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Sharon

Stavely, AB, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Deja Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (442)

    It's June in Montreal, and Dr. Temperance Brennan, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of Director of Forensic Anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend in beautiful Quebec City. First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. The remains are probably old and only of archeological interest, but Tempe must make sure they're not a case for the police. One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she'll spend the weekend in the crime lab.

    Kay says: "Mixed"
    "Disappointed"
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    What disappointed you about Deja Dead?

    I didn't enjoy the narrator, nor the constant use of French (poorly in my opinion, being Canadian and accustomed to the mingling of the two languages in every day conversation.

    The story didn't grab and hold me. Now i wasn't expecting BONES from TV but I was expecting to at least like the main character. Unfortunately I found the main character annoying and was put off by her.

    The narration as I mentioned above was not to my liking. The woman's voice comes across as her being as bored with the story as I was.


    What was most disappointing about Kathy Reichs’s story?

    The pacing dragged. Too much introspection of the main character with too little insight into the other characters.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A narrator who didn't attempt voices unnecessarily. Often what someone says in a story is quite enough to characterize them. Using an accent, or *voice* distracts from it. Sure there are times when emphasis is required and desirable but at other times it's nothing more than unnecessary.


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

    I would remove the use of French words. While I understand the desire to immerse the reader into the culture of the city (And don't get me wrong Montreal is a wonderful and unique place to live) but for myself it was distracting from the story. Jarring in that everytime it came up I was reminded I was reading (hearing) a story and not able to just immerse myself in the action and dialogue.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd had the entire series as offered by Audible in my wish list.
    They are now removed. I'm glad I didn't purchase a number of them at once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Another Fine Myth: Myth Adventures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (450)

    Start at the beginning, in Another Fine Myth, as Skeeve, an apprentice wizard, meets the demon Aahz. Though it's not love, or even like at first sight they form a connection - saving their lives - between them. Follow them in Myth Conceptions, as Skeeve and Aahz test their talent when they decide to take on an entire army themselves and continue on in Myth Directions. Then Skeeve finds himself alone with his own apprentice applicant, a king, in Hit or Myth and must deal with a medieval Mob!

    Chris says: "Don't myth these adventures!"
    "This never gets old"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. My friends who have similar tastes to mine would enjoy it and I like making my friends happy.

    Asprin's voice is just sarcastic and whimsical enough to appeal to that part of me that steps back from my interactions with others and makes those little comments.

    It's more than breaking the invisible barrier between story teller and listener; it's rather like curling up in a pile of pillows with friends and sharing secrets.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The slightly out of kilter feeling that I have more in common with Ahz than I do with Skeeve.


    Have you listened to any of Noah Michael Levine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I hadn't, until this series. But now that I've heard a few of them I can say that he's consistent in his portrayal of voices. If at times a bit too stereotypical without meaning to be.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Green, scaly and demonic... he's everyone's idea of a mentor.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun family listen and you might find yourself rewinding to hear things over just for the giggle it gives you. His use of puns and Skeeve's fish out of water sense of the world he's suddenly found himself in are not over done. They add to rather than overwhelm a cute though not trite storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warm Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Isaac Marion
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (938)

    R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

    Charles says: "Surprising"
    "Not really a fair review, but..."
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    I should probably hold off on writing this review; as I haven't finished listening to the book.

    However at this point, I'm not completely certain that I will.

    I made the BIG MISTAKE of seeing a movie and liking it very much and finding the book after. I should know better by now.

    The movie is great. The book is different, and why I'm surprised I'm unclear. It's not a bad book, it's just not the movie.

    The main character is so different that I had a hard time investing in him. The voice is good, the descriptions clean and articulate.

    it's just..NOT THE MOVIE ;)

    So fair warning. Don't compare and you'll probably enjoy it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cry Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1974)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1372)

    Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member - and as his mate.

    Teleasa says: "WOW!!"
    "More please."
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    If you could sum up Cry Wolf in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, romantic, fantasy


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cry Wolf?

    hmmm... this is difficult without giving a spoiler and it's not really a 'moment' but The Moor's love took my breath away.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Mostly, yes. I find that I seldom like male narrators doing female voices. This narrator, like many others, in my opinion, gave the main character a simpering voice. While I can see where someone might make that choice, given her state of mind at the beginning of the book; it doesn't seem to change much even when her self esteem asserts.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Two can howl as one.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoying the series so far. I'm glad that Charles has been fleshed out from his role in the Mercy books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3232)
    Performance
    (2957)
    Story
    (2940)

    Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

    yasmine32068 says: "Once again this should have disclaimers"
    "Sometimes too much is too much"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I enjoy the voice of the author. Very much so. The narrator has a good grasp of the cadence and speech patterning for the different characters.


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

    The story is okay. It's a fun listen, but it's not really informative. You either buy the premise of there being a village of werewolves in Alaska, Ontario and elsewhere, or you do not. There's no attempt to convince the reader of the fact. This gives the story a sense of veracity that makes it even more fun.


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

    Nothing.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    There's a couple of very explicit sexual scenes that I feel do very little to drive the story in the explicitness. There's just no need for the description of the actual act and foreplay. These scenes are jarring and took me right out of the story's entrancement. There's nothing wrong with a sexual scene in a story, mind. Just that these are too much. Just too much, too clinical and too explicit in terms of the lightheartedness of the story.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3653)
    Performance
    (3322)
    Story
    (3316)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "More, please."
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    Where does Driving Mr. Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In our top 10.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My daughters and I listened to this book together. I and my younger daughter choose Collin, and my older daughter chooses Miranda. Though the story is told from Miranda's pov and you get all the little insights of how her mind works and twists and wobbles, it is Colin's behaviour that gives truth to the story. All he can do is react and react he does. It may appear odd and sometimes even not a very nice reaction but his reactions are honest and remain in character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they find themselves without a car and lost. I won't spoil it for anyone. Listen and hear for yourself.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Who knew being dead could be so life affirming?


    Any additional comments?

    Give it a listen. The narrator comes over as quite comfortable with the asides and brain farts of the characters that you feel like you're hearing the story over a drink or coffee from a beloved if ditzy girlfriend. She invites you into the story; using the author's words to be sure; but keeps you there by her vocal creations of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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