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  • Grave Witch: Alex Craft Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kalayna Price
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (594)

    Not even death can save her now. As a grave witch, Alex Craft can speak to the dead---she's even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she's seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case.

    Christopher says: "Excellent Story Narrator needs alot more practice"
    "I'll try book 2"
    Overall

    This book got off to a very slow start, rather awkward like it was the 2nd or 3rd book in a series and we were already supposed to know this world. After the first few chapters the story picked up and the characters started getting interesting. It even got interesting enough to make up for a very unfortunate choice of narrator. I have trouble empathizing with the heroine when I can't stand the narrator's voice.

    I enjoyed the book enough to go for book 2... This has all the makings of a fine series, and maybe I'll get used to the narrator,

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Drowned Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (399)

    In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man - a bioengineered war beast named Tool - who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses.

    Ryan says: "Another grim, gripping collapsed-world adventure"
    "Dark, very dark"
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    I think this is a very original story with an interesting setting and characters. Maybe it is just the time of year or maybe just my mood, but I just found this too depressing to finish. For me that is saying a lot because I rarely abandon a book. Maybe it would get better, something good (or at least not so terrible) could possibly happen to one of the principle characters, but I had to quit while I could still move out from the black cloud of depression.

    Okay, that's probably a bit of an exaggeration but I'm on to lighter fare. I might like this much better in the spring or summer when there is lots of sunlight and fresh air.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (959)

    Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

    ShySusan says: "Perfect antidote for vampire & zombie overdoses"
    "Everything is wonderful"
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    I really wanted to like this book. And I guess I did. I liked the subject, I liked all of the characters. I liked the way everything ended up. Problem is, everything was wonderful throughout the entire book. No drama? No conflict? No danger? Not even a hangnail and a run in her hose.

    Some authors feel the need to have all sorts of horrible stuff happen to their characters. Sometimes way too much horrible stuff, (think anything written by Diana Gabaldon). This book was the complete opposite. Glad everything worked out so well but I just can't bring myself to blow another credit on the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night's Honor: Elder Races, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (383)

    On the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she's vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That's why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for.

    Amie S says: "Another great book in an awesome series."
    "Can't stand this woman!"
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    Oh, Thea Harrison, what on earth were you thinking? I own every book and novella and short story in this series, and every time you release a new novel I start from the beginning and read them again. Fantastic series. But think of the wonderful strong women characters you've created: Pia, Carling, Niniane, and Grace? A now you give us this total spoiled ninny called Tess. I can't stand this woman! I'm eight hours into this book, I know the big event is coming to be followed by the happy ever after, but I'm not sure I can make it. Why oh why would an ancient, rich, ripped, sexy vampire want this selfish twit? Argh!!!

    Okay seriously, if you are a fan of this series you'll absolutely want to get this book and you'll most likely enjoy it. I'm much intrigued by the story and the other characters as is usual but I have to skip over Tess's dialog. Much harder to do in audio than in print but it can be done. Looking forward to your next book Thea. I'm thinking you'll have this out of your system in time for the next story.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Peanut Goes to School: A Short Story of the Elder Races

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (272)

    Dragos Cuelebre is no longer the only dragon. Dragos’s son Liam Cuelebre (a.k.a. Peanut) is springing into existence, reminiscent of the first of the Elder Races who were born at the beginning of the world. At just six months of age, he has already grown to the size of a large five-year-old boy. He can read, write in complete sentences, and his math skills are off the chart. A white dragon in his Wyr form, Liam also holds more power than almost anyone else.

    Amazon Customer says: "So cute!"
    "So cute!"
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    Love this series, especially love this character and his family. $5 is a bit much for such a short story but I think it is worth it if you're into Pia & Dragos and the rest of the Elder Races characters. Hopefully Thea Harrison will return to full-length novels. Hate to spend a credit on a novella but hate to miss any developments in the series.

    Short or long, Thea's writing and Sohpie Eastlake's narration are consistently top-notch. 4 stars overall just to complain about the price/length ratio.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dragos Takes a Holiday: A Novella of the Elder Races

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (439)

    The Bermuda Triangle. Pirates. The Peanut. What could possibly go wrong? Dragos Cuelebre needs a vacation. So does Pia, his mate. When the First Family of the Wyr head to Bermuda for some much needed R&R, it's no ordinary undertaking - and no ordinary weekend in the sun. Between hunting for ancient treasure buried beneath the waves and keeping track of their son, Liam - a.k.a. Peanut, whose Wyr abilities are manifesting far ahead of schedule - it's a miracle that Pia and Dragos can get any time together. They're determined to make the most of each moment, no matter who tries to get in their way.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Peanut!!!"
    "More of the Peanut please!"
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    What a fun book. I don't like buying novellas because the cost to length ratio isn't very good. However, this is the third book starring Pia and Dragos, one of my favorite fictional couples. I've read enough series romances to get used to the one-book-per-couple format and it is nice to get a second and now third look at favorite characters. Liam the Peanut has to be one of the cutest kids ever! And switching POV between mom, dad, and the kid was very well done. I'm not sure what compels an author to wrap up a story at novella length vs flesh it out to novel length... it seems like there was enough interesting stuff happening that this could have been novel length with no problem. Definitely left me wanting more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kinked: A Novel of the Elder Races, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (659)

    As a harpy, Sentinel Aryal is accustomed to dealing with hate, but Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn manages to inspire in her a burning ire unlike anything she's ever known. Aryal believes the new Sentinel to be a criminal, and vows to take him out as soon as the opportunity arises. But the harpy's incessant wrath has pushed Quentin to the limit, and forces him to make a deadly vow of his own. To put an end to the conflict, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, sends them on a reconnaissance mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur.

