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  • No Mere Zombie

  • Deathless, Book 2
  • By: Chris Fox
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

The sun has wiped out nearly all technology in the largest coronal mass ejection in history. In its wake comes the zombie apocalypse. The dead have risen, and they are hungry. Yet there are greater threats than the walking dead. The deathless have returned, slumbering in the same Arks that carried the werewolves into the present. If they are not stopped they will build a massive necropolis in the remains of San Francisco, and the entire continent will pay the price. Only the few werewolves created before the apocalypse stand between humanity and annihilation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible. Can't wait for part 3.

  • By Brian Menard on 09-21-15

I lost interest

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

Reviewed: 12-24-15

I enjoyed the first book in the series. I think there was probably 1.5 books worth or material . Why does everyone think they have to write a series.?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow Grove

  • Shadow Grove Series, Book 1
  • By: Lacey Edward
  • Narrated by: Cait Frizzell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 7

Ariel Temple is leading a perfectly normal existence. She does well in school and mostly keeps to herself. She lives with her father and wonders why they have never visited her grandfather, even though they speak to him every week on the phone. When her grandfather suddenly dies, Ariel and her father must travel to Shadow Grove to settle his affairs. Shadow Grove holds many, many secrets, not the least of which is what really happened to Ariel's mother and why her grandfather left her a powerful amulet before he died.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A slow build to nothing.

  • By grik on 12-22-15

A slow build to nothing.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-15

The narrator has an emotional range from A to B and the story takes forever to go absolutely nowhere. There are far better listens available.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Hidden Fire

  • Elemental Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Hunter
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 929
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 926

No secret stays hidden forever. A phone call from an old friend sets mysterious book researcher Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery that has eluded him for centuries. Little does he suspect a young librarian holds the key to an ancient secret, nor could he expect the danger Beatrice De Novo would attract. Now both will follow a twisted maze leading from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a passion that could destroy them both.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad.....

  • By Cheri on 02-14-15

Whiny helpless protagonist.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-14

This listen is just OK. I have to agree with another reviewer who was irritated by main character's helplessness and abundant whining. I wanted to slap her. Also as much as I love to read, I did not get understand why vampires would have such an obsession about old books. I guess everyone needs a hobby.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Paper Magician

  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,861
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,508
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,495

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she's bonded to paper, that will be her only magic... forever. Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Valley girl reads book on faux British accent

  • By James and co. on 06-23-15

I wanted to be charmed....

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

Reviewed: 11-17-14

This had all the right stuff to make an enjoyable quirky listen, but it never came together for me. There wasn't enough time spent on character development,and the relationships seemed shallow. The author also did not spend enough time developing the background world the story was set in.

I got terribly bored during what should have been the most exciting part of the book.

The narrator's voice was pleasing.

  • Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen

  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211

Award-winning author Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom with a thrilling prequel complete with dark magic, royalty, dangerous action, a strong heroine, and flawless world-building. This epic fantasy adventure is destined to be a classic, and is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great prequel to Abhorsen trilogy

  • By ciorstan on 10-17-14

New Abhorsen Tale

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

Reviewed: 10-26-14

I always enjoy these books and this is another interesting story from the Old Kingdom world. It fills in some of the history. Really there is a lot Garth Nix could write yet about the Old Kingdom if he chooses to. The narrator while no Tim Curry is very good as well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Born at Midnight

  • Shadow Falls, Book 1
  • By: C. C. Hunter
  • Narrated by: Katie Schorr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 969

One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls - a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just "troubled". Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side - learning to harness their powers, control their magic, and live in the normal world. Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-06-13

Plucky leading lady.

