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Rowan

I am a 40ish woman with more interests than time but some of my favorite things are books, audio books and e-books. I have over 325 audio titles and have already listened to about 2/3rds of them. I drive over 25000 miles a year and my listening keeps me sane on the road.

Member Since 2006

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  • Wild Cards I

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (editor), Walter Jon Williams, Melinda Snodgrass, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (530)

    In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.

    Joseph Rispoli Jr says: "A True Classic!"
    "Spectacular anthology and world building!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wild Cards I to be better than the print version?

    I think they are both excellent. I read the book many years ago and it stayed with me because it was an example of how powerful an anthology can be. I love how each consecutive author builds on the world of the previous one. It tells of a single monumental event just after World War II that changes the entire future of mankind. It's unique though because it is told from the individual accounts of those who lived through it. Poignant and powerful storytelling. The audio book does an excellent job of bringing the story to life. I don't think it makes it better, but it does keep the integrity of the original.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Cards I?

    Since each short story is a personal account of the new world after the Wild Card is released, each is important and impacting in its own right. But, if I have to pick, I am always moved by the story of Jet Boy and how the whole thing happened. I love Dr. Tachyon too and how he tried to stop it but our own politics and greed stopped him from succeeding.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to count. Each section is a short story unto itself so each contributes to the world building and tone of the one to follow. But since it's a different author for each one, the voice, feel and emphasis is completely new with every chapter.


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

    Yes. These are not all happy endings and the impact of each transformation is as varied as the title suggests so some stories lift you up, while others, particularly those of the jokers, break your heart. Others are horrific or terrifying but the way they intertwine is amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there had been more than one narrator since it can be difficult in the audio version to know when you are switching voices. Also these must be listened to in order as each story builds off the one before it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Doll's Twin: Tamir Triad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine, Lynn Flewelling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (247)

    As people start to recall the Oracle's prophecy, Erius begins to quietly kill off his female relatives who pose the only threat to his monarchy. Constantly in fear for her life, Princess Ariani the King's sister, gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. But Ariani is married to Lord Rhius, the patron of the powerful wizard Iya, and Iya has sinister plans for the babes.

    Katherine says: "Easy to like"
    "Engaging combination of Epic Fantasy and Horror!"
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    What did you love best about The Bone Doll's Twin?

    I loved the unique twists on the traditional Fantasy format. The book had several aspects that separated it from the flock. First, it combined genres. All the fantasy elements we expect were present like; Swords and sorcery, feudal systems, usurpers to the crown, hidden heirs and complex world building. However there were two deviations from the norm. One, was the creepy and dark, emotionally complex ghostly characters that continue to play roles throughout the tale. The other was the gender twist on the main protagonist Since the boy prince was actually a girl hidden in her brother's skin through some horrible magic. These aspects made this far more than a simple tale and led me to love the whole series.


    What other book might you compare The Bone Doll's Twin to and why?

    Since it crosses so many genres I would have to say it is a mix of Raymond Feist's Riftwar saga (at least in feel and tone) and Anne Rice with dashes of Poe mixed in.


    Which character – as performed by Victor Bevine and Lynn Flewelling – was your favorite?

    Ki and Lehl were my two favorite characters though Arkonio grew on me as well.


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

    YES! I could not sleep. I had to keep reading and figure out what happened. This author does not spare characters and kills them off occasionally so you never know what will happen. I really enjoyed the relationships between many of the characters. I found them heartwarming and genuine.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was excellent. An all around wonderful read. This is a trilogy and this is the first book. Due to the nature of the story they must be read in order.

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  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9514)
    Performance
    (7016)
    Story
    (7058)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Forbidden romance and rich history combined!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Discovery of Witches to be better than the print version?

    I would in some ways. The narrator, Jennifer Ikeda, does a remarkable job of personifying the characters in tone and nationality which makes it feel more intense and realistic. I still love the written word but I also love this in audio format because of the rich portrayal.


