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  • Blood Brothers: Sign of Seven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys - Caleb, Fox, and Gage - went on a camping trip to the Pagan Stone. And 21 years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men - and the women who love them.

    beth says: "So-So for Nora"
    "Terrible Narrator"

    Terrible Narrator. I rarely say this as I believe to listen to audio books I must be flexible as to how a character is portrayed by the narrator. But this one was terrible, no. Horrible. Not only was his voices for the women appalling but his male voices were not much better. The sex scenes were painful- to the point where further into the book I had to skip them. The scenes were well written, but it was embarrassing to hear it from this narrator. I could tell he was embarrassed by them too!

    I only wish Susan Ericksen had narrated this one, she is brilliant with Nora Roberts books. This narrator was so bad I really don't know if I liked the book or not. It was so hard to listen to it and even harder to care for any of the characters, the way it was read. So disappointing.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "Love the series but too much violence in this one"

    Minor Spoiler alert-

    I am a huge fan of the In Death series and wait impatiently for each new book. But this is the first time ever I actually pulled off my headphones and considered not finishing. The reason was simply the dog. I can handle quite a bit of violence and torture but the teacher and her dog was much too much. I can't stand even reading about a dog being threatened. The scene is still haunting me.

    Beyond just the dog though, the rest of the book spent way to much time with the killer or with Eve looking for him. Because we knew what the killer was always doing from his point of view it was redundant and a bit frustrating to read about Eve looking in the wrong direction. The parts of the story that were Eve's personal life were good but very brief.

    Usually when I am done with an In Death book I end up rereading (relistening?) it almost immediately. I won't be doing that with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "Harris Forgot to Make Things Happen In This Book"

    (I would say this contains very minor spoilers, but there is really nothing to spoil)

    It must be make things so much easier for Harris to give Sookie avoidance tendencies in this book. I can imagine it must be far more difficult and time consuming to think up and write characters actually doing something of substance, pertaining to the overall storyline. Adding the humor, intrigue and sexiness these books were full of in the past must be even more tricky, because this book had none of these things.

    I can't figure out if Harris is just no longer interested in the story or if she simply did not know how to write this book without giving away the end. Either way, this was really terrible. Almost nothing happened in this book, and one or two things that did happen were so poorly told, it was like reading fan fiction written by a teenager.

    I see some people are happy that she is wrapping up the stories of the more minor characters, but really she hasn't. The characters all suddenly have lost any dimension. Their endings are flowery and nice, and rather boring,

    (here are those minor spoilers)
    Speaking of boring, I can only wonder how many actual pages were full of nothing but Sookie going to Taco Bell or Dairy Queen, cooking meals, and shopping for food. Not to mention an investigator that asked the same useless questions over and over. And over and over. And over again.

    I will read the last book because I loved the series, but I have lost any kind of hope that it will be any good. That is so disappointing. It is my opinion that the second to last book in a series should leave you anxious for the last book, while giving you enough to ponder and guess as to what it all might mean, how things will work out. This book leaves you with nothing but perhaps the knowledge of how to make sweet potato pie.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Great Narrator but really disappointing"

    I just finished and after having really enjoyed the first two I was really disappointed. I am afraid of even slightly spoiling this for anyone so I give warning I will not reveal what happens but it may be contrived from what I have to say from this point on.

    I felt the story had so many opportunities for what may have been somewhat predictable to the average adult, but satisfying conclusions, and yet it did none of that. It came so close- to the point where i found myself annoyed wanting the story to just get to it, and then it almost does, but by sort of narrating what happens through what Katniss is told rather than by showing us, which would have been far more interesting, and what happens falls so short of answers. I don't know if I am making sense, but those who read Catching Fire will remember the last chapter where we are told what Katniss is told by her mentor about what happened after the hunger games. So much of the end of this book as well as much of the middle is like this. As though the author did not really know herself what she wanted to happen and threw something together at the last minute to just finish the book.

    It reminds me of the days when I would write a book report on a book I only half read and then looked at the cliff notes for the ending and interpreted it slightly wrong in the retelling.

    28 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Great but...."

    I loved the story, with one exception. Larsson frequently jumps around telling the story from a number of character's point of view. I have no problem with this. However after the first sentence in which says the name of the person we are now following, he resorts to "he" or "she" rather than the name. And there are an extensive number of characters. I frequently found myself confused at who's story we were reading now. It is irritating to have to rewind and find that one second where the name was mentioned. Granted, this was meant to be read, rather than listened to, but it is not very good writing technique. I got the impression that Larsson was so deeply engrossed in his own story that he wrote he or she to save time, intending to go back and replace them with names but never did.

