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Natasa Jovanovic-Vuskovic

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  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kate Danley
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (184)

    Deep within the Wood, a young woman lies dead. Not a mark on her body. No trace of her murderer. Only her chipped glass slippers hint at her identity. The Woodcutter, keeper of the peace between the Twelve Kingdoms of Man and the Realm of the Faerie, must find the maiden’s killer before others share her fate. Guided by the wind and aided by three charmed axes won from the River God, the Woodcutter begins his hunt, searching for clues in the whispering dominions of the enchanted unknown. But quickly he finds that one murdered maiden is not the only nefarious mystery afoot....

    Charles says: "Pointless."
    "Phenomenal book/great reader"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! There is nothing like a great story re-written with a twist that makes the original story even better. Fairy tales were contrived to teach young people about the ways of the world, and Kate Danley managed to maintain that same principle while giving the familiar tales a whole new angle to look from.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woodcutter?

    The idea of the Woodcutter as a unifying element to many different fairy tales.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the Woodcutter receives the kiss of true love.


    Any additional comments?

    How on earth did Audible.com allow to have only one of Kate Danley's books in their catalogue??! MORE MORE MORE!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Obsidian: Lux, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (300)

    When 17-year-old Katy Swartz moved to West Virginia right before her senior year, she'd pretty much resigned herself to thick accents, dodgy Internet access, and a whole lot of boring, but then she spotted her hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up...until he opened his mouth. Daemon Black is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. It's hate at first sight, but when a stranger attacks her and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens. The hot guy next door? Well, he's an alien.

    Katheryne says: "Holy Alien Hotness"
    ""Twilight" as it should have been written"
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    What made the experience of listening to Obsidian the most enjoyable?

    The storyline is wonderful, full of emotion and tension, and the writer truly knows how to use the language to transport you there. Unlike Stephanie Meyer, Armentrout has way more than 5 words in her vocabulary, and is not repetitive or banal. She writes the narration equally good as the conversations.


    What other book might you compare Obsidian to and why?

    "Twilight" as it should have been written. The story is pretty much the same, even with same events, but aliens instead of vampires and the lead female character is not lame and absurd.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This reader simply cannot do male voices. She sounds ridiculous in a male role, and one must be able to ignore her shortcomings not to lose interest in the overall story. You also cannot tell one female character from another, but luckily, there are not many situations in which conversation is written in a way that characters are not differentiated by narration.


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

    Definitely laugh. There is plenty of good humor here, and the sense of loss is well described.


    Any additional comments?

    This is NOT a YA book, as one reviewer already observed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Wager: Blood Destiny, #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Connie Suttle
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (554)

    Lissa's life as a vampire begins on the day her husband is removed from life support. Turned by rogues who wager her life, Lissa is running from her maker who is determined to kill her, hunted by the Council who has branded her a rogue and blackmailed by werewolves, who utilize her newly developed talents for their own gain.

    Robin in Vermont says: "A compelling read!"
    "Really enternaining"
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    What aspect of Traci Odom’s performance would you have changed?

    Ms. Odom is not very good for changing voices, and her attempts at different accents make her sound silly. When she reads in her own voice, though, she is quite good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steel's Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (383)

    The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Wal-Mart and magic is a fairy tale—and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…Charlotte de Ney is as noble as they come, a blueblood straight out of the Weird. But even though she possesses rare magical healing abilities, her life has brought her nothing but pain.

    Malinda says: "Great addition to the series! :D"
    "Shockingly, it's boring!"
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    Would you try another book from Ilona Andrews and/or Renée Raudman?

    Absolutely!


    What was most disappointing about Ilona Andrews’s story?

    All Ilona Andrews' books have the same formula - strong, intelligent female character with an animal, but no children of her own, so she adopts a troubled kid along the way; a "superman" with excellent physical prowess and intelligence, a killer with moral values, yet a lover as well in search of a woman who can be his equal. Even though they all the same in premise, Ilona Andrews makes them all very entertaining and one isn't bothered by the repetitiveness in the slightest. Yet this book is just plainly boring. Story is extended beyond usual length for the writer and the push to add more content while extending the time in which the main characters fall for each other and open up to one another, makes one loose interest pretty early in the story line.


