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  • Risuko

  • By: David Kudler
  • Narrated by: Julia Kudler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan - or may destroy it. She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seems. Magical but historical, Risuko follows her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen with a side of Japanese culture

  • By Bethany on 01-30-18

Fun Japanese adventure

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

I really enjoyed this historical coming of age story set during the age of the samurai. Risuko is a young girl who faces a series of mysteries and life threatening challenges -- and she manages to face them bravely, but like someone her age, not like a superhero-in-training. I loved her as well as her friends.

Part of what I loved about the story was that it managed to feel like a fantasy adventure while staying historical. It most reminded me of Tamora Pierce's wonderful Alanna books.

Can't wait for book 2!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • By the Numbers

  • A Friendly Menage Fantasy
  • By: K. D. West
  • Narrated by: Didi Knotts
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Jen and Jack's marriage is magical - in more ways than one. When they were young, Jack and Jen fought and won a war, and came out heroes. Then they got married, got jobs, raised kids, and lived, for the most part, happily ever after.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Erotic Wizarding World for Mature Audiences Only

  • By Zara Quintana on 03-28-17

Wow! Fantastic is right!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I'd recommend this audiobook. It's fantastic, in the sense that there's fantasy involved (both magic-fantasy and sexy-fantasy), and also in the sense that it's a hot, entertaining book to listen to!

I listened to the whole thing in one day — and now I'll have to go back and listen to some of those sexy-fantasy bits again. :-)

What was one of the most memorable moments of By the Numbers?

There are a bunch! One that stands out comes toward the very end. The point of view character and her husband have been engaging in all sorts of wild, fantastic (that word again!) games, and then they find themselves alone, and together... And it's just really lovely.

What about Didi Knotts’s performance did you like?

She's got a wonderful, smooth voice that manages to convey both what's happening — from funny to scorchingly hot — but also all of the characters' emotional states. I'll definitely look for more books read by her!

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

There were a number of times that I found my breath catching. Early in the book, Jen (the point of view character) is talking to her long-lost friend about all of the things that she's missed... and yeah, I had to reach for the tissues. Definitely.

Any additional comments?

I'm a big fan of this author, so it was a real pleasure to listen to her first full-length novel, and a real pleasure that it was so satisfying.

On one level, By the Numbers is a sex fantasy about a happily married woman (Jen) getting to explore a love she never knew she could have had — she gets to have her cake and be eaten too.

Though I generally swing toward preferring M/F and M/M/F erotic romance, the exploration of the opening up of Jen's sexuality, starting with a seriously hot game of Let's Pretend, is sexy, touching, and exciting. Both the scenes exploring Jen's latent lesbian feelings for her long-lost friend Brigid and the climactic (and how!) three-way scenes that include Jen's husband Jack are going to make you want to listen one-handed. ;-)

On another level, this is a book about coming to terms with growing up and growing older — looking at the choices you've made and the opportunities you've chosen to give up. There's a beautifully melancholy, bittersweet quality to the book that makes the sex incredibly moving — it's never just about the sex. (Though the sex is great! And the narrator does a beautiful job of conveying it!)

The magical world that KD West created here is rich and dense. I hope we get to see more stories in this universe!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,657

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

The reality of magic

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

The Magicians takes a fascinating, difficult look at what happens when childhood fantasy meets the reality of adulthood. Set in a world that is part Narnia and part Hogwarts, the book follows Quentin, who discovers, like Harry Potter, that he's a wizard, but who learns that he brings with him all of the problems and weaknesses that human flesh is heir to. Bleak, sad, and magical. The narrator does a good job with a variety of voices, though I found his delivery a bit flat.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Four Erotic Tales

  • By: K. D. West
  • Narrated by: Milo Churchcutt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

From K. D. West, four sensual tales of seduction, desire, serendipity…and pleasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Steamy, steamy, and more steamy

  • By Donna on 11-11-13

Steamy, steamy, and more steamy

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

Reviewed: 11-11-13

If you could sum up Four Erotic Tales in three words, what would they be?

Well, the title handles that pretty well, I think! I had already bought one of the audiobooks that makes up this collection and was very, um, fond of it, so it was easy to by the whole thing. It was a pleasure to listen to the other stories. Um. Pleasure. Yes!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Four Erotic Tales?

Well, I still loved the moment in "BIg Easy" that I, um, still can't talk about, but the very last story starts with a beautiful image of waking up to a lover in bed, and when that moment actually occurs in the story it took my breath away.

Which scene was your favorite?

So many! "Rachel" and "Veronica" have some seriously hot, sexy scenes, and "Bridget" has a couple of sequences that are both sweet and funny. But the scene in "Dana" where the teacher offers the narrator a "present" -- that really is my favorite, I think. I like the way it's written, but I also loved the way that Milo Churchcutt does a wonderful job of portraying both characters, and making the moment really sexy and really lovely.

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

One time is never enough!

Any additional comments?

I really do enjoy the narrator's voice! I hope he reads this!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful