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Pauline

Colorado Springs, CO, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Broken Soul: Jane Yellowrock, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (498)

    Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer for hire - but other creatures of the night still need to watch their backs....When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price - and Leo is willing to pay. That’s because the European vamps want Leo’s territory, and he knows that he needs Jane to prevent a total bloodbath.

    Crystal Wilson says: "U always surprise me"
    "A Whole Lot of Action!"
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    Since "Action" seems to be Jane Yellowrock's middle name, it shouldn't be surprising that the 8th installment in the series would be loaded with the stuff! The book is also exciting, engrossing and in some instances very surprising!

    In this book, Jane continues to work with the Younger brothers as they team up to unravel several mysteries coming at them from different directions at the same time. There is something big, aggressive and invisible chasing Jane, and something in the Master of the City's possession which is drawing attackers to vamp HQ, forcing Jane to resolve before the European vamps come to Leo's territory for an official "visit".

    There are poignant, funny and yummy scenes where Faith Hunter develops and expands the depth of her characters. Beast, of course, is her usual no-nonsense self, developing quite a dry sense of humor as she and Jane evolve together. Nice touch in the middle of all that fighting and chasing!

    I highly recommend this installment in Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series. Faith is very good about adding background to the current story for newcomers, so don't be afraid to start here then go back to the first book of the series, Skinwalker to get the rest of Jane's story.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jim B. Tucker
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    A first-person account of Jim Tucker's experiences with a number of extraordinary children with memories of past lives, Return to Life focuses mostly on American cases, presenting each family's story and describing his investigation. His goal is to determine what happened-what the child has said, how the parents have reacted, whether the child's statements match the life of a particular deceased person, and whether the child could have learned such information through normal means.

    Pauline says: "What American Kids Say About Living Before"
    "What American Kids Say About Living Before"
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    The book is an excellent explanation of studies performed to try and verify what young children have said about "their other lives" or "their other homes". Unlike many prior studies, this one was done with American children and very important questions were asked about the incidents and the statistics that answered some of the "why"s that came up. Just about everyone will be flabbergasted about the documentation of these stories, but many will fall off the story when the author wanders into quantum mechanics and physics to try and explain a possible way these incidents can occur in our "real" world. Even if you don't listen to the theory behind the incidents, you will be amazed at what was found and documented. I'm very glad I bought this audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead Pool: The Hollows, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1850)
    Performance
    (1705)
    Story
    (1712)

    Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike. The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

    Angela says: "Unbelievably Satisfying!"
    "A Perfect Tale - Al Gets What He Deserves!"
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    What a great story! Trent and Rachel work very well together now, and there are the usual interferences from Trent's "ex". Newt is very much front and center in this tale, adding adventure and a lot of story backfill that makes the book a rich read. Have a listen to this one for a great escape!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Night Broken: Mercy Thompson, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2566)
    Performance
    (2374)
    Story
    (2373)

    An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

    Hassan says: "Good Addition!!"
    "Some Scary Twists and Turns!"
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    Patricia Briggs continues with her excellent story telling in this 8th book of the Mercy Thompson series. The story starts with a sure way to keep things tense in the pack, and the source of that tension (Adam's ex-wife) seems to bring on even more serious issues the whole pack ends up having to deal with. There are some very scary twists and turns in the story toward the climax that had me saying to myself "OH NO!".

    Lorelei King does her usual superb job of narrating the book, taking the listener right into Mercy's world. I just love how she manages to change her voice to make Adam sound masculine...a true artist!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark W. Muesse
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (463)

    Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being. These 24 detailed lectures teach you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states.

    Steven says: "Outstanding introduction"
    "The information is good but delivery is pedantic"
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    If you have no problem listening to a professor whose delivery is more pedantic than spontaneous, this is a fair medium to learn from. Otherwise, I'd recommend that it be read from a book. Tweezing out the jewels while listening to someone speak in the fashion Tim Conway used to drive his audience nuts by doing his slow talk routine is a tough job. I did manage to finish the course but I had to deliberately choose when to listen such as days I was particularly patient. As mentioned in the title, the suggestions are good. Getting to them is not.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Black Arts: Jane Yellowrock, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1109)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1018)

    When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace. Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy - one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.

    Maureen says: "Another great book. Go Faith!"
    "This One Is "Best in Series"!"
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    For those who have been reading Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series and following Jane's/Beast's growing pains, this book is the icing on the series cake. All the substance from the prior stories evolve exponentially in this book, taking readers through all the strong emotions, rage, dispair, righteous anger and of course, love.

    Jane's best friend's husband, Evan, starts this book by literally blowing into town, and knocking down Jane's front door to demand she send his wife (Molly) out. Trouble is, Jane hasn't seen her friend and the entire series of adventures begins with the new Yellowrock Securities taking on the task of finding Molly.

