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  • Raintree: Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber, Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (75)

    Two hundred years after the Raintree clan defeated and abandoned them on a small Caribbean Island, the Ansara wizards are rising again to take on their bitterest foes. Despite their extraordinary powers and supernatural origin, the Raintree have largely blended into the modern world. They are bankers, cops, husbands, wives, and lovers in the society of humankind. But now, from Nevada to North Carolina, the rejoined battle will measure the endurance of their people.

    Virginia A. Mickelson says: "A 'no ending' story"
    "Quick Listen"
    Overall

    The story was pretty good, though the protagonist was a little too alpha male for me. Also I liked the idea of two narrators (one male, one female). However, the voice of the female narrator quickly got annoying. Her narrator voice was fine, but the character voice for the protagonist female was nasally and winy. It was a quick listen despite that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sizzle: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (138)

    Lyra Prescott, a Los Angeles film student, is closing in on graduation and facing important decisions about her future. She's already been offered a job at her hometown TV station, an opportunity that could ultimately launch her dream career as a film editor. But heading back home would also mean dealing with her overprotective brothers, social-climbing mother, and eccentric grandmother. Unsure of her future, Lyra dives into work on her final school assignment: a documentary transformed by a twist of fate into a real-life horror film.

    Amazon Customer says: "Loved It"
    "Sizzle lacks sizzle"
    Overall

    While I did like Sizzle, it didn't live up to its title for me. My actual rating for this audiobook would be 2.5 stars. The only humor came from the bumbling antics of Milo (which eventually only engendered a smirk or an eyeroll) and Lyra's grandmother. And the connection between the two protagonist seemed superficial/weak. With Sam coming across as a much stronger character than uninteresting Lyra could ever be. I couldn't take Lyra as a smart adult woman seriously, let alone a seductress. Also, there was a time near the end where I fell into a big plot-hole, when Lyra's muted cell phone was supposed to provide the captured confession of a bad guy. Because a muted cell phone wouldn't catch anything from the person holding the cell phone- the point of the Mute button. But it was nice to see how the Kincaid line("The Bride" and "The Wedding") has progressed. So overall it came across as something that would have past the muster better in the early 90s. Where the young, beautiful heroine and handsome mature (older) man meet and fall in lust then love.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Stone: The Negotiator Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By C. E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Eve Bianco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (287)

    Okay, so jogging through Central Park after midnight wasn't a bright idea. But Margrit Knight never thought she'd encounter a dark new world filled with magical beings, not to mention a dying woman and a mysterious stranger with blood on his hands. Her logical, lawyer instincts told her it couldn't all be real, but she could hardly deny what she'd seen...and touched.

    Deborah says: "Entertaining if formulaic"
    "Gargoyles for adults"
    Overall

    This series is basically a more adult version of Gargoyles The Animated Series, where instead of Eliza Maza, NYPD Detective, we have Margrit Knight, lawyer. All in all this story follows the typical format for supernatural suspense/adventure stories. Which is it's downfall, often the heroin came across as smart and a smarta@$ but also intelligent and foolish/brave depending on the moment. However, what annoyed me most is that it seemed as though only one person could be smart at a time in any scene to progress the action or plot. Overall, if you like heroins in the vein of Anita Blake (ending at Blue Moon and without the killer martial arts skills) then you'll know what to expect from Margrit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Natural Born Charmer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1530)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (690)

    Dean Robillard is the Chicago Stars' hotshot quarterback. Not only does he have lightening reflexes on the field, he is also utterly gorgeous. First seen in the critically acclaimed Match Me If You Can, Dean is trying to recover (both mentally and physically) from a shoulder injury by taking a road trip. Along the way he meets Blue, a beautiful woman down on her luck, and as they spend more time together their attraction grows.

    MSEreads says: "Another CHARMER from SEP!"
    "Highs and Lows"
    Overall

    Here Phillips offers a pretty good story, however, more background on the main female character would have helped me understand her better. I would have loved it if her mother somehow entered the story. But she didn't, giving most of the development to the male lead. There the story is at it's most interesting. The story forces the levity a bit, but it's still a good listen by a reader who has done other Phillips books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Honest Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Marie Caliendo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1568)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (503)

    As the widow of an infamous race car champion, Abby O'Hurley shunned publicity. But how could she keep charming, disarming, and ruthlessly cynical biographer Dylan Crosby from uncovering her darkest secrets?

    Jill says: "Good Read"
    "Selection that won't disappoint"
    Overall

    Though dated, the O'Hurrly series is one of the best that Nora Roberts has done. This book of the series is a straight romance unlike two of the other books in the series and allows Roberts to focus on the characters and their development. Worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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