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Sandra Waterlily

SanLynn

Holland, MI USA | Member Since 2013

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  • Demon's Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Evey Brett
    • Narrated By Max Tatch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (23)

    Wanting to live freely as a human, half-incubus Tristan flees the Wardens. Broke and starving, he accepts Cory's offer of a paid photo shoot, never dreaming he'd find a man with whom he could be aroused and erotic in his own body without having to submit to his demonic half.

    debbie says: "suck-u-bus wait succebus um sucubus-spellchecker?"
    "A bit uneven"
    Overall
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    This book left me feeling a bit out of sorts actually. I thought the first part of the book was really good. The various twists and turns in the relationship between Cory and Tristan really drew me in and the possibility of what Blanco was up to was an interesting hook as it made me wonder where the story was going.

    However, after the showdown at Cory's art showing I felt it lost something in the writing. It was almost like the author had spent all the time building up to the showdown that they weren't sure how to finish the book, leading the writing to become sluggish and sort of all over the place after that climax. Almost like the story peaked too early and lost the dramatic punch 2/3rds of the way through.

    Even so, I did enjoy the beginning of the book and the ending, while it left a bit to be desired, held together enough that I could get through it. However, with the way the book finished I'm not sure I'd give the author another chance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen: Women of the Otherworld, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Nell Canning
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (471)

    In Stolen, on a mission for her own elite pack, Elena Michaels is lured into the net of ruthless Internet billionaire Tyrone Winsloe, who has funded a bogus scientific investigation of the "other races" and their supernatural powers. Kidnapped and studied in his underground lab deep in the Maine woods, these paranormals - witches, vampires, shamans, werewolves - are then released and hunted to the death in a real-world video game.

    Jay says: "great story...wrong choice for narrator"
    "Agree with Other Reviewers - Bad Narrator Choice"
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    Performance
    Story

    I couldn't find any other books that Nell Canning has narrated but I'm almost sure I've heard and enjoyed her narration before. I may be confusing it with someone else though.

    Regardless she's just the wrong narrating choice on this one. Especially with Clay's voice, it just sounds bad. And Elena and Jeremy's voices are so close to each other in tone that the book is very hard to get through.

    I generally listen to Audiobooks at work so I may try to continue this listen but I'm really glad I have the eBook just in case I can't get through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Twisted Faith: A Minister's Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    On December 26, 1997, near the affluent community of Bainbridge Island off the coast of Seattle, a house went up in flames. In it was the shy, beloved minister's wife, Dawn Hacheney. When the fire was extinguished, investigators found only her charred remains. Her husband, Nick, was visibly devastated by the loss. What investigators failed to note, however, was that Dawn's lungs didn't contain smoke. Was she dead before the fire began?

    Keri says: "Boooo-ring"
    "Good story but wrapped up too quickly"
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    Performance
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    I liked this book and I really enjoyed Dennis Boutsikaris' performance. However, I thought the "third book" should have been drawn out a bit more. There was so much time spent going into how Nick Hacheney got his claws into so many of the church women and how the events after his wife's death unfolded but then it seemed like the author lost interest once Nick's schemes began to unravel and wrapped the book up too quickly.

    I would have liked it more if the author have delved into the investigation and trial instead of just giving us a perfunctory epilogue.

    My heart goes out to Jimmy Glass though. After poor Dawn Hacheney he really got put through the wringer and deserved much better than what he got from his so called family and friends.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (5229)
    Performance
    (3236)
    Story
    (3237)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Ultimately Unsatisfying"
    Overall
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    I think this is generally a good book. If I hadn't gotten the book because I was so interested to find out what happened to Det. Ryan in 1984 I would have been thrilled with this story.

    While the 1984 case informs us about Ryan during the current investigation and how his past affects him, Cassie and other characters I can't help but think it could have been weaved into the story in a much better way.

    Instead we end up with 1984 over our heads the whole time, alternately sympathizing and hating Rob Ryan and, for me, listening to everything with "When do I find out what happened in '84" running through my mind.

    This left me wanting to burn my copy once I heard "The End". It also left me yelling at the stereo of my car "That's it"?! Not very satisfying when you use your commuting hours in order to relax with a good book.

    Ultimately I believe Tana Franch could be an intriguing author but I'm hesitant to give her another try after being so thoroughly disappointed by this book's ending.

