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Marcheta

Suffolk, VA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Dark Secret: Dark Series, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (289)

    Rafael De La Cruz has spent centuries hunting vampires with his brothers. With each passing year, his capacity to feel emotions has grown weaker and weaker, until finally there's barely a memory of one left - only sheer willpower keeps him from turning into the very abomination he hunts. But it'll take more than will to keep him away from the woman who is meant to be his and his alone.

    Heather says: "loved this book"
    "love this series"
    Overall

    This series is out of my ordinary listening interest, but I just love the audio books from Feehan's "Dark" series that have been made available so far. Richard Ferrone is wonderful and I'll check out other audio books that he's read - he really does a great job. I also appreciate that these audio book versions are unabridged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whitefire

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    She possesses the courage and beauty of her wild Cossack ancestors. Now Katerina is on a vengeance quest against the marauders who destroyed her village and stole her priceless snow-white horses in the name of the mad czar. Nor will she rest until she has killed the man who dared to take her innocence.

    Marcheta says: "Well-told story but not for the faint of heart"
    "Well-told story but not for the faint of heart"
    Overall

    I realize the rape in the plot may be off-putting for some (best stay away from syfy and fantasy then), but this is one of the best romances I've read. The plot is engrossing, the characters are interesting, and the setting during the reign of crazy Ivan puts the whole thing in perspective. Ivan must have been channeling the Roman Emperor Caligula, but as a history major I know that this story couldn't begin to evoke the horror of having such as ghoul as your absolute ruler. I had never read or listened to a book by Fern Michaels before, and I'll definitely give her other books a look based on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Convenient Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Caroline Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    When the most eligible Earl of Rule offers for the hand of the beauty of the Winwood family, he has no notion of the distress he causes his intended. For Miss Lizzie Winwood is promised to the excellent, but impoverished, Mr Edward Heron. Disaster can only be averted by the delightful impetuosity of her youngest sister, Horatia, who conceives her own, distinctly original plans . . .

    Ann says: "Disappointing narration"
    "This version includes missing final 22 minutes"
    Overall

    This copy contains the 22 minutes at the end of the audio that were missing from the May 2010 release of this audio. The narrator does a fine job with the stuttering heroine. Thanks, audible!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sinful in Satin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Madeline Hunter
    • Narrated By Polly Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Celia's quiet life ends when her mother, a famed London courtesan, dies, leaving her a small house in town - and a darkly handsome, reputedly dangerous tenant.

    Amazon Customer says: "I loved this book"
    "Love the series-can't wait for Castleford's story!"
    Overall

    I really liked all three books so far in this series. The story lines were engaging, and I loved the humor. I am looking forward to the fourth/final book, "Dangerous in Diamonds," coming in 2011. What's not to love about Castleford, who only stays sober on Tuesdays so he can attend to his estate business.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27242)
    Performance
    (20985)
    Story
    (21066)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Coming as a series to HBO in 2011"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book and was thrilled to learn that it will be a series on HBO in 2011. Sean Bean is in the cast as Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Best Served Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1287)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (913)

    It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Lore says: "Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy."
    "Another engaging tale from Abercrombie"
    Overall

    I loved this book. There are quite a few characters from and references to The First Law trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Last Argument of Kings), so I'd recommend listening to those first. It took me a while to switch gears from the trilogy to Duke Orso's world, but once I got into it, I was hooked. There are lots of jaw-dropping twists and I love Abercrombie's writing style. Michael Page does a fine job of narrating, especially the voice of that rascal Cosca, who also appeared in The First Law trilogy. I look forward to Abercrombie's next book, The Heroes, scheduled for early 2011.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3177)
    Performance
    (2382)
    Story
    (2394)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "Great ending for the trilogy"
    Overall

    I have lugged this audio on my iPod to doctor's appointments and tracked the story as it unfolds with the book copy. I can't get the story or the characters out of my head, and I'm sorry to see it end. I thought the resolution was realistic and I appreciated not having a fairy tale ending. Steven Pacey is awesome! I'm now looking for other books on audible that he has narrated. He's a perfect match for Abercrombie. So I've now discovered a new author in Abercrombie and a great narrator in Steven Pacey.

    I'm now on to Abercrombie's "Best Served Cold" and was relieved to find one of the characters from the First Law series continues on in it. I wish Steven Pacey had also narrated Best Served Cold; Michael Page has a hard act to follow.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3416)
    Performance
    (2554)
    Story
    (2563)

    Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

    David says: "This is heaven"
    "Great story, excellent narration"
    Overall

    Joe Abercrombie is now on my list of writers to watch and Steven Pacey is superb. I've recommended this trilogy to friends, and the audio version is a must. Thanks to audible readers who mentioned Joe Abercrombie in their comments on other books or I would never have stumbled across this great trilogy.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4288)
    Performance
    (3206)
    Story
    (3217)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "A Great Listen - even if you aren't into syfy"
    Overall

    I tried this audiobook because of the reviews and the sample clip, and it exceeded my expectations. I especially liked the narrator, Steven Pacey - his Glokta voice reminded me of Boris Karloff with a lisp - whose narration is simply superb! I enjoyed this book so much that I bought the other two in the series and am now listening to the second book. I am also buying the hard copy so I can see the spelling of people and places. I really appreciate the audible reader feedback and the sample clips. This series was well worth the money and the listening time!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tough Customer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (155)

    From acclaimed best-selling author Sandra Brown, Tough Customer is a heart-pounding tale about obsession and murder, the fragile nature of relationships, and, possibly, second chances.

    J. Gall says: "Really like Sandra Brown"
    "mediocre story at best"
    Overall

    There are many books by Sandra Brown that I like, but this isn't one of them. I wasn't able to connect with the story or the characters. Having just reread her excellent Chill Factor, this book was definitely at the other end of the spectrum. The narrator was fine; he just couldn't salvage the stale storyline.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Veil of Night: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Clarinda Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (95)

    Jaclyn Wilde is a wedding planner who loves her job—usually. But helping Carrie Edwards with her Big Day has been an unrelenting nightmare. Carrie is a bridezilla of mythic nastiness, a diva whose tantrums are just about as crazy as her demands. But the unpleasant task at hand turns seriously criminal when Carrie is brutally murdered and everyone involved with the ceremony is accusing one another of doing the deed.

    "unknown" says: "Not Quite Loved It..."
    "Loved the story, narrator okay"
    Overall

    I agree that the narrator wasn't the best, but I was still engaged with the characters and the storyline, so I can overlook the narration. I enjoyed the story and would recommend it in spite of the less than stellar narration.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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