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Marla

I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.

Independence, MO, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • In a Witch's Wardrobe: Witchcraft Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (266)

    Taking a night off from running her successful San Francisco clothing store, Lily attends a local art deco ball where vintage fashions steal the show. But when a young woman at the event falls under a mysterious sleeping sickness, Lily senses that a curse was placed on the woman's corsage. Before Lily can solve the woman's magical ailment, she's asked to assist in investigating a string of poisonings in the Bay Area witchcraft community.

    Beatrice says: "Loving this series"
    "Blackwell keeps getting better and better"
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    If you could sum up In a Witch's Wardrobe in three words, what would they be?

    Witty
    Exciting
    Entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oscar; Lily’s familiar. He is the most unusual of characters. He is always entertaining and intriguing. Lily does not know much about him, or even if he is HER familiar, or sent to spy on her. Each book she gets to know a bit more about him. In this book, she inquires about his age and instead of telling her, he just tells her that is a rude question.


    Have you listened to any of Xe Sands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have only listened to Xe Sands's performances in Blackwell's books. I find her pace and characterization to be very easy to listen to and entertaining.


    If you could rename In a Witch's Wardrobe, what would you call it?

    Mystery in a Mirror.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4501)
    Performance
    (3853)
    Story
    (3830)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "A penniless but clever royal, must solve a mystery"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There are many friends who would love this audiobook. Katherine Kellgren's narration, who's accent for Georgiana , bring to mind of Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins, and her roll in Thoroughly Modern Millie. This is a fun romp, of a penniless cousin of the King of England, who attempts to find employment, and ends up trying to prove her half brother innocent of a murder.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I loved the characters and it is a real who dun-it mystery. You didn't know if she would fall in love and lose her virginity, or be murdered. I just loved it. As the last chapters sped to an end, you were not positive who the murder was, but you knew she would either catch him or die trying.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her different accents, speech patterns of the upper and lower class of the English and Americans, were so spot on. She created and performed each character with such joy and abandonment. One could hardly put down the book.


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

    Once I started this audiobook, I had to try and listen to it without any breaks. This book kept me wanting more of the Royal Spryness's adventures.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timebound

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rysa Walker
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (629)

    When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence. Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future.

    Lessa says: "Completely Enjoyed It"
    "Wrap Your Head Around Time Jumping"
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    Where does Timebound rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've always loved the idea of time travel, I've read many sci/fi and romance novels which have time travel is the main vehicle of the story line. I find this book Timebound, an interesting approach to the time travel genre. Even though this is a Teen or Youth novel, I still enjoyed. It isn't up there with Outlander, but it isn't half bad either. Rysa Walker does her homework when it comes to the setting of Chicago during the worlds fair. I think she has at least watched a few episodes on the History Channel to get most of her historical information down. But her work still is interesting enough for me to want to explore her next book in this series.


    What other book might you compare Timebound to and why?

    There are many Teen or Young Adult Paranormal of Sci/Fi books out there where you could find similar brave heroins. These heroins are mature beyond their years. These fifteen to seventeen year old's have the wear with all to stand up to anything thrown at them. I don't know of any real girls of this age who could fight off serial killers, or find true love from spending a few days with a boy. But that is the attraction for this genre isn't it? But for me it is the puzzlement of time travel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where she is looking for her Grandmother in the crowds of the Chicago's Worlds fair. How it might have felt being there was well done by Rysa Walker.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Your existence has just been erased.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4207)
    Performance
    (3223)
    Story
    (3230)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "Molly Harper's Take on Werewolves"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf to be better than the print version?

    I do enjoy Amanda Ronconi's narration. Her cadence and pace are perfect for a love story, paranormal romance. Although there isn't much of a big difference between characters who have no accents, she is still enjoyable to listen to. If I had a choice between an audio book and a print version, I have to take the audio edition every time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Molly Harper's take on the werewolf lore as being more to do with DNA rather than a paranormal curse, is refreshing. This spin make a love story involving the "paranormal", light rather than dark. The slight playful wolf like nuzzlings nips and love making, are well done and not offensive as they quickly could be. I love that the heroin was a daughter of hippies, and how she longed for a normal life. She finds herself settling into a life, which is not normal, the irony is not lost by the character.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Amanda Ronconi?

    I still love Amanda Ronconi's narrations and have listen to other books she has narrated. Is is a fun reader. I couldn't see her reading a book by Stephen King, she is more suited to a Molly Harper type book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Keep your eyes on his eyes, no matter the temptation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chilled: A Bone Secrets Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (164)

    After his brother’s murder, Alex Kinton vows to hunt the killer and administer his own form of vigilante justice. His chance comes when he lies his way onto a search and rescue team and is called to the site of a downed plane in the Cascade Mountains. The team soon discovers that everyone aboard has perished…except for the man Alex is targeting. Alex is determined to do whatever it takes to stalk his prey through the snowy wilderness. Brynn Nealey, the team’s forensic nurse, doesn’t have time for the mysterious outsider. But in the close quarters of the search party, Brynn begins to feel drawn to the hardened and brooding stranger.

    Trina Nycol says: "Underwhelming"
    "Exciting Rescue or Romance?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Chilled to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version of Chilled, but for me listening to a audio book is always more enjoyable. Audible has the best selection of titles available. I find it more relaxing to listen to various books, especially when they are performed by talented narrators. Listening allows me to do other things, like driving to work, or cook in my kitchen. You can't do that by reading a book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chilled?

    Chilled's tale of a search and rescue team, trekking into the snow covered Cascade Mountains, after a downed plane, is exciting enough. But to throw in a escaped psychopath and a vengeance seeking ex-federal agent is icing on the cake. The characters of the S.A.R.s team were interesting and human. I enjoyed listening to the build up of each of their characterization and back stories. There is a romance with in this story, and that was okay. The only part which didn't seem necessary to the book, was the graphic sex scene near the end of the book.


    What aspect of Emily Sutton-Smith’s performance would you have changed?

    Emily's performance was fine and well paced. There wasn't any need for different accents to make much of a radiance in her performance. I would listen to her perform another book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Chilled. You just never know what you will find, in the cold Cascade Mountains.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abducted: Lizzy Gardner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By T. R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (506)

    Escaping from a madman should have been the end of her nightmare. Instead it was only the beginning...Lizzy Gardner was just seventeen when she was kidnapped by the psychopath known as Spiderman, a serial killer terrorizing her California hometown. Imprisoned and tormented for months, Lizzy narrowly escaped with her life and Spiderman vanished without a trace. But if she thought he would forget her, she was dead wrong.

    Sarah says: "Good story but pretty disturbing torture scenes."
    "You Can't Run From Evil"
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    What did you like best about Abducted? What did you like least?

    I did like the premise of the teenager escaping and later teaching others how to service an abduction.


    What could T. R. Ragan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think if she had told the story from beginning to end, without all the jumping back and forth in the story line, I would have enjoyed it much more. As it was, it made the heroine sound whinny and the villein sound like a joke. I know Ragan, wanted to create more suspense, having her heroine remember bits and pieces of the escape. But to me it was tedious and it has been done over and over in other stories.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Kate Rudd's voice at times sounds a bit busy, and she doesn't do characters very well. All the women and girls sounded the same. The only change in the male characters voices was the voice of the villein using a voice changing machine. Rudd's characterization of the heroine was odd too. She gave her two different voices, one for the thoughts and the other when speaking.


    Could you see Abducted being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I was thinking this would make a typical Life Time or LMN movie. Just weird enough to be made into a TV movie, and still predictable to be able to make the transition from book to TV.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murphy's Law

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (599)

    Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees her cherished Ireland, under cover of a false identity, for the anonymous shores of late 19th-century America. When she arrives in New York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in the crime.

    Jan says: "Cream Puff Read"
    "A Different Kind of Detective"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Murphy's Law to be better than the print version?

    Because of my poor eye sight, I need to listen to audio books. I have been reading books since the age of 5. They give me pure joy. After listening to all of the Harry Potter books, I never went back to reading print again. Having a good narrator perform accented characters can really bring a book to life. So few writers can bring this out in print.


    What other book might you compare Murphy's Law to and why?

    I haven't been listening to mysteries placed in the early 1900's, so I can't think of another book that might be compared to Murphy's Law.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Nicola Barber's pace was perfect. I didn't notice any pauses were she took a break between paragraphs.


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

    I loved the idea of a scrappy Irish immigrant solving a murder before the cops could. I found the story a bit short, but it also makes me want to continue reading the next book in this series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2003)
    Performance
    (1889)
    Story
    (1881)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Loren says: "too many loose threads in this weaving"
    "Paranormal History"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Book of Life the most enjoyable?

