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  • Killing Rocks: Bloodhound Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By D. D. Barant
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (126)

    FBI profiler Jace Valchek's ticket home from the twisted parallel universe where she's been called to duty hinges on the capture of serial killer Aristotle Stoker - and an alliance with a sorcerer known as Asher. The problem: Asher has joined forces with some of the most dangerous creatures Jace has ever encountered. The solution: There is none, without Asher's help. Jace's goal seems simple enough - to get her man, like always. But just hours after she arrives in Vegas, she's abducted....

    Amazon Customer says: "f"
    "f"
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    Where does Killing Rocks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    eight on a scale of one to ten.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Charlie, Gally, . I love the world that he has built. I love the alternative mythology.


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    She is very good at the voices. Although the Mafia guys are a little too cartoony for me...


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

    When she shot Charlies


    Any additional comments?

    I do not understand why some reviews say that this book was somehow out of kilter from the first two. Parallel universe - Check! Evil Sorcerer gunning for Jace - Check! Comic book elements - check! Fighting bad guys - Check! I really enjoyed it and it filled in some blanks. I am not sure how the people who skipped three and didn't feel that they missed anything anything..KNOW that they didn't miss anything...after all...they skipped the book...I just finished four and I think four was off track. After three I couldn't wait until I could get my hands on four. After four I am not sure I want to listen to five. . Charlie wasn't there for most of the book...but that was vital to the storyline and made for some nice suspense. One the other hand - I really didn't like four and thought it was off base. No evil sorcerers. No comic books. No alternative universe travel...

    As a side note. I tend to enjoy books with four elements. 1. bad guys/mystery to solve. 2. strong female character 3.Paranormal elements. 4.. Romantic relationship of the main character large focus.

    I prefer series that focus on one character and am willing to overlook lack of one of those elements above if the rest are strong enough.

    This book is NOT a romance book by any stretch of the imagination. Unless the series has a drastic shift the only "Romance" involves Jace having crushes on various men around her and every once in a while sleeping with one and then wondering if she should have a relationship with them.

    The only books with time travel that I have ever enjoyed have been Lynn Kurland books and Diana Gabaldon books. As a general rule I HATE time travel/parallel universe stories.

    My favorite books that have similarities to these books are the CE Murphy, Jeanine Frost, Carrie Vaughn, Patricia Briggs books.

    Because of the lack of a good romantic element so far I would personally not rank this book as high as these. But there are more books..so I am hopeful....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Accidentally Dead: Accidentally Friends, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dakota Cassidy
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (213)

    It's a lousy first day on the job for Nina Blackman. A patient, loopy from the anesthesia, bites her. At least he was cute. The next morning, Nina wakes up with a set of razor-sharp fangs, bionic vision, supersonic hearing, and a taste for blood. But there's a good explanation: It's her patient, Long Island vampire Greg Statleon. Is Nina willing to commit to one man for eternity, even if they are perfect for each other?

    Lynda L. Mills says: "Dull"
    "She should have stayed dead"
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    Would you try another book from Dakota Cassidy and/or Meredith Mitchell?

    I don't know. I read the first three because they started the book together and I wanted to know what happened to all three. I almost bought the fourth book because it is Wandas sister...or in this book it would probably be sistah...ugh...but I haven't been able to bring myself to do it...I just don't know if If I can handle her saying killas and fu#@tards any more.


    What was most disappointing about Dakota Cassidy’s story?

    I couldn't stand the main character. I would have never returned her call...there is tough and prickly with a heart of gold and then there is annoying, immature and stupid.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I got to see the Wanda and Marty.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't stop wondering what the vampires did before blood banks. In normal vampire books you have to drain the persons blood and then give them the vampire blood to turn them into a vampire. Basically she got nicked by his fangs... I would think that if there were vampires for thousands of years before blood banks and they had to drink....and every person that they drank from became a vampire...the whole world would be over run by vampires by now....or did they just kill everyone they drank from....hmmmmm?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Human: Accidentally Paranormal, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dakota Cassidy
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (161)

    Wanda Schwartz is raking in the dough selling Bobbie-Sue Cosmetics - and she's a pro at recruiting new saleswomen. So, she's shocked when a man comes to one of her in-home parties - a very hot man. Heath Jefferson is sure to put some extra spin into a lot of women's color wheels. When Wanda is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it doesn't have to be a death sentence. With a werewolf and a vampire for best friends, she has options that most ordinary people wouldn't.

    Amazon Customer says: "Number 3 is better than one and two"
    "Number 3 is better than one and two"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    nah.


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

    meh


    Did The Accidental Human inspire you to do anything?

    yes it inspired me to find my local werewolf pack and ask them to bite me...who comes up with these questions....?


    Any additional comments?

    The first book the killas and hellas were annoying. The second they made sense with the character even though they were still annoying. The third book they were annoying and stupid and even more out of character than the first book. I mean...this is WANDA.... these weren't teenage boys these were door to door cosmetics sales women in their thirties....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Satan's Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Debra Dunbar
    • Narrated By Angela Rysk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    Samantha Martin is an imp, bound by an angel who allows her to live among the humans...as long as she follows his rules. It's never easy for an imp to follow the rules, especially now that Sam's brother, Dar, has found himself in hot water. He needs her help to retrieve an artifact from the vampires, or the powerful demon he owes a favor to will enslave and torture him for centuries. It should be a simple courier job, but with demons nothing is simple.

    Jason Brown says: "a good book that builds up the story"
    "That amoral, depraved demon we all know and love."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Satan's Sword to be better than the print version?

    yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I find it strangely amusing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she was trying to understand the serial killer. And then when she is whining to wyatt that she is upset about the serial killer being stupid and not being able to dehydrate an ear properly.


    Any additional comments?

    OK. So in my review of the previous book I mentioned that ALL of the characters are completely amoral. Case in point - Wyatt, the boyfriend. Their relationship is a romance novel flipped on its head and soaked in acid.... instead of the night in shining armor rescuing the helpless female and then engage in steamy moments...you have the helpless human male being protected by the serial killer demon who at one point shares its deepest fantasy....along the lines of...I want to put you in a bathtub full of blood and strangle you with some entrails that I am gnawing on.... Instead of running screaming....he's like..can we use wine instead of blood....hot stuff...uh huh...any who.... He sees her in her demon form. She offers in all seriousness to kill a rival that he lost a video game tournament to. He knows that she kills people...and he is like...well babe I'm going to play video games and then you are done killing and torturing people we can go have some hot wings at the bar..... I kept thinking about women who are married to serial killers and people are like..how did you not know you were married to a monster.... and yet I like them all....crazy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Demon Bound: Imp, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Debra Dunbar
    • Narrated By Angela Rysk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (175)

    Samantha Martin is an imp, enjoying an extended vacation from Hel. All she wants to do is drink beer by the pool, play mischievous pranks on the humans, and get her hot neighbor in the sack. It's a relaxing break from her infernal home as long as she manages to avoid the angels, who won't hesitate to execute her on sight. But when her naughty hellhound lands her in trouble with the local werewolf pack, Sam is blackmailed into helping track and catch a killer. The steps she must take to appease the werewolves will put her right in the crosshairs of the angels.

    daunetullina says: "Slow narrator"
    "Not your usual heroine"
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    What did you love best about A Demon Bound?

    It was a fairly unique world for me. Interesting.


    What other book might you compare A Demon Bound to and why?

    None that I have read.


    What about Angela Rysk’s performance did you like?

    I don't know if she should be complimented or insulted...but I totally bought her as a self absorbed, hedonistic, amoral, demon. Normally I would have found the slow pace annoying...but it worked perfectly for the character.


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

    um...nope....not a moving moment that I can recall.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually like demon books, or books that involve possessions. I just find the idea of two personalities sharing a body just....I don't know it sounds annoying and creepy and confusing....and that is the normal run of the mill possession....this demon shreds and tortures the person to death and absorbs them into itself...and I am somehow ok with that... I find myself shaking my head that I actually like these characters. Everyone of them is completely amoral. I find her likable and funny even as she is killing and torturing people for fun. Not in an evil, take over the world kind of way. Just in an amoral damaged child torturing ants for fun kind of way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whisper Cape, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Susan Griscom
    • Narrated By Shelley Baldiga
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    A powerful woman, an extraordinary man, and a maniac who wants to destroy them. Fate has brought them together, but will it make them stronger or destroy them all in end? Escape to a world where the impossible becomes possible and sparks ignite. Whisper Cape is a town of secrets and Addison MacKenna soon becomes tangled in a web of them. Plagued with nightmares of her father's sudden and brutal death, Addie struggles with her anguish and refuses to believe his demise was accidental.

    K. April Holgate says: "Very intriguing first book in the series"
    "Make sure you hit the rocks next time!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Lots of people seem to like it. I guess if you like lots of irrelevant details, insta-love and a whiny character who constantly is on the verge of causing death to herself or others with her inattention and carelessness.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know...I am scraping the bottom now waiting for new books from my favorite authors.