    Teresa says: "Keep 'em coming."
    "Careful now...."
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    I really love this series. The setup for this series is the modern world with the addition of the "Elder Races", also known as "the stuff paranormal / urban fantasy addicts like best". I think Thea Harrison has created some of the best pairings in this genre such as Pia the unicorn & Dragos the dragon, and Grace the Oracle & Khalil the Djinn. Fabulous! Sexy and witty and a good adventure/mystery with well developed and likable characters.

    This book started out good. The two main characters had potential but they went largely undeveloped while the author concentrated on the "kink". All I could think of as I read the story was "Oh no! Not another Anita Blake! Please no!" All the other books in this series had just the right amount of sex thrown in as spice to an already great story. It's not like Ms. Harrison couldn't think of an interesting plot -- this is a great story. It's not that she couldn't think up the characters -- these had appeared in earlier books and had lots of potential. When does fictional sex go from spice to spoiler? I can't say but I know it when I read it. I choose to believe that Thea Harrison won't go over the cliff as have other paranormal romance authors. Please.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand, Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (268)

    Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence.

    Kim says: "Great start to a new series, but... CRINGE!"
    "Trust your favorite authors"
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    I adore Kelley Armstrong's work. I've read all of the Women of the Otherworld series two or three times, and I have all of the YA books too, very enjoyable. So of course I jumped on this first in a new series as soon as I saw it.

    Intriguing story. The performance is fine, but not outstanding. I'm giving this a 4 star overall because I just haven't warmed up to the heroine. I'd be willing to be that I'll be hooked soon enough. All of the groundwork for a great series is laid, and I'll snag the next as soon as it comes out. Sometimes it takes me a couple of books to get to know the characters, I guess.

    Where do great authors get their ideas? Kelley Armstrong's got a doozy of an imagination, and I'm looking forward to finding out where this goes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Katherine Howe
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (447)

    Connie's mother asks her to sell an abandoned house once owned by her grandmother in Salem, Mass. Relunctantly, Connie moves to the small town and inhabits the crumbling, ancient house, trying to restore it to a semblance of order. Curious things start to happen when Connie finds the name "Deliverance Dane" on a yellowed scrap of paper and begins to have visions of a long ago woman condemned for practicing "physick," or herbal healing, on her neighbors in 1690s Salem.

    Darinda says: "Love it!"
    "Oh, to be a cunning woman...."
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    This is a very good read. Engaging story, interesting characters that catch you up right away. Also, if you're interested in history and/or academia at all this is a great read. I guess I'm giving the story four stars because of the flash backs to the Salem witch hysteria, that whole piece of American history just makes my skin crawl. You know things won't end well for that poor lady!

    The author does a fine job tying the past to the future with a long string of "cunning women" who had the ability to use magic. They used the magic to make a living and to help their neighbors. They were often the only help around for sick people and animals. They could find lost property and kill the blight on your tomatoes. No demons needed!

    I loved the choice of villain and the explanation for it. It's not super-hard to figure out but I don't want to ruin the fun with any spoilers. This book is a nice change of pace from the "fluffier" fiction I've been reading. I especially like the author's afterward explaining the genesis of the book -- a very rare occurrence for me, I usually skip that stuff. Definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3614)
    Performance
    (3373)
    Story
    (3365)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Bronson Pinchot ROCKS!!!!"
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    Mr. Pinchot is absolutely perfect for this very original, very creative, very engrossing series. What a range of voices and characters! Never would have guessed he had it in him, back in the day when he was doing sitcoms.

    I have all of Larry Correia's books that have been released on Audible and I've given 5 stars to all. He's a great writer. I love the paranormal genre and it seems that a good share of the books in this category are also romances. I have nothing against a good romance, but every once in a while it is great to read a manly man's book. These are a wonderful mix of paranormal and the old hard-boiled detective books.

    Mr. Correia's other series, Monster Hunter, is just as good & highly recommended.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1485)
    Performance
    (1313)
    Story
    (1311)

    Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

    Amanda says: "Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging..."
    "I love Kaylin"
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    I'm the proud owner of all the books in this series, and I heartily recommend it for any fan of the fantasy genre. I gravitate more towards contemporary or urban fantasy but I enjoy a trip to a completely different universe if the author does a good job. Give me characters that I care about and give them interesting stuff to do -- it's all good.

    I didn't really warm up to these folks after reading this first book. I was, however, intrigued enough to grab the second, and then the third, and by then I was hooked. The main character, Kaylin Neya, is one of those uber-charged kick-ass heroines that are so popular these days, but this author manages to pull it off without making you detest the little darling. Kaylin had a crappy childhood and works her butt off and is totally irreverent and oblivious of much and is just learning as she goes along. She has a couple of love interests but has way too much baggage to indulge. She has this vast potential power but lives in a one-room flop because that's all she can afford on her private's salary. I guess I just like her, and I like all her friends, and I really like Severn (the childhood friend/protector/potential lover). The stories are each inventive and interesting and follow a very satisfying arc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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