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Terijo

AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Hob's Bargain

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Jennifer James Bradshaw
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (123)

    Beauty and The Beast. Hated and feared, magic was banished from the land. But now, freed from the spells of the wicked bloodmages, magic-both good and evil-returns. And Aren of Fallbrook feels her own power of sight strengthen and grow…. Overcome by visions of mayhem and murder, Aren vows to save her village from the ruthless raiders who have descended upon it-and killed her family. With the return of wildlings to the hills and forests, she strikes a bargain with the Hob, a magical, human-like creature imbued with the power of the mountains.

    Jane says: "The physical book is better than the audiobook."
    "A nice love story, fairly light and yet compelling"
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    What did you love best about The Hob's Bargain?

    That it had enough drama to interest but somehow did not bury me in the character's angst. I like Patricia Briggs however she does have a tendency to get a little more macabre then I really want.This one somehow managed to be more of a love story.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a little preachy at times. A lot of fiction is and this one is preachy in the same way 90% of all modern fiction is. Sometimes it's like they're all following the same playbook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trunk Music: Harry Bosch Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2246)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1270)

    Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for. It starts with the body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range - what looks like "trunk music", a Mafia hit.

    Dan says: "Another Harry Bosch winner"
    "Good but somehow I keep putting it down"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. A better editor perhaps. There were glaring weak points I would've like it better without.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Connelly? Why or why not?

    Of course. I like his work generally.


    Any additional comments?

    Harry is a little bit forced. If you like your cops jaded and willing to rough up suspects without remorse to get results, Harry is your man. It bothered me that when he is suspected of planting evidence everyone was so surprised, though. I think now my difficulty finishing this one is the rampant corruption everywhere. I think I fear reality is really like this and it breaks my heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Velveteen vs. the Multiverse: Velveteen, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    He was the last great hero of his generation. Velma Martinez - Velveteen - had never intended to be a great hero, but she was out of choices. "Hello, Jolly Roger." "Hello, bunny-eared girl who's taken over my ship. Have you come to collect the bounty on my head?" "I've come because Dame Fortuna told me how to find you, and we need your help." Velveteen crossed her arms. "The Super Patriots are corrupt, and I think Marketing is evil, and they have my best friend, and we want her back."

    The J says: "Men's Voices"
    "Not as good as the first but still worth reading."
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    Would you try another book from Seanan McGuire and/or Allison McLemore?

    Maybe.


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

    It felt incomplete though I understood the reasoning.


    Any additional comments?

    The concept was still engaging enough. There were a couple of instances where the logic failed which always grates on me. You would think that in fantasy one would be more open to random illogic but not for me. You pick the rules but you gotta play by them consistently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Velveteen vs. The Junior Super-Patriots: Velveteen, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    "How dare you? I never asked for you to hunt me down!" No, Velma Martinez hadn't. But when you had once been Velveteen, child super-heroine and one of The Junior Super Patriots, West Coast Division, you were never going to be free, even if your only power was to bring toys to life. The Marketing Department would be sure of that.

    Terijo says: "Good fun, original"
    "Good fun, original"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It kept me engaged. Excruciating material mixed in with the fluffy fun. Light hearted mostly which is what I was looking for.


    Any additional comments?

    Very clever and amusing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adulthood Rites: Xenogenesis, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Aldrich Barrett
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    In this sequel to Dawn, Lilith Iyapo has given birth to what looks like a normal human boy named Akin. But Akin actually has five parents: a male and female human, a male and female Oankali, and a sexless Ooloi. The Oankali and Ooloi are part of an alien race that rescued humanity from a devastating nuclear war, but the price they exact is a high one the aliens are compelled to genetically merge their species with other races, drastically altering both in the process.

    Terijo says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
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    What made the experience of listening to Adulthood Rites the most enjoyable?

    Better than Dawn. The story gets even better with Imago and I can't wait until it appears on Audible. Akins story is perfectly outrageous and just as plausible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Akin of course. There is something appealing about babies, even alien ones.


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

    Pretty much


    Any additional comments?

    Love this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn: Xenogenesis, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Aldrich Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. When Lilith Iyapo is "awakened", she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying aliens, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become. But the aliens cannot help humanity without altering it forever.

    Christopher says: "Creepy alien sex is suprisingly interesting..."
    "Brilliant writer: originality extreme!"
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    What did you love best about Dawn?

    It's purely original. Alien contact at its most intimate and somehow believable.


    What about Aldrich Barrett’s performance did you like?

    I don't notice the narrator unless they are bad.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is an old favorite of mine, glad it's finally on audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Misfortune

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (335)

    Teri and Phil had never needed their own personal god. But when Phil is passed up for a promotion - again - it's time to take matters into their own hands. And look online. Choosing a god isn't as simple as you would think. There are too many choices; and they often have very hefty prices for their eternal devotion: blood, money, sacrifices, and vows of chastity. But then they find Luka, raccoon god of prosperity. All he wants is a small cut of their good fortune. Oh - and to crash on their couch for a few days.

    Amazon Customer says: "Office Space rewritten by Disney"
    "almost hated it but finished it"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was a clever idea; very clever in fact. It stayed shallow, though, and I don't know how that could have been changed.


    Would you be willing to try another book from A. Lee Martinez? Why or why not?

    probably


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The False Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jennifer A. Nielsen
    • Narrated By Charlie McWade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (232)

    In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Three orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.

    English teacher says: "Best read of the summer!"
    "excellent - boy grows up right!"
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    Would you listen to The False Prince again? Why?

    maybe. I dont normally.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy coming of age stories and right/good overcoming evil. This one worked well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Happened

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Terry Stenzelbarton, Jordan Stenzelbarton
    • Narrated By Bob Dunsworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Populations died in the most devastating plague to ravage the planet in the history of man. Billions are dead, leaving just a handful of people scattered across the world, struggling to live the lives they have left. Some chose to struggle with the land, scratching out a living on a piece of property and hoping to make it from one day through to the next. Others, the vigilantes and brigands, chose to prey on the survivors. They hunt, kill and torture those who want nothing more than to be left alone to live in peace.

    Terijo says: "it was terrific - zombies and survivalists!"
    "it was terrific - zombies and survivalists!"
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    What did you love best about Hell Happened?

    The folks in it are real.


    Any additional comments?

    I finished the book in one weekend and was devastated when it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    Overall
    (1835)
    Performance
    (1701)
    Story
    (1697)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "I don't like it that I liked this one"
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    What did you love best about My Life as a White Trash Zombie?

    The main character is earthy and a little vulgar and also very feminine - no mean feat.


    What about Allison McLemore’s performance did you like?

    It is refreshing to hear such a lovely Southern voice.


    Any additional comments?

    its a brain eating dead girl. Its a love story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Grey Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By R. A. MacAvoy
    • Narrated By Steve Coulter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Set against the colorful and magical backdrop of Ireland, The Grey Horse chronicles a time when the Irish people suffered under harsh English overlords who sought to destroy their culture and way of life. Into the Irish town of Carraroe, a magnificent, completely grey stallion appears. The horse brings with him the promise of better times and magical happenings, for he is actually the shape-shifted form of Ruairi MacEibhir, journeyed to a time of danger in order to win the hand of the woman he loves.

    Ellen says: "A good enough irish tale"
    "This is an old favorite of mine"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grey Horse to be better than the print version?

    No, not better. In fact it made it run faster than I would have liked. It is not a big story but a very endearing one.


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

    yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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