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  • Every Which Way but Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin

    Some days, you just can't win. Witch and former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has managed to escape her corrupt company, survive living with a vampire, start her own runner service, and face down a vampire master.

    Ananda says: "oh! the trashy goodness!"
    "oh! the trashy goodness!"

    the author is great, as is the reader, but the subject matter is... well, the best supernatural summertime reading i've come across in quiet some time. it's got violence, a plucky female lead, sex, horrid fashion sense, foreseeable plot lines and engaging writing style! on the whole highly recommended! the only bad thing is the reader's pauses at inappropriate times. like. in the. middle. of a sentence.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Emily Croy Barker
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan

    Emily Croy Barker’s riveting debut novel is a must-read for fans of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic follows grad student Nora Fischer as she stumbles through a portal into a magical world. Having been transformed from drab to beautiful, Nora finds herself surrounded by glamorous friends. Life seems perfect. But then things take a terrible turn, and Nora must learn magic from a reclusive ally if she is to have any hope of survival...

    Amazon Customer says: "In most ways, this is just the kind of book I seek"

    If you're still waiting for you letter from Hogwarts or Breakbills, if you knock on the interior back of any likely looking wardrobe, if you've thought about going to Oxford to see if just maybe they have the time travel department set up yet; this may be the book for you.
    Some of the reviews I looked at compared it to "Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness, but I don't really see it. Maybe it was the more adult (note that's adult grown-up not adult sexy time) telling of the story.
    If you're looking for steamy paranormal romance, you may want to go elsewhere, this book has more in common with "Pride and Prejudice" than the Sookie Stackhouse books.
    Suffice it to say, I loved this book! It's the story of a recently dumped Grad student who almost literally stumbles into another world filled with magic yet seemingly stuck in the Middle Ages.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Spell: Occult Crimes Unit Investigations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Justin Gustainis
    • Narrated By Peter Brook

    Scranton, the strangest city on earth has an uneasy “live and let unlive” relationship with the supernatural. But when a vamp puts the bite on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that’s when they call me. “My name’s Markowski, a Detective Sergeant on the Scranton PD’s Supernatural Crimes Investigation Unit. I carry a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.”

    Madeleine says: "Predictable and Flat"
    "Great story, not so great narrator"

    I really liked this book. A new voice in urban fantasy with all the requisites! But Peter Brooks pronounces werewolf we'arwolf and coven co-ven. Grr! And a coupleof his voice choices don't jibe with the written characteristics. Like Prescott isn't a 13 year old boy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "Long Journey, Short Visit"

    Even tho I love her voice, I do wonder why there is an Aussie narrating a book with no Australian connection. At all. In any way. The story is set in the UK, why not a Brit?
    As for the story it's self, I feel a little let down. The build up was great and then the ending was truncated. It seemed, to me, like Kate Morton had realized how long this book was getting and so just quickly tried up the plot and out. The only worse thing would have had Edith wake up and realize it was all just a dream. No, I'm not left with questions, but still!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "A boy's own Mary Sue"

    I'm all for "legendary figures" but it seems as though the author is pretty well living a fantasy life through Kvothe. I kinda figured when I read the blurb but it doesn't stop! Everything turns out slightly tragic but beneficial. Not to say it isn't well written. I may end up reading the second one...
    If you want a slightly more grown up and/or gritty Harry Potter, this is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jon Steele
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Beneath Lausanne Cathedral, in Switzerland, there is a secret buried before time began.... Marc Rochat watches over the city at night from the belfry of the cathedral. He lives in a world of shadows and "beforetimes" and imaginary beings. Katherine Taylor, call girl and daydreamer, is about to discover that her real-life fairy tale is too good to be true. Jay Harper, private detective, wakes up in a crummy hotel room with no memory. Three lives, one purpose: save what's left of paradise before all hell breaks loose.

    Amber says: "Interesting Plot and Great Narrator"

    It's not that that this is a bad book, it's just not that interesting. I'm a big fan of the Book of Enoch (which Jonathan Davis pronounced "Eneck" the whole time, grrr!) and angel- lore but I felt that this wasn't a good "angels are amoung us and people too!" story.
    The first good third of the book could have probably been summed up in a couple of paragraphs to give us a feel for the three main characters. In fact, most of the book could have been dealt with in a couple of chapters as backstory, thereby doing away with then need to make this a trilogy.
    If you have a credit you really don't know what to do with, listen to the sample. The whole thing. Really

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Reckless: Reckless, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Elliot Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Beyond the mirror, the darkest fairy tales come alive.... For years, Jacob Reckless has enjoyed the Mirrorworld’s secrets and treasures. Not anymore. His younger brother has followed him. Now dark magic will turn the boy to beast, break the heart of the girl he loves, and destroy everything Jacob holds most dear... unless he can find a way to stop it.

    Sheri C says: "Behind the mirror"

    I don't understand how the other people who have reviewed this book found it hard to follow or uninteresting. This is the first Funke book I've listened to and it seems the rest are more geared towards kids but if you have good grasp of Grimm Fairy and Folk tales, you'll follow the story and love it! I can't wait for more, please tell me there will be more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mathias Malzieu, Sarah Ardizzone (translator)
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A fantastical novel, a wildly inventive tale—by turns poignant and funny, lusty and wrenching—about love and heartbreak. Edinburgh, 1874: Born with a frozen heart, Jack is nearly dead when his mother abandons him to the care of Dr. Madeleine—witch doctor, midwife, protector of orphans—who saves Jack by placing a cuckoo clock in his chest. It is in her orphanage that Jack grows up, amid tear-filled flasks, eggs containing memories, a man with a musical spine.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Jim Dale is the only reason to listen"
    "Not what I wanted"

    This story was almost as disappointing as "Love Never Dies". It sounded like it was going to be an amazing, slightly steampunk story with with goodness from my favorite period. Instead there are references to charles bronson, clingy leopard outfits and four years vanishes from the narration with just a sentence. Well read and accented by music but not the story I'd wanted it to be.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lives of the Monster Dogs: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Kirsten Bakis
    • Narrated By George DelHoyo, Mary Jo Smith

    HauntedWebby says: "Surprise oops"

    really well written, worth a listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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