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

Reviewed: 02-22-14

The main character is an independent smart young woman. This is series is really for young adults but I found it enjoyable. There was a lot of chaste romance but the writing is definitely not prudish. The books are funny and engaging. The author does an excellent job at writing interesting and appealing characters

This definitely would be a series I would recommend for adolescent female readers of paranormal fiction. One of the best things about this series is the independent spirit of the protagonist who while certainly interested in boys is not boy crazy. In fact I wish the author had the balls to have the main character dump both of her romantic interests in the end (she's only 16) but alas ... no. Still I think overall the story gives the message that young females can work towards their own life goals without reference to their romantic interests.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sins of the Blood

  • By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Narrated by: Jane Kennedy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Finally, Kristine Kathryn Rusch's graphic tale of a world overrun by vampires gets a new life of its own. When she was a little girl, Cammie drove a wooden stake through her father's heart to save her brother Ben's life. Separated by the system, Cammie lost track of Ben. Now Cammie works as an eradicator, a vampire slayer for a privately funded organization. But she can't forget her brother. She leaves her job and her home to discover what happened to Ben. Instead, she discovers what price she paid for her own survival. She learns about her family, and its legacy. She learns what it really means to have sins of the blood. A memorable cult classic of vampirism, Sins of the Blood is the most shocking book Rusch has ever written.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unchaste Bloodsuckers

  • By grik on 01-08-14

Unchaste Bloodsuckers

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

Reviewed: 01-08-14

Would you listen to Sins of the Blood again? Why?

I am glad I listened to it once - it's not the sort of book I will listen too again though.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the fact that that the story had traditional nasty vampires and the plot line was interesting. I do think the storyline could have been refined a little though, especially concerning the protagonist's employment story. Frankly I was rooting for the evil vampires during the entire book.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I was not a fan of the narration, but it wasn't horrible either.

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

Actually this could make a good horror movie but I don't know what the tag would be.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Miserere

  • An Autumn Tale
  • By: Teresa Frohock
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Exiled exorcist Lucian Negru deserted his lover in Hell in exchange for saving his sister Catarina's soul, but Catarina doesn't want salvation. She wants Lucian to help her fulfill her dark covenant with the Fallen Angels by using his power to open the Hell Gates. Catarina intends to lead the Fallen's hordes out of Hell and into the parallel dimension of Woerld, Heaven's frontline of defense between Earth and Hell. When Lucian refuses to help his sister, she imprisons and cripples him...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mercy Me! Seriously good, edgy fantasy.

  • By Tango on 12-11-13

A thoughtful fantasy for the over 30 crowd.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-13

Where does Miserere rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The character development was very interesting in this book. Frankly many of the paranormal fantasy books really don't have much depth to their characters. There is a maturity to this story that I found appealing. I would rank this story fairly highly.

What other book might you compare Miserere to and why?

Strangely enough I would compare it to Lois Bujold's Paladin of Souls in that both stories concern middle aged people who feel lives are played out due to past mistakes and fate. I like redemption stories.

What does Eileen Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoyed her narration.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, I enjoyed this book, its characters, its story line, its world development in its totality.

Although I'm not religious, I found the idea of Christian holy magic and demons interesting. The protagonist's notion that he was in some manner responsible for his sister's warped character - over protecting her and not allowing her to develop coping strategies for life's rough spots was interesting to me. It seemed to be a plausible explanation.

Any additional comments?

I would be interested in reading other books from this author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Selected Shorts: American Classics

  • By: Amy Tan, Donald Barthelme, Eudora Welty, and others
  • Narrated by: Freda Foh Shen, David Strathairn, Stockard Channing, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and PEN Award winners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic classics

  • By Michael on 08-30-12

Brilliant reading of Welty's Why I Live at the PO

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

Reviewed: 11-07-13

Would you listen to Selected Shorts: American Classics again? Why?

I could listen to Stockard Channing's performance of Why I Live at the PO over and over again. It is wonderful. I enjoyed the other stories as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Night Hawk

  • By: J.E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jane Boyer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Selling your soul has never been so charming and Mark throws in a little something to sweeten the pot, his girlfriend Naomi. Sentenced to death at the hands of a demon, Naomi Hawk has a firsthand lesson in despair and betrayal in Mark's deal for fame with all the trimmings.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unable to get past the narrator

  • By grik on 06-18-13

Unable to get past the narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-18-13

Would you try another book from J.E. Taylor and/or Jane Boyer?

I can't really say if the story is any good because it was unlistenable for me. The woman narrating sounds like she is overdosing on valium. Really a horrible narration.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful