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J. Willis

Tustin, CA
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  • Skin Game

  • A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,693
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,456
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,389

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back.

  • By Don Gilbert on 05-29-14

awesone

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-18

loved every twist. hippie for many more books in the series. Harry continues to improve as a character

  • Redoubt

  • Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 4
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

Mags, a young Herald trainee in Haven, the capital city of the kingdom of Valdemar, has talents not commonly found in Herald trainees.

Recognizing this, the King's Own Herald decides to train Mags as a spy in order to uncover the secrets of a mysterious new enemy who has taken an interest in Mags himself. Why is the even deeper mystery. The answers can only be found in the most unexpected corners of Mags' past...assuming he can live long enough to find them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, wonderful author

  • By Christine on 09-14-13

great listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-17

love the way the reader deals with karse dialect. very enjoyable and really brings it to life.

  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Gigi Bermingham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,053
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,203

To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Narration Take 2

  • By Carol on 02-27-08

Good book but....

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-13

What did you like best about The Outlaw Demon Wails? What did you like least?

The story is the usual top notch.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

They changed narrators for this books, and since I've been listening to them and am used to the pronunciation of the other, the new woman takes a lot of the fun out of the book because she doesn't pronounce anything the same way.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I would go see any of these made into a move if they did them well, but somehow I think they'd just make it cheesy.

Any additional comments?

Let's hope they don't change the narrator again, Keep with the original, makes those of us that listen to the entire series able to pay attention more instead of being distracted by silly things like "why is she saying the name THAT way?"

  • Dragonsong: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 1

  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Sally Darling
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,940

Dragonsong is the spellbinding tale of Menolly of Half Circle Hold, a brave young girl who flees her seaside village and discovers the legendary fire lizards of Pern. All her life, Menolly has longed to learn the ancient secrets of the Harpers, the master musicians of Harper Hall. When her stern father denies her the chance to make her dream come true, Menolly runs away from home. Hiding in a cave by the sea, she finds nine magical fire lizards who join her on a breathtaking journey to Harper Hall.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorites

  • By Euryleia on 08-26-07

Brings back so many memories

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-09

I used to stay up all night to read this book in High School. I loved it then and love it now again. Audio makes it so convenient, now I don't have to miss a day at work from staying up all night reading it, I can listen to it on the way in and at work during breaks.

This is one of the best Pern novels for someone that has little or no experience with them. Listen to this one and you'll be hooked and looking for your own fire lizard eggs on the beaches.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dragonsinger

  • Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 2
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Sally Darling
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,609

Menolly has returned home and entered the Harper Hall. But her entry into the Hall proves the beginning of more troubles, and the Master Harper gives her a difficult time because she is a girl. As Menolly begins to despair, she finds help in the shape of nine bright allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Discription Diffrent

  • By debra on 07-10-11

One of my Favorite books to revisit

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-09

I have read this book numerous times and have enjoyed it each and every time. Now listening to it I find even more depth to it. I enjoyed this book and will listen to it many times in the future just for the pure pleasure of it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fool Moon

  • The Dresden Files, Book 2
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,291

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I've read in a long time!

  • By Dave Ziegler on 05-06-10

A Howling Good Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-09

Harry, Murphy and every flavor of werewolf you can think of and perhaps a few you didn't think about at all. Susan shows up in this one and she and Harry expand a bit on their relationship. Very good book, lost of twists, some you can intuit and some that just plain blindside you.

  • Grave Peril

  • The Dresden Files, Book 3
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,562
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,850

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spike makes good

  • By Lakejewel on 03-22-10

One of the Best so far

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-09

Harry is at it again, getting into trouble, taking his friends with him and finding out that no matter what having a fairy godmother is nothing like the fairy tales.

  • Starman Jones

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,581

Max Jones, a practical, hard-working young man, found his escape in his beloved astronomy books. When reality comes crashing in and his troubled home life forces him out on the road, Max finds himself adrift in a downtrodden land - until an unexpected, ultimate adventure carries him away as a stowaway aboard an intergalactic spaceship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old Fashioned upbeat

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-18-11

Top Notch

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-09

I originally read this book in High School. I bought it now because I remembered it being a good read. I have to admit I enjoyed it as much now as I did then.

For me this is an old favorite that I can now enjoy over and over when I have the spare time to listen.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Arrows of the Queen

  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Carole Edie Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

Talia has always known that she isn't suited for the life her elders have chosen for her. As part of a small, conservative community, she's never been allowed beyond the boundaries of her father's lands. Her only window to the outside world has been the few books she's been allowed to read, but this only fuels her desire to know more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommend

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-18-07

Enchanting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-09

All I can say is that you need to read or listen to this book yourself. It is enjoyable. The author is great at making all the characters individuals and everyone is sure to find at least one or more they can identify with.

I love the series to read and I love the series to listen to. I hope they get more in so I can get a fuller library of one of my favorite authors on audio.

Unabridged of course....anything else would be sad.

  • On a Pale Horse

  • Incarnations of Immortality, Book One
  • By: Piers Anthony
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223

In this, the first novel of the best-selling Incarnations of Immortality series, Piers Anthony combines a deeply moving examination of the meaning of life and death with a gripping story of romance and loyalty, all set in a world of magic and technical wizardry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full Series Review: 5 Stars

  • By Jake on 04-06-08

Yippee!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-09

I bought this book more for my boyfriend than for me. I have read this entire series several times already but he had not heard of Piers Anthony.

For me this is like being able to listen to an old friend over again but I have greatly enjoyed being able to talk about it with my boyfriend as he gets into the series.

He feels as I do (so far at least) that this is by far the best book in the series so far.

Death as a job, the idea alone is enthralling and draws you in, makes you wonder how you would handle the situations that the character faces.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful