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tamara.riley-wilson

Centreville, MD, United States
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  • Enter the Janitor

  • The Cleaners, Book 1
  • By: Josh Vogt
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Clean freak college student Dani Hashelheim never imagined she'd discover her latent magical ability in, of all places, a bathroom. But when she ducks into the ladies' room at the library, she's put in the crossfire between an elderly janitor and a ravenous muck-monster that emerges from the sink. Dani's previously unknown power manifests in self-defense, and she floods and burns down the library - at the same time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beware the monster lurking in the toilet!

  • By tamara.riley-wilson on 10-25-15

Beware the monster lurking in the toilet!

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

Reviewed: 10-25-15

First we had Men in Black who protected the world from rogue extraterrestrials and helped relocate friendly ones. Now we have The Janitors, the men and women in green( or pink or whatever color your super swat janitorial suits decides is your best color) who protect humanity from the supernatural horrors that inhabits the pipes, ducts and sewers. Those alligators terrorizing the sewers are not just urban legends. Their mean, their green and they work for Corruption. (Where are the Turtles and Master Splinter when you need them!) Purity and Corruption are at War and The Janitors are the magical marines who police the dark, wet, dirty, damp places of the world and keep Agamemnon from being just one flush away! Fast paced, action oriented, humorous and original, Enter The Janitor is a rare and original Urban Fantasy adventure. Great character development, strange new dimensions and a original plot. Ben the Janitor is forced to take on Dani, a college student studying pre-med who has a fear of dirt and germs, as an apprentice. All she wanted to do is use the bathroom before study group. She ends up opening the door to a twilight zone of supernatural horrors, having a hidden power manifest itself within her and being recruited into the Cleaners, a covert group for the forces of Purity. Magically imbued humans who fight Corruption….And that is only in the first couple chapters! If you are fans of Christopher. Moore, Richard Kadrey, Elliott James, Rob Thurman, Jim Butcher or Seth Skorkowsky. Enter The Janitor is right up your alley. (Just don’t get caught in the gutters, the dead ways between the worlds., ask The Janitor, he will fill you in!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Swords of Exodus

  • Dead Six, Book 2
  • By: Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,457

On the far side of the world, deep in former Soviet Central Asia, lies a stronghold called the Crossroads. It is run with an iron fist by a brutal warlord calling himself Sala Jihan. He is far more than a petty dictator, for Jihan holds the fate of nations in his grasp. To save a world slipping into chaos, Jihan must either fall or be controlled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! This series is riveting!

  • By Jessica on 03-13-14

Heart Accelerating Action Adventure

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

Reviewed: 05-11-14

Although Dead Six and Swords of Exodus are not for everyone, Ling’s speech at the end of the book captures the reason I love Larry Correia and Mike Kupari series. The characters are important archetypes that represent what is best in humanity: the willingness to sacrifice to make the world a better place, where hard men and women have to do things to protect the world from evil that most people deny exist, and what matters most in times of crucial decisions is not who you were but who you are now. Yes, it is a shoot them up, hard core action adventure full of violence, guns, chaos and moments of comic relief with a cliff hanger ending, but the characters are engaging, the dialogue is well written and the bad guys represent all the excesses of what defines evil and you cannot stop listening. The story, as in Dead Six, vacillates back and forth between Lorenzo’s and Valentine’s point of view. Pinchot reading brings these characters to life to such an extent that you find yourself talking out loud to them as you listen, and your heart rate accelerating. As sophisticated and technologically advanced as the world has become, the nature of evil that festers in men’s souls has not been eradicated. Unfortunately, it still takes the rack of a slide to administer justice and heroes are found in unlikely places with what starts out as questionable motives. To get the most enjoyment and vicarious thrills out of this novel, read Dead Six first. My only regret is that the next book is not yet available.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

  • By: O. Henry
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,043
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,517
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,524

When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You

  • By Sherry on 12-12-10

Vanhelsing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-10

What a wonderful, thoughtful gift. Thank You! My students just listened to the"The Ransom of Red Chief' and loved it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wicked Appetite

  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,297

Rumor has it that a collection of priceless ancient relics representing the Seven Deadly Sins have made their way to Boston’s North Shore. Partnered with pastry chef Lizzie Tucker, Diesel bullies and charms his way through historic Salem to track them down - and his mastermind cousin Gerewulf Grimorie. The black-haired, black-hearted Wulf is on the hunt for the relic representing gluttony. Now in a race against time, the pair soon finds out that more isn’t always better, as they battle Wulf and the first of the deadly sins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious. Can't wait for the next one!

