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  • Divide and Conquer: Cut & Run Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (281)

    Baltimore is a city in alarming distress. Rising violence is fanning the flames of public outrage. Thus the FBI’s latest ideas to improve public relations: a municipal softball league and workshops for community leaders. But the new commitments just mean more time Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett have to spend apart when they’re happily exploring how to be more than by-the-book partners. Then the latest spate of crime explodes in their faces—literally.

    N. Houghton says: "Can't Wait for #5"
    "I just like these two"
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    The authors need a copy editor although this isn't terrible. The narrator frequently comes across as more deadpan than the story warrants (although, thank heavens, he also doesn't act out the heavy breathing) and he doesn't leave space where there is obviously a change in scene, leaving me going back to find out what I may have missed. He does a good job of differing the voices, though; the listener is always clear which character is speaking; and I really like the narrator's voice.

    I've read all of the Cut and Run series, listened to two of them (currently there are four in the series), and like them all. The characters are people; they come across each with their own flaws and issues without the authors reaching for the cheap sympathy card (and I am grateful for it). These two are people I am glad to share the world with, although they are not of 'my' world.

    Great literature it is not, and if erotica offends you, this is not the listen for you. In most cases, the sex adds to the information about the characters and their relationship. Occasionally, it is just fun. And, darn it, I just like the characters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Charley Davidson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (716)
    Story
    (710)

    Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow - but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim-reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins.

    RabidReads says: "This book could change EVERYTHING!"
    "It's a day time soap..."
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    Pretty much the same book as the last two or so (forced humor, protagonist who hasn't learned or stretched from the last two books, taking advantage of friends, dad in danger, step mom nasty, boyfriend loves her to insanity and beyond). Even the narration sounds tired. I realize I am probably the minority but I'm done with Charlie et al.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jesse Bering
    • Narrated By Jesse Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    In his eye-opening new book, Perv, the award-winning columnist and psychologist Jesse Bering argues that we are all sexual deviants on one level or another. As Bering takes us into the lives of a woman who falls madly in love with the Eiffel Tower, a young man addicted to seductive sneezes, and a pair of deeply affectionate identical twins, among others, he challenges us to move beyond our judgments and attitudes toward "deviant" sex and consider the alternative: What would happen if we rise above our fears and revulsions and accepted our true natures?

    Matthew says: "Fantastic!"
    "About time someone said this"
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    Loved this book. Love the author and his delivery is exquisite. While the subject matter can have an 'eww' factor, it is something I have wanted to see both studied and then brought out of the crawl spaces since I read the Kinsey report a hundred years ago or so. Get off your judgement plank and consider what it must be like to be one of the 'new' pervs.
    Well done, Mr. Bering; and thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Almost Perfect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Julie Ortolon
    • Narrated By Jane Cramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (67)

    Maddy, Christine, and Amy, friends since college, are thrilled to learn their old suitemate's self-help book, How to Have a Perfect Life, has become a smashing bestseller - until they realize she used them as negative examples of how women let fear mess up their lives. The worst part is…it's sort of true. So, the three friends make a pact: They each have one year to face down their fears - and prove Miss Perfect wrong!

    Amazon Customer says: "Nice Surprise!"
    "Didn't care for it"
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    I thought the story line insipid and a little too 'finger pointy' for me. The narrator has a nice voice, but she'd put a little lilt at the end of most sentences that grated on my nerves. She also, to me, had poor pacing. I want a narrator; the AUTHOR is the storyteller. Could be just me.
    On the plus side, the author can put a sentence together and uses grammar correctly, for the most part.
    It is possible I am just too old and too experienced to fall in love with this story. Needless to say, I won't consider the sequels and I'm glad it was inexpensive.
    As always, YMMV.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Spots

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Melissa F. Olson
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (375)

    When LA’s vampires, witches, and werewolves make a mess, they call Scarlett Bernard to clean it up. Her ability as a null erases all magical traces from anything — or anyone — that comes within ten feet of her, and keeps humans in the dark about the city’s paranormal activity. One night when she’s called to a grisly crime scene, Scarlett is spied by the all-too-human LAPD cop Jesse Cruz, who strikes up a deal with her: he’ll keep quiet about the supernatural underworld if she helps him crack the case. She agrees, but the city’s chief vampire, Dash, starts to suspect Scarlett is behind the murders and will reveal all she knows of his shadowy empire. Now it’ll take more than Scarlett’s unique abilities to clear her name, keep the underworld underground, and track down the real killer.

    Maria says: "How to Nullify a Vamp!"
    "It's different"
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    I liked the story line; it was different and intriguing. The characterization was well done; they acted within the 'person-hood' established for them by the author.

    Pacing was good; the story neither dragged nor jumped ahead without reason. And the narrator stayed true to that.

    I'm not fond, for the most part, of stories that do not end but are the beginning of the next book, and this one has series written all over it, and not in a particularly deft way. (Although it's not a cliff-hanger either.)

    SPOILER**It's a love triangle, although the female protagonist isn't one of those romance Tall and Blonde and Gorgeous heroines, thank heavens. Relationships develop rather than are thrust on one.**

    All this said, I do not think I'll be going to the next (and the next and the next) book. The set-up seems to indicate more of the same, and she did it right the first time; I don't think I'll need a second helping. But YMMV. If you like the genre and don't need clothes falling off every time the characters get close to each other, you might like this. Not a 'gritty' book although there is violence.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mothership: The Ever-Expanding Universe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Martin Leicht, Isla Neal
    • Narrated By Connie Ventress
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Elvie Nara was doing just fine in the year 2074. She had a great best friend, a dad she adored, and a bright future working on the Ares Project on Mars. But then she had to get involved with sweet, gorgeous, dumb-as-a-brick Cole - and now she's pregnant. Teen pregnancy is never easy - especially when extraterrestrials are involved....

    Aryn says: "Wish my daughters were young enough for this one.."
    "Wish my daughters were young enough for this one.."
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    Enough world-building to spark my imagination, not so much as to leave me lost and confused. Some of the 'slang' didn't make sense, but it was a mild distraction.

    Lots of different concepts touched on here; 16 and pregnant and shipped off to an off-world school...could have gone so many ugly ways, but it didn't. The violence and blood-shed is left at remove; perhaps too far removed but it wasn't there for entertainment. And the aftereffects of being subjected to violence are nicely ignored. Which isn't a bad thing, in my book. The YAs this book is aimed at don't need another book of angst and guilt, IMHO.

    Options for the pregnancy are touched on without judgement; if you have strong opinions one way or the other, probably it is best for your blood pressure to pass on this book. But were my daughters younger, I would have enjoyed going out for nachos and discussions about this book. Heck, if I knew of an adult book club reading this book, I'd join in a heartbeat. It's one of those, without having it jammed down your throat.

    And the ending is an ending; no cliffhangers and the reader's imagination is left to figure out what happens after the HEA, and I find myself imagining what's next.

    The narrator is capable; characters are fairly well differentiated and the pacing and pronunciation is well done. My complaint, were I to issue one, is that she sounds fully adult, and the characters for the most part are 16. Quite a disconnect for me, although the story is generally enough to carry the occasional dissonance.

    All in all, worth the time and the money, although I probably won't listen to it again unless I find someone to talk about it with me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1712)
    Performance
    (1593)
    Story
    (1592)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Entertaining"
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    What an unusual, and entertaining, book! The addiction stuff rang true; the characters act like human beings, and the story stays true to the characters as presented--no plot driven people here. Different. The cover makes it look pretty grim, but it isn't overly graphic or nasty.

    And the narrator is PERFECT. The accent sounded spot on, and she made the characters sound true to themselves. Pacing is good, and no weird quirks that narrators sometimes have.

    Altogether, absolutely worth the time and money. And for me, it wouldn't have been nearly as entertaining in print form. Brava to author and narrator, on this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dying Fall: A Ruth Galloway Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (99)

    Ruth Galloway receives a phone call that bears shocking news. A friend of hers from college, Dan Golding, has been killed in a fire at his Lancashire home. Her shock turns to alarm when she gets a letter from Dan. He has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever but he needs Ruth's advice. Even more alarming, he sounds vulnerable and frightened. DCI Harry Nelson is also rediscovering his past. Up north for a holiday, he meets his former colleague Sandy MacLeod, now at Blackpool CID.

    Aryn says: "Still a great series"
    "Still a great series"
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    Action, suspense, great characters and a well-written story. I am getting used to the narrator/voices in my head disconnect (you know, when what you're hearing isn't how you thought the characters should sound ); Ms Corbett is absolutely capable-her men sound like men, her accents are amazing, and I like her voice.

    If you're up for a decent forensic series without a lot of gore and isn't going to leave you unable to sleep at night, allow me to suggest this entire series. And I do suggest you start at the beginning to get the full flavor of how things are put together and who these people are.

    And I'm delighted to say that while this series is beginning to flag a bit, it is still a solid 4 stars.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Raven Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (317)

    Widowed Anna Wren is having a wretched day. After an arrogant man on horseback nearly crushes her, she arrives home to learn that she is in dire financial straits. The Earl of Swartingham is in a quandary. Having frightened off two secretaries, Edward de Raaf needs someone who can withstand his bad temper and boorish behavior. When Anna becomes the earl's secretary, it would seem that both their problems are solved. But when she discovers he plans to visit the most notorious brothel in London, she sees red-and decides to assuage her desires....

    CAROLYN says: "IF YOU'R LOOKING FOR ROMANCE THEN LOOK NO FURTHER"
    "for me, the narrator made it"
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    The snippets of fiction at the beginning of chapters is, to me, weird. Not complaining, just saying... However, I don't think I've enjoyed a narrator more than Ms Quirk. The story is well done, but repetitive in little ways--I think it was six times in the book that the hero lifted the heroine (and once a secondary female character) seemingly effortlessly. We got it, you're showing us that he is strong. Showing rather than telling is part of good writing, however, twice drives the point home, more than that gives me to understand that the author thinks her readers have poor memories or she, herself, forgets what she's written or perhaps just is over-invested in her hero.

    That having been said, I enjoyed the Raven Prince. I failed to find it particularly witty, but it had charm and, while not historically accurate in speech or setting, it is done well enough not to overly jar this reader's senses.

    And the author has a very good grasp of grammar. Only once was I jarred from the story with a grammar "huh?', but turns out it was correctly written. So she wins a HUGE number of points from me for that. Especially in the oral form when an error is so jarring on both halves of the brain.

    So, to sum up, the narrator reads as though she is actually invested in the story without going over the top and without sounding bored or emitting the verbal equivalent of an eye roll. The author does a creditable job of telling a story (foreshadowing by the chapter introductions notwithstanding) and if you like the genre and are looking for something that might hold your interest for a long car ride, this just might be what you're looking for. Certainly far better than a lot
    of the swill out there. And as always, YMMV.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Grounds to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Wendy Roberts
    • Narrated By Haley Traub
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Barista Jen Hanby's coworkers give her a hard time for bringing coffee and pastries to a homeless man who sits outside her café - but she has a secret. The scruffy man is her father. She's also hiding the little matter of why her palm itches. But how can she explain that her hand has a mind of its own and writes messages from the beyond? Right. That'll get her Employee of the Month. When she finds herself scrawling "Your boyfriend is cheating on you!" to herself on the bathroom mirror, she immediately dumps the guy. But then his little fling - who just happens to be her half sister - turns up dead....

    Aryn says: "Probably one of the New Adult stories"
    "Probably one of the New Adult stories"
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    The behavior of the protagonist was just too childish for words. She carries dog poop up to a neighbor's apartment because she's mad at her. Yep, that was about the end for me. She may mature, she may not, but I've already done it once and don't want to watch her try. Not that it may not be someone else's cup of tea. I confess to wondering what the missing dog and the palm itchiness is all about, which is why I bought the book. Do not care to wade through the rest. I'll wait til someone else reads it and get see if s/he will tell me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2322)
    Performance
    (2091)
    Story
    (2081)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "What a lovely and unexpected tale"
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    The story was not at all what I was expecting, and it was all the better for that. I'm afraid to say anything about the story, because the expectations might ruin it for you. But, no violence, ideas offered, a great imaginative tale that kept me guessing, willingly, til the end. Wish I had a book group to discuss it with. YMMV

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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