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St. Louis, MO, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 4 reviews
  • 155 ratings
  • 823 titles in library
  • 49 purchased in 2015

  • Geekomancy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael R. Underwood
    • Narrated By Julia Farhat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ree Reyes’s life was easier when all she had to worry about was scraping together tips from her gig as a barista and comic shop slave to pursue her ambitions as a screenwriter. When a scruffy-looking guy storms into the shop looking for a comic like his life depends on it, Ree writes it off as just another day in the land of the geeks. Until a gigantic “BOOM!” echoes from the alley a minute later, and Ree follows the rabbit hole down into her town’s magical flip-side.

    Tracey says: "Only geeks need apply!"
    "Awful Narration, Returned"

    I wanted some brain candy while I did chores, just a little something to keep me company while washing dishes or mowing the lawn. I'm a bit of a geek myself, so I thought this would fit the bill...

    Except the narration was so awful, I couldn't even finish the first chapter. The reader's uninflected, nasal whine was a constant grind on my nerves, like a mosquito in my ears until I finally just broke.

    I'm still interested in the story, so I may pick it up for kindle instead, but it will be a while before I read it, just to make sure her voice is well out of my head by then.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crimes Against Magic: The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Steve McHugh
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember? Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past and the only clues to his identity were a piece of paper with his name on it and a propensity toward magic. Now he’s a powerful sorcerer and a successful thief for hire, but it turns out that those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet. When they cause a job to go bad, threatening a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her.

    Veronica says: "Testosterone IV Drip"
    "Testosterone IV Drip"

    I really enjoyed the world of the book, but then, I'm a sucker for anything that brings Arthurian stuff into a modern or magical setting. Crimes is a quick romp through a new urban fantasy setting, and for the most part I enjoyed it, even as it made me cringe. The reader did an excellent job with the material, but despite that, I'll be returning the book. I like fluffy brain candy as much as the next girl, but I still want a little more to my "diet" than a swimming pool's worth of cotton candy.

    Reader Beware:

    The main character is apparently made of pheromones, because he meets a female, any female, and if she's of age, she wants in his pants. There are a couple boring and completely unnecessary sex scenes.

    Strong female characters played by Lady Not-Appearing-In-This-Book. There's even a tearful damsel in distress who is left broken-hearted after confessing her love for him, only to be rejected because he's too dark and dangerous to live in her safe world. Keep in mind, she's the daughter of an Irish crime boss stereotype.

    Gary Stu. 'Nuff said. This book is not about a character's growth from comfortably lost amnesiac to self-discovery. This book is about a badass being a badass until a woman sacrifices herself so that he can be a super big badass.

    Eventually, I couldn't envision the character anymore, just a giant James Bond style movie poster of Harry Dresden cosplaying John Taylor with two nearly-naked women twining about his legs as he holds aloft a giant, throbbing mcguffin.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Games Creatures Play

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris (editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (editor)
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn, Kate Rudd

    Welcome to the wide world of paranormal pastimes, where striking out might strike you dead. Editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner are your announcers for this all-new story collection of the most peculiar plays ever made.… Sports fans live and die by their teams’ successes and failures - though not literally. But these 14 authors have written spirited - in more ways than one - new tales of killer competitions that would make even the most die-hard players ask to be benched.

    no says: "Hilarious"
    "Fun Stories, Terrible Narration"

    I'll be returning this, and that makes me sad. I really enjoyed the stories, but it took some effort to dig them out from under the narration.

    Kate Rudd seems to have only the one character voice, making all the strong female characters sound the same, even when she's using a strong accent. Paired with an awkward cadence, the effect is something like having Christopher Walken reading all the male leads in an anthology. It would certainly be... distinctive, but may not be right for all listeners.

    Todd Haberkorn does much better with his part, with the only notable exception being his portrayal of Sister Hepsebah in the second story. A woman so sultry and beautiful that she can tempt a basically decent boy into doing terrible, terrible things to others is portrayed with a voice better suited to a decrepit crone.

    With that said, I'm going to purchase this as an ebook instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Price: Blood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Vicki Nelson, formerly of Toronto’s homicide unit and now a private detective, witnesses the first of many vicious attacks that begin plaguing the city of Toronto. As death follows unspeakable death, Vicki, in an attempt to stop these forces of dark magic, is forced to renew her relationship with her former partner, Mike Celluci - along with another, unexpected ally…. Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, has learned over the course of his life how to blend with humans; how to deny the call for blood in his veins.

    Jennifer says: "Off to a Good Start"
    "Great Story, Terrible Narrator"
    What did you love best about Blood Price?

    I'm a big fan of urban fantasy, and the seamless melding of a fantasy world with the one I know is a rich and wonderful thing.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the story, and I love that the heroine is someone I can identify with. She's someone with real strengths and real vulnerabilities. She's had some heartache and some romance, but her life goes on into new and stranger things.

    What didn’t you like about Justine Eyre’s performance?

    In my mind, when I've read the books, I've heard a strong and steady voice for Vicki, a deep and manly baritone for Celucci, and a lighter, more amused tone from Henry. Ms. Eyre's performance is spectacularly bad, almost whiny, and she frequently adds a quaver when any of the characters gets excited. Perhaps she's nervous? I think it speaks to the excellence of the story that not even this terrible narration can totally break the whole production... but it was close.

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


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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