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Tabitha

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  • The Iron Queen: The Iron Fey, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (575)

    "My name is Megan Chase. In less than 24 hours, I'll be 17. Although, technically, I won't actually be turning 17. I've been in the Nevernever too long. When you're in Faery, you don't age. So while a year has passed in the real world, agewise I'm probably only a few days older than when I went in. In real life, I've changed so much I don't even recognize myself."

    Tobie says: "The Iron Queen"
    "Good Threequel"
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    The Iron Queen picks up right where the previous book leaves off, with Megan and Ash banished from the never never. Megan is determined to go home to her family, but she soon realizes she she will just cause them more danger unless she defeats the fake Iron King. At times this book was a bit slow for me, much more so than the first two, and the ending was obvious. But I did want to keep going despite all of that. The Iron Queen was a good follow up to the first two books in the Iron Fey series, and if you enjoyed those, you will enjoy this one as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hex Hall: Hex Hall Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rachel Hawkins
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    On her 12th birthday, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. Three bumpy years later, after a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she's exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus.

    Tabitha says: "Great Start!"
    "Surprisingly Awesome"
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    Hex Hall is one of those books I've been seeing/hearing about for a while now. I've been interested in reading/listening to it, and fully expected to enjoy it. What I didn't expect was to LOVE it. The book starts off with a love spell gone wrong and just gets better from there. One of the twists at the end (there are several) I really didn't see coming - don't want to spoil it for anyone. I hate to compare Hex Hall to Harry Potter just because it takes place at a school for witches and wizards (all supernaturals really), but it did remind me a little of the Potter series. Only, Hex Hall isn't a place where witches learn to use their abilities, it is a reform school for those who have messed up. I cannot wait to continue with the series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1112)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "A little disappointed"
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    Heirs and Graces really was an enjoyable listen. As usual the mystery was cute, Georgie was Georgie, and Darcy was delectable. Georgie's grandfather only made a brief appearance, which fit with the story but made me a little sad since he is one of my favorite side characters. No Fig or Binky in this one, which was good. But the storyline with Georgie and Darcy didn't move forward. After his proposal at the end of the last book I expected to see more going on there and was disappointed when that didn't happen. I'm also dying to know who it is that Darcy works for. His "spy" nature has been alluded to and danced around for several books and I'm ready to know the truth. All that aside, Heirs and Graces was a great addition to the Royal Spyness Mystery series; it just wasn't my favorite.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tall, Dark, and Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tate Hallaway
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (371)

    Recovering witch Garnet Lacey owns Wisconsin's premier occult bookstore. And a fringe benefit of the job is getting customers like Sebastian Von Traum - piercing brown eyes, a sexy accent, and a killer body. The only thing missing is an aura. Which means he's dead. And that means trouble - something Garnet's a sucker for....

    lindag319 says: "Technical difficulties?"
    "Good..."
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    Tall, Dark, and Dead has a great blend of folklore/mythology that kept me listening to the end. There are witches, Vatican witch hunters, and vampires galore, but Hallaway offers a different take on Vampire lore that is fresh and intriguing. There are the "traditionally" made vampires, and then there is Sebastian. Walking in the daylight is not the only oddity about Sebastian either. While the story is interesting, the characters didn't really do it for me. The book was a decent listen that I did enjoy and would recommend to vampire fans, but unlike with some other series, I didn't have the desire to rush out and buy the second book. I'm not sure I will get around to reading the other Garnet Lacey books anytime soon. I am a huge fan of Ronconi as a narrator, and she did not disappoint here. She was actually the reason I picked up the book in the first place.

    All-in-all a good listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fifth Grave Past the Light: Charley Davidson, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1213)
    Performance
    (1119)
    Story
    (1113)

    Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth... but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason.

    Hassan says: "Charley Davidson is Back!!!!"
    "Awesome"
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    The romance between Charlie and Reyes heats up even more in this latest installment in the Charlie Davidson series. This time, Charlie wakes to find not just one dead woman in her apartment, but a plethora of incorporeal beings, none of who are ready to cross quite yet. Reyes is living down the hall, leading to more fun, naked time. Garrett Swopes, the PI who has literally been to hell and back, returns with some new information on Satan and Reyes' real mission on Earth.

    While Charlie and UB search for the serial killer responsible for all of the dead women in Charlie's apartment, Charlie continues her arson investigation from the last book on the side. Reyes has started a new job, which drastically increases the female patronage of Calamities. And Gemma gets a love interest.

    Once again, Lorelei King does a fantastic job with the narration. Definitely my favorite book in the series thus far!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3007)
    Performance
    (2745)
    Story
    (2732)

    Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

    yasmine32068 says: "Once again this should have disclaimers"
    "Good Spin-off"
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    I love the Jane Jameson series. I have listened to all of the books more than once. So I was really excited to start the spin-off series. And The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires was good, but Iris and Cal are not nearly as good/interesting as Jane and Gabriel. It was nice that the characters I've come to know and love, Jane, Andrea, Joellene, etc. made an appearance. For fans of Molly Harper, this book is a good read. I do plan on reading the second book in the series, but I am not going to run out and buy it the way I did after reading the Jane Jameson series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2701)
    Performance
    (2327)
    Story
    (2342)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Coben has gotten waaaay too popular."
    "Intriguing"
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    What did you like best about Six Years? What did you like least?

    Best: Kept you guessing until the very end.
    Worst: I thought it was going to more of a psychological thriller (totally my fault) so I was a little disappointed that it was not.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very interesting and there were just enough clues to keep me listening without giving away the ending.


