S. Sackinger

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  • Darkfever

  • Fever, Book 1
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,967
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,969

MacKayla Lane's life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she's your perfectly ordinary 21st-century woman. Or so she thinks...until something extraordinary happens.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it!

  • By Dana on 01-27-11

Give it a miss

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-09

Listening to a tale such as this should send shivers up and down your spine. This one sent me to sleep. Repeatedly.

The book failed on several points. First, the primary character spends most of the book in close proximity to a vampire. She recognizes vampires repeatedly, but never suspects her mentor. This is so even though he fits the steriotype better than a drag queen fits the term cross-dresser.
Second, no real progress is made in the story line until the last two chapters. Also, in her first walkabout in Dublin, our heroine spends hours (so it seems) walking the streets in an area chock full of ghosties that would scare the monster-under-the-bed out of it's skivvies. Yet she remains un-harassed. The rest of the book has drivers who get out of their cars being killed in seconds in the same area.

Inconsistencies in a book can often be overcome by the reader, but in this case it only made things worse. The woman who narrated had a vocal range too short to do justice to the male voices. Her attempts at invoking a male presence were valiant, but unsuccessful and her only truly successful accent was the southern belle heroine's.

While the book isn't a stinker, it isn't stuff of legends either. I'd recommend you give it a miss.

21 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • The Accidental Time Machine

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Free
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 676

Joe Haldeman is the esteemed Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Forever War. Things are going nowhere for lowly MIT research assistant Matt Fuller - especially not after his girlfriend drops him for another man. But then while working late one night, he inadvertently stumbles upon what may be the greatest scientific breakthrough ever. His luck, however, runs out when he finds himself wanted for murder - in the future.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Cool idea. Tediously told.

  • By Ted on 12-02-16

It's about time

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-08

Science Fiction has been around for about a century and yet this is the first book that bases a story on a Time Machine only going forward in time. While the scenarios are sometimes a bit odd, and the secondary premise is left unexplained, I still feel this is a book worth reading. Something about the characters stays with you long after the book is back on the shelf.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Sharing Knife, Volume 1

  • Beguilement
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672

Young, pregnant Fawn Bluefield has just fled her family's farm to the city of Glassforge, where she encounters a patrol of the enigmatic soldier-sorcerers known as Lakewalkers. Fawn has heard stories about the Lakewalkers, who are wandering necromancers with no permanent homes and no possessions except the clothes they wear and the mysterious knives they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as "malices".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not really my thing

  • By Eric C. Zawadzki on 08-27-09

Twice Told

4 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-08

I started reading this book before my eyes started to go, so I was full aware of the text before listening. It is a wonderful tale written by a master story-teller. The characters are immediately recognizable and easy to identify with. The story line is complex, coming to a climax at least three different times in the telling of the story.

All that is what I alread knew. What I didn't know was that the reader was a master at her craft. Each voice was distinctly different and identifiable as if it were really another person speaking the lines. The male protagonist, Dag, is hard for a soprano voice to manage but she does a reasonable job.

Even if you've read this book, you'll enjoy hearing it again as a Twice Told Tale.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful