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Tracy

I have always been a reader, until my 3-hr a day round trip commute. Now, I am a listener - and I am hooked on audio books!

Perkasie, PA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Venom: Elemental Assassin, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1385)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1066)

    "It's hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you. Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My current mission is personal: annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my family, which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most."

    Teresa says: "Getting better...."
    "Is she good or is she not?"
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    Overall I like these books, but my goodness! She goes on and on and on about how much planning she did and how smart she was and how successful as an assassin, yet makes so many mistakes, or overlooks simple things. It gets kind of annoying, but if you can get past that, it is a pretty good story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1502)
    Performance
    (1348)
    Story
    (1358)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "Another Great Book - Robb is Consistent"
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    This was another great 'in death' book. Again, the characters continue to be spot-on, and yet still grow. The only reason I didn't give this one 5 stars for the story was because she wrote the descriptions of the suspect's actions and emotions so clearly, and he was so totally, utterly hateable. This is the single-most whiney, self-absorbed, selfish, narcissistic character I've ever read about, and he's SO frustratingly annoying!! But the story was really very good, very Robb. I love the way she can have Dallas investigate totally bizarre cases, like the Icove affair, and then a 'simple' murder, and both are just as fascinating to hear when she works through and solve them. I also thought that the narrator was superb - she conveyed emotions so well - she really made the story come alive. I highly recommend this!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4883)
    Performance
    (4475)
    Story
    (4500)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Katherine says: "Trapped"
    "I'd give 10 stars for the narrator!!"
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    This one was really good. Oberon, as always, is the absolute best character. I am grateful that we didn't have to read all 12 years of apprenticing, and just went to the good stuff. Hell is gruesome, and Loki is demented - I just really appreciate all the thought that goes into all the different God/Goddess/Mythological creature descriptions. I also liked the bit of philosopy where Atticus delves into why Granuaile has such a problem with the Irish Gods (they are more people-like in a pantheon, while monotheists have a more 'perfect' God). And I adore Oberon's love of all meat, especially sausages! Can't wait for Hunted to come out. This series is a MUST GET!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2763)
    Performance
    (2241)
    Story
    (2241)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "Not as good as the first one..."
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    First of all, Jay Snyder is an excellent reader! I really enjoyed the first book in this series, but this one was a little bit disappointing. If you compare the two books, it seems like they are two different main characters. I understand why Court is a little different here (no spoilers), but it seemed that his lack of sharpness, mistakes, and lapses in paying attention were quite egregious when compared to his almost preternatural awareness in the first book. I enjoyed it enough to buy the 3rd book though...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (415)

    All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear. With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide.

    TEDDET says: "Love Patterson, but this was just SILLY"
    "A good draft...but not a good finished product"
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    This book had (in my opinion) such low scientific credibility that it made it hard to get through. I did enjoy the main character, though. I found the 'solution' to be a relatively simple one, and certainly not something that should have taken so long to figure out. Without giving away any spoilers (I hope) I also find it rather ridiculous that what would affect an animal in an urban zoo would also affect animals in very far-away and primitive locations at practically simultaneous times. The writing itself was very good, but the whole plot was weak, and I was disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18170)
    Performance
    (16168)
    Story
    (16127)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "I'm a King fan, and this one is by FAR my favorite"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the story was so compelling, and at times so filled with tension, that I might have turned pages faster than I was actually able to absorb the words. The audible version, which was perfectly narrated by Craig Wasson, allowed me to recieve the full effect of the work.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    I can't even say the most memorable moment, because that would be a spoiler for anyone who hasn't yet had the pleasure of reading this book.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    In particular, I felt he conveyed crucial emotions - you could hear happiness, horror, sadness - he made an amazing story even better.


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

    I laughed during this book, I shamelessly admit to crying at the end - it moved me and it was JUST THAT GOOD!


    Any additional comments?

    The way SK avoided common time-travel pitfalls was satisfying. The way he dealt with the whole alternate reality issue was (dare I say it?) - actually plausible! This man could tell a story about eating cornflakes and it would be interesting - with this wealth of story, reasearch and possiblity, combined with his trademark (and effortless) weaving of other stories into his works, makes this truly one of, if not THE, best book I have ever had the pleasure to read. Technically listen to, but there you have it. I would recommed this for absolutely anyone - it's not horror, it's simply amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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