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did okay. In general I am not a huge fan of male narrators and the way they make women sound. But Brick did an okay job of differentiating between characters. I also thought his voice was a little old for the age of Jake.


    Did Six Years inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the premise was great. I enjoyed the story but thought the execution could have been a little bit better. I realize it is fiction and that the author needs to make certain things happen for the mystery to unfold and for the main character to be able to find the clues. BUT I thought there was a lot that was just a little to coincidental.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • First Family

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2440)
    Performance
    (923)
    Story
    (919)

    Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The First Lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them.

    jerry says: "Outstanding as always"
    "Good Listen"
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    What did you like best about First Family? What did you like least?

    I liked that it was supenseful! I kept listening straight through just to find out what the big secret was! The whole story was a little convoluted. While I enjoyed the story, it was a little hard to believe that the President could keep such giant secrets hidden during a campaign let alone once he was actually President.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

    Of course! I always enjoy David Baldacci books, even the lesser ones.


    What three words best describe Ron McLarty’s voice?

    Gruff.


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

    I would.


    Any additional comments?

    I always enjoy Sean and Michelle. But the whole side story with Michelle's mother's death in this one was a little odd. I didn't really like that story line, and felt that it didn't add anything to the book. I'd even go as far as to say it took away from the big story and I got a little bored. If I had been reading the book instead of listening to it, I would probably have skipped over those scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Indigo Spell: A Bloodlines Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (535)

    Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch - a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run.

    Brooke says: "Adrian ADRIAN A D R I A N"
    "Sydney and Adrian Heat Up!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If you have enjoyed the series so far, then Indigo Spell is a great addition :-)


    What other book might you compare The Indigo Spell to and why?

    Not sure. While they are spin-offs of the Vampire Academy books, the farther into the series, the less like the VA books they are. Magic takes a center stage in Indigo Spell, so maybe a Discover of Witches? There is the whole forbidden love between a vampire and witch thing going on.


    What about Emily Shaffer’s performance did you like?

    She is a decent narrator, not my favorite, but far from my least favorite.


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

    Forbidden love?


    Any additional comments?

    The previous two books are told from Sydney's POV, just like this one, but there is a lot of Jilly, Eddie, and the other Moroi/Dhampirs. But this book is very Syndey/Adrian focused, which if you like their romance is a great thing. If you don't care for it as much as say, Rose and Dimitri's, then you might not like this book as much as the previous two. You get to meet Marcus, and find out what his group is all about. You find out what you already know about the Alchemists, that they are likely in league with the Warriors. And you get to attend Sonya's wedding, which brings us back to the VA cast. Rose and Dimitri, and Queen Lissa and Christian, are at the wedding, but we don't get to spend too much time with them.

    Sydney is being hunted by a bad/evil witch, who happens to also be Mrs. Terwillinger's sister. In turn, Mrs. Terwillinger teaces Syndey how to defend herself, and Sydney and Adrian travel around the state warning other young witches that they may be in danger from Mrs. Terwillinger's sister (Veronica?). This activity keeps Sydney and Adrian around each other, and falling into romantic situations, despite Sydney's best efforts. All the while, Syndey is trying to decide whether she wants to break ties completely with the Alchemists or continue to work as a double agent and uncover more of their secrets. Working as a double agent is very risky, but leaving the Alchemists means leaving Adrian, Jill, and the others behind. No suprise which she chooses :-)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Lily: Bloodlines, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (668)

    Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students - children of the wealthy and powerful - carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "An Excellent Sequel!"
    "The story is getting good"
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    What did you love best about The Golden Lily?

    I love the developing relationship b/w Sydney and Adrian. I had my reservations in the previous book, but I like how they are connecting over their mutual feelings of being disappointments to their families.


    What other book might you compare The Golden Lily to and why?

    They are obviously close to the Vampire Academy books, since the characters are the same. But, while Sydney is not Rose, she is strong in her own way. Where Rose is outgoing and outspoken, Sydney is more reserved. She is easy to underestimate, which would be a big mistake for anyone who does so.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Sydney taps into her natural witchy powers to locate Sonya, even though it goes against everything she has been taught. She believes the friendship with the Vampire is just as important as her values.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though the characters overlap with the Vampire Academy, the series is good for every different reasons. It doesn't read like a spin-off; although, I wish that we saw more of Rose and Lissa since we see so much Dimitri. And I am still curious about what happened with Tasha and Christian!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Candor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Pam Bachorz
    • Narrated By John Lavelle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    In the model community of Candor, Florida, every teen wants to be like Oscar Banks. The son of the town's founder, Oscar earns straight A's, is student-body president, and is in demand for every club and cause.But Oscar has a secret. He knows that parents bring their teens to Candor to make them respectful, compliant - perfect - through subliminal Messages that carefully correct and control their behavior.

    lyst says: "Good background listening"
    "Decent, ending not the best"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I didn't care for the ending. I thought it might be the first in a series, but since it doesn't appear to be, I was just sort of let down when it ended. If it were the first in a series, I would have given it a higher rating.


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

    Made the ending different or something along those lines. The ending made it feel like the entire story didn't matter since nothing changed and all of the hard work of the main character was almost for nothing.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought the performance was pretty good.


    Could you see Candor being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It would be a good TV series. But it would need more to it. As a stand alone book it felt unresolved at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the premise a lot. I enjoyed the story and characters, I just wanted a better resolution. Or a sequel. While listening, I enjoyed it a lot. After it was over, I was disappointed that nothing changed with the main character's situation. I liked the backstory as to how the town came about and why, and I really thought that the author could have done more with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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