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Vicki

Very picky when it comes to narrators.

Atascadero, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Stormwalker: Stormwalker Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Allyson James
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (189)

    Half-Navajo Janet Begay possesses extraordinary power that is tied to the storms that waft across the desert. The only person who can control her when she's caught in the storm's evocative power is Mick, a dark-haired, blue-eyed biker Janet can't seem to touch with her powers. He can wield fire and not get burned, and Janet's never sure where he goes when they're not together.

    Vicki says: "Gods, Goddesses and Harleys"
    "Gods, Goddesses and Harleys"
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    I was looking for a new story to listen to while driving back and forth to my in-laws about 3 hours away and stumbled on the fact that Jennifer Ashley (Highland Pleasures series) was writing alternative fiction under the Allyson James name. The fact that there were already 3 titles in the series with a 4th upcoming was an added bonus.

    This story moves right along right from the start and we meet most of the major characters in the first two chapters. Hillary Huber does a great job of differentiating the characters, and I really like what she does with them. Nash is a little strident, but the rest are just spot on. She really gets Maya's "up yours" attitude and conveys it with every word.

    In my opinion, the characters are well drawn and believable. They definitely make me want to rush to the Crossroads Motel and buy them a drink!

    My favorite scene in the book involves Janet, Maya and a bottle of tequila. You'll laugh, bite your nails and drive right past your exit just so you can keep on listening. Can't wait to hear the rest of the series. Thanks, Audible!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Masques: Aralorn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Patricia Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (842)

    After an upbringing of proper behavior and oppressive expectations, Aralorn fled her noble birthright for a life of adventure as a mercenary spy. Her latest mission involves spying on the increasingly powerful sorcerer Geoffrey ae'Magi. But in a war against an enemy armed with the powers of illusion, how do you know who the true enemy is - or where he will strike next?

    Tabitha says: "Satisfying tale, interesting characters"
    "Where's Kane?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Masques to be better than the print version?

    They are equally good, but I love Katherine Kellgren's interpretation. I listen to this book and it's sequel, Wolfsbane, over and over.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Masques?

    When Wolf rescues Aralorn from the ae'Magi's castle.


    What about Katherine Kellgren and Patricia Briggs (introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    It was interesting to hear the evolution of this book. I have only lately discovered Patricia Briggs through the Mercy Thompson books, so I have never read the original.

    Katherine Kellgren does a stellar job. Her voice is soothing and easy to listen to, but she manages to convey the cynical Wolf, the unctious Geoffrey ae'Magi, the earnest Myr and the miscellaneous denizens of Myr's refugee camp with aplomb, bringing them all to life with her characterizations.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Can two mercenaries save the kingdom?


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy this book, even though it was reworked from an earlier publication and has some rough spots. These characters are like comfort food - they just make you feel good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Turn Coat: The Dresden Files, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (5169)
    Performance
    (3862)
    Story
    (3868)

    The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council - and there's only one, final punishment for that crime. He's on the run, wants his name cleared, and needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Someone like Harry Dresden....

    Lisa says: "Worthy Addition To The Series"
    "Dresden's revenge?"
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    What did you love best about Turn Coat?

    I love Dresden's mouthy style. No matter what situation he's in, he always has a smart remark.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bob. All knowing spirit or not, he's a supernatural lech and the comic relief.


    What about James Marster’s performance did you like?

    Everything. His Dresden is spot on and he brings all of the characters to life and makes you want the stories to just go on and on. Dresden, Molly, Michael even Mouse are very much alive when he reads them and I hate to leave them at the end of the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Can Harry and Warden Morgan bring down the Black Council?


    Any additional comments?

    There's a reason why the Dresden books are all best sellers, but James Marsters brings them to life in an unforgettable way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warrior's Apprentice: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1666)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (809)

    Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.

    Readalot says: "What a great character!"
    "Forward Momentum!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, yes, yes! You will fall in love with Miles Vorkosigan and probably spend all your credits on this outstanding series of book. Lois McMaster Bujold and Grover Gardener are a winning team. I am so in love with all things Vorkosigan.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh, Miles, certainly. Despite all his flaws and disabilities he is engaging, intriguing, and sympathetic. You can't help but fall in love with him.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first of his recordings I have ever heard, but he is masterful as the frenetic genius, Miles Vorkosigan.


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

    I laughed, cried, sighed and fell in love.


    Any additional comments?

    I just can't say enough about this series - or Grover Gardener. One of the best characterizations I have heard to date, and I have over 500 audiobooks in my library. Don't be confused by my infatuation with Miles. These are not "love stories", they are about space travel, space battles, and the struggle of a physically flawed genius to be the best he can possibly be and overcome all obstacles. Listen to just one and you'll be hooked, too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After Glow: Ghost Hunters, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jayne Castle
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (144)

    Life is complicated for Lydia Smith. She's working at that tacky, third-rate museum, Shrimpton's House of Ancient Horrors, trying to salvage her career in para-archaeology - and dating the most dangerous man in town. Just when she thinks she might be getting things under control, she stumbles over a dead body and discovers that her lover has a secret past that could get him killed. her lover has a secret past that could get him killed. Just to top it off, there's trouble brewing underground in Dead City.

    Ann says: "great followup to After Dark"
    "Another dead body for Lydia and Emmett"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of After Glow to be better than the print version?

    They are equally enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of After Glow?

    When Lydia informs Emmett they're getting married that afternoon.


    What does Joyce Bean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Joyce Bean has clearly defined characterizations and an enjoyable interpretation of the material. Her men sound like men and her women sound like women.


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

    I laughed a lot in this book and fell in love with Fuzz all over again.


    Any additional comments?

    I want a dustbunny.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crystal Gardens: A Ladies of Lantern Street Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (294)

    Novelist and professional companion Evangeline Ames has rented a cottage in the outskirts of Little Dixby, far from the London streets where she was recently attacked. Fascinated by the paranormal energy of nearby Crystal Gardens, she finds some pleasurable diversion in sneaking past the wall to explore the grounds. And when her life is threatened again, she instinctively goes to the gardens for safety. Lucas Sebastian has never been one to ignore a lady in danger, even if she is trespassing on his property.

    Vicki says: "Fun paranormal romp suffers from odd narration"
    "Fun paranormal romp suffers from odd narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but with reservations. For fans of Amanda Quick, it's a must-listen and you'll want to add it to your audio library of Amanda Quick romances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The protagonists (Evangeline and Lucas) were likable with just enough mystery in their pasts to keep you turning the pages. I also liked the development of all the secondary characters, and especially Molly and Stone.


    What three words best describe Justine Eyre’s voice?

    Overwrought. Erratic. Unmemorable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Love blooms at midnight in the Crystal Gardens.


    Any additional comments?

    Budding sensation novelist Evangeline Ames meets the man of her dreams while running from a would-be murderer at midnight--in her nightgown! Now how can a story that begins that way be anything less than fun? Unfortunately, Justine Eyre's narration is a bit erratic and overwrought at times. Her male characters are fine, but her female characters often sound like they are either 103 years old or on the verge of hysteria. One wonders if she ever bothers to listen to her own recordings! She is, however, easier to listen to than Anne Flosnik but I long for Barbara Rosenblat or Katherine Kellgren's smooth tones and diverse characterizations.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Trapped in a little country town for twenty-six years, Iphiginia Bright lost no time in closing down her academy for young ladies to set off on a life of grand adventure. But after touring the classical ruins of Italy and Greece she returned to England to discover that the real excitement was there at home. Her aunt Zoe has fallen victim to a sinister blackmailer and only Iphiginia can hope to stop the culprit before her can do more harm. Her plan is inspired: Imitating history's most legendary beauties - Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, Aphrodite - the former schoolmistress will remake herself from head to toe and descend upon London society as the dazzling mistress of one of the town's most powerful men, Marcus Valerius Cloud, the infamous Earl of Masters.He is everything they say he is - arrogant, attractive, devastatingly seductive - and Iphiginia can?t help but be enthralled. But when Marcus agrees to play along with her charade, she doesn't know that the determined earl has plans of his own: to tease and tempt her, until the beautiful deceiver becomes more than his mistress in name only.

    gabriele says: "Hard to understand"
    "A fun read."
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    I liked this one when I read it, and I like the audiobook. Harriet Walter does a great job with the narration. Too bad they didn't get her to read all of them. Stay away from any books read by Ann Flosnik.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Walking Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By C. E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (235)

    For once, Joanne Walker's not out to save the world. She's come to terms with the host of shamanic powers she's been given, her job as a police detective has been relatively calm, and sheï¿¿ï¿¿s got a love life for the first time in memory. Not bad for a woman who started out the year mostly dead. But it's Halloween, and the undead have just crashed Joanne's party.

    glyphwriter says: "A Satisfying Installment in the Series."
    "Last one for me?"
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    I started listening to this series with Book 1, when the narrator was Christine Carroll and really liked it. It's unfortunate that Audible or the publisher made the decision to use Gabra Zachman for all the subsequent books. Her style is really irritating, and I have sadly made the decision that I will be reading any additional books on my iPad rather than have to sit through her Valley Girl renditions. Maybe if I just read the books I will start to like the characters again, because honestly, it took me months to listen to this installment. The narration was so uninspiring and irritating that I just didn't care.

    I nominate Ms. Zachman for the Raspberry Award as one of the most irritating narrators on Audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5692)
    Performance
    (3629)
    Story
    (3657)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Shoot the narrator"
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    This is a long book. I read it years ago in college and thought it would be fun to reacquaint myself with it since I recently saw the movie of the same name. Unfortunately, this has to be the absolute worst narrator I have EVER encountered on audible. I would have rated it 0 stars on performance; unfortunately, that was not an option. I can think of 5 or 6 other narrators who would have done a magnificent job with this story. Too bad they picked this one. I couldn't get past the first part. I wasted to 2 credits on this overwrought mess. Don't waste your money or your credits!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (100)

    With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion, lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood, until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and finds herself falling head over heels in love. Sensitive, intelligent, and high-minded, her noble pen pal seems to embody everything Emily has ever dreamed of in a man. But Simon Augustus Traherne, the mysterious Earl of Blade, is not at all what he seems.

    Hazel says: "Wonderful scandal"
    "Bad, bad, bad narration!"
    Overall

    I love these stories by Amanda Quick. Too bad Anne Flosnik is the narrator. She is so horrible, I will never buy another audiobook on which she is the narrator. They need to fire her!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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