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Skitique

I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.

Member Since 2007

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  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • Grave Dance: Alex Craft Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kalayna Price
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (356)

    After a month spent recovering from a vicious fight with a sorcerer, grave witch Alex Craft is ready to get back to solving murders by raising the dead. With her love life in turmoil, Alex is eager for the distractions of work. But her new case turns out to be a deadly challenge. The police hire Alex to consult on a particularly strange investigation in the nature preserve south of Nekros City. There are no corpses, only pieces....

    Anne-Marie says: "Highly Entertaining. Hard to Put Down."
    "Okay Series"
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    Respectable 2nd book for this series. I like lots of action & on a scale of 1 to 10 this rated a 4 on the action scale. That said it has an okay storyline. The main character has grave magic which allows her to raise shades & to see death. The plot drags a little in a few scenes but overall it was worth a credit. I'll listen to the next book in the series at some point after I get through several others on my list. The narrator is okay. Not distracting but doesn't really add anything to the listen. Others have rated this series as 4/5 but I just don't get that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5402)
    Performance
    (4125)
    Story
    (4140)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Denise says: "What a HOOT!!!!!!!"
    "Jane Jameson Vampire Series Will Make You Laugh"
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    This series follows Jane Jameson a small town librarian who turned into a vamp when she was shot after being mistaken for a deer. Jane's money grubbing relatives, werewolves friends, & their trashy relatives come together to create fun stories about their daily lives. If you don't laugh out loud something is wrong! Even my husband who normally refuses to listen audio books couldn't keep from grunting out a laugh or two. The narrator is great & adds a lot to each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blowback: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (192)

    The Moon, shaken by the Anniversary Day tragedies, deals with devastation. The Earth Alliance believes another attack imminent, but no one knows where or when it will strike. Just like no one knows who ordered the attacks in the first place. The Moon’s chief security office, Noelle DeRicci, does her best to hold the United Domes government together. But Retrieval Artist Miles Flint, dissatisfied with the investigation into the Anniversary Day events, begins an investigation of his own.

    John says: "Ending Missing--Call a Retrieval Artist?"
    "Another Good Retrieval Artist Story"
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    This story picks up after the Anniversary Day bombing. miles Flint works with his old partner on solving the bombing. Good twists & the story gives hints of who was involved but the book ends abruptly without solving the crime. This makes the 2nd or 3rd book on this crime without resolution. The author is a good sci-fi mystery writer but I liked these short stories because they were just that - short stories. Good book but beware

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (766)
    Story
    (784)

    Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

    ShySusan says: "Perfect antidote for vampire & zombie overdoses"
    "A Modern Witch Series"
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    This is a review of the first 3 books in this series. Each book is a stand alone story but listen in order as characters develop in each. The stories follow the lives of a community of witches in Berkley & Nova Scotia. This isn't a good vs evil tale - it is stories of families & of new witches developing their powers. Nell & Jamie are siblings that have an online gaming site, Witch Net. The site is used to identify witches & to connect them into chat rooms at Witch Net. Each book focuses on witches & their powers identified online via Witch Net.

    The 1st book was the authors first & the verbiage reflects that - sometimes it is a little choppy & the exchange between characters gets a little hokey. For example, Nell refers to her brother as "brother mine" constantly - who talks like that?? I will say hang on & get through book 1. Decent story & the writing gets a lot better in book 2 & 3. I will listen to the next in the series if Audible adds. If you like Deborah Harkness you will probably like this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4793)
    Performance
    (4360)
    Story
    (4407)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Finale to the Best Series I've Read"
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    I have reviewed book 1 in this series & a few of the books along the way so I'll try not to be too repetitive.

    The series as a whole is the best I have ever read. It is a fantasy based novel that follows the path of the Dragon reborn & his companions as they fight evil & the influences of the Dark One. Each book in the series is extremely detailed & descriptive & book 14, A Memory of Light, is no exception. This book unfolds the Last Battle & determines whether the Light or the Dark prevails. As with books 11 & 12 written by Brandon Sanderson this installment starts slowly with lots of general detail that reintroduces the characters. I found this interesting but very slow to develop. It takes a third of the book to get the multiple plots moving. The battle scenes are very good & in-depth & yes they are long - after all this is the Last Battle. Good fights with lots of intrigue which I find interesting.

    Many loose ties are resolved for some characters but not all questions are answered. It would be virtually impossible to cover everything in this last book. The last book is good & wraps up most of the main issues. I am saddened that this is the end of the story for the characters I have come to know over 23 years (book 1 was published in 1990). That said I will wait a while & listen to all the books back to back. Who knows - I may find something I don't remember from the first 5 or 6 times I've read or listened to ths series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2162)
    Performance
    (1252)
    Story
    (1277)

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. Onthe world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

    Darwin8u says: "Hyperion is FALLEN, am I too to fall?"
    "Supporting Actor Nomination to Hyperion"
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    This is the 2nd in the Hyperion saga & it finishes the story of 7 pilgrims that went to Hyperion to face the Shrike, the alien creature that controls the Time Tombs. The author is extremely descriptive, which I like however be warned that this may not be for everyone. The story line is complex & detailed with many unseen developments. Book 1 won The Hugo award & was outstanding. This finale is very good but has more description of detail than even book 1 and sometimes it seemed if the author digressed without a point. I definitely recommend this especially if you are a Dan Simmons fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alpha and Omega: A Novella from On the Prowl

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (619)

    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.

    BlueMtn says: "The beginning of the Alpha and Omega"
    "Good Companion to Other Alpha & Omega Books"
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    This is a short story which is the introduction of Charles & Anna - both wolves from different packs. Charles was born a wolf & is the son of the Grand Poobah of all wolves (my term not the author's). Anna is an Omega from a Chicago pack that has been changing humans without their consent. This story starts with Charles coming to Chicago to investigate.

    I read book 1 in the series & the beginning of the story was choppy & took a little while to understand what was going on. I think this must have been the beginning of book 1 that was edited out. Read this first & then book 1 & the story will flow better. Enjoyable & this sets up the rest of the series well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3664)
    Performance
    (2215)
    Story
    (2237)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Outstandingly Good!"
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    Sci-fi isn't one of my first choices normally. In fact it has been years since I've chosen sci-fi over a mystery or fantasy book but this author has gotten such good ratings I had to see what the fuss was about. I was not disappointed.

    The book centers around life on various planets in the web. The Hegemony, which is the ruling body over this coalition of planets ( for you Star Trek fans this would be akin to the Federation of planets), has been taking over worlds for centuries with little thought to the impact on the locals. Hyperion is a world on the fringes of the Hegemony borders & the old time tombs & the legend of the Shrike, which controls the tombs, are what all factions either want to control or destroy. The story follows 7 people chosen by the Hegemony to go to Hyperion on a pilgrimage to see the Shrike in a effort to avert war. The book tells each of their stories & their relation to the Shrike & ultimately each other.

    The book narration is done by several people - all which are good. The writing is very descriptive & intense. Although it was a long listen it didn't seem that way as the story sucked me in & kept me wanting more. I will warn you this is the 1st in a 4 set series, however based on how interesting it was I will immediately listen to book 2. I see why this author won the Hugo award. Simply outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1176)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (660)

    "Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside."

    Angela says: "The Nightside"
    "Nightside Book 1"
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    I listened to several short stories by this author -all fantasy genre & pretty good. This book reminds me of an old Philip Marlowe gumshoe dectective novel. The main character can move between human reality & The Nightside, an alternate reality. In this installment we are introduced to John Taylor, a PI, with some supernatural talents. He sets out to save the day & the girl. Decent story &I will listen to the 2nd book at some point. This author usually gets a lot of good reviews so I will try one more before I draw a line in the sand & go no farther. Wishy-washy reviews usually irritate me but I cant't bring myself to get off the fence just yet - mea culpa.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By George Ralph
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    In a desolate orphanage in what remains of post-Communist Romania, a desperately ill infant is given the wrong blood transfusion - and flourishes when he's supposed to die. The discovery of his unique immune system may hold the key to the long-awaited cure for cancer and AIDS - and a link to a clan of vampires.

    Kelly Howard says: "needs a different reader"
    "Vampire Novel With A Different Perspective"
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    I read my first Dan Simmons, Carrion Comfort, book several months ago based on the exuberant accolades of another listener whose reviews I follow. I will say the reviewer did not lead me astray as that story was gripping & one of the few horror books I consider really terrifying.

    That lead me to listen to Children of the Night. I admit I like a good vampire book - not the fluffy ones where the vamps are really good ( you know deep down inside) with a Harlequen romance vibe. I want a mix of mystery & the unknown with vampires that are ruthless & heartless & that's what this book brings to the table. Simmons takes a different approach to explain the existence of these creatures. This is not Simmons best work but a solid book worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1633)
    Performance
    (1481)
    Story
    (1493)

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "Best in This Series"
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    Another good book in this series. This book picks up where the last ended with Rachel being chased by a demon that eats souls. Rachel teams up with the Elven leader to chase the demon across realities. Good action coupled with a good story with twists. If you want a fun, entertaining story then this is it. I found myself wanting to know what Rachel was going to do next & not expecting what came. Each book in this series gets better. If you enjoy Patricia Briggs or Charlaine Harris then you will probably enjoy this author.


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