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Heather

Avid reader/listener of romance, action, thrillers, and spy novels.

Phoenix, AZ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Cat in the Hat and Other Dr. Seuss Favorites

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Kelsey Grammer, John Cleese, John Lithgow, and others
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
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    Eleven complete Dr. Seuss stories at a great price, featuring performances by John Cleese, Billy Crystal, Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer, Dustin Hoffman, John Lithgow, and more!

    Eric says: "The individual books are bookmarked"
    "Cat in the Hat Rocks"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Cat in the Hat and Other Dr. Seuss Favorites the most enjoyable?

    My boys (aged 2 and 5) love this book. The characterizations that the different actors give make them want to listen to it over and over. They love listening to it while they are playing, laying down, and in the car. They've got some of it memorized because of the actors. They love it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The boys loved everything.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The different voices, the rhymning, pretty much everything.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Son of No One: Dark-Hunter, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (209)

    It’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Life will continue to throw every bad thing it has at her, and she will continue to not put her head in an oven. But that’s okay. That which doesn’t kill her will just require a few hours of mental insanity. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running.

    Teresa says: "Another satisfying Dark Hunter/ Demon Chaser book."
    "Son of No One"
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    Where does Son of No One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top ten. I love Sherrilyn Kenyon's books, even if they have similar features. There's a body switching scene that's hilarious and every couple should have to go through. Illarion is my new favorite dragon.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How tender and sweet Cade is regardless of how lonely he is. The poetry he speaks is so pretty, I always stopped and gasped at his Aphrodite reference.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Everything. The accents were great and he sounded just like he did before his surgery. It's great to hear him again.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I'm not that creative so I'll let other people do that.


    Any additional comments?

    I was excited for this book because of the accents and Holter didn't disappoint. I love the Scottish accent, even if I have to listen to it over and over. There's something magical and sexy about it that not many readers get right.

    I was happy to see Styxx bonding with Cade about how crappy their brothers could be. It's great to see Styxx again and actually see him happy after the last book and wrapping up that mess. But, it's these people's lives. It'll never be wrapped up until they're dead. I don't want to that happen ever.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Breakable: Contours of the Heart, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tammara Webber
    • Narrated By Zachary Webber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (211)

    As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise - until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed. All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy.… As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

    The Reading Date says: "Unbreak my heart, Lucas!"
    "Landon + Lucas = New Love Story"
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    Would you listen to Breakable again? Why?

    Absolutely. Landon/Lucas broke my heart. He's such as sweet, fractured, complicated but simple, lost boy that I just wanted to hug and tell him it'd be ok. The narrator was great and emotional when he needed to be and the material really struck a cord with me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breakable?

    When Jacqueline tells Lucas she Googled his mother. The air was sucked out of my lungs and I was crying a lot. That's really hard to do without air, btw.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The self-defense scenes at the end when Jacqueline and Erin are beating up Lucas and the instructor. Erin's the best wing woman ever and she's hilarious while she's doing it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't know, without giving away the plot and what happened to Landon to turn him into Lucas.


    Any additional comments?

    Without giving too much away, this story focuses on the aftermath of a tragic event that split a father and son apart. It also focuses on how the son healed himself while taking care to make certain that horrific event didn't happen to another person he knew and cared about. I ended up loving Landon and Lucas about two paragraphs into the story and didn't fall out of love with either one of them. I'm so glad that Jacqueline was as deserving of Lucas and Landon as they were of her.

    BTW- Landon and Lucas are the same character, but the event splits them into two different people. Landon is the boy and Lucas is the man, but they're still lost until Lucas meets Jacqueline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Talk to a Widower

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Eric Ruben
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    Doug Parker is a widower at age 29, and in his quiet suburban town, that makes him something of a celebrity - the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Doug has other things on his mind. First there's his 16-year-old stepson, Russ - a once-sweet kid who now is getting into increasingly serious trouble on a daily basis. And then there are Doug's sisters.

    Zan says: "The Characters Have Character"
    "Heart breaking but humorous"
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    Where does How to Talk to a Widower rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Considering that I usually don't go into books like this, it's in the top 15. It broke my heart listening to how much pain these men, the husband and the step son were in. I understood how much they loved their wife/mother through their reactions to everyone and everything. But it's hard to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The step son. His reactions and emotions are so human it pulls you into the book and doesn't let you go.


    What about Eric Ruben’s performance did you like?

    Everything. He didn't stoically read it. He got into the whole book and I swear at one time, you could hear the emotion and tears in his voice.


    If you could rename How to Talk to a Widower, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it. It's perfect the way it is. There's no talking to a widower until they're ready.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep the Kleenex box handy.

    1 of 1 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
    (681)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (657)

    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.

    C. Mendez says: "Stick with it..."
    "Oh Bloody Styxx"
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    Would you listen to Styxx again? Why?

