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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 2015

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  • The Fairy Godmother: Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (530)

    Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella - until an accident of fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! Determined not to remain with her stepfamily, Elena set out to get a new job - and ended up becoming the Fairy Godmother for the land. But "Breaking with Tradition" was no easy matter. True, she didn't have to sleep in the chimney, but she had to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who kept trying to rise above their place in the tale.

    Captain Skurvy says: "An excellent start to a new series"
    "Fairy Godmothers revisited."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Fairy Godmother the most enjoyable?

    This story is an enjoyable twist on Fairy Godmothers helping "living happily ever after" endings.


    What other book might you compare The Fairy Godmother to and why?

    I revisited the Hans Christian Anderson & Brothers Grimm fairy tales. I paid more attention to the Fairy Godmothers. It was fun comparing them.


    What three words best describe Gabra Zackman’s performance?

    I can't think of just three words. Gabra Zackman seemed a little hesitant the first few chapters.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole: Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Books One, Two, and Three

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kathryn Lasky
    • Narrated By Pamela Garelick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (248)

    This box set contains the first three books by Kathryn Lasky, which are the basis of the animated movie, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.... Soren is born in the forest of Tyto, a tranquil kingdom where the Barn Owls dwell. But evil lurks in the owl world, and Soren is captured and imprisoned in a dark canyon where there is a mysterious school. It’s called an orphanage, but Soren believes it’s something far worse. He and his new friend, the clever and scrappy Gylfie, know that the only way out is up.

    Nancy says: "please don't sing"
    "Intresting, glad this is complete series"
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    I enjoyed this audiobook. It has a series theme to deal with.There were a few parts that got a little long. Pamela Garelick does a good job with her narration and characters. She should not have tried to sing the songs. Doing that totally detracted from my overall rating. Perhaps playing a soft background musical theme while reciting the songs or just reading them would have been better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Around the World in Eighty Days

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (23)

    Phileas Fogg, a distinguished member of London's Reform Club, takes up a wager to circle the globe in just 80 days. Together with manservant Passepartout and a detective named Fix, Fogg makes a fantastic world tour utilizing every means of transportation available in the 1870s. This is a marvelous travelogue mixed with dazzling suspense, delightful fantasy, and lively comedy.

    Tina says: "I loved this book!"
    "Visiting an old favorite"
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    I read Around the World in Eighty Days a very long time ago. I meantime, I have seen movies adapted & anime based on the story. I found that listening to the story brought it back to true. It was fun rediscovering the original. Fredrick Davidson does a great job reading. A definite must listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jack Finney
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (173)

    On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovers an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms are taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loves, and the world as he knows it.

    Jenna says: "Warning!"
    "Better than the movie"
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    I saw the movie way back when. I had no idea it was based on a book. I was too young to bother with this fact. I saw this and got it in part because I remember how that movie scared my younger self. I was not disappointed. It is very well done. Kristoffer Tabori does a great job reading it. By his voice, I could picture myself running huffing and puffing through the woods in an attempt to get away. The frustration as our main characters try to get away is riveting. So nice to have a STORY surrounding a little sex instead of having SEX surrounding a little story. I really enjoyed this book glad to have discovered it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blameless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (1296)
    Story
    (1302)

    Gail Carriger’s best-selling Parasol Protectorate series reimagines Victorian England with vampires, werewolves, and a dash of steampunk. Blameless is the third in the series starring the parasol-wielding Lady Alexia Maccon, formerly Alexia Tarabotti. After news spreads of her delicate condition—a surprise to everyone since she’s married to a werewolf—Alexia is desperate to escape the London gossip. So she heads to Italy for a change of scenery.

    christin says: "I just couldn't get past the poor production!"
    "Distracting pauses"
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    WARNING; this is a series that has to be read/heard in order. In old days one had to get used to pauses at beginning and end of audio cassettes. These had background noises. Those sounds indicated tape playing was in progress. The length of pauses in this audiobook rivals tapes. I found myself reaching to check play status when they occurred. Pauses vary in duration making them difficult to anticipate. This is why I gave performance 2 stars. The story is very predictable. It is saved because the supporting characters so good in previous books get larger roles. I hope they get their own book or short story. The book is enjoyable, especially if you enjoyed previous books. Emily Gray does a good job narrating, the pauses interfere with performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Changeless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1719)
    Performance
    (1458)
    Story
    (1466)

    Gail Carriger created a fascinating steampunk vision of Victorian England in her “intoxicatingly witty” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) debut novel Soulless—the first in the best-selling Parasol Protectorate series. Changeless is the second in the series and finds Alexia Tarabotti, now the Lady Woolsey, quite put out after her werewolf husband goes missing. So, armed with her trusty parasol, Alexia boards a dirigible and heads for Scotland to find him.