    What character would you cut from Whisper Cape, Book 1?

    A major revision of the main character is the only cure.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has the dubious distinction of being the only book I have ever listened to entirely on 3x speed. I bought both the print and audio versions...and by darn I was going to finish it. I was moderately interested in finding out what happened. The heroine fell firmly into the too-stupid-to-live club. You might think it was because in a 24 hour period she narrowly avoided killing someone with a car because he vanished into thin air; walked into a restroom door hard enough to give her a goose egg; fell off of a cliff while taking pictures; and gave a strange man a ride home. Nope. For me, it was when the father-figure in her life found out that she had to be rescued while dangling from a branch on the edge of a cliff...and he freaked out and told her she could have been killed and needed to be careful. She whined that he was too overprotective. She. Fell. Off. A. Cliff. She responded the same way when he reacted to the near vehicular homicide and giving a stranger a ride home. She was 26, I think. Even a 12 year old would have more brains than that. How should he respond? "Good job, Honey! Make sure you hit the rocks below next time!" She clearly needed a caretaker. There is more, so much more that I could say. But I think I will leave it at this. I have a smidgen of interest in happened in the other two books. If someone would right a paragraph describing the outcome I might read it. I don't think I have the stomach for two more books, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pack of Strays: Fangborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dana Cameron
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Archaeologist Zoe Miller has only recently learned she is Fangborn, a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles dedicated to protecting humanity. But after she discovered and opened Pandora’s Box, the fabled item has lived up to its myth, and for Zoe and her friends, all hell has broken loose. Now she’s on a double mission: to prevent a politician from revealing the existence of the Fangborn and to foil the diabolical plans of the powerful Order of Nicomedia, a group dedicated to eradicating her kind.

    Amazon Customer says: "I enjoyed it enough to look for book three...but"
    "I enjoyed it enough to look for book three...but"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't rave about it...but if someone asked me about it I would say it was ok


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I just don't feel super attached to any of the characters.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She did pretty good with all of the characters.


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

    I might watch it on Netflix.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked it enough to look for book three, but I don't know if I will remember it by the time book three comes out. More than likely a year or two from now, I will be waiting for books from my favorite authors, desperately searching for something and find the book and not remember that I read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Soul: Jane Yellowrock, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (818)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (755)

    Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer for hire - but other creatures of the night still need to watch their backs....When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price - and Leo is willing to pay. That’s because the European vamps want Leo’s territory, and he knows that he needs Jane to prevent a total bloodbath.

    Crystal Wilson says: "U always surprise me"
    "Beast is best. Good hunter. Teeth and claws."
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    What did you love best about Broken Soul?

    I just love Beast.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Soul?

    I haven't been to fond of any of the love interests. For the first time I really liked Bruiser. I love the things he does to court Jane. I loved when he met Beast for the first time.


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    Beast is best. For weeks after listening to one of these books I randomly hear variations of "Stupid Jane." In my mind. She is the best animal character that I have ever read. I love how she is growing and changing along with Jane and how they are starting to work together more.


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

    "Dead things. Hungry things. Do not go back to den of dead hungry things."


    Any additional comments?

    Jane is awesome. She isn't perfect. She isn't whiney. She is funny. She doesn't sleep with every guy she sees and then emote endlessly about whether she should have a relationship with him. She isn't selfish or stupid or any of the things that heroines can fall into. I mainly read paranormal romance... I like the relationship aspect. That being said, this series is so engrossing that I don't feel cheated because this isn't a main focus. I love Eli and the kid and Molly and Angie baby and all of the guys. The bad guys are bad guys. Most of the supernatural community are self indulgent, hedonistic jerks. And there is Jane trying to do the right thing... which often means staking a bunch of vamps. I would start at the beginning of the series. Because you would lose a lot of fun and might be really confused if you started in this book. Besides you have 8 books of total awesomeness to read...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Delicate Ink (Montgomery Ink)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Carrie Ann Ryan
    • Narrated By Gregory Salinas
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    On the wrong side of 30, Austin Montgomery is ready to settle down. Unfortunately, his inked sleeves and scruffy beard isn’t the suave business appearance some women crave. Only finding a woman who can deal with his job, as a tattoo artist and owner of Montgomery Ink, his seven meddling siblings, and his own gruff attitude won’t be easy.

    CAROLYN says: "HO HUM.... IT'S A 40/60 LISTEN"
    "first and last ok. middle sucked."
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    Would you try another book from Carrie Ann Ryan and/or Gregory Salinas?

