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  • 28 reviews
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  • Twice as Hot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (93)

    Belle Jamison is finally starting to feel like a normal girl again. Her job as a paranormal investigator is going well, she's learned to control her supernatural abilities (mostly), and she's just gotten engaged to Rome Masters, the ultra-sexy operative who once tried to neutralize her! But planning a wedding is never easy....

    Patsy G. says: "Don't waste a Credit"
    "Fast response from audible request and great"
    Overall

    After the first book of this series I couldn't wait for this installement. It was great and audible had it up so fast--way to go

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1364)
    Performance
    (1115)
    Story
    (1116)

    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Harold says: "From Civilization into Darkness"
    "Spellbinding narration of a great story"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narration is maybe the best I have ever heard, and I have nearly 1000 audiobooks in my collection. He brought the darkness and despair out and gave it life through his reading. This was an Oscar worthy performance of an audiobook.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Branaugh had a wonderful work to begin with but his ability to bring it to life was a pure rare delight. I hung on his narration and felt the lonely dark despair of the characters


    What does Kenneth Branagh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Life, fear, disenchantment and expectation of his next word. It gave the book vivid emotion.


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

    No spoilers so ...Marlowe's emotional voyage at the near end.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the truest examples of the wonders an audiobook can be when a great book meets an unsurpassed narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent's Shadow: The Kane Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1369)
    Performance
    (1221)
    Story
    (1236)

    When young magicians Carter and Sadie Kane learned how to follow the path of the Ancient Egyptian gods, they knew they would have to play an important role in restoring Ma’at (order) to the world. What they didn’t know is how chaotic the world would become. The Chaos snake Apophis is loose and threatening to destroy the Earth in three days’ time. The magicians are divided. The gods are disappearing, and those who remain are weak. What are a couple of teenagers and a handful of young trainees to do?

    Shelly Manus says: "A very satisfying *almost* conclusion to the story"
    "Exciting conclusion to a fun series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Serpent's Shadow: The Kane Chronicles, Book 3 rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    In the top one third


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Serpent's Shadow: The Kane Chronicles, Book 3?

    Walt has a sad yet hopeful conclusion


    What does Katherine Kellgren and Kevin R. Free bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Teenage eye rolling speech that makes you feel as of teens were relaying events to you in person


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

    Magical teens save the world-- Again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silver-Tongued Devil: Sabina Kane, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jaye Wells
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    Heralded author Jaye Wells has staked out a treasured place on readers’ shelves with her breathtaking tales of urban fantasy. Silver-Tongued Devil features Wells’ heroine Sabina Kane: outcast, assassin, and magnet to supernatural species. When a string of murders threatens to stall negotiations between the mages and vampires, Sabina leaps into the fray. But the more she learns, the more she realizes that there are dark forces stirring.

    Readers Confession says: "My favorite of the series!"
    "A good story and series progression"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, although it would be best to start with book one for continuity
    It is a good stand alone story with many interesting characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I always like Sabina as she has the internal struggles to deal with


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

    As usual Holloway mispronounces away but it seems to be a bit less here.


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

    Tragedy and triumph in equal measure


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacrificial Magic: Downside Ghosts, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (184)

    When Chess Putnam is ordered by an infamous crime boss—who also happens to be her drug dealer—to use her powers as a witch to solve a grisly murder involving dark magic, she knows she must rise to the challenge. Adding to the intensity, her boyfriend, Terrible, doesn’t trust her, and Lex, the son of a rival crime lord, is trying to reignite the old sparks between them.

    Lupdilup says: "JUST MAGIC!"
    "Urban ghost fighting flawed heroine - unique"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Sacrificial Magic?

    Chess is still as messed up as ever and yet she starts to care about it. The two street gangs are revealed more and some new good characters are introduced.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A good character progression and story


    Have you listened to any of Bahni Turpin???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is one of the best narrators on audible. Her readings bring the characters to life.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10606)
    Performance
    (7526)
    Story
    (7530)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Good start to a great series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Storm Front in three words, what would they be?

    Wizardry attracts trouble


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Storm Front?

    Giant acid spitting frog demons and love potions are bad


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    A quirky kind of dry humor that comes through


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The following books of the series get better exponentially

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spider's Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2508)
    Performance
    (1900)
    Story
    (1911)

    They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

    Alex says: "Only because..."
    "Finally a smart competent assassin"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about Spider's Bite?

    Gin has confidence and is not in constant shame of herself.


    What other book might you compare Spider's Bite to and why?

    Most books like this have a self loathing star. this one is blissfully okay with the work so whining about herself is absent.


    Have you listened to any of Lauren Fortgang???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    Both in short bursts that are well timed


    Any additional comments?

    the first of a series and sets it up well

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3941)
    Performance
    (2816)
    Story
    (2852)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "It must be a teen thing, predictably angsty"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not an adult and maybe not teen. Slow, simple storyline. Some points are just maddeningly bad.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Eeeewwwwwww, yuck.


    Which character ??? as performed by Ari Graynor ??? was your favorite?

    None


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

    Not even on TV for free


    Any additional comments?

    I think there should be a hormone requirement of teenage levels to read/listen to this. If I read this as a teen I still think I would have rolled my eyes and said "really?".

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Templar

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Raymond Khoury
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (387)

    As the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291, a young Templar knight, his mentor, and a handful of others escape to the sea carrying a mysterious chest. In present day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights steal a strange device. In the aftermath, an FBI investigation is led by anti-terrorist specialist Sean Reilly. Soon, he and archaeologist Tess Chaykin are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading knights.

    Ed says: "A Good Listen"
    "Been there done that several times before"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Raymond Khoury and/or Richard Ferrone?

    Not really


    What could Raymond Khoury have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A story with plot points not obvious a mile away would be a Start


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not with this material


    Was The Last Templar worth the listening time?

    Nope, can I get a refund on that part of my life?


    Any additional comments?

    Pass, do not stop even for a quick visit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (558)

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Surprisingly good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Good House?

    The complex character development and intricate storyline that was able to surprise me over and over.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, It was not predictable


    What does Robin Miles bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotion of a well read story brings you in rather than feeling like an observer


    Any additional comments?

    I got this one in the sale for cheap, but is well worth a full credit. It made me feel like Stephen King could have written it under another name- it was that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Seduction

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (464)

    Possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, immortal warrior Paris is irresistibly seductive - but his potent allure comes at a terrible price. Every night he must bed someone new, or weaken and die. And the woman he craves above all others is the one woman he'd thought was forever beyond his reach… until now. Newly possessed by the demon of Wrath, Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her. Yet in Paris's arms, the vulnerable beauty finds soul-searing passion and incredible peace.

    Robbie says: "Well Worth the Wait"
    "Great addition to the series and new plot points"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Darkest Seduction the most enjoyable?

    Max reads beautifully and it enhances the storyline.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anya is always funny and William is intriguing - tie.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It would spoil too much to say


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

    Legion helping...


    Any additional comments?

    Good progression in the series and future points revealed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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