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Dundurn, SK, Canada

  • 7 reviews
  • 76 ratings
  • 146 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "How refreshing"

    This book makes an exceptionally nice change from others in this genre, mainly because the protagonist is a strong, independent woman who actually likes herself, and is comfortable with her lot in life. It's very nice to read a story in which the heroine isn't complaining endlessly about her life, or gnashing her teeth over how to make some preternatural being fall in love with her.

    There are a few weak points concerning the writing; another reviewer mentioned that the writer points out her own jokes fairly often, and this really IS kind of annoying. The dialogue is kind of stilted in places, and a significant portion of the book is written from the POV of her cat-spirit, which takes a bit of getting used to.

    For those who are tired of the violent and/or explicit sex that's so prevalent in urban fantasy, you'll find this book a nice change.

    All in all, I consider this a good, solid debut novel in the Jane Yellowrock series, and I look forward to reading more.

    86 of 91 people found this review helpful
  • The Social Climber of Davenport Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Pamela Morsi
    • Narrated By Isabelle Gordon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jane Lofton has everything she ever dreamed of: a high-powered career, a fabulous home, a wealthy husband, David, and a beautiful daughter, Brynn. Of course, David also has a new girlfriend spending his old money. Brynn also has a therapist helping her articulate her contempt for her mother. And now Jane also has an obligation to the Man Upstairs.

    Mobilis says: "A pleasant surprise"
    "A pleasant surprise"

    I bought the book based on a recommendation from a friend, expecting nothing other than a pleasant few hours.

    After the first half hour, though, I was completely hooked.

    This book isn't about religion, per se, there's no hidden Christian message, or a message from any other religion, either.

    Instead, this is a story of a selfish, greedy woman who, in the moment before she thinks she will die, promises to live a better life, to "do good", and is delivered from what would have ended as a fatal automobile accident.

    The ensuing story tells how she works to transform herself, in a way that comes across as plausible and possible here in the real world.

    One caveat - I expected chick-lit from this title, and I think that's how it's classed on Audible, but it's not really chick-lit; it's a little more thought-provoking than the regular, garden-variety read-for-fun fiction.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Best. Audiobook. Ever"

    I loved "It" when it first came out; over the years I've purchased, re-read, and lost copy after copy, then watched the movie and fell out of love with the title.

    When I saw it was available for download, I hemmed and hawed over spending the credit, because the movie was so very disappointing, and had made me forget all the great qualities of the original story.

    Steven Weber's enthusiastic narration takes a great book to heights even Stephen King must be a little gleeful about.

    If you're on the fence about downloading the book, just go for it. You won't regret it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Iron King: The Iron Fey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam

    Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth--that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war.

    Arwen says: "I found this mediocre"

    There's no nice way to say it - if the movie Labyrinth and the book Alice In Wonderland had an exceptionally ugly and annoying baby, it would be The Iron King.

    I agree that there are elements of the book which are exceptionally well done, blending old myths with modern interpretations.

    The technical elements are basically good - the reader is great, and the mythology is interesting, but the characters are either overdeveloped and undershared, or overshared and and underdeveloped.

    Most importantly, the protagonist is all over the place - she's inconsistent and not in a good way. She's got backbone, she's a coward, she believes nothing, she believes everything she's told.

    I don't feel I have to LIKE every character in every book, but if I can't connect with the protagonist, or if the whole story feels like a really bad re-telling of a couple of other fairy tales, it's just 12 hours of wasted time.

    31 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Punchbowl

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill

    As a prosecutor in Houston, Penn Cage sent killers to death row. But as mayor of his hometown - Natchez, Mississippi - Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling, and now five steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market, like props from Gone With the Wind.

    Corinne says: "Not his best but Iles can't be bad"
    "Another great Iles book"

    I'm a fan of Greg Iles' work, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm also kind of a Dick Hill fan, and have often bought books by authors I know nothing about, just because he's the narrator.

    Dick Hill's only failing is his inability to give voice to female characters. Maybe he gets nagged a lot at home, because when he does a female voice, she generally sounds pretty shrieky and excitable, so I see where some of the other reviewers come from.

    Still, I enjoyed the book thoroughly, and would certainly recommend it very highly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "It's ok, but..."

    I read all kinds of sf and fantasy books, as well as mysteries, thrillers, horror, etc.

    When I read books that are set in a time and place where swords and daggers are normal weapons, and horses are used for transportation, and people live in castles, I don't expect to read about how things smelled like disinfectant, or about how superglue is used to close a wound, or how sleeping pills are administered.

    In short, I enjoyed the premise of this book, but I didn't enjoy some of the cross-genre wording. It made the book feel kind of slapdash, as though no editing was done.

    I don't think the book was a complete waste of credits, but I'm not sure that I'll bother with any of the other books in the series.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Level 26: Dark Origins

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Anthony E. Zuiker
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Unlock a new level of fear. It is well known among law enforcement personnel that murderers can be categorized on a scale of 25 levels of evil, from the naive opportunists starting out at Level 1 to the organized, premeditated torture-murderers who inhabit Level 25. What almost no one knows is that a new category of killer is in the process of being defined. Only one man belongs to this group. His targets: Anyone. His methods: Unlimited. His alias: Sqweegel. His classification: Level 26.

    Katie says: "People are being way too harsh..."
    "Cyber-bridges give creepy depth"

    Level 26 is a cross-platform experience; it's a book backed up by some wickedly creepy online content. Honestly, though, without the cyber-bridges, I probably would have given this book only three stars.

    The book was created by the same guy who created the CSI television shows, and since I tend to like dark, gritty fiction, I liked this very much. That said, there wasn't a lot of character development, and everyone fits neatly into one little box; the good guys are all good, and the bad guys are bad, and the government is shadowy and cruel.

    If you like books that are both creepy and gory, you'll like this. If you like police procedurals, you probably won't, because it requires a very strong suspension of disbelief, both in the abilities of the antagonist and the ham-handed attitudes and overall incompetence of law enforcement.

    This book is the gory equivalent of chick-lit; light in plot and character development, heavy in timekilling fictional fun. I enjoyed the book and the online content VERY much, and look forward to the sequel.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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