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Sharon

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  • Spell Bound: Women of the Otherworld, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (310)

    At last, in the novel every Kelley Armstrong fan will need to own, all the major heroines and heroes of Otherworld are united. It's been 10 years since Bitten, the first novel in Kelley Armstrong's New York Times best-selling Otherworld series. In that time hundreds of thousands of fans have ravenously devoured the adventures of Armstrong's witches, demons, and werewolves. Now, in Spell Bound, she brings them all together for her most sweeping tale yet.

    Ashley says: "Give me More!!!"
    "This story will hold your interest until the end"
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    Where does Spell Bound rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top half


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spell Bound?

    I like the beginning scenes as the book opens...


    What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There are a lot of characters in this books and the narrator brings a distinct voice to each one.


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

    No, just found the story interesting (but I'd on only suggest listening to this story after listening to other books in this series first.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is quite good, however since the author intended to write a story with so many characters, there is not much time spent on each one. Characters make 1 main appearance (may show up briefly later), then they're gone. I like the concept of listening to a book with several characters from other stories all together, but prefer stories with less characters so there could be more detail on the ones that play a part in the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lothaire: Immortals After Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1231)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1151)

    Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness - until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.

    Nicola says: "Amazing Book"
    "A unique story worth listening to..."
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    Would you listen to Lothaire again? Why?

    Yes. The story is surprisingly unique. I like the fact that the author explains the backstory of the main characters, it helps listeners understand were the characters are coming from-- their motivations, beliefs and actions.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes- but it is too long to do so...


    Any additional comments?

    I like the story -- it's not predictable and the author is very good at story telling, It's easy to get lost in the story, and it keeps the listener wondering what will happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Dawns: Immortal Guardians Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1653)
    Performance
    (1483)
    Story
    (1489)

    Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control...

    Amazon Customer says: "Not bad"
    "A pretty good story but not the best in this genre"
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    If you could sum up Darkness Dawns in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting and Sexy


    Would you recommend Darkness Dawns to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The story is good, but there are better books out there in this genre.


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

    Have shovel will travel


    Any additional comments?

    The story was good but at times seemed a bit formulaic. Also the meeting and subsequent relationship of the main characters seemed unlikely. More backstory on the female main character would have been nice. Also the last third of the book was slow.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5577)
    Performance
    (4749)
    Story
    (4745)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "A great read!"
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    If you could sum up Ghost Story in three words, what would they be?

    exciting, unpredictable, entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dresden for sure!


    What about John Glover’s performance did you like?

    I like the fact that the characters sound different, they have distinctive, individual voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Absolutely. I found myself taking a longer route home from work to continue listening to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I like all the books in the Dresden series. The author is great a creating unique, entertaining stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Quick Bite

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Victoria McGee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (627)

    Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood . . . an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn't hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?

    Kickez says: "This is book 1 of the Argeneau Vampire Series"
    "A mediocre, somewhat dated story"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Lynsay Sands and/or Victoria McGee?

    Yes, but I would read the reviews of other listeners first.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lynsay Sands again?

    Probably not unless there was a really good review about a new book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Victoria McGee’s performances?

    Sure.


    Was A Quick Bite worth the listening time?

    It was one of those situations in which you listen for a couple of hours, get bored, but want to finish listening to see how the story ends.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the story was ok, however the story seemed a bit dated (main character wearing pannyhose/stockings, some use of slang, etc) Also the story got a bit cheesy at times (a bunch of women wearing baby-doll nightgowns). I'm sure the author has good stories she's written, however this was not one I'd reccommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4092)
    Performance
    (3576)
    Story
    (3544)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Interesting story but too wordy!"
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    What made the experience of listening to 1Q84 the most enjoyable?

    The setting is the quite unique: a sci-fi tale told set in 1984 Japan. Also the story is not predictable, you can't guess what will happen next


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't like the ending. It was too abrupt and still left questions unanswered.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought the narrators did a great job. There are multiple narrators and they were able to help convey the personality of characters through their narration.


    If you could take any character from 1Q84 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think I would take the private investor character out to dinner (I forgot his name) he seemed to be incredibly smart. He was so interesting that I would listen to a book just with him as the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    I was underwhelmed by the plot. It was ok, but not as good as I thought it would be. It was especially irritating to listen to the thoughts of the main 2 characters -- because they would often repeat or rephrase thoughts, or have some tangent, off the wall thoughts that didn't seem to move the story along. I also didn't like the fact that some questions are not answered at the end of the story. However overall it was a good (long) listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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