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Carolyn Parker

MONTGOMERY, AL, US | Member Since 2015

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  • Affliction: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (717)

    Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake. Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed. Micah's estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about "zombie disease". Anita makes her living off of zombies - but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires.

    Ms. Terry Lunney says: "coming out of the whine"
    "Whatever happened to the Anita we all admired?"
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    I remember when this series started, Anita was a bundle of problems, she could have kept a shrink in business for the rest of their life. Her ability to be competent at her necromancy job, and pretty darn good at helping the police with their paranormal murder mysteries, while still hanging on to her integrity, made for interesting books.

    I loved the attraction between Anita and Jean Claude, it was scary and sexy at the same time. I even liked her love for Richard in the beginning, how she didn't want to sleep with him until she was ready, sure of their relationship. Her dilemma sorting out her feelings between the two men was exciting and believable It took 5 books before that issue was resolved. I remember when she and Jean Claude finally had sex, that was such an erotic scene, one of the best I've ever listened to. The way it was written, the music in the background, Kimberly Alexis made it something to remember. Then Micah came along and I thought, we'll, I can see how hard it was for her to resist him, he was something new, her animal to call and their attraction was very sweet. And now Micah is bi-sexual but only with Nathaniel, I guess this is so LKH can have a readily available Ménage à trois when needed. Really??

    I also agree with a previous reviewer, because I have thought it myself, that LKH decided to make Anita like Merry Gentry. But, the premise for MG is that she is a fertility goddess, having sex with lots of guys was always part of the story, it wasn't for Anita, Anita has lost her way, probably about the time she started having sex with Nathaniel, yuck! She was supposed to be someone who offered him help and stability, but not as a sexual partner, he was just too damaged, to young mentally. That relationship has always felt wrong to me. Don't even get me started with the 16 year old she's recently added to her stable (whatever his name is). Double yuck!

    And the arduour.... well, I could have accepted it thru a book or two, as long as it finally resolved itself, but we're still having to put up with this crap. I guess it's so LKH can roll out the screaming orgasm's, the oral sex with limp dicks, and multiple partners that Anita has no emotional commitment to, and neither do the readers.

    Now, auto erotic asphyxiation is introduced as a new way to have sex. Really?? This dangerous practice has been around a while, causing death when men try having orgasms while partially hanging themselves. Showing it as couple sex is even worse, it's sick. This is not something the Anita Blake we used to admire would do, she was a smart girl, had some common sense, even with all her insecurities. I am real disappointed LKH went there. I have actually started skipping over the sex scenes, they aren't sexy anymore, just boring and/or disturbing.

    Now for the positive, I was happy to find that the actual zombie story held my attention. I liked having Edward coming to her aid, his presence always cranks up the crazy fun. Too bad the story only gets a few lines and all that I don't like takes up so much space.

    And finally, QUIT PREACHING to me, i'm an adult and don't need your views stuffed down my throat. If you to want to broaden your readers horizon, make it an interesting concept in the story, try being subtle, we aren't stupid. And find all these guys their own women, let Anita and Jean Claude be the hot couple, give the girl a rest!

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Heir: Jane Yellowrock, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (597)

    For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it's definitely personal.

    Kim M. says: "My Favorite Yellowrock Book to Date!"
    "Jane Finally Gets Her Man!"
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    I look forward to each installment like a kid on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa. As far as I'm concerned, Faith Hunter will NEVER stop writing about Jane Yellowrock. Such a wonderful cast of characters, I love them all. Khristine Hvam is Jane/Big Cat aka Beast. She narrates these books as if she wrote them herself, so damn beautiful. She brings each of the many characters to life, I don't know how she keeps up with everyone. No other narrator should ever read these books, I would not buy the audio, I would just have to read the book imagining Khristine's voice. I love the southern accent she uses for Jane, most people, who aren't from the South, overdo the accent, making me laugh/cringe, not Khristine.

    I want to learn more of what the angel, Hael, gave Beast, she is very wise now, and not telling Jane everything she knows now. Beast also makes me LOL all the time, especially when she leaves Jane to wake up in uncomfortable places, like right in front of a gator! I look forward to Jane introducing her to Bruiser. And speaking of that sexy, damn near perfect, man, thanks for giving Jane Bruiser, and kicking pretty boy Ricky Bo to the curb, I never was that fond of him. He always treated Jane like he expected her to fall into his arms, like every other woman, Bruiser treats her like a a rare gift. Jane deserves a real MAN! If you haven't read the short story, Dance Master, from Bruiser's POV, in the Cat o' Nine Tales book, you are missing out. I certainly can't leave out the Younger brothers, they add such love and richness to Jane's life, she was really alone before they came along. I believe living with them, trusting them enough to share her home and her Company, is what opened her heart up, especially since the Molly, and her family, have let Jane down, more than once. We learned a lot more about Leo this time, he is always so mysterious (and sexy :o). Leo, Leo, Leo, each time he is in the book, the excitement level goes way up. The previous book had the Best shower sceen ever! Eat you heart out Psycho! This time around the Big Bad, SOD, lived up to his title, and I bet his brother will be featured in Book 10, and he will be pissed! I am now waiting impatiently for the next installment...it's gonna be long year!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silver Storm: The Raveneau Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wright
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (91)

