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  • Full Moon Rising: Riley Jenson, Guardian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Keri Arthur
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (278)

    A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson and her twin brother, Rhoan, work for Melbourne's Directorate of Other Races, an organization created to police the supernatural races, and protect humans from their depredations. While Rhoan is an exalted guardian, a.k.a. assassin, Riley is merely an office worker, until her brother goes missing on one of his missions. The timing couldn't be worse.

    Sharon says: "Enjoyed this entire series!"
    "Don't try to compare...."
    Overall

    Honestly, I got this selection some time ago and liked it very much. Enough so that I keep checking for more from the author. But since it wasn't the best or worst I ever read I didn't review it. With all the recent bad reviews tho I felt compelled to correct my lapse. Like I said, this is a very good book. But don't try to compare it to Southern Vampire, Anita Blake, or other similar series. The author has taken a fresh look at vampires and weres and like many other recent entries in the genre done a fair amount of... shall we say 'pick and choose' with the 'rules' that govern these creatures. No, it is not a selection that will rivet you to the headphones but I don't think it should be passed by either.

    One item of note. Many of the other reviews hammer on the sex scenes in this book. They are there, and they are (fortunately or not) becoming a standard for the genre. However unlike recent Anita Blake novels (which I also enjoy) they do not overwhelm and consume 50%+ of the book. If you don't care for this primal aspect I suggest you look to another genre.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5880)
    Performance
    (5039)
    Story
    (5032)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Really needed James Marsters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ghost Story is a critical turning point in the story of Harry Dresden. Many important questions are answered and many new questions are asked. It is in fact such a critical work in the series that not having James Marsters is insane. John Glover may be a top narrator but there was apparently very little prep work done for someone stepping in to read the 13th book of a series. Words, names and terms used in the Dresden universe commonly were mispronounced. And presentation totally altered the perceived character of many. I would go so far as to say that in this case I would happily advance purchase a copy just to have it redone properly by James Marsters. However even with the flaws in John Glover's presentation this is a vital cant miss selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodlist: The Vampire Files, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By P.N. Elrod
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    I've always had a weak spot for strange ladies. One very beautiful girl had even warned me that she was, get this, a vampire. But did I listen? No.

    Joseph says: "A unique perspective on vampire novels."
    "More more more"
    Overall

    I love this series in print and was thrilled to see book 1 in Audio. In the past I have been let down by the audio version of a book I really liked as a result of narration quality or simply a narrator who's voice talent does not fit the topic. I am thrilled to say that neither is the case here. Whitener has taken the persona of Jack Fleming as his own in a way that truely brings the tale to life. My only complaint is that with 10 books so far in the series we have not seen any more of them here in Audio.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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