What are you listening to? (Audiobooks)

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  • Debbi on: August 14, 2017 at 12:15 am #1396

    Taking a Harry Dresden break and listening to some Brandon Anderson

    The Way of Kings by Brandon Anderson

    Widely acclaimed for his work completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga, Brandon Sanderson now begins a grand cycle of his own, one every bit as ambitious and immersive.

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

    It has been centuries since the fall of the 10 consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Wars were fought for them, and won by them. One such war rages on the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where 10 armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

    Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

    Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

    “People are stupid more than half the time.” - J. D. Robb Memory In Death (Feeney to Eve)

    ElectricOutcast on: August 16, 2017 at 5:35 pm #1399

    Pull Me Close (Panic #1) by Sidney Halston

    Katherine: I thought I could enjoy a night out like a normal person. I thought I could handle the flashing lights, the pulsing music, the crowded dance floor. I couldn’t have been more wrong. After having an anxiety attack and passing out during my sister’s engagement party at Panic, I wake up in the arms of the hottest guy I’ve ever seen. Nick Moreno’s no gentleman. But he might just be the man I need to help me take control of my life.

    Nick: When I hear there’s some random girl passed out in the back room of my family’s South Beach nightclub, I’m pissed. My dad’s already behind bars and we can’t afford any more bad press. But after giving her a lift—literally—back to her apartment, I stop seeing Katherine Wilson as some random girl. She’s gorgeous, vulnerable, and braver than she knows. And when we kiss, all I want to do is pull her close and promise that she’ll always be safe in my arms.

    Debbi on: August 17, 2017 at 12:16 am #1400
    ElectricOutcast wrote:
    Pull Me Close (Panic #1) by Sidney Halston

    Katherine: I thought I could enjoy a night out like a normal person. I thought I could handle the flashing lights, the pulsing music, the crowded dance floor. I couldn’t have been more wrong. After having an anxiety attack and passing out during my sister’s engagement party at Panic, I wake up in the arms of the hottest guy I’ve ever seen. Nick Moreno’s no gentleman. But he might just be the man I need to help me take control of my life.

    Nick: When I hear there’s some random girl passed out in the back room of my family’s South Beach nightclub, I’m pissed. My dad’s already behind bars and we can’t afford any more bad press. But after giving her a lift—literally—back to her apartment, I stop seeing Katherine Wilson as some random girl. She’s gorgeous, vulnerable, and braver than she knows. And when we kiss, all I want to do is pull her close and promise that she’ll always be safe in my arms.

    Any good, EO?

    “People are stupid more than half the time.” - J. D. Robb Memory In Death (Feeney to Eve)

    ElectricOutcast on: August 17, 2017 at 2:17 am #1401

    I was barely able to scratch the surface due to my work on Uber, but I must warn you that they’re using a male and female narrator for male and female POVs. But here’s what I find screwed up, when the narrator moves from male to female and vice versa, the male voice will use his own voice to speak as a female and not use the female narrator for the female voices.

    I know I’m sounding discriminating, but again this is why I always go to GraphicAudio for my audiobooks because they at least know how to narrate their books which is why I’m thinking about bugging Nora and Laura to put Eve and Roarke on that company.

    Debbi on: August 17, 2017 at 5:57 pm #1402

    Everyone has a different point of view. I actually prefer single narrators. Ones that have different voices irritate me. BUT…the narrator has to distinguish among the voices. I can’t stand when I can’t follow who’s talking. I would be very put out if Susan Ericksen was not the sole narrator of the In Death books.

    “People are stupid more than half the time.” - J. D. Robb Memory In Death (Feeney to Eve)

    ElectricOutcast on: August 17, 2017 at 9:59 pm #1404

    But getting back into the story, I think the second book might be better but the male character in this book is a bit of a prick. He’s got it convinced in his traumatized head, that everybody taking legal drugs is an addict and the female character is prone to severe panic attacks but it took him nearly a month to even remotely hear her explanation. But he mostly blames his attitude on his former fiancee who was an addict and his father went to jail for drug related charges.

    From my POV, this is a guy I don’t wanna hang out with because I’m prone to butting heads with people like him.

    greycoupon on: September 21, 2017 at 5:58 pm #1502

    Guilt by Association by Marsha Clark (#1 in the series)

    It’s suppose to be a police procedural from an assistant disrict attorney’s point of view. Which is something the author should know very well. I am having trouble buying the level of involvement this ADA has in so many seemingly divergent cases. It is suppose to be the first in a series. I probably won’t look for any more.

    I didn’t know this was told from the first person point of view before I started it. Don’t like all the I, I, I. This kind of narrative doesn’t have much depth. January LaVoy is no Susan Erickson, but she was OK. Not her fault she had a very shallow story to narrate.

    ElectricOutcast on: September 21, 2017 at 7:32 pm #1503

    Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

    Two sisters, who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn’t like his job, and the immortal who’s still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago.

    Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can only be collected one unit at a time from individual people.

    By using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of bravery, and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker.

