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Richard

Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.

Kentwood, MI, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Myth-ion Improbable: Myth Adventures, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Robert Asprin
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Apprentice magician Skeeve, his scaly mentor Aahz and beautiful ex-assassin Tanda are back - and this time they're treasure hunting in a dimension that combines the Wild West with the vampire - cursed hills of Transylvania - where gold is common as dirt, and danger lurks behind every sagebrush.

    Crystal says: "Cows vs. Vampires"
    "Really book 3.5"
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    The author wrote this book after an extended hiatus from writing the series as a way to recapture his feeling for these characters. So even though it is the eleventh book written it takes place between books 3 and 4 since he considered this a simpler time frame to write about. While he does manage to recapture most of the personality's of Skeeve, Aahz and Tananda the story itself causes some slight discontinuity with the other books. It was intended to be a simpler story than the twelfth book, again to help him get back into the series. As such there are fewer characters and fewer twists and turns along the way. The interactions of Skeeve with the other characters in the book are fairly simple and his development as a leader shown as the series progresses is not seen in this book. The tone of the book is also somewhat darker than in the other books of the series with talk of genocidal warfare and generally more talk of death. Skeeve also seems more harsh in his judgments than in other similar situations in the other books. Still, the story is entertaining enough that I would not recommend skipping it. I simply do not consider it one of the best in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Easy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tammara Webber
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (670)

    A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

    Rita says: "Didn't Want to Stop Listening"
    "Not always easy to listen to"
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    As others have said this book deals with a difficult subject and at times can be difficult to listen to but the subject is very well handled and addressed. The characters and situations are believable and well developed. The writing is excellent. And Tara Sands does a wonderful job bringing it all to life. It's one of those books that I'm glad I listened to rather than read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakable: Contours of the Heart, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tammara Webber
    • Narrated By Zachary Webber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (219)

    As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise - until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed. All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy.… As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

    The Reading Date says: "Unbreak my heart, Lucas!"
    "Same story, different viewpoint"
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    As others have said, this is the same story as Easy told from Lucas' point of view. In addition to his thoughts and viewpoints of the events in the previous book it also tells the story of the years leading up to it. The story does a great job of developing a character you thought you already knew from the previous book. But make sure you listen in the proper order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in Red: A Novel of the Others

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Alexandra Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1149)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1065)

    As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

    Angela says: "WOW!!!!! JUST WOW!"
    "Unique"
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    Seems so many urban fantasies come from the same mold. Anne Bishop has managed to create a unique world unlike anything else I've read or listened to. The story ranges from charming to horrifying, gradually gaining momentum to a stunning climax. Alexandra Harris gives a fine performance while not quite matching the best I've heard. I would give it a 4.5.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Indexing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (264)

    For most people, the story of their lives is just that: the accumulation of time, encounters, and actions into a cohesive whole. But for an unfortunate few, that day-to-day existence is affected - perhaps infected is a better word - by memetic incursion: where fairy tale narratives become reality, often with disastrous results.

    Erin - Audible says: "The X-Files meets Grimm meets Law and Order"
    "Original and Entertaining"
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    I liked this book a lot. I wanted to give it 5 stars but in the end I couldn't quite do it. The story is very original, the characters well developed, and I found the performance added to the book even more (though people who have issues with women doing men's voices may disagree). Unfortunately it is a difficult story to pull off. The rules of the world seem to always be changing making it difficult to keep up. By the end I had to just listen and see how it ended. So while it kept me engrossed in the story it left me feeling a little frustrated so I had to drop it to 4 stars.

    1 of 1 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3431)
    Performance
    (2886)
    Story
    (2905)

    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"
    "It's the performance that makes this special"
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    The story itself is good. It's above average for YA; above average for urban fantasy; above average for a love story. The characters are well developed. The setting is well developed. The story is well told. Its one fault is it goes on a bit long. But it's the performance that makes this audiobook stand out. That's saying something because it includes the things that usually make me cringe: music, sound effects and multiple readers. But Kevin Collins does an amazing job as Ethan as well as nearly every other character. The one exception is that of Lena. He does a marvelous job of portraying her but unfortunately the voice he uses is nearly the same as Ethan without the accent. Since a lot of time is spent with the two talking to each other you need to pay attention or risk having to figure out who's talking. Normally this isn't too difficult based on the context but occasionally I had to rewind. The music is a song written specifically for this production from the song in the story and adds greatly to the atmosphere. My biggest complaint with sound effects are that they can drown out the narrator but that is never the case with this book. They also add to the ambiance without trying to take over for a lacking performance. Even the section where it switches to another reader is done perfectly. Normally switching readers, especially when switching from a man to a woman as in this case, I find jarring. The reader they chose to compliment Kevin does exactly that; compliment him. Her voice and style are very similar to what he used so it flowed smoothly. This is one of those rare books that I highly recommend as better to listen to than to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watch Your Back

