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Shelley

Chatsworth CA | Member Since 2009

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  • Succubus Shadows: Georgina Kincaid, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (474)

    Georgina Kincaid has formidable powers. Immortality, seduction, shape-shifting into any human form she desires, walking in heels that would cripple mere mortals - all child's play to a succubus like her. Helping to plan her ex-boyfriend's wedding is a different story. Georgina isn't sure which is worse - that Seth is marrying another woman, or that Georgina has to run all over Seattle trying on bridesmaid dresses.

    Shelley says: "Didn't want it to end!"
    "Didn't want it to end!"
    Overall

    I can't believe I have to wait until at least September for the sixth book. And then, that will be the last one!

    This series is SO GOOD that I had to write to the author on her website. I am totally out of the demographics of these books---I am not a teenager or a young person---but I loved them all. Besides, I think they might be for adults anyway---the sex is totally out there and hot.

    The narrator, Elisabeth Rodgers, is terrific throughout. I can really hear Georgina's character.

    I have been so involved in the relationship between Seth and Georgina, that at one point while listening, I started yelling "No, stop it!" I won't say where that was because I don't want to give any spoilers, but suffice it to say, I was seriously involved.

    These books may not be grand literature, but they are wonderful, indeed.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fifth Grave Past the Light: Charley Davidson, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (994)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (915)

    Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth... but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason.

    Hassan says: "Charley Davidson is Back!!!!"
    "Love this series!"
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    First of all, Lorelei King IS Charley! She is absolutely the perfect narrator for this character. Second of all, this series is so fun, so exciting and I hope, hope the next book will be out soon!
    And third of all, if anyone doesn't like the character of Reyes, they must be, I don't know, from some other dimension?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Witch: Alex Craft Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kalayna Price
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (449)

    Not even death can save her now. As a grave witch, Alex Craft can speak to the dead---she's even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she's seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case.

    Christopher says: "Excellent Story Narrator needs alot more practice"
    "Ruined by the narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't know why I purchased this first in a series. It must have been on sale because almost all the reviewers felt the same way that I did. The narrator actually reads it like text to speech and so stilted that I could not get through the first chapter.

    Other reviewers have said that story picks up, but I'm not waiting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House of Reckoning

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Saul
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    For more than three decades John Saul has haunted the New York Times best seller list - and listeners imaginations - with his chilling tales of psychological suspense and supernatural horror. His instinct for striking the deepest chords of fear in our hearts and minds is unerring, and his gift for steering a tale from the light of day into the darkest depths of nightmare is at its harrowing best in House of Reckoning.

    Scott says: "Just Too Real it was spooky"
    "Just Okay"
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    Maybe my expectations were much higher, but I felt let down by this author's characters and plot. All the characters were drawn one-dimensionally, either really good or really bad. The whole business with the house seemed sketched and told instead of fully explored and shown.
    There were a number of plot points with holes that you could drive a truck through even if suspension of disbelief is usually needed for paranormal stories. Spoiler Alert: One example would be the fate of all the bad guys. All legalities and investigations of the real world were just swept aside as everyone agrees case closed. There was just a mention that some deputies would return to look around. Oh, okay. A lot of people have just disappeared, but oh well.
    Angela Dawe's narration was fine, if uninspiring.
    This is the first book I've ever listened to by this author so I have nothing to compare it to. I would like to give some other of his books a chance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wanderer: Thunder Point, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (626)

    Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land’s unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he’s been left an old friend’s entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community’s destiny in his hands. Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful.

    Music Lover says: "Good new series by Carr"
    "Not what I expected"
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    I thought this was the beginning of a cool murder/mystery series like Stone, but what I got was a lukewarm, boring, completely predictable story of small town characters who were really nice and nothing really bad ever happened unless you count the murder that occurs in the beginning that turns out not to count very much anyway.
    I seriously threw up my hands and rolled my eyes at the ridiculous instant confession on the phone in the jail by the suspect! I mean, really!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels' Blood: Guild Hunter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1412)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1059)

    Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best - but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option---even if the task is impossible. Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.

    Leslie says: "Who Knew, Angels could be so hot!"
    "Very Enjoyable"
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    This is my first foray into Nalini Singh's writing. I am a fan of paranormal/vampire/angel/romance series and this one is a good start. I was glad there is a mix of reality and city life with fantasy as that makes the story much more "real" to me as I am more able to relate and care about the characters.

    Not the most in-depth characters and it got a bit tiresome constantly getting little hints throughout the book of Elena's past, but the concept of the society of angels and vampires with humans and all the hierarchy was really well done.

