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S. Tucker

JackintheBeanstalk

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  • Counterfeit Lottery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By S. A. Stolinsky
    • Narrated By Stefanie Stolinsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Lily Handy has problems. Her agent hanged himself in the shower, her television series has been cancelled, and her self-esteem is badly flagging. When she goes to Brandauers department store to redeem a free cosmetic gift, she finds instead that someone has dropped the twenty million dollar Tanzanian diamond into the pocket of her Lauren Bacall trench coat.

    S. Tucker says: "Read, don't scold"
    "Read, don't scold"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    It has attractive cover art, which makes it stand out in the lists. There is not much else redeeming. The story is awkward, the heroine is unlikeable, the "mystery" is silly, and there aren't even any memorable secondary characters. Nah, this one is a dud.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    What subject matter?


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    I don't know if S. A. Stolinsky (author) and Stephanie Stolinsky (narrator) are the same person, but if so, I would suggest that she invest in a reader with talent and experience.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The narrator's voice was the "story" here. I have never experienced an audiobook read like this - that voice is so harsh it is cringeworthy. No way does it convince a listener that it represents a pretty, fluffy trophy wife/actress/goofball "detective". Instead it conjures images of bitter, slightly unwell, harping and complaining old aunt-in-law. I am returning this one and getting my credit back.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I don't like these questions that Audible generates, apparently at random. After I previewed my first review, I went back to edit and the questions had changed altogether, so that my responses did not match. How about letting me write my review in my own words?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sea Change

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By S.M. Wheeler
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    The unhappy child of two powerful parents who despise each other, young Lilly turns to the ocean to find solace, which she finds in the form of the eloquent and intelligent sea monster Octavius, a kraken. In Octavius' many arms, Lilly learns of friendship, loyalty, and family. When Octavius, forbidden by Lilly to harm humans, is captured by seafaring traders and sold to a circus, Lilly becomes his only hope for salvation. Desperate to find him, she strikes a bargain with a witch that carries a shocking price.

    S. Tucker says: "The story deserved a better rating from me"
    "The story deserved a better rating from me"
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    Would you try another book from S.M. Wheeler and/or Bianca Amato?

    Yes, because there is nothing particularly horrible about either, I will give more details below.


    Would you ever listen to anything by S.M. Wheeler again?

    The story was creative, interesting, and unique, but p l o d d i n g.


    What didn’t you like about Bianca Amato’s performance?

    There was a pause
    between every sentence
    that a more experienced performer
    would put between every
    paragraph.

    *breath*


    It made the pacing
    very annoying
    and distracting.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sea Change?

    OK I am glad that Audible asked about editing, because here this the main reason that I gave this audiobook ratings in the pits.

    The book "ends" halfway into the second half, after the sooper dramatic death of some baddie we have never heard of before, and the emotional burial scene of said stranger. Turns out, there are entire sections missing from the book. Poof. They just never showed up in the reading. Or did they? Some missing chapters seen to be there after the copyright info is read into the record, suddenly the story resumes ~~ somewhere.

    This is a faulty recording and needs to be recalled/amended. I know somebody reads these reviews before they are published, so I will say this now. I intend to return this book if Audible does not recall this recording and fix this problem.

    Too bad for the author, who is the one whose name is ultimately associated with a middling narrator and a suxxor recording.


    Any additional comments?

    Give writers some power over the performance and publication of audiobooks. We would get less dross in the marketplace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Touch of the Demon: Kara Gillian, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Liv Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (329)

    Kara Gillian is in some seriously deep trouble. She’s used to summoning supernatural creatures from the demon realm to our world, but now the tables have been turned and she’s the one who’s been summoned. Kara is the prisoner of yet another demonic lord, but she quickly discovers that she’s far more than a mere hostage. Yet waiting for rescue has never been her style, and Kara has no intention of being a pawn in someone else’s game.

    Leesa says: "Best one yet!!"
    "Stunning"
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    What did you love best about Touch of the Demon?

    This novel reads like a woodchipper on jet fuel. Battle, betrayal, torture, plot twists, sex, suspense, it's all in here.


    What other book might you compare Touch of the Demon to and why?

    I would only compare this book to the first four in this unique and remarkable series. Readers should start with Mark of the Demon, and walk with Kara Gillian on her fraught path.


    What about Liv Anderson’s performance did you like?

    Pitch perfect performance, not a word or a nuance out of place to interfere with our enjoyment of the story.


