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  • Oath of Gold: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (852)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (644)

    Paksenarrion, a simple sheepfarmer's daughter, yearns for a life of adventure and glory, such as was known to heroes in songs and story. At age seventeen she runs away from home to join a mercenary company and begins her epic life.

    William says: "Great Finish to a Great Trilogy"
    "Great Ending for the trilogy"
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    What disappointed you about Oath of Gold?

    Nohting disappointed me. Great ending for the Pax story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Will listen again to Mystic and Rider, narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck, written by Sharon Shinn.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jennifer Van Dyck?

    Jennifer Van Dyck was great--she has narrated other of my favorite books. She did pronounce some names differently than I would have done, but overall she is a great narrator.


    What character would you cut from Oath of Gold?

    Every character had his/her own fit, and all are needed to move the story along.


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Easy Pickings: A Jane Yellowrock/Walker Papers Crossover

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter, C. E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (139)

    Welcome to the crossover event fans have been waiting for: Joanne Walker and Jane Yellowrock meet in a world not quite like either of their own, where they must find and defeat the magic that brought them there - or they just might find themselves...easy pickings!

    Bonnie says: "Impressed with this crossover"
    "Loved this combo!"
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    Would you listen to Easy Pickings again? Why?

    Yes. Love the characters and the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Easy Pickings?

    Every bit of it.


    What does Khristine Hvam and Gabra Zackman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Two fantastic readers make this story even better.


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

    Beast Meets Shaman


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese, Lorelei King
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (806)

    Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger... A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends...

    Malinda says: "Great compilation of stories from the Mercy-verse"
    "Filling in pieces of the pie"
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    Where does Shifting Shadows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked Shifting Shadows very much--I loved the way it expanded the characters in small ways not possible in the novels.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mercy is my favorite character, and since the whole series is built around her, that's a good thing. Mercy is an oddity in her own world, and manages to succeed anyway.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I iked every one. Each story brought a sense of excitement, wondering which aspect of which character she would explore next.


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

    Since it is an anthology, it is a book that can be listened to in more than one sitting, handy for short travels, and I listened in that manner. Had I been in a position to listen all the way through, I would have.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Soul: Jane Yellowrock