  • By Marcheta on 12-05-10

Pratical Magic meets Indiana Jones

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-10

Janet once again proves herself to be the queen of rapier wit and pithy one liners. Lighten up ye critics!!! I too have read the Stephanie Plum series and do not agree that Stephanie and Lizzie are interchangeable. There are some similarities but enough subtle differences that the discernable listener (reader) will be able to appreciate Lizzie. I think as the series progresses she will grow as a character. Yes, I would like to see a little more ???Laura Croft ???in Lizzie but let???s give her time to develop. This is only the beginning. We learn more about Wolf and Diesel???s background, and Glo is nothing like LuLa, more like what Aunt Clara from Bewitched would be like as a teenager. Cat 7143 is an enigma with lots of potential. Team Cat up with Carl the monkey and the possibilities are endless. The series has tremendous potential if Janet is willing to take some risks. Wicked is a combination of Alice Hoffman???s Practical Magic and Indiana Jones. Lizzie and Diesel's search for the ancient relics, which are talismans for the seven deadly sins, is just getting started. This adventure is just the precursor of more hilarious, action-oriented escapades to come!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Alabama Moon

  • By: Watt Key
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Ten-year-old Moon has lived in an Alabama forest with his Pap ever since he can remember. Pap, a Vietnam vet, taught Moon how to survive ? and how to keep away from the government.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Modern Huckleberry Finn

  • By tamara.riley-wilson on 05-08-08

A Modern Huckleberry Finn

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-08

Engaging adolescent readers is no easy task, in today's fast paced, action oriented, virtual reality enhanced video game culture. Alabama Moon is a book that should make any young boy who loves adventure and the outdoors drop his video game controller and lose himself in Moon's escapades. Raised in the wilderness by his Viet-Nan Vet Father, Moon is left to fend for himself when his dad dies. It is not nature that frightens Moon but the complexities of modern civilization that seem brutal and unfair. Moon finds away to face the challenges that confront him, triumph over the cruel sheriff and change a lot of people's lives in a positive way. A modern Huckleberry Finn, there is no problem he can't solve, nothing he can't make for himself and no one he can not eventually defeat or win over to his side. Quite an accomplishment for an eleven-year-old boy! An engaging adventure for readers of all ages.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,982

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

Shades of Simon R. Green

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-08

Neil Gaiman is definitely a talented writer of the Fantasy genre. Stardust was a refreshing, innovative,quirky fairytale. Neverwhere was chilling dark, with gothic undertones but I couldn't help feel that Neverwhere borrowed heavily from Simon R. Green's Nighside series. After reading Green's Nightside series, Neverwhere paled in comparison. If you are not a Sci-Fi, Fantasy reader, Nightside has to many gaps to fill in and requires to many leaps for the reader to effectively follow the twist and turns of the plot. I wanted Nightsides John Taylor there to take thing under control, help Door solve the mystery, make a man out of Richard and kick the evil Mr. Vandermar and Mr. Croops butt! Neverwhere could have been a novel written by the Brothers Grimm. If you enjoyed Neverwhere even a little and like the concept of an alternative London, Simon R.Greens Nightside novels, or Drinking Midnight Wine will have you staying up late because they are just to good to put down!

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Tattoo

  • By: Sam Enthoven
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Jack's best friend, Charlie, has always been effortlessly cool. When Charlie wakes up one day and finds a mysterious, moving black tattoo on his back, it's a clear sign that he's even cooler than Jack thought. To top it off, Charlie has also gained super powers. Or has he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vanhelsing

  • By tamara.riley-wilson on 08-02-07

Vanhelsing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-07

Being an avid reader of both the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre and a High School English teacher, I am excited by Sam Enthoven's book. It is an engaging tale that even non-readers will be hard pressed to put down. Interesting, empathetic characters to which teens can relate, fast paced action scenes, delightfully wicked bad guys and a vision of hell and its creatures worthy of Simon R.Green. My particular favorite was the regurgitating bat like creatures that are more than what they seem. The main characters Charlie, Jack and Esme survive their trip to hell, save the world and even manage to make some interesting new friends in the process.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful