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Kristen A. Wellmann

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  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,513
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,409

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second Hand Curses is First Rate Storytelling!

  • By Tony E. on 11-22-17

Hopefully there will be a sequel.

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

This book is one word, fun. It is a perfect way to de-stress after a hectic day at work. The characters are funny and quirky; you just like them and want to see what happens to them next. I will be looking for more from this author and hopefully a sequel is in the works.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Villains Rule

  • The Shadow Master, Book 1
  • By: M. K. Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086

Hi, how are you? Yes, I am talking to you, the reader of this book's description. Okay, I get it, fourth-wall breaking is overdone. Get over it. This book, Villains Rule, is a fantasy action-comedy which you have to hear. Not because it redefines the genre, far from it. But rather for what it contains. A villain's tale. How often do you get to listen to a story where the villain is the protagonist? No, not an anti-hero, or a brooding monster, nor a hero thinly disguised as a villain. And not evil. If you want evil, take that nonsense to therapy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the cover art.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-12-17

The Narrator makes the book.

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

J. Kafer has narrated several books of this genre and his first person monologs are not to be missed. Some credit can be given to the author for the fun and quirky story but what truly brings the story alive is the narration. Perfect pick for when you just want turn your brain off and have fun!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Johannes Cabal The Necromancer

  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942

Johannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul... He hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Satan, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager: Johannes has one year to persuade 100 people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece Comedy

  • By Guillermo on 06-19-10

A little slow but just enough twists.

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

If you like quirky, off beat books you will like this one. In it you meet one Johannes Cabal an intelligent obsesive sociopath as he tries to outwit the devil himself. This book is by no means a page turner, you will put this book down as you finish other tasks, but you will pick if back up again. This story meanders about with just enough twists to keep you entertained to the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,957
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,942

From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional voice cast, unconventional format

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-03-17

Not for me.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-18

I hung in there thinking it would improve but this story just dragged. The only saving grace for the audiobook is the narrator, but even she couldn't breath life into this story. Give this one a pass.

  • The Curse of Jacob Tracy

  • By: Holly Messinger
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 926

St. Louis in 1880 is full of ghosts - mangled soldiers, tortured slaves, the innocent victims of war - and Jacob Tracy can see them all. Ever since Antietam, when he lay delirious among the dead and dying, Trace has been haunted by the country's restless spirits. The curse cost him his family, his calling to the church, and damn near his sanity. He stays out of ghost-populated cities as much as possible these days, guiding wagon trains west with his pragmatic and skeptical partner, Boz.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Supernatural meets old West.

  • By Mbeasley on 01-16-16

Cowboy Psychic

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

Where does The Curse of Jacob Tracy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a nice reliably interesting audio-book that will keep readers listening till then end, and a book that I may go back to relisten to in the future. While this book was interesting, it was not an edge of your seat read or one that a listener would stay up all night to finish.

What other book might you compare The Curse of Jacob Tracy to and why?

I think that this book is most comparable to the earlier Dresden Files books/ In both you have an intriguing platform/setting for a paranormal investigation, and protagonists that are both conflicted and slightly jaded with soft spot for helping others.

What does L. J. Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good pacing and the accent is spot on for the character and setting that one might have trouble envisioning without the narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Cowboy Psychic

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Barrayar

  • A Vorkosigan Adventure
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,790

In the wake of interplanetary war, former commander Cordelia Naismith has deserted her own planet to marry the leader of the defeated enemy, Aral Vorkosigan. On his home planet of Barrayar, two rival factions are eyeing the recently vacated throne, and Aral, recently appointed Regent of Barrayar by the Emperor on his deathbed, must stand between them. Lord and Lady Vorkosigan, Aral and Cordelia struggle to establish stability in a fragile government thrown into confusion by the transition of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lois Bujold always delivers!

  • By Karen S. Coyle on 02-04-10

This book is a gem in the rough.

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

Where does Barrayar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Probably in the top 20.

What did you like best about this story?

