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Rosemary

Romi

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  • Dreams of Gods & Monsters: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (497)

    In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she's ever known. When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat--and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves--maybe even toward love.

    Rosemary says: "not with a bang, but a whimper"
    "not with a bang, but a whimper"
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    Would you try another book from Laini Taylor and/or Khristine Hvam?

    I love Khristne Hvam (narrator), even though she mispronounces words that call her degree of education into question. She's a very talented voice actress and I have found some great series of books looking for her work. Laini Taylor created a fantastical world, but the third book didn't live up to the others. Though I loved the first two books in this series (especially the first one), this one was disappointing enough that I doubt I would read more of the author.


    What could Laini Taylor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book seemed like a huge mishmash. It was extraordinarily poorly edited. For instance, there was so much soul searching and angst that I felt it undermined the reader's ability to bond more deeply with the characters. It became tedious and annoying. Also, the book really went nowhere, fading away at the end. I understand the need to leave some open ended plot elements for possible coming installments, but this one was a poorly crafted ending. I believe the elements of a fantastic bang of an ending were all there, but they were so overcrowded with superfluous material that they lost all power and merely fizzled.


    Was Dreams of Gods & Monsters worth the listening time?

    I'm glad that I listened to the end, but I'm left feeling very unsatisfied.


    Any additional comments?

    A great editor would have made this a masterpiece.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1138)
    Performance
    (1028)
    Story
    (1028)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "Fan-freaking-tastic!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of How the Light Gets In to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I think the narrator adds so much to the story (which is already a great story). When I go back to reading these books, the words seem a little paler in comparison to the performance.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I love the way Louise Penny has wrapped everything up in this one. As usual, she leaves clues all through the book and then everything comes together in the end, along with a few surprises.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. He's gotten better and better in the role of Gamache. He's a fantastic narrator. Great pace and phrasing and huzzah for the fantastic pronunciation.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending. Penny always has the best ones.


    Any additional comments?

    After I finished listening to this book, I went back and started listening to the series from the beginning. It is really a fantastic series, with wry dialog and interesting literary, musical, and artistic commentary. History is woven in, and the Quebecois point of view makes this a fascinating read from a cultural perspective. The series was obviously thought out in great detail before Ms. Penny began writing, because it all dovetails beautifully. I can't say enough good things about the series and the performance. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Cursed: Jane Yellowrock, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1391)
    Performance
    (1248)
    Story
    (1259)

    The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to the Master Vampire of New Orleans, they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, he sends an envoy with the best bodyguard blood money can buy: skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But when a group of local campers are attacked by something fanged, Jane goes from escort to investigator. Is it a rogue-vampire, shapechanger, or witch? Or something else magical?

    Ducky says: "Faith Hunter, Jane and Beast are at it again!!!"
    "Meh"
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    First, I really do love this series. This book, however, just seems to be more angsty than the rest. I found myself rolling my eyes at Jane's guilt over everything. And I mean EVERYthing. You'd think a vampire slayer who is supposed to be over 100 years old would Get. Over. It. Maybe 60 or so years ago. That is the one thing, IMHO, that makes this book less enjoyable than the others.

    LOVE: Beast. She is my favorite character, and the symbiosis between her and Jane is fabulous. I love the imaginative approach and the settings. I love that the author writes well.

    HATE: Will someone *please* teach the narrator how to pronounce "eschew?"

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2920)
    Performance
    (2481)
    Story
    (2486)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Fun book; strange mispronunciations"
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    Loved the book and overall really like Khristine Hvam as a narrator. Honestly though, some of her mispronunciations and downright wrong words are almost laughable. Askew instead of eschew? Condensation instead of condescension? Pronouncing fleur de lis as "floor duh lease?" Oy. I can understand why the various mispronunciations - as jarring as they are to me - were missed, but the wrong words make absolutely NO SENSE whatsoever in context and no one noticed?! Still, I like Hvam's cadence and speed, and her voices are basically good (the New Orleans accent and French could use a little work). Simon Vance as narrator is still the gold standard for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grimoire of the Lamb: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1733)
    Performance
    (1617)
    Story
    (1610)

    When he’s not vanquishing villainous gods or dodging demons, 2,000-year-old Druid Atticus O’Sullivan can be found behind the counter of Third Eye Books and Herbs in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, literally minding his own business. But when an evil sorcerer - and amateur shoplifter - snatches an ancient Egyptian tome of black magic, The Grimoire of the Lamb, Atticus is not sheepish about pursuing him to the ends of the earth...or at least to the Land of the Pharaohs.

    breckoz says: "Novella, Side Adventures Before Book 1"
    "Waste of Money"
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    *That* was a total waste of money. The story isn't central to the ongoing events; it takes place in the past, probably about the time of the first book. The voice of the dog is always entertaining, but that didn't make it worth almost $10. Save yourself some money and buy it on Kindle for $3. It would be a quick read; I'm guessing about an hour. Shame on you, Audible, for charging so much for it.

    14 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1949)
    Performance
    (1748)
    Story
    (1764)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Writing, Mediocre Romance"
    "Inventive and well written"
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    Very interesting and thought provoking story of prejudice, love and war. There's meat presented here for those who wish to ponder the beautiful and ugly in each soul, but it's wrapped into a pleasing package of fluid and unusual prose. The setting is described in lovely and haunting terms. The performance is very *very* good (brava on the male roles!), though I have given it 4 rather than 5 stars because of some jarring mispronunciations.

    The second half of the book lags in a series of flashbacks that - in my opinion - might have been more interesting broken up and scattered more. However, I can see the wisdom behind presenting them as they are, as well, so I have not rated the story down.

    Based on a simple overall concept, this is a creative and well written story: a very enjoyable bonbon of a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1686)
    Performance
    (1522)
    Story
    (1541)

    Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy - after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera - it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans.

    Jm says: "Felt like an episode of a weekly tv series..."
    "Great book; meh performance"
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    Love Rick Riordan's books. I always read my son's, but this time I thought I'd try the audio version. It was difficult to get past the pronunciation of Gaia, which should be GUY-ya, but was instead pronounced GEE-ya.

    The story is wonderful as always; I love the clever way Riordan updates the old myths and applies the characters and situations to the modern age. I always have some great laughs. The narrator was ok, though his breathless portrayal of the female characters was definitely off when they were kicking *ss. Meh.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Goliath

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susan Woodring
    • Narrated By Clarinda Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    When Percy Harding, Goliath’s most important citizen, is discovered dead by the railroad tracks outside of town one perfect autumn afternoon, no one can quite believe it’s really happened. Percy, the president of the town’s worldrenowned furniture company, had seemed invincible. Only Rosamond Rogers, Percy’s secretary, may have had a glimpse of how and why this great man has fallen, and that glimpse tugs at her, urges her to find out more.

    Holly Helscher says: "Agonizing"
    "You get what you pay for - $5 sale"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes listening to sloowwwwwww reading by a kindergarten teacher.


    Has Goliath turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No - I couldn't stand listening to the reader long enough even to guess what the story was like. What I heard was well written, though. I didn't want to review the story itself because I didn't feel I had heard enough, but was compelled to submit a rating in order to write a review. Sorry about that.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Horribly horribly slow and unnatural pacing and inflection.


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

    The writing seemed to be good. I plan to read it (in written form).


    Any additional comments?

    Why on Earth do narrators think they have to read so slowly?!?! Good heavens. It's torture!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5724)
    Performance
    (5285)
    Story
    (5278)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "Not as fantastic as the first 3"
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    What made the experience of listening to Tricked the most enjoyable?

    I particularly loved the voice of Oberon and the old native American. The pop culture references, mythology and historical aspects are brilliant.


    What other book might you compare Tricked to and why?

    The series is like Rick Riordan for adults. Love all the popular culture references and puns.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to the first three in this series. I didn't enjoy this one as much. It almost sounded as though there was a new producer who kept telling him "you need to be much more serious." Hated that he seemed to read a bit slower - it almost put me to sleep - and with more studied inflections in the first half and the snarky, edgy, flippant nature of his voice was toned down with processing. Note: another reviewer said that he forgot to speak with a rasp in one part when his throat was injured. That bit of dialogue was actually when he was speaking to Oberon telepathically so it fit. The second half picked back up and was more enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series. My husband keeps asking me why I'm laughing out loud. It's just too much fun. Thank you Kevin Hearn and Luke Daniels!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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