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kimberly

Fair Oaks, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Bloodring: Rogue Mage, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Natalie Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (274)

    In a near-future world, seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle. But a new species of mage has arisen. Thorn St. Croix is no ordinary neo-mage. Nearly driven insane by her powers, she has escaped the confines of the Enclaves and now lives among humans. When her ex-husband is kidnapped, Thorn must risk revealing her true identity to save him.

    pewter says: "Bloodring Redux"
    "I really wanted to l ike this book"
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    What was most disappointing about Faith Hunter’s story?

    Too much details muddied up a good story. I listened for 5 hours and was so numbed by the details- ad nausea that when something exiting was happening I didn't recognize it untiil it was too late and I had to rewind to hear it!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She is somewhat monitone. Nothing in her voice really distinguished a battle scene from describing what her outfit she was wearing.....BTW main character has an exhaustive wardrobe.


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

    I think there is a good story trying to break out of a lot of wothless details.


    Any additional comments?

    If there was an abridged copy available I MIGHT try it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scary Dead Things: The Tome of Bill, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rick Gualtieri
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (117)

    Bill Ryder, the trash-talking undead geek from Bill the Vampire, is back and about to find himself in a whole new world of side-splitting insanity. One of the most powerful vampires on the planet has given Bill a death sentence. Meanwhile, an immortal princess wants him for an entirely different purpose, one which makes his first issue seem almost preferable. All the while, new and powerful forces have begun to emerge from the shadows around him. Are they friend or foe? Knowing his luck, do you even have to ask?

    Cliff says: "More of the same"
    "Funny, Snarky Bill...gotta love him!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the banter and sometimes snarky attitude of the characters.


    What about Christopher John Fetherolf’s performance did you like?

    Ok, he has a strange drawl at moments but overall fun to listen to. Even foul language sits comfortable with me when is uses it!


    If you could rename Scary Dead Things, what would you call it?

    Not sure.... Bill and the Vamp Child Bride


    Any additional comments?

    Story is funny and a lite "read'. Just enjoy and laugh a little.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alice in Zombieland

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Natalie Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (160)

    She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever. Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that's all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone. Her father was right. The monsters are real.

    Linda B says: "Fun! Actually something new!"
    "Good YA story"
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    What did you love best about Alice in Zombieland?

    The writer knows her audience: teen, female. She is careful to curb the use of foul language and loose sexual behavior in her characters. She even spins a little of the"respect thyself" for her teen gal readers who so often see women played down as weak, low on intelligence and "easy".


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader could have been little more versatile in her playing different male and female roles. It was difficult to hear the male role vs. female. She is also a bit emotionally "monotone". There were moments she sounded emotionally "blah" like Kristen Stewart of Twilight.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall the book was entertaining. I might get the second book. I have one or two of her books in my library already. I do think this author is a strong writer about to come into her own. I hope she writes for a more mature audience soon!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First 80 Minutes FREE from The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast!

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. By completing just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice you'll go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing noticeably well. What do you want to learn?

    Sandy says: "a good demonstration"
    "Pre-ordered and cant wiat!!"
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    I am a learning junkie like Kaufman and end up with a list a mile long of things I want to learn or accomplish. He is going to show you how to do one at a time and do it well. He proves that you don’t need to be like a Tiger Woods pro practicing something for mega hours to do it well and enjoy it. In ten steps and 20 hours you will learn the art of quick learning.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2082)
    Performance
    (1383)
    Story
    (1385)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Written and read for 2nd graders"
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    This is a horrible and utterly dry book. I skipped from chapter 6 to 17 and didnt miss a thing. I can't even waste anymore time on this and will be asking for a refund. Not a single deep thought here.....see dog run, see dog roll over.......oh this must be a man, this must be a girl dog.....ad nausea. I felt like I was listening to story time in a kindergarden class without the juice and cookies. This is all nap time...Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    DONT SPEND THE CREDIT. This book has been misclassified as adult reading when I am sure it should be in the children's section.

    Better dog book would be: The art of racing in the rain.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bet Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1305)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (686)

    Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another win!"
    "Boy meets girl but author ruined it"
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    This author just can’t write. Characters banter back and forth and you know which character is which based on the conversation BUT the author has to use "Min said", "Calvin said", "David said"...ad nauseam...after each statement. In a 20 minute dialog there must have been 40-60 "insert character name, Said"...just have the conversation already! Two people are talking and I can figure out who is saying what!

    There is also a character that just was stupid and could have been written out of the story without any damage done. “Cynth” (every character’s name is shortened into a nick name…geez) is the main character’s ex-girlfriend. She is a psychologist who is writing a book on Love and spends too much time explaining the 4 stages of love and what stage Cal and Min are in. She even shows up in scenes that she shouldn’t be in. What woman shows up at the same event and talks to the new girlfriend's friends about the four stages of love. Unnecessary intruder. It’s like she is placed in a scene just to explain to the reader what stage of love we are witnessing. As if I am too stupid to know this is infatuation, or lust, or courting. She is like a sportscaster whispering during a golf game…annoying!

    Don’t waste your credit. If I could get my credit back I would.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead in My Bed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jessica Sims, Molly Harper, Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Leah Mallach, Abby Craden, Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (439)

    In "Shades of Gray" by Katie MacAlister, Noelle is a Guardian: a demon-wrangler, imp-banisher, and all-round secret protector of humans from the Otherworld. In "Undead Sublet" by Molly Harper, executive chef Tess Maitland is banned from her five-star kitchen in Chicago to recover from "exhaustion". Jessica Sims's "Out With a Fang" features Ruby Sommers, a lonely were-jaguar who signs up for a blind date through the paranormal dating agency Midnight Liaisons.

    NDiaye says: "Dynamic Trio... hmmm maybe"
    "Skip the first story"
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    I only got this book for the Molly Haper story which is the 2nd of three stories. The first story is a total waste of time. Sucked eggs. Why Molly Harper allowed her stuff to be published with this garbage is beyond me. Hopefully she will publish her own book of short stories and this one will show up in it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Nights

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (552)

    Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed nearly too dangerous, too ruthless - and if he isn't careful, he'll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred from his missions at any cost…until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he's never known before. Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival.

    Katheryne says: "Lords of the Underworld fans will enjoy!"
    "Kept my interest, light reading"
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    I thought this author was a Jr. writer with lots of potential. Then I found out she had another, well liked, series!! Would not have guest. The story was interesting and could have been really exciting if the dialouge hadn't flipped between adolescent and mature language. I understand the main character was a teenager but it just felt awkward even during the romantic scenes. Overall the story kept my interest and I had fun with the strong silent type angels.






    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (427)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "Total Blast"
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    Couldnt put it down! Fun and well dramatized! If you're squeamish then don't drive while listening to the conclusion of the story. I almost lost it on the freeway!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 20th Century Ghosts

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (194)

    Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon on an afternoon in 1945...Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town.

    Kasey says: "Wonderful and recommended"
    "Maybe its just me......"
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    I like Joe Hill and have read/enjoyed (hard copy) Hear-Shaped Box.

    This collection of stories was a little difficult for me to warm up to. I only really liked Black Telephone. The rest felt..... unfinished. Maybe its just a writting style Im not used to.

    I have to say I liked the reader. He sounded a little like he had a head cold but that "stuffiness" made all the "kid" parts see so real.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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