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Joni R Skellie

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  • Christmas at Twilight

  • Twilight, Texas, Book 6
  • By: Lori Wilde
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

It's Christmas in Twilight, Texas. The Cookie Club is baking, the town is decorated, and Delta Force Operator "Hutch" Hutchinson has finally, reluctantly, returned home - only to get pepper sprayed by the delicious- looking stranger who's taken over his house. She says her name is Jane, and she immediately sets down ground rules. Top priority: no touching. For Hutch that isn't easy - he was wounded in action, but one part is still working very well.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't get myself to finish it.

  • By Joni R Skellie on 12-16-16

I couldn't get myself to finish it.

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

While the story wasn't enthralling, it was okay. I would have finished it except the narrator was driving me nuts. She read as if every sentence ended with an exclamation point! She would do well reading to children, but I was actually a bit offended. And I'm not an overly sensitive person. I'm not one who criticizes, but really felt I had to let others know what they were in for.

  • Working for Bigfoot

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,296
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,941

Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden is used to mysterious clients with long hair and legs up to here. But when it turns out the long hair covers every square inch of his latest client's body, and the legs contribute to a nine-foot height, even the redoubtable detective realizes he's treading new ground. Strength of a River in His Shoulders is one of the legendary forest people, a bigfoot, and he has a problem that only Harry can solve. His son, Irwin, is a scion, the child of a supernatural creature and a human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So That's Who River Shoulders Is!

  • By Phillip on 08-05-15

Only one or two

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

For a dresden novel it was short; more short stories than novelette. Also Jim Butcher rarely takes such almost vanilla-like care of his characters. Usually it's 'a tough evil world kid and now for the other shoe... monsters exist'. Truthfully I thought this protective scope of the stories was not toward the younger characters in the story but Strength of a River in his Shoulders.
Now after all the criticism, the book is Dresden fast, funny, witty and a joy to listen to (does anyone ever tell James Marsters great job) for everyone. Get the book it's worth it.

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  • Protecting Caroline

  • SEAL of Protection, Book 1
  • By: Susan Stoker
  • Narrated by: Terri Acuna Thorne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

When Caroline boarded the plane to Virginia to move across the country for her new job she never expected to be seated next to the hottest guy she'd ever seen. She also never expected he'd be so easy to talk to. She knew he'd never be interested in talking to her if he hadn't been trapped in the seat next to her, but it was a nice way to spend a long plane ride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • P.K

  • By P.K. on 03-22-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-23-15

This read like a high school writing assignment. Characters and plot were flat with no dimension at all. Even the reader sounded bored. I gave two stars because the grammar was correct and it was good enough for me to stay with it until the end.

  • Cold Days

  • The Dresden Files, Book 14
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,337
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,029
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,002

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way

  • By Ethan M. on 12-21-12

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-13

One of his best! The reader definitely needs to have read the rest of the series to understand all the references to previous adventures, though.

  • Odd Apocalypse

  • An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,851

Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-01-12

This Thomas was really "Odd"

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would only recommend this to someone who was a devoted fan of Odd Thomas. My familiarity with the characters was all that kept me going at times. It took way too long to get to the meat of the story. If I hadn't known the characters and their history, I would have put it down unfinished before I was halfway through the book, simply because I had no idea what was going on and nothing was connecting.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I always appreciate Odd Thomas' continual optimism, even when faced with certain (?) death.