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

    If I had to sum up my reaction to this book, it would be one word: Impressed. It made me want to reread the series from the beginning to track the clues that Ms. Rowland planted and which bloomed into one big gaudy demon jungle in this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I understand that this series has nine books planned. *Kara Gillian fan swoons*. Brava, Diana Rowland.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tempest Reborn: Jane True, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Nicole Peeler
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Anyan may be trapped in an evil dragon and Blondie may be gone, but Jane knows one thing: she's not about to give up. She's ready to tear down heaven and earth to save her lover, despite those who believe he's lost. Luckily for Jane, those who've given up on Anyan do not include those closest to her. Defying The Powers That Be, Jane and company form their own crack squad of misfits, in whose hands the fate of the world may well rest.

    The Book Nympho says: "How I miss the old Jane"
    "Seiries Ender"
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    Would you try another book from Nicole Peeler and/or Khristine Hvam?

    Never, for either of them. Peeler is dead to me as an author. Hvam I will avoid without particular rancor, just out of preference.


    Has Tempest Reborn turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am not turned off from other books of this genre, on the contrary, I seek out books of this genre. This was particularly poorly done and that's why I am singling it out for scorn in this category.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Khristine Hvam?

    Nobody "deserved" to have to read this book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I reacted with impatience to turn it off and scroll to a story with merit.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not returning any of my previous purchases in this series. I continued to buy them as the series continued to fizzle. Buyer beware. Using credits on these is nothing but a Stupid Tax.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Summoning: Book One of the Moon Wolf Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Carol Wolf
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    Amber is more than just a girl with a stolen ID and an attitude; she is a daughter of the wolf-kind, a shapeshifter able to change forms at will. One night, as Amber prowls the Hollywood Hills in wolf form, she stumbles onto an occult ceremony, interrupting the ritual. As a result, Amber finds herself the unwilling mistress of a handsome demonic servant, Richard. Appearing as a fair youth of eighteen years, Richard is a demon accidentally summoned, then captured, by Dr. John Dee, court magician to Queen Elizabeth I.

    Nicole says: "Lovely, engaging, entertaining, STRONG Female lead"
    "So Boring"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I suppose that people who haven't listened to scores of books by more talented writers and who are seeking low-impact YA fiction might give this book a higher score.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carol Wolf again?

    I would never listen to a Young Adult title by Carol Wolf again.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration is much finer than the story deserves. No particular demerits for Elizabeth Evans.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Summoning?

    Witch coven, so off-putting, so tiresome. Magic women all clustered together, dancing withershins. Good grief.


    Any additional comments?

    Author benefitted from good cover art and blurb writing. What a rip off, because better authors get poor covers and weak blurbs. This story, for the first time in years of audiobook purchases, was a DNF for me. Trashed it midway through Part 2. I would NOT, however, automatically shun a book read by Elizabeth Evans. I hope her career is not poisoned by contracting to read such dreck.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • All I Want for Christmas Is a Vampire: Love at Stake, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (286)

    This Christmas isn't so merry for Toni. Her best friend's been locked up in a mental hospital ever since she told the police she was attacked by vampires, and the only way for Toni to get her out is to prove that bloodsuckers really do exist. So she's taken a job as a bodyguard for the Undead, but she gets more than she bargained for, especially when she meets Ian MacPhie, a Scottish rascal looking for Ms. Right.

    Amy says: "Always cute"
    "Best narration of the series so far"
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    This series just keeps getting better and better as our beautiful, sexy vampires find their true loves and the family grows. This installment contained some delightful laugh-out-loud passages: 314 messages from women (and a couple of men!) who think Ian is HAWT after his profile goes up on an internet dating site, so funny. And, Ian gets an unexpected side effect from the stay-awake medicine, yum.

    The writing gets better and better too, with just the perfect balance of madcap comedy, blooming romance, and violent peril. One of my favorite things about this series is the careful attention of the secondary characters. Even the children are endearing instead of annoying, a tricky feat to pull off. Dr. Fang? OHHH Yeah. This book introduces a new sidekick who is also completely charming...and the shapeshifters are finding a role too.

    To make this listening experience perfect was the narration by Coleen Marlo. Not only does she have a lovely voice, but she reads prose and dialect with flawless rhythm, and delivers credible accents to the Scots, the Italian, the Russians, the Texan, and more. I wish she had been hired to narrate the entire series, it could have vastly improved a couple of the earlier installments. Thank you and great luck Coleen, you were born to read audiobooks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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