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Leanna

Like many of you, I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audiobooks allow me to keep up with my favorite authors. I am currently listening to 'Undead and Unstable' by MaryJanice Davidson, because 'Yours, Mine and Ours' is still not available. Grrr.

Tooele, UT, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Spirit Dances

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By C. E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (254)

    For Seattle detective Joanne Walker, spring is about new beginnings. She’s mastered her shamanic abilities (mostly), survived a cannibalistic serial killer (barely) and now she’s facing the biggest challenge of her career—attending a dance concert with her sexy boss, Captain Michael Morrison. But when the performance—billed as transformative—actually changes her into a coyote, she and Morrison have bigger things to deal with.

    Leanna says: "Transformational :)"
    "Transformational :)"
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    In the latest installment of the Walker Papers, Seattle police detective and shaman Joanne Walker finds herself in the middle of transformational hijinks and murder. At this point in C.E. Murphy’s fantasy series, Joanne Walker is maturing and gaining much needed confidence in herself and her talents. But don’t worry her self-deprecating and hilarious internal monologue is still present and priceless. Morrison’s and Joanne’s relationship is still remarkably awkward but makes slight progress only to take a monumental step back. While I find the lack of romantic progress irritating, this is a wonderful series and Spirit Dances is a solid addition.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6029)
    Performance
    (5567)
    Story
    (5560)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "Humor is back."
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    Atticus O’Sullivan, Oberon, and Granuaile are back and tricked into helping Coyote make the reservation a better place. Granuaile's much larger role in this book is wonderful because it leads to some epically awkward and hilarious conversations. Again, Hearne does a wonderful job mixing pop culture with mythical lore. He even references the viral double rainbow video. Hearne seems to be getting better with each book; so, pick up the first book and get started. Luke Daniels is good but he drops the ball a few times (e.g., when Atticus has a sore throat, Daniels forgets to narrate with a raspy voice for a few pages).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Calls

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By C.E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (273)

    Suddenly, being bitten by a werewolf is the least of Joanne Walker's problems. Her personal life in turmoil, her job as a cop over, she's been called to Ireland by the magic within her. And though Joanne's skills have grown by leaps and bounds, Ireland's magic is old and very powerful.…

    Julie says: "Fast paced exciting ride through Irish Mythology!"
    "Thank you <3"
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    Just when you thought Joanne and Morrison were never going to get it together, it happens. It was totally understated and beautiful.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • One Grave at a Time: Night Huntress, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2703)
    Performance
    (2445)
    Story
    (2434)

    Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving - leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit. Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive.

    Hassan says: "Another GREAT Book!"
    "Excellent installment!"
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    Frost never disappoints and this installment is no different as Cat and Bones set out on a ghost hunt. Frost always introduces fun and fascinating new characters and has a contagious sense of humor. Thanks for writing yet another wonderful book. Tavia Gilbert is perfect as always.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Glen Duncan
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (394)

    Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but otherwise in the pink of health. The nonstop sex and exercise he’s still getting probably contribute to that, as does his diet: unusual amounts of flesh and blood (at least some from friends and relatives). Jake, of course, is a werewolf, and with the death of his colleague he has now become the only one of his kind.

    Melinda says: "The Ennui of a Naughty Dog"
    "A must read"
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    The Last Werewolf is a thrilling voyeur journey through the last days of a horrific monster. To tell this tale, Glen Duncan utilizes insight, dry British humor, and sex. In the process, the last werewolf becomes personalized into our last werewolf and we feel for the beast man. All in all, this is a brilliant and unique book brought to life by Robin Sachs.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kitty's Big Trouble: Kitty Norville, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Carrie Vaughn
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (404)

    Kitty Norville is back and in more trouble than ever. Her recent run-in with werewolves traumatized by the horrors of war has made her start wondering how long the U.S. government might have been covertly using werewolves in combat. Have any famous names in our own history actually been supernatural?

    beatrice says: "Not one of her best"
    "Har, har :)"
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    Kitty Norville is back in Kitty’s Big Trouble. In this installment, Kitty, Ben, and Cormac try to keep a powerful artifact out of the hands of the dreaded Roman-not an easy task. This volume is a great addition to this series because we actually learn more about some of the vampires. Of course, many characters comment on the fact that Kitty is a werewolf with a feline name and all the preternaturals find it knee-slapping. I love it when Carrie Vaughn writes this joke into her books. It is a horrible joke and invokes that ‘har har’ feeling in the reader but the preternatural cast, excluding Mr. Kitty and Kitty herself, genuinely find it amusing and relatable. So, the use of this joke adds an ‘old quippy friend’ element to the tenor of this series that is endearing and brings a sympathetic and loyal smile to a reader’s face. Marguerite Gavin is still great!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Slays: Kate Daniels, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1418)
    Performance
    (1135)
    Story
    (1153)

    Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job. Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she's still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be - now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate's mate.

