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Vanessa

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. ~Attributed to Groucho Marx

Los Angeles | Member Since 2005

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  • 62 ratings
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  • 20 purchased in 2014
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  • From Russia with Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (227)

    Every major foreign government organization has a file on British secret agent James Bond. Now, Russia's lethal SMERSH organization has targeted him for elimination. SMERSH is the Soviet organ of vengeance, interrogation, torture, and death. James Bond is dedicated to the destruction of its agents wherever he finds them.

    Pork C. Fish says: "The Best of Them All"
    "Great Story"
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    Would you listen to From Russia with Love again? Why?

    Yes, Lots of twist and turns.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of From Russia with Love?

    The ending, there is a twist at the end that I was not expecting.


    What three words best describe Simon Vance’s voice?

    He is the perfect James Bond


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a fan of the James Bond movies, but I am becoming a fan of the books, I am working my way through the series and they are a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Affliction: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (547)

    Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake. Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed. Micah's estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about "zombie disease". Anita makes her living off of zombies - but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires.

    Ms. Terry Lunney says: "coming out of the whine"
    "This was better than the last , Anita may be back"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I don't know if it was time well spent or not, I listen at work and I am going to listen to something.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The least interesting thing in this and all Anita Blake stories is the need to rehash things, and that Anita gets an attitude when someone questions her life, but she flaunts it in everyone's face when she has to deal with different law enforcement. Ms. Hamilton also needs to decide if Anita is going to be a strong woman or a whiney little girl, and I think that she needs to stop saying things like yummy, and what flavor of something some one is, and last but not least stop pointing out the differences between men and women its 2014, not 1814.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kimberly Alexis?

    I might listen if she were not doing a series, she changed her pronunciation from book to book, may be because there was another narrator for some books and she forgot.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I don't think so


    Any additional comments?

    This may be the last Anita Blake book for me if the character does not change, the last 3-4 books are interchange. with each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss the Dead: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (608)

    When a 15-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people - kids, grandparents, soccer moms - all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more.

    pewter says: "Weak Link in the Anita Blake Series"
    "46 CHAPTERS OF SEX, 4 CHAPTERS OF PLOT"
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    What was most disappointing about Laurell K. Hamilton’s story?

    It started out with a story and got sidetracked by the sex, Anita can't take 5 steps without someone wanting to have sex with her. We need more story. We don't need all of the


    What didn’t you like about Kimberly Alexis’s performance?

    She's doing strange voices, Micah went to Ireland and came back a Leprechaun, and Asher sounded strange.


    Any additional comments?

    We don't need the resume of every character in each book This is book 21 we know who is who..Anita needs to decide is she is a girl or boy and stop pointing out the differences so much.Stop using Yummy so much.If Anita is so tough she does not have to talk about it, actions speak louder than words.What happened to Ronnie, Zombie raisings all the things that were in the first books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man with the Golden Gun

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    Bond, believed dead for a year following the events of You Only Live Twice, returns to England. Brainwashed by the KGB, he believes his mission is to assassinate M. After his mind is "scrubbed", he is given a chance to redeem himself. The mission: to go to the Caribbean and track down Francisco Scaramanga, the one they call the Man with the Golden Gun. He has built a deadly laser for the express purpose of killing.

    Miles GE says: "Impeccable"
    "Sorry it ended"
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    Any additional comments?

    I worked my way thru all of the original James Bond stories, and I enjoyed them very much. Simon Vance is James Bond on Audio, just remember the stories are dated and if you are offend easy do not listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3058)
    Performance
    (1533)
    Story
    (1560)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    Richard Delman says: "A masterpiece. An epic western story."
    "A true story of Friendship and Love"
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    Would you listen to Lonesome Dove again? Why?

    I have listened to it again and again, it is such a good read or listen and i fall in love with Call and Gus over and over.


    What other book might you compare Lonesome Dove to and why?

    The Virginian- another Cowboy who stands for what is right in his world


    If you could take any character from Lonesome Dove out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would be Gus, because he is such a raconteur, it would be a dinner you would never forget.


    Any additional comments?

    If you need a book get this one and you will not be sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14496)
    Performance
    (11897)
    Story
    (12521)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Oh My!!!!"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No, E. L James can not write, and Becca Battoe is a horrible reader for this series.


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Better writing


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    No, her voice is to whiney and shrill, and my inner goddess would hula on my grave.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seduced by Moonlight: Meredith Gentry, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (329)

    "I am Meredith Gentry, P.I., and Princess Merry, heir to the throne of Faerie. Now there are those among us who whisper I am more. And who can blame them? I've awakened the dazzling magic that's slumbered in them for thousands of years. But the thing is, I can't figure out why."

    Wharton Woman says: "Hamilton Proffers More of the Story"
    "Strange pronunciation"
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    What made the experience of listening to Seduced by Moonlight the most enjoyable?

    I am working my way thru the entire series, so I am getting more of the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Laural Merlington?

    Laural Merlington was fine for the first two books, but for some reason she has started to pronounce the names in a diffrent way, I was gooing to check the books to see if I misunderstood, the names of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Ms. Merlington stays constant with the way she pronounces the names in the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Virginian

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Owen Wister
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    "The Virginian's pistol came out, and his hand lay on the table, holding it unaimed. With a voice as gentle as ever, a voice that sounded almost like a caress, drawling a very little more than usual so that there was almost a space between each word he issued orders to the man Trampas: "When you call me that, smile!" And he looked at Trampas across the table. Yes, the voice was gentle. But in my ears it seemed as if somewhere the bell of death was ringing; and silence, like a stroke, fell on the large room."

    Vanessa says: "One of the best books I have ever listend to."
    "One of the best books I have ever listend to."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a story that you don't want to end.


    What other book might you compare The Virginian to and why?

    I would compare to Lonesome Dove and not becasue they are both Westerns.


    Which character – as performed by Gene Engene – was your favorite?

    The Virginian, because, he was true to the character


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

    Its hard for me to fall in love with a character, but I fell head over hills with the Man from Virginina. It made me laugh and cry and never want the story to end.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was written over a hundred years ago, but you cant tell, it is well written and well read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hit List: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (492)

    A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect "monsters" are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, U.S. Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer.

    Kindle Customer says: "Waste of a Credit"
    "It was an ok story"
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    What did you like best about Hit List? What did you like least?

    The sex was toned down, there was not an orgy on every other page. What I liked least was the way Anita described everything, from brown eyes like hers, the men are all too beautiful. There need to be some real people in the book.


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

    Maybe its time for Anita to move along.


    Any additional comments?

    Too much repetition, all of her lovers have long flowing hair and great bodies, and everyone falls in love with Anita, it’s boring, I miss the days of the Necromancer , when she had a job to do or a case to solve, now it seems as if the whole world is either out to kill Anita or sleep with her. This book was better than the last 3-4 books and I hope they keep getting better. Audible also needs to get rid of the music and silly sound effects; a good story does not need them. Ms Hamilton also needs to stop with Anita wanting to be one of the boys, but crying when someone hurts her feelings, just because a woman works with men does not mean she has to become one, either Anita is a woman or she is not, the character is supposed to be so strong but she keeps comparing herself to the men she works with, it’s silly and weak.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyes of the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (954)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (621)

    A tale of archetypal heroes and sweeping adventures, of dragons and princes and evil wizards, here is epic fantasy as only Stephen King could envision it.

    Christine says: "Enjoyable"
    "One of the first Dark Tower Books"
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    This is one of my favorite books, and I am glad that it is on Audible. I was surprised at how well Bronson Pinchot read the book, I was expecting a comedy reading, but he gave a great performance and the voices he did were great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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