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Marianne

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  • The Janus Affair: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (308)
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    Certainly no strangers to peculiar occurrences, agents Wellington Books and Eliza Braun are nonetheless stunned to observe a fellow passenger aboard Britain's latest hypersteam train suddenly vanish in a dazzling bolt of lightning. They soon discover this is not the only such disappearance...with each case going inexplicably unexamined by the Crown. The fate of England is once again in the hands of an ingenious archivist paired with a beautiful, fearless lady of adventure.

    Marianne says: "Even Better than the First Novel in the Series"
    "Even Better than the First Novel in the Series"
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    Any additional comments?

    I am fascinated with this series, as I am with many other Steampunk series. But the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences ranks in my favor up near Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate (which I absolutely adore). Just as in the first book of the series, Phoenix Rising, the plot's central mystery easily moves the novel along while Ballantine introduces intriguing characters, and delves deeper into the professional and personal relationship between partners Eliza Braun and Wellington Books. I highly recommend.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodfire: Blood Destiny, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Helen Harper
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
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    (115)
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    Mack might be, to all intents and purposes, a normal looking human, but she lives with a pack of shapeshifters in Cornwall in rural England after being dumped there by her mother when she was just a young child. She desperately wants to be accepted by her surrogate family, not least because a lot of them hate her for merely being human, but for some reason her blood just won't allow the transformation to occur.

    Marianne says: "Urban Fantasy at Its Best"
    "Urban Fantasy at Its Best"
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    A kick-butt heroine
    A smorgasbord of supernatural creatures including many I've never read about before
    A slow-building and entirely believable attraction between the heroine and the Brethren's Alpha
    An ending that simultaneously satisfied and left me eager for the next book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Silk Is for Seduction: The Dressmakers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
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    (143)
    Story
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    Brilliant and ambitious dressmaker Marcelline Noirotis London's rising star. And who better to benefit from her talent than the worst-dressed lady in the ton, the Duke of Clevedon's intended bride? Winning the future duchess' patronage means prestige and fortune for Marcelline and her sisters. To get to the lady, though, Marcelline must win over Clevedon, whose standards are as high as his morals are...not. The prize seems well worth the risk-but this time Marcelline's met her match.

    Sophia Bezirganian says: "Great performance. Classic plot"
    "Great Performance, Disappointing Story"
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    Normally I can get past old romance tropes and clichés enough to enough a well written historical romance novel. With a very weak plot and characters that are difficult to like (a complete lack of morals is not something to brag about, Noirot.), this one was big let down.

    So many people had recommended this novel to me, and after falling in love with Lord of Scoundrels, I didn't hesitate to try this audiobook.Unfortunately, Ms. Chase's talent with storytelling couldn't save this one for me, even when paired with an excellent narration by Kate Reading.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (1858)
    Story
    (1841)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    James says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Awesome Narration"
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    Elijah Wood delivered the deadpan narration perfectly. He was fantastic and the story had me laughing chapter after chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Binding Vows: MacCoinnich Time Travel Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Catherine Bybee
    • Narrated By David Monteath
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    Duncan MacCoinnich's task... Travel to the twenty-first century Renaissance Faire, deflower the Druid virgins, and go home. Only his job is not so easily accomplished with the virgin in question, Tara McAllister. Time is running out. The evil is closing in on them both. Tara finds Duncan irresistible after what was supposed to be a mock hand-fasting binds them.

    Maximum Rep Molly says: "Great Highlander Series - Modern Meets Medieval"
    "Unremarkable"
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    I read a review on Audible that claimed this book was funny. There were only a few instances that I found even slightly humorous, and I don't think that humor was the tone Bybee was going for. If she was, well, it missed the mark. That may have something to do with Monteath's grave and somber performance, or maybe not. It was a fairly decent story, certainly not memorable. A day after I finished listening to this book and I was already having a hard to time remembering the major plot points.

    There are dozens of other time-traveling historical romances that I would recommend before this one. If you've already listened to Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series and/or Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books, then try starting Brenda Joyce's Rose Trilogy or the first book in Melissa Mayhue's Daughters of the Glen series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons: Rose Gardner Mystery #2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Denise Grover Swank
    • Narrated By Frances Fuller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    When Rose reports for Fenton County jury duty she figures she's lucky to get out of a morning working at the DMV. Instead, despite a disastrous encounter with the new assistant district attorney, Mason Deveraux, she's picked as a juror on a murder case. As the trial progresses, she realizes an ominous vision she had in the men's restroom proves the defendant is innocent. And there's not a cotton picking thing she can do about it. Or is there? As if things weren't bad enough, Rose's older sister Violet is going through a mid-life crisis.

    Marianne says: "Love this series!"
    "Love this series!"
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    Not quite as good as the first book, but still quite entertaining. The narrator's voice is a bit grating. I think this might be a difficult listen for anyone who isn't used to hearing a southern drawl.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Derik's Bane

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
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    Werewolf Derik Gardner must save the world by destroying the reincarnation of history's most wicked sorceress. Unfortunately, the beautiful but ditzy Sara Gunn hasn't a clue that she's the epitome of pure evil. To make matters worse, Derik's falling in love with her.

