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  • The Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jane Casey
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    The Burning Man. It’s the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now there’s a fifth.Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy clouds her judgment, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, the more determined Maeve becomes to find the killer.

    Martha says: "Predictable Plot, Annoying Narrator"
    "Preferred print version"
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    I've been waffling between three and four stars but because the characters are strong and I think the series has a lot of potential, I ended up giving 4 stars. I listened to most of it on audio but did end up reading some of it in print and that may have played a part in my mixed feelings. While there was nothing specifically bad about the reader of the audio, for some reason it left me feeling lukewarm about the book. I found myself enjoying it much more when I was reading it in print.

    Maeve is a strong, intelligent, likeable character. She works with an interesting mix of men, some good to work with, others not so much. Interestingly enough, despite the book's title, the "Burning Man" case is not the focus of the book. Early on, an apparent fifth victim is discovered but Maeve believes she may be the victim of a copycat. The bulk of the book is spent investigating that victim and solving her murder. I figured it out (which I think many readers will do, whether intentionally or not, I am not sure), but it was enjoyable to watch Maeve figure it out. The reader is privvy to much more insight and information than Maeve is because we get the benefit of chapters narrated by the victim's best friend. Those chapters add an interesting dimension to the book that would have been missing without them.

    The Burning Man case itself was wrapped up a little too easily but it provided action and a bit of excitement to the book which is otherwise slower paced (but still utterly readable).

    I look forward to giving Maeve another try but I will read it in print instead of listening to it on audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Trail Through Time: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (274)

    "St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles. Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime. The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline.

    Janie says: "Purely delightful"
    "Just love this series!"
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    Zara Ramm does a brilliant job narrating Jodi Taylor's fantastic series. I cannot thank my Goodreads friend Linzi enough for recommending the first book. Each one is a delight to listen to (and read).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7741)
    Performance
    (4724)
    Story
    (4758)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Beware- 2 part story"
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    This one was tough for me to rate. I really wanted to give it 4 stars because it was interesting, exciting and fabulously narrated. However, I downgraded it a star for a few reasons. The biggest reason was the fact that it didn't really end. I wouldn't say it was a cliffhanger exactly, but the story did not wrap up; nothing came to a conclusion and I felt cheated. I knew there was another book in the series, but for some reason I didn't think it was one of those series where you HAD to read the 2nd book in order to get the complete story. I thought the next book was going to be a "related story" with some of the same characters in a different situation. When I started this book I really thought it was going to be a complete book. I am not used to thriller series being a continuing saga, so I was surprised when that's what it turned out to be. Grrr... If I had know ahead of time that I was signing up for a 2 book deal, I probably would have skipped it (or at least prepared myself for having to read about 900 pages to get the full story). Another negative, in my opinion, were the detailed descriptions of violence. I'm OK with violence, I just don't feel a need to read all the gory details...and there was more than I cared for in this book. There is also quite a bit of technical "mumbo jumbo" for us lay-people. Sometimes it was too much and I zoned out a bit. There were also a few other plot things that irritated me but I don't want to mention those as they would be spoilers. Overall, I enjoyed listening to this book and was very impressed by the narrator, but I'm not sure it's worth having to commit to 2 books to get the whole story. Not sure if I'm going to read the next one or not. If I do, I won't do it right away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • That Touch of Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (278)

    To make ends meet, Stacy decides to develop her special…powers. Everyone can use a touch of magic now and then, right? Soon she’s got clients lining up to receive her signature potions - until a few of them go awry.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Great 2nd Half"
    "Sadly disappointing"
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    I really liked the first book in the series and was looking forward to this one. I was sadly very disappointed. I found it incredibly boring and had to force myself to keep listening. Even Amanda Ronconi couldn't save it. Normally I enjoy Amanda's narration but I did not like her English accent at all so all the parts with Desmond were terrible. Add to that the fact that the story did nothing for me and it was a huge disappointment all around.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons: Rose Gardner Mystery #2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Denise Grover Swank
    • Narrated By Frances Fuller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (56)

    When Rose reports for Fenton County jury duty she figures she's lucky to get out of a morning working at the DMV. Instead, despite a disastrous encounter with the new assistant district attorney, Mason Deveraux, she's picked as a juror on a murder case. As the trial progresses, she realizes an ominous vision she had in the men's restroom proves the defendant is innocent. And there's not a cotton picking thing she can do about it. Or is there? As if things weren't bad enough, Rose's older sister Violet is going through a mid-life crisis.

