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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 2011

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  • 14 reviews
  • 74 ratings
  • 592 titles in library
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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
    (501)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (269)

    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
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kliban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1987)
    Performance
    (1689)
    Story
    (1684)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Don't waste your credit, narrator is horrible."
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    What would have made Separation of Power better?

    A better narrator, at times I did not know who was speaking in the story, and Mr. Kilban's voice was so shrill, I would have to stop listing.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ken Kliban?

    Anybody but Ken Kilban, I know George Guidall is the gold standard but, I was wishing for Nick Sullivan. I kept waiting for Rapp to stomp his little feet and have a hissy fit.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible please redo this title with another narrator.The only reason that I listened to this title, is because I am working my way thru the series and did not want to skip one. Read all the other reviews before purchasing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Shiver of Light: Merry Gentry, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Charlotte Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (491)

    Merry Gentry pretends to be human. She moved to Los Angeles and began working as a private investigator at Grey's Detective Agency. But all of this is just a disguise; in fact she is a princess of faerie, her real name is Meredith Nic Essus, and she had to flee the Dark Court of Faerie because of attempts on her life. In order to inherit her rightful crown, Merry needed to conceive an heir, a notoriously difficult task for the slow-reproducing Fey. In the 2009 novel Divine Misdemeanors, Merry had finally achieved that goal - and fans have been kept waiting all this time to find out what happens!

    Dee says: "Narration not for me"
    "DON'T WASTE YOUR CREDIT"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator would have made a much better story, Charlotte Hill is shrill, and at times I did not know who was speaking. If there was a story behind this book, I did not listen to it. Ms. Hamilton is starting to poach phrases from her other books and I feel that she has run out of things for these characters to say and do. I put up with the sex because Merry is from faerie, but these people don't ever go outside.


    What was most disappointing about Laurell K. Hamilton’s story?

    There was the constant rehashing of things that be talked about over and over again. How many times do we have to hear about how the men look, about Doyle's earrings, how long the men's' hair is and how they look its beginning to read like an Anita Blake story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Charlotte Hill’s performances?

    Maybe if she reads Pride and Prejudice, or Weathering Heights .


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not a one


    Any additional comments?

    This was a terrible book, and I don't know if I will continue with Merry if there are any more books, it might be time to say goodbye.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Misdemeanors: Meredith Gentry, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (382)

    You may know me best as Meredith Nic Essus, princess of faerie. Or perhaps as Merry Gentry, Los Angeles private eye. In the fey and mortal realms alike, my life is the stuff of royal intrigue and celebrity drama. Among my own, I have confronted horrendous enemies, endured my noble kins treachery and malevolence, and honored my duty to conceive a royal heirall for the right to claim the throne.

    Theresa says: "A lazy disappointment"
    "What happend to Laural Merlington ?"
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    What didn’t you like about Laural Merlington’s performance?

    This is not the same Laural Merlington that read the other books, her voice is too shrill, she sounds like she does not care about the story, she sounds lazy


    Do you think Divine Misdemeanors: Meredith Gentry, Book 8 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Does not matter since there is a book 9


    Any additional comments?

    Please find another reader, because I don't know what happened to Laural Merlington voice, maybe she is tired of Meredith.

    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
    (719)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (679)

    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
    (745)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (679)

    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
    (204)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (124)

    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
    (3507)
    Performance
    (1942)
    Story
    (1973)

    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.

    A. Wright says: "Inspired reading of a great book"
    "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
    (19639)
    Performance
    (16305)
    Story
    (16916)

    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.

    Susan says: "Fifty Shades of Bad Writing"
    "Oh My!!!!"
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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
    (687)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (407)

    "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."

    Laura says: "Narrator is inconsistent."
    "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

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