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  • Firespell: Dark Elite, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Mary Kane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    From the author of the Chicagoland Vampires novels, a new series about a boarding school filled with something worse than homework. Lily's parents have sent her to a fancy boarding school in Chicago filled with the ultra-rich. If that wasn't bad enough, she's hearing and seeing bizarre things on St. Sophie's creepy campus. Her roommate, Scout, keeps her sane, but keeps disappearing at night. When one day Lily finds Scout running from real-life monsters, she learns the hard way that Scout is involved in a splinter group of rebel teens.They protect Chicago from demons, vamps, and dark magic users....

    Rocky Mountain Reviewer says: "Story is Good - But the Performance Is Lacking"
    "Story is Good - But the Performance Is Lacking"
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    What did you like best about Firespell? What did you like least?

    I've enjoyed the story so far and the dialogue is pretty decent. I'm not far enough into the story yet to know if it follows a coherent story line. The narrator is what I like least. I can get past the nasal New England accent. What I can't ignore is the odd cadence and what sounds like an underlying amusement throughout the narration. Mary Kane has a tendency to pause in the midst of sentences in such a way as to remove any meaning from them. She also sounds like she finds the entire book humorous. It's nothing overt, but it's hard to appreciate the serious thrilling parts of the book when the narrator sounds like she's amused by the whole thing.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Kane?

    I'd ask that they return to Cynthia Holloway or explore Amanda Ronconi.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Possibly, but it would have to be very well done - on par with Harry Potter, NOT Twilight.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5547)
    Performance
    (4259)
    Story
    (4269)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Denise says: "What a HOOT!!!!!!!"
    "The Book With Bite"
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    Where does Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love this book. It would definitely go into my top 10.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator was the perfect voice for the protagonist - so I would say the delivery and narrator selection combined with humor and rather wry naivete of the protagonist are a perfect fit.


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

    She filled out the character of Jane Jameson. She brought inflection and life to the characters. I mean...the characters are well developed in the story, but somehow hearing the sarcasm isn't the same as reading "she said with sarcasm", if you know what I mean.


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

    This book made me laugh out loud during many parts and I will be quoting a few of them. It rather reminded me of Anita Blake, but on a more "realistic" level. I felt the same kind of humor, but in more of a "girl next door" sort of manner.


    Any additional comments?

    I just have to say, again, I loved this book and am pretty disappointed there are only 4 of them. I will be listening to Naked Werewolf next, in hopes it will deliver the same solid writing, sense of humor, and storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (1993)
    Performance
    (1657)
    Story
    (1671)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Might be a Good Story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'm only about an hour into this story. So far, though I'm enjoying the plot, I am having trouble focusing on it due to the narration by John Lee. I would recommend it, but with a caveat about the narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am not far enough into the book to have a favorite character.


    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    This is truly what I wanted to review. I have found John Lee's performance to be stilted and stiff. At this point, I'm having trouble differentiation between the characters and trouble focusing on the story due to the stiffness of his delivery. Inevitably, after a few minutes I find myself drifting away from the story because the sound of his voice and lack of relevant pauses and voices is tending to turn it into white noise. I am hoping I'll get used to his inappropriate pauses and droning delivery so I can concentrate on the story line. I have to admit, as well, his British accent makes it a little hard on my American ear to pick the words out. He doesn't have just a light British accents. He's British. REALLY British. I'll be coming back to review again when I get through the rest of the book. Mostly, I wanted to give people a head's up about the narrator, because the sample didn't quite let me know what I was getting into.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not sure at this point.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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