    ElectricOutcast on: September 28, 2017 at 9:10 pm #1508

    Widdershins 1: Thief’s Covenant

    Once she was Adrienne Satti. An orphan of Davillon, she had somehow escaped destitution and climbed to the ranks of the city’s aristocracy in a rags-to-riches story straight from an ancient fairy tale. Until one horrid night, when a conspiracy of forces–human and other–stole it all away in a flurry of blood and murder. Today she is Widdershins, a thief making her way through Davillon’s underbelly with a sharp blade, a sharper wit, and the mystical aid of Olgun, a foreign god with no other worshippers but Widdershins herself. It’s not a great life, certainly nothing compared to the one she once had, but it’s hers.

    But now, in the midst of Davillon’s political turmoil, an array of hands are once again rising up against her, prepared to tear down all that she’s built. The City Guard wants her in prison. Members of her own Guild want her dead. And something horrid, something dark, something ancient is reaching out for her, a past that refuses to let her go.

    Widdershins and Olgun are going to find answers, and justice, for what happened to her–but only if those who almost destroyed her in those years gone by don’t finish the job first.

    ElectricOutcast on: October 8, 2017 at 7:53 pm #1516

    So overnight, I stayed at a hotel to get away from the hurricane last night and took an opportunity to listen to a new audiobook I bought called:

    The Legend of Belladonna: Natural Born Outlaws by AE Stanton

    She is known by many names; Deadly Nightshade, The Devil’s Daughter, Belladonna. Taken in as a girl by the legendary outlaws known as the Wolf Pack, Annabelle Stark becomes a woman to be reckoned with and a legend in her own right. When her husband Joshua is gunned down in cold blood by former friends, Belle and the Wolf Pack hit the trail in search of their own brand of justice.

    Along the way, they enlist the help of some unlikely allies; U.S. Marshal Ben Davidson and Deputy Marshal Zeke Warren. But much to their dismay, the trail of revenge takes them closer and closer to the criminal mastermind, Vasquez. According to legend, Belladonna cannot be killed. Will the legend prove false?

    Debbi on: October 9, 2017 at 1:35 pm #1519

    Glass Houses by Louise Penny (Chief Inspector Gamache #13)

    [font=Arial, sans-serif]When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead.[/font]

    [font=Arial, sans-serif]From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.[/font]

    [font=Arial, sans-serif]But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.[/font]
    [font=Arial, sans-serif]Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache’s own conscience is standing in judgment.[/font]

    [font=Arial, sans-serif]In Glass Houses, her latest utterly gripping audiobook, number-one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others.[/font]

    “People are stupid more than half the time.” - J. D. Robb Memory In Death (Feeney to Eve)

    ElectricOutcast on: October 25, 2017 at 10:09 pm #1543

    Esther Diamond 1: Disappearing Nightly

    Laura Resnick

    Esther Diamond, a struggling actress in New York, seems destined to attract supernatural mayhem.

    When bizarre magical disappearances disrupt shows around the city, Esther receives a mysterious warning not to go on with her off-Broadway show. Desperate to stay on stage rather than resort to waiting tables, Esther turns to her new BFF, Dr. Maximillian Zadok, a 350-year-old mage whose day job is protecting New York from Evil. Determined to get to the bottom of this mystery without losing her job, Esther and Max team up with a conjuring cowboy, a banker with stage aspirations, and a flock of fearless drag queens. Also on the case is Detective Connor Lopez, a sexy cop who has a thing for Esther, but who fears that she and Max may be a bigger problem than the vanishing performers.

    Since the show must go on—and the astronomical rent must be paid—Esther, Max, and their friends pursue Evil to its lair in their fearless determination to find the missing performers and restore harmony to the city that never sleeps.

    Debbi on: October 26, 2017 at 1:36 pm #1544

    The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

    [font=Arial, sans-serif]The Gunslinger[/font][font=Arial, sans-serif] introduces readers to one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations, Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which mirrors our own in frightening ways, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.[/font]

    “People are stupid more than half the time.” - J. D. Robb Memory In Death (Feeney to Eve)

    ElectricOutcast on: October 31, 2017 at 12:27 pm #1549

    Esther Diamond 2: Dopplegangster

    A struggling actress, a 350-year-old mage whose day job is protecting New York City from Evil, a skeptical cop—and double the number of wiseguys that there should be….

    While working as a singing waitress in Little Italy, struggling actress Esther Diamond witnesses a mob hit. And right before getting whacked out, the victim tells her that he just saw his own doppio—a perfect double and a notorious portent of death.

    Before long, more döppelgangers start haunting New York’s mobsters, who are subsequently getting bumped off in mysterious ways. Meanwhile, Esther’s new love-interest, Detective Connor Lopez, gets transferred to the NYPD’s organized crime unit and is assigned to investigate these hits.

    Determined to prevent the murder of more of her restaurant customers, which slayings will soon lead to a mob war, Esther tries to uncover the evil genius behind the deadly doppelgangsters. Along with a 350 -year-old sorcerer and an aging hit man, Esther delves deep into the world of wiseguys in pursuit of a ruthlessly mystical murderer.

    greycoupon on: November 2, 2017 at 9:13 pm #1552

    Just finishing JD Robb’s Indulgence In Death during my annual reread and enjoying it again…especially Peabody’s fixation with asses and naming Roarke’s the best of all.

    And my on-line library just sent me a message that my next audiobook choice is in my account: The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines of the HGTV show Fixer Upper, a fav of mine.

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