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I am such a fan of Audible! I love Mysteries, Romance, Paranormal novels of all kinds, spy novels, and self improvement books. I am particular about the quality of story telling by both authors, and narrators so I hope listeners will find some of my reviews helpful. I value the artists who respect the nature of audio book entertainment, and thank each of them for their ability to transport listeners to another level!

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  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1813)
    Performance
    (1621)
    Story
    (1639)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    Coffee says: "Amazing story & INCREDIBLE Narrator!"
    "This is a MUST HAVE!!"
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    Refreshing, totally unbound, well narrated, and just completely worth it! I quickly bought book 2 ( just couldn't wait for more credits to be added, I paid anyway) I am holding my breath for the next addition. I can't wait to see where this author goes with this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marked: Eternal Guardians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Elisabeth Naughton
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (237)

    Theron - Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He's the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld. From the moment he walked into the club, Casey knew this guy was different. Men like that just didn't exist in real life - silky shoulder-length hair, chest impossibly broad, and a predatory manner that just screamed dark and dangerous. He was looking for something. Her. She was the one. She had the mark. Casey had to die so his kind could live, and it was Theron's duty to bring her in. But even as a 200-year-old descendent of Hercules, he wasn't strong enough to resist....

    karen says: "Theron The Divine Hot Argonaut Guardian Leader !!"
    "Possible Great Story but.... the narrator kills it"
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    I keep trying to get back to this one. I think the story may be there, but I think I will have to purchase the hard copy to know for sure.

    This narrator is best suited for story time with toddlers. I just can't listed without getting mad that no one actually speaks like thais. Overacting....yes.

    I still cant get through it so I guess I'll return the title. Thanks for that ability Audible!!!!!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Styxx: Dark-Hunter, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (583)

    Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge. As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother's side. They've spent more centuries going at each other's throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he's willing to trade his life and future for Acheron's.

    Catherine says: "Stick with it..."
    "Kiddie porn/torture/abuse/ Yuck! from a loyal fan"
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    I have had an attachment to Dark Hunter characters, as well as others from this author. I just have to say that with the increase in violent sexual, physical, and psychological torture of children, At first I was sympathetic to the story in every way, but I am no longer able to enjoy the books any longer. Styxx, and Darling's detailed, and repetitive dialog visiting these issues has just sucked the magic right out of these stories right along with the witty banter which has all but vanished.

    I feel as though the author may be exorcizing some demons she, or someone she knows has suffered. Suffering of this kind deserves a voice, but now that it is the primary theme of all the books, I can no longer spend my money on it. The stories are all sounding the same, and tend to drone on, and on. There is no entertainment value for me in this anymore.

    This narrators performance is flawless. I don't know how he can keep getting through this constant content so perfectly. Bravo!

    Please bring the action and fun back!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Wither: The Chemical Garden Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lauren DeStefano
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (183)

    Lauren DeStefano makes a stellar debut with this chilling tale. The first installment of a planned trilogy, Wither introduces listeners to a bleak world where a mysterious disease kills most women by the age of 20 and men by the age of 25. Like many girls her age, 16-year-old Rhine has been captured and forced into marriage in an effort to keep the population growing. But, despite her new husband’s wealth, she wants nothing more than to escape her servitude and return home before time runs out.

    FanB14 says: "Almost There..."
    "Wither is exactly what I did while listening!"
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    This could have been a good one. It had potential, but that potential along with my credit withered away. I just got so frustrated with the narrators droning on and on, with the characters making no real sense, and with the authors depressing, endless misery she kept doling out. I had to stop listening.

    Please don't waste a credit, and please don't encourage any YA reader to either.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death's Rival: Jane Yellowrock, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1136)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1024)

    For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.

    Maureen says: "Best of the series by far!"
    "Have I told you how much I love this series?"
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    I must say that Faith Hunter and Khristine Hvam are like the Dynamic Duo! They NEVER disappoint. Book after book I am drawn in. I am always looking for the next one. This is audio book entertainment at it's finest.

    Don't miss out on this series. you will not regret the credit spent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Obsidian: Lux, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (221)

    When 17-year-old Katy Swartz moved to West Virginia right before her senior year, she'd pretty much resigned herself to thick accents, dodgy Internet access, and a whole lot of boring, but then she spotted her hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up...until he opened his mouth. Daemon Black is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. It's hate at first sight, but when a stranger attacks her and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens. The hot guy next door? Well, he's an alien.

    Katheryne says: "Holy Alien Hotness"
    "Interesting concept, witty dialogue, A+ narration"
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    This author seems to have tapped into interesting new concept for YA para/novella. The door is wide open for a long series, with colorful characters. There are a few holes in the ground work, but they may be filled in as the series progresses.

    This narrator really brought out the color of the main characters. I loved the ease with which she used to make the banter between the characters witty and fun. Very realistic inflection, and tone.I really enjoyed her performance.

    I'm glad I took a chance and spent a credit on this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5066)
    Performance
    (2680)
    Story
    (2717)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "So glad I listened to the book vs seeing the movie"
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    This story has so many messages in it that I just don't feel a movie could convey them all.To be fair, I have not seen the movie yet, but we all know the feeling that half the book gets left off the screen unless we are watching Lord of the Rings.

    This is a story of character, tolerance, forgiveness, redemption, and paradigm shifts. Not a great deal of action, just some. (not as the movie trailers would suggest, unless they rewrote the book)

    Overall, a really good listen. the narrator did a remarkable job. The author went for a serious plot with a lot of great ideas and concepts. Very entertaining. Worth a credit? Yes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Princess: Arcana Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (645)

    She could save the world - or destroy it. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline 'Evie' Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future - and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux. But she can't do either alone.

    Katheryne says: "I have a crush on YA books"
    "Not just for teens! I loved it!"
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    I can't wait for the next one! Totally worth the credit. Totally worth the time. Totally worth all the stuff I didn't do because I just could not stop listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kissed by Darkness: A Sunwalker Saga Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Shéa MacLeod
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (161)

    Bounty hunter Morgan Bailey is still recouping from her latest vampire kill when she receives a new assignment: hunt down the sunwalker who stole a priceless amulet from a mysterious millionaire. Sunwalkers - vampires who are immune to sunlight - are notoriously difficult to find, let alone kill, but Morgan’s not worried. She’s never met a vampire she couldn’t dust. But when this particular sunwalker comes looking for her…well, all bets are off.

    heather says: "Inconsistent narration but good story."
    "Inconsistent narration but good story."
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    I thought this writer did a good job with introducing a twist in P/R. The narration at times was really good, then had trouble with changing pace to often, so the timing of humor and action seemed off. The thing that was a maddening distraction what the fact that the mysterious male hero started with a great russian accent, then mid conversation would have an english accent, then an American one. After a short time couldn't tell the difference between characters. The male characters personality really left a lot to be desired. He started with promise, then just fizzled out! Very distracting. Oh well...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2798)
    Performance
    (2378)
    Story
    (2378)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Cheeky! I really had fun with this one!"
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    Great characters, great plot, exciting and fun. This is definitely a series I will continue to follow. Narration is spot on. This is a twist on the old para standard!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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