    I would listen to Styxx again. This book is an incredibly polarizing book within the fandom of Ms. Kenyon and her Dark Hunter world. Yeah, it's a lot of Ash's story, but that's a given, people. They're twins, they live in the same house, same sister, same father, same a-hole uncle who used them. Same tortured lives.

    I get why some people are annoyed and swearing off Kenyon's books. She beats the crap out of the protagonist, but that's what makes them approachable. That's what makes these immortal bad asses accessable to people like me, who hesitate to kill that annoying fly that keeps buzzing around my Dr. Pepper. I get it. I also get why she write them like this. It'd be too easy if everything came well for them.

    There definitely could've been less abuse, but for Styxx's character, it needed to be developed that way. There's going to be more stuff with him and Ash, there has to be. The way the book ended, there's no way that there can't be. It's not a happy ending with all the loose ends tied up, but that's how all her books are.

    I love Beth. She kicks butt, enough said.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Bethany. She's the best heroine, besides Desi, that Kenyon's written.


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Berman's a great narrator. He did a nice job. I'm so glad he didn't squeal when he did Simi's voice like he did in DwtD. That hurt my ears.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did cry in several spots, so don't listen to this book for the first time in public. Again, I was embarrassed in Starbucks when I burst out in tears while ordering my hot chocolate. By now, they're used to my outbursts and just write me off as listening to another book. They often ask what's the newest book to listen to, so I've become the book reviewer for them.

    Urian, damn bloody sod, made me cry a lot, just because he was so sweet to Styxx. Then, the twist at the end with Urian and Styxx... Gods below, that broke my heart.


    Any additional comments?

    Artemis and Apollymi deserve each other, bitches. Hopefully, they'll get killed off, but I don't know how. How great is that, an author can write characters who are so hated by her fandom that we all want to see them roast for their collected sins against other characters?


    Ash and Styxx will work it out, eventually. I have to believe that.


    The next book should be softer, I hope. There's only so much abuse I could handle until I had to listen to something else. I trust Kenyon, as these are her characters. Look at J.R. Ward's Brotherhood books. Everyone thought she was off track with Torh's book, but then Qhuinn's book was right back on track. Maybe Kenyon had to shred these characters to get them to a better place, like Ward did. Leap of faith, people. That's all these awesome writers need. Take it and if you don't like what happens in the next books, try someone else.

    I know I'll get backlash from this review, but if you're on the fence about this one, try it first with an open mind. If you don't like it, you can blame me. It's all good. I'm used to it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cloak & Silence: The League; Book 6 of First Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (180)

    One of the fiercest soldiers the Phrixians have ever produced, Maris Sulle has been an outsider his whole life. He grew up with a secret that cost him everything - his birthright, his family, his military career. He's only ever had one love, and Maris has sacrificed that to see his best friend reunited with the woman he loves. His good deed done, he now feels lost and adrift. Even though his new family does its best to include him, he's once again on the outside looking in.

    Heather says: "Sherrilyn and Holter are back!"
    "Sherrilyn and Holter are back!"
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    Where does Cloak & Silence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top ten. I love Maris, always have, but I think Sherrilyn was pushed to hurry up and get this one out before Hauk's book. That being said, I love love love the league books. Maris is the best ever, Safir rocked it and I can't wait to see more of him. Ture is just a doll and so sweet. Terek is going to be a handful, but I think Maris and Ture can handle him.


    What other book might you compare Cloak & Silence to and why?

    Any of the League books. I also think it's like the Marie Sexton books, although not as explicit.


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Holter's always been my favorite narrator and he sounds great after his cancer treatment. Not everyone knows that he's been sick for a few months and he wasn't supposed to do any books, but he got this one out for listeners like me who adore him. You can tell he's pushing himself and in some spots it shows, but he's back and hopefully will be well enough to do Hauk's book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Every hero had a past and a future if they're brave enough to take it.


    Any additional comments?

    I understand why some people aren't happy with this one, but as a writer myself, you have to trust what the author is doing and know that they know where the series is going. Sherrilyn has gotten a lot of backlash from her decisions on not putting Darling and Maris together, but I get it. It keeps the conflict part of the series going. I say, go with it. Trust her. She knows what she's doing. Look at all her #1's on the Best Seller lists.

    And for everyone who's going to knock Holter's performance, remember, he's had cancer treatments recently. Check his blog, if you don't believe me. The guy's on the road to recovery and I feel lucky to have this one so soon after his treatments. Yeah, you can tell he's hurting, but he's a trooper and he pushed through it. It also lends support to the story line and helps add a depth to the characters that they've been hurt so much in the past that you can hear it when he's speaking for them.

