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Donna

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  • The Darkest Whisper: Lords of the Underworld, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (476)

    Bound by the demon of Doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers. So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern...until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more.

    Patsy G. says: "wonderful series..."
    "Need More Please"
    Overall

    I am entranced by the struggles of each character and hooked on the story. This final book thus far has left me anxiously waiting for more. Highly recommend this series!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Biting Cold: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (688)

    Turned into a vampire against her will, 28-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago's vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye - and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing - among humans or inhumans. Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey.

    mhecker says: "oh, NO!!!"
    "Disheartening Narrator Change!"
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    What disappointed you about Biting Cold?

    I have to say I was in love with this series but when a narrator is switched out after 5 books it ruins it for me. As a listener to 5 books thus far I had become very accustomed and familiar with all of the character's voices to have it all disappear, making it very difficult to enjoy. Having to relearn and adjust to the new tone and inflection of this narrator was beyond my scope sadly. To date I have only returned 2 books this being one of them and although I had purchased 6,7,and 8 I will not be listening to them.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sophie Eastlake?

    The original Cynthia Holloway! That is who is the voice of all the characters!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fair Game: Alpha and Omega

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1735)
    Performance
    (1566)
    Story
    (1577)

    Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles. Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves - all of them were.

    David says: "Best of the Best"
    "TOO LONG IN COMING!"
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    Where does Fair Game rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This series is very good, interesting and appealing. Right off the bat I was drawn in by the storyline, anticipating the next book! Anna and Charles's struggles have been easy to relate to and as a werewolf tale is does the genre proud. If I had two wishes it would be for the next books to be released sooner and for the story length to be longer.


    What about Holter Graham???s performance did you like?

    I love Holter Graham as a narrator! His voice is very pleasant to the ear and I have sought out other books he has narrated.


    Any additional comments?

    I find the story of Anna and Charles very engaging and entertaining and I am always looking forward to the next one but??? I find the extreme length of time between books disappointing. Because of this the reader risks loosing their closeness to the characters and storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Reborn: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1895)
    Performance
    (1707)
    Story
    (1722)

    Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been unrecognizable from the vampire leader he once was. Physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair, he has been brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel. Now, fighting once again with ruthless vengeance, he is unprepared to face a new kind of tragedy. When Tohr begins to see his beloved in his dreams - trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld far from the peace and tranquility of the Fade - he turns to the angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost.

    CAROLYN says: "EVERY SINGLE PARAGRAPH WAS JUST..... WOW"
    "Series Takes My Breath Away!"
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    I have been an audible member for 2 yrs now and have purchased / listened to 200 books which include 20 different series! The BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD is by far my BEST LOVED! This series in my opinion is incredibly written to the point that I feel I know the characters so well that they come to life right off the pages. The author has solicited more tears, laughter and anticipation from me than any other. This is an adult series that is very sexually explicit nevertheless it goes with the theme of the story from beginning to end. I restart the series from book 1 each time J.R.Ward releases a new book just to relive the experience over again. If you love strong ALPHA men then the series will definitely appeal to your senses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1974)
    Performance
    (1790)
    Story
    (1794)

    Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back in Darynda Jones' Third Grave Dead Ahead! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the parthuman, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on.

    Stephanie says: "Best book yet."
    "3 Books Now And I Am Still An Avid Follower"
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    I can't help it I like Charley. I will be along for the ride as long as Darynda keeps writing Charley's tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Second Grave on the Left: Charley Davidson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2260)
    Performance
    (2014)
    Story
    (2002)

    When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown....

    Connie says: "LOVE LOVE LOVE these books!"
    "Another Hit!"
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    Now if you are looking at this review you have probably already bought the first book and are just curious if the series continues to be outstanding. The answer is YES it is. I am loving Charley Davidson! This book is an excellent continuation of the first, funny, fast paced and leaves you wanting another!
    As usual I must again say kudos to Lorelei King for bringing the story alive!
    Darynda I am now an avid follower of Charley Davidson and am excited to see what happens to her next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3704)
    Performance
    (3026)
    Story
    (3018)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    S. Droski says: "Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!"
    "Great Story, Has Quickly Become A Favorite!"
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    This story is wonderfully written with lots of humour and irrestitable characters! I love the sarcastic banter and fast pace plot. I would highly recommend this book and series to anyone wanting an excellent and entertaining escape from the usual fantasy story lines.
    It also goes without saying,"Hats off to Lorelei King" who is an incredible narrator! She has a phenomenal way of bringing a book to life!
    Darynda Jones is now in the top 5 of my favorite authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Reigns: Immortal Guardians Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1140)

    In the second installment of Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians series, when Marcus Grayden's grief over the loss of the woman he loved causes him to become reckless, he is assigned a new Second, who proves to be immensely distracting. Contains mature themes.

    Sandra says: "Good Book but a Little Preachy"
    "Origin Of A Character Unique..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    As I said in my review of the first book there is still that predictability of the story but??? In this book I'm not sure if the creation of a character whose origins which are not usually associated with this type of story was last ditched attempt or a plan aimed at diversifying a typical vampire story by the author. So my impression of this series remains the same, it is good with this book a tad more interesting than the first.


    What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Kirsten Potter is a very good narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Dawns: Immortal Guardians Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1711)
    Performance
    (1533)
    Story
    (1540)

    Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control...

    Linda says: "Luscious, Enthralling & Sensual w/o being porn"
    "This is a tough one to describe..."
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    Would you try another book from Dianne Duvall and/or Kirsten Potter?

    Lets see, how to describe this story as I don't want to offend the aurthor in any way but as I was listening to the story it felt predictable. Please don't get me wrong in that it was good and good enough that I purchased the second book but there wasn't much I couldn't forsee coming ahead of the story, so that is why I didn't give it a much higher rating.


    What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Narrators can make or break even the best of stories. Kristen Potter has a very pleasant voice and her depictions of the characters was well done. I would listen to another story by her again.


    Any additional comments?

    In the present day it is very hard to create a different vampire story. The genre is extremely popular and many of the stories have familiar tendencies. Now having said that I adore the fantasy genre the most and consider this book / books to be enjoyable but not great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodrose: A Nightshade Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Andrea Cremer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (155)

    Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's proving herself as the pack's alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Prepare for Disappointment!"
    "Good But???."
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Andrea Cremer? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure at this point. Feelings can enhance a story but in this case there is too much of the same tedious inner conflict.


    Was Bloodrose: A Nightshade Novel worth the listening time?

    The storyline is greatly diminished by the monotonous inner turmoil of the main character that is really annoying. Do I love this one or that one and should I pick this one or that one, blah blah blah? She's an ALPHA WOLF who demonstrates too much weakness and fear and not enough strength of character or self control. This in itself is a huge contradiction. I have listened to all the books hoping this one would have less inner monologue but it seems to have more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (623)

    Combining suspense and intrigue with a wonderfully humorous take on the link between man and beast, Spencer Quinn's exceptional mystery series has captured widespread praise since its New York Times best-selling debut, Dog on It. The Dog Who Knew Too Much marks the duo's triumphant return in a tale that's full of surprises.

    LINDA says: "Mystery from the canine point of vew"
    "Faithful Listener!"
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    What did you love best about The Dog Who Knew Too Much?

    This series is purely enjoyable. The unfolding of each mystery keeps me involved and entertained until they solve it! The character development is also wonderful, creating 3 dimensional individuals that now feel like old friends. I can't wait to go on another adventure with this duo!


    What about Jim Frangione???s performance did you like?

    I love Jim as a narrator, his depiction of Chet and Bernie is exactly how I would envision their mannerism and speech to be!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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