    Once I was able to sort out all the many different characters, I fell in love again with this story. It wasn't bad having all of these characters, it is just been a while since I read the last book. My mind isn't as young as it once was. I just love the interesting story line, so much different then the typical paranormal fiction out there. Harkness really knows her history and brings a realistic element to her books. The bad guys are really wicked and her good guys are scary, fun and sexy. Who could ask for more. Harkness is able to through everything into her books, excluding a kitchen sink, and make it a true adventure.


    What other book might you compare The Book of Life to and why?

    The Book of Life is a combination of Charlaine Harris, meets Dan Brown. You have interesting and charismatic characters in the story, plus historical details. The Book of Life brings you on an adventurous ride like a Dan Brown novel too.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

    It's a tie between Glasgow and Fernando. Ikeda can really accents, and I find a Scott's and Spanish accent very sexy.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Weaver, because this book and series of books introduces a new type of which, a Weaver. The Book of Life shows you in colorful detail just what a Weaver is.


    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
    (226)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (210)

    "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"
    "Teen Ghost Hunter"
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    Would you listen to Past Midnight again? Why?

    I would want to listen to Past Midnight again, to refresh my memory, before reading the next in Purnhagen's series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charlotte Silver, who is the main character in this book. I find her the most fully fleshed out in this book. Perhaps a bit more mature for her age though. But most books with the star of the book is a teen or child, the star is often more mature.


    Which character – as performed by Tara Sands – was your favorite?

    If there was a character that stood out for me by the performance of Sands, I didn't notice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Since I'm not a teenager, I mostly was moved of the ending, where everything comes into place.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3014)
    Performance
    (1619)
    Story
    (1629)

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "Pendergast's Lost Love"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found this book to be time well spent. Because, this book offers a more personal side of the enigmatic FBI agent Pendergast. He is set off on a quest to find out who and why his beloved wife was killed. Her death, was presumed to be a gruesome attack by a rouge lion. He years later finds that her death was planned..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is agent Pendergast. He is as cool and unflappable as James Bond. But Bond is often driven by his emotions, while Pendergast is driven by his intellect. He has a persuasive personality, which can get even the a strong minded person, to join him in the most bizarre and often illegal investigations.


    What does Rene Auberjonois bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Rene Auberjonois's southern accent adds to the flair of Pendergast personality. Auberjonois is a interesting actor, most remembered from his role on Deep Space 9.


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

    If this was made into a movie, I would go to see it. Mostly to see how well the cast the different roles.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sin City Goddess: Secret Goddess, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbra Annino
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    Tisiphone loves spending her days playing poker in the underworld, far away from mortals and all the trouble they cause - and all the terrible mistakes they make. Unfortunately for this goddess, her sister Alecto has vanished in Las Vegas - and the gods of Olympus believe only Tisi can find her and bring her back. To make matters worse, they force her to partner up with a mortal: recently deceased FBI agent Archer Mays. With all these challenges, how can a Fury keep her temper?

    Gayle says: "Awesome New Series!"
    "Good to make you fall asleep"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The characters were 2 dimensional We knew they were gods, goddess, demi-gods, etc., and they all had names. Other than this there wasn't any substance. I didn't believe the heroin was tough, smart, or a fury. She sounded more like a self centered rich bitch from Beverly hills. "I'm hot, sexy, I can fly, I think I'm better than everyone else and I can play Texas Holdem". "Oh look at my eyes flame.", are we really going to be scared or intimidated by this? Not at all, especially if all the male characters are looking at her breasts. Only saving grace I found was in the playful hell hound and the setting of Las Vegas.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something really worth my monthly credit, like a Steven King novel, the newest Evonovich novel or a recommended new series, such as March Violets by Phillip Kerr. I have over 300 books on my wish list, so there has to be something in there worth my credit. I have a few biographies on my wish list and I'd wager those people have much more depth than those in this book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Christina Traister did a better job than the author did. Her pace, tone and individual character voice were fair. Traister didn't have much to draw from the novel, so I really can't suggest what she could have done to improve her performance.


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

    Best redeeming qualities for me was that it helped me with my insomnia, and it was relatively short. I kept listening in hope it would get better. It was also my first paranormal novel involving gods and other mythological creatures. I won't hold this review as to not read another from another author.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe Barbra Traister,s sequel of this book, will do better than her first.

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