    The book is rich in developing existing characters into more realistic dimensions and in bringing the reader face-to-face with ethical choices, challenging physical limits and literally finding out who Jane's real friends are.

    Faith has successfully woven several plot lines coming from the outside toward a central cause with such artistry that the reader is literally stunned from the exciting story telling when the conclusion drops into place. For the newbies to this series, the Jane Yellowrock World Companion might be a good "add on" to this book, but get this one first, you won't regret it.

    Khristine Hvam IS Jane Yellowrock, and does a perfect job of rendering the character in all her moods. Enjoy this audiobook!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cat o' Nine Tales: The Jane Yellowrock Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (501)

    For the first time - in one Audible-exclusive collection - it's 13 stories of Jane Yellowrock, the shape-shifting skinwalker and vampire hunter for hire whose business card reads, "Have Stakes - Will Travel". Jane carries inside her the soul of her Beast, the mountain lion's soul which merged with hers when she accidently performed black magic as a child. Now, she and her Beast stalk the dark streets of New Orleans, bringing rogue vampires true death.

    Pauline says: "More of Everything Jane Yellowrock (and friends)!"
    "More of Everything Jane Yellowrock (and friends)!"
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    Cat o' Nine Tales, is a delightful mix of previously published favorite short stories about Jane Yellowrock, many through the eyes of her friends and adversaries, and two new novellas wading into adventures connected with her weir-tainted love interest and his extended family.

    For die-hard Jane Yellowrock readers who've read everything in print they could find, the new stories included in this collection will absolutely titillate, as they divulge more information about Rick LaFleur, and introduce a whole new group of characters to the Yellowrock saga with adventure to spare!

    Faith Hunter continues to showcase her mastery of urban fantasy short story thrillers in this excellent collection, and I highly recommend the read.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Jane Yellowrock Story: The Early Years by Faith Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (36 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    On her 18th birthday, Jane Yellowrock leaves the children’s home where she was raised, and heads north to her first job. But she makes a detour and discovers where she came from, who she is, and what she is.

    Pauline says: "We Finally Read About Jane's Origins"
    "We Finally Read About Jane's Origins"
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    If you could sum up FREE Jane Yellowrock Story: The Early Years by Faith Hunter in three words, what would they be?

    Aha! That's why!


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    Khristine's rendition of the characters simply "make" them. She's a consumate artist with her reading. And, need I add, she is positively Jane personified.


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

    Well, not laugh or cry, but definitely inspired admiration for Jane's strength and character.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent way to get a first impression of Jane Yellowrock in action. Her abilities make her regular readers green with envy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Seraphs: Rogue Mage, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Natalie Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (164)

    Living among humans in a post- apocalyptic ice age, neomage Thorn St. Croix is a source of both fear and fascination for the people of Mineral City - and now she faces her ultimate test. Deep under the snow-covered mountains beyond the village, an imprisoned fallen seraph desperately needs her help. There, hidden in the hellhole, the armies of Darkness assemble to ensure this subterranean rescue will be Thorn's final descent.

    Pauline says: "This Series Is Awesome!"
    "This Series Is Awesome!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Seraphs to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Natalie Gold reads the characters so well. She brings them to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Thorn St. Croix as a Neomage, trying to make a living among people who would kill her just for being able to work the elements around her.


    What about Natalie Gold’s performance did you like?

    I liked Natalie's "voice" for Thorn's character and the life she breathes into the other characters.


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

    Yes, and it was almost that...


    Any additional comments?

    Read all three of these books beginning with Blood Ring. Natalie does all three in the series...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Blood: The Hurog Duology, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Joe Manganiello
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (173)

    Wardwick of Hurog wishes to live in peace. Destiny has other plans. He is about to be arrested and imprisoned in the Asylum for Nobel Embarrassments and Inconveniences. Worse still Ward has learned that the same man bent on his imprisonment, Jakoven Tallven, High King of the Five Kingdoms, is seeking Hurog blood to activate the supernatural equivalent of a weapon of mass destruction. Once again Ward must play the fool to survive. Yet that will not suffice.

    Pauline says: "Surprising Twist From Patricia Briggs"
    "Surprising Twist From Patricia Briggs"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! While Patricia Briggs is best known for her Mercy Thompson and Wolf Pack stories, this first of a two book story was a truly surprisingly entertaining departure from her usual subjects.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dragon boy...because he was so wise.


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

    Joe brings personality to the characters that might not convey through just reading the book.


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

    Can't think of one.


    Any additional comments?

    Just that I highly recommned the two books and wished she'd write more on this story line.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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