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Sheryl

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  • Everlasting Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Amanda Ashley
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    New York Times best-selling author Christine Feehan hails Amanda Ashley as a master storyteller. In this seductive paranormal romance, two young lovers risk death and heartbreak to be together. Vampire Erik Delacourt is on the hunt for a Blood Thief who destroyed one of his closest friends and is draining the blood from young vampires across the city. Into his world comes Daisy O’Donnell, a young woman Erik feels a strong need to protect. But Daisy is hardly the wilting flower she appears to be.

    Sheryl says: "Not bad, but not very deep"
    "Not bad, but not very deep"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was ok. The romance was alright, but the story seemed forced. Daisy just did not develop well enough to be believable as a daring second generation blood thief. Erik's falling for her was predictable and his character was a little shallow. Some of the things he said, like calling his love "Daisy-darlin" was plain silly and didn't work. He had the opportunity to be a deep, dark, alluring hero-type, but did not rise to the task. Jennifer Ikeda's narration is lovely, yet a bit more character distinction would have brought my rating to a '5.'


    What could Amanda Ashley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Strengthen Daisy's character. Develop the conflict of Daisy's human vs vampire key plot point. The paranormal abilities of the vamps was a bit tough to take. Too many talents housed in one type of creature make the reader raise an eyebrow and it detracted from the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    As written, no editing: NO


    Any additional comments?

    A worthwhile investment, but I probably wont re-read it or the next installment. I like more depth and history or believable plot surrounding my sci-fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Dawns: Immortal Guardians Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1529)
    Performance
    (1367)
    Story
    (1374)

    Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control...

    avalon says: "Not bad"
    "A little preachy"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book is a conundrum, some parts were well written and had an adult theme and style, including descriptive sex scenes between the two main characters. The conflict between the various sects of paranormal was interesting and you certainly root for the hero/heroine. But then the author would dive into passages more suited to teens that were shallow and predictable . I don't know who i would refer the book to. Perhaps to those that want vamp theme regardless of depth and character development to escape from the worries of the real world for awhile. There was also a strange current of do-gooder, pro-organic, vegitarianism that distracted from the story.


    Has Darkness Dawns turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I still love the paranormal/vamp genre, but it has been a difficult feat to find a 10+ hour book that is fresh while maintaining an interesting plot, thought provoking issues and characters, without falling into tawdry porno style sex. Not that this book had that, by no means. The romance was fairly well done, just not very imaginative.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kirsten Potter?

    Kirsten is passable, and did not butcher the characters, but still did not have enough individual narrative distinction. I found her voice to be too masculine and somewhat over-dramatized. I would not search out a book just because she was narrarator


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


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  • Heart of Evil: Krewe of Hunters Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (213)

    Emerging from the bayou like an apparition, Donegal Plantation is known for its unsurpassed dining, captivating atmosphere, haunting legends... and now a corpse swinging from the marble angel that marks its cemetery’s most majestic vault. A corpse discovered in nearly the same situation as that of Marshall Donegal, the patriarch killed in a skirmish just before the Civil War. Desperate for help traditional criminologists could never provide, plantation heiress Ashley Donegal turns to an elite team of paranormal investigators who blend hard forensics with rare intuition.

    Jennifer says: "Storytelling at its best!"
    "Sorry, but I could not finish it."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better narrarator. The story was dull even though it was pegged as a thriller/mystery. The interaction between the two former lovers is not believable nor well written. I suppose better character development and a more mature writing style would have increased my enjoyment.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Next up: finishing "Beautiful Ruins", and then on to "Divergent" by V Roth. Yes, I have a wide variety of interests, not just YA/paranormal/chicklit. ;-)


    Would you be willing to try another one of Luke Daniels’s performances?

    Daniel's performance would not make me buy any book. If there are female characters of significance, I would likely pass. He was deplorable with the feminine voice.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and a little irritation.


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  • Free: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (2037)
    Performance
    (1849)
    Story
    (1843)

    It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety. Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow.

    AudioAddict says: "Clever Christmas Cheer!"
    "Did I miss the ending??"
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    What did you like best about Free: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas? What did you like least?

    Molly, what happened to the ending? I love the "Jane Jameson" Nice Girls vampire series, and this is another expansion bringing in a story about one of the lesser, supporting characters of the original series, the kid siter of a vampire concierge owner. It follows an expected story line: when is the human girl going to meet, fall for, and hook up with the sexy new vamp in town? Now, I know it was a free short book, delivered right at Christmastime, but it did not say it was an "excerpt." That is how I felt at the end...arrgh...where's the next chapter? That said, it is cute, funny and sprinkled with romance. One finds all the 'usual suspects' from the other books and gets an update on their lives and romances. All the vampire couples are happily married and carrying on with their crazy lives. There is no high intrigue or complex plot as it is simply a holiday short story to curl up with on the couch with a nice cup of cocoa.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was confusing since it is so abrupt. I think there may be another segment coming? Hopefully since it ended mid-step. It kinda ruined the experience.


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

    Each performance I have listened to by Ms. Ronconi has been a delight. I found that in this book, however, that she did not pick up her "old" characters from the prior related books as well as one would expect. The voices were off - not as good or endearing as they were in the first series. Perhaps a more thorough review of her work could be done to get back into the character after such a long time in between related books. Thus the lower performance rating, where I have given her 5 stars in the past


    Was Free: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas worth the listening time?

    The listen was well worth it, even if it had been a paid purchase. I just want more story!


    Any additional comments?

    Will there be more....?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Samson's Lovely Mortal: Scanguards Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tina Folsom
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (436)

    Vampire bachelor Samson can't get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there's nothing wrong with his hydraulics - that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms. His scruples about taking Delilah to bed vanish when his shrink suggests it's the only way to cure his problem. Thinking all he needs is one night with her, Samson indulges in a night of pleasure and passion.

    CAROLYN says: "Mmmmmmmm YUMMY"
    "Same ol' story. I could not finish this book."
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    Unfortunately, the book was not worth the credit. Fortunately Audible's policy of returns will keep me coming back. The book starts out (seriously, the first sentence in the book!) with a graphic, dirty sex scene that you later discover is a "day-dream" of the lead character/vampire, Sampson. I like steam, but it was a turn-off rather than a turn-on, and just stupid. Then, the helpless human heroine gets hauled into a mansion of sex and blood starved vamps only to cause angst and remorse in our sexually dysfunctional "hero." The first 2 - 3 chapters proved the book would be too cliche and unoriginal to continue. If you are interested in chic-lit, erotica, bloodsucking, it may be for you. The narrator, Kevin Foley, was unable to pull off a good female voice, and even Sampson's voice was overacted.

    I continue to compare the vampire-based stories in the selection of books available - both serious and historical to snarky, steamy and tame - to the exemplary writing of Deborah Harkness's "Discovery of Witches" novels. And its narrator, Jennifer Ikeda, is by far the stand-out narrator that has performed any reading of the ~50 Audible books I have listened to. Forget this one and use your credit for "Discovery" trilogy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Undead Sublet: A Free Story from 'The Undead in My Bed'

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1463)
    Performance
    (1293)
    Story
    (1295)

    In "Undead Sublet" by Molly Harper, executive chef Tess Maitland is banned from her five-star kitchen in Chicago to recover from "exhaustion". Choosing a random rental house in Half-Moon Hollow to spend time in, she's unaware that the house comes with a strange man. Even though Sam Masden's ex-wife has rented the house out from under him, the divorce settlement allows him access to it for another ninety days. With Tess unable to go anywhere else, and Sam unwilling, a war of epic proportions is declared - and romantic sparks and heavy pots fly.

