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Meghan

As a mom of young children I like to listen while I do laundry or dishes etc. Audio books give me the chance to read (listen) more!

CANTON, GA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Bloodshot

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (261)

    Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist - even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government files: documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn’t bargain for is a case that takes her from the frozen outskirts of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta.

    Eivind says: "A notch above"
    "Meh."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The main character is sexy but there is little to no sexual tension. The 'sidekick' character is a drag queen who is also a former special opps marine?? Really? The main character is alternately paranoid and bored. There is a plot but I didnt care much by the end.


    If you’ve listened to books by Cherie Priest before, how does this one compare?

    I have not.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was performed fine, not extraordinary.


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

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grim: Tornians Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By M.K. Eidem
    • Narrated By Commodore James, Laura Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (548)

    King Grim Vasteri is the strongest and most feared warrior in the Tornian Empire. He is the King of Luda, blood brother to the Emperor, and his line will die with him. He will have no offspring for no female would join with him for once he was scarred he was considered "unfit". The Tornian Empire has been dying ever since the great infection caused the birth of females to become a rarity. Since then they have been searching the known universes for compatible females.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "SO DANG GOOD!!!"
    "NOT what I thought I was buying!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More plot. Making the story multi faceted instead of an excuse to write sex scenes only loosely connected by a thin unimaginative plot.


    What was most disappointing about M.K. Eidem’s story?

    The premise had promise, however there was only a brief introduction of characters before the abrupt artless bedroom scene. Very little plot.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Commodore James and Laura Jennings ’s performances?

    They had very little to work with.


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

    The plot had promise but it just didn't deliver. Disappointed that I wasted money on that drivel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24969)
    Performance
    (22923)
    Story
    (22928)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Pleasantly surprised"
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    Performance
    Story

    I enjoy scifi and adventure/thriller stories and this one delivered a plausible yet interesting plot with a main character you learn to cheer on throughout his mission.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4355)
    Performance
    (4041)
    Story
    (4027)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "Not the end!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Shattered the most enjoyable?

    I have grown to love the characters, particularly Oberon. And Luke Daniels does an amazing job!


    What other book might you compare Shattered to and why?

    I cant think of another book like it!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The epic battle scene is quite memorable. I also enjoyed seeing an ancient druid introduced to the modern world.


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

    Granuaile delivering flowers to her mother.


    Any additional comments?

    The author changed it up a bit in this one, and follows two sets of ongoing events from different perspectives. I really enjoy this series and look forward to the next one! I have re read the previous books and see myself re reading this one as well.

    2 of 3 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
    (1894)
    Performance
    (1755)
    Story
    (1761)

    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"
    "One of my favorite authors"
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    What made the experience of listening to Better Homes and Hauntings the most enjoyable?

    Its charming, the characters are just a bit quirky and relate-able. The plot was interesting (if slightly predictable) and the paranormal elements keep you from figuring it all out ahead of time. The humor in Molly Harper's writing is what makes it so fun to listen to!


    What other book might you compare Better Homes and Hauntings to and why?

    It reminds me a bit of a modern day grown up Nancy Drew (maybe because of the spooky old house?).


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

    She does a great job as usual! Very enjoyable.


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

    ? Im horrible at that kind of thing! No Idea.


    Any additional comments?

    It was cute and fun. I think it could have been a touch 'darker'. I think the two male main characters could have used a bit of edge. But overall I will probably listen to it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Vision in Velvet: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (329)

    As soon as Lily opens her recently purchased trunk of old clothes, she feels strange vibrations emanating from a mysterious velvet cloak. When she tries it on, Lily sees awful visions from the past. And when the antiques dealer who sold her the cape is killed, Lily suspects a supernatural force might be behind his death. Then Lily's familiar, Oscar the potbellied pig, disappears. Lily will do anything to get him back - including battling the spirit of a powerful witch reaching out from the past.

    Beatrice says: "A Vision in Velvet"
    "Too much of the same..."
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, introduce more revelations about the characters. I felt there was no 'growth' or further connection with the characters beyond the last book. Character development.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I felt it was abrupt. The characters spend LOTS of time in utter confusion (and for me it became a hindrance to the reader) and I was left with many unanswered questions.


    What three words best describe Xe Sands’s performance?

    Similar to previous in the series.


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

    Probably not unless it came on TV.


    Any additional comments?

    I was kinda bummed. I think the setting and world that the author created was promising but this book was a bit of a let down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gunmetal Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1396)
    Performance
    (1251)
    Story
    (1257)

    After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea's whole existence is in shambles. She tries to put herself back together by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend. When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano-the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, and Andrea's former lover-die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate.

    Kindle Customer says: "They're BACK! Loved It!!"
    "Too much needless profanity."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Gunmetal Magic better?

    I think the author is talented but the profanity was just kind of much after a bit. There are more descriptive words that add to the story. The world building was the most interesting part of this story but it was not enough to get me to finish the story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ilona Andrews again?

    maybe?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I did not notice her detract from anything.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    At first I was interested in the potential, (I enjoy paranormal fantasy usually) but the profanity and characters were trying to be gritty but it was a miss. It came across as needlessly over the top macho.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Skeleton in the Family: A Family Skeleton Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Leigh Perry
    • Narrated By Katina Kalin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (177)

    Moving back into her parents' house with her teenage daughter had not been Georgia Thackery's Plan A. But when she got a job at the local college, it seemed the sensible thing to do. So she settled in and began reconnecting with old friends. Including Sid. Sid is the Thackery family's skeleton. He's lived in the house as long as Georgia can remember, although no one, including Sid, knows exactly where he came from and how he came to be a skeleton.

    A reader in Southborough says: "Stimulating mystery with a wise-cracking skeleton"
    "I could not finish this one."
    Overall
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone more willing to suspend belief for a corny talking skeleton. If the talking skeleton were more creative or had more depth, this could have potential. As is it was lackluster.


    What was most disappointing about Leigh Perry’s story?

    The main character was nice but just silly at home with her best friend the skeleton. (?!)


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Katina Kalin?

    Possibly someone who could lend a darker/ sinister hint and make some of the silly more palatable.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I thought the description had potential.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Black Arts: Jane Yellowrock, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1217)

    When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace. Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy - one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.

    Angela says: "WELL WORTH THE WAIT!!!"
    "quality adventure"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does Black Arts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Towards the top end of the list of my favorites. Not without plot holes, but a good one. Engaging plot, impossible situations, love, heartbreak, and the introspection of a killer.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Arts?

    Um, Jane and Beast have a discussion unlike any they have ever had. Jane realizes more about herself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The sparring scene was an interesting one. So was the gala scene where so much happened in a short time.


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

    Jane killer only?


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps it was me but I thought this book lacked a bit of the thoroughness/ continuity that her other books have. I plan on listening to the series again to clear up the plot questions I have.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1999)
    Performance
    (1804)
    Story
    (1816)

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "Great!"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Ever After again? Why?

    Perhaps. I enjoy all of the series!


    What other book might you compare Ever After to and why?

    The Rachel character reminds me vaguely of Sookie Sackhouse


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The escape from the Nursery.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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