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S. Gordon

Member Since 2011

  • 7 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 383 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015

  • Haunted: Women of the Otherworld, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Eve Levine - half-demon, black witch, and devoted mother - has been dead for three years. She has a great house, an interesting love life, and can't be killed again - which comes in handy when you've made as many enemies as Eve has. Yes, the afterlife isn't too bad. All she needs to do is find a way to communicate with her daughter, Savannah, and she'll be happy.

    G. House Sr. says: "Witches, Ghosts and Angels -- Oh My!"
    "Finally a quality production of the series"

    I found the character???s interpretation of the afterlife interesting. I???ve been enjoying this series, but I had to learn to tolerate poor production choices like narrators that don???t match the characters and bad editing. The producers finally got their act together for this book. On the other hand, the author could have made the main character as cunning she has been lead up to be.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own.... In a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they'll need the help of some familiar demigods.

    Matthew says: "Great Book, The Narrator Was Alright"
    "Greek Gods meet Roman"

    I love the mix of mythologies in Riordan???s fun adventures and this new series is no exception.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "You have to hear this one!"

    The best audio book experiences come from a combination of a good story and a good narration. The Red Pyramid nails this formula.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Neil Gaiman at this best"

    I find Neil Gaiman books either really good or really... not. This book was one of my favorites. The characters were colorful without being over the top. The humor was dark but not bleak. His supernatural world was believable. And the plot had twists but never veered completely off course.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Bites: Kate Daniels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

    Sara says: "Pure Steel!"
    "Did I even finish this one?"

    I rarely give up on a book I'm listening to. In this case, I can't remember if I gave up on it or just let it droll on as background noise.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stray: Shifters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds. Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked."

    Alexis says: "Loved it!"
    "Exciting book with interesting messages"

    There are a lot of mixed reviews of this book, so I was a little leery of this choice, but the Warecats series ended up becoming one of my favorite. Stray is has an exciting storyline. As with all the books in the series, it is filled with messages about gender role and the plight individuals face trying to find a place in their society.

    The unique warecat race have defined societal rules that were developed because of their environment. They are a group that tries to live secretly in the human world while they struggle to keep their race alive because the male to female birth rate is only 4:1. The main character, Faith, is only one of a handful of women of her race in the US. Therefore, she lives in a society where the women of her race are cherished and protected for their ability to bear the next generation. But since Faith has to pretend to live in a world where the sexual revolution has made greater advances, she longs to actually have such freedom. After, in Stray, Faith is kidnapped to be sold as a sexual slave she appreciates and understands the societal norms in which she was raised, even if she personally continues to resist them.

    There is no doubt that Faith is whiney and selfish in Stray. But this is developmentally appropriate. As a young adult, she trying to develop her sense of individuality and find her place in the world. As the series progresses, you hear her grow through her internal dialogue.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Wish House

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Celia Rees
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove

    It's the start of summer vacation, and 15-year-old Richard has discovered that a family has taken up residence in the usually deserted Wish House. Richard is intrigued by both the house and the bohemian family now living there. The father, Jethro Dalton, is an internationally renowned painter; his seemingly licentious wife is fascinated by herbs and cures. But it's their beautiful and vibrant daughter, Clio, the muse for Jethro's paintings, who draws Richard utterly into the Daltons' world.

    D. Evans says: "didn't get very far."

    A good bed time story. It is dull enough to put you to sleep.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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