I love how complexly messy things are from the personal to political. LMB doesn't have things just magically work out, and people don't necessarily get a happily ever after. However, Cordelia and Aral remain true to character and don't loose themselves in the roles they have to play, but show strength as true partners trusting each other to do their best. This is a huge strength in LMB's works in my opinion. If for nothing else read this novel for Cordelia's shopping gift to Aral, best Winterfair gift ever!

What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Honestly, I can't picture any other narrator for this series and his voice truly becomes Miles' voice in the later books in all it's manic glory.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Soltoxin gas aftermath scenes.

  • Shards of Honor

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,066

I>Shards of Honor is the novel in which Lois McMaster Bujold introduced the science-fiction world to Barrayar and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Cordelia Naismith. From this beginning the author has created a multigenerational saga spanning time as well as space. Bujold is generally recognized as the current exemplar of the character-based science-fiction adventure story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First story in the Miles Vorkosigan series

  • By Lifelong Reader on 06-18-09

Read this saga in order starting with this novel

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

If you could sum up Shards of Honor in three words, what would they be?

This book is a romance story delightfully absent of any bodice-ripping glory. It is a romance for two mature adults who know exactly who they are and love each other for and despite their differences. They know full well that they can be happy apart and that such a future may be easier, but choose to risk their comfortable lives to seek out the life that reclaims both personal and political honor and brings them together.

What did you like best about this story?

I best loved Cordiela and Aral's fits of honesty and shared moments of schadenfreude.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably the scene where Cordiela snaps and dunks the shrink in the aquarium before fleeing Beta.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Many a time I snorted out loud at Cordelia and Aral's antics , but it was the ending chapter that brought me to tears.

Any additional comments?

Read this series in order. I made the mistake of trying to plunge into the middle and start from there; needless to say, it was a bad idea. There is too much backstory missed.

  • Fantasy in Death

  • In Death, Book 30
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,359
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760

Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, enters his private playroom, and eagerly can’t wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to play the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company’s latest top-secret project, Fantastical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Home Run!

  • By Judy on 02-23-10

meh not a good mystery more of a bodice ripper

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

Would you try another book from J. D. Robb and/or Susan Ericksen?

No in regards to J.D. Robb, but maybe for the narrator. I feel that with better material she would be an acquitted narrator.

What was most disappointing about J. D. Robb’s story?

Too many many detailed sex scenes and not enough plot.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator wasn't half bad, but with the material she had to read she ended up sounding ridiculous.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment as my mother specifically rec'd this series. It seems we have very different scales as to what ranks a good reads.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bonk

  • The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,616
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,881
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,886

The study of sexual physiology has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

Mary Roach, "The funniest science writer in the country", devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting-not as engaging as "Stiff"

  • By Jani on 05-13-09

narrative failed to strike a interesting chord.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I felt the the topics touched upon were a bit to disorganized and failed to have the amusing character that Mary Roach's book Stiff held.

What could Mary Roach have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

A more organized presentation of topics to improve the narrative would have improved this book dramatically.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Sandra Burr?

Yes she was a decent narrator

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

boredom

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Blessing Way

  • By: Tony Hillerman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656

Homicide is always an abomination, but there is something exceptionally disturbing about the victim discovered in a high, lonely place: a corpse with a mouth full of sand, abandoned at a crime scene seemingly devoid of tracks or useful clues. Though it goes against his better judgment, Navajo tribal police lieutenant Joe Leaphorn cannot help but suspect the hand of a supernatural killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 'Blessing' Indeed!

  • By Carole T. on 03-15-16

Slow.

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

Reviewed: 11-28-15

What disappointed you about The Blessing Way?

I normally can deal with slow moving novels, but usually there is something that catches my interest that keeps me going. That something was completely missing from this book.

What was most disappointing about Tony Hillerman’s story?

See above

What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

I could listen to George read a phone book but even with him reading this novel I had to put it down.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Blessing Way?

I would take out the scene filler as there is way too much of it.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful