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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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  • Divine Tarot: An Elder Races Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (206)

    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
  • Libriomancer: Magic ex Libris, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim C. Hines
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (364)

    Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

    Simon says: "A reasonable start"
    "Interesting"
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    I enjoyed this audiobook. David DeVries voice fits as a slightly 'nerdy' librarian thrust into an adventure. I liked the concept of this audiobook. I do complain that it gets a little confusing at times. I hope that the next books in the series are as good or better then book 1.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vincent Price Presents, Volume One: Four Radio Dramatizations

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By M. J. Elliott
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Included in this volume: "The Tinglers": Dr. Chapin and his crew search for a primitive tribe with ties to the elusive creature that is spawned from fear with a grip like iron. "Fade Away": Private Eye Frank Wood is investigating the mysterious break-ins at the home of a wealthy old man named Jack Leonard. "Canus": a young boy must survive a bizarre rite of passage. "Road Rage": An advertising executive involved in a little fender-bender must suffer through a nightmare....

    Michele says: "Fun-fun-fun"
    "Enjoyable"
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    I enjoyed this different way to present these stories. It added an enjoyable way to remember them. I especially enjoyed the interview with Vincent Price's daughter. Her comments and memories were interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strings of Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Oscar de Muriel
    • Narrated By Andy Secombe
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Penguin presents the unabridged,downloadable audiobook edition of The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel, read by Andy Secombe, including musical interludes recorded by the author himself. Edinburgh, 1888. A virtuoso violinist is brutally killed in his home. But with no way in or out of the locked practice room, the murder makes no sense. Fearing a national panic over a copycat Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate under the cover of a fake department specializing in the occult.

    Walrus Rex says: "Devil Music"
    "A good story"
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    I enjoyed this audiobook. The characters are interesting. The diversity between them excellent. The story line interesting. All this makes the plot hold together well. Andy Secombe does a good job with his narration. The accents are a bit strong for those not used to hearing them. It takes a bit to get your ears trained to understand them. I recommend this book especially for those who like Victorian Era mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bunnicula Collection: Books 1-3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Deborah, James Howe
    • Narrated By Victor Garber
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (101)

    Each story in this popular and critically acclaimed series has been read by the talented actor, Victor Garber. Now fans who can't get enough of the vampire bunny, Bunnicula, will have something new to add to their collection.

    Smelly Ian says: "I had forgotten how funny these books are!"
    "For the young and young at heart."
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    This is a fun story collection. A vampire bunny sounds unrealistic. But if these same facts (real or fiction) are implied in any situation, a similiar conclusion could be made. One question is never answered well. How did those veggies turn white and dry? Is bunny truly Bunnicula? The other stories are just as well done. I recommend this strongly for the young and young at heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NPCs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Drew Hayes
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (512)

    What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters? In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry.

    Jonathan says: "Charming and Cute"
    "Better then expected"
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    This is my first book from this author. I didn't know what to expect. The story line sounded interesting. When the story started, I was surprised. The surprise was not good. I found myself saying..Oh No, I bought this? I made myself listen past the first chapter and I was hooked. The characters and plot carried itself well. There were surprises as well as predictability. This is a fun story. I enjoyed Roger Wayne doing the reading. The ending implied more to come. I hope there is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Spell: Occult Crimes Unit Investigations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Justin Gustainis
    • Narrated By Peter Brook
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (133)

    Scranton, the strangest city on earth has an uneasy “live and let unlive” relationship with the supernatural. But when a vamp puts the bite on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that’s when they call me. “My name’s Markowski, a Detective Sergeant on the Scranton PD’s Supernatural Crimes Investigation Unit. I carry a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.”

    Madeleine says: "Predictable and Flat"
    "Too predictable"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am not sure. The plot is a little too predictable. It just plods along, something happens then plods along. Portions of story could have been cut with out affecting plot.


    If you’ve listened to books by Justin Gustainis before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to his books before. The story line seemed intresting.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No. I will say Peter Brooks did an adequate job. He did seem to get carried away with some character interpretations. These came across as comical in many instances.


    Did Hard Spell inspire you to do anything?

    I did enjoy some of the facts spaced out in book other wise nothing was inspired.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Samurai: My Sword and Fangs

    • UNABRIDGED (53 mins)
    • By Vianka Van Bokkem
    • Narrated By Ginny You
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    My father's name is Naoko Kasai. He is a handsome, brave, wealthy Samurai from the island of Tochigi, Japan. When he married my mother they wanted to have children right away. My father wanted the baby to be a boy to teach him how to be a Samurai, and fight side by side. Destiny intervened and a girl was born. My mother named me "Aiko". A few days before I turned 11 years old, my father asked me what I wanted for my birthday. Without hesitation I told him that I wanted a sword. I earned my "Samurai" status when I was 18.

    mary says: "A little too simple"
    "A little too simple"
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    I have not viewed this authors works before. I had no expectations about what I was going to hear. I expected a little explanation about Samurai life, something happens and changed to vampire. Then learning to live or not with the situation. Well this is like a teen short story. Girl tells father she wants to be a Samurai. She becomes one. Girl gets invited to go with cousins to Romania (really). One cousin is killed after the two girls get attacked by vampires. This is after they accept an invitation in a strange country from strangers. Our Samurai is found out later to have been saved by a mysterious stranger. The young Samurai is in reality a blood thirsty vampire. There is little action going on. This story is very simple. It is 100% predictable, there are no surprises. The narrator Ginny You does a fair job with reading this story. She makes it more interesting. My main complaint is her voice is a little too young for the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good the Goblin Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Becket
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Good is a seven-year-old girl who was adopted by absolutely ghastly parents. One night, after wishing on hundreds of shooting stars to become a queen, an elderly ghost appears to grant her wish in the most unexpected way, making her queen of the goblin kingdom. Yet what seems like a curse becomes a blessing when she meets seven goblins on their way home. They lead Queen Good to the goblin kingdom until stopped upon discovering that a mysterious enemy has destroyed their homeland completely.

    mary says: "A cute story"
    "A cute story"
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    This is really a cute story. It teaches a few things to young people. It is nonsensical for the young & young at heart. I love the description of our heroine's adoptive parents. Her father who is also the president of the US. My only complaint is that the narrator reads a little too fast at times. Otherwise she does a good job.

    0 of 0 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
    (485)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (266)

    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
    (71)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    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

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