    I did learn one important thing though. ALWAYS read the reviews before spending your credits. So, for that, thank you Ms. French.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paradise Found

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Hunter Raines
    • Narrated By James DeGrassi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Paradise is just an illusion... or so Philip thinks as he vacations on exotic Anguilla. He should be celebrating the end of law school and the start of his successful career, but he's tired of living a lie for his family's sake. For just one night, he lets down his guard with two men he thinks he'll never see again.

    Elaine says: "Not worth even the 2.99 I paid."
    "A little slow in the middle but good overall"
    Overall
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    I ended up really liking this book. It started out with a bang with the main characters on Holiday and I liked the way the author resolved the character conflicts and brought them back together where it all began.

    My one complaint is that there is a big portion in the middle that drags the book down a little, keeping me from giving it the full five stars. While, intellectually, I understanded the need for the character development it does slow down the narrative a bit too much for my taste. Ultimately, though, I felt this was a very good outing for the author.

    In regards to the narration I enjoyed the difference in characterization but felt that it did come across at times as a dry reading instead of a narrative performance. This was particularly the case for me in the middle of the book so it may have something to do with how I felt about the book's content in that section.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23885)
    Performance
    (10440)
    Story
    (10517)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "So Glad I gave this book another chance"
    Overall

    I've tried listening to this book twice before but I couldn't get past the first chapter. However, I decided to give it one more shot and I'm glad I did. Once I got past the somewhat slow beginning and the story got going I was engrossed. This book was a surprise in the best possible way. Simon Vance was fantastic as the Narrator as well. This was a great book, all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Change of Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    As a young gay man—and a werepanther—all Jin Rayne yearns for is a normal life. Having fled his past, he wants nothing more than to start over, but Jin’s old life doesn’t want to let him go. When his travels bring him to a new city, he crosses paths with the leader of the local were-tribe. Logan Church is a shock and an enigma, and Jin fears that Logan is both the mate he fears and the love of his life.

    Cristin says: "Great idea but..."
    "Great book, okay author"
    Overall

    This book was largely very well written. There were just a few points that I thought didn't come across quite right but for the most part I thought this book was great from a writing perspective and would definitely read or listen to another book by this author. Or even a sequel if she'd like to tell the story of some of the lesser characters or continue the story of the principles.

    The narrator was just okay for me. I respect the narrators greatly as I would imagine it's a very difficult job to get the character voices and narrating style down. However, this narrator seemed to be just a bit too focused on developing a different voice for each character and let's be frank there are quite a few in this book. As someone else stated the character of Crane, in particular, just didn't come across as well as I'm sure the narrator hoped. Also I felt his focus on the different character voices made it difficult for him to develop a good style and some parts come across as rushed or not sounding quite right to my ear.

    Overall, though, I would definitely recommend this book. I'm already listening to it again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Density of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Christopher Rice
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Four high school students in present-day New Orleans are torn apart by envy, passion, and tragedy. Meredith, Brandon, Greg, and Stephen quickly discover the fragile boundaries between friendship and betrayal as they enter high school and form new alliances. Then two violent deaths disrupt the core of what they once shared.

    Sandra Waterlily says: "My favorite of Rice's books"
    "My favorite of Rice's books"
    Overall

    I've listened to 4 out of the 5 books Christopher Rice has written and while they are all good this is, by far, my favorite. As with most of Rice's books the beginning was a bit confusing but still grabbed my interest from the first chapter.

    Stephen was a very compelling protagonist for me and I was saddened when I realized that the story was drawing towards a conclusion. This is a book I will listen to again and again I'm sure. A terrific first outing for someone who has become one of my very favorite writers.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Swallowing Darkness: Meredith Gentry, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Claudia Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (350)

    "I am Meredith, princess of faerie, wielder of the hands of Flesh and Blood, and at long last, I am with child twins, fathered by my royal guard. Though my uncle, Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, claims that he is the true father since he abducted me from my home, betrayed, and defiled me. And now he has branded my guards as a threat to my unborn children."

    Kristy says: "Story is great, narration was not so great"
    "Good book but the narration was lacking"
    Overall

    I'm afraid I have to agree with most of the reviews already written. After six books with Laural Merlington I was actually looking forward to Claudia Black and a new voice for the Merry Gentry series.

    However, aside from the nice Irish lilt she managed I thought her narration was very lacking. As others have mention she did not have much, if any, difference in voice between characters.

    Also her reading kept reminding me of the computer in War Games. Too monotonous and dry by far.

    I am happy to see Laural Merlington has returned for Divine Misdemeanors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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