    Dashing and dangerous Andre Raveneau is the Revolutionary War's most reckless privateer captain when Devon Lindsay stows away aboard his ship after her Connecticut town has been burned by the British. Raveneau sardonically agrees to deliver her to her childhood sweetheart in Virginia but doesn't count on his own potent attraction to the enchanting, courageous Devon. Through high adventure, swashbuckling sea battles, and the colorful history of America's revolution, the couple battles the fiery passion that binds them together.

    Corlis Ciji Ware says: "Audible Version of "Silver Storm" is terrific!"
    "Lame story, Lame dialog, and Lame narrator"
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    I can't believe I listened to 11 chapters before I finally said ENOUGH!!! of this crap. I can't believe all the 5 stars given to this book either. The dialog is atrocious and the story is just.....ridiculous. If my mother was raped and burned to death while my home was set on fire by an invading army, and the town I grew up in was raised to the ground, the last thing on my mind would be flirting with man. The female lead is written and read as if she is a 14 or 16 year old nitwit, flouncing around calling the hero insufferable every time he calls her on her stupidity. And yet, she's pretty, and he's got hots for her and our so called 35 year old adult male falls for her...whatever. The fact that this was written in 1979 is no excuse for such drivel. Consider yourself warned.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wethering the Storm: Mighty Storm Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Samantha Towle
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (306)

    Even the bright California sun can't whitewash the dark side of celebrity coupledom. Greedy music execs, merciless paparazzi, and Jake's wild past are lurking around every corner. Making matters worse, Jake announces he doesn't want kids, which just may be a deal breaker. Tru loves Jake more than anything. But when a devastating crisis threatens to destroy everything they've fought for, the couple must face the hard truth: What if, this time, love is not enough?

    Jordy says: "Enjoyed the second part to the Jake & Tru's story!"
    "I really tried to read this...."
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    Since I paid for the first 2 books, I felt like I had to give the second book a try. Sometimes, the first book can be bad but the 2nd book shows that the author can grow and do a much better job. Unfortunatly, that didn't happen. Don't waste your money, I'm asking for mine back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mighty Storm: Mighty Storm Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Samantha Towle
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (538)

    It's been 12 years since Tru Bennett last saw Jake Wethers, her former best friend and boy she once loved. Jake Wethers, sexy, tattooed, and deliciously bad lead singer, and brains behind The Mighty Storm, one of biggest bands in the world, left Tru with a broken heart when he moved from England to America with his family when they were both 14. Sent to interview Jake for her music column by the magazine she works for, they are both unprepared for the sparks that fly the instant they reconnect.

    CAROLYN says: "BEAUTIFUL WELL WRITTEN INTENSE LOVE STORY"
    "The female lead is a sniveling twit!"
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    God, I so disliked Trudi. I just can't find one redeeming value in her character. She will tell a lie when the truth will do just as good, she is weak and a coward. So, she runs into her long lost childhood friend Jake, who is now a famous rock star. There is instant lust/obsession, remembered love, blah, etc...Trudi has boyfriend of 2 years who she cheats on, but she's too lame to be honest with him, drama ensues.... oh hell, just read it if you like this kind of bull$hit triangle drama. Good thing she's beautiful, 'cause we know that's the most important thing about her anyway, otherwise, I can't see why any man would put up with this insecure, idiot, who hasn't matured since she was 14.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Days to Dead: Dreg City Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kelly Meding
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (200)

    When Evangeline Stone wakes up naked and bruised on a cold slab at the morgue---in a stranger's body, with no memory of who she is and how she got there---her troubles are only just beginning. Before that night, she and the other two members of her Triad were star bounty hunters---mercilessly cleansing the city of the murderous creatures living in the shadows, from vampires to shape-shifters to trolls.

