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Maria White

Bavaria/Germany | Member Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
  • 455 ratings
  • 1288 titles in library
  • 46 purchased in 2015

  • Dead Spots

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Melissa F. Olson
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When LA’s vampires, witches, and werewolves make a mess, they call Scarlett Bernard to clean it up. Her ability as a null erases all magical traces from anything — or anyone — that comes within ten feet of her, and keeps humans in the dark about the city’s paranormal activity. One night when she’s called to a grisly crime scene, Scarlett is spied by the all-too-human LAPD cop Jesse Cruz, who strikes up a deal with her: he’ll keep quiet about the supernatural underworld if she helps him crack the case. She agrees, but the city’s chief vampire, Dash, starts to suspect Scarlett is behind the murders and will reveal all she knows of his shadowy empire. Now it’ll take more than Scarlett’s unique abilities to clear her name, keep the underworld underground, and track down the real killer.

    Aryn says: "It's different"
    "Entertaining Urban Fantasy"
    What made the experience of listening to Dead Spots the most enjoyable?

    This was an entertaining story with a new angle and I was pleasantly surprised. There are the usual vampires and werewolves, but with Scarlett there's a new aspect to the interaction. The main characters are well defined and as the book progresses, more background to each one is revealed.
    There's a bit of romance (in the making) also, but not too much.

    What about Amy McFadden’s performance did you like?

    Amy McFadden's performance was just right for this story, clear and precise while giving each character definition.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to it in one "sitting" - perfect for working all day in the garden.

    Any additional comments?

    Easy listening Urban Fantasy - I anticipate the next book in this series and hope Audible will add it as soon as it comes out - I would like to go on listening right now...

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Blue-Light Special: InCryptid, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity - and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and when her work with the cryptid community took her to Manhattan, she thought she would finally be free to pursue competition-level dance in earnest. It didn't quite work out that way...

    Maria White says: "Seanan McGuire rocks..."
    "Seanan McGuire rocks..."

    I listen to a lot of urban fantasy, and having done so a lot of story lines grow old.

    This series is refreshingly different in many ways. Not everything seems logical but it is not disturbingly so.
    This second book after "Discount Armageddon" is even better - it has it all: lots of never heard of fantastical creatures with different abilities, suspense, action, fights, family, feelings and a bit of romance (which wasn't overdone) and of course a lovable heroine.

    The story is highly entertaining and I kept listening without my thoughts wandering off.

    I couldn't have wished for anything different in the narration. Refreshing and fitting.

    Now I am hoping for a third book in the series in the not to far future.

    As I think to be able to value reviews for oneself it would be good to know this listener's preferences, so some of my favorite UF authors are:
    Kim Harrison (The Hollows)
    Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels)
    Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin)
    Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock)
    Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles)
    Rachel Caine (Weather Warden)
    Molly Harper
    Charlaine Harris
    and so on...

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Widow's Web: Elemental Assassin, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    I used to murder people for money, but lately it’s become more of a survival technique. Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town anyway. Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power.

    RabidReads says: "Be prepared to be put through the emotional ringer"
    "Love this series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If urban fantasy is one of your favorite genres you'll love the Elemental Assassin series. Book 7 is no exception - all of them are equally good. They have it all: fantasy, adventure, action, magic, romance, friendship, - storytelling at it's best!

    What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

    Lauren Fortgang does a superb job at narrating - her voice is very clear and understandable (English is not my first language) - yet the characters are very distinct. I very much like her voice, as it is not so high pitched as some other female voices to make my ears hurt.Her voice has character and it is very pleasant to me.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The books of this series always take me with them completely - be it suspense, emotion, the tale itself.... very enjoyable but not too much (there are some other books I have to put aside because I can't stand the upheaval any more...)

    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful entertainment - highly recommended!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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