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Maureen

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  • Death's Rival: Jane Yellowrock, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1118)
    Performance
    (1009)
    Story
    (1010)

    For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.

    Hassan says: "This Is WAR!!!"
    "Best of the series by far!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Death's Rival the most enjoyable?

    Great story and great narration. I finished this book late at night and I was so hyped up I couldn't fall asleep. I wanted more. I have really enjoyed all the books in this series but I found this story more suspenseful. I loved it.


    What other book might you compare Death's Rival to and why?

    It is hard to compare this book to another I have read because of the main character's duel nature. The Alfa Omega series by Patricia Briggs, also a great series, has a bit of this with Charles and Brother Wolf. Charles is also influenced by his Native American heritage. While they are very different in many ways, if you like Mercy Thompson and/or Alfa Omega by Patricia Briggs I bet you will like Jane Yellowrock too, but I suggest starting with book one.


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

    I think Ms. Hvam does a great job bringing Beast to life. I just don't think I would ever have fully understood the Jane/Beast relationship without her masterful narration.


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

    There is always a chuckle or two in a Jane Yellowrock book but this one put a lump in my throat more that once. That surprised me.


    Any additional comments?

    I just hope Faith Hunter will write #6 fast, fast, fast!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Cravings: The Phoenix Pact, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1268)
    Performance
    (1163)
    Story
    (1164)

    Wolf shifter Jaime Farrow has a secret. And no one - not her Alpha, not her best friend, and most definitely not gorgeous Dante Garcea - can know the truth. She thinks keeping her little “problem” under wraps from Dante won’t be so tough; after all, he’s ignored her for years, despite her best attempts at flirtation. But though Jaime is determined to face her problem alone, nothing can stop her from wanting him.... As Beta, Dante is responsible for the protection and safety of his entire pack. If a wolf is hiding something that could endanger the others, it’s his business to know about it....

    Melanie says: "Wickedly Delicious"
    "Just a clone of the first book"
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    This book is so similar to the first book in the series that I feel the author should be ashamed. The bedroom dialog is almost identical. I did not even finish the book, there seemed no point. I know it got a lot of good reviews but if you are looking for an interesting story don't buy this book. The author seems to have a formula and she is sticking to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House of the Rising Sun: Crescent City, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kristen Painter
    • Narrated By Elijah Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
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    Every vampire has heard rumor of the mythical place where their kind can daywalk. But what no vampire knows is that this City of Eternal Night actually exists. And its name is New Orleans. For centuries, the fae have protected the city from vampire infestation. But when the bloodsuckers return, the fragile peace in New Orleans begins to crumble.

    beachgirl says: "Great story! Excellent narration"
    "The narrator ruined this book for me"
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    I can't give this book a fair review because the narrator just set my teeth on edge. I found his female characters especially awful. I just couldn't get into the story. It may just be me, but I suggest listening to the sample before you buy.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Night Broken: Mercy Thompson, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1894)
    Performance
    (1757)
    Story
    (1753)

    An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

    Hassan says: "Good Addition!!"
    "Great author, great series"
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    I love Patricia Briggs. I have to admit, I listen to her books over and over again. she manages to keep her characters and plots fresh and interesting. Night Broken is no exception, I really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in Red: A Novel of the Others

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Alexandra Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (927)
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    (854)
    Story
    (862)

    As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

    Angela says: "WOW!!!!! JUST WOW!"
    "Interesting world, I liked it"
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    There was a lot to like about this book. I found the world interesting and original and even though this is a long book it didn't drag. I think the author could have spent a bit more time and effort explaining how and why Meg was so quickly and completely accepted by the others. also, while the narration was competent a stronger voice would have made it better for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Arts: Jane Yellowrock, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (789)

    When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace. Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy - one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.

    Hassan says: "Molly And Her Family Are Back!!!!"
    "Another great book. Go Faith!"
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    I love this series. I do not enjoy books that are basically bodice rippers with a vampire or wolf in place of the pirate or viscount. Jane Yellowrock's world has grit, humor and depth. This series has held my attention from book 1. Even if you don't normally read fantasy or paranormal books, if you like action and adventure with a little steam from time to time I bet you will like this series. Only one negative, the long wait for book 8 has just begun for me.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Sucking in San Francisco: Lily Goodwill's Story, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jessica McBrayer
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (68)
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    (60)
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    Working at a Suicide Prevention Center in San Francisco, Lily Goodwill thinks she's heard it all - then she gets a call from a man about to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. Something about the caller, maybe his yummy British accent or Lily's ability to understand his crushing ennui, makes her break all the rules and rush to meet him. After all, she is a vampire and if she can't talk him down she can glamour him. But things don't go according to plan.

    B. Simpson says: "Valley girl narrator"
    "The storyline had potential but ..."
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    This book was a disappointment for me. It got some good reviews so I took a chance. The author seems to have some talent but I found this tedious. A vampire who calls his reluctant lover Ma Petite, now why does that sound familiar? The thing that I just could not take was Lily's endless drivel about her two love interests. I get it, they are both gorgeous, they both kiss well and she can't make up her mind between them. This constant prattle takes up most of the book. I found the outlines of the characters interesting but they were never developed. When Lily does make up her mind, no real reason is given. No grit and no real humor. My advise, save your credit and wait for the next Faith Hunter or Molly Harper book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Death in Cyprus: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By M. M. Kaye
    • Narrated By Julia Farhat
    Overall
    (14)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    Twenty-year-old Amanda Derrington is on an extended cruise with her uncle when she decides to make a short trip to the sun-washed island of Cyprus. But even before the ship arrives in the port, there is a suspicious death. Once the passengers reach the island, it soon becomes clear that the death was in fact an act of murder. What Amanda had meant to be a pleasant excursion quickly takes a turn for the worse in this classic novel of suspense and romance by one of our most celebrated writers.

    Maureen says: "Timeless story, great author"
    "Timeless story, great author"
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    What a great summer read. I love a book that takes me away to an exotic location and another time. What makes this book great is how well it is written. It is romantic and suspenseful without being cheesy. This book is well narrated. The voice fits the book. Audible has several other M.M. Kaye novels available but sadly the narration choices are poor on several of them. It's a real disappointment. The wrong choice of narrator really ruins a book for me. So if you enjoy this book and want to try another in the "death" series, I recommend listening to the sample first.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2940)
    Performance
    (2379)
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    (2383)

    Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stones throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valleys pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg.

    Ducky says: "MOLLY HARPER IS A HOOT!!!!!!"
    "The story is a bit familiar but still fun."
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    If you could sum up The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf in three words, what would they be?

    repetitious, funny and ok


    Would you recommend The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf to your friends? Why or why not?

    I Love Molly Harper. I have most of her books. This is the first one that left me a bit underwhelmed. It is not a bad book. I enjoyed it, but it seems too similar in plot to her last werewolf book to me. So this would not be the first book on my recommendation list, and I do highly recommend Molly Harper to my friends.


    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Amanda Ronconi is the best. I always enjoy her performance.


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

    Of course I laughed, Molly Harper is funny!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SPQR III: The Sacrilege

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Maddox Roberts
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    When a sacret woman's rite in the ancient city of Rome is infiltrated by a corrupt patrician dressed in female garb, it falls to Senator Decuis Caecilius Metellus the Younger, whose investigative skills have proven indispensable in the past, to unmask the perpetrators. When four brutal slayings follow, Decius enlists the help a notorious and dangerous criminal.

    Judith A. Weller says: "Great Roman Mystery"
    "Great series, book three at last"
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    Would you listen to The Sacrilege again? Why?

    These books are always worth a replay. I love the way the author brings historical figures to life. Caesar is very cunning and a jerk and Pompey lets other gererals fight the big battles then jumps in at the end to take all the credit. It's fun to see these giants of history in a very human way. I also love the main character and the humor woven through the story. I always seem to find something new when I replay a SPQR novel.


    What other book might you compare The Sacrilege to and why?

    Almost anything by Bernard Cornwell will have a good historial plot and great action.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    Yes. I like John Lee but...I really did miss Simon Vance.


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

    Why does audible always ask this question?


    Any additional comments?

    Please Audible can we have more of this series. The sooner the better.

    1 of 1 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
    (1727)
    Performance
    (1564)
    Story
    (1567)

    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."
    "Very entertaining, almost perfect"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Third Grave Dead Ahead to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narration of Lorelei King is always a treat, She really brings to story to life. also I can drive, vacuum, cook and listen too. I Can't do any of that with the print version!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The cast of characters and the humor.


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

    A good narrator can give a character a depth that I sometimes miss in a print version. I judge Ms. King to be a very good narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Charlie passes on a message it almost always gets me.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book but it seemed to me that Charlie's constant flippancy and sarcasm became overwhelming. At times I just sort of became numb to it and missed some of the most humorous lines. It just seemed a bit heavy handed in the first half of this book. By the end of the book Charlie has a lot to think about and has maybe grown up a bit too. So I get why the author wrote it that way, it's just a little overdone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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