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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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  • Discount Armageddon: InCryptid, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (414)

    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
  • 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
    (1407)
    Performance
    (1250)
    Story
    (1247)

    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
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    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
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    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.

    Shawn D. Kim says: "Refreshing, with a questionable performance"
    "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
  • 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
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    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.

    twinsmom says: "Phil Gigante is genius in this series"
    "A little too much slime"
    Overall
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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.

    1 of 1 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
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    (11872)
    Performance
    (7249)
    Story
    (7138)

    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
    (1091)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1010)

    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 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
    (682)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (645)

    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

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