    Brandi Wirth says: "Love the series"
    "Read in print instead"
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    This book (and the previous one in the series) was delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed it but the reader drove me nuts. I listened to the first one on audio and she didn't seem to bother me quite so much then but with this one I just couldn't bear it. I had the speed turned up to 1.5 and it helped somewhat but the whole cadence of her speech was still off. Read it on your e-reader instead. It was very enjoyable that way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Second Chance: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (334)

    St Mary’s is back and nothing is going right for Max. Once again, it’s just one damned thing after another. The action jumps from an encounter with a mirror-stealing Isaac Newton to the bloody battlefield at Agincourt. Discover how a simple fact-finding assignment to witness the ancient and murderous cheese-rolling ceremony in Gloucester can result in CBC - concussion by cheese.

    janet says: "Totally in love"
    "A series well worth reading"
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    Let me start off by saying that I loved the first two books in the series. So, I was a little disappointed that this book didn't thrill me as much as the others. It started off very slow for me and I actually got a bit bored with all the details about Troy (but then, I'm not a history buff). This book just had a different feel to it and I missed the feel of the first two. The second half of the book picked up considerably for me (hence 4 stars instead of 3). I don't like some of the choices Ms. Taylor made and given the end am not sure why she made them in the first place. It was all a bit too heart-wrenching for me and then totally shocking come the final chapters. Regardless, I am still looking forward to reading the next book to see where the storyline goes. I adore these characters and the audio narration by Zara Ramm. I hope book 4 comes out in audio sooner rather than later.

    Just a note- be sure to read the series in order and don't start from the middle. It really won't do the books justice.

    3 of 3 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
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    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"
    "Phil Gigante is genius in this series"
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    Not that Kevin Anderson doesn't deserve credit for the excellent material, but Phil Gigante takes it to the next level. It's like he was made to be Dan Shamble and company. This series is one case where I can honestly say I don't think I would enjoy it nearly as much in print.

    This installment in the series was particularly funny which is good because the humor is one of the things I love most about these books. It follows pretty much the same pattern as the previous books- Dan (with the help of Sheyenne, Robin and McGoo) works on several cases at once with some of them ultimately being interconnected. Lots of fun new clients. An absolutely delightful listen. Well worth the audible credit!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 9th Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (858)

    On a frigid New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis, a young woman’s brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal? Or could it just have been a crime of opportunity?

    Sires says: "Not Fond of Narrator, Characters Sterotypical"
    "An engrossing police procedural"
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    I enjoyed this book much more than I expected to. I particularly enjoyed the rapport between Kovac and Liska and their sense of humor (as well as that of several of their fellow cops). It added much needed moments of levity into a rather dark investigation. While this is book 4 in a series, I have not read the other books in the series but did not feel as if I was missing anything. I would say this is a strong standalone book.

    It took me a while to get used to the narrator but once I did, I enjoyed him very much. He does a great job with the male voices. This one is definitely worth your time and money or credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aloha from Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (975)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (882)

    In Sandman Slim Stark came back from hell for revenge. Once again all is not right in L.A. Lucifer is back in Heaven, God is on vacation, and an insane killer mounts a war against both Heaven and Hell. Stark’s got to head back down to his old stomping grounds in Hell to rescue his long lost love, stop an insane serial killer, prevent both Good and Evil from completely destroying each other, and stop the demonic Kissi from ruining the party for everyone. Even for Sandman Slim, that’s a tall order. And it’s only the beginning.

    Ione says: "What a great character --"
    "Not my favorite in the series thus far but good"
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    This one moved a little slowly for me and it didn't feel like much happened until the very end. I'm actually quite intrigued by where the series is headed. The reader of the audiobook is great (as usual). He does a wonderful job portraying Stark's sarcasm and twisted sense of humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch of Frost: Mythos Academy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (357)

    My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy - a school of myths, magic, and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things.

    Hassan says: "I'm Shocked!! It Was Really Good"
    "Magic, mythology and teenagers"
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    3-1/2 stars: Think Harry Potter, with magic mixed in, aimed at teenage girls with a female lead character. Not that it wasn't enjoyable because it was. It's just that I could not stop drawing parallels between it and the HP series. The similarities are just too many to bother to mention. Suffice it to say, if you are familiar with HP, you cannot miss them. That said, I liked Gwen. I liked her attitude. I liked her budding friendship with Daphne. I liked the fact that she is not a kick-butt warrior (at least not yet) and has some insecurities but still knows who she is and likes herself (basically). I'm intrigued by the "secrets" Logan can't/won't share. And I like the mythology tossed in. The book is well-suited to the audiobook format as Gwen has a great narrative "voice"-- a bit snarky but not over the top. Tara Sands does a very nice job narrating this audiobook and I would definitely listen to her read YA material again. (In my opinion, her voice sounds way too much like a teenager for me to listen to her read adult material.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • UnEnchanted: An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series #

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chanda Hahn
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (83)

    Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated; that is until she saves her crush's life on a field trip, changing her high school status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. Mina is a descendant from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her its' next fairy-tale victim.

    Odessa says: "So NOT What I Expected!"
    "Don't bother"
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    2-1/2 stars: Meh. For as short as it was, it felt like it dragged a bit. Also, Mina and Brody acted way older than their 15/16 years, in terms of romance, possessiveness, etc. They just didn't feel right to me. I didn't like Nan. She was completely obnoxious and no way I'd keep her for a best friend if I was Mina. The whole story felt like it was "off". I can't fault the the reader of the audio, though, who did a nice job (and who I've really enjoyed before reading other books). It's a shame because I had high hopes for this book (and series).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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