    Otherwise the story was great, a little slow at the beginning but still engrossing to the point I did not want to stop listening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Firefly Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

    Cherri says: "slow read"
    "Tissues necessary"

    I think another reviewer compared this to the movie Beaches and in some ways that is true. Though it is different too. I don't think the similarities are enough that they detract from the story.

    I did however find this hard to listen to at times, for reasons I will not say to reduce spoiling the book. But also wonderful.

    I chose to listen though because I so adore Susan Ericksen. I fell in love with her narration after listening to every "In Death" book by J.D. Robb and every since I have been combing through the books she has narrated and this one was a great find. She is a brilliant narrator, and brings this story to life brilliantly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek, Deep Space Nine: Warped

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By K.W. Jeter
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois

    Political tensions on Bajor and a series of murders on the station linked to a dangerous new form of holosuite technology are both the work of a single dangerous man - who has a plan that threatens the very fabric of reality. Sisko must enter the heart of a twisted, evil world if he hopes to save the station - and his own son. Read by René Auberjonois and featuring sound effects and an original score!

    J. Shammas says: "Not even Odo can save Warped"

    Perhaps the reason this was so terrible was simply the fact that it was poorly abridged, because it was hard to follow, and made very little sense. I kept getting the distinct impression I had missed a whole lot. A bit like watching a movie from the beginning for 5 minutes. Leaving for 30 mins, returning for another ten, and so on. It was the only star trek audio book I actually struggled to listen through to the end. Waste of money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek, Deep Space Nine: Millennium #1 (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    • Narrated By Joe Morton

    With the Federation losing ground in its war against the Dominion, the galaxy's greatest smugglers, including the beautiful and enigmatic Vash, rendezvous on Deep Space 9. Their objective: a fabled lost orb of the Prophets unlike any other, rumored to be the key to unlocking a second wormhole in Bajoran Space, a second Celestial Temple.

    Rachel says: "Why?"

    Why make an audio version of the first book to a trilogy and not make the other two? For someone like me who only listens to audio books it is highly irritating and I see no point in listening. Waste of money unless after all this time they finally plan on making the next two.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Bryan J. Peterson says: "A waste of my time this wasn't."
    "Definitely not the caliber of Harry Potter"

    So I got this book after rereading (or listening) the entire Harry Potter series to the point I had it all memorized. I was desperate for something like it.

    This is not it. In fact, I bought this years ago, listened to half and stopped. I had found it boring, predictable, obvious and repetitive.

    Then I read the His Dark Materials Series and that was better, enough to reread a few times. But nothing was Harry Potter.

    Shortly after I discovered the "In Death" series with J.D. Robb and I loved them. They the most I enjoyed since Harry Potter, and unalike enough to be satisfying. And the Narrator is my favorite since Jim Dale. But I read the all now several times, and I was low on money and desperate for something else.

    So I went back, very reluctantly to Twilight. Perhaps enough time has passed since Harry Potter, or I was in desperate need of something new to read, but I found it much more enjoyable than I did the first time.

    I actually finished it and plan on buying the next book. I still found it woefully predictable and Bella seemed rather lacking in uniqueness of mind that the author tried to give her credit for, and at times irritatingly predictable. But definitely readable and not irritating enough to lose my interest this time.

    Part of this may be due to the Narration, which can send me away from even the most brilliantly written books if the narrator is bad. This one was not, though her pronunciation of certain words, including Bella was a bit odd. Made me wonder if she had tried to hide an accent or something.

    So to sum it up, this is readable, somewhat enjoyable for a light read, and marginally intriguing. This is not a book to read if you are hoping for clever and wise characters and brilliant writing. But for fun it is fine.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers in Death: In Death, Book 26

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Technology may be different in 2060 New York, yet the city is still a place of many cultures and great divides. And as ever, some murders receive more attention than others - especially those in which the victim is a prominent businessman found in his Park Avenue apartment tied to the bed - and strangled - with cords of black velvet.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent series"
    "How could this one be nearly 5 stars?"

    I adore this series and have been listening from the very first book. But this one was simple not good.

    The mystery of the case was, for lack of a better word, boring, because there was no mystery. Eve knew from close to the beginning who did it and pretty much why. The only question was basically how, and to be honest, it was not nearly exciting enough for me to care.

    I kept waiting for something to happen in this story and nothing did. There was basically no action the case lacked any of the usual twists and turns and danger that the previous books have had.

    The only highlights were a few peripheral stories of Eve's friends, but frankly I rather wished I had saved my money on this one and skipped it all together. How very disappointing.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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