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Margaret

Married, middle-age, owner of 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.

Corryton, TN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Black Powder War: Temeraire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (406)

    After their fateful adventure in China, Captain Will Laurence of His Majesty's Aerial Corps and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been purchased from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire must detour to Istanbul to escort the precious cargo back to England. Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne home before hatching.

    Margaret says: "really enjoyed the book"
    "really enjoyed the book"
    Overall

    It gets a bit long in the descriptions, but I really enjoyed the story. Makes me want a dragon of my own.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire, Interrupted: An Argeneau Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Victoria McGee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (301)

    After 700 years of life, Marguerite Argeneau finally has a career. Well, the start of one, anyway. She's training to be a private investigator, and her first assignment is to find an immortal's mother. It seemed simple enough, until Marguerite wakes up one evening to find herself at the wrong end of a sword. Now she realizes she's in way over her head.

    Michele says: "Narrator is not one of your best!"
    "Great plot - And finally Marguerite's story!"
    Overall
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    The story - is GREAT. I was not suspecting this plot at all, and the little hints the author dropped at the beginning got past me until I stopped for a while and thought, "now wait, what was that?" I also love how Marguerite is able to accept what has happened, and not be bitter. I'm not sure I could be so kind, but it is in the nature of this woman, as evidenced by all the previous stories, to react this way.
    One thing I really like about this whole series is that even though bad things happen during the book, the story always ends with me smiling. Perfect escape from real life.
    **
    I read other comments about how this narrator "ruined" the book, and I must say she is difficult to listen to. She spends so much effort at "sounding sexy" (or something) that she looses continuity in reading. This will occasionally bring me out of a story enough to glare at my iPod and say "just read, woman!", but not enough for me to stop listening.
    I decided to give it a try anyway as I really wanted to hear Marguerite's story, especially as the previous story was pretty much a set up for this one, and she is such an integral part of all the stories. I figured if it was too awful I would just return the book, but I was not disappointed in the story. The narrator is distracting but not horrible, and sounds like she does in all the other books she's read. She has a good control of her voice, so the different characters are easy to distinguish, she just needs to relearn breath control. Actually, when she is reading the lines as a character, she is wonderful. However, when she drops back to "narrator" mode, it's like a cheap vampire/sex goddess person took over. It's weird.
    So I listened to another book in the series first, read by one of the male narrators so I wasn't already annoyed by this woman, and got through the book just fine. I just know I can't listen to 2 books in a row, read by Ms. McGee.
    **
    Also, I would like to emphasize this series really needs to be read in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Quick Bite

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Victoria McGee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (638)

    Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood . . . an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn't hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?

    Kickez says: "This is book 1 of the Argeneau Vampire Series"
    "I'm really in love with this series"
    Overall
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    I got the first book on a whim, and now I can't quit getting more. I just love this family. There is just something that draws me in.
    "Vampires as regular people with a condition." This premise annoys some people but I believe Lynsay Sands pulls it off quite well. Each story is a love story, and each story has its own idea, some with a fun twist at the end. A vampire that faints at the sight of blood is a wonderful way to start. Give this series a try.
    There are different narrators for each book. So far this hasn't been a problem for me, but I'm only on book 4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Past Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mara Purnhagen
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (228)

    "Let me set the record straight. My name is Charlotte Silver and I'm not one of those paranormal-obsessed freaks you see on TV...no, those would be my parents, who have their own ghost-hunting reality show. And while I'm usually roped into the behind-the-scenes work, it turns out that I haven't gone unnoticed...."

    janice says: "fun with twinge of spooky"
    "A good ghost story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really like how the story ended. A couple of bits in the middle felt a little contrived, to the point that it pulled me out of the story, but it was so well wrapped up at the end, I forgave the author.
    The narrator did a very good job and was easy to listen to. I would not mind listening to more from these two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Better Homes and Hauntings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1261)
    Performance
    (1185)
    Story
    (1190)

    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "A nice light read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a very lightweight book, just perfect for letting me get away from minor anxiety at work. You know from the beginning how it will end, but that's OK, the fun in is the ride there. There isn't much room for a follow up book, but that's OK, too. I want Molly to get back to the Hollow, or Alaska, either is fine. This was just a vacation to the beach.
    This is a good book to read to see if you like the Molly Harper style. Her other books have better characters and are set in a wonderful world I'd love to visit. This was just a fun visit "elsewhere". And the narrator is awesome, can't go wrong there!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1992)
    Performance
    (1874)
    Story
    (1880)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "A peek inside the monster's mind"
    Overall
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    Story

