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I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!

San Antonio, TX, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Last Unicorn

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter S. Beagle
    • Narrated By Peter S. Beagle
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (255)

    A unicorn, a haphazard wizard, and a spunky scullery woman journey to the dreaded kingdom of Haggaard, an evil ruler who, with the help of a bull-shaped demon, imprisons all the unicorns of the world. This is one of the great fantasy novels of the 20th century. Since its publication in 1968 it has never been out of print, with six million-plus copies sold around the world, and it has been translated into more than 20 languages.

    Jed says: "Just couldn't get past the reader"
    "Unicorns rediscovered!"
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    If you could sum up The Last Unicorn in three words, what would they be?

    A great story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the music lead at each chapter. The music reflected how I felt when I read this story so long ago. It also brought back to my mind scenes from the movie. The story is as appropriate today as it was when first published.


    What does Peter S. Beagle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Peter S. Beagle's voice sounded a lot like I mentally visualized the wizard's voice to sound like. I enjoyed his reading very much! I was a little reluctant at first due to having been put off by other authors reading their work.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen and enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Seer: Ghost Seer, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robin D. Owens
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    When her eccentric aunt passes away, no-nonsense accountant Clare Cermac inherits more than just a small fortune. She receives the gift of communicating with ghosts. While Clare may not believe in spirits, it’s hard to overlook the shadowy talking dog appearing on her bed or spectral cowboys tipping their hats to her in the streets of Denver. And when she locks eyes with sexy - and living - Zach Slade, there’s certainly no ignoring him either.

    Berls says: "Fresh world and fun characters"
    "Needs better narration"
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    The story and characters are interesting and good. The character development is good. The problem is with the narrator. Coleen Marlo's voice is not consistent. Her voice varies from good to flat. The flat portions vary in lengths of time. This makes some portions hard to get past. The story is good enough where I am interested in sequels. I will hesitate in their purchases if they have same narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer, Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (975)
    Story
    (983)

    Exploding from the pages of Horror, Humor, and Heroes, Volume One - it’s the full length adventures of the one and only Mechani-Cal! So grab your battlesuit and prepare to get a little nasty.

    Creativecolor says: "Brillant!"
    "A fun view point"
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    It is a fun to watch a mediocre supervillian find himself in the role of a hero. Watching how he deals with a world class crisis and mature along the way is interesting. It is hard to give more of a review without revealing parts of it. This is a book where it is advisable to read/listen to 'Origins of a D-List Supervillian' first. That book lays the foundation for much of what happens in this one. I enjoyed how Jeffery Kafer narrated the story. Talmadge Ragan reading of the epilogue was a surprise and the right touch. I recommend this book to those wanting a different viewpoint of a world with super heroes and super villains.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Concealed in Death: In Death Series, Book 38

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1851)
    Performance
    (1664)
    Story
    (1670)

    In a decrepit and long-empty New York building, a man begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, he finds two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. The man is Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s billionaire husband, Roarke, and he summons her immediately. His latest real estate project is going to be on hold for a while, because by the time Eve and her crew are finished searching the premises, there are 12 murders to be solved.

    amazonian says: "Don't Read "In Death" LISTEN to it!"
    "Not very good"
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    What disappointed you about Concealed in Death?

    This In Death story starts with interesting beginning that includes the introduction of a new character. Then it became progressively predictable and boring. The entire story could have been told in less then half the time. I kept waiting for excitement that never came. The story was just flat.


    What could J. D. Robb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story would have made a better novella or even a short story. The current length seemed to stress it being boring and predictable.


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

    Susan Ericksen does an excellent job reading this series. I really can't think of what she could have done different.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Concealed in Death?

    I would have edited the story to novella length. This would have helped keep the story fresh.


    Any additional comments?

    In the time line of the story about 30 months has passed. This is In Death 38. It seems like J. D. Robb is either running out of ideas or becoming bored with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Artemis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Philip Palmer
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill, Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Philip Palmer, the best-selling author of Hell Ship, crafts science fiction works that have earned him a reputation as one of the best in the business. In Artemis, con artist and killer Artemis McIvor took the collapse of the galactic government as the opportunity to go on a crime spree to end all crime sprees. But when the law finally catches up to her, she’s given a choice: spend the rest of her life cooling her heels in prison or accept a deadly mission to save all of humanity.

    Erica says: "I would NEVER recommend this book."
    "A little confusing"
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    This is written in the first person. The story jumps around a bit. I had to re-listen to parts of the story in order to keep things straight. I did enjoy the story. It was interesting to have a science fiction story with emphasis on the characters. This is first story I have listened to by Philip Palmer. I have added him to my list of authors. I enjoyed Heather O'Neill's narration. Robert Ian Mackenzie does a good job too. At first I thought his inserts were actually from the editor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Lord's Handbook

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paul Dale
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    To become a Dark Lord is no easy thing. The simple ambition to hold dominion over the world and bend all to your will sounds straightforward, but it's not. There are armies to raise, fortresses to build, heroes to defeat, and battles to be fought. After many spectacular failures, Evil decided to lend more than inspiration to these would-be tyrants. He wrote an easy-to-follow Dark Lord's Handbook. And yet the next Dark Lord that came along screwed up like all the others.

    Kulain says: "Started out good but turned into a drag"
    "An intresting new Dark Lord"
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    This is a fun story. Evil has written a book to teach Dark Lords how to defeat Good. The story starts with the current Dark Lord defeated. Evil finds the book and gets a minion to take it. The currently picked Dark Lord doesn't put his heart into it. He gets into a situation where he seems to be a good guy. Orcs who are presented as bad guys in 99.9% of stories are an oppressed race in this one. This Dark Lord decides to free them from oppression. In the meantime there is a group who is looking for a Hero in an apparent attempt to free the world from these same oppressors. When the Hero is found, he seems to be an apparent homicidal maniac. The group of supposed freedom fighters is actually trying to start a war to get rid of all organized government. A truly evil Dark Lord shows up and usurps the Dark Lord in training. Things become really fun when the Dark Lord in training is an illegitimate son of a human female and black dragon. His father shows up trying to help him out of trouble. His father's mate is in fact the head of the supposed freedom fighters and tries to kill him. Confusing? Yes, but the story holds its form and develops well. Gildart Jackson does a great job with his narration. He brings the different types of creatures and their voices to life.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Burn for Me: A Hidden Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (321)

    Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career - a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn't sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire. Then she's kidnapped by Connor "Mad" Rogan - a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers.

    RabidReads says: "Cover aside, this audiobook rocked!"
    "A great start for a new series."
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    Nevada Baylor's world is set in a slightly different reality. An agent to stimulate magic in people was given in the past. This agent caused a genetic mutation in their future descendants. Children, grandchildren become able to use magic in different ways. Individual families, clans, countries start to breed for magic use. Nevada has a small family detective agency. She is given an apparent suicide mission of bringing in a rogue prime (highest ranked) alive and unharmed. Nevada's agency has no police contacts and the prime is a strong suspect in killing an off duty cop. This prime specializes in fire. Nevada must decide how to find and convince into surrender. She doesn't have the magic on her own to do the job. In the meantime the story starts out with the mother of the co-defendant a 16 year old boy trying to enlist the aid of a family member. He is known by the name of 'Mad' Rogan. Mr Rogan is a retired military grade prime. He isn't known by any good name. Since retirement he is a supposed hermit. 'Mad' Rogan is presented as a dis-likable character. His first action in the book is to kidnap Nevada and use magic on her in an attempt to locate the main suspect and young boy. The story has lots of action. It was fun to try and figure out what was going on. 'Mad' Rogan and Nevada must form a reluctant team. The ending has a surprise. It makes me anxious to see if there will be a book 2 and when it will be out. Renee Raudman does a great job reading this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Key the Steampunk Vampire Girl and the Tower Tomb of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Becket
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Key the Steampunk Vampire Girl has escaped from the Dungeon of Despair, but now she must race through the Necropolis to the Tower Tomb of Time before Old Queen Crinkle can rewrite history. With the aid of Mr. Fuddlebee the ghost and Miss Broomble the Witch, Key and her immortal puppy, Tudwal, must drive a MotorHog, ride a Hobbeetle, and cling to an Umbracopter without getting lost in time, where she will have to confront an old enemy and a long forgotten past.

