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Antoinette

Barrington, NH, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 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
    (1941)
    Performance
    (1341)
    Story
    (1356)

    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"
    "My Favorite"
    Overall

    Since Butch O'Niel is my favorite character, I have to give this a 5 star rating, after all, I flip through the other BDB books looking for glimpses of his character, but I really wish it was narrated by someone who could capture the characters better and make them more believable. I don't like Jim Frangione.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Slave to Sensation: Psy-Changeling Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1548)
    Performance
    (1263)
    Story
    (1276)

    Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind - and none of the heart. Born a Psy, Sascha Duncan must hide the emotions that mark her as flawed. But a passionate Changeling will tempt her to reveal everything - and risk her very soul.

    Diana says: "Better than I remember."
    "Love Nalini Singh"
    Overall

    I was so happy to see her Psy-Changeling Series come out in audio, and with a talented narrator. I have to say I was disappointed with the narrator choice for her archangel series. Nalini's writing is so much more satisfying than most other Urban fantasy writers. She's a talented writer, and she flushes out her characters, and the world she's created is so unique and interesting. It doesn't feel like the forumula writing,many fantasy romance writers have resorted it. Hope to see the rest of this series in Audible.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blameless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (1104)
    Story
    (1109)

    Gail Carriger’s best-selling Parasol Protectorate series reimagines Victorian England with vampires, werewolves, and a dash of steampunk. Blameless is the third in the series starring the parasol-wielding Lady Alexia Maccon, formerly Alexia Tarabotti. After news spreads of her delicate condition—a surprise to everyone since she’s married to a werewolf—Alexia is desperate to escape the London gossip. So she heads to Italy for a change of scenery.

    Leanna says: "When you're right, you're right!"
    "A little disappointed"
    Overall

    I enjoyed Soulless so much I couldn't wait for the second book to come out, and it appears I accidentally downloaded this book second. The best thing about Soulless was the witty, snappy rapport between Alexia and Connall, although I thoroughly enjoyed the supporting characters. In Blameless, Connall spends most of his time in a drunken stupor, separate from his wife, who is in grave peril. Unfortunately, whe he finally comes to his senses, he puts duty before love, and delays in finding her. So much for his volatile, emotional character. She easily forgives him, and they reunite with little fanfare. I waited through the whole book for this disappointing climax. The book was amusing, a nice little book, but I definitely won't wait with bated breath for the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Bones: The Hurog Duology, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Joe Manganiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (206)

    We all play roles at times. Wardwick of Hurog played the role of a fool till he reached adulthood, just to keep his father from murdering him. Now he must overcome the image he so carefully built and fight not simply for his birthright but to free the five Kingdoms from tyranny and the rising tide of darkest magic that threatens his world.

    Diana says: "Epic yet intimate"
    "Great storyteller with a talented narrator"
    Overall

    I have yet to read a novel by Patricia Briggs and be disappointed, but I hesitated before downloading this book because I usually read Urban Fantasy. The story was a breath of fresh air, set in a different time, a different type of storyline, and I thought Joe Manganiello did a superb job of story telling. I'll be looking for more books read by this narrator. On a side note, I was looking forward to listening to the Wolfsbane series, but I really wish a better narrator had been chosen. Manganiello and the narrators for the other 2 series were excellent, but Kathryn Kelgren overacts, and her nasal sarcastic voice gets on my nerves and makes me dislike the characters she portrays.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3107)
    Performance
    (2301)
    Story
    (2327)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book more than any I've read in a long time. I loved the self deprecating, strong willed Alexia, a 26 year spinster of the Victorian era, (she's half Italian, besides being soulless, hence the spinsterhood) and her relationship with the scottish, so "barely civilized" (never mind that he's a werewolf) Lord Maccon. Her character reminds me of Elizabeth Peter's character, Amelia Peabody, a series I love. Emily Gray, the narrator, did an excellent job with the characters, made me forget the story's being narrated. Loved the book, loved the narration, and I hope the author continues with the series. I'll be watching.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Ties Book One: The Turning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Armintrout
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (983)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (318)

    I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. But after my life turned into a horror movie, I take fear a lot more seriously now. I finally became Dr. Carrie Ames just eight months ago. Then I was attacked in the hospital morgue by a vampire. Just my luck.

    David says: "Meh"
    "Bought the book"
    Overall

    Spellbinding story, and I purchased the printed book while still listening, but I won't be getting the Book Two on audio. Although the narrator read the protagonist well, she destroyed Jennifer Armintrout's other characters by using the voices of the wicked witch of the west and munchkins. The author wrote these characters with vivid emotional, sometimes erotic depth. What a waste. Did anyone tell Elenna Stauffer that this was not a book for children?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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