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  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2326)
    Performance
    (2053)
    Story
    (2043)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    Overall
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    Read from November 20 to 24, 2012

    Listened for FUN!
    Part of my 25 Christmas Reads for 2012
    Overall Rating: 4.50
    Story Rating: 4.50
    Character Rating 4.50

    Audio Rating (not part of the overall rating): 4.50
    Christmas Rating: Just plain fun!

    First thought when finished: Rhys Bowen hit it out of the park with The Twelve Clues of Christmas. It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!

    Just my thoughts: The Twelve Clues of Christmas was a jolly good time! I had a blast while listening and was thrilled to delve back into her royal spyness. This is one fun series for those that like amateur sleuth stories. Check it out when you get a chance! These have a small carry over story but I think they can be read out of order or as standalones.

    About the audio: Narrated by Katherine Kellgren and she did a bang up job! Her voices were spot on, the pacing was fantastic, and the reading was delightful.

    Final thought: I recommend the Royal Spyness series to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries!

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • A Fistful of Charms

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2365)
    Performance
    (1522)
    Story
    (1531)

    The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her - not necessarily in that order.

    Sarah Silverstone says: "Series going down hill"
    "Not my favorite"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Read/Listened for Fun (Library/Audible)
    Overall Rating: 3.75
    Story Rating: 3.50
    Character Rating: 4.00

    Audio Rating: 4.50 (Not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished:A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison won't go down as one of my favorites in the series mostly because of Nick!

    Overall Thoughts:

    1: Have never been a fan of Nick (though I honestly don't want her with Kist either) and so I am hoping the end marked their relationship from this point forward.
    2: I still love the troubled threesome but the foreshadowing is making me pre-sad!
    3: Big Jenks = Awesome!
    4: Hoping this is a turn for Ivy and she will be more open!
    5: No Trent so I felt like the overall story didn't move forward.
    6: Need more Ceri--she is super interesting.
    7: Less Kisten (and he wasn't even in this one much)

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By Marguerite Gavin / Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins


    She really nails all of these characters. I am just a fan of Marguerite's narration. Awesome is just awesome :)

    Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews

    My Status Updates:

    20%: #Listening Yeah Jenks is back in the mix!
    51%: I am reading and listening. The library had the book so I can switch up Yeah!
    56%: Listening while working today: I HATE NICK! Seriously I doubt he dies (cause really I wouldn't miss him so that means he lives) but the Ray Ray thing is going to make me fall into the world with some duct tape :)"
    60%: Listening is that really about to happen? OMG really Ivy/Rachel--this is a really intense scene!

    Favorite Quote:

    “If you do it once, it’s a mistake. If you do it twice, it’s not a mistake anymore.”

    He grinned. “That’s because pixies are ever-after. We’re magic, baby. Just ask Matalina.”

    “Damn it all to Disneyland! Where’s crap for brains?”

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  • Every Which Way but Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2499)
    Performance
    (1635)
    Story
    (1646)

    Some days, you just can't win. Witch and former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has managed to escape her corrupt company, survive living with a vampire, start her own runner service, and face down a vampire master.

    Ananda says: "oh! the trashy goodness!"
    "Still Hooked"
    Overall
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    Listened/Read for Fun (Audible/Library)
    Overall Rating: 4.00
    Story Rating: 4.25
    Character Rating: 3.75

    Audio Rating: 4.50 (Not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished: Every Which Way but Dead by Kim Harrison would have been a 4.50 for me except for the men.

    Quick Thoughts:I am loving Rachel, Jenks, and Ivy but the men really need to become a bit more worthy before I will claim total love with this series :) In fact, the romance (for lack of a better word) is the only "soft spot" for me. The action, mystery, and world-building are just over-the-wall awesome.

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By Marguerite Gavin / Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins


    Marguerite Gavin is a perfect match for this series. I am really enjoying her narration. I can't imagine anyone else doing it!

    Part of the Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2761)
    Performance
    (1817)
    Story
    (1819)

    Former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has it pretty good. She has left the corrupt Inderland Runner Service and started her own independent service. She's survived werewolves, shape-changing demons, bad-hair days, and sharing a church with her vampire roommate, Ivy. She even has a cute (if human) boyfriend - what more could a witch want? But living with a reformed vampire isn't all it's cracked up to be.

    louis says: "I found a new series"
    "So far so Good"
    Overall
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    Listened for Fun (Audible)
    Overall Rating: 4.00
    Story Rating: 3.75
    Character Rating: 4.25

    Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)


    First Thought when Finished:The Good, The Bad, and The Undead by Kim Harrison was a good follow-up and I am getting hooked on the series.

    Quick Thoughts:

    What I Liked:

    1: Rachel, Jenks, and Ivy
    2: The Action
    3: The Mystery
    4: The twisty, turny events of the story

    What was Meh:

    1: Her dating life makes me crazy (not in a good way)
    2: Nick
    3: Not a lot moving forward in the world.

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By Marguerite Gavin / Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins


    Marguerite Gavin is perfect for Rachel! I am really enjoying this on audio and will skip the one that she didn't do. She really brings a little something extra to the table.

    Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles - Levana's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (487)

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told - until now. Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death.

    Log Cabin Pat says: "For fans only"
    "Needed to be Told"
    Overall
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    Listened for Fun (Audible)
    Overall Rating: 4.00
    Story Rating: 4.00
    Character Rating: 4.00

    Audio Rating: 4.50

    First Thought when Finished: Fairest by Marissa Meyer is a story I felt needed to be told!

    Overall Thoughts Did I feel bad for L after this story? Nope! Granted her back story did have me pitying her just a bit. Everything she does is for one reason only: it is what she wants! She is very self-tunneled visioned (I know not a thing but it is the best way I can describe it)

    Did I like getting her history? Sure! She is an evil queen and Marissa did a great job of showing that there are layers to even the most evil of characters. Granted they may just be more layers of evil but they are layers!

    Did I like the sneak peak at Winter? You BETCHA! Can't wait! Though I am going to have to do a total re-listen before the final book! That will happen closer to release time.

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated by: Rebecca Soler /Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins


    The series is narrated by Rebecca Soler and she does a wonderful job. The only one I did not listen to in audiobook was Cress. I missed Rebecca's narration while reading. She adds layers and emotions to the wonderful words that Marissa Meyer has written. If you have not given these a whirl on audio, you should!

    Now We Wait

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thrill of the Haunt: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By E. J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (213)

    Alison Kerby's guesthouse is already crowded with spirits. The last thing she needs is a whole new batch of haunts settling in. As Alison's reputation as "the ghost lady" grows, so does her business - and not always in a way she'd like. Tourists may be flocking to her guesthouse for a chance to glimpse her resident spirits, but her special abilities are also bringing unwanted private investigation cases to her door.

    Marcus says: "Good series, though getting a bit drab"
    "Fun Times!"
    Overall
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    Listened for Fun (Audible)
    Overall Rating: 4.50
    Story Rating: 4.50
    Character Rating: 4.50

    Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of my overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished: The Thrill of the Haunt by E.J. Copperman was my favorite one in the series.

    Overall Thoughts: Since I have been asked a few times, I will just tell you that yes I read these out of order AND it didn't take away from my enjoyment at all. This series is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. It has great characters, fun cases, and lots of twists. It never gets boring.

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By Amanda Ronconi / Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins


    Ronconi--need I say more? Seriously if you have never listened to a book narrated by her then you are missing out! She has great pacing, emotion, and snark!

    Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It Done! Reviews

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Breaks: Kate Daniels, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    Overall
    (1066)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (989)

    No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: If there' s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it. As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers.

    RabidReads says: "Characters die, power shifts, a new path is forged"
    "Fun!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Listened/Read for Fun (Audible/Library)
    Overall Rating: 4.25
    Story Rating: 4.00
    Character Rating: 4.50

    Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished: Despite the hot mess that was the "investigation" (sorry there were parts I was like "really Kate" and quit calling them kids), Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews was a fantastic read/listen (I actually read most of this one because I was out and about instead of where I could listen). I LOVED how it ended and can't wait to see the next adventures. I want MORE!

    LOVED: I have to add the following quotes to my quote jar (most courtesy of Desandra, Ascanio, Derek--they should have a road show)

    “Quick, Derek, it's your chance to shine," Ascanio said.
    Derek gave him a withering look.
    "Desandra is a mother, Robert is married, Kate's affianced, and I'm an old soul. You're the closest thing to a virgin we've got. Get on with growing some flowing locks.”



    Desandra shrugged her shoulders. "Hey, Kate? Have you thought of walking up to Hugh and telling him that he's got the biggest dick ever?" She spread her arms to the size of a baseball bat.
    "No, you think it would work?" I asked.
    "It's worth a try. May be he'll be so happy you noticed his pork sword, he'll forget all about trying to kill us."
    Pork sword. Kill me now. "I'll think about it."
    Ascanio began patting his clothes.
    "What?" Derek growled.
    "Looking for something to take notes with.”



    “Sit your ass down, Don Juanabe," Derek said.
    "Don Juanabe?" Ascanio pulled out his swords.
    "Don Juan Wannabe," Derek explained. "See I shortened it. If you still don't get it, I'll write it down for you after the fight."
    "You've maxed out your wit quota for the night," Ascanio said.
    "I'm just getting started."
    "Be careful, you might sprain something in your brain.”



    “Where are we going?” Desandra asked.
    “We’re going to Blue Ribbon Stables,” I said. “It’s the closest place to rent a horse.
    “Why?” Desandra asked.
    “Because I can’t keep up with you on foot,” I said.
    “And she runs like a rhino.” Derek added. “You can hear her a mile away.”
    Traitor. “I thought you had my back?”
    “I do,” Derek said. “The rhino running is nice. Makes it easy to keep track of you. If I ever lose you, I just have to listen and there you are.”
    “Yes,” Desandra agreed. “It’s convenient.”
    I laughed.
    “Are you always this casual?” Robert asked.
    “Derek and I worked together for a long time,” I told him. “He’s allowed some leeway.”
    “What about Desandra?”
    “She only bothers with protocol when she wants something. The rest of the time it’s lewd jokes and descriptions of plums.”
    Desandra snickered.
    Robert’s eyebrows crept up. “Plums?”
    I waved my hand. “Don’t ask.”



