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Noni & RW

Knitting without a book in the background is like reading in the dark.

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  • Night Embrace: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (487)

    Night Embrace spins the story of Talon, an ancient Celtic warrior who killed the son of the god Camulus. Camulus cursed Talon, decreeing death for everyone he loved. Now a Dark-Hunter in modern-day New Orleans, Talon meets Sunshine, who is key to ending his curse once and for all - not to mention helping him to save New Orleans from an ancient god bent on total destruction....

    Sherry says: "(very) Pleasantly Surprised"
    "Poor narration makes for a hard listen"
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    What did you like best about Night Embrace? What did you like least?

    The narrator pours on a Georgia accent so thick and syrupy you have to remind yourself that the story is in Louisana. Then she tries her version of a Gaelic accent. She isn't just bad -- she's horrendous! It's like listening to a native of the Hindu tongue trying to imitate a Scotsmen. If a narrator can't do accents believably and well, they shouldn't do them at all.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carrington MacDuffie’s performances?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy these goofy, wackadoodle, rewrite mythology, bend it to urban fantasy romances. They are fun and light hearted with a touch of adventure to keep the love story moving. Sherrilyn Kenyon likes to make their childhood or young adulthood traumatic -- and that is a bit overly repetitive, but the humour and romance compensate well. Light listening. If you take your mythology of monsters and gods seriously, avoid these stories.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2890)
    Performance
    (2632)
    Story
    (2641)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Sookie's place in the sun"
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    What did you love best about Dead Ever After?

    The story itself wraps up the remaining loose ends in our heroine's life. This book is a retrospective of a young woman who has grown through events and opened up to friends she didn't know she had. When we first met Sookie in Dead Until Dark the community and Sookie herself referred to her as crazy or disabled. The young woman who speaks to us from these pages has looked at her life over the past several years and recognized how much she has grown and changed. Her reputation as 'Crazy Sookie' has faded away and been replaced by 'Reliable Sookie' and 'Strong Sookie' and 'Caring Sookie'. The friendless girl is friendless no more. She understands and values the support of her community and deep friendships throughout her parish.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The pace of this book was completely different from the previous 12. In that way it felt disjointed. For the first time in the series the book is not told entirely in the first person. While I do understand why the author chose to use this device to move the tale along, this back and forth between first and third was odd and interrupted the rhythm of the story rather than enhancing the movement between events.The final mystery was not very much of a mystery. It lacked the keen bite of the earlier novels. Ms. Harris focused on a relationship driven book creating those final moments for her favorite characters. Previous novels had the mystery/events driving the relationships. In this way the book was a departure from what fans had known from her pen in the previous 12. This book was not as well crafted/told as any of the previous books. That, more than anything, confirms that it was time to close the book on Sookie Stackhouse and the folk of Bon Temps.


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

    I think this question is relevant for a completely different reason. Many readers have taken a liking to both the books and the TV show. The twain should never mix. The negative reviews were expecting some grand romance or final showdown wherein Eric and Sookie or Bill and Sookie find their joy, vampire and human, in undeath eternal. That was never going to be Sookie's fate. Sookie has always been a sun loving, yard tanning girl who knew what she wanted from a man.From the very beginning of the series Sookie has emphasized over and over that she wants a normal life with the traditional family, wife & husband, building a homey future together. Something her grandmother would be proud of. Whether she was romancing with Bill or stormy lovers with Eric, Sookie questioned if she could spend her lifetime with a man who never aged, who could never give her children, who would never park his feet under her kitchen table and enjoy a cup of coffee with her and just visit about his day. I am pleased with the way Ms. Harris chose to wrap up the series.


    Any additional comments?

    The last book to visit with Sookie Stackhouse. This isn't a book that turns on "Oooh what happens next fans?" but rather on "Look at how far she's come, and how much she's built and learned and oh what does the future hold 'cause you know it's going to be just amazing". I have enjoyed Sookie's friendship myself over the last 15 years. I will continue to enjoy it when I want to listen to well told story with great characters, a fun narrator with a sweet southern voice and a story that is daring and bold, quirky and funny. Sookie Stackhouse's 'Ever After' was gentle, all things considered, and she deserves her place in the sun.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6985)
    Performance
    (6170)
    Story
    (6165)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Ronn says: "'Men In Black' with a conservative undertone"
    "3 hours too long"
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    Would you listen to Monster Hunter International again? Why?

    I might listen to this first one again -- when I'm involved in a long project and am only seeking background noise to work by. That's not an outstanding recommendation and I know it may keep some from giving this series a try, but there you have it. It's too long. MHI suffered for want of an editor to rein in the author's need to over explain every single action, reaction, breath, thought, snort, burp, giggle, growl, and fart that the main character experienced. The novel's climax takes over 3 hours. That's just plain wallowing. If a judicious eye had convinced the author to trim it down I could see this book having been a break out award winning first novel. This book was fun; it shows a lot of promise for the series and it will give blow by blow fight/action/shooting fans a great tale for their money. In a time when every urban fantasy is looking to make monsters the feel good sex-gods of the writing world -- Larry gives us a world where monsters are just that -- monstrous.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    Great narration, really nice voice capable of multiple accents (believably), male or female, his voice is well matched to the material. I could do w/o all the yelling though. I realize the character is excitable, but I don't need a volume change in mid-sentence. Emphasis can convey the same thing.


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

    It's a funny story -- it's irreverent where it should be, campy in all the right places, and has characters you root for. All essential ingredients to any good adventure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gladstone Bag: A Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Sarah Kelling's Aunt Emma leaps at the chance to stay at her old friend Adelaide's summer place, enjoying a quiet time repairing some stage jewelry while keeping an eye on the artists and writers who'll be occupying Adelaide's six guest cottages. On the ferry, Emma's Gladstone bag is temporarily stolen. Could someone have mistaken those junk jewels for real diamonds? She meets her guests-to-be who inform her they plan to dig for Pocapuk's legendary pirate treasure without having bothered to get Adelaide's permission. On the island, her bag is heisted again.

    Alison says: "Great performance, but a weak-ish plot"
    "Another delightful tale."
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    Any additional comments?

    This book isn't a direct part of the series involving Sarah and Max, although it still involves fabulous Kelling hijinx. Emma Kelling, Sarah's favorite aunt, has been asked to hostess a group of artists on a private island off the New England coast for the summer. As usual events don't go as smoothly as expected and what follows is a light, funny adventure withe daring do, great characters, a touch of mischief and a bit of murder. The mysteries are just convoluted enough to keep you guessing until the final chapters. The true magic of these stories are the characters themselves. Colourful, outrageous, silly, farcical -- Charlotte's Kelling & Bittersohn tales are entertainment on the order of Miss Marple crossed with Arsenic and Old Lace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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