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Olivia Wylie

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  • How to Marry a Werewolf

  • A Claw & Courtship Novella, Book 1
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they're her only option. Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be. Americans: Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there's something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A miss

  • By Dark Siren on 08-23-18

Wit, wisdom and werewolf shenanigans: perfect mix

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

This is another gorgeous notch is Ms. Carriger's belt (pardon the pun). It's a surprisingly meaningful story that takes one of the most amusingly cantankerous characters in her Victorian-period books, and gently redeems him through love, banter, and the powerful support of his pack. His new lady is a perfect match for him. All this is set against the backdrop of Ms. Carriger's perfectly zany world and its mix of steampunk zaniness and Victorian-era morales (which is its own craziness in modern eyes.) The reader underlined and emphasized all these emotions beautifully, bringing the story to life.
I loved it!

  • Just Cause: Revised & Expanded Edition

  • Just Cause Universe, Book 1
  • By: Ian Thomas Healy
  • Narrated by: Leslie Howard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Mustang Sally has some speedy shoes to fill. This young superhero has waited her whole life to join Just Cause - the premiere team of American heroes. Now she's hoping her super-speed will earn a spot on the same team to which her parents and grandparents belonged. A chance encounter with the villain who killed her father changes everything. Even though she's only an intern, Sally devotes herself to finding the man known as Destroyer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fans of The Incredibles are in for a treat

  • By Olivia Wylie on 01-18-19

Fans of The Incredibles are in for a treat

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

If you're a fan of the Avengers movies, this is your book. But-fair warning-it is very genre. If you're not a superhero fan, there's not a lot here for you.
Focusing on Mustang Sally, trainee superhero just out of Academy with a proud family history and a familial foe to best, this story starts off as a romp and keeps the energy high. It reminded me of several favorite teen-superhero shows from my younger days, and I found that charming. Many TV tropes show up here on the page: the Meet Cute, the Man With No Past, and of course the Sad Origin Story. It's perfectly in character for this perfectly in genre dash through The World Of Supers.
Now, where Healy sets himself apart is in the world integration. Para-humans are an acknowledged part of society. They have specialized academies and training facilities that are publicly recognized. They are a component of law enforcement and government. They even need insurance. I found that utterly charming. The focus of this story is procedural events and action scenes a la the Avengers or Young X-men. Drama is kept to a minimum aside from a little young romance, for which I'm always grateful. I hate pages of angst (looking at you, Daredevil). What hand wringing there was had a purpose and was kept in perspective.
The reader's voices are very good, but her narration style is a bit wooden and detracted somewhat from the energy of the story.
Overall, a fun piece.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Flight to Brassbright

  • The Brassbright Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Lori Alden Holuta
  • Narrated by: Lea Popielinski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Constance is a wild, stubborn young girl growing up poor in a small industrial town. But beneath her threadbare exterior beats the heart of a dreamer and a wordsmith. She feeds her hunger for reading by picking the lock on the local bookstore late at night to enjoy her own private reading room. But at age 12, she's orphaned. With no relatives to take her in, the local authorities scheme to take charge of the bewildered girl's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Constance tells a ripping tale!

  • By Stephanie Harper on 02-02-17

Fly high with this great little story!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

In the spirit of Kenneth Oppel and Gail Carriger, Brassbright is a high-flying adventure. I found it an endearing treat.
This is a good book for parents to share with their YA folks: a sweet adventure that will make the adult smile fondly and the young person laugh with glee. The story revolves around feisty Constance, a girl with a classically Dickensian backstory, a metric ton of grit and a wide streak of enthusiasm. The lovely reader for the audio-book copy emphasized Constance's pep.
For me, the best part about this story was the fact that it gives readers old and young a heroine who isn't fixed on marriage, love, or Rising In Society. She's a self-sufficient young girl devoted to learning how to be a writer, navigating the world with the perfect mix of guile, wit, respect for others and cheerfulness. Think Pippy Longstocking with more technology. The perfect pulp-novel idea of running away with the circus and the classic story of a star-struck dreamer has a happy ending in this cheerful little tale.
I also loved the quirky and creative technology-oh, and the naming conventions!-that give this book such a strong Steampunk flavor. Speaking of which, the quirky characters are also sweet as candy!
My one suggestion to the writer is to choose a better cover artist. This cover has its charm, but it isn't hugely attractive.
This isn't a book for the cynic or the stoic. But if you need a sweet, happy and creative adventure, pick this up. I'm waiting for the next book!

  • Ink

  • Tribe, Book 1
  • By: Jobie Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Jake Thornton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Christian Blake finds himself in a mysterious tattoo parlor in Connaught Square where he is possessed by a rune god called Hagalaz. Now immortal, Christian is gifted with superpowers that allow him to harness the forces of nature. Only problem? Hagalaz is the god of disruption, and he is intent on making Christian's life a living hell. Christian’s mentor, Raven, takes him on a wild adventure across the world to join his Tribe, a group of four unlikely teenagers with their own newly-gifted magical powers. They must take on the forces of evil brewing across the globe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ink

  • By Jason Begly on 03-09-19

A clever and twisting new take on myth

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

This was a fun little romp through several strains of myth, and a new take on a number of mythic concepts. When Christian walks into a mysterious tattoo parlor, his entire life changes. Now he's a demigod with a spirit of chaos in his body, and he has to help save the world.
I enjoyed the story quite a lot. I did feel that the plot had some disjointed elements and depended a bit too much on reveal moments, but the ideas were interesting enough to pull it all together. The characters are a bit naive, but very sweet and relatable. A fun little Young Avengers meets Gaiman's Norse Myths story, perfect for younger listeners.

  • Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking

  • By: Paul Wilson (foreword), Christopher Hadnagy
  • Narrated by: A. T. Chandler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 831

From elicitation, pretexting, influence and manipulation all aspects of social engineering are picked apart, discussed and explained by using real world examples, personal experience and the Science & Technology behind them to unraveled the mystery in social engineering. Kevin Mitnick - one of the most famous social engineers in the world - popularized the term social engineering. He explained that it is much easier to trick someone into revealing a password than to exert the effort of hacking.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting, Very Detailed, Very Long.

  • By Simone on 07-24-13

Interesting information, terrible presentation

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I was quite excited to get this information, but the reader sounds like an infomercial presenter trying to excite you into buying. That really turned me off.

  • Strange Magic

  • A Yancy Lazarus Novel, Volume 1
  • By: James A. Hunter
  • Narrated by: Charlie Kevin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

Yancy Lazarus is having a bad day: there's a bullet lodged in his butt cheek, his face looks like the site of a demolition derby, and he's been saran-wrapped to a banquet table. He never should have answered the phone. Stupid bleeding heart - helping others in his circles is a good way to die - just ask the gang members ripped to pieces by some kind of demonic nightmare in LA.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Framed like the Mona Lisa, can he clear his name?

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-11-18

Wild Ride

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

As a long time Simon R. Green fan, I'm loving this book. Sly, wry, hilarious and fun, this is a witty action movie for the ears. The writing is great and the reader matches it perfectly.

  • The Oilman's Daughter

  • By: Ian Thomas Healy, Allison M. Dickson
  • Narrated by: Paul Tuttle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

1907: A world of steam and steel, of brass and bravery. Spaceships ply the lanes above the Earth, running on coke furnaces and a prayer, while the atomic-powered Circumferential Rail runs the route between Paris, France, and Houston, Texas. Where there is cargo, and passengers of means, pirates soon follow, and this is how Jonathan Orbital, heir to the Circumferential Rail finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy surrounding a kidnapped French woman with a valuable secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By Gypsieyf on 06-12-17

A rollicking ride

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

What made the experience of listening to The Oilman's Daughter the most enjoyable?

Cross The Expanse with The Prestige (and add a bottle of vodka) and you've got The Oilman's Daughter. A classic wild adventure. If you like Gail Carriger or Kenneth Oppel's work, you're going to like this.

What other book might you compare The Oilman's Daughter to and why?

Kenneth Oppel's Skybreaker series, steampunk space travel!
Gail Carriger's Finishing School adventures, sass and sneaky wit
Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series, adventure and a tongue in cheek nod to period pulp adventures.

What about Paul Tuttle’s performance did you like?

Well done voicing, well intoned and deftly read

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

I snorted tea laughing

Any additional comments?

Read it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sumage Solution

  • San Andreas Shifters, Book 1
  • By: G. L. Carriger
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage? New York Times best-seller Gail Carriger, writing as GL Carriger, presents an offbeat gay romance in which a sexy werewolf with a white knight complex meets a bad-boy mage with an attitude problem. Sparks (and other things) fly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a joy to listen to

  • By Kelly on 08-01-17

Delicious!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

What did you love best about The Sumage Solution?

The characters are sassy and sweet by turns, and hilarious most of the time.

Which scene was your favorite?

Oh I can't choose, they're all great!

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

Make your wolf pant....

Any additional comments?

I would have liked to see a little more grounding on the motivations of Max's father; his cruelty seemed somewhat of a plot point rather than a characteristic.

  • The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home

  • By: Catherynne M. Valente
  • Narrated by: Catherynne M. Valente
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 72

September has been crowned queen of Fairyland, but the kingdom is in chaos. The magic of a dodo egg has brought every king, queen, and marquess of Fairyland back to life, all with claims to the throne and their own plots and histories. In order to make sense of it all, and to save their friend from a job she doesn't want, A-Through-L and Saturday devise a Royal Race, a Monarchical Marathon, in which every would-be ruler will chase the Stoat of Arms across the nation, and the first to seize the poor beast will be crowned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely delightful

  • By Kevin Holtsberry on 04-15-16

Immerse yourself in myth!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Where does The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Once I'd heard the first book, I immediately bought the rest and immersed myself in this world for a week!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home?

There are too many to list. Every scene's a gem.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to name!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did in fact.

Any additional comments?

You need this series in your life. Haunting, tender, lyrical and emotionally satisfying all at once.