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Leanna

I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!

Seattle, WA United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Lover Unleashed: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1817)
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    (1275)
    Story
    (1280)

    Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, seductive cloth as her brother. Imprisoned for eons by their mother, the Scribe Virgin, she finally frees herself - only to face a devastating injury. Manuel Manello, M.D., is drafted by the Brotherhood to save her as only he can - but when the human surgeon and the vampire warrior meet, their two worlds collide in the face of their undeniable passion. With so much working against them, can love prove stronger than the birthright and the biology that separates them?

    M says: "Good not great **Spoilers**"
    "Okay but..."
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    If you are a fan of the BDB series, brace yourself, because the new installment is out. Unfortunately, Lover Unleashed leaves much to be desired. At best, this book is unfocused. Lover Unleashed spans three relationships: Vishous/Jane, Qhuinn/Blaylock and Manny/Payne. In addition to trying to develop three relationships, the book also introduces a new brotherhood enemy. In the end, there is just too much going on to fully explore any of the storylines. This results in a book that serves as more of a transition between stories than a story itself.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14625)
    Performance
    (12014)
    Story
    (12642)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Skip"
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    I have been putting off reading/listening to this fan fiction, because I really didn't like the Twilight series. But the movie is coming out soon; so, I finally buckled and listened to this book. Just as I feared, it is pretty awful and full of two-dimensional female characters. If you are really interested in good fiction about sub/dom relationships, listen to 'The Dominatrix' by Emma Allan. It is a much better book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dominatrix

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Emma Allan
    • Narrated By Rosie Leith
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    Karen Masters has never been very interested in sex. But when she sees a video of her friend Barbara engaging in some very outre sex games with her husband Dan, she begins to realise what she has been missing.

    Lee C. Edmonds says: "Powerful"
    "Fantastic book"
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    This is exactly what a dominatrix exploration should be. It is positive, clear, and exciting. Everyone should read this book. Wonderful job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1657)
    Performance
    (1502)
    Story
    (1513)

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "Trent"
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    Honestly, can anyone get enough Trent? The answer is no. Thank goodness Kim Harrison agrees. Kim Harrison's tomato-fearful world is back in gloriously full description which enables the reader/listen to really empathize with Rachel Mariana Morgan. Great job to writer and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen: Women of the Otherworld, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (275)

    A war is brewing - the first battle has been waged and Savannah Levine is left standing, albeit battered and bruised. She has rescued her half-brother from supernatural medical testing, but he's fighting to stay alive. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a maniacal plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing. Savannah has called upon her inner energy to summon spells with frightening strength - a strength she never knew she had - as she fights to keep her world from shattering.

    itsallaboutthestory says: "LOVED IT!!"
    "Last book"
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    Thirteen is the next book in Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series. It is billed as the last book in this series. After a listen, it is clear why. Armstrong does a great job wrapping up the series and giving all the characters an end-some happy, some not. This is a strong addition to a wonderful series. NOTE: This series was turned into a TV show in 2013.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Witch Walking

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2926)
    Performance
    (2017)
    Story
    (2023)

    Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

    Patti says: "wildly entertaining"
    "I love tomatos"
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    What would happen if a large portion of the Earth’s population died due to a deadly virus spread through genetically modified tomatoes? Read this book to find out. Kim Harrison has built an intriguing world of fiction, and Marguerite Gavin has given it life. If you like paranormal stories, you will enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laura Anne Gilman
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
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    (11)
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    (11)

    In my time with PUPI, formally known as Private, Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations, I've seen a lot. Learned a lot. And not all of it's been good. But what we do - make people accountable for crimes committed with magic - is important work. Still. Even I need to take a break every now and again. Or so I've just been told (ordered). So hey, vacation. Maybe I'll finally figure out what's going on with the "special bond" between me and the boss man, Benjamin Venec. Venec seems to like that idea - he's invited me down to join him on a jaunt to Philly. But no sooner do I arrive in the City of Brotherly Love than we're called in to look at a dead body.

