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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 2011

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  • The Dragon Who Loved Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By G. A. Aiken
    • Narrated By Morgan Hallett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    New York Times and USA Today best-selling author G.A. Aiken is widely celebrated for her compelling Dragon Kin series. In The Dragon Who Loved Me, Rhona the Fearless, first daughter of a proud warrior family, resents that she’s not respected for her battle prowess by the male Northland dragons. But when one barbarian dragon becomes enamored with her, she begins to relish her influence over him.

    marlene says: "Entertaining!!!! But the not first in the Series"
    "Boring Dragon"
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    What disappointed you about The Dragon Who Loved Me?

    The story line sounded good. That was why I purchased this audiobook and it's sequel. There were too many characters so development was poor. As a result of too many characters there was a lot of sub plots. This led to my being confused as to what was going on. I frequently had to repeat and back track in my attempt to get thru this story and understand it. Some of the sub plots were boring I wondered what the author was tryng to write. It was difficult to figure out what was going on. The way this book was written made the subplots very incomplete. I found myself assuming things not named.There was a lot of naming of a male and female sexual parts. The reader and wording made this sound like a group of junior high boys locker room talk.


    Would you recommend The Dragon Who Loved Me to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I wouldn't recommend this book to any one. Boring story read by a boring voice.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Morgan Hallett?

    I don't know. I would have to read the book to think about this. I definitely wouldn't recast this reader for this book.


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

    I really can't see any redeeming qualities.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch with No Name: The Hollows, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (851)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (807)

    In The Witch with No Name, Kim Harrison brings back her wildly popular heroine for one final, epic battle. Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the klutzy runner fleeing a bad job. She's faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She's crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She's lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.

    LeSLiE says: "Thank you Kim Harrison for the memories!"
    "A good buy (bye)"
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    I got this book by pre-order when it was released in September. I delayed listening to it until now. I delayed because this is supposed to be the last book of the series. I was reluctant to listen to it as I would be saying good bye to a series I have enjoyed. I wouldn't be checking for when the next book of the series. I listened again to the earlier books. I did this to refresh characters. I did this to remember why I liked some things and not others. Well this is a great ending. The character development is done very well. Marguerite Gavin did an excellent job with her narration during the series. Now I hope (want) Kim Harrison will do short stories and/or novellas. I want some things expanded and explained. Like how Rachel's father died. How her parents met. Rachel's mother and her story. Trent's father and mother explained. A story about the vampire ex-president and the turning. A lot of other things expanded. This series had a lot going for it; humor, tragedy, love, hate, friendship and bad guys changing into not quite good guys. For those who are new to the series, each book can stand alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Closer to Home: The Herald Spy, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Mags was once an enslaved orphan living a harsh life in the mines, until the King's Own Herald discovered his talent and trained him as a spy. Now a Herald in his own right, at the newly established Heralds' Collegium, Mags has found a supportive family, including his Companion Dallen.Although normally a Herald in his first year of Whites would be sent off on circuit, Mags is needed close to home for his abilities as a spy and his powerful Mindspeech gift.

    Tasha says: "Great story !!"
    "Don't waste your time"
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    I hesitated on the purchase of this book because of the weakness of Bastion, the last book of the Collegium Chronicles. But, Nick Podehl did a great job narrating that series. I also enjoy Mercedes Lackey books so decided to purchase this book. Well it is a waste. It starts out great. Then it flounders. Mags the implied hero of the book is a background character. He pops in and out of the story like an after thought. It is obvious his character is merely a thread to hold this story together. The story reads like a combination of teen romance or floundering fantasy among other things. I had to force myself to listen to it completely in the hope that I would change my mind. Well it didn't. If you are looking for Mags and a continuation of his story then don't purchase this book. If you are like me and enjoy Mercedes Lackey then request this as a gift so you can spend your credit or money on something else.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3651)
    Performance
    (2977)
    Story
    (2967)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    S. Droski says: "Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!"
    "A new author discovered"
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    I was browsing looking for a new author. I have several books with Lorelei King as narrator and decided to give Darynda Jones a try. I only purchased First Grave. Before the book was completed, I purchased books 2 and 3 with my monthly credits. This is a fun book. I enjoyed the characters. It was fun discovering this author. As always I enjoy Lorelei King's narrations. I strongly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon and the Gnarly King

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Gordon R. Dickson
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    As a young mathematician, Jim Eckert was transported to a parallel medieval world where he found he had the ability to transform himself into a large but none-too-bright dragon named Gorbash. Jim Eckert's daring exploits have earned him a title - Baron de Bois de Malencontri et Riveroak - and he has settled down to a peaceful life as a feudal lord, with his beloved Angela at his side. But a new peril endangers his enchanted realm - as the King of the Gnarlies teams up with the Earl of Cumberland, Jim's longtime rival, to kidnap his adopted son, Robert.

    mary says: "Good"
    "Good"
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    I enjoyed this book. This story isn't quite as good as the first 2 books. It should have repeated with a little more emphasis why the 2 main villains are out to get James Eckert. They sort of appear and are said to be the villains and that is it. This is especially true when one of the villains is left at the end of a book with all the appearances of turning over a new leaf. It also isn't too clear how the villains got in touch with The Gnarly King who is a villain. Paul Boehmer's reading fits the character very well. I enjoy his reading. There should be change in the description. Our hero James Eckert is not a mathematician. He was a teaching assistant at River Oaks who specialized in the Middle Ages. That is the reason why he considered staying in the 14th century setting for The Dragon series. He does/did not change into a non too bright dragon named Gorbash. He was transported into Gorbash's body and used it in book one. After that, he changes into a dragon who resembles the Cliff Side dragon community of which Gorbash is a member. I have found other books where the descriptions are wrong. Audible doesn't seem interested in making corrections even after this is pointed out to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder and Magic: Lord Darcy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Randall Garrett
    • Narrated By Victor Villar-Hauser
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Murder and Magic is a collection of short stories by Randall Garrett featuring his alternate history detective Lord Darcy. First published in 1979, it has been reprinted many times since. The four stories here ("The Eyes Have It", "A Case of Identity", "The Muddle of the Woad", and "A Stretch of the Imagination") are set in an alternate world whose history diverged from our own during the reign of King Richard the Lionheart.

    Robin says: "Wonderful book, not so wonderful narrator"
    "Yuck"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one I can think of would have enjoyed it due to its type of narration.


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

    Told the narrator to stop whispering. Gotten him to stop hissing the 'sh', soft 'c' and 's' sounds. I would have had him listen to the parts of the story where he did this. I would have had him listen to the parts of the story where he did a good job and made the story enjoyable.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I enjoy audible books. When I saw Lord Darcy in audible I saw it as a chance to revisit an old friend. Well I shouldn't have wasted the money. The narrator is awful. I wonder if he was trying to read the book softly. He whispered the entire story. His voice was soft and low. The 'sh', soft 'c', 's' and similiar sounds were hissed at you. Story narration with a need for lowered voice were difficult to understand. At times Victor Villar-Hauser would seem to forget about whispering. He would raise is voice and would become a real narrator. After doing this, he would suddenly remember (or was reminded) that whispering was the desired effect. This is not a story with a need for a lowered voice. It is not a story that indicates a soft voice. I do not know what results the editors were aiming for. Selling this type of audio book was not one of them.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Murder and Magic?

    Cutting scenes was not the problem. This book was written in a different time. I would have given the previous editor a bad reference. I would have used a narrator who could have spoken in a normal voice. Mr Victor Villar-Hauser would have been used on a different audiobooks to determine his job fate.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money. Listen to samples of audiobooks using Victor Villa-Hauser before purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon and the Djinn

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Gordon R. Dickson
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Gordon R. Dickson continues his acclaimed saga of a 20th-century American transformed into a Dragon Knight - and transported into a fantastic medieval adventure! The Dragon Knight's journey to the Holy Land is supposed to be a simple quest...but pirates, sea giants, and the legendary Djinn threaten to make his voyage the most dangerous odyssey known to man - and dragon.

    mary says: "OK but..."
    "OK but..."
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    This book has more the feel of short stories loosely connected. The Dragon Knight was briefly a dragon only in a very early chapter. That chapter had nothing to do with the theme. I don't think Djinn had a total of one chapter. For a supposedly powerful entity the Djinn's part was very, very small. It wasn't as good as the first books. The performance was excellent and that enhanced the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1421)
    Performance
    (1260)
    Story
    (1257)

    Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

    Amanda says: "Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging..."
    "Kinda slow..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cast in Shadow to be better than the print version?

    I compared the print edition to the audio version. I found the audio book to be a little slow and repeats things many times. I became bored with the print edition because of this. The narration is excellent and does a great job at keeping the story moving and interesting. There was a need to explain the other races and their traits and habits. This was well done. The problem came because of the number of races that had major roles and parts in this novel. There was repetition of these traits and habits that kept the story a little slow.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michelle Sagara? Why or why not?

    I was looking for a new author to start with. My daughter has read this series and convinced me to give this on a try. The plot is obvious with development of the characters good even though a little slow. I am willing to give other books by Michelle Sagara as well as reader Khristine Hvam future tries. I did enjoy this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had no favorite scenes. I did enjoy explanation of the different races in this story and how the main character deals with them.


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

    I listened to this book in two sittings. I did complete it all the same day.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is a little slow and repeats itself. It does hold together and the narration is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gordon R. Dickson
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Thrown into the alternate universe of 14th-century England, 20th-century mathematician Jim Eckert and his wife, Angie, have become Sir James, Baron de Bois de Malencontri, and Lady Angela. A bit of a shock, but they'd coped with it. In fact they were dealing with their new life's hazards and magical manifestations just fine. Until Jim is suddenly transformed into a dragon. None too pleased about this latest turn of events, Jim turns for help to his neighbour, the magician S. Carolinus, who takes him on as an apprentice.

    mary says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dragon Knight to be better than the print version?

    This audio edition is better than the printed version because of Paul Boehmer's reading. He does a great job and adds to the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Our main character trying to deal with his situations while keeping his 20th century self in proportion. It is especially evident as he tries to keep clean and free of lice, ticks in such a way not to give offense to his companions. It is funny in how he tries to keep his alcohol consumption to a minimum as the water is undrinkable and full of disease.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is definitely when Jim Eckert tries to escape from an underwater female water elemental without giving offense and keeping his virtue intact.


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

    I am not a movie person. I have no idea for a tag line.


    Any additional comments?

    A good second book of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon and the George

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Gordon R. Dickson
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Through no fault of his own, the once human Jim Eckert had become a dragon. Unfortunately, his beloved Angie had remained human. But in this magical land anything could happen. To make matter worse, Angie had been taken prisoner by an evil dragon and was held captive in the impenetrable Loathly Tower. So in this land where humans were edible and beasts were magical - where spells worked and logic didn't-- Jim Eckert had a big, strange problem.

    Captain Skurvy says: "A classic brought to life"
    "At long last!"
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    I read this book way back when. I enjoyed it immensely. I was hesitant about making this purchase. After all, did I remember it as well as I thought I did. Would the reader do the audio justice. Well I could only give this book 5 stars, that is the most I could give it. The story is a good as I remember it. I have listened to it twice before writing this review. Paul Boehmer's reading was excellent. His voice is well suited for the main character added to my enjoyment. I hope the rest of the series is as good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark War: Matt Richter, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tim Waggoner
    • Narrated By John Banks
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Meet Matt Richter. Pi. Zombie. Another case proves dangerous for zombie PI Matt Richter, in the underworld realm of Nekropolis. From his arrival at Nekropolis, Matt has found himself embroiled in disputes with the city's vampire lords, shapeshifters, golems, and other monstrosities. Nothing has prepared him for the Dark War. Tim Waggoner is a novelist and college professor.

    mary says: "OK"
    "OK"
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    tNot quite as good as previous books. Seems more like a series of related short stories or novellas. The first 2 books can stand alone and you need these for Book 3 to be understood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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