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  • Tall, Dark & Hungry: Argeneau Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (636)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (397)

    It bit: New York hotels cost an arm and a leg, and Terri had flown from England to help plan her cousin's wedding. The new in-laws offered lodging. But they were a weird bunch. There was the sometimes chipper, sometimes brooding Lucern, and the wacky stage-actor, Vincent. (She couldn't imagine Broadway casting a hungrier singing-and-dancing Dracula.) And then there was Bastien. Just looking into his eyes, Terri had to admit she was falling for him.

    Shay says: "Another great series!!"
    "An entertaining story"
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    There was plenty of humor and great secondary characters to liven things up, which was a good thing. Without them, this story would've fallen flat. I was disappointed in the lack of intrigue - I saw a glimmer of possibility when the taste-testing went awry, but it never happened. Still, a fun romance for romance's sake.

    I know some reviewers don't care for the male performer, but I found his pace and voice acceptable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Old Friend of the Family: The New Dracula, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The Southerland family left the old world to start anew in America, but little did they know that a blood-feud, older than history itself, would follow them through the generations to come. Kate Southerland, the first born of the latest generation of Southerlands, has been murdered, but she is not dead. Her little brother, Johnny, has also vanished, a severed, bloody finger the only clue. But the Southerlands have no clue what they've fallen into....

    Amanda Pike says: "I'm glad these are finally coming out!"
    "I wish I had this old friend in my family!"
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    Vlad is THE ally to have, indeed! He comes to the aid of the Southerland family, Mina's descendants, when evil strikes. his story sets the stage for the rest of the stories that follow that take place in present time. Easily one of my favorites in this series, made are the more enjoyable by Robin Bloodworth's excellent performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seance for a Vampire: The New Dracula, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Bram Stoker portrayed Dracula as a terrifying creature of the night: heartless, soulless, preying on the pure and innocent. Fred Saberhagen, bestselling coauthor of the official movie tie-in for Bram Stoker's Dracula, shows another side to Dracula as the vampire is summoned by Dr. Watson to rescue Sherlock Holmes.

    Amanda Pike says: "I'm addicted to this book series."
    "Homles and Dracula, together again"
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    This time it is Dracula who must rescue his nephew (though in this book Holmes is referred to as his cousin, even though in the preceding book Dracula identified him as a nephew of sorts).

    Told much of the time from Watson's perspective, I thoroughly enjoyed his character. Forced to acknowledge the existence of vampires in the Holmes-Dracula file, he nonetheless is reticent to summon the Prince when Holmes is abducted, even though he knows it is the best course of action. Even so, the two men form an uneasy alliance in order to discover what has happened to Holmes. Throw in a crazy former pirate vampire in search of a lost treasure, and it is lots of fun and intrigue. I won't spoil it here for you, but the resolution of the treasure hunt was an interesting twist.

    I wish Saberhagen had been able to pen a few more of these stories. As always, Robin Bloodworth's performance is top notch!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dominion: The New Dracula, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    When two ancient, ruthless beings, locked in a struggle for the ultimate magic weapon, bring their blood feud to New York, Vlad Tepes races to hide the coveted weapon.

    Amanda Pike says: "A great book series"
    "Not my fav in the series, wonderful performace"
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    I read this book out of order, but I don't think that matters much for this story. I love Robin Bloodworth's portrayal, but the story itself is much darker and lacks cohesion. There really isn't much Dracula in this story as he takes a secondary seat to other characters and crops up infrequently, and at the end.

    As the plot unfolds, we find several different events converging together to create the main plot, but many times they lack important connecting elements to help the reader understand what's going on.

    I'm still trying to decide if Saberhagen did this on purpose because he wanted the readers to fill in the blanks with their own ideas, or if the good stuff ended up being edited out or he was just out of inspiration. I guess we will never know!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Holmes-Dracula File: The New Dracula, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    World-famous “consulting detective” Sherlock Holmes faces a terrible crisis: a ring of criminal masterminds has threatened to loose thousands of plague-infected rats into the streets of London. But the Black Death isn’t Holmes’ only problem. A lone killer haunts the city. His calling card is a trail of corpses, drained of blood to the last drop.The key to solving both crimes rests in the hands of a mysterious nobleman recently returned to London on a personal matter. His name is Dracula.

    Amanda Pike says: "I love this book series"
    "Robin Bloodworth's narration is top notch!"
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    I love this series, and am delighted to see we get to hear Robin's voice through all of them. I so wish it wasn't too late to send a fan letter to Fred Saberhagen. I loved these books when they were first out, and reading them all these years later is like meeting up with a dear old friend.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Dracula Tape: The New Dracula, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    The never-before-told story behind the legend of Count Dracula! The story of the Count’s greatest love, Mina Harker, and the bloodthirsty vampire hunters whose cruel pursuit drove the master of the night to actions ever more ruthless. The Count Dracula sets the record straight.…

    Amanda Pike says: "FINALLY!"
    "Bravo!"
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    I will confess that I first read this book when it was new in 1975, as a teenager. I was delighted to find it here, along with rest of the series, and also afraid that my long-ago impressions would be tainted by my childhood memories. I am delighted to say its as good now, better even, than I remembered.

    This was my first Dracula story and remains my favorite to this day. Dracula asks us to consider the Stoker story from his point of view, complete with rambling reminisces, dark humor, his profound disdain of his nemesis, Abraham VanHelsing, and some unlikely and humorous situations he finds himself in while acclimating to the "modern" mid-19th century world (such as passing himself off as a "portable closet" salesman when one of his crates of earth is discovered).

    Bloodworth's portrayal is nothing short of amazing, whether as Dracula in present time, in the past with his Transylvania accent, Renfield or VanHelsing, you cannot help but be drawn in to the story. If I didn't know better, I'd say he was the Prince of Darkness himself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Twice Tempted: A Night Prince Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1722)
    Performance
    (1593)
    Story
    (1612)

    Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold-shoulder treatment forever - especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.... Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes.

    Hassan says: "A Book FULL of events and actions"
    "Loved it! Even better than the first!"
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    It was so worth the wait! Plot twists, danger, angst, humor and steamier-than-book-one romance topped off by another stellar performance by Tavia Gilbert. I couldn't put it down, even through the work day whenever I could sneak a listen.

    I've read a lot of Vlad over the years but I think Frost's development of his character is by far the best. Based on the historical character, she makes no excuses for his vampire world view, which is sometimes brutal, while giving us insights into what's made him into the man and vampire he is.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Reluctant Vampire: Argeneau Vampires, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (331)

    Rogue hunter Drina Argenis (from the Spanish side of the Argeneau family) has been many things in her years as an immortal, but bodyguard/babysitter to a teenage vampire is something new. There's an incentive, however: the other vampsitter, Harper Stoyan, may be Drina's life mate.

    Angi says: "Love the Argenueau Series"
    "Good performer - reluctant story"
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    I am still not sure who the reluctant vampire is, but I was definitely a reluctant reader. The whole "Marguerite says you are life mates" line is getting very old.

    Despite the story being rather long in the tooth (pun totally intended), the performer did a great job with the female voices and accents. I don't know why all her male characterizations have to sound so Forrest Gump-like to me, but they do. Just because a fellow with the name Tiny is a big buy, it doesn't mean he has to sound like he's punch-drunk.

    I will say that I learned that skunks are native to North America, but you'd think even a European vampire would've seen an episode or two of Looney Tunes in her long lifetime and realized that odd flat looking kitty with the white stripe down its back is, indeed, Peppy LePew!. That part in the book was hilarious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Grave at a Time: Night Huntress, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2612)
    Performance
    (2363)
    Story
    (2353)

    Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving - leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit. Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive.

    Hassan says: "Another GREAT Book!"
    "Frost & Glibert at their best"
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    I have listened to all of the available books in the Night Huntress realm, and I cannot say how much I enjoy hearing Tavia Glibert perform each one. It lends a welcome consistency to my vision of the characters. If you listen to and/or read enough series books (not just this one), you soon realize that many have redundant themes, and even redundant scenes, but not these. Each story is unique and entertaining. While the bad guys usually get their butts handed to them in the end and we learn more about our favorite vamps along the way, Frost does a stellar job of planting the seeds for the next story, whether it's in this series or one of the spin-offs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Renegade Hunter: A Rogue Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (263)

    Nicholas Argeneau was once a successful hunter who went after rogue vampires who broke the immortal law. Except no one has mentioned his name in the last fifty years, not since he turned into a rogue himself. But once a hunter, always a hunter. When Nicholas sees a bloodthirsty sucker terrifying a woman, it's second nature for him to come to her rescue. He had no idea he would also want to kiss her senseless.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Winner"
    "Great story until the end"
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    I've listened to a few of the Argeneau books, but this was my first in the Rogue Hunter series. This is book 3, and while it would be helpful to know some of the other Argeneau history, you don't need to read the others in this series to understand what's going on.

    I was pleasantly surprised by the edgier story line than the more light-hearted Argeneau books...until the end, that is. I won't spoil it for you, but the end left me wondering if this was the vampire version of "who shot JR?" from the old Dallas TV show.

    The performance by Kirby Heyborne was acceptable, though the pace of the narration was a little slow for me - not how I would imagine the characters would really sound. Most of the characters' voices weren't all that different, with the notable exception of Lucien Argeneau, which really stood out. I'd listen to Kirby do Lucien all day long.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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