    Lupdilup says: "Enthralling Urban Fantasy."
    "Solid first book for a new Urban Fantasy"
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    I read most of the reviews and agree that this was a admirable start to new Urban Fantasy series. I just finished the first book and am waiting for the 2nd to finish downloading while I write this review. This book it has it's own world building concept that doesn't compare to any other that I've read before. It's a gritty, interesting story that has plenty of action and suspense, characters I liked, with some romance that I hope will become more a part of the story in future books. Xe Sands did an exellent job with narration, as always. So, give it a try, it will entertain most people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lick: Stage Dive, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kylie Scott
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2235)
    Performance
    (2037)
    Story
    (2043)

    Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this. Evelyn Thomas' plans for celebrating her 21st birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.

    Jordy says: "4.5 Lickable Rock Stars!"
    "Not what I expected, but what a happy surprise!"
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    I've never read any of the "rock star" type romance books before, I'm more of the SyFy, Fantasy genre kind of girl. So, I bought all 3 of the Stage Dive books because they were on sale and listened to them this weekend. I was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed them. I decided give each book 5 stars, not because of the literary content, these books aren't War and Peace, but who cares, I loved each one. I actually stayed up all night long Saturday night listening to Play, I just couldn't turn it off.

    Each book is dedicated to one of the guys in the band Stage Dive. Lick, was about David, the sensitive, sweet, sexy, guitar player, Play, was about Mal, the funny, hyper, laugh out loud, sexy drummer, and Lead was about Jimmy, the damaged, break your 'f-ing heart sexy lead singer. And each is given, the perfect woman to win and the journey for each couple to find there way to each other is so much fun. I did tear up a time or two but spent much more time smiling or just laughing out loud.. I guess Ben will be next. Enjoy!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Corset Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    No woman in her right mind would consent to wearing a corset for a month. Especially a "skinny-challenged" woman like Tessa. But dreams of being debt-free dance in her head at the offer of appearing in a reality TV show. "A Month in the Life of a Victorian Duke" is about real people pretending to live on an English estate, circa 1879. And Tessa's leading man - a real-life duke - is so handsome she can barely breathe, with or without the corset....

    Jennifer says: "Funny, Sexy and a little surprising - Spoiler-ish"
    "Not my cup of tea."
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    This book annoyed me so much, I want my measly $4.95 back. Tessa was a nitwit, Max was a jerk, and the story was non existent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Hunger So Wild: Renegade Angels Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Rachel Vivette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (367)

    Elijah Reynolds is the most dominant of lycans, a rare alpha whose skill on the hunt is surpassed only by his primal sexuality. When the lycans revolt due to the iron fist of angelic rule, he steps into command, becoming both enemy and coveted ally in the conflict between vampires and angels. Vashti is the second most powerful vampire in the world, a lethal beauty who has left a path of devastation in her wake. Tasked with proposing an alliance between vampires and the lycans who killed her mate, Vash approaches Elijah, whose need to avenge a friend demands Vash’s death even as his passion demands her surrender.

    CAROLYN says: "AN ANGELIC GREAT ADDITION FOR P/R FANS"
    "Ignore the dumb covers!"
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    I bought both of the Renegade Angels books because they were on sale. But as occasionally happens I got lucky with a really good story. If you like interesting characters, it's got that, if you like a lot of sex, it's got that, (I actually got kinda tired of it all), if you like good love stories, you got that too, but if you need a real good story that will keep your interest to prop up all that love and sex, well you definately got that also (surprise!). I just wish Ms. Day would hurry up with the final book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Charley Davidson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1609)
    Performance
    (1511)
    Story
    (1509)

    Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow - but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim-reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins.

    RabidReads says: "This book could change EVERYTHING!"
    "Why can't we give more than 5 stars???"
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    Another perfectly wonderful Charley Davidson book!! Pleeeaze don't make me wait a whole year for the next book!

    Nuff said.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Green Rider

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kristen Britain
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (689)

    Karigan G’ladheon, running away from school, is traveling through a deep forest when a galloping horse pounds up to her, its rider impaled by two black-shafted arrows. With his dying breath, he tells her he is a Green Rider, one of the magical messengers of the King. Before he dies, he makes Karigan swear to deliver the message he’s carrying, and gives her his green coat, with the symbolic brooch of his office.

    Brent says: "WORTH EVERY PENNY AND THE LOSE OF SLEEP"
    "Exciting adventure story for all ages"
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    This is a fun, well written book for adults and young people. It's not geared to children at all but there is no language to overlook and no sex. Now if that sounds a bit boring, don't let it turn you off, because Kristen Britain is a wonderful story teller and Ellen Archer is a fabulous narrator. She does multiple voices, each very different, well acted. This is a first book that has lots of room to grow in the future. The concept of the Green Riders is new and it mixes women and men together so it can be enjoyed by both. It has lots of intrigue, fast paced adventure, and fantasy. I am so glad there are 4 more books to look forward to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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