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Aimee

SACRAMENTO, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Secret Song: Medieval Song, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Roland de Tournay is a handsome rogue with a subtle wit and quick tongue. But he meets his destiny when he must rescue Daria of Fortesque - as daring, as clever, as fascinating as he is himself.

    Aimee says: "No lingering emotion"
    "No lingering emotion"
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    Would you try another book from Catherine Coulter and/or Anne Flosnik?

    Probably not. I do not care for Anne Flosnik as a narrator. Her nasal voice is about as appealing as fingernails on chalkboard. I was also annoyed at her mispronounced Latin when she was playing a character that was supposedly an expert in the language. There was a lot lacking in the actual storyline also. So, it made it very difficult to finish the book. I skipped hole chapters and don't feel like I missed anything since the action moved so slowly. I finished the book and had no lingering thoughts or emotion like I typically do after finishing a good book. Instead I felt I had just wasted time.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Catherine Coulter? Why or why not?

    No. The plot was too simple and I just did not find anything admirable in her characters. Quite the contrary.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I did not like the performance at all.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Hell no!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kinked: A Novel of the Elder Races, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (510)

    As a harpy, Sentinel Aryal is accustomed to dealing with hate, but Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn manages to inspire in her a burning ire unlike anything she's ever known. Aryal believes the new Sentinel to be a criminal, and vows to take him out as soon as the opportunity arises. But the harpy's incessant wrath has pushed Quentin to the limit, and forces him to make a deadly vow of his own. To put an end to the conflict, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, sends them on a reconnaissance mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur.

    Teresa says: "Keep 'em coming."
    "Poor installment to excellent series"
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    If I had to sum this book up in one word, it would be "lacking." The best thing it had going for it was the narrator. A very sad state of affairs for one of my favorite series. This book added nothing to the build-up of the overall series. Instead it seems to be a subplot that branches off and leads to a dead end. In short, after pissing off Dragos (the Wyr King) for constantly fighting each other, Aerial and Quintin (two Sentinel soldiers) are ordered to a post-war devastated foreign land to prevent looters. They have to learn to get along because a big bad witch comes on to the scene and their survival depends on working together. They are attacked, injured, captured, and then escape. They fight the big bad witch who is trying to loot an ancient spell to resurrect her dead mate. They win. (Snore.) The title "Kinked?" Oh, right, because the author takes an attempt at character development involving BSMD - and miserably fails! The "kinky" aspect of the romance between Quintin and Aerial was so forced and clumsy it was appalling. I felt like I was reading a 13 year old write about what they envision as BSDM. I mean, there were velvet bonds and a lot of ordering around so it must be BSDM - right?

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Archangel's Legion: Guild Hunter Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (330)

    Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force. Vampires are dying impossibly of disease. Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York in ruin and Raphael's Tower under siege by enemy archangels. Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York . . . and on Raphael.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Soooo good!"
    "Lacking Installment to Great Series"
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    I really wanted to love this installment but it was a huge disappointment. If you have not read the rest of the series, do not attempt this as a stand-alone. It brings together a lot of previous plots and subplots without explanation. For those that have kept up with the series - the mommy issues continue, predictable alliances solidify, the big bad 'reborn' plot continues, and it all comes together with a 'cascading' (hint hint) effect. I know that sounds engaging, but I would have preferred the last 3 chapters as a novella and cut out the rest of the superfluous clutter that near bored me to tears. Just saying. The best thing this audiobook had going for it was the narrator.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Would-be Witch: A Southern Witch Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kimberly Frost
    • Narrated By Mandy Siegfried
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (105)

    The family magic seems to have skipped over Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets are a few untimely visits from long-dead, smart-mouthed family ghost Edie. But when her locket-an heirloom that happens to hold Edie's soul-is stolen in the midst of a town-wide crime spree, it's time for Tammy to find her inner witch.

    Joie says: "Fun Story"
    "Cliche with bad narrator to boot"
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    The narrator's bad southern accent and mispronounced words were so cringe-worthy that I could barely stand to continue listening. Add to that unoriginal world-building and a predictable plot - yeah, not much to like here. It's also one of those books where the characters tell you every emotion, in detail, that they're feeling but don't demonstrate those emotions. I was extremely annoyed at how unbelievable the character's reactions to situations were. Overall, a bland book with a terrible narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Styxx: Dark-Hunter, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (604)

    Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge. As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother's side. They've spent more centuries going at each other's throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he's willing to trade his life and future for Acheron's.

    C. Mendez says: "Stick with it..."
    "Don't Doubt That You'll Love Styxx"
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    I had nearly given up on the Dark Hunter Series after the last couple installments. In fact, I nearly passed over Styxx because I had my doubts that Kenyon could weave him into a character that I could learn to like. Boy was I stunned by her writing genius! Kenyon wove a story of a family. The story revolves around the assumptions each person makes about others within the family and the devastating consequences that are wrought from actions taken based on those assumptions. It is a story of misunderstandings, regrets, and forgiveness. There is also an engaging romance at the forefront of the storyline that is at times sweet and at other times heart-wrenching. But it was really the family dynamic that I found the most fascinating about this installment. If you are a Kenyon fan, don't doubt that you'll love Styxx. The plot is fast paced and engaging and the overall series storyline is significantly advanced in this installment. Old characters take on new depths and there is a much better sense of where this series is headed. This is by far Kenyon's best work since Acheron.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle Lord's Lady: The Battle Lord Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Linda Mooney
    • Narrated By Kate Udall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    It is three hundred years in the future, and mankind is still trying to survive the Great Collision that changed the earth forever. People live in pockets of civilization called compounds, battling the elements and the mutations, which have developed over the centuries, trying to live and survive day by day. Yulen D'Jacques is the Battle Lord of Alta Novis. His duty is to keep his compound and his people safe, which includes yearly sweeps of the area to remove any mutated men and animals from encroaching.

    Aimee says: "Surprisingly original find"
    "Surprisingly original find"
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    I purchased this audiobook out of sheer boredom and the craving for something unique.The world-building was wonderfully thought out, the characters were engaging, the plot was fast paced and unpredictable, and the narration was stellar. I was not disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood and Sand: Elemental World, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hunter
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    Dead women are showing up in the desert east of San Diego, and no one understands why. When the story comes to the attention of reporter Natalie Ellis, she can't help but make comparisons to the tragic deaths she'd investigated years ago.... Bodies may be piling up in his sire's territory, but water vampire and feared enforcer, Baojia, is stuck entertaining the rich and clueless at a club in San Diego. He's taken his exile with all the grace he could muster, but his patience is starting to thin.... Sparks fly when mortal and immortal are thrown together.

    b says: "such potential turned to worse than drivel!"
    "Way Overrated"
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    I purchased this audiobook after reading all the dazzling reviews for the book (and the whole series for that matter) on Amazon. Well, don't believe the hype. This book was mediocre at best. The storyline was nothing original (vampires, blah, blah, blah). The plot took a stumblingly slow and utterly predictable path and the characters fell flat. The narration was horrible. Frankly, there's nothing to miss here.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Her Highness and the Highlander: Princess Brides, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Tracy Anne Warren
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    While journeying home from Scotland, Princess Mercedes of Alden’s coach is set upon and her personal guard killed. Barely escaping with her life, she seeks help at a nearby inn. After years of soldiering, dispossessed Laird Daniel MacKinnon is finally coming home. At an inn he is confronted by a bedraggled young woman claiming to be of royal blood. Daniel doesn’t believe her wild tale, but when she asks for his protection, he agrees to serve as her bodyguard....

    CAROLYN says: "SAT/NAV NOT NEEDED ON THIS ROMANTIC ROADTRIP ROMP"
    "Cliche nonsense"
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    I usually love Tracy Anne Warren but this book fell well below the quality of her "Trap" series. It has a totally cliche "princess in danger of highwaymen" storyline with a gruff rescuer who the naive princess marries, her disapproving family who tries to force a divorce, the princess almost dying before her family accepts the marriage, then after they do the gruff rescuer miraculously becomes rich, and the princess becomes pregnant. Save yourself the money - there's nothing original here.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hungry Like a Wolf: The Others Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christine Warren
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    When her father died, Honor Tate inherited the alpha position for the White Paw werewolf pack... and now it's time to make a formal request that the alpha of the Silverback clan - the pack to which all locals owe fealty - recognize her as alpha of the White Paw. But instead of sending his support, the Silverbacks send Logan Hunter. For years he has been fighting his alpha instincts and the need for his own pack.

    Robbie says: "Expanded Short Story with Iffy Results"
    "Awful!"
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    Buy this audiobook if you love books with: 1. A flat plot line; 2. A heroine who puts pride above common sense; 3. Overdone sex scenes; 4. Lack of originality; 5. No movement in the overall series; 6. Underdone supporting characters; 7. Unlikeable hero.

    Overall, this was the worst book in the series to date. It's an 8 hour audiobook that I fast forwarded through in less than 2 hours because I could not conceive of wasting more time than that listening to such crap.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ammey McKeaf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jane Shoup
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    At 19, Ammey McKeaf is a golden-haired beauty who is beloved and protected, not only by her father, the most revered General in Azulland, but also by five elder brothers, all champions of the games that are held on the 15th-century island country. Her brothers have trained and challenged her all of her life, especially at swordsmanship, which will serve her well. Trouble stirs when Marko Corin, the ambitious leader of Bellux-Abry, seeks to gain control of the country. His small bands of highly trained soldiers, known as "wolf packs", roam the country, reaping destruction and death.

    Aimee says: "Mediocre"
    "Mediocre"
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    The good - an extremely talented narrator that was brilliant putting texture to the characters.

    The bad - the author didn't have the same level of talent as the narrator. The book was just so-so. The pace was erratic. Very engaging in parts but completely lost my interest otherwise.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Scent of Jasmine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Catherine Edilean Harcourt has no lack of suitors at home in Virginia, waiting to fulfill her dream of marriage and family. But Cay’s adventurous spirit, fostered by growing up with her three brothers, is piqued while visiting her godfather in South Carolina. Bedridden with a broken leg, he asks Cay to fill in for him on an urgent task: on her way to a fancy dress ball, she must deliver a packed horse to an old friend’s son - who also happens to be an escaped convict charged with murdering his wife!

    Karen says: "Solid Jude D"
    "Snore."
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    This audiobook was such a bore! The plot plodded along at the pace of a slug on a shady sidewalk. And the narrator made matters exponentially worse with a tendency to over pronounce every word. The story was so cliche and the characters so flat that it just couldn't hold my interest. I started skipping entire chapters starting with chapter two. It never got better. To sum it up - annoying, spoiled rich girl rescues convicted wife killer from hanging because her godfather asked her to, blah, blah, blah, girl and escapee go on the run, blah, blah, blah, sex, blah, blah, blah, his wife is still alive, blah, blah blah, he has to escort his wife back to where she came from to go on trial for murdering her "real" husbands relative, blah, blah, blah, the relative isn't dead after all, blah, blah, blah, her "real" husband takes her back, blah, blah, blah, the escapee goes back to annoying, rich girl who could think of no one but him for the year he was away with his wife who wasn't really his wife, blah, blah, blah, happily ever after.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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