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Barbara

cavaliergirl

West Fargo, ND, United States

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  • The Immortal Who Loved Me: An Argeneau Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Samantha Quan
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (172)

    A few hours ago, Sherry Carne would have sworn that vampires didn't exist. That's before rogue immortals rampage through her store, leaving bloody chaos (literally) in their wake. The kicker comes when Sherry learns that one of the vamps on the bad guys' trail may be her life mate. Her head says it's impossible. The rest of her takes one look at Basileios Argeneau and has much more interesting ideas.

    Malinda says: "Very good addition to the series. :D"
    "Great new story"
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    I really enjoyed the book. The author seemed to go out of her way to take out bits of plot she's used in the past and tackle things from a new angle. For instance, there's no scene where Basil takes his first bite of food in centuries and rhapsodizes over how good it tastes or how long it's been since he's eaten...and Sherry accepts the reality of vampires with more ease than some of the past heroines. Marguerite didn't even set them up.

    The book has some fresh new ideas, interesting twists and plot devices she hasn't used before...but I won't give any spoilers. Great narration. It's a must read for fans of the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Heat: Alpha and Omega, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (977)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (891)

    For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles' role as his father's enforcer. This time their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way....

    Nikki says: "It can't get any better!!!"
    "Yay, it's finally here!"
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    I'm such a huge fan of the series, I stayed up all night to get it and I've listened to it twice in four days. I liked seeing Charles and Anna together. They seem more stable as a couple and as individuals than in any of the previous books. Anna finally meets one of Charles old flings who she doesn't kill. You learn a little more about witchcraft, the fae, Charles' past, and meet people he and Brother Wolf have known for decades and like. I don't want to say much about the plot, but it's well paced, has some interesting twists and turns, and an unexpected ending.

    My big frustration is that in the previous books, the author started some significant story arcs and has continued to leave them hanging. The Fae have declared themselves independent of the laws of the United States. Samuel wants a child. Asil is acting as a minor enforcer for Bran to scare young wolves into behaving and is maybe interested in Sage? Dead Heat barely moves the wider plots along.

    In spite of that, it is an excellent book. If you're a fan, it's a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Stones: Dragon Stone Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kristian Alva
    • Narrated By Adam Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Sequestered deep in the capital, the tyrannical Emperor Vosper weaves a plan to destroy all the dragons. He succeeds in driving them to the very brink of extinction. Only a handful of dragons and riders remain; living in exile in the desert. When young Elias Dorgumir finds a carved dragon stone in the forest, it brings empire soldiers to his doorstep, and puts Elias on the run with a bounty on his head.

    William says: "A fantasy with a gravity to appeal."
    "Good series, but..."
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    This feels like a blatant knock-off of several other series, primarily Eragon. Boy finds magic stone in the woods, goes on a quest to elude evil king and get to a rebel kingdom with the help of a wise old man, add dragons and dragon riders, humans, dwarves, elves, parents who may or may not be evil, an ancient language. Substitute Necromancers for Shades. There's the odd dash of Harry Potter (incendio!) in some of the spell casting and in the way relatives have sacrificed themselves to save him. A bit of Tolkien in some of the naming. I'm enjoying listening to this partially because it is a good plot, partially because the narrator is so much better than the guy who read Eragon, and partially because it's become kind of humorous to see how many plot devices from other authors I can pick out.

    It seems to be geared towards a younger audience than I expected. The category listed is SciFi: Fantasy: Epic and I think it would be more appropriate under Teens: SciFi. This is not really an adult book, but I'm listening anyway and enjoying it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Descendant: Nikki Glass, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jenna Black
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (238)

    From the acclaimed author of the Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist books comes the gripping first novel in a new series about a private eye who discovers, to her surprise, that she's an immortal huntress.

    decembergrit says: "Excellent Book!! Two thumbs up!!"
    "Modern novels based on old mythology"
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    I'm really impressed with the series. I've read a lot of paranormal, and the ideas here are very unique. A long, long time ago, before the ancient gods left the earth, they each bestowed immortality on one of their descendants. There's only a limited number of immortal slots available, and the only way to become immortal is to be a descendant of a god and to kill an immortal.

    The story focuses on a newly immortal P.I. She didn't know anything about the immortals before she accidentally became one. She's witty and has a great sense of humor, is bold and daring with a lot of style. She has to learn to use some new powers and abilities that don't come with an instruction manual, navigate the politics of the immortal factions, figure out who's a friend and who's an enemy, solve a new case involving immortals, move, and deal with an adopted mortal sister who really wants to know whats going on.

    Add three complicated men to the mix and well...it's a hit. No spoilers, but I loved books 2 and 3 and can't wait for the next one to come out.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese, Lorelei King
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (782)

    Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger... A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends...

    Malinda says: "Great compilation of stories from the Mercy-verse"
    "Loved the new content!"
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    Love the new content. It's a tossup which is my favorite...the story about Ben, Kara, or a new vampire, but I won't give any spoilers. The funniest scene in the entire anthology is at the end of Ben's story. (I wish there had been new Charles and Anna content.)

