this author, but upon looking at her other books decided that this was an author who just wasn't for me. Her premises, in their summaries, appear to be trope filled YA, with A LOT of emphasis on the "Y". I don't know about her other works yet, but wow. I was wrong. Ilona Andrews is just a really skilled writer! You can write about almost anything at all if you write well, and in this book the author really stretches the imagination. The thing I really appreciated about it though, was the way her similes and metaphors rang so true, and in such a concise and spare way. It really brings her character's minds into the reader's and helps you experience the story. I'm so happy I read her!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4455)
    Performance
    (4108)
    Story
    (4120)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Dave says: "Oh, the Wondrous Ocean!"
    "Totally destroyed my doubts"
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    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    He really did a good job narrating this himself! Very immersing.


    Any additional comments?

    When I read the synopsis of this book, for some reason I had doubts about whether I'd be interested. I was so wrong! This book could be called a "magical realism" story, and it is richly fantastical, honest, touching, and dark. The story of a little boys life was so sad and realistic, the author really reminded me of what it was like to be a child! It wasn't depressingly sad, just... Beautifully sad, in the way that life often really is. Really though, this man has such an amazing imagination. I began to doubt this author after I read Neverwhere, and just couldn't get into it, but if you liked almost any of his other books, you'll love this one. Really a great work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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