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DianaP

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Mars Craves Men: A Gay Time Travel Sci-Fi Adventure audiobook cover art

Silly, filthy and fun

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

This book is an amusing time travel romp, raunchy and not for the easily offended.


I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Abel's Omega audiobook cover art

Excellent second entry in a great series

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I read a lot of shifter romances. Ann-Katrin Byrde's Mercy Hills series stands head and shoulders above the average for the genre. Her characters are appealing, and their romances are fun, but the real stand-out is her world-building. In her universe, shifters are a feared and hated underclass, living inside the walls of enclaves they were herded into several generations before.

This particular entry in the series focuses on Bax, an omega - a male shifter who can bear children - in a loveless mating. When his mate dies, he and his children lose status and the new Alpha plans to adopt the pups out to multiple families and mate Bax off to his own political advantage. Bax flees, and ends up at Mercy Hills, an enclave where things work quite differently from his previous home.

The romance between Bax and Abel, the Alpha of Mercy Hills, is a lovely, slow growing thing. In addition to the love story, though, the treatment of omegas parallels the treatment of women in our own history, and the oppression of the shifters has echoes of Nazi Germany (the yellow collar tabs that are worn to identify shifters "outside walls" instantly reminded me of Star-of-David patches.) Not that the author preaches at you; it's all organic to the story.

I love the story - I've read it several times - but the audio version is a great enhancement. Nick Russo uses a soft Southern accent for most of the characters - they all hail from the South: Mississippi, Texas or Tennessee - with enough variation that you can keep track of who's speaking without much trouble. I HIGHLY recommend both the print and audio versions of the series (and I hope the whole series makes it to audio eventually!) A very, very good use of a credit!

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Short Skirts and Shorter Stories audiobook cover art

Engaging memoir

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Any additional comments?

I greatly enjoyed listening to this "short" memoir. The stories are set all over the country, from northeastern Ohio, where I live, to New York and Hollywood, which I can only imagine. The author's voice is warm and clear, and she draws you into her memories. She has worked with a wide variety of "Names" in the entertainment industry, but my favorite stories were the more personal ones: finding out dance night was cancelled but dancing anyway, her gift for teaching people to ice skate, the story of her first boyfriend. Lovely!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Cryptonomicon audiobook cover art

Great book; small error in download file

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Would you listen to Cryptonomicon again? Why?

Cryptonomicon is a great book - I've listened to it three times, and loved it all three times. It's a long, quirky, fascinating and funny story sprawling over two continents and seventy years. And at almost 43 hours long, it's a heckuva value for your Audible dollar!

BE AWARE, HOWEVER, THAT AUDIO CHAPTERS 2 AND 3 ARE SWAPPED IN THE DOWNLOAD FILE. I alerted Audible a year ago, and it's not fixed yet (as of 2/1/15) so I want to alert people. All the text is there, you just have to manually skip ahead, and then skip back.

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

William Dufris' wry reading and distinctive voices for the characters really enhances the humor of the book - especially his reading of the character of Bobby Shaftoe.

113 of 122 people found this review helpful

Whispers Under Ground audiobook cover art

Great entry in a great series

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

Reviewed: 01-02-15

Ben Aaronovitch's witty magical mystery is perfectly narrated here. I'm only sad at having to wait for volume 5. Fun!

Heir of Sea and Fire audiobook cover art

Here's a hint

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

Reviewed: 04-07-11

Here's a hint to the folks who make audiobooks: If you are recording a fantasy series with fictional character and place names, settle on a consistent pronunciation for them over the entire series, and give the narrators a glossary! This narrator has chosen entirely different pronunciations from those in the previous book in this series (narrated by Simon Prebble). She also has difficulty creating distinctive voices for the individual characters, which makes some conversations hard to follow.

That said, the book is excellent, and the full series is excellent. Once you have adjusted to the strange pronunciations, the story is well worth it. I am delighted that this series is available on audio at last!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Belgarath the Sorcerer audiobook cover art

Book fine; narrator awful!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-11

I've read all David Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean books multiple times. I like them all. I also liked the audio versions of the ten books in the main series. Couldn't they have gotten the same narrator back? The reader for this volume 1) doesn't know and apparently didn't ask how to pronounce the character names, and 2) uses such arch and bombastic intonations that I can't stand to listen to it. It's like fingernails on a blackboard: within twelve minutes I was wildly irritated.