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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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  • Technomancer: Unspeakable Things, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (294)

    When Quentin Draith wakes up in a private sanatorium, he has no memory of who he is or how he received the injuries riddling his body. All he knows is that he has to get out, away from the drugs being pumped into him and back to the real world to search for answers. His first question: How did his friend Tony’s internal organs fill with sand, killing him in a Las Vegas car crash? After a narrow escape, he tracks down the basic facts: He is an investigator and blogger specializing in the supernatural - which is a good thing, because Quentin’s life is getting stranger by the minute.

    Cliff says: "Good noir sci-fi/ fantasy series with a warning"
    "Speakable"
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    The reader did an excellent job with this story. I listened to it 3 times this week! I wasn't sure what to expect from the story & I was pleasantly surprised.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Breaks: Kate Daniels, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (364)

    No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: If there' s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it. As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers.

    RabidReads says: "Characters die, power shifts, a new path is forged"
    "Too good!"
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    If you could sum up Magic Breaks in three words, what would they be?

    The Best Yet!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Breaks?

    I don't know which to pick! There is so much going on.


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

    Renee Raudman does an excellent job as usual with Kate Daniels, and supporting characters. She is a good narrator. Renee Raudman reads stories too you not at you. It is easy to sit back and just enjoy!


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

    This is a book that can't be made well into a movie. It could make a mini series. There are a lot of subplots going on. Each plot has Kate as its center and could easily make 3 novellas.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to restart this audio book several times. The story starts off kinda bland. Then WOW it becomes so intense you're sitting on the edge of your couch, chair or where ever. I wanted to make sure that I wasn't missing anything.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dare

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Hannah Jayne
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Brynna and Erica were friends, best friends. They did everything together, until the night they jumped off the pier at Harding Beach...and only Brynna made it back. A year later, Brynna is still picking up the pieces. She's in a new school with new friends, but she can't shake the demons of her past. Then a Twitter post from "EricaNShaw" pops up in Brynna's feed and a chilling voice mail is left on her phone. Someone isn't ready to let go of what happened. Brynna barely survived losing Erica. She doubts she'll survive Erica's return.

    mary says: "Intresting"
    "Intresting"
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    This is not my usual type of audio book. I have other books by this author and enjoyed them. I decided to give this one a listen. The plot and characters develop well. The ending was a let down. There is the hint that the death of Erica was influenced by bad judgement due to alcohol. Then a minor character shows up. His behavior is altered from previous story dialog. The ending is left kinda open. You are told a probable but not certain end for him. The supporting characters just show up at the climax. Their reason for showing up is weak. The author should have said a little more about how Brynna was secured by the villain. How Brynna got loose is not possible under normal circumstances. It takes a big stretch of the imagination to agree with that. What I enjoyed was the write up for a teenager who has a sudden traumatic experience. Brynna is trying to work through her guilt for living, after turning too and overcoming drugs and alcohol. Her certain knowledge of the need to stay clean everyday. Brynna has difficulties with her need for alcohol. Brynna is aware of the need to rebuild her self. She has the need to block out the past. She tries to get herself together. Then there is her parent whom she labels as a functioning alcoholic. This reflects real life. Many teenage alcoholics has an alcoholic relative. Often that relative is a parent. There is the constant temptation for booze and/or drugs for life. Brynna's parents are supportive and do what they think is best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Discount Armageddon: InCryptid, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (390)

    The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity - and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right?

    a says: "I love this book!"
    "Good"
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    This audiobook is well done. A good story with interesting characters. The story develops well. There is drama, humor, and sad parts. The supporting characters enhance the story without taking over. This audiobook had two firsts for me. It is the first book by the author and reader I have encountered. Emily Bauer's reading enhanced my enjoyment. Her voice fit the main character well. A fun book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2427)
    Performance
    (2184)
    Story
    (2170)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "A good plot."
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    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I was interested that it gave a different insight in the search for eternal life and how to achieve it. The characters had good development during the story. The secondary characters had their place that completed the plot. I enjoyed Ari Fliakos' reading. His young/old voice complimented the main character very well. The author is now on my list for future purchases.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood, Sweat, and Fears

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By J. D. Cutler, Michael Angel
    • Narrated By Joe Matic, Katrina Carmony, John Podulka, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Visit a world where a wild-land firefighter must use his mysterious powers to save his crew from a roaring inferno. Follow an eco-tourist's frantic efforts to escape an African quarantine zone ravaged by a deadly virus. Meet a gumshoe journalist as she tracks down a figure that'sable to predict the future with terrifying accuracy. And tune into Texas station KRAP (don't touch that dial, there's KRAP on it!) as a pair of down-home country deejays try their damnedest to stop a murder...while they're still on the air.

    mary says: "Good stories"
    "Good stories"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I will and have recommended this audio book to friends. I enjoyed the variety of topics and subjects. The range of handling them ranged from serious to hilarious.


    What other book might you compare Blood, Sweat, and Fears to and why?

    I'm not sure I can compare this book to others. It is a good selection of excellent short stories by these authors.