    Leanna says: "When does the next book come out?"
    "When does the next book come out?"
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    The PUPIs are moving up in the paranormal world—more employees, more cases, and more Bonnie (B) and Ben (B). In this installment, B-squared come to an understanding about the merge; Bonnie’s scrying visions become clear, and PUPI solidifies itself as an agency of fairness. If you like paranormal crime, you will enjoy this series and this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tricks of the Trade

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laura Anne Gilman
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
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    (14)
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    (14)

    The name's Torres, Bonnie Torres, and I'm a paranormal scene investigator - rooting out the truth about crimes of magic. It's dangerous and boring and scary and fascinating. Though not everyone in the Cosa Nostradamus is happy we're around, which can make things…tricky. Working two cases - looking into a murder for the NYPD, and a rich man's break-in - should be well within our abilities. But when things start getting weird in the Electric Apple, Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations is stretched to the limits, trying to keep one step ahead and out of trouble.

    Leanna says: "Such a treat"
    "Such a treat"
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    While I am not new to Laura Anne Gillman’s writing, I overlooked the PUPI series until after the fourth book was released. Finding/noticing a great series late is always a wonderful indulgence for me. I can dive into the new series and spent time really listening to the characters and following their growth over a number of books without getting frustrated by the seemingly long wait for a new installment—ehm, ehm, George R. R. Martin (cue the awkward silence). Sometimes, a binge on a new series will leave me never wanting to think about that series again (i.e., Divergent and Hunger Games), but the PUPI series does not wear out its welcome after such gluttonous behavior. If you like paranormal crime, you will enjoy this series and this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Packs of Lies: Paranormal Scene Investigations, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laura Anne Gilman
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    "My name is Bonita Torres, and eight months ago I was an unemployed college graduate without a plan. Now I'm an investigator with the Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations team of New York. Pretty awesome, right? The Cosa Nostradamus, the magical community, isn't quick to give up its secrets, though. So we've been busting our tails, perfecting our forensic skills, working to gain acceptance. We're needed, especially when a case comes along that threatens to pit human against fatae. But one wrong move could cost us everything we've worked for...."

    Leanna says: "Great follow-up"
    "Great follow-up"
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    Excellent follow-up to the first book. Laura Anne Gillman has created another winning series that takes place in the Wren's world. In this installment, PUPI must solve a Cosa case to appease both fatae and humans. With only eight months of creating and implementing methodology for crime scene investigations, this seems like a tall order for the PUPI, but a challenge never stops them. This installment does a fantastic job of keeping the reader/listener interested and hoping for a new book in the series. Right story and right narrator make for a fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Paranormal Scene Investigations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Laura Anne Gilman
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    "My name's Bonnie Torres. Recent college grad, magic user, and severely unemployed. Until I got a call out of nowhere to interview for a job I hadn't applied for. It smelled fishy, but the brutal truth was I needed the work - so off I went. Two days later I'm a PUPI (Private, Unaffiliated, Paranormal Investigator) - me and Nick, Sharon, Nifty, and Pietr. Five 20-somethings, thrown into an entirely new career in forensic magic. The first job we get is a doozy. Worse, there are high-profile people who want us to close up shop and go away."

    Sarah says: "Great all round and terrific narrator!"
    "Home run!"
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    Laura Anne Gilman has created a wonderful new leading lady, Bonnie Torres. While most readers/listeners will not be able to relate to her affluence, everyone can relate to her immaturity and free acceptance of love in all its glorious shapes, colors, and smells. Bonnie is truly a flawed heroine that we can all enthusiastically support. Romy Nordlinger does a great job bringing this novel to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (1459)
    Performance
    (1397)
    Story
    (1394)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "Great series but..."
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    This is a great series, and Luke Daniels does a wonderful job bring the stories to life, but this book has a different format from the others. In this book, we get points of view (POVs) from more characters than just Atticus. I didn't care for the change in POVs. I am not sure if my dislike is because the change in POVs was so unexpected that I was unable to adapt to it or if it actually lessened the quality of the story. It was almost as if Hearne was going for A Song of Ice and Fire format but didn't capture the essence of smooth POV transitions completely. I would not suggest skipping this installment as I did for the novella but be warned about the new format. Oberon is back and still the best canine character out there. It is almost always worth the read/listen just to find out what Oberon is going to say next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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