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M. Strauser

Columbus, OH USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3229)
    Performance
    (2407)
    Story
    (2433)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Delightfully dry!"
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    I very much enjoyed both reading this book - and later listeniing to the performance in the audibook. The author has a wonderful dry wit! And the narration is on-target. I very much hope the next books in the series are available soon.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Zone: A Rainshadow Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jayne Castle
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (123)

    Halloween - with its tricks and treats - is a dust bunny's dream come true. Just ask Lyle, Sedona Snow's faithful sidekick. But for Sedona, it's a nightmare. Though her new job managing a small hotel and tavern on Rainshadow is helping her move on from her tragic past, a bizarre disaster down in the catacombs has brought a pack of rowdy ghost hunters to her inn. And now, Sedona's ex has arrived on the island, claiming he wants to get back together, just as a newcomer appears to have a strong interest in her.

    Teresa says: "Love the book!! Wrong narrator for the story!"
    "Not Sure I'm Going to be Able to Finish It...."
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    Would you try another book from Jayne Castle and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    Jayne Castle, sure. Rosenblat, nope.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Have someone else read the story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Barbara Rosenblat’s performances?

    Oh, heck no. She sounds like she's trying to do a William Shatner impression. It's horrible.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like the story fine - I'm sure if I'd just read the book, I would have enjoyed it. I generally enjoy Jayne Castle (Krentz) stories. But the narration just kept pulling me out of the story and it was hard to pay attention ... I kept picturing Shatner mockingly reading a romance novel.


    Any additional comments?

    I normally grade Castle's stories at a 3.5 - 4.0. If I could actually pay attention to the story, I probably still would. This narration is making me crazy, though.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Diving into the Wreck: Diving Universe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (239)

    Boss loves to dive historical ships, derelict spacecraft found adrift in the blackness between the stars. Sometimes she salvages for money, but mostly she's an active historian. She wants to know about the past--to experience it firsthand. Once she's dived the ship, she'll either leave it for others to find or file a claim so that she can bring tourists to dive it as well. It's a good life for a tough loner, with more interest in artifacts than people.

    Pascal Scheffers says: "Scubadiving... in space."
    "How do YOU feel about first person, present tense?"
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    Between the narrator's stilted reading and the first-person, present-tense writing style, I'm afraid I just couldn't finish this audiobook.

    I love this author, and if first-person, present-tense doesn't bother you, the general story was intriguing - as far as I was able to listen to it. Who knows, maybe if I was reading this in print, or if it were a different narrator, I could have finished.

    I was very disappointed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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