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen Rose
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    Baltimore homicide detective Stevie Mazzetti has suffered losses no woman should have to endure. And, despite it all, she's still a fighter. When she learns that her ex-partner might have miscarried justice, she's determined to put the past to rights, even when she becomes a target. It's former marine Clay Maynard's job to see the risk in every situation, and he doesn't have to look hard to find the danger surrounding Stevie. Since the minute he first saw her, Clay has wanted toprotect the wounded officer, and he started loving her not long after that.

    shelley says: "Karen Rose does not disappoint"
    "Required a stretch of my suspension of disbelief"
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    A solid book with a well paced story, strong characters, good suspense, and a heated romance. My only real complaint was that I struggled a bit with the motivation for the villain. It just seemed like he kept at it to the point that he was calling attention to himself, which was the exact thing he was trying to stop. Finally decided to just go with it but don't usually have that problem with Ms Rose's books. I'm a huge fan of Marguerite Gavin so if you've enjoyed her performances in the past you won't be disappointed with this one. If you don't care for her style you probably won't care for this either.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8985)
    Performance
    (8208)
    Story
    (8300)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Strong ending to the trilogy"
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    I'm going to go ahead and disagree with the reviews with the most "helpful" votes and say that I thought this was the best book in the trilogy. If you've read my reviews of the first two you already know that I had a hard time making sense of the world. This book goes a long way in explaining the Divergent world. It also explores hard topics like prejudice, discrimination, violence as a means for change, the role of genetics in behavior and the meaning of sacrifice. Both Tris and Tobias grow and mature. My biggest complaint is that I wish we had gotten to these themes earlier in the series so they could have been addressed more thoroughly. Both Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford did a great job as Tris and Tobias respectively. I normally don't like books with multiple narrators, particularly not when one is male and the other female. I'm not sure if this book could have been done any other way and they managed to merge well enough. If they were better able to differentiate between the voices of the different characters I would have rated them higher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • That Touch of Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (237)

    To make ends meet, Stacy decides to develop her special…powers. Everyone can use a touch of magic now and then, right? Soon she’s got clients lining up to receive her signature potions - until a few of them go awry.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Great 2nd Half"
    "Even better than the first"
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    The first book by Lucy March, "A Little Night Magic", was entertaining and I really enjoyed it, but it never reached the point where I was looking for excuses to keep listening. This second book in the Nodaway Falls series exceeds the first in every respect: character development, relationships, excitement and humor. The narration was spot on. If you're a fan of Amanda Ronconi you won't be disappointed. This is arguably her best performance of the books I've listened to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (642)

    "It' s a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't." Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt' s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn' t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally.

    C. Telfair says: "Welcome Holiday Diversion"
    "It's about Lucian"
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    A lot of back story about Lucian and Walt's relationship to him is given, all wrapped up in a good story about the two of them helping a young girl. Some have commented that there's too much technical detail about the plane. While there is some I never found this to be intrusive and it's the interaction of the people on the plane not the plane itself that form the focus. George Guidall does a fantastic job as always. It's a bit short but if you're a fan of the Longmire books you are going to want to listen to this. If you find it on sale as I did, even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead Pool: The Hollows, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1863)
    Performance
    (1718)
    Story
    (1725)

    Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike. The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

    Angela says: "Unbelievably Satisfying!"
    "Better all the time"
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    Each book I think can't get any better and yet the next one proves me wrong. This one is no exception. If you've been listening to the series you'll be pleased with this installment. If you haven't started the series yet you owe it to yourself to get "Dead Witch Walking" and start listening now. Marguerite Gavin is an amazing performer. I love all of her work but especially the Rachel Morgan books. It is with both great expectation and much sadness that I await the final installment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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