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Shay H.

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  • Feral Sins: Phoenix Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4926)
    Performance
    (4463)
    Story
    (4485)

    Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills - and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him.

    P. Stover says: "Surprised they didn't check my ID"
    "Fun Story, Porno Sex Scenes"
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    This was an enjoyable listen - the actual story was engaging and the narration enhanced the story.

    However, anyone looking for romance should probably skip the sex scenes. While well written -- and they are well written -- the acts depicted read more like rape fantasy enactment pornographic sex than romantic sex. I believe the kink community calls it "consensual non-consent". There's also a male on female sodomy scene that's just as graphic as the rest of the sex. If those hit your "off" spots, fast forward is you friend - the rest of the story makes up for it.

    And in case you're wondering, the difference between porno sex and romantic sex is (1) how much the sex is about physical satisfaction versus emotional satisfaction, and (2) whether there's any lead up to the sex (as in, enjoying the skin-to-skin for it's own sake) or just wham-bam, let's get to the money shot, scream-for-me-baby.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha H and the Airship City: Girl Genius #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (584)

    The Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare. Sixteen years have passed since the Heterodyne Boys, benevolent adventurers and inventors, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Today, Europe is ruled by the Sparks, dynasties of mad scientists ruling over - and terrorizing - the hapless population with their bizarre inventions and unchecked power, while the downtrodden dream of the Heterodynes’ return. At Transylvania Polygnostic University, a pretty, young student named Agatha Clay seems to have nothing but bad luck.

    Amazon Customer says: "Ever wanted visuals while audio book listening?"
    "love the extras"
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    the book is based on the Web comic series, and manages to capture most of the mad cap illustrations of the comic while providing details that the comic format is not suited to showcasing. the comic is at girlgenius.com. there are some minor continuity conflicts between the comics and this novelization, but minor enough that you can page through the comic while listening to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ari Berman
    • Narrated By Tom Zingarelli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (217)

    The adoption of the landmark Voting Rights Act in 1965 enfranchised millions of Americans and is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement. Yet fifty years later, we are still fighting heated battles over race, representation, and political power - over the right to vote, the central pillar of our democracy. A groundbreaking narrative history of voting rights since 1965, Give Us the Ballot tells the story of what happened after the act was passed.

    Gillian says: "In-Depth Blow by Blow Account of the VRA"
    "Well told history of voting rights activism"
    Overall
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    There's a lot of information in here, but Berman keeps it grounded in the story of the people working to expand voting access. There were some dense parts to the material being covered, but that's one of the things that makes for a good non-fiction piece -- when you have to stop and really consider what you're reading/hearing in the moment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9772)
    Performance
    (8865)
    Story
    (8859)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Very funny"
    "well worth full price"
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    This was a truly enjoyable listen, an experience more than the sum of its parts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Visions of Heat: Psy-Changeling Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1678)
    Performance
    (1451)
    Story
    (1444)

    Hailed as a major talent in paranormal romance, Nalini Singh takes us deeper into the world of the Psy and the changelings in her latest extraordinary novel, where a gifted woman sees passion in her future---a passion that is absolutely forbidden by her kind. In danger from the Psy, Faith NightStar's fragile sanity will be tested by an all-consuming passion for a changeling who can take the form of man or jaguar.

    Bexlyn Wright says: "Things are heating up."
    "Start with this book, then listen to the first one"
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    When writing fantasy, Ms. Singh does a great job of creating heroines you can really root for. Some are bad ass fighters and some simply possess the kind of internal strength that lets them meet the challenges they face with dignity and resolution. Faith doesn't have to be a kick ass super star fighter to face down the scary stuff. She does it with smarts and the support of her mate.

    Having listened to the second book now, the first book, "Slave to Sensation", is more enjoyable. My biggest gripe was with the concept of a group of psychics choosing to become emotionally neutered. Human consciousness is emotion with a patter of reasoning wrapped around it. Deny the emotions and of course you're going to have serious mental breakdowns.

    This book provides more insight into what drove that decision and the very serious consequences it's having in the story's larger world. It's the set up that the first book didn't get to.

    There's a slight bit of spoiler in the second book if you haven't read the first, but clearing up that bit of world building made a huge impact on how much more I was able to enjoy the first book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Addiction: Rock Kiss, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (731)

    Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media's harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad-boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin and a touch that could become an addiction.

    Amazon Customer says: "really disappointing"
    "Meh."
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    I'm 3 hours in and unimpressed. It's got good sex scenes and starts them early, but in between there ain't much plot. The story is set in New Zealand with New Zealanders among the main characters, but so far there has been one, exactly one, person read with a New Zealand accent, and that was an unnamed neighbor with maybe two lines of dialog.