    Justine Eyre's narration was very good even for the male voices which can be difficult. I will definitely get the next books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1315)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1140)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "A Terrific Legal Thriller!"
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    I am so glad I found this book through Audible reviews as I don't ordinarily read/listen to this genre. But this book was wonderful in every sense. The plot had twists and turns that were truly unexpected. The narrator was excellent---every character had a really unique voice and his accents were perfect. He even did women's voices very well.

    I won't give away anything, but be prepared to be surprised. And I do hope that the author might consider a sequel using this main character.

    Oh, and lots of cool information about court cases and legal stuff, but delivered in the context of the story.

    Really loved this book.

    1 of 2 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
    (2757)
    Performance
    (2516)
    Story
    (2502)

    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"
    "Average for Molly Harper"
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    As much as I have enjoyed Molly Harper's works and Amanda Ronconi's narration, I found this title to be listless, a bit rushed and only mildly entertaining.

    The plot seemed rushed because characters would just quickly accept something traumatic or unusual and at one point in the story when our heroine has sex with the vampire, instead of some, I don't know, magical or sensitive moment, they continue their witty banter. In fact, there is so much witty banter throughout this book, that it robbed any remaining drama from the circumstances. No one seemed threatened or afraid or even really very sad because they were so busy with the witty banter.

    I usually enjoy Amanda Ronconi's narration, but here it is lost in a rather average character. In fact, I think everyone in this book was average---even the vampire, who seemed just like a nice guy.

    This won't stop me from listening to Molly Harper's other books, but maybe I will wait a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2553)
    Performance
    (1922)
    Story
    (1916)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Amazon Customer says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "Very Disappointed"
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    I absolutely love Molly Harper's "Nice Girls..." series, but this book was a big disappointment. I found the main character to be really flat and uninteresting despite all the sarcastic wit which might be sarcastic, but had little wit.

    I could not get passed the fact that she had married this terrible man in the first place. I did not believe or accept that she didn't realize. And then half the book was how terrible he was and her revenge which was pretty lame.

    I remained uninterested in her story because her character was so nothing special and I just did not care.

    Because of Molly Harper's other wonderful books and Amanda Ronconi's other excellent narrations, I was even more disappointed in this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5771)
    Performance
    (5123)
    Story
    (5115)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Some Magical, Some Not So Magical"
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    There is a lot to enjoy in this book, but also much that fell flat despite my expectations especially after reading the glowing reviews.

    The Magical:

    Descriptions of the circus were truly amazing. How beautifully written it was with the sights and sounds and especially, the smells. How unique to focus on the scents and how powerful it created the reality.

    Overall the writing was very well done.

    The Not-So-Magical:

    While many reviewers were taken by the depth of the characters, I found just the opposite. For the most part, they were pretty one dimensional as they interacted with each other and in the realm of the circus.

    The competition went nowhere. A huge build-up throughout the book that I expected to culminate in an apocalypse of some kind, but only quietly and gently ended.

    And I had no idea about Jim Dale narrating the Harry Potter series, but I found this book to be very reminiscent of Harry Potter in tone and style.

    But this last point seems to differ with every other reviewer. I found Jim Dale's narration to be rather difficult to hear the story or the characters. His tone sounded sinister and I kept hearing sinister characters and bad things about to happen. His voice especially for the female characters was terrible. Sorry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dearly Devoted Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    Overall
    (1850)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (843)

    Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. In trying to avoid the deep suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes - who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac (which, of course, he is) - Dexter has had to slip further into his foolproof domestic disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his girlfriend, Rita, and her two children. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher?

    Jacqueline says: "Horror Mixed With Humor"
    "Now A Big Dexter Fan!"
    Overall
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    What a wonderful listening experience! A bit unexpected as I have seen some of the cable series and loved it, but waited to listen to the books. I also didn't realize there were more books of a series, so I started with the second book.

    Even though this is certainly not heavy literature, the writing is terrific and engaging. I love the mix of humor and drama as we get to know Dexter from his point of view. The author portrays him so well that there is a marvelous insight into his character that even Dexter, himself, does not realize. He continually refers to himself as not being human and having no emotions, especially the emotion of love and caring. Yet, he displays those emotions many times and is so very human and this makes for a fascinating and complex character.

    And the narrator, Nick Landrum, is excellent. I love his wonderful sardonic delivery and his interpretation of Dexter's thoughts is perfect.

    Oh, and, also, the plot was very exciting and thoroughly horribly scary!

    I will eagerly get all the other audiobooks in this series and I hope more become available.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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