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MJ

Baltimore | Member Since 2009

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  • Kindred in Death: In Death, Book 29

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (654)

    In this novel from number-one New York Times-best-selling author J. D. Robb, the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious 16-year-old daughter, who stayed behind. Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the crime scene that awaits them inside.

    Mary A. Wieben says: "Love the series but..."
    "Good book in a great series"
    Overall

    Although I'm a real fan of Eve, Roarke and the other characters, this book was more somber than most--a really awful crime, without much of the usual witty repartee that make these books so enjoyable.

    Still a worthy entry in the series, and Susan Ericksen did her usual wonderful job as a narrator, really bringing the characters to life. If you haven't gotten into the ID series, this may not be the place to start, but if you're already a fan it's very definitely worth a listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction in Death: In Death, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (238)

    Dante had been courting his victim in cyberspace for weeks before meeting her in person. A few sips of wine and a few hours later, she was dead. The murder weapon: a rare, usually undetectable date-rape drug with a street value of a quarter million dollars. Detective Eve Dallas is playing and replaying the clues in her mind. The candlelight, the music, the rose petals strewn across the bed - a seduction meant for his benefit, not hers. He hadn't intended to kill her. But now that he has, he is left with only two choices: to either hole up in fear and guilt or start hunting again....

    amazonian says: "RE-DO! w/ corrected Characters PEABODY for one!"
    "Great book even better with new recording"
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm delighted that Susan Ericksen has re-recorded some of the first In Death books she originally performed several years ago. I think this was one of her firsts, and she had not yet developed all the distinct character voices that ID fans recognize today.I just finished listening to the new recording and it has really enhanced my enjoyment of this book. J.D. Robb and Susan Ericksen are a can't-be-beat combination!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1024)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (939)

    Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shape-shifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta. Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shape-shifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute - and they’ll pay him in medicine.

    Melissa says: "Great addition to the story"
    "Best Kate Daniels yet"
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    Any additional comments?

    Although I always enjoy the Kate Daniels books, in some there's simply too much emphasis on long, drawn-out battles, one after another. (I had a hard time getting through the one where they wereconstantly fighting in the arena.)

    That's not the case with this story. Kate (and Curran and the pack members) are all given opportunities to kick ass, but relationships dominate this book. What does it mean to be a member of the Pack? Can Kate ever be truly accepted? Where will Kate's choices take her in the future?

    My one disappointment in the audio version of this series is the narrator. Kate's okay, and so are many of the other characters, but Curran always sounds to me as if he's got a case of laryngitis or a bad sore throat.

    But that's only a minor flaw. This book has only been out a week or so, and I'm already searching for the release date of the next book in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2107)
    Performance
    (1911)
    Story
    (1921)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "Still trying to slog through"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'd give it a plot. This one seems to be sorely missing one, or at least it's moving so slow that it's difficult to find. (Reminds me of Loki being stuck in the tree, moving through the gate a fraction of an inch each day.)


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

    I'd make it tighter, more focused.


    Did Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Rankin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Eh--I don't care for Stefan Rudnicki's reading of this--he has a beautiful voice, but it's just not right for these characters. Emily Rankin does an okay job.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm disappointed. Although I usually like Orson Scott Card's writing, I don't think I'll be buying these audiobooks anymore. Both this Gate Thief series and the Pathfinder series started off with an interesting premise and a pretty good story, but with both second books I had the same problem; they're just too slow. I'm not even sure I'll finish this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3560)
    Performance
    (3238)
    Story
    (3234)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "I like this world!"
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    This was actually my second visit to Half Moon Hollow, and it was a fun one. These books don't take themselves too seriously; they're simply light, easy reads and that's fine by me. I enjoyed the characters and the setting and will probably buy another Half Moon Hollow book and/or others by Molly Harper at some point in the future (when there's a good Audible sale).

    Amanda Ronconi did a good job narrating, bringing just the right tone to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out: The Poor Relation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (448)

    Life is not easy for the poor relations of England’s upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation, is born. The establishment is an immediate hit with London’s most illustrious citizens, save the Duke of Rowcester....

    connie says: "sweet but overpriced trifle"
    "Light and fun"
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    M. C. Beaton has a light touch with all of her works (I love the Hamish MacBeth stories) and this is no exception. She creates enjoyable characters, and although the plots are fairly predictable it's a fun journey getting there.

    If the next in the series goes on sale on Audible, I'll probably by it, just to revisit this cast of characters and see what they're up to.

