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eclectic_pet

New Caney, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Naked Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (627)

    In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling Heat Wave, Richard Castle does it again with his thrilling new mystery. Tough, sexy, professional, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City’s top homicide squads. In what’s sure to be another smash sensation, listeners will once again follow Nikki Heat and hotshot reporter Jameson Rook as they trade barbs and innuendos all while on the trail of a murderer!

    Blanche says: "enjoyable mystery"
    "I love the Niki Heat books"
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    Would you listen to Naked Heat again? Why?

    I love these stories. They are another twist on the characters from the TV Series.

    I love in the books, that Niki and Jameson, get HOT and STEAMY!!!

    The drama is great and the humor is excellant.


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

    Johnny Heller adds depth to the characters. I can't imagine anyone else narrating a Richard Castle story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Blood: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2228)
    Performance
    (1939)
    Story
    (1918)

    Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

    BJG says: "A little predictable"
    "Too much of the Masked Ball duplicated"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this to a friend if they read the Masked Ball at Broxley Manor. Too much is duplicated.

    If they hadn't read the other, than I might recommend this one


    What was most disappointing about Rhys Bowen’s story?

    This story felt rushed and she seemed to be pushing the characters to do things. I does not flow as well as her other books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Katherine Kellgren?

    Katherine is fine and I have grown to expect her for Georgie. But not Katherine's best work either.


    Do you think Royal Blood needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, this book, needs to be left alone.


    Any additional comments?

    Not one of Mrs Bowen's best. But I still love the characters and want to see what happens to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Masked Ball at Broxley Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (745)

    A delectable prequel to the national bestselling Royal Spyness mysteries featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch—thirty forth in line to the throne, and England’s poorest heiress. At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man—until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Strident narration, shallow story"
    "Not her best, so don't judge this series by this!"
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    Would you try another book from Rhys Bowen and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    I love the series, but this novella was stale. Even the narration felt forced.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rhys Bowen again?

    Yes, but if this was my first time with this series...I'd never pick up the next one.

    I am back in the series, listening to another one immediately after this. I felt better listening to it.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Narration was harsh, not the normal Gorgiana


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from FREE Masked Ball at Broxley Manor?

    All of it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Case Is Gonna Kill Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Phillipa Bornikova
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (263)

    What happens when The Firm meets Anita Blake? You get the Halls of Power - our modern world, but twisted. Law, finance, the military, and politics are under the sway of long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar. Humans make the best of rule by “the Spooks”, and contend among themselves to affiliate with the powers-that-be, in order to avoid becoming their prey. Very loyal humans are rewarded with power over other women and men. Very lucky humans are selected to join the vampires.

    decembergrit says: "Great Story!"
    "Don't remember why I picked, but sure glad I did!!"
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    Would you listen to This Case Is Gonna Kill Me again? Why?

    The odd girl out and how she handles each catastrophe...or not.

    She is having a hell of a time with her new job and I wait to see what will happen next. A roller coaster ride.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Defiantly the main character. Clueless sometimes, but trying to make her way in this new world. But feisty too.


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

    Pretty much!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sad to see that there is only one other book. I've already added it to my wish list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Touch of Midnight: Midnight Breed Series, Book 0.5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    Savannah Dupree is a freshman studying at Boston University on a full scholarship. But Savannah possesses something even more remarkable than a quick mind and an insatiable curiosity for learning. With a simple touch, she can see an object's past-a skill that puts her life in danger when her studies bring her into contact with a centuries-old English sword and the terrible secret hidden within the blade's history.

    Amazon Customer says: "3.5 stars, not particularly memorable story"
    "Finally Gideon & Savannah's story"
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    Where does A Touch of Midnight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    All of Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed stories are among my favorites, A Touch of Midnight, is now added.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The references to the emerging computer technologies. I often laughed aloud at work, good thing I'm in my own office.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The bathtub scene...


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

    Absolutely. As I do with ALL of the Midnight Breed stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2574)
    Performance
    (2388)
    Story
    (2376)

    Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

    Diana Turmenne says: "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
    "A new angle on Half Moon Hollow Paranormals"
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    What other book might you compare A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses to and why?

    This book goes right along with the others in the Half Moon Hollow universe. All the paranormals are connected in some way, and this brings our old friends back to interact with new members.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Amanda's performance is always outstanding. But she took it up a notch, with the Boston and Irish accents. Especially when a conversation includes, Southern twang, Boston quirk, and Irish drawl!! Awesome.


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

    I always want to listen to Molly Harper's stories in one sitting. But I MUST break it apart, especially when I'm laughing uncontrollably!


    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
    (3849)
    Performance
    (3531)
    Story
    (3508)

    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"
    "Back to Half Mood Hollow!!!!"
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    If you could sum up The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires in three words, what would they be?

    Chaos, Vampire, and Road-Trip. If that doesn't grab you attention, nothing will!


    What other book might you compare The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires to and why?

    Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs. This story brought us back to Half Moon Hollow, introduced us to more residents of the most paranormal SOUTHERN town in America!!


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

    The sarcastic wit of Molly Harper's writing. Reading it just wouldn't have the same flair, nor the Southern twang that adds another level to the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Always, always, A L W A Y S, laugh my ass off.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3087)
    Performance
    (2415)
    Story
    (2410)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "No her normal paranormal, but Great just the same!"
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    What made the experience of listening to And One Last Thing... the most enjoyable?

    The humor, definitely Molly Harper's sarcastic wit and humor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The progression of Lacey's writing, from the newsletter to the final ending of her story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The morning of Monroe's birthday (no spoiler here)!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of snorting and laughing out loud. But that's what I've come to expect with a Molly Harper book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love's Strategy: Brothers in Arms, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Samantha Kane
    • Narrated By Alex Moorcock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Valentine Westridge and Kurt Schillig are lovers, and have been since the Peninsular War when lonely young officer Valentine let himself be seduced by the equally lonely Kurt. Now they're back from the war and intent on beginning the future they dreamed of together, one that includes a quiet country estate, horses, dogs, children, and each other. Their plan, however, also requires a wife. At the suggestion of a mutual friend, Valentine and Kurt believe the financial security they can offer to impoverished widow Leah Marleston will help her accept the unusual sexual relationship they are suggesting.

    Kd says: "Erotic & a Bit Implausible"
    "I like the stories, will deal with narrator."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story yes, the narrator...not so much. But I like the stories and want to know who's love life is next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kurt, his willingness to take care of everyone. Especially the children.


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

    Naughty!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4061)
    Performance
    (3695)
    Story
    (3688)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "Paranormal Hottie and Querky Heroine"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Driving Mr. Dead to be better than the print version?

    I only listen to Molly Harper books with Amanda Ronconi to bring it to life.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Amanda always makes the humor, roll on the floor laughing!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Snort or guffaw out loud at work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Run with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2350)
    Performance
    (2181)
    Story
    (2162)

    Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger - only to discover he's really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don't faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she's known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham - that's a risk. Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper. The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.

    Hassan says: "A Refreshing Book & Funny too!!!"
    "I'm considering moving to Alaska!!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The humor that always comes from a Molly Harper story. I find myself laughing out loud at work. I make sure that I don't have any soda handy when I listen. Soda burns when it comes out of your nose.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Well I would certainly LOVE to find these hunky werewolves. I want to smell like home to one.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Humor pure and simple


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with Amanda Ronconi's performance. She is the voice of Molly Harper's worlds. Just as James Marsters is for Jim Butcher's Dresden world. Or Lorelei King for Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum world.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I want more naked werewolves!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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