    mary says: "Is there more?"
    "Is there more?"
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    This is a story that presents serious topics in a way that enhances a fun story. Young girl lives in what she thinks is a perfect family. Is turned into a vampire, parents go missing. She is placed into a dungeon by mean vampire queen. Vampire queen throws away key and forgets about her. Girl tries to come to gripes with her new life, bullies etc. Slowly young vampire works her way though these things and makes friends in book 1. At start of book 2 she is escaping from the dungeon during castle attacked. Our young vampire then has a series of adventures. Learns the meaning of love, family, sacrifice and growing up. The book is fast paced. Lots of jokes, funny events, circumstances, and play on words. This is story is for the young and young at heart. I enjoyed how the matter of love and loss is handled. Reader Katherine Kellgren does a great job. I hope there is more and that Beckett can continue what he has begun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Key the Steampunk Vampire Girl and the Dungeon of Despair

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Becket
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Key had a very happy life on a farm - until her ninth birthday, when she lost her mom and dad, was changed into a vampire, and was ushered to the City of the Dead where she was thrown into the Dungeon of Despair. Key is now imprisoned for the rest of her immortal life in darkness, loneliness, and emptiness. But hope is not lost when Key is befriended by a ghost, a witch, and an immortal puppy.

    mary says: "Fun"
    "Fun"
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    A vampire story geared for the young and the young at heart. I wondered about this story a try after reading about the author. I became certain after listening to the sample. A vampire story in an alternate world. A vampire story about a vampire who is turned at 9 years old trying to grow up. This is a story with the emphasis on the good in our young vampire as she copes with her environment. Katherine Kellgren does a great job reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stoneheart: The Stoneheart Trilogy, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charlie Fletcher
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (409)

    A city has many lives and layers. London has more than most. A 12-year-old boy named George Chapman is about to find this out the hard way. On a school trip he's punished for something he didn't do. In a tiny act of rebellion, he lashes out at a small carving on the wall - unexpectedly breaking it off. And then something horrible does happen: a stone pterodactyl unpeels form the wall and starts chasing him. George is already running before his mind starts trying to tell him that this is impossible!

    MJ Dulmage says: "Fantastic Story, Great Narrator!"
    "Not bad"
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    I was looking for a new author. I have no aversion to young adult fiction. I loved Harry Potter after discovering it by accident. I gave this one a try. I enjoyed it. It gets a little long in parts. The beginning is a little confusing. I had to re-listen to the first 3 chapters a couple of times to get the characters straight. After that I had no problem listening to the entire book at one sitting. I will say this. I am glad that I got this book after completion of the series. I hate waiting for the 'next' one in line. I liked this concept of 'living' stone and the creatures affected by it. Jim Dale does a great job narration. His accent is just British enough to remind you the setting is in London, England and makes the story that much more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (1260)
    Story
    (1261)

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "Space Opera revisited"
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    Our evil Emperor Mollusk is an individual who likes to invent things; space guns, robots, various ray guns, to name just a few. He leaves his home world and successfully conquerors earth. Emperor Mollusk decides after a time that he doesn't want to be a world ruler. He had more fun in the conquering then in the ruling. In the meantime he does things to keep the people of earth under control as he works to improve their life. He puts his intellect into solving problems. On his path to becoming a good guy, he becomes Number 1 enemy of the other planets in earth's solar system. He has a Venusian body guard that is also his keeper and a very difficult to kill, genetically engineered pet. Our evil Emperor Mollusk works to turn over a new leaf but... Enemies past, present and future show up to interfere with his plans. It is a funny story. Scott Aiello does a good job reading this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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