    Marianne says: "A Good Choice for Fans of Davidson's Undead Series"
    "A Good Choice for Fans of Davidson's Undead Series"
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    Derik's Bane is the third book in MaryJanice Davidson's Wyndham Werewolf series, which follows different pack members through their romantic endeavors. This story takes place in the same contemporary fantasy setting featured in Davidson's Undead series. However, instead of vampires, this book features a werewolf from the Wyndham pack and the modern reincarnation of Morgan Le Fay. If you enjoy the comedy in Davidson's other novels, you'll enjoy this book too. If you have not read/listened to Davidson's novels before, expect a paranormal romance with a heavy dose of comedy.

    Speaking of comedy, Nancy Wu nails the delivery. The Wu/Davidson team rivals Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi, in my opinion.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Only in Texas: Hotter in Texas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Christie Craig
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Nikki Hunt thought her night couldn't get any worse when her no-good, cheating ex ditched her at dinner, sticking her with the bill. Then she found his body stuffed in the trunk of her car and lost her two-hundred-dollar meal all over his three-thousand-dollar suit. Now, not only is Nikki nearly broke, she's a murder suspect. Former cop turned PI, Dallas O'Connor, knows what it's like to be unjustly accused. But one look at the sexy - though skittish - suspect tells him she couldn't hurt anyone.

    Darlene says: "Laugh Out Loud Book"
    "I Really Enjoyed This One"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dallas and Nikki's interactions were fun to read as they closer.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was entertain and quite funny at times, which I wasn't expecting. I'd recommend this for anyone looking for a humor and romance with a dash of mystery/suspense.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetheart Bargain: Sweetheart Sisters Series # 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Shirley Jump
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    The Sweetheart Sisters, a trio of sassy, well-meaning grannies (who aren't against a sip of bourbon with breakfast), are ready to dispense advice and help create happy endings with a little of what they do best-meddling. Animal therapist Olivia Linscott is the Sweetheart Sisters' first target. Running from a bad marriage and a lousy job, Olivia is determined to save the dog shelter she inherited from the mother she never knew and, above all, to protect her broken heart.

    genevieve says: "Underwhelming"
    "Sweet Story, Good Narration"
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    Would you try another book from Shirley Jump and/or Susan Boyce?

    I liked Boyce's performance, and I might try another novel written by Jump but this book in particular was not particularly memorable. I liked the three nosy elderly ladies who charged themselves with the task of getting Luke and Olivia together. So I might read the next book in the series just to see what other lives they decide to meddle in.


    Would you recommend The Sweetheart Bargain to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates a formulaic contemporary romance. I don't mean that in a bad way, as sometimes I reach for the comfort of these type of books. and I enjoyed the three nosy senior citizens playing fairy godmothers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Noble Intentions: Noble Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (97)

    Noble Britton suffered greatly at the hands of his first wife, and he refuses to fall into the same trap again. This time he intends to marry a quiet, biddable woman who will not draw attention to herself or cause scandal. Gillian Leigh's honest manner and spontaneous laughter attract him immediately. It matters little that she is accident-prone; he can provide the structure necessary to guide her. But unconventional, his new bride turns the tables on him, wreaking havoc on his orderly life.

    Scotty says: "Great Book!"
    "Very Funny"
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    Where does Noble Intentions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the top half.


    What other book might you compare Noble Intentions to and why?

    If you've listened to MacAlister's Aisling Grey series, then you'll be familiar with the humor in this book... it's just in an entirely different setting... and no dragons.


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

    This is one of many books I've listened to that Alison Larkin has narrated. She does a good job with the historical romances in particular.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Guardian: Entwined Realms Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Danielle Monsch
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (160)

    Gryphons flying past skyscrapers? Wizards battling it out in coffeehouses? Women riding motorcycles with large swords strapped to their backs? All normal sights since the Great Collision happened twenty-six years ago. Well, not normal for everyone. Larissa Miller may have been born after the Great Collision, but as a history teacher who lives in the human-only city, she has never come into contact with any other race or species, nor has she wanted to.

    Sabrina says: "Fan Freakin Tastic!"
    "Excited about This Series"
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    This series has potential. I was really drawn into the "entwined realms" concept and I can see this series getting better if she switches protagonists in the next book. I think one book is all I can handle of Larissa Miller. She wasn't the kick-ass heroine I love to read about in urban fantasy novels. I think I would have been fine with that if this "scholarly" protagonists flexed a little more brain power. I liked her in the beginning. But, as the story progressed, her decision making made my opinion of her plummet.

    Larissa aside, I really do recommend you give this book a try. I was thoroughly entertained, even when I was annoyed with the main character, and from the way the book ended I am eager to read the next book. Let me make myself a little clearer, my annoyance with the main character did not lower my opinion of the novel. There's too much awesomeness to let one character bring it down. There are elves, gargoyles, werewolves, necromancers, dragons (and dragon slayers?) all living in the same world in an urban environment after the worlds were entwined (hence the series name).

    Oh, and Tavia Gilbert does an awesome job at narrating the story, as always.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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