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  • One Salt Sea: An October Daye Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (254)

    October “Toby” Daye is finally doing all right. She’s settling into her new role as the Countess of Goldengreen; she’s actually dating again; she’s even agreed to take on Quentin as her official squire. Life is looking up all around - and that inevitably means it’s time for things to take a turn for the worse. Someone has kidnapped the sons of Duchess Dianda Lorden, regent of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist. To prevent a war between land and sea, Toby must not only find the missing boys, but also prove that the Queen of the Mists was not behind their abduction.

    a says: "The best October Daye book so far"
    "The best October Daye book so far"
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    Funny glorious and tragic, Seanan Mcguire is improving with every book (and they didn't start out too bad either).

    Toby is a hero in every sense of the word and her friends are wonderful characters with a great deal of depth.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Daylighters: Morganville Vampires Series, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they've ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated - vampires from humans - they realize that the changes definitely aren't for the better. It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they've never had: Hope of a vampire-free future.

    Maureen Parrish says: "Bring Back Cynthia Holloway!"
    "A worthwhile end to the series"
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    Any additional comments?

    The series isn't perfect and sometimes the perspective focusing on Claire demands actions that seem odd just so that she can witness events.

    Claire keeps on being awesome.

    I have a sneaky affection for Oliver and I quite liked the way he was handled here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Derby Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tamara Morgan
    • Narrated By Chelsea Hatfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Roller derby girl Gretchen "Honey Badger" Badgerton lives in the moment, no apologies. Like every woman in Pleasant Park with a pulse, she finds Dr. Jared Fine irresistible, but she's taken by surprise when her unattainable new neighbor asks her out. When Gretchen stops to help him with a flat tire, he's intrigued by her feisty attitude - and her sexy body art. Though Gretchen is hesitant to shatter Jared's "bad girl" illusion of her, she has to face facts: she's fallen for the good doctor.

    a says: "Enjoyable listen, could have been so much better"
    "Enjoyable listen, could have been so much better"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was an enjoyable listen, but every so often there were moments when I felt that small tweaks could have made things so much better.

    There were some resolutions that happened offscreen or didn't happen at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Melanie Ewbank, Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (317)

    Dishonorably discharged, former Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin is down to his last ten bucks when he finally finds work as a test subject at the Obermeyer Institute, a little-known and believed-to-be-fringe scientific research facility. When he enters the OI compound, he is plunged into a strange world where seemingly mild-mannered scientists - including women half his size - can kick his highly skilled ass.

    Linda says: "Suzanne Brockmann at her best!"
    "This book really hates women"
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    What disappointed you about Born to Darkness?

    *Spoilers*

    There didn't seem to be a single piece of character or plot development that wasn't driven in some way way by an assault on a woman or girl. Ultimately at least 30% of this book was devoted to torture porn...

    There was not a lot in the summary that suggested this would be the case.

    Women, even the toughest ones were reduced to damsels in distress and every one of them had a moment of character defying stupidity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 5th Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Brandon Espinoza, Phoebe Strole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (370)

    After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the fifth wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself.

    FanB14 says: "Not Your Typical YA Dystopian Fare"
    "Ok but not out of this world"
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    Any additional comments?

    It's not a bad book and there are some fascinating (and terrifying) ideas in it, I just felt that some of the heroine's (and the heroes') reactions didn't ring true.

    I also felt like too many of the key scenes relied on 1000 to one chances (or on characters being completely oblivious).

    It is definitely worth a listen but in the rapidly growing field of teenage dystopian books, it really doesn't stand out.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Monster in My Closet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By R. L. Naquin
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (206)

    I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn't imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I'd seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no? After all, I've always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain.

    Pat says: "Not all monsters are scary"
    "Did Not Finish"
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    What disappointed you about Monster in My Closet?


    Any additional comments?

    The actual prose was ok but the heroine is a selfish idiot (which is weird for someone whose life literally revolved around other people) and the plot got ridiculous.

