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Kelley B.

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  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,621

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen and a great start to the series

  • By Donna on 07-13-09

Good detective-style story, annoying mouth noises.

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Good detective-style mage story, and was a fast "read." I enjoyed it enough to immediately purchase the next in the series. With all that said, I couldn't give it anything more than 4 stars due to the incredibly annoying mouth noises. I don't know if they need a mic sock, or for the reader to move further away from the mic, but the smacky, slurpy, mouth, lip and tongue noises were distracting to say the least, and disgusting at worst. He also has some really loud breathing noises going on. Occasionally it sounds as if he's adding heavy sighs into the read, and it sets the mood, but many times it serves no purpose but to make one believe he might be in ill health and having trouble breathing and talking at the same time. I will continue to listen into the second book, and hope for either better sound filtering, or perhaps I'll become immune to it.

  • The Brightest Embers

  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

Ivy thought that she and Adrian had conquered their fates. Yet with thousands of innocents still trapped in the demon realms, she's determined to locate the final hallowed weapon and harness its unparalleled power to free them. But the last relic nearly put Ivy in the grave - there's probably no coming back from this one. Adrian's dark lineage has made him the most powerful of his kind, yet even his incredible abilities might not be enough now. Instead, the treacherous fate he has fought so hard to escape might be the only way he can save Ivy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good conclusion to the series :)

  • By Malinda on 12-20-17

Constantly squealing and whining ruined the book.

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

The relentless high pitched whining ruined this book. Her character should have evolved into a tougher woman, but she even more whiny than the original stories.

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  • Some Girls Bite

  • Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1
  • By: Chloe Neill
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Holloway
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,951
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,537

They killed me. They healed me. They changed me. Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago's vampires announced their existence to the world---and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker...and this one decided that the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good Books!

  • By Nancy on 12-13-12

Decent Series, but Narration is One-Dimensional

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Decent vampire series, but seems more geared to teens and young adults. The main problem with the book is the narration. It's completely one dimensional, and is, at times, very difficult to figure out which character is speaking. All of her voices sound the same. I'm giving the series one more shot and will listen to the second book, in hopes that she's added some different characteristics. It also appears that, starting in the 6th book, there's a new narrator. After listening to the sample, it seems they might get much better.

  • Blood of the Earth

  • Soulwood, Book 1
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,740

When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her. Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell's doorstep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faith Hunter hits it out of the Park!

  • By Teri on 08-03-16

Overall, a good book. Interesting storyline.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

Where does Blood of the Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

On a scale of one to ten, it's a seven.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not sure how to spell his name, but "Hokum" (sp?) the Werecat.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

Two major annoyances.

First, the constant talking about chewing, slurping, sipping, swallowing, ad infinitum, becomes more and more tedious with each book. Stop it already. Everyone knows what happens when you eat. Seems like it's just used as filler.

Second, the storylines revolve around teams that are "highly trained" and some are either law enforcement, or prior military. Her knowledge about guns seems to come from an amature gun safety class, and not true experience as a law enforcement professional.

After every incident, she always has the character remove the magazine from the weapon she's using, and clear the bullet from the chamber before holstering it. No law enforcement or combat experienced soldier would holster an empty weapon, especially not out on the streets. When the poop hits the fan, you do NOT want an empty chamber in your weapon. By the time you recognize there's a threat, draw the weapon, chamber a round, and aim at the threat, you're probably already shot. The second problem with that concept, is that if you're hiding from a threat and need to remain silent to prevent them from finding your position, if you rack a round in the chamber, you just gave up your position. She does the same thing with all her books, so it leaves her authenticity lacking. If she wants more realism in her books, I suggest she go take a tactical shooting course. Front Sight Firearms Training in Nevada, or something comparable, maybe even some police firearms training and shooting simulators would be helpful.

Other than suspending disbelief over that issue, however, her books are entertaining, and I look forward to the next in the series.

  • Destined for an Early Grave

  • Night Huntress, Book 4
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,047

Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they’ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it’s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She’s having visions of a vampire named Gregor, who’s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn’t know about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-26-10

Love the series...except Gregor's accent.

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

Where does Destined for an Early Grave rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Impossible question to answer...

What other book might you compare Destined for an Early Grave to and why?

Kim Harrison's series of witches and demons.

Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

Bones and Vlad... Gregor's french accent was horrible!

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

the series would probably make an entertaining movie, but I'm no good at taglines.

Any additional comments?

Spoiler Alert.... I'm really happy that Gregor is dead... the cheesy French accent was impossible to listen to.

  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Gigi Bermingham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,190
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,341

To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Narration Take 2

  • By Carol on 02-27-08

Horrible narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-11

I'm having a difficult time getting through this book, and it's not because of the story. The narrator's screeching voice characterizations send me jumping to turn down the audio, and her mispronunciations of the characters and main subjects are extremely distracting and annoying. I've had to replay sections over and over again in order to understand who is talking to whom. Please get rid of Gigi... I'd rather listen to fingernails going down a chalkboard.

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