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

    The variety of narrators gave good readings. I enjoy listening to good narrations. They help to get different insight into the stories. I enjoy readings that pad out my mental picture of any stories characters. Some narrators brought too strong an accent to their stories. For me that detracted from the reading.


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

    I bought this book early on August 5, 2014. At the time of my writing this review I have listened to it twice. A few stories got listened to two or three times before going to the next one.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good collection of short stories by these authors. I enjoyed the variety of narrators. Most of the narrators did an excellent job. At times a story had special effects added. The effects added to the performance without over running it. I suggest to anyone who enjoys these authors should consider this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Touch of Greek: Out of Olympus, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tina Folsom
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    The selfish and gorgeous Greek God Triton is cast out of Olympus after seducing Zeus' mistress and can only gain reentry if he finds a woman who loves him for his kindness and selflessness, not his beauty. When the mortal Sophia - recovering from an eye operation and virtually blind - needs a home healthcare worker, he takes on the role, hoping she will be his ticket home.

    Melanie says: "A Good Story to Pass the Time"
    "Not bad but..."
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    What disappointed you about A Touch of Greek?

    The graphic, foul language detracted from the story. It is pornographic literature. I avoid books of this nature. There should be a rating somewhere about the language. The entire book was told by the end of chapter one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tina Folsom again?

    I do not know if her other books are verbal pornography. That will stop me from future purchases.


    What does Eric G. Dove bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Eric G. Dove performance is what had me listen to the entire book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Touch of Greek?

    I would have cut a good portion of the pornographic language. The book synopsis didn't hint at this.


    Any additional comments?

    This book needs to be placed with labeled so the pornographic language will not be a shock to unsuspecting listeners.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under Wraps

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Hannah Jayne
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Sick of wrongful-death lawsuits every time a full moon comes around? Call the Underworld Detection Agency. As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen, and the uncanny. That is, until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and Sophie finds herself playing sidekick to detective Parker Hayes.

    mary says: "A fun story"
    "A fun story"
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    I enjoyed this audio book. It goes quickly and is fun. This is a story that can be listened over again. I didn't pay the cover attention until I read other reviews. They are correct in that this cover doesn't match the story. But, I have been misled in the past by covers. As a result I ignore them. I was looking for a new author to listen to. I liked the story synopsis so I gave it a try. My biggest complaint is one I have with any series. I like the story to end with a hint of more to come. I don't like the story to end as a probable beginning for the next novel. If you are looking for a fun story with a pretty good narration give this a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Run with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1715)
    Performance
    (1607)
    Story
    (1593)

    Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger - only to discover he's really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don't faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she's known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham - that's a risk. Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper. The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.

    Jordy says: "Funny & Sexy With a Side of Serious "
    "Excellent"
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    Would you listen to How to Run with a Naked Werewolf again? Why?

    Yes, I will (have) listen to this again. It is well written and touches on a sensitive subject with humor and insight.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Run with a Naked Werewolf?

    When main character talks to werewolf as if he were abusive husband, and realizes later that she did just that.


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

    I've listened to her performances only with Molly Harper's novels. I've enjoyed them all.


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

    Yes, I did listen to in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Tarot: An Elder Races Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (136)

    Alice Clark, a Wyr and schoolteacher, has had two friends murdered in as many days, and she's just found the body of a third. She arrives at the scene only minutes before Gideon Riehl, a wolf Wyr and current detective in the Wyr Division of Violent Crime - and, as Alice oh-so-inconveniently recognizes at first sight, her mate. But the sudden connection Riehl and Alice feel is complicated when the murders are linked to a serial killer who last struck seven years ago, killing seven people in seven days. They have just one night before the killer strikes again. And every sign points to Alice as the next victim.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Can't go wrong with Elder Races!"
    "Yuck"
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    What disappointed you about Divine Tarot?

    The narration put me too sleep literally. Sophie Eastlake's voice would be better off narrating romance books. The characters are weak. The plots fail to make the grade. I listened to this twice. I forced myself to stay awake the second time. My main question is 'what happened to plot and character development?'


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am an avid audio book listener. I have no set pattern on future purchases. I can however guarantee that Thea Harrison will not be one of them.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Sophie Eastlake's voice was too bland and monotone for this type of work. She put me too sleep literally and I wasn't even sleepy. My mind kept wandering during this work. The first story ended with me forcing myself to stay away. My response was thank goodness its over. The second story reading was worse then the first.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I don't have any of Thea Harrison's novels. My habit is to listen again to an unfamiliar author's work before further purchases. That policy keeps me from making repeat mistakes. This work will definitely keep me more purchases of her works. I am hesitant about getting further works by Sophie Easlake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By David Hyde Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (525)

    A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

    Rose says: "Loved every minute"
    "An excellent rememberanxe"
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    I read Gulliver's Travels a very long time ago. That memory prompted me to make this purchase. The narration was excellent. I found that my memory of the story had been distorted not only by time but by viewing the many versions of it. It was great to rediscover the original. I had great fun with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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