    Taryn says: "Completely awful"
    "Another fun one from Harper"
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    What made the experience of listening to Undead Sublet: A Free Story from 'The Undead in My Bed' the most enjoyable?

    Wow - a Molly melodrama full of humor and fun..for free? No brainer. NIce to have a short one, but love her stories and keep waiting for more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tie in with the food is great. The heroine is a chef and what fun she has with tastes and smells throughout the story and of course with the 'blood cook-off!"


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Wierd question. So I guess I will say it did.


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

    The sexy vamp stays in the cellar during the deadly daylight hours. When she starts at seeing him 'asleep' and then spills candle wax on him, well it is a nice blend of passion and humor at which Harper is an expert.


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  • Undead and Unwed: Queen Betsy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1680)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (699)

    Waking up in a tacky coffin and wearing off-brand shoes, Betsy Taylor can't believe the horrible turn her life has taken; then she discovers she's a vampire. Soon, Betsy becomes a participant in a power struggle between the forces of darkness. With only her friend Jessica and the hunky vampire Sinclair to help her, this new "Queen of Vampires" will have a tough time getting her afterlife straight.

    Vanessa says: "Great Concept / Annoying Character"
    "Starts out ok, ends pretty raunchy"
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    What would have made Undead and Unwed better?

    It really doesn't make sense to write a book review on this one. The story got too far-fetched even for "fantasy." The sample available prior to purchase gives an uneven look at the writing. The story starts to decline into the tawdry, and Davidson increases the use of unnecesssarily lude (aka dirty) language. The story would have held its own, but this was a big turn-off for me. The story followed a typical dumb blonde turned vampire, yet it is written with a fair amount of humor which is not always easy to do. But Davidson tries to create something new on a very saturated market, and does not hit the mark. I like a little smut and strut, but the author couldn't pull it off and relied too heavily on shock and some 'gross factor'. Where is Molly Harper when you need her?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Davidson's next story in the series was in my wish list. It isn't any more. I'll be listening to Kim Harrison's spunky vamp series, or perhaps Jeaniene Frosts "Grave" series.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Ms. Wu was just ok. She did not have enough delineation between character's voices. Not bad, but just not great.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Undead and Unwed?

    Oh, brother. (mini-spoiler, but you can see it coming) Definitely would have rewritten the under-water sex scene. Had potential for more heat and sexiness than the resulting stupid and voyeristic animalistic act. The fact that our male "hero" (??) stands out on the pool deck naked for his kingly speach - just dumb. And enough with the shoes and verbose description of every outfit and scene and event!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3286)
    Performance
    (2996)
    Story
    (2995)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Amazon Customer says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "How fun is this?!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Driving Mr. Dead the most enjoyable?

    In this book, we meet characters already near and dear to our hearts from the "Nice Girls" series. A few familiar encounters catch you off guard which is a good ear to ear grin since you feel like you're in on a secret. This story is another work of narrative art by Ronconi, like an old (beautiful) shoe that fits so comfortably while you listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I just loved waiting for the inevitable to happen to our heroine. Collin starts out as such a self-centered dork that one wonders how it will possbile for him to change meaningfully in such a short book. He is quite arrogant and not very likeable that it gets on the listener's nerves. So, Harper does a pretty good job leading us through his growth, if somewhat implausible.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Bat Mobile pink-boobed and all going over the ravine is hilarious and such a good tease to make us wonder, "what next for our two wayward travelers?" I would be remiss if I didn't mention the root cellar, especially the tears - quite moving.


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

    Absolutely since it is a quick, funny listen.


    Any additional comments?

    More, more, more.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors: Jane Jameson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2590)
    Performance
    (2339)
    Story
    (2348)

    Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of wedding planning, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend, Gabriel, are coming along smoothly. That is, until she turns a fatally wounded teenage acquaintance, and the Council pronounces her responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.