    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By Renée Raudman / Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins


    Just Listen! Trust me you will love it :)

    Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Shift

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Nalini Singh, and others
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    New York Times best-selling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight, as the scent of Bastien Smith's elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that's as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he's found his mate, he'll do anything to keep her.

    Cathy says: "Would prefer single titles, rather than anthology."
    "Magic Steals Only"
    Overall
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    Listened for Fun (Audible)
    Overall Rating: 4.25
    Story Rating: 4.00
    Character Rating: 4.50

    Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)

    Note: Only listened to Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews

    Overall Thoughts: OH Jim! Way to ease into it :) <---that ending quite frankly had me fist pumping and going "WAIT! I need the rest of that scene". Overall I adore Dali and Jim and hope we get more stories from them in the future.

    Audio Thoughts

    Narrated by Angela Dawe


    I love Angela Dawe! I just want to say that upfront but it is hard for me to wrap my head around different narrators picking up characters that I already have in my head with another narrator. She did well but it wasn't the same. I don't blame Angela--just my head for liking it one way!

    Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, Done! Reviews

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1338)
    Performance
    (1223)
    Story
    (1232)

    Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shape-shifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta. Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shape-shifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute - and they’ll pay him in medicine.

    Vinity says: "Wow!"
    "Hard to Rate"
    Overall
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    Listened for Fun (Audible)
    Overall Rating: 4.00
    Story Rating: 4.00
    Character Rating: 4.00

    Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews was such a hard book to rate.

    Overall Thoughts: Had you asked me in the middle of Magic Rises what I thought after the relationship drama, pirate were-dolphins (WTF), and mean girls, I would have said this book was a 3 or 3.5 (what can I say I still love all my side characters and loved the new ones)! However, I am an ender and that freaking last quarter had ALL THE FEELS! I am like seriously so drained that I don't think I can pick up the next one yet. I am emotionally gutted and yet I laughed like a wicked witch during the epilogue. Gah ---just all over the place. I am sure those that have read it understand and those that haven't just don't start here.

    Breath in, Breath out and grab the next one! First though I am going to listen to the deleted scenes.

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By Renee Raudman / Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins


    She NAILED IT! Just listen already :)

    Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! reviews

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Slays: Kate Daniels, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1545)
    Performance
    (1245)
    Story
    (1266)

    Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job. Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she's still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be - now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate's mate.

    Yuriko says: "Another wonderful additon"
    "Oh Kate!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Listened for Fun (Audible)
    Overall Rating: 4.25
    Story Rating: 4.50
    Character Rating: 4.00

    Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished: Other than the unnecessary relationship drama in Kate's head (at least she calls herself on it) Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews was another KICK ASS addition to the series. I am just plowing through these (I am going to regret it when I have to wait with everyone else). Loved the fighting and the detective agency. Can't wait to see where the story goes now!

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By Renée Raudman / Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins


    Broken Record Alert: Love Renee's narration of this series. It is a MUST LISTEN!

    Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal Target: An Elite Ops Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kay Thomas
    • Narrated By P.J. Ochlan
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    A former SEAL and Black Ops specialist who left the CIA, Nick Donovan gave up a life on the edge to work in the private sector. But that didn't stop his enemies from coming after him - or his family. In a case of mistaken identity, a drug cartel kidnaps his sister-in-law's best friend - a woman from Nick's past.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Action Packed!"
    "Action Packed!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Listened for Fun (Audible)
    Overall Rating: 4.00
    Story Rating: 4.25
    Character Rating: 3.75

    Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished:Personal Target by Kay Thomas had me wishing I had started at book 1 and that book 3 was already out. It was that good!

    Overall Thoughts: The action was intense! I really like when a RS is heavy on the suspense and action so this was right up my alley. Also I am partial to stories about rescue surrounding human trafficking (aka my love of the LCR series by Christy Reece). It is a global issue so the locals also were interesting (Africa, Mexico). The romance was strong and with their history easy enough to fall in love with them. My only character complaint was the middle part of the story Jennifer was edging that TSTL line and Nick was pent up angry man. They both redeemed themselves though and that is all that matters. I will be picking up book 1 and counting down to book 3!

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By P.J. Ochlan / Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins


    Holy number of accents! P.J. did a great job considering the number of accents in this story (Mexico, African, Southern) and still managed to keep the main characters unique. His male characters were stronger than his females but didn't take me long to warm up to those. I would listen to his narration again.

    Status Updates

    25%: "#Listening Best Quote So Far: "As closed as a nun's knees". So far really liking it--though gotta give it up to Jenny she seems to be a little more together than the professional Nick."

    50%: #Listening Oh Thanks God she realized (hopefully) that she really was being a TSTL leading lady. Though they do need to talk!"

    Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, Done! Reviews

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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