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Squeak

The Dragon Mother

Alaska | Member Since 2009

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  • A Kiss Before Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ira Levin
    • Narrated By Mauro Hantman
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (323)

    Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing--not even murder--to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams; plans. He also has charm, good looks, sex appeal, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she's pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures.

    karen says: "Nothing like a classic....."
    "A Clever Masterpiece of Mystery and Suspense."
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    This book was originally written in 1953 and I have really started taking a liking to these old mystery novels. It is not the same as a novel written today in where the setting is in the 1950s, but an actual novel written during that timeframe thinks nothing of mentioning smoking in college classrooms, the jukebox on the table at your favorite coffee shop, or the folded handkerchief that gentleman would offer ladies who were crying. You just gotta love those little details.

    This story was clever masterpiece of mystery and suspense. Our young protagonist is a gentleman determined to make it big by marrying big. He tries to find young ladies who are daughters of wealthy families to date. He woos them carefully, so if the relationship doesn’t work out, he can move on without alerting other young ladies that he is dating girls for their potential to make him rich. He thinks he has found the perfect girl in Dorothy.

    All is going well until Dorothy turns up pregnant. Then he sees all of his carefully laid plans start to go down the drain. He can’t just dump her, that wouldn’t look good. He can’t marry her because her father would disown her because of the unplanned pregnancy. Then he wouldn’t get any money and they would have to live in poverty. But if she were to suffer an ‘accident’ then he would be off the hook and could continue dating again.
    Now it seems like he has gotten away with the perfect crime … or has he? One of Dorothy’s sisters gets involved and starts asking questions and he begins to feel threatened by her discoveries. If she finds out too much, he might go to jail and never get rich. Maybe she should have an ‘accident’ too before she discovers too much.

    Overall this was a great little mystery / suspense story. Even though you know who killed Dorothy there were many, many more twists and turns in this book. Enough to keep you going full speed ahead until you see the light. It was a very satisfying read.

    The Narration Review
    This audiobook was narrated by Hauro Hantman. He has a nice, clear, and soft spoken voice. He was very easy to listen to and he had a calming effect. Definitely a voice you can listen to while relaxing. There were a few times in the story where the juke box was playing and instead of just reading the lyrics, Hauro sang the tunes. I discovered that Hauro has a very pleasant singing voice, too!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Little Secrets: A J.J. Graves Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Liliana Hart
    • Narrated By Laura Faye Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    J.J. Graves has seen a lot of dead bodies in her line of work... She's not only in the mortuary business, but she's also the coroner for King George County, Virginia. When a grisly murder is discovered in the small town of Bloody Mary, it's up to J.J. and her best friend, Detective Jack Lawson, to bring the victim justice. The murders are piling up...

    Squeak says: "Nice Little Mystery"
    "Nice Little Mystery"
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    This was a nice little suspense mystery told from the coroner, J. J. Graves, point of view. I did enjoy the build-up of suspense as the body count rose and the different little clues that pointed in different directions for our coroner and detective to follow.

    This book hit on one of my mystery pet peeves. One of the things that I enjoy about a good mystery is being able to follow along with the lead person and try to figure out what is going on right along with them. Sometimes I can figure it out and sometimes I can’t, but I enjoy the attempt. My pet peeve is when absolutely no clues lead to the person doing the crime or when a previously unknown character comes into the story at the end and reveals all. Although the person doing the crimes in this book is mentioned in the story, absolutely nothing points his way until the big reveal. So at the end of the story is a nicely wrapped up conclusion given to you by the killer when he tells why he did everything … not the mystery being solved by the detective or the coroner.

    This book is the first book in the J. J. Graves Mystery series. Even though this book is part of a series, it could definitely be read as a stand-alone book. No cliffhangers, thank you Ms. Hart!

    The Narration Review
    This audiobook was narrated by Laura Faye Smith. This was the first narration I heard from Ms. Smith and I really enjoyed it. She had good voices and a crisp clean sound to her narration. She was a good choice for this mystery detective read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Reckoning: Dark Dynasties, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kendra Leigh Castle
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    This second electrifying installment in Kendra Leigh Castle’s Dark Dynasties series follows Lyra Black, the future leader of a powerful werewolf pack. When wild, passionate Lyra is violently attacked, the normally disinterested vampire cat-shifter Jaden Harrison saves her. But Lyra isn’t out of the woods yet. As she and Jaden find themselves irresistibly drawn together, ancient enemies prepare to strike.