    Maybe, if I could be sure that I wasn't going to skip through pages of being educated about dom/sub. Probably wouldn't listen to Gregory Salinas.


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

    I was most interested in discovering the heroines big secret. It was the only thing that kept me reading. I was least interested in the ad nauseam discussion of dom/sub. I feel like If I am really into that (which I am not) incorporate it into the story in way that is sexy to people who like it. If I want to learn about it I will go read "Domination for Dummies," or something. If I am not into it...you are not going to convince me by pontificating about it in a romance novel.


    What three words best describe Gregory Salinas’s voice?

    cyborg reading "male-love-interest." I tend to avoid reading novels where a main character is a woman read by a man...It normally just doesn't work for me. Strangely in this novel I like him reading ALL of the characters (even the women) better than the main male love interest. I just hated it.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    My additional comment is not specifically about this book in particular. I don't know where else to comment. Maybe audible will hear me. I can't be the only one who really wishes that they would start cleaning up the categories to make them easier to find what interests us. I choose romance because I am interested in the main focus being the relationship of the main couple and how they deal with whatever mystery, paranormal or other conflict that is going on. If I wanted pages and pages of push the envelope sex I would choose erotica or porn. If I wanted to learn how to participate in certain lifestyles I would buy how-to books. If I wanted to feel justified in my lifestyle I would buy essays or nonfiction. I am not into threesome, bdsm, bondage, or homosexuality... I don't care if audible has them. I just wish I could easily figure out whether these are a main focus of the book so that I can identify if this is something I would enjoy reading. I am tired of plowing through endless books and finding one that seems interesting only to realize at the last minute that it is about something that I don't care to read about. ..I would think that people who appreciate those things would like it too.... If not maybe they could add a category for minimal, tasteful, vanilla hetero sex when appropriate to an other wise well written story....

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Undone: A Novel of the Marked Souls, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jessa Slade
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Sidney Westerbrook has always studied darkness and damnation from a sensible distance. Now, to earn his place as a league Bookkeeper, he must discover why Chicago is such a battleground of soul-linked warriors. But the research becomes personal when he finds himself over his head and under attack—and at the mercy of a waif with demon-lit eyes and a deep yearning in her heart.

    Amazon Customer says: "Enjoyable!"
    "Enjoyable!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it was entertaining. Good series as a whole. Didn't feel like I was reading porn. Major Good vs Evil Conflict with different baddies in the series. Mystery to solve, Romance. Interesting take on Angels/Demons..although the Angels seem worse than the Demons???????


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

    I love Renee Raudman. She brings everything to life and is good at differentiating between characters. The only thing that was a little off to me was Sidney. The accent seemed to come and go...and sometimes it sounded like Aunt Bea. I had just listened to Ilona Andrews "Magic Rises." before I started this series. I was still sad that Aunt Bea had died. And suddenly I am thinking..wow Aunt Bea didn't die....she is going to offer them some baked goods...wait a minute..what is Aunt Bea doing as the love interest for Alyce...oops wrong book. So I kept picturing her love interest as a middle aged, female, Bouda... I don't know...it may have just been me. But I would let some time pass before I listen to this particular book after listening to the Ilona Andrews series or listen to this series first.


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

    When his father told Simon he was proud.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the fact that all of the characters are SO different and the females don't follow a cookie cutter pattern. I like the fact that they aren't doormats or perfect. I also think that the life of Alyce before she met Simon could make a really creepy ring-like movie..with the waif in white sneaking up to kick some phantom but and then vanishing...really creepy...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • She Can Run

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Melinda Leigh
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (319)

    Ten months ago, Elizabeth Baker uncovered a dangerous secret about her politician husband - a secret that nearly got her killed. Now she and her children are running for their lives. When Beth is hired as the caretaker of a remote Pennsylvania estate, she dares to hope she has found a corner of the world where Congressman Richard Baker can’t find them. But when her new boss dies suddenly and his nephew inherits the estate, Beth is faced with outwitting a former homicide detective who is very smart, very suspicious - and very attractive.

    Deeadra says: "Good story. Horrible, horrible narrator."
    "Nothing outstanding"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I enjoyed the book..but would probably read it next time to see if it was better....it seemed only so so to me.


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

    I enjoyed that it wasn't immediately revealed who she was running from. or why.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Rubinate’s performances?

    No. I tried really hard to find a way to describe what bugged me about the narrator. She sounded like a collage Sorority sophomore reading in class to her hunky, older professor who she is trying to impress.


    Did She Can Run inspire you to do anything?

    Not listen to the other buy a narrator...


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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