    Kirstin says: "Molly Did it Again!!!"
    "What a fun series!"
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    Where does Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love how much wit and humor and sharp sarcasam Harper brings to the story. She stays true to the series with this closing work. I love just about all of the characters, and even when you thought you had someone nailed like the member of the Council for the Undead, Harper pulls a fast one on you with some tweaks and suprises.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors?

    The theme of the wedding that runs through the work is hilarious. I think the true pain of all bridesmaids is brought out and spanked with the way Jane treats her 'maids to be -- I wont spoil it for you!


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    She brings the characters alive and puts just the right amount of snark, arrogance, and sassy youth and prude into each one. I have to say, though, my single criticism is the somewhat whimpy voice of Gabriel. I hoped that it would mature from book one into a more dashing and sexy vamp voice.


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

    I wanted this book to go on and on, just to listen to Ranconi and laugh a little longer!


    Any additional comments?

    So glad I found the series, the author and the narrarator! Thanks for a fine read, that I will go back to time and time again. Love, love love it!

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  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13537)
    Performance
    (8013)
    Story
    (7867)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Sadly Painful to the end."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Readers interested in Scottish history with plenty of time on their hands will be able to wade through the extraordinarily long and drawn out narrative.The book is VERY long, over 30 hours, and one is left with the feeling that it could have been told with the same history, action, romance and humor in 2 "Parts" instead of 4. Unfortunately one has to wait toward the end of Part 3 before the book picks up. The first half is excrutiatingly slow, and I dropped it 3 times, considering whether to ask for a refund.I am in agreement with the other reviews that caution against violence. The reader needs to be prepared for pretty graphic scenes of brutality, especially against women, and most significantly, an extensive, detailed, belabored and awful scene at the very end of the book between 2 men. The point could have been made with far fewer wasted pages (or minutes).
    See Elise's review 1/22/13 - she's right on.


    Has Outlander turned you off from other books in this genre?

    "Genre" - hmmm. I don't know that it fits what it is billed to be. Other than Claire accidentally transporting to a different time, there is no other fantasy or SciFi. The author actually succeeds in blending the remainder of the story with history. Therefore, I will say, no, I still enjoy the genre, just not the author. The publisher's summary says that she is "torn between past and present, passion and love." I must disagree. Claire seems to forget her new husband fairly immediately, and the confusion between lust and love begs the question of what is love...?


    Did Davina Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, Porter differentiates the characters well because of the minute, excrutiating detail the author provided. She is able to develop accents well and makes the transition easily between them. I found her British accent a bit too breathy, but I would certainly listen to another of her performances.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration and disappointment and boredom. I really wanted to like the book, to move on to the next in the series, but will not. Perhaps the written work is preferable because one could scan the pages to bypass the wordy fluff and the torture scenes. It made it far too difficult to believe in the relationship that blooms between Jamie and Claire.


    Any additional comments?

    Make no mistake, this is in no way similar to the Stephanie Meyer books or even close in content and likeability of Deborah Harkness' Discovery of Witches trilogy (cannot wait for number 3 to come out!)

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2777)
    Performance
    (2535)
    Story
    (2521)

    Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

    Ronda says: "Once again this should have disclaimers"
    "Just Love Molly!"
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    What did you love best about The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires?

    Snarky humor as good as in her Nice Girls series. Since this is a "related" book, I would have expected no less. This book plays off Nice Girls with a character (Iris) that lives in same town, and knows of Jane, the main character of those books. The narration is fabulous as usual by Ronconi. She makes the characters come alive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires?

    When a teenage hunk is hit by a speeding black car, Iris reacts emotionally with care, confusion and compassion.


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

    I have listened to the Nice Girls series and it is just as good. Just perfect!


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

    Just laugh out loud and giggles at times. Some touching points, but no crying- it's really not that type of book. I have to say though that I was not a huge fan of Cal. His character was a little hard to believe (for make believe), but little by little he crept into my heart.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love more from the Hallows/Jane Jameson style sagas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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