    It started out reasonably well but ultimately it turned into a creepy rape-fest with very few redeeming features.

    There are authors who are capable of mixing the serious (even the absolutely awful) with the gloriously frivolous, sadly this author is currently not one of them.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Wild Ways: Enchantment Emporium, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Erin Moon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Alysha Gale's cousin Charlotte is a Wild Power, who allies herself with a family of Selkies in a fight against offshore oil drilling. The oil company has hired another of the Gale family's Wild Powers, the fearsome Auntie Catherine, to steal the Selkies' sealskins. To defeat her, Charlotte will have to learn what born to be Wild really means in the Gale family...

    ShySusan says: "Alysha's Gran is still lurking."
    "Enjoyable but feels incomplete"
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    Any additional comments?

    Overall an enjoyable listen (Tanya Huff is talented enough that she is incapable of writing unenjoyable books) but it feels like the resolution could have used something.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seraphina

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rachel Hartman
    • Narrated By Mandy Williams, Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (190)

    Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered.

    Shannon says: "Completely Inspiring Fantasy"
    "Absolutely superb"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Well written, well plotted, amazing characters and very well read, definitely worthwhile!

    Seraphina is a fantastic and flawed character and is surrounded by a number of others. The villain to the story was relatively easy to guess but the story isn't really intended as a murder mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fire's Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Bill Hensel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    A wizard, a drunkard, and a thief - three strangers who must learn to work together or Ischia is lost beneath a sea of lava. But Aaron, the thief, is hiding more than stolen jewels. Chandra, the wizard, is running from a political marriage. And Darvish, the prince Chandra is intended to marry and the man Aaron has hidden the most from, well, Darvish really needs a drink. Before they can hope to save Ischia, they must save themselves.

    a says: "Overall an enjoyable listen"
    "Overall an enjoyable listen"
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    Any additional comments?

    Tanya Huff is just really *good* at this, even in her earlier books it's possible to find enjoyable characters and an interesting and well thought out story.

    Some elements are predictable and spelled out but overall just a fun listen and worth the credit (although it's only 11ish hours and not the 22 it was marked as, this seems like a weird bug audible, because I'm sure I've seen it happen before).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Summoning: Book One of the Moon Wolf Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Carol Wolf
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    Amber is more than just a girl with a stolen ID and an attitude; she is a daughter of the wolf-kind, a shapeshifter able to change forms at will. One night, as Amber prowls the Hollywood Hills in wolf form, she stumbles onto an occult ceremony, interrupting the ritual. As a result, Amber finds herself the unwilling mistress of a handsome demonic servant, Richard. Appearing as a fair youth of eighteen years, Richard is a demon accidentally summoned, then captured, by Dr. John Dee, court magician to Queen Elizabeth I.

    Nicole says: "Lovely, engaging, entertaining, STRONG Female lead"
    "Really Enjoyable listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Summoning the most enjoyable?

    Having a smart but flawed heroine.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amber the wolf shapeshifter who actually makes thought out decisions for the most part.


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Evans – was your favorite?

    The 4 bears! They were background characters but they were adorable


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Life is a ***** and so is she.
    (I don;t think much of tagline writers)


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth reading, suprisingly lyrical and well-written.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Poison Eaters and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Holly Black
    • Narrated By Holly Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Poisonous girls whose kisses will kill. A fateful eating contest with the devil. Faeries who return to Ironside, searching for love. A junior prom turned bacchanalia. In twelve short stories, eerie and brimming with suspense and unexpected humor, Holly Black twists the fantastical creatures you thought you knew in ways you’ll never expect.

    Melinda says: "Good Stories Marred by Lackluster Performance"
    "Really enjoyable stories"
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    I'm learning to love Holly Black's work (although I suspect Valiant is always going to be my favourite).

    Nice mix of stories with a huge range of characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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