    If you're looking for high drama, this won't satisfy, but if you enjoy a period piece, light romantic comedy this should fit the bill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delusion In Death: In Death, Book 35

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1696)
    Performance
    (1486)
    Story
    (1470)

    It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving. Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.

    Lisa says: "Robb, Dallas & Ericksen - what a Fantastic Combo"
    "Can't get enough of these"
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    Delusion in Death is another solid entry in the In Death series by J. D. Robb. The books in the series always contain a mixed focus on crime/police procedural and character/relationship building. I'd say this one skews a bit to the crime/police procedural side, but there are some really wonderful scenes with Eve and Roarke, Eve and Summerset and Eve and Mira.

    As always, Susan Ericksen brings the characters to life. I have listened to these books over and over, in part because I enjoy her performances so much. (And I love the characters and the world as well.)

    Highly recommended if you're already a fan of the series; if you're not familiar with it, I'd suggest going back to the beginning, and starting with Naked in Death. Part of the enjoyment with these books is seeing how the characters change and develop over time; it's been an exciting journey.

    J.D. Robb can't write these fast enough to suit me. I'm eagerly anticipating Calculate in Death, which will be released in February 2013.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Drop of Crimson: Night Huntress World, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (2812)
    Performance
    (1883)
    Story
    (1896)

    He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human—even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the nightmare together, because once the first crimson drop falls, they will both be lost.

    Kickez says: "Read the "Night Huntress" series 1st!"
    "Another good one!"
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    Like another reviewer, I wasn't sure that I'd find much of anything new in this book after listening to all the Cat and Bones Night Huntress books. But Frost has managed to develop two intriguing new characters within this universe, and I'll look forward to the next installment in their story.

    Tavia Gilbert does an excellent job of making the characters come to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4540)
    Performance
    (3326)
    Story
    (3348)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Intriguing start--looking forward to more."
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    It took a bit of time to get into this book, but I enjoyed the story and yet another look at this imagining of the gods on earth today. (I've been reading/listening to a lot of these of late, including Neil Gaiman's American Gods and the Iron Druid books by Kevin Hearne.)

    The dual story line is intriguing (Danny North in the present and another character in another world/time). It's a good coming-of-age fantasy with some imaginative touches, and I'm looking forward to the continuation of the story in the next book in the series.

    The narrators do a very good job and make the story even more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5868)
    Performance
    (5269)
    Story
    (5260)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Looking forward to the next installment"
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    I enjoyed Harkness' first book, Shadow of Night, but since I'm a English history buff this installment was even more fun in some ways, since it takes place primarily in Elizabethan England.

    Matthew and Diana continue to be a dynamic couple who intrigue and challenge each other (especially as Matthew seems to revert to Elizabethan attitudes towards women when he goes back in time). It was particularly fun reading Harkness' take on literary figures of that era.

    Narrator Jennifer Ikeda did a great job of bringing all the characters to life, adding another dimension to the story.

    One bit of advice; if it's a while since you've read Discovery of Witches, you may want to go back for a quick reread, as there's very little replay in this book of what's gone on before.

    I'm looking forward to the concluding book and to seeing how the vampire and the witch resolve all the problems they're facing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paladin of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1387)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (567)

    Three years have passed since the widowed Dowager Royina Ista found release from the curse of madness that kept her imprisoned in her family's castle of Valenda. Her newfound freedom is costly, bittersweet with memories, regrets, and guilty secrets, for she knows the truth of what brought her land to the brink of destruction. And now the road, escape, beckons...A simple pilgrimage, perhaps. Quite fitting for the Dowager Royina of Chalion.

    Madeleine says: "Superb"
    "A wonderful story, beautifully narrated"
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    After I read The Curse of Chalion last year, it became one of my all-time favorite fantasy novels. Paladin of Souls is a fitting sequel; it was a delight to visit this world again.

    Lois McMaster Bujold's characters are well-drawn and believable. Ista's struggles to find the meaning in her life after the tragedies she has gone through will resonate with anyone who has gone through a similar experience, and the brothers who are central to the story are both honorable men trapped in a horrendous situation that's not of their making.

    I like the fact that these books are character-driven; many fantasies have turned me off with their long, drawn out, chapter-after-chapter descriptions of battles. There are battles in this book, but descriptions are kept to a reasonable length.

    Narrator Kate Reading does her usual masterful job in bringing these characters to life.

    If you enjoy fantasy, do yourself a favor and read/listen to Curse of Chalion and then Paladin of Souls. I'm going to buy the final book set in this world with my next credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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