    The old content has all been re-performed. I couldn't get very far into Alpha and Omega, always a favorite of mine, because as much as I love Lorelei King, it just seems wrong to have her perform it. They should have re-used the Holter Graham performance because he's the true voice for Charles and Anna. (That's no criticism to the narrator...I think I'd be equally unhappy if Holter Graham read a Mercy book. They each have pronunciations and voices associated with the characters, and it's inconsistent and kind of wrong to switch.)

    "In Red with Pearls", the Warren and Kyle story, was also reperformed, still with a male narrator. I liked the way this guy did Spanish accents much better, but mostly he's just too wimpy to be Warren. In the scene in Kyle's office after Kyle has been attacked by the zombie, and Warren uses that dominant werewolf voice to command Kyle to "Stay Still," the original narratorkind of shouts it out, giving the words true power, while Alexander Cedese doesn't alter his tone of voice at all. I think if Alexander was a fan he might have done better with the book, but I really prefer the narration in "Down These Strange Streets" better. I don't remember the name of that narrator but he just nailed Warren.

    I don't think I've heard "Star of David" or "Seeing Eye" performed before but they were fabulous. Love those stories.

    The whole thing is a Must Listen if you're a Mercy fan.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11453)
    Performance
    (10239)
    Story
    (10208)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Love this series!!!"
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    I bought the first one on a whim, on sale, and WOW, these are great!!! I couldn't stop listening and quickly bought the rest of the series. Great narration, very interesting characters. I love the whole cast although being a dog lover, I think Oberon is probably my favorite side character (although I really, really like the Morrigan!). There are some freebies worth reading on the author's homepage and he says there are 2 shorts coming this year, plus the next book in June 2013. Can't wait!!!

    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
    (4163)
    Performance
    (3436)
    Story
    (3430)

    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.

    Ducky says: "GREAT 1ST BOOK IN A NEW-TO-ME, KEEPER SERIES!"
    "It's a very good book, but..."
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    I keep drawing comparisons to the Mercy Thompson series by the same narrator. They're both paranormal fiction with a strong, snarky female lead. The plots aren't exactly similar (shapeshifting mechanic vs. private investigator grim reaper), but King portrays the female leads in the same voice, same intonations. The secretary is Mercy's mother Margie, her daughter Amber is Jessie, and I've detected Adam and Samuel in some of the police officers. It's distracting if you've listened to the Mercy books.

    That said, this is an engaging story. I like the lead character Charlie Davidson, the plot is not predictable or formulaic - there are some unexpected twists in here. It's unique and well written. The narrator does do a very good job with the story. I'm looking forward to listening to the sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    Archaeologist Carter Wessex is drawn to Farrell Mountain to solve a centuries-old mystery — and to find a fortune in hidden gold. One thing stands in her way: Nick Farrell, a notorious corporate raider with way too much sex appeal and no patience for trespassers on his land. After an explosive introduction, Carter abandons the project... but with Nick in hot pursuit.

    Sherry F. says: "Not a typical JR Ward book-Terrible naration."
    "Not her best."
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    This thing reads like a 1970's romance novel. The "hero" is an insensitive jerk who accuses the heroine of being interested in a minor and of having an affair with a married man. He has had a string of involvements with women he has used and casually discards a girlfriend. He's secretly using the heroine to win brownie points with her father, a potential business partner. The heroine lies about an assault / fails to report to the authorities. Most of the characters aren't very likeable. Bad pacing. No complaints about the narrator, who does a good job with the voices, but I can't bring myself to finish this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors: Jane Jameson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3165)
    Performance
    (2873)
    Story
    (2879)

    Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of wedding planning, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend, Gabriel, are coming along smoothly. That is, until she turns a fatally wounded teenage acquaintance, and the Council pronounces her responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.

    Kirstin says: "Molly Did it Again!!!"
    "A great sequel!!!"
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    The world of Jane is expanded. Previously minor characters are brought to the forefront and more about the supernatural is revealed, but Jane's wit and humor and unique take on life remain the same. A must-read for anyone who likes the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of the Abyss

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Isabelle Gordon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (165)

    As the dark Lord who condemns souls to damnation in the Abyss, Micah is nothing but a feared monster wrapped in impenetrable black armor. He has no idea he is the last heir of Elden, its last hope. Only one woman knows: the daughter of his enemy.

    Robbie says: "Wrapping Up a Series"
    "Not her best."
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    First, you should know that this is the last book in a series, and the other books aren't available as audio books. I probably wouldn't have downloaded it without reading the other books if I had known that, but it didn't become evident until the end when you find out his siblings are mated.

    Second, the story has a great plot and I like the main characters as well as the side characters. But there are some pacing issues. The first half of the book has a good pace, and then about a fourth of the book is a series of sex scenes with no real plot advancements, and then the last quarter of the book is back to having a good pace.

    Not that I object to the smoking hot love scenes, but 2 hours out of an 8 hour book, especially when they're one right after another, is a bit much. After a while, my reaction to the sex was just "yawn". At least some of them needed to be edited out or seriously shortened so that the plot would move a little. Good book but not up to Singh's usual standards.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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