LISTENER

GPChlorine

  • 11
  • reviews
  • 27
  • helpful votes
  • 101
  • ratings
  • The Boneless Mercies

  • By: April Genevieve Tucholke
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies - girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life. When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies' one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing and Perfect

  • By Anonymous User on 10-22-18

BUY THIS BOOK!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

There was nothing in this book that was perfect. Beautifully written. Beautifully narrated. It was too short. If there are sequels, I will be first in line to preorder.

It's loosely based on old Norse sagas, with similar themes of the outsider(s) coming in to save a town, in hopes of glory and gold. This time, though, it's four young women from varied backgrounds, all of whom are wonderfully individualized, and interesting.

It's a wonderful world, and there are so many more opportunities in these characters and the setting to explore.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bone Witch

  • Winter Wayne Series, Book 1
  • By: D.N. Hoxa
  • Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

My name is Winter Wayne, and I'm a Bone witch - minus the magic. There's a price on my head, and my own coworkers are hunting me down. My mad fighting skills alone aren't going to be enough to keep me alive. Looks like the time has come to dig out my mother's bones and complete the ritual that will finally ignite the magic in my bones - if I even make it that far. She never wanted me to be part of the paranormal world, but she made sure I was prepared for it anyway. I'm finally about to find out why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Eric on 10-11-18

So Many Typos; So Much Enunciation

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

The story basis is great. I love urban fantasy and the parts I heard sounded good. Unfortunately, the result is weak. There are a lot of typos in the book. One that kept coming up was a spell that would stop your enemy attacking for half a second. Half a second? That doesn't sound like much. Much later on, the spell is actually used and then it lasts for half a minute. Names were confused a few times.

The heroine is supposed to be in her mid-20s and a serious fighter/assassin. Those fight scenes were the only good parts of the book, because then she didn't talk. Emotionally she came across as a middle schooler going through puberty, with lots of repetitive whining and screaming and tantrums over things that an adult would suck up and deal with.

The narrator was okay, but she put way too much emphasis on enunciating clearly. That's not a good choice when narrating a book. People don't talk like that, unless they're giving a lecture and trying to be completely, lingually clear on a given point.

Obviously, these books are popular enough, and everyone has their comfort food reads. My comfort food reads are probably not yours.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Vampire Girl audiobook cover art
  • Vampire Girl

  • By: Karpov Kinrade
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder, Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

My name is Arianna Spero. I was an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, until my mother lapsed into a coma. Now, I am her only hope. She made a deal with the devil, and on my 18th birthday he came to collect. But there's a way to save her. There's something the princes of hell want more than my mother. Me.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-03-16

Good female narrator; male narrator, ugh

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

What did you like best about Vampire Girl? What did you like least?

The story was fun. I wanted something that didn't require much in the way of brain cell engagement, so it was a good choice. The writing was good enough that it was easy to overlook the cliched storylines.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Never made it to the end. I'm planning to finish it by reading the ebook, which I purchased in conjunction with the audiobook.

Did Laurel Schroeder and Joel Froomkin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Laurel Schroeder was very good, at least a 4 star performance. Then Joel Froomkin's voice came on and it was so, so bad. Annoying tone, weirdly accented, highly unpleasant.

Was Vampire Girl worth the listening time?

Depends on the listener. I can't give a wholehearted yea or nay.

Any additional comments?

I might have purchased additional books in the series, but Froomkin's voice has helped me decide that I won't. I'm going to make a point to never buy a book that he narrates. However, I will be looking forward to having narration done on any other books by Laurel Schroeder.

  • The Court of Broken Knives

  • By: Anna Smith Spark
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace, Meriel Rosenkranz
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

It is the richest empire the world has ever known, and it is also doomed. Governed by an imposturous emperor, decadence has blinded its inhabitants to their vulnerability. The Yellow Empire is on the verge of invasion - and only one man can see it. Haunted by prophetic dreams, Orhan has hired a company of soldiers to cross the desert to reach the capital city. Once they enter the palace, they have one mission: kill the emperor, then all those who remain. Only from the ashes can a new empire be built.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sword and Sorcery at Its Best

  • By GPChlorine on 10-03-17

Sword and Sorcery at Its Best

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

Sword and sorcery, demons, dragons, assassins, blood sacrifice, all the usual trappings, but told in a realistic, natural way that makes it all seem normal. I fell into the story quickly, easily, able to suspend disbelief.

Unusually, the male narrator does a good job with women's voices, not making them simpering or nasally, just softer, not easy with his natural bass baritone. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because when he was not voicing a character, he tended to talk low, and I had to adjust the volume.

There are short flashbacks, brief retellings of legends, the main narration in third person, and short first person parts from a separate character by a different narrator, all woven together into a beautiful brocade of a tale.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dreamer's Pool

  • Blackthorn & Grim, Book 1
  • By: Juliet Marillier
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Natalie Gold, Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,014

In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear. Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada. There she'll live on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her help. Oran, crown prince of Dalriada, has waited anxiously for the arrival of his future bride, Lady Flidais.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story, pretty solid narration

  • By Anya on 11-19-14

Mysteries Too Simple

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

What disappointed you about Dreamer's Pool?

There were multiple mysteries, yet none were that mysterious. I was looking forward to peeling the layers of the stories, but there weren't any.

Would you ever listen to anything by Juliet Marillier again?

