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Zen Flower

I love my audiobooks! Great for traveling.

Member Since 2012

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  • 62 purchased in 2014
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  • When Elves Attack: A Joyous Christmas Greeting from the Criminal Nutbars of the Sunshine State

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (159)

    It’s ho, ho, ho time in this hilarious and wacky Florida holiday tale, featuring bighearted psychopath Serge Storms and his sidekick, Coleman. Like Santa, Serge knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. Few can give with the generosity and creativity of Serge, and as December 24 rolls around, he is filling up the Serge sleigh with an unforgettable bag of presents. But before that, it’s all a big free-range Christmas office party, where Serge will be spreading his special cheer. And there’s that last-minute go-for-broke spree at the mall (just beware of those attacking elves - they bite).

    Susan says: "I Don't Know about Joyous but Nutbars REALLY Fits!"
    "I just can't get past the terrible narrator."
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    I listened to about four of Dorsey's audiobooks. This one was atrocious and a pain to listen to. I think I listened to the first hour and just could not take it any more. I don't know whether the story is good. A narrator can make the story interesting but this narrator is horrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12119)
    Performance
    (11006)
    Story
    (11032)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Can be insulting at the end...."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes I would definately recommend the book. The characters were somewhat comical and the little mysteries throughout keeping you listening.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Raised a Christian, I have a belief in God. Towards the end of the book, the other dimensional monster was compared to God.There was also a religious character in the book who turns out to be the bad guy. It made me wonder, is this how the author looks at God.


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

    To me, when listening to my audio books I like narrators who are not monotone. When the narrator reads, you can sense the emotion of the character. All the characters sound different so you can envision what they look like.


    Did 14 inspire you to do anything?

    Well inspires me the next time I move into an apartment that just feels off, to leave ASAP.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is a great listen. It has its funny moments. I understand that everyone has their own religious beliefs. I was just a little taken aback towards the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2597)
    Performance
    (2350)
    Story
    (2356)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Great suspense novel!"
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    If you could sum up Pines in three words, what would they be?

    Great. Mysterious.Well-narrated.


    What other book might you compare Pines to and why?

    I guess it would be a Stephen because of the sci-fi element.


    What does Paul Michael Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Each character narrated, you can feel the emotion.


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

    I did not laugh or cry. It did make me think about the future of man; what does evolution have in store for us.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually listen to my audio books while I take my commute. There are very few that I actually listen to outside of my commute, i.e. at home relaxing. But this novel I found myself listening to before going to bed at night. I rated it 4/5 because there was one question that was unanswered or perhaps I missed. How everyone that came to Wayward was hit by a truck.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Raven Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (738)

    It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain.

    C. ALLINGER says: "Stiefvater does it again!"
    "Confusing in the beginning but a great story."
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    I have to admit in the beginning I was totally confused. I had to rewind and listen to a chapter again. But a trudged on. As I listened, the story grew more and more interesting. I got hooked! I could not wait to buy the second installment to see what happens next. The narrator is great. There is mystery, young romance, and some surprises. I would definitely recommend purchasing this audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2264)
    Performance
    (2099)
    Story
    (2091)

    Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

    Diana Turmenne says: "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
    "The story is interesting."
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    The overall story is okay. The narrator's performance is bad. The Irish accent sounds like someone from the 1920's. The story gets more and more interesting as you continue to listen. I would recommend purchasing this story only if it a buy one get one free or at a special price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4865)
    Performance
    (4184)
    Story
    (4160)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Great listen!"
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    I actually enjoyed this audiobook. At first I thought that the English accent would get on my nerves. But the performance with pretty great. It' a great mystery as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3012)
    Performance
    (2646)
    Story
    (2673)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Not pleased."
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    When I first heard that JK was releasing an adult novel, I was so excited. I could not wait to read the angle of her novel. Would it be serious, would be it be comical, or a little of both? To my disappointment, I just can't get into the story. I think that JK's strength is in juvenile fiction. The novel is a snore unfortunately. I must say that I will be requesting my credit back for sure on this one.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Florida Roadkill

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (306)

    Sunshine State trivia buff Serge A. Storms loves eliminating jerks and pests. His drug-addled partner Coleman loves cartoons. Hot stripper Sharon Rhodes loves cocaine, especially when purchased with rich dead men's money. On the other hand, there's Sean and David, who love fishing and are kind to animals - and who are about to cross paths with a suitcase filled with $5 million in stolen insurance money. Serge wants the suitcase. Sharon wants the suitcase. Coleman wants more drugs... and the suitcase.

    Ronald Albury says: "I tried to like it"
    "Hilarious!"
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    One of the best books I've listened to so far!

    At first it can be a little confusing. The author introduces you to all these different characters. But by the end of the book, you see how they are all connected.

    It's a book where the bad guys get what's coming to them.

    The narration was excellent. Tim Dorsey has a new fan!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Slay Me: Aisling Grey, Guardian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (350)

    You Slay Me is a lusty romance novel with amusing supernatural undercurrents. When courier Aisling Grey is dispatched to Paris to deliver a priceless dragon statue to a rich and eccentric female collector, she finds the intended recipient the apparent victim of a demonic ritual. And that's just the beginning of Aisling's discoveries.

    E. Moore says: "You Slay Me, With Dry Mouth"
    "Wow! I now have a new favorite author!"
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    I can't believe that I had this story for two months before I listened to it! Oh my! It is not only funny, but so sensual it will leave your mouth open envisioning your own hot dragon-man fantasy!

    I enjoyed Barbara Rosenblat's narration of the book. She has an extensive vocal range that lets her differentiate each character. I cannot wait to start on Book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (536)

    Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not a full story."
    "This audiobook is addictive!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gathering to be better than the print version?

    Although I have not read the print version of The Gathering, I am sure it is equally as wondering as the audio edition.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I loved the most about the story was that it was so descriptive. You could envision in your mind how the characters felt.


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    Jennifer Ikeda was excellent. I enjoyed listening to her smooth voice.


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

    If I had time I would listen to this book in one sitting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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