    Hero: aggressive male, a few issues, mundane trope.
    Heroine: major issues, timid, and rather pathetic.

    Bored and moving on. Hoping Ms Singh gets bored and returns to writing about angels that make vampires and the people who get to play catch with runaway vamps. At least those characters all have backbones.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Burn for Me: A Hidden Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1983)
    Performance
    (1833)
    Story
    (1829)

    Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career - a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn't sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire. Then she's kidnapped by Connor "Mad" Rogan - a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers.

    Lilian says: ""Don't judge a book by it's cover" - TRUE!!!"
    "Different"
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    This book sets the stage for a new series focused on the two main characters, and while the heroine is an enjoyable scrapper, the hero is more of an anti-hero, with hints lightly poking through the story that he might, possibly, maybe not be a complete psychopath. I await further character development in the books yet to come.

    The universe is brand new --- ish. Magic is introduced into humanity during the 1860s, so most of the political set up is the same, but the similarities between real life places and institutions show that the alternate history angle wasn't pushed as hard as it could have been.

    Iliona Andrews is one of my favorite authors because she writes compelling stories, and this definitely matched her prior books for drawing me through the story. Renee Raudman is my favorite dramatic narrator, and she delivers a great listen yet again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twin Dragons: The Dragon Lords of Valdier, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By S. E. Smith
    • Narrated By David Brenin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (570)

    Melina Franklin was barely 16 when she and her grandfather were kidnapped by an alien trader and sold to an Antrox mining asteroid in deep space. Mistaken for a young boy, she lives the next five years in fear of being found out and sold. She dreams of the day when she and her grandfather will return home.

    K. April Holgate says: "Not exactly the book I wanted..."
    "fun listen"
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    This was worth a return listen when I wanted to hear something frivolous. The male narrator seemed a little strange at first given the genre, but he pulled off the female lead without the corn ball sappy voices I've heard from other make narrators reading romances.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3105)
    Performance
    (2179)
    Story
    (2174)

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

    Charles says: "Great for an introduction to space and astronomy"
    "Enjoyable, Well Narrated, Repetitive"
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    I had fun listening to this collection of essays, and I am definitely looking for more works narrated by Mr. Graham as he had an enjoyable voice and diction.

    The essays were well written, articulate, in places thought provoking, and drew upon sometimes too common examples. By the same token, the majority of places where I found the examples or metaphors repetitive concerned complex topics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight's Kiss: Elder Races, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1011)
    Performance
    (951)
    Story
    (947)

    Ever since their scorching affair ended years ago, Julian, the Nightkind King, and Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen, have tried to put the past behind them - and distance between them. But when a war breaks out between Julian and Justine, a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind council, they find themselves thrown together under treacherous circumstances....

    NEW NAME says: "Elder Races Baby!!!"
    "Stands alone well + good addition to a fun series"
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    I like a lot of things about Ms. Harrison's writing, especially that she doesn't have de trope heroines. They feel like real women, even if the world isn't quite like ours. =)

    While this book starts off almost seamlessly from the end of the book before it (Night's Honor: Elder Races, Book 7), Ms. Harrison does a good job of keeping up with the plotlines and the characters from other books in the series. For the plotlines, there aren't any kill joy spoilers, and for the characters, she neither under develops them for the new readers or over develops them for followers of the series. That's a really hard balance point and deserves recognition.

    I think if you haven't read any of the other books in this series, you could jump in here and the series would not suffer for it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2227)
    Performance
    (1831)
    Story
    (1844)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "Read, Don't Listen, to this one"
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    I reread this story about once every other year since being introduced to the series when I was 17. I don't want to call it a fantasy genre classic, because "classic" sounds to me like something dead, something in a style that literature has moved beyond, something of academic interest, without a draw for the current popular taste. The Deed of Paksenarrion is a vibrant tale that sweeps you up and draws you ever forward into the adventure. I love the story, and don't want to give away any serious spoilers.

    Jennifer Van Dyck did not get a 1 star rating simply because she was not painful to listen to, However, she read the story like a news reporter, killing the emotional pull with a very nearly staccato, clipped speech.

    There's a scene where Paks awakens in a dungeon (the first scene in a new story arch of the book), and when I read that passage, I usually have to put the book down and let the tears evoked by the pathos of the writing fall. When Ms. Van Dyck read the passage, it was damn near banal, as emotionally stripped as a newscaster side-noting, "Three shot dead in a parking garage last night. Remember to park near lights. On another note ...."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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