    Leanna says: "Loved it!"
    "More details please..."
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    This book is as good as book 1. Emily Gray does a great job with her reading. Some of the supporting characters are strong enough to get a say in future books and stories. I gave this a 3 instead of a 4 due to the following. A few more details should be given or hinted at. These will aid in understanding the society and world being presented to us. Near death experience becomes an issue with the ending. Werewolves consider themselves nearly dead. Why is this negative? The world presented is advanced enough to know about other types of near death experiences. Do they even exist in this world? These could not result in the person becoming a werewolf. Something should be said about these persons. Do they come back changed? If so then what? Something hinted at will do. The general consensus of vampires is accepted. The person dies completely due to vampire bite(s). If they return, it is as a vampire. Ghosts come back after the body dies completely. In this and other books set in this world it is said repeatedly; werewolves have to survive being bitten. SURVIVE is the key word here. Not explaining or hinting at world and werewolf reasoning for this makes the ending unacceptable. Something should be hinted at indicating all near death experiences are negative. Lack of this information or hints makes the ending weird and the story become fragmented. The book's duration is short enough that a little more hints of this and werewolf reasoning could be inserted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3407)
    Performance
    (2568)
    Story
    (2596)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Good reading"
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    I enjoyed the story line and plot of this story. It moves along quickly. A little on the predictable side but done in a fun, entertaining and interesting way. I enjoyed all the characters. Many of the supporting characters are delightful. I hope these get bigger parts in other stories and books. I enjoyed reading of Emily Gray. Her reading gives character depth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1513)
    Performance
    (1377)
    Story
    (1383)

    Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

    But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

    MissSusie66 says: "Fun beginning to a new series"
    "A fun story"
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    This is a fun story that has action from first to last. There is an under cover education system. It is most unusual. Want to attend a school for evil geniuses? Their goal is inventions and ignoring any authority. Or want to attend a school for seductresses, prospective wives and spies? Their goal is support of Queen and Empire. Then there are those of both groups who have outside goals, agendas and questionable ethics. The characters are fun and interesting. Moira Quirk does a great job on the whole with her reading. The only problem is she read in such a way as to cause some parts to be difficult to understand with headphones. The reading is clearer with speakers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paper Magician

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charlie N. Holmberg
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (225)

    Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she's bonded to paper, that will be her only magic... forever. Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined.

    Joe Frazier says: "A Delightful Story Whose Magic Draws Us In"
    "Excellent"
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    The story is good. Hidden within an excellent story are a lot of life issues, love, hate, loss, decision making, living with the outcome of those decisions. I listened to it twice in one sitting. The first time was due to wanting to find out what was going to happen next. The second time was to listen to details missed and appreciate it better. Amy McFadden does an excellent job reading this story. I am placing her on my list of readers to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Colleen Gleason
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you're the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And so, when two society girls go missing, there's no one more qualified to investigate. Now, the fierce Evaline and the logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, in order to navigate the advances of not just one, but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve a murder with only one clue: the strange Egyptian scarab.

    W. Jones says: "I need Book 2 NOW!"
    "Not that good"
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    I purchased this audiobook based on the reviews. Well the book isn't that good. The storyline is good and it sounds interesting. But...it is 100% predictable from the start. I wish there was a way to rate the characters. They are 125% predictable. The narrator Jayne Entwistle does a good job with Stoker, Adler and most of the supporting voices. Holmes is another matter. Jayne Entwistle's voice becomes bland to the point of making the story boring and forgettable. I found my attention wandering. The story is told from alternating viewpoints of Stoker and Holmes. I became confused due to my mind wandering during Holmes then Stoker would be talking. I had to listen again to keep track of what was going on. I finally gave up and turned the story off. I do not recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yamada Monogatari: To Break the Demon Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Richard Parks
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Yamada no Goji is a minor nobleman of ancient Japan who has lost everything - except a single purpose: keep a promise to the woman he loved. In order to fulfill his vow, all he has to do is fight a horde of demons and monsters, bargain with a few ghosts, outwit the sinister schemers of the emperor's court, find a way to defeat an assassin who cannot be seen, heard, or touched - and change the course of history.

    mary says: "Good story..."
    "Good story..."
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    Don't let the beginning fool you. It repeats a short story from book one. It is necessary to make this novel a stand alone story. Otherwise you'd have to get book one to get the foundation for book two. Down on his luck Lord Yamada Monogatari is back. This time he has to save the capitol city, his friends, emperor, princes. The enemy is one he thought permanently out of the way. This enemy has returned to a position of power. He does this by convincing everyone except our hero he has turned over a new leaf. Our villain then insidiously continues his plan to overthrow the emperor, his heirs. He wants Lord Yamada. to bear witness to his plans before killing him. Yamada makes this discovery while investigating a series of mysterious deaths trying to rule out demon involvement. He discovers the villain's facade and plans. But no one will believe him. Alone Lord Yamada tries to understand and stop the plan. The insight in to another cultures outlook on demons is interesting. There is less sword play, more thinking compared to the majority of demon stories. Brian Nishii does an excellent job narrating. His pronunciation of Japanese and Chinese words adds depth to the reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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