    Excellent writing, excellent narration. If you haven't read the other books, read them first, as this is a series that should be read in order. There are pretty good plot twists here and there, in a very complicated but well told story, but I'm a lot annoyed that I have to wait for the next book to find out where Larry Correia is leading us. If he reads these comments - Please sir, tie up a few of your loose ends before stringing out any more! Most of the ones from Las Vegas are still hanging, and I'm not patient.
    Oliver Wyman outdid previous performances. He's amazing, and really brings the characters to life.
    I really enjoyed watching Franks react to things he never thought would affect him, and I think it was well done. Maybe like watching a computer become self-aware. Pretty cool. I'm going to have to listen a couple more times to catch all the little things. Correia is good at hiding little details that just make the story better when you find them. I just wish he'd write a little faster. No, a lot faster!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1144)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "Good but not polished story, very good plot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I understand other comments about Lucy March seeming to be a lot like Molly Harper, but Molly usually doesn't make me cry... This is a story about a girl who thinks her life is normal and boring, but suddenly a strange woman shows up and everything changes. I liked that before I could be annoyed at figuring out the ending, I got caught up in the story and forgot - and then that was only a small part anyway. The characters, even the "bad" ones, are likeable. The story is sad in places, but plausible, and some of the quotes are laugh-out-loud.
    The main character's self-deprecating humour is definitely similar to Molly Harper, and references to Tennessee are close to Kentucky, but this is not the same. This goes a little deeper, a little darker, and people die.
    I think Betty is my favorite character. I want to be like her when I'm ancient like her. I also like that the story has room for the next book, but if I never read it, it's OK. No cliffhangers. But I do want to know what happens in the town of Nodaway, in the next book. If I could ask for anything, it would be more information on Tobias, as he is awfully enigmatic, with a totally mysterious past, but maybe in the next book? Same for Cain (Kane?)
    Definite good things Lucy March did: all the names are very different, so no confusion there. Action scenes are clearly explained, strange things mentioned at the beginning are pretty well explained along the way. The main character was indecisive at times, and sometimes stupid!, but not whiny.
    I just wonder what else we would have gotten if Lucy March had been allowed about 50 more pages. It feels like she cut it a little short, and didn't quite polish all the rough edges out.
    I doubt I need to say it, but the narrator is AWESOME, as always. :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2950)
    Performance
    (2601)
    Story
    (2599)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Possibly the strangest "boy meets girl" story ever"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have to admit the original primary appeal for me is that Wil Wheaton is the narrator, and he did not disappoint. He has the perfect voice for stories with aliens that can speak English. His voice is comfortably familiar without being intrusive.
    The story is a little more complicated than it needed to be. There is laugh out loud humor as well as gory deaths, and several people die. There is also a fascinating viewpoint on religion. I'm going to have to listen to this at least one more time to really understand the details of the plot, but I think I will enjoy that.
    There are two heros in this story, I think, and I'm glad the second one is allowed to live. Reminds me of Heinlein. Sharp tongued heroine included.
    I would have given the story 5 stars except too many people with similar names got me very confused. I don't believe reading the names would have helped. Otherwise I really enjoyed this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scent of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christina Dodd
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (295)

    New York Times best-selling author Christina Dodd launches a thrilling paranormal series with this scorching tale. Dropping off some urgent paperwork at her boss Jasha’s house, Ann decides to finally admit her crush on him. But things get a bit complicated when she witnesses Jasha transform into a wolf.

    Kristi says: "Finally!!!!"
    "Well told"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have just listened to this for the second time. So many things are buried in the first story that become important later!! I love it. It makes the whole story that much richer.
    This series definitely needs to be heard/read in order. I really like the characters and wish some were more developed. Ms. Dodd took the time to actually finish this story, rather than just stop, which helped the main characters become a little more believable.
    This series does improve in the following books. This isn't her best writing, but I still enjoyed the tumultuous love story, mystery, and family interactions. And I love how it ends, now that I know who the last character really is!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2166)
    Performance
    (2003)
    Story
    (1996)

    Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

    Diana Turmenne says: "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
    "Best one yet"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The same town, the same cast of characters, with 2 new ones that are different from any before. And I mean ~different~! I am having so much fun with Molly Harper's Half Moon Hollow, I hope it never ends. This book is sweet and sexy without being sappy or trite, with a plot that intrigues but doesn't confuse. It is carefully woven into the existing story, but it would still stand on its own. I just love it. I'm ready to listen to it again already!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5195)
    Performance
    (2969)
    Story
    (3009)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Too many time frames"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am not a fan of stories that jump back and forth between time frames, but I can handle 2, as in "before and after". This story has at least 6 time frames, and even with the date declared at the beginning of each section, I got very lost a few times. I just wanted the story to finish so I could move on to something else. The writing was excellent, and the narrator is very good, but the writing style just pulled it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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