    CAROLYN says: "PARANORMAL PURRRRFECTION"
    "Another Great Story in the Dark Dynasties Series!"
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    This was the second book in the Dark Dynasties series and could be read as a stand-alone without reading the first in the series. I recommend that you read the first book, Dark Awakening, just because it would give you a better understanding of everything that has already happened and because it was a great book!

    In this world created by Kendra Leigh Castle, Vampires and Werewolves do not get along. The have huge trust issues with each other and avoid each other whenever possible. So when Jaden decides to go the see Lyra Black and return something to her, he is walking straight into werewolf territory and they is no guarantee that he will walk out alive.

    I really enjoyed this second book in the series, almost more than the first. Lyra and Jaden think they are natural rivals, just like cats and dogs, but they aren’t. Neither can understand why the other is interesting. Unfortunately for both, the long-standing aversion to each other’s species leaves them both at odds with the strangeness between them. When Jaden agrees to teach Lyra how to fight better, they are thrown together and forced to face their feelings or fight them off tooth and tail. The future of Lyra’s pack is hanging on by a whisker and her ability to fight maybe the only thing that saves her from warming the bed of an unwelcome mate.

    The Narration Review
    This audiobook was narrated by Pete Bradbury and he also narrated the first story in this series, Dark Awakening! Once again his narration was great. I really enjoy his voices for all the characters. He has a very clear voice and he really brings emotions and action to life with his story telling abilities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kendra Leigh Castle
    • Narrated By Peter Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    Acclaimed for her richly imagined paranormal romances, Kendra Leigh Castle begins her Dark Dynasties series with this sizzling tale. Shapeshifting vampire Tynan MacGillivray has been ordered to find a human seer who can give his clan the upper hand in a devastating war. So he tracks down Lily Quinn, and together they discover a new world of danger, sensuality, and powers that cannot be controlled.

    CAROLYN says: "A great new Series - don't miss it !!"
    "A New Favorite Author!"
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    I have found a new author to add to my favorites list! I loved all the different vampire dynasties in this story. Each different dynasty had their own special abilities or power. Most of them set up as monarchies and each believing they are better than the next. As with most monarchies, they had a class system that they were stuck in. If you weren’t highblood, then you were lowblood and the best any lowblood could hope for was servant status for the highblood.

    Lily Quinn is believed to be a seer and the Ptolemy dynasty want her. Tynan can shift into cat form, so the Ptolemy consider him a lowblood and they send him to go and bring her back to them so they can use her physic gift to see who has been killing their people. When Tynan finds Lily, she is more than he expects and now he isn’t sure he wants to bring her in.

    As the story goes, it just keeps building and building. There is such a mystery around Lily that other vampire clans start to take notice, now Lily and Tynan are running for their lives.
    This was a great story and was like a whole box of Godiva Chocolates. It had a variety of different of different well rounded characters. It also had great character and world building. I really enjoyed the whole thing and cannot wait to read the next in the series.

    The Narration Review
    This audiobook was narrated by Pete Bradbury and I loved his voice! He had a really good story telling voice and a host of different voices and accents for all the characters. He definitely added to the enjoyment of this story. He was a pleasure to listen to!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Djinn

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J. Kent Holloway
    • Narrated By Wayne Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    In the final years of the first Kingdom of Jerusalem, in a vault, hidden deep beneath the Temple Mount, Baron Gregory De L'Ombre has made an astonishing discovery. Imprisoned within the vault are twelve monstrous abominations, created by one of King Solomon's wives as a final act of revenge. The secrets of the vault will ensure Gregory's absolute power and forever enslave the Outremer-the Holy Land. No man dares stand against him.

    Squeak says: "An Awesome Fantasy!"
    "An Awesome Fantasy!"
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    This was such an awesome story woven into tales of biblical times to modern day. The Djinn is a boogeyman type character, told to children to get them to behave, but as with most legends, a hint of truth will keep the adults wondering. When mysterious things start happening around Baron Gregory’s men, whispers of the Djinn start to come out everywhere. Even those who don’t believe will question themselves over the mysterious happenings. The closer the Baron gets to the discovering the mysteries of the vault, the more the Djinn is determined to stop him.

    The Djinn used the old legends surrounding his existence, the shadows, and the sword to discourage any discoveries. He knew the dangers involved in awakening the abominations and tried to make the Baron see the danger too. The Baron was set on discovering the power that the clay men would give him and was determined not to let any mystical creature, such as the Djinn, stop him from obtaining it.

