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mary

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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  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3584)
    Performance
    (3322)
    Story
    (3331)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "Entertaining mosters"
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    If you could sum up Monster Hunter Legion in three words, what would they be?

    Fun & interesting.


    Would you recommend Monster Hunter Legion to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would recommend this audiobook. The only problem is that this a series that follows each other kinda close. It should follow book 01 for better understanding.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    His voice fitted the main character as I imagined.


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

    I enjoyed this book,


    0 of 0 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
  • Slimy Underbelly: Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    There's something fishy going on in the Unnatural Quarter. Bodies are floating face-down, the plumbing is backing up, and something smells rotten - even to a zombie detective like Dan Shamble. Diving into the slimy underbelly of a diabolical plot, Dan comes face-to-tentacles with an amphibious villain named Ah'Chulhu (to which the usual response is "Gesundheit!"). With his snap-happy gang of gator-guys - former pets flushed down the toilet - Ah'Chulhu wreaks havoc beneath the streets.

    mary says: "A little too much slime"
    "A little too much slime"
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    This is a fun book. It goes a little overboard in the description of the results of some misadventures. The character descriptions are good, the introduction of new characters is good. There were a few inconsistencies in the story that caused me to give it 3 stars. They did not detract to the overall story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Streets: Matt Richter, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tim Waggoner
    • Narrated By John Banks
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    You’ve got to keep your head to survive in Nekropolis. It’s a shame Victor Baron couldn’t manage that. Now everyone wants a piece of him. Zombie detective Matt Richter and his glamourous she-vampire companion Devona are back on the case, with another wild and wonderful investigation. Tim Waggoner is a novelist and college professor.

    mary says: "Not so Dead Streets"
    "Not so Dead Streets"
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    Listening to the first few chapters, I thought OH NO.. Male with a problem, can't be physically intimate with his significant other, starts comparing himself to another male, a male who is what he thinks he wants. I gave a sigh but continued. I was in for a big but good disappointment. The story drastically changed. The excitement started. The story changed. The story became a fun, interesting follow up to book 1. There were still references to zombie Matt Richter's comparing himself to a living, fully functional human male. He and his significant other work through their problems while they work to get Matt's head reattached, get out of a prison that has never had an escape and unite in solving the mystery. The scene where the two (while in a joint hallucination) are with their twin children, in a nice little house is sad. The major mystery is solved. The heroes are sitting at the end of the story discussing what they perceive as an unfulfillable dream. They are verbally working out a mutual resolve to this. The unexpected happens. No, Matt must remain a zombie. You have to listen to the audio to find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sidekicked

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John David Anderson
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Andrew Bean might be a part of h.e.r.o., a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn't mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds. First, there's Drew's power: Possessed of super senses - his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on the planet - he's literally the most sensitive kid in school. There's his superhero mentor, a former legend who now spends more time straddling bar stools than fighting crime. And then there's his best friend, Jenna - their friendship would be complicated enough if she weren't able to throw a Volkswagen the length of a city block.

    mary says: "A lot of fun"
    "A lot of fun"
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    This an interesting story about super heroes. It's presented from a young teen view point. This is complicated by the fact he is a super hero sidekick in training. The 'in training' is stressed throughout. Young Andrew Bean is struggling to walk a path complicated by many issues. Girls, friends, school, parents, teachers, enemies, mentors are all here with an infusion of life's many shades of grey. Andrew works through these while trying to keep these, his ideals and the 'sidekick code' in a balance he can live with. Kirby Hebome does an excellent job reading this story. I strongly recommend this book especially for those looking for something a little different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11727)
    Performance
    (7116)
    Story
    (7008)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "A f-n listen."
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    This is an enjoyable book. It made me smile from the start. This is a correct match of story, humor and reader. I strongly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in Red: A Novel of the Others

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Alexandra Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1051)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (977)

    As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

    Angela says: "WOW!!!!! JUST WOW!"
    "An intresting and exciting different novel"
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    If you could sum up Written in Red in three words, what would they be?

    Different, interesting, enjoyable


    What did you like best about this story?

    A different approach to old themes. A story with vampires, weres, cops, humans and a different yet similar world to experience.


    Which character – as performed by Alexandra Harris – was your favorite?

    I can't narrow it to any one character. The characters were done well.


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

    I listened to this 18+ hour book in as close to one sitting as possible. I had to restart audio book at chapter 7. This was due to so much happening and information. I needed it to better understanding of the characters and situations.


    Any additional comments?

    The book summary does not do it justice. This book has much depth. The characters develop well. My biggest complaint is the reader's voice is too soft and vague in the begging chapters. I had to concentrate to get into the story. Then I was at chapter 7 with the need to restart story to get information I missed.

    0 of 0 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
    (546)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (521)

    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)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (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
    (437)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (402)

    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
    (2495)
    Performance
    (2244)
    Story
    (2230)

    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

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