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Toni L. Campbell

Member Since 2005

  • 6 reviews
  • 62 ratings
  • 541 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Ghostwalk

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rebecca Stott
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A Cambridge historian is found drowned, clutching a glass prism in her hand. The book she was writing about Isaac Newton's involvement with alchemy remains unfinished. When her son, Cameron, asks his former lover, Lydia Brooke, to ghostwrite the missing final chapters of his mother's book, Lydia agrees and moves into Elizabeth's house. Soon Lydia discovers that the violence that has fallen across present-day Cambridge may have its origins in the troubling evidence that Elizabeth's research has unearthed.

    txkimmers says: "More of a stroll"
    "fascinating but..."

    First of all the back story is incredibly interesting and imaginative but the characters were so flat and irritating. I had no sympathy for any of them and that perturbs me. I like a good story where I can latch on the one character, at least. I wish that the author had humanized them a bit more. I mean, it seemed that there was an attempt to humanize them but there is more to a human being than their flaws. Flaws and deep depression are all you get with these characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Iced: A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

    Katheryne says: "Dude, It exceeded my expectations"
    "Ugh... I want my credit back!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It's definitely not credit-worthy. I just can't get past Dani's age and maturity level.

    If you’ve listened to books by Karen Marie Moning before, how does this one compare?

    I loved the transformation of Mac from Rainbow Girl to badass. Dani is also transforming in this book but come on KMM! 14? What are you thinking? The book would have been so much better if Dani were an adult and could navigate all these relationships with more maturity. Instead it just feels pervy, flippant, and silly. Dani is a likable character but the book could have been so much better if we could watch her grow into a strong, self-assured woman instead of going from a kid to an older and smarter kid. Furthermore, I just can't see the point in all the sexual tension surrounding grown men and a 14 year old. That's just not okay and doesn't serve the story in any way. I knew that Dani would be 14 when I spent my credit, but I had more faith in KMM to make her age important to the plot than was warranted. Dani could have been 20 or even 30 and the plot wouldn't have changed a bit but the book would have been so much better. The character would have been so much more compelling if she were older.
    Instead, the book feels like you are in a constant cloud of 14 year old hormones. And just in case we don't notice, Dani keeps reminding us over and over again that she is 14 ("Dude. I'm 14!") and that her body is going through weird changes. I think KMM is trying too hard and maybe a little too full of her own success with the Fever series to do this series any justice. I follow her on Facebook and she is different from the other authors I follow in that she projects a massive ego. I think maybe that got in the way of telling Dani's story well. This book is a let down when compared to the excellent Fever series.

    What aspect of Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross ’s performance would you have changed?

    Is that woman's accent real? She sounds like a Southerner trying to have an Irish accent.

    Do you think Iced needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I will read the next book in hopes of a redemption from this monstrous three-headed toad of a story but if it stills feels like reading a faster paced teen-angst ridden Twilight I will not read any further into the series. And I will probably check the next one out at the library. This wasn't a credit-worthy book and I am not wasting another credit on anything by KMM.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Smiley
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Set in the 1850s, The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton speaks to you in a splendidly quirky voice: the strong, wry, no-nonsense voice of Lidie Harkness of Quincy, Illinois, a young woman of courage, good sense, and good heart. It carries you into an America so violently torn apart by the question of slavery that it makes our current political battlegrounds seem a peaceable kingdom.

    Donna says: "Teriffic book, outstanding production"
    "Almost an Epic"

    I really enjoyed this book but when I got the the end I thought, "hmmm...the author must have run out of both printer ink and paper". It just ended abruptly and it felt like there was still so much more to know. Still, it's a great story and worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent in the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

    Parusski says: "Happily surprised"
    "great story and narration"

    I really enjoyed this story and have now listened to all that audible has to offer in the series. But more than that, I could listen to this narrator read the manual on my dishwasher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Loved it!"

    I grew up in Mississippi, near Ole Miss and lived there until I moved to Boston for grad school. This book totally captures my Mississippi, good and bad. I was thankful that the author didn't try to get into the political aspects that everyone knows, but instead chose to focus on the everyday life of people. That's what matters most to me. We often forget that the world stage is being supported by little bitty me's and you's. I loved this book and the narration was spot on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Teahouse Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ellis Avery
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The fates of two women, one American, one Japanese, become entwined in this sweeping novel of 19th century Japan on the cusp of radical change and Westernization. The Japanese tea ceremony, steeped in ritual, is at the heart of this story of an American girl adopted by Kyoto's most important tea master and raised as attendant and surrogate younger sister to his privileged daughter, Yukako.

    Pamela says: "Captivating"
    "Unexpected and Strong"

    I really enjoyed this book. Usually when I download from audible I read the amazon reviews but not this time as I was in a hurry. The details about life in Japan fascinated me as did the complexities of the characters. Still, I was utterly caught off-guard by the love story. I didn't expect it and was happily surprised that this book doesn't follow a "Cinderella" format. The narrator's voice and characterizations were very pleasing and appropriate. I did struggle at first with this grandmotherly-sounding person talking so vividly about sex but my apprehensions didn't last long. I wouldn't call this book "lovely" but it was - strong.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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