    Yuriko says: "Another wonderful additon"
    "Mad skills!"
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    Kate Daniels lives in an alternative world where the power of magic and the power of technology vie for control over society. In Magic Slays, the war between magic and technology peak in a knock-down-drag-out fight that is both exciting and heart wrenching. In this installment, we also learn more about Kate’s family, and Kate learns how to trust in a mature relationship with a lunatic alpha male while Curran learns that you can’t manipulate your partner and have a healthy, happy relationship. This book moves a little slower than other books in the series, but it is a fantastic addition and hints at some wonderful future plots. I can’t wait for the next book! I found it irritating that Tantor Media delayed the audiobook release even though the kindle release and the book release were on the same day. Renee Raudman is a pro. She really brings these characters to life.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hit List: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (516)

    A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect "monsters" are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, U.S. Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer.

    Kindle Customer says: "Waste of a Credit"
    "Not as good as the hype"
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    In this installment, Anita Blake is on the job. She and Edward are trying to solve a serial killer case. But don’t get excited. Hit List is not a whodunit. In fact, this book starts with the case already solved and focuses more on assassinating the culprit and feeding the ardeur. Anita Blake books consistently highlight sexism in her field. While this is an important issue, she still reacts to it like a novice with a lack of progression in any of her arguments or efforts to change her environment. Good god, girl! Learn the lessons of our foremothers. Organize a strong argument with numerous and coherent axioms. Then, implement a strategy for cultural metamorphosis or get over it. Obviously, there are a lot of small-minded people out there. Move on and enjoy who you are, what you are, and what you do. Unfortunately over the years, many of Hamilton’s characters have become static, and I just get the feeling that she is bored of writing Anita Blake stories. You may wonder why I even listen to these books? It is a really valid question. Here is my answer. I still listen to these books because the first books in this series are wonderful and showcase Hamilton’s talents in storytelling and hot love or hot like or hot hi there. I keep hoping that Hamilton will get back to writing tight and interesting plots along with the polyamorous interactions.

    25 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • The Seventh Sinner: A Jacqueline Kirby Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    For vibrant, lovely Jean Suttman, the fellowship to study in Rome was the culmination of all her dreams, until she undertook an innocent expedition to the ancient subterranean Temple of Mithra.

    Priscilla Pelfrey says: "Kirby More Fun than Peabody"
    "Witty"
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    This series follows the adventures of Jacqueline Kirby who is an eccentric, middle-aged librarian with a burgeoning penchant for romance and knack for criminal inquiry. Elizabeth Peters consistently produces publications containing dryly humorous and witty characters with one or two cornballs. Furthermore, her novels always contain a cornucopia of historical information making them enlightening as well as entertaining. The Jacqueline Kirby series adheres to this formula and is a fantastic way to kill a few hours at the gym or on a road trip.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Trojan Gold: The Fourth Vicky Bliss Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Adventure and romance enter Vicky Bliss' life in the form of a black-and-white photograph of a woman covered from head to toe in gold jewels. This "Trojan Gold" has an intriguing history, but it is the envelope that piques Vicky's curiosity. It is a grimy brown, with no return address, and it appears to have been soaked in blood.

    SnideSide says: "Couldn't Stop Listening"
    "Best in the series"
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    This is a series about Vicky who is a trouble-prone art historian and John the art theft who keeps getting Vicky out of trouble. In this installment, Vicky and her boss, Anton Schmidt, are looking for the legendary gold of Troy. I think this is the best book in the series, because it really does portrait the cold war accurately. Trojan Gold took me back to a Reagan world. It was a fun visit, but I am so glad it is gone. Schmidt is also a central character in this book. And I am so glad he is, because he is the best part of this series. Barbara Rosenblat is always wonderful!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of the Pharaohs: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1472)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (882)

    The sun rides high over the British Empire and the light still sparkles brightly in Amelia Peabody's eye as she returns for her second adventure in archaeology and romantic mystery as recounted in her lively journal, The Curse of the Pharaohs.

    Michelle says: "So much fun!"
    "Wonderful!"
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    Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson are married and settled into a quiet, English life. Yes; they are happy and yes; they are bored. In this installment, Amelia and Emerson ditch their baby with Evelyn and Walter and travel to finish a cursed dig. Amelia still endlessly expounds on her eccentric opinions, and Emerson is as vociferous as ever. The Curse of The Pharaohs is entertaining and an excellent addition to this series. As always, Barbara Rosenblat is wonderful with a variety of accents. You may notice that there are two narrators for this series: Barbara Rosenblat and Susan O'Malley. This is due to the fact that Blackstone Audio, Inc. and Recorded Books have both produced some of the installments. You do not have to switch narrators to enjoy each volume in this series if you stick with Recorded Books and Barbara Rosenblat. Some of the audiobooks for this series also have abridged additions. So, be careful.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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