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tamara.riley-wilson

Be willing to empty your cup"

Centreville, MD, United States

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  • Swords of Exodus: Dead Six, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1029)
    Performance
    (961)
    Story
    (960)

    On the far side of the world, deep in former Soviet Central Asia, lies a stronghold called the Crossroads. It is run with an iron fist by a brutal warlord calling himself Sala Jihan. He is far more than a petty dictator, for Jihan holds the fate of nations in his grasp. To save a world slipping into chaos, Jihan must either fall or be controlled.

    Doug D. Eigsti says: "....Valentine and Lorenzo Battle at the Crossroads"
    "Heart Accelerating Action Adventure"
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    Although Dead Six and Swords of Exodus are not for everyone, Ling’s speech at the end of the book captures the reason I love Larry Correia and Mike Kupari series. The characters are important archetypes that represent what is best in humanity: the willingness to sacrifice to make the world a better place, where hard men and women have to do things to protect the world from evil that most people deny exist, and what matters most in times of crucial decisions is not who you were but who you are now. Yes, it is a shoot them up, hard core action adventure full of violence, guns, chaos and moments of comic relief with a cliff hanger ending, but the characters are engaging, the dialogue is well written and the bad guys represent all the excesses of what defines evil and you cannot stop listening. The story, as in Dead Six, vacillates back and forth between Lorenzo’s and Valentine’s point of view. Pinchot reading brings these characters to life to such an extent that you find yourself talking out loud to them as you listen, and your heart rate accelerating. As sophisticated and technologically advanced as the world has become, the nature of evil that festers in men’s souls has not been eradicated. Unfortunately, it still takes the rack of a slide to administer justice and heroes are found in unlikely places with what starts out as questionable motives. To get the most enjoyment and vicarious thrills out of this novel, read Dead Six first. My only regret is that the next book is not yet available.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3758)
    Performance
    (1249)
    Story
    (1256)

    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "Vanhelsing"
    Overall

    What a wonderful, thoughtful gift. Thank You! My students just listened to the"The Ransom of Red Chief' and loved it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Appetite

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (881)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (480)

    Rumor has it that a collection of priceless ancient relics representing the Seven Deadly Sins have made their way to Boston’s North Shore. Partnered with pastry chef Lizzie Tucker, Diesel bullies and charms his way through historic Salem to track them down - and his mastermind cousin Gerewulf Grimorie. The black-haired, black-hearted Wulf is on the hunt for the relic representing gluttony. Now in a race against time, the pair soon finds out that more isn’t always better, as they battle Wulf and the first of the deadly sins.

    JEAN says: "great beginnings"
    "Pratical Magic meets Indiana Jones"
    Overall

    Janet once again proves herself to be the queen of rapier wit and pithy one liners. Lighten up ye critics!!! I too have read the Stephanie Plum series and do not agree that Stephanie and Lizzie are interchangeable. There are some similarities but enough subtle differences that the discernable listener (reader) will be able to appreciate Lizzie. I think as the series progresses she will grow as a character. Yes, I would like to see a little more ???Laura Croft ???in Lizzie but let???s give her time to develop. This is only the beginning. We learn more about Wolf and Diesel???s background, and Glo is nothing like LuLa, more like what Aunt Clara from Bewitched would be like as a teenager. Cat 7143 is an enigma with lots of potential. Team Cat up with Carl the monkey and the possibilities are endless. The series has tremendous potential if Janet is willing to take some risks. Wicked is a combination of Alice Hoffman???s Practical Magic and Indiana Jones. Lizzie and Diesel's search for the ancient relics, which are talismans for the seven deadly sins, is just getting started. This adventure is just the precursor of more hilarious, action-oriented escapades to come!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alabama Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Watt Key
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Ten-year-old Moon has lived in an Alabama forest with his Pap ever since he can remember. Pap, a Vietnam vet, taught Moon how to survive ? and how to keep away from the government.

    tamara.riley-wilson says: "A Modern Huckleberry Finn"
    "A Modern Huckleberry Finn"
    Overall

    Engaging adolescent readers is no easy task, in today's fast paced, action oriented, virtual reality enhanced video game culture. Alabama Moon is a book that should make any young boy who loves adventure and the outdoors drop his video game controller and lose himself in Moon's escapades. Raised in the wilderness by his Viet-Nan Vet Father, Moon is left to fend for himself when his dad dies. It is not nature that frightens Moon but the complexities of modern civilization that seem brutal and unfair. Moon finds away to face the challenges that confront him, triumph over the cruel sheriff and change a lot of people's lives in a positive way. A modern Huckleberry Finn, there is no problem he can't solve, nothing he can't make for himself and no one he can not eventually defeat or win over to his side. Quite an accomplishment for an eleven-year-old boy! An engaging adventure for readers of all ages.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7109)
    Performance
    (3817)
    Story
    (3844)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Shades of Simon R. Green"
    Overall

    Neil Gaiman is definitely a talented writer of the Fantasy genre. Stardust was a refreshing, innovative,quirky fairytale. Neverwhere was chilling dark, with gothic undertones but I couldn't help feel that Neverwhere borrowed heavily from Simon R. Green's Nighside series. After reading Green's Nightside series, Neverwhere paled in comparison. If you are not a Sci-Fi, Fantasy reader, Nightside has to many gaps to fill in and requires to many leaps for the reader to effectively follow the twist and turns of the plot. I wanted Nightsides John Taylor there to take thing under control, help Door solve the mystery, make a man out of Richard and kick the evil Mr. Vandermar and Mr. Croops butt! Neverwhere could have been a novel written by the Brothers Grimm. If you enjoyed Neverwhere even a little and like the concept of an alternative London, Simon R.Greens Nightside novels, or Drinking Midnight Wine will have you staying up late because they are just to good to put down!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sam Enthoven
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Jack's best friend, Charlie, has always been effortlessly cool. When Charlie wakes up one day and finds a mysterious, moving black tattoo on his back, it's a clear sign that he's even cooler than Jack thought. To top it off, Charlie has also gained super powers. Or has he?

    tamara.riley-wilson says: "Vanhelsing"
    "Vanhelsing"
    Overall

    Being an avid reader of both the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre and a High School English teacher, I am excited by Sam Enthoven's book. It is an engaging tale that even non-readers will be hard pressed to put down. Interesting, empathetic characters to which teens can relate, fast paced action scenes, delightfully wicked bad guys and a vision of hell and its creatures worthy of Simon R.Green. My particular favorite was the regurgitating bat like creatures that are more than what they seem. The main characters Charlie, Jack and Esme survive their trip to hell, save the world and even manage to make some interesting new friends in the process.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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