I doubt it. The characters seemed pretty standard, just with a fantasy setting. Wrongfully imprisoned woman pushing for truth against evil leader. Physically giant man who speaks little but seems to have a good heart and a deep hurt. Privileged prince trying to be a good ruler. You can use stock characters, but you need to do something different with them.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Not really. The multiple narrators didn't add to the story. And, please, look up how to pronounce words and names you don't know. Lughnasadh is not pronounced lug nuh sad. There was also no coordination between the narrators as to the pronouncing of names.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dreamer's Pool?

I didn't finish the book. I figured out the main mystery and guess most of the others less than a third of the way through. A waste of a credit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Half-Resurrection Blues

  • Bone Street Rumba, Book 1
  • By: Daniel José Older
  • Narrated by: Daniel José Older
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 366

Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dead's most unusual agents - an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that’s missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kind - until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death. One inbetweener is a sorcerer. He's summoned a horde of implike ngks capable of eliminating spirits, and they’re spreading through the city like a plague.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, Sharp Urban Fantasy

  • By Alex on 10-18-15

Hope you like slam poetry

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

Reviewed: 02-21-16

What did you like best about Half-Resurrection Blues? What did you like least?

The story was great. The narration made me crazy.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the urban setting, and the mythology.

Would you be willing to try another one of Daniel José Older’s performances?

No. I gave up on the book four hours in (broken up over a couple of days of commuting), because he had this rhythmical thing going in his narration that sounded like slam poetry, and it got old really fast. He would break it to do other characters than the one narrating first person, but it just got annoying.

Any additional comments?

Unfortunately, I won't be buying any more books in the series because of the narration.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Shattered Wings

  • By: Aliette de Bodard
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64

In the late 20th century, the streets of Paris are lined with haunted ruins. The Great Magicians' War left a trail of devastation in its wake. The grands magasins have been reduced to piles of debris, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine has turned black with ashes and rubble and the remnants of the spells that tore the city apart. But those that survived still retain their irrepressible appetite for novelty and distraction, and the great houses still vie for dominion over France's once-grand capital.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • There are No Miracles in This House

  • By Dave on 10-08-15

Wonderful Book. Weak Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-07-15

Would you listen to The House of Shattered Wings again? Why?

No. The narrator was frustrating.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Philippe. He is the stranger in a strange land that represents the reader, and learning about things as we do. He's sympathetic, intelligent, and homesick beyond measure.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

During conversations, the narrator did a great job pacing and producing recognizably different voices. During the descriptive passages, his narration became fast, oddly paced and clipped, as if trying to rush through. I found myself tuning him out, then missing entire passages of important events.

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

Philippe's rescue after escaping from Asmodeus.

Any additional comments?

This same narrator is the reason I dropped The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. The House of Shattered Wings is a fascinating, wonderful book of mythology, patriotism, homesickness, and loss. I wish another narrator had been chosen who would have given it the attention it deserves. I'll be checking out more books by the author.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Corsair

  • By: James L. Cambias
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 585
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 530

In the early 2020s, two young, genius computer hackers, Elizabeth Santiago and David Schwartz, meet at MIT, where Schwartz is sneaking into classes, and have a brief affair. David is amoral and out for himself and soon disappears. Elizabeth dreams of technology and space travel and takes a military job after graduating.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive listen full of action/suspense and humor

  • By TenaciousReader on 05-21-15

More of a Slog than an Exciting Read

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It passed the time. The ideas were good, but poorly executed. The book takes place in 2030-2031, yet every engineer, gamer, and hacker, and all but one scientist, were men. There was a definite immaturity to the writing, not bad writing, but the pacing was off and the intensity of the scenes was lost.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Either Downfall by Rob Thurman or Midnight Crossing by Charlaine Harris.

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

He gave the story energy the writing lacked.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

21 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Prudence

  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama ("Rue" to her friends) is bequeathed an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female under similar circumstances would do: she christens it the Spotted Custard and floats off to India. Soon she stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pronunciations and character voices are Different!

  • By Andrea C on 03-17-15

The More Things Change

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

What made the experience of listening to Prudence the most enjoyable?

The narration and the new and familiar characters

What did you like best about this story?

I love how these books take me completely away from my real world.

Have you listened to any of Moira Quirk’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The one issue I've had is that Ms. Quirk did not check the previous narrator's pronunciation and accents. She's very good, but quite different. I love her narration of the Immortal Empire series and look forward to more.

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

Yes, but real life doesn't make that possible.

  • Shadow of Night

  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,608

Picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different - and vastly more dangerous - journey.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended, however....

  • By J. Lunsford on 07-15-12

Better than the First

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

Reviewed: 03-25-13

What did you love best about Shadow of Night?

Deborah Harkness's background as a historian finally gets to come through in Shadow of Night. It was obvious she knew the life of a modern academic in A Discovery of Witches, but in Shadow of Night she moves her characters smoothly through Late Renaissance England, France and Prague, and does it without becoming pedantic or resorting to the characters having to explain everything.I rather wish the characters could have stayed longer in the past. While I'm glad the author is sticking to the trilogy and wrapping up the story, I shall miss the characters I've met.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow of Night?

Meeting Elizabeth I. I've read quite a bit of history about Elizabeth and the scenes with her felt authentic.

What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

Jennifer Ikeda is the most amazing voice performer I've come across in audiobooks. She is able to create and manage individual voices for the myriad of characters. She is also excellent at doing male voices. Many performers have difficult doing voices of the other gender, while Jennifer easily creates male tones without resorting to becoming gruff or sounding as if she is trying to impersonate her father.