    What other book might you compare A Discovery of Witches to and why?

    Honestly this is a stand alone series. There are touches of other familiar elements but the historical detail, scholarly approach and the unique aspects of these paranormal creatures makes this difficult to compare with other series.


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

    This was my first and I loved it.


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

    A distinctly unique and romantic walk through a history you only thought you knew. A novel of forbidden love and a destiny trying to be fulfilled.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful read and a spectacular listen. You will be transported.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1941)
    Performance
    (1302)
    Story
    (1307)

    Suffering a horrific childhood as the son of a Bloodletter in his father's war camp, Vishous pledges death to members of the vampire-hunting Lessening Society. Vishous knows no love. He feels no emotion. He lives only to oppose the slayers. But after suffering a mortal wound, a human surgeon named Dr. Jane Whitcomb tends to him. Her ministrations, however, extend beyond his physical injury - and before long her tender hand has awakened feelings of pleasure that Vishous never dreamed existed.

    cmclien says: "Being the bloodletters son says it all..."
    "A painful journey with an unconventional twist!"
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    Where does Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High. I love this series and was curious about where the story was going after the pervious book. JR Ward and Jim Frangione did an excellent job with Vishous's journey and some of his history is just gruesome. V is another tortured character who channels his demons in some unique ways but he is forced to go in a direction he would never choose with his life and fights it with all his might. I really felt for Vishous and wanted him to find his joy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Vishous's evolution and his conflicting feelings for both Butch and Jane. I loved learning his back story even though it was very painful to listen to and broke my heart. It also made me all kinds of angry and I enjoyed getting my inner rage on against the Scribe Virgin and the Bloodletter.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When V is recovering from the gunshot and is in the room with Jane. The interplay and building romantic tension was awesome.


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

    Both. I laugh myself silly at some of the antics of the brothers but V's story really made me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the series in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Revealed: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1922)
    Performance
    (1323)
    Story
    (1338)

    Butch O'Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he's the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world-to engage in the turf war with the lessers. His heart belongs to a female vampire, Marissa, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. And if he can't have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers.

    Antoinette says: "My Favorite"
    "Great story with a surprising twist."
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    Where does Lover Revealed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High. I was surprised by this novel for several reasons. I didn't think I would like it since the main character was one that I was not invested in initially from his portrayal in earlier books in the series. That changed dramatically as the book progressed. This book is different from the others and yet has that intensity that JR Ward is know for.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Actually, while I learned to love Butch, Vishous was my favorite. His friendship with Butch is so intense and powerful that it changed my attitude towards both of them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When V finds Butch after the Lessers had him is such a powerful scene. V's determination to save him at all costs just floored me. He acts so selfless and he faces the overwhelming odds with such ruthless cunning yet at the same time underneath it all he is so fragile. It really moved me.


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

    What if everything you knew about yourself was based on a lie and it took everything you had to find it... would you? Even at the risk of your own life? Butch is going to find out... and find love along the way.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the series in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Awakened: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2270)
    Performance
    (1504)
    Story
    (1528)

    The vampire Zsadist is a former blood slave with a violent past. When he meets Bella, Zsadist thinks her human love could be his path to salvation. Then Bella is kidnapped, and Zsadist will stop at nothing to get her back.

    Annette Gingrich says: "LOVED IT! WAITING FOR BOOK 4"
    "My favorite Black Dagger Book!"
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    If you could sum up Lover Awakened in three words, what would they be?

    Heartbreaking, Powerful, Redemption


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Zsadist! He was this tortured creature.. barely recognizable as capable of human emotions and then he is unwillingly forced to face his past and seek something better. His journey is some of the most powerful and emotional writing I have encountered and it is my favorite book in the series, hands down.


    Which character ??? as performed by Jim Frangione ??? was your favorite?