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

    Renee Raudman is an excellent reader.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Feral Sins: Phoenix Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2058)
    Performance
    (1898)
    Story
    (1916)

    Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills - and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him.

    Paige says: "Surprised they didn't check my ID"
    "Predictable and boring"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Suzanne Wright again?

    Yes.


    What character would you cut from Feral Sins?

    All of them!


    Any additional comments?

    The book is way to predictable, shallow and boring, and there is nothing happening that is worth reading.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9967)
    Performance
    (7441)
    Story
    (7481)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "What a disapointment!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    So many people recommended this book to me, and, indeed, in the beginning of it I got very excited. It sounded well researched, poetic, with excellent use of words on the part of the writer, and most importantly, it sounded like a book for adults. Only to change to "Twilight"-kind of sappiness midway through. I couldn't finish it!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Deborah Harkness again?

    No.


    Did A Discovery of Witches inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, return the book right away.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (3356)
    Performance
    (2817)
    Story
    (2835)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "One of the most boring reads ever!"
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    What disappointed you about Beautiful Creatures?

    The storyline is so predictable that is insulting for anyone over 12 years of age. Not to mention that is utterly unoriginal and way too long for absolutely no reason.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

    Ethan.


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

    The book had a promising start and a generally good idea, it just didn't deliver on its promise.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lovers: A Charlie Parker Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Connolly
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Stripped of his license, Charlie Parker takes a job in a Portland bar. Alone and directionless, he faces at last a shadow he has lived with since his childhood: what made his father, a respected police officer, apparently shoot dead two unarmed teens and then commit suicide. His quest leads him back to the little New York town where he grew up, to the mysterious history of the NYPD, and to the existence of secret friends and hidden enemies.

    Natasa Jovanovic-Vuskovic says: "I don't think John Connolly knows how to do wrong"
    "I don't think John Connolly knows how to do wrong"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is hard to listen to Charlie Parker books in one sitting because of the subject matter. His books are full of genuine evil, and Connolly doesn't spare his readers. He describes every gritty detail and makes you feel every discomfort and pain the characters feel. But! Connolly is a master writer you don't find that often today. His Charlie Parker novels do exactly what Orson Scott Card said the true purpose of literature is: “We don't read novels to have an experience like life. Heck, we're living lives, complete with all the incompleteness. We turn to fiction to have an author assure us that it means something.” It is Connolly's ability to explain what all the bad and all the good things that happen to you and people everywhere signify (at least in his opinion) that makes you want to push through his novels, and his insistence that even though the evil is never fully defeated, it is the pleasure of peace, the power of good, the good of love, that is worth fighting all the time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Geronimo Stilton 22 & 24: The Secret of Cacklefur Castle and The Field Trip to Niagara Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Geronimo Stilton
    • Narrated By Bill Lobley
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    "My old friend Creepella von Cacklefur invited me to her family's spooky castle. And before I could say 'not for all the cheese in Cheddarton,' she'd mousenapped me! And holey cheese, what an adventure! I was off to Niagara Falls on a field trip with my nephew Benjamin's class. I was surrounded by mischievous young mouselets who seemed determined to send me over the Falls in a barrel!" (Geronimo Stilton)

    Natasa Jovanovic-Vuskovic says: "For the kid at heart"
    "For the kid at heart"
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    What made the experience of listening to Geronimo Stilton 22 & 24 the most enjoyable?

    My kids and I read Geronimo Stilton for a couple of years now and found them funny, witty, well-designed and educational, but nothing prepared us for amazing reading by Bill Lobley! I can never do voices and acting he does, and, naturally, my kids prefer his reading to mine:)


    What did you like best about this story?

    I prefer Geronimo Stilton books to other books for kids of that age, because the sentences are not simplistic and repetitive. These particular books are done to read like a cartoon so even the scary scenes are actually funny.


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

    Bill Lobley is a master! He does so many characters in this book, and they all sound like they've been read by a different person. He is also a great actor, so each character and situation is truly brought to life in his interpretation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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