    Just listen to one chapter with your eyes closed in your favorite chair and see what you think.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Stranger's Game

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joan Johnston
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    FBI Special Agent Breed Grayhawk has the hottest sex in his life with a stranger who calls herself Grace Smith, only to discover early the next morning that her real name is Merle Raye Finkel - and she's a convicted double murderer who broke her parole a year ago and disappeared. Now she's his prime suspect in a terrorist threat against the U.S. president.

    Heather says: "Daytime Soap in Texas"
    "Daytime Soap in Texas"
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    If you could sum up A Stranger's Game in three words, what would they be?

    Holy cowpies Batman!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Stranger's Game?

    Obviously the night that Breed and Grace met. Everything unraveled in Breed's life from there, poor guy.


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gives each character their own voice that matched their personalitlies.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Grace finally found the man that killed her step mom.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scent of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christina Dodd
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (298)

    New York Times best-selling author Christina Dodd launches a thrilling paranormal series with this scorching tale. Dropping off some urgent paperwork at her boss Jasha’s house, Ann decides to finally admit her crush on him. But things get a bit complicated when she witnesses Jasha transform into a wolf.

    Kristi says: "Finally!!!!"
    "Oi Vey"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator wasn't as good as the others I"ve listened to and I give them a lot of room, as a studderer who hates public speaking. So, he was ok, but I probably should read the book. It sounded great from the parts that I paid attention to


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how Ann came out of her shell when confronted by Josha (Not a typo) and his family. It's nice to see her morph into a strong woman.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Ferrone’s performances?

    Probably not. I'm really picky and they have to live up to Holter Graham, Ray Porter, and Luke Daniels.


    Did Scent of Darkness inspire you to do anything?

    Duck when the Russian wolves attack.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alpha and Omega: A Novella from On the Prowl

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (807)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
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    Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

    BlueMtn says: "The beginning of the Alpha and Omega"
    "A great start"
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    Would you listen to Alpha and Omega again? Why?

    It's the beginning of the Alpha and Omega series and explains a lot of the relationship between Charles and Anna. Holter Graham is the best narrator on the planet so that's another reason. Even though Anna's circumstances are awful in the beginning, it turns out ok in the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Charles wasn't calm unless Anna was near him.


    Have you listened to any of Holter Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's the best narrator on the planet. Nuff said.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but work, kids, and family keeps getting in the way!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Touch of Crimson: Renegade Angels Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (524)

    An angel with immense power and insatiable desire, Adrian Mitchell leads an elite Special Ops unit of the seraphim. His task is to punish the Fallen - angels who have become vampires - and command a restless pack of indentured lycans. But Adrian has suffered his own punishment for becoming involved with mortals - losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly 200 years, he has found her: Shadoe, her soul once more inhabiting a new body that doesn’t remember him. This time he won’t let her go.

    CAROLYN says: "A HEAVENLY PARANORMAL LISTEN"
    "Angels, Vampires, and Lycans oh my!"
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    Where does A Touch of Crimson rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top ten. Most of my top ten are wriitten by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark Hunter series or CoN series read by Holter Graham) or Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger series read by Ray Porter), but this one's in there! It's an interesting twist on the fallen angel concepts and the origin of vampires and Lycans.


    What other book might you compare A Touch of Crimson to and why?

    In terms of originality, I'd compare it to Born of Shadows or Time Untime by Sherrilyn Kenyon. In terms of utilizing mythology, it compares to the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. I love all those series and they're all interesting and original in their own right. This one is completely original from all the other books I read or listened to. That's a rarity with romance or science fiction.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    i have listened to Luke Daniels. Even though he's always going to be Atticus O'Sullivan to me, he's really stretching his talents by doing this one. He's done well differentiating characters from the narrator voice of the story. It's awesome to hear him develop his talent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I wish they had Mr. Daniels narrate the other book. I only get the ones read by men, and even then, I only listen to a select few. Mr. Daniels is one of the few. The next book is read by a women, so I'll be buying it, but if you don't have those hang ups, I would definately get the next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Service: A Navy SEAL at War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (456)

    Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him-and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sake of family, nation, and freedom.

    Heidi says: "love this book ~ add it to your must read list!!"
    "How Much is Enough"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Service to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version. Honestly, I don't want to. The audio is amazing.


    What other book might you compare Service to and why?

    Seal Team Six, Lions of Kandahar, No Easy Day. They're all stories about what has happened in the many wars that have happened since the towers fell.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene has to be when the guys "liberate" Morgan from the hospital. It's typical guys cracking on each other, even though they're one side step close to the grave and they don't even care. Their brother's down and they're going to get him better. The way they take care of him cracks me up.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This one didn't make me cry, like some of the other ones have. It had a lot of humor in it, that you'd expect from soldiers. All joking aside, this was a good one and well written. Not only that, it was well narrated. To all soldiers out there, thank you for your service.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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