    The ending was totally awesome! I won’t give it away, but the ending took me by surprise. It wasn’t that the author took some little known thing and stuck it in but that the culmination of the story ended with a perfectly rounded tale. Just like when you are making brownies, the brownie batter is delicious on its own, but once baked in the oven … Awesomeness!!

    The Narration Review
    This audiobook was narrated by Wayne Farrell and he was very clear and his voices and accents well done. His reading added all the right emotions to the tale, making it easy to follow along and be captivated by the story.

    ** Note **
    I received this audiobook free from the Audio Jukebox Solid Gold Reviewer Program and Seven Realms Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I received no chocolate or any other compensation in exchange for my review.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Dark Waters

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Ed Gorman, Tom Piccirilli
    • Narrated By Leah Frederick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Her name was Crimson...and she was a legend. A beautiful pirate queen who plundered the 16th Century Caribbean sea by day and confronted voodoo and vampires during the steaming tropical nights.

    Squeak says: "A Great Little Paranormal Pirate Adventure Story"
    "A Great Little Paranormal Pirate Adventure Story"
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    This was a great little paranormal pirate story. The lead pirate was a lady named Crimson. That’s right a girl pirate and boy was she tuff! She was paid for a voyage to help a couple find and return their daughter, who they believe is being held against her will on a haunted island. Crimson believes her husband was also lost on or near the island so she is determined to find the island and recover them both.

    The life of pirates always makes for a great adventure story and this story hits the mark. At first it was a bit confusing for me, but as the story got going and I got comfortable with the terminology, it really picked up speed. It was a little too short for me and the ending did leave a bit of mystery to continue on to the next story.

    Even though this was number 11 in the series, I think they are all stand-alone books and I did feel like you could listen to this book without hearing the previous 10 books.


    The Narration Review
    This audiobook was narrated by Leah Frederick. She has a clear voice and did well for the different character voices and accents she used in this story.

    ** Note **
    I received this audiobook free from the Audio Jukebox Solid Gold Reviewer Program and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no chocolate or any other compensation in exchange for my review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4955)
    Performance
    (4560)
    Story
    (4556)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Great Fantasy Adventure Story!"
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    This was a great epic adventure story! The story was constantly moving along and doesn't slog down any place. Just when I thought I had it all figured out the author would reveal something and completely change my mind. This story was very enjoyable and I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys fantasy adventure tales. The narrator, Tim Gerard Reynolds, had great enunciation and a good repertoire of voices for the different characters. He was a pleasure to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1205)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1117)

    Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the best-selling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison - even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

    Jennifer says: "Not sure if fault lies in performance or story"
    "Another Hit!"
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    I loved these twisted tales. This series just keeps getting better. I highly recommend this series to all lovers of great young adult tales!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3050)
    Performance
    (2251)
    Story
    (2276)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Great Listen!"
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    When this first started out I wasn't too sure I was going to like it. But as the story continued, I liked it more and more. The book was set in old England and the reader (Emily Gray) gave a good English accent the English folks and even did a good job on the Scottish accent for the Lord of Werewolves, Lord Maccon.

    Even though this book was a Paranormal Romance, there was more story than sex so it made this story doubly enjoyable for me. The steamy romance was well done and not overly described in such a way that made you feel like you were reading porn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Avenger: Age of Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By E. E. Knight
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    "I am Wistala. Wistala the great dragon huntress, a silent green avenger, dropping from the clouds...." Such is the mettle of young Wistala, one of four dragons born high in the mountains, as she breaks free of her shell. The last of a dying breed, the siblings learn of their legacy from their devoted mother and protective father - until the fateful day when their dark sanctuary is invaded by a group of slave-trading dwarves.

    Adryan says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Very enjoyable!"
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    I enjoyed this second story in the series. Although this story did not continue on from the first, I enjoyed finding out what had happened to the other dragons from the first story. There were a lot of things that were touched on briefly in the first book that got a better explanation in the second story.

    Although this is the second in the series, I believe that you could listen to this one and not have heard the first one and still be able to follow and enjoy this story as a stand-alone.

    The reader (David Drummond) did a great job on the different characters in this story. Each different character seemed to have a unique voice so it was easy to tell them apart.

    JMHO

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (1698)
    Story
    (1705)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "A Great Twisted Cinderella Story!!"
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    I loved this story! Even though it is a twisted Cinderella story, I could not predict how it was going to come out. I am eagerly awaiting the next story in the series.

    The reader (Rebecca Soler) was excellent and enjoyable to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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