    Zsadist because it is such a hard character to portray. It could have felt uncomfortable if not performed so brilliantly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could barely stop. I listen on the road for work and I hated having to go into my appointments and stop listening. This is also the first book I listened to at home. I just didn't sleep until it was finished. Then I started it over.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a pivotal book in the series and it must be read in order.

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  • Lover Eternal, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2410)
    Performance
    (1632)
    Story
    (1653)

    Listeners looking for a fresh twist on vampire tales need look no further than the erotically charged Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Mary Luce is dissatisfied with her life and her job. But when she is unwittingly thrust into the vampire dominion, everything changes. Falling under the protection of the Brotherhood's strongest member, Rhage, she soon finds herself drawn to his animalistic urges.

    Adebowale says: "I love this book"
    "2nd in the Sexiest Paranormal Series Ever!"
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    Where does Lover Eternal, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2 rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Very high! The reality is that I have hundreds and hundreds of titles and yet I have listened to this many times. Why? Because it is an emotional roller coaster with characters that I love! Mary's plight is heartbreaking and Rhage is so much more than meets the eye. Spectacular book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lover Eternal, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2?

    I don't want to give it away but the moment Rhage finally commits. It is a powerful scene and when the reality of the choice hits you.... well its intense.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Actually the scene when Mary tames Rhages beast.... it was more the reactions of everyone else that make it so awesome!


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

    Mary facing her horrible illness just broke my heart. Also the introduction of John Matthew. Wow.


    Any additional comments?

    This series must be read in order. Some characters develop through each book and as a result the series must be read sequentially.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Lover: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (3139)
    Performance
    (2019)
    Story
    (2030)

    The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

    Tracy says: "Amazing start to this awesome series!"
    "Sexiest Vampire Series Ever!"
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    Would you listen to Dark Lover again? Why?

    I have several times and will come back to it often. The story is heartfelt and sexy with great dialog and a wonderful narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wrath because he is this tortured character who finds something he wants and stops at nothing to get her!


    What about Jim Frangione???s performance did you like?

    He captures the pain and the longing that is inherent to Wrath's character while keeping the intense masculinity of the man. At the same time Beth is real and doesn't sound forced or false which is even harder for a male narrator to accomplish.


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

    Both! Often! This is a tough character who lives this brutal existence yet is surrounded by these intense characters. Some of whom are quite funny and some who just break your heart.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite series. If you love paranormal romance then this is the series for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3378)
    Performance
    (2733)
    Story
    (2720)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Maggie says: "Loved this audiobook!"
    "Great paranormal mystery with a dash of romance!"
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    Where does First Grave on the Right rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Lorelei King is one of my favorite narrators for a reason and she brings a favorite series to life! Definitely in my top ten!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Don't get me wrong, I love Charley, but Cookie is the perfect foil! She is actually my favorite!


    Which character ??? as performed by Lorelei King ??? was your favorite?

    I still love Cookie! She cracks me up and is the perfect compliment to Charley!


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

    Being the Grim Reaper is one tough job but managing to be a Private Investigator at the same time is just plain nuts! Add in a very complicated love life and you have a fun and compelling story that you can't put down!


    Any additional comments?

    Lorelei King is a brilliant narrator! Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4162)
    Performance
    (3180)
    Story
    (3188)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "Absolutely hysterical!"
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    What made the experience of listening to How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf the most enjoyable?

    The sly humor that was captured by Amanda Ronconi perfectly! You hear every ounce of sarcasm and wit with perfect clarity.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The excellent delivery of some delicious snark combined with interesting and entertaining characters. The plot is set at a good pace and the author does not hesitate to add drama and mess with characters you care about.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Its hard to name just one. Any conversation Mo has with Cooper or Evie is a winner but I also love the scene when Mo meets Maggie!


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

    What happens when a desperate to get away from home southern belle moves to Alaska and encounters the world of the supernatural all in one shot! Funny and Charming with a great plot!


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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