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Holly C. Salley

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  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090

Set in contemporary Paris and London, and the American colonies during the upheaval that exploded into the Revolutionary War, a sweeping story that braids together the past and present. On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distracting and disappointing narration

  • By LKF on 09-19-18

Interesting chapter

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I liked this book. It was fun to check in on Matthew and Diana as well as Pheobe and Marcus. This narrator was just ok. I liked Jennifer Ikeda much more. I hope that in any future books they get her back. This lady is just OK. I would rather wait for Jennifer Ikeda rather than have a medium narrator.

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,510
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,652

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

Possibly his best.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I thought that this was possibly his most funny and poignant book to date. The book is laugh out loud funny while also being pretty dark in places. As usual, David Sedaris delivers as a narrator. The only downside is it is over too quickly.

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,173

What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By mlfarr on 03-11-15

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

This book was very good. I really like that this author creates such interesting middle aged women. I will be getting more by this writer.

  • The Brightest Fell

  • October Daye, Book 11
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577

When Toby's mother, Amandine, appears on her doorstep with a demand for help, refusing her seems like the right thing to do...until Amandine starts taking hostages, and everything changes. Now, Toby doesn't have a choice about whether or not she does as her mother asks. Not with Jazz and Tybalt's lives hanging in the balance. But who could possibly help her find a pureblood she's never met, one who's been missing for over 100 years?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mother From Hell and the Start of a Redemption

  • By Michalena on 11-17-17

Seanan McGuire never disappoints

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

This was another fabulous chapter in the October Daye Series. It was surprising and of course I binge listened to it. Seanan McGuire just keeps getting better.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crosstalk

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 668

In a not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure that has been promised to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. So when Briddey Flannigan's fiancé proposes that he and Briddey undergo the procedure, she is delighted! Only, the results aren't quite as expected. Instead of gaining an increased empathetic link with her fiancé, Briddey finds herself hearing the actual thoughts of one of the nerdiest techs in her office. And that's the least of her problems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Learn when to say no

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-21-17

Another perfect piece of fiction by Connie Willis

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

This novel was funny, clever and impossible to stop listening to. Worth the credit. I am a huge Connie Willis fan and this is one of her light-hearted works. There is a reason that Connie Willis has won more Nebula and Hugo awards than any other writer in history. It is because her writing style is flawless. A romantic comedy about telepathy is a pleasant and original idea. All Hail Queen Connie!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Winter Long

  • October Daye, Book 8
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799

Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score. She was wrong. It's time to learn the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic as always

  • By janet on 09-03-14

Great book per usual

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

Seanan McGuire writes another excellent chapter in the October Daye series. I think this one is my favourite.

  • Shivaree

  • By: J. D. Horn
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

As the Korean War ends, practical and well-mannered army nurse Corinne Ford returns stateside to live in the Mississippi town of Conroy with her new fiancé, Private First Class Elijah Dunne. She wonders if their love is strong enough to overshadow their differences, but upon her arrival to Elijah's backwoods stomping grounds, she understands that culture shock is the least of her worries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Southern Gothic Horror

  • By Holly C. Salley on 07-23-16

Southern Gothic Horror

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

Reviewed: 07-23-16

I really enjoyed this book. It was a classical horror novel with a modern twist. Imagine Salem's Lot crossed with The Witching Hour as told by Flannery O'Connor.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • His Majesty's Dragon

  • Temeraire, Book 1
  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,664

When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent AU period fantasy

  • By Melanie on 07-08-10

Naomi Novik is wonderful

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

Reviewed: 06-16-15

I read Uprooted and was greedy for more works by this writer. I was pleased to see that she had a whole series of books to begin. I stated with this one because it was first. Honestly, I expected it to be great and it was. I actually read all of the Horatio Hornblower series and this book seems like that only with dragons instead of ships. And the dragons, I mean I want a pet one now. It was an absolute delight. It is fantasy but reads like general fiction. I can't wait to read the rest of these novels.

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,014
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,744

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups (With Terrifying Trees)

  • By Dave on 09-08-16

This book is perfect

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

Reviewed: 06-13-15

This novel is a perfect work of fiction. It has everything, adventure, friendship, romance, magic, fantasy and originality. I don't think I have ever read a more perfect novel. This is the first book I have ever listened to by this writer but I have already downloaded this first novel in the other series she has written. I hope she writes another novel about these characters because I am in love with this book. Do yourself a favor and buy this.

  • Hexed

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,910
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,414

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing

  • By A. Sentoni on 07-30-11

not worth it

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

Reviewed: 10-23-14

I love the supernatural hero genre. The Dresden Series is awesome. The Alex Verus Series is a great series set in London. There is another series by Ben Aaronovitch which is pretty good. I listened to the first two books in this series hoping that this would be another series I would enjoy. These are not good. I don't like the female characters in this book. They are all boring and generally stupid when compared with Atticus. I understand that because the main character comes from a chauvinistic culture he might not have evolved his general attitudes towards women; but it seems that the author might share these feelings. Plus, the plot is pretty predictable. I would set this on par with the YA Percy Jackson series. I was expecting a book for an adult instead I got a juvenile sexist series.
I would not waste money or a credit on these.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful