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Kate

Retail Daze

Member Since 2011

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REVIEWS
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  • Wild Invitation: A Psy-Changeling Anthology

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (226)

    Wild Invitation is an exciting collection of Psy/Changeling stories from New York Times best-selling author Nalini Singh. In "Beat of Temptation", innocent Tamsyn has always had a place in her heart for Nathan, a blooded DarkRiver sentinel. But is she ready for the fierce demands of the mating bond? In "Stroke of Enticement", a wary young teacher, skeptical about love, arouses the man - and the animal - in an aggressive leopard changeling who must prove his affections are true.

    Teresa says: "All Great short stories for Psy-Changling lovers."
    "Pretty decent"
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    These were were good stories for the most part. A few of them were a little slower than I'm used to with her, but I still really liked them. The only thing I really have to complain about is that I'm so very, very tired of the phrase "quintessentially (fe)male" because seriously, what does that even mean?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Highlander Most Wanted: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (697)

    Genevieve McInnis is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen's rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress - something warm, wicked, and tempting.

    Leesa says: "A strong, intelligent, courageous woman"
    "I found this story "trigger-y""
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    By "trigger-y", I mean that the experiences of the heroine made me a little uncomfortable and it was difficult at times for me to handle the brutal discussions/descriptions of what she'd been through. I don't think Banks handle things badly, however, if you're sensitive to issues of rape and sexual violence (especially to the extent this character experienced), you may want to reconsider.

    I enjoyed the story and I liked the characters, but there was a lot of repetition of regarding everyone's feelings which make the book seem 20% longer than it needs to be. Also, I'm now really tired of the word "flesh".

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Bound: Elder Races Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (2057)
    Performance
    (1806)
    Story
    (1820)

    Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

    V says: "Woo Freakin Hoo!"
    "Enjoyable"
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    I love the paranormal-romance genre, but I that doesn't mean I love every book in the genre. This one, however, I thoroughly enjoyed. It had all the things I love: humor, action, a dominant hero, and some good (well balanced) smexy times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mistletoe and Margaritas

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Shannon Stacey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (955)
    Performance
    (812)
    Story
    (816)

    Claire Rutledge still believes in love, despite losing her husband. So, after two years, she's not surprised by the steamy dreams telling her it might be time to start moving on. But she didn't expect her friend Justin to have the starring role.

    Phoebe E. Stell says: "Just one more reason Audible is the best!"
    "Not Bad."
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    2.5 out of 5 Stars

    This wasn’t a bad story and I actually ended up liking it better than I expected. It was sweet, occasionally amusing, and for something that was a short romance and nothing else, it was surprising lacking in trite. On the downside, the narrator was great for some of the voices, but many of his “female” voices grated on my nerves, pulling me out of the story. The real problem for me was that the characters were kind of forgettable, though I think that is in large part due to the brief nature of the story. I think to make the characters vibrant, the story would have had to have been longer, but sadly making the story longer would have made it too long to be enjoyable, at least not without more plot than what it had. In the end, I didn’t mind spending a few hours listening to it, but it won’t be one that I go back to or that stays with me in the long run.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graffiti Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Cath Crowley
    • Narrated By Ben Maclaine, Hamish R. Johnson, Chelsea Bruland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere - spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night - and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city.

    Tabitha says: "Beautiful, Romantic Story & Excellent Narration!"
    "Totally Absorbing"
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    Graffiti Moon pulled me in immediately and simply didn’t let go. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but Cath Crowley’s words painted a thousand pictures and then some.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3540)
    Performance
    (3220)
    Story
    (3216)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "Good Fun, Good Laugh, Good Listen"
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    I really enjoyed this story. While I'll say that Miranda's adventures do seem a little over the top, Harper handles each point in the story with humor and charm that make it easy to overlook the outlandish nature of some of the plot points.

    This is the second or third performance I've heard from Ronconi and yet again I found myself not only enjoying the performance, but believing it. She handles the different voices very well and uses her performance to highlight Harper's humor and romance to the best possible advantage.

    The story is pretty short (under six hours), but it is well worth a listen. I'm currently listening to it a second time and enjoying it no less than I did the first time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1868)
    Performance
    (1684)
    Story
    (1691)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "A Surprising and Intriguing Listen"
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    I saw this book initially in my library and upon reading the description, I wasn't sure that I liked the preface. A cyborg Cinderella and moon-people enemies? Skeptical is the best description I have for how I felt. However, the reviews of this book were consistently high and I didn't have anything else I wanted to listen to at the time so I decided to give it a try.

    This book surprised the crap out of me. The performance was excellent. Soler's reading really brings the story alive. Between the story and the performance I was blown away. It hooked me within minutes, the performance was fantastic, and I never wanted to hit pause on this story which was intriguing and often thought provoking. I was highly impressed and I'm very excited to see more from this author (this is her debut novel).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vanish: A Firelight Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sophie Jordan
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (282)

    To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again... and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will's memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone. she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again.

    Lynn says: "Way too much self loathing!"
    "Did not meet my expectations"
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    Would you try another book from Sophie Jordan and/or Therese Plummer?

    I've read quite a few books by Sophie Jordan that I really loved, so I'm sure I will. While I'm not about to go and look for books performed by Therese Plummer, I'm not going to skip a book because she's the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    It is possible that I would have liked this better if I had read the book instead of listened to it, but after devouring the first one, I found this one disappointing. The plot didn't feel as well thought out as in the first one. The love triangle plot felt a little forced and some of the events just seem random as opposed to plot driven, (for example - at one point a bear shows up which forces the main character to explain something to her hero that she didn't want to tell him making the confession feel unnatural at that juncture in the story). I'm generally a fan of Sophie Jordan (I've read a lot of her historical romances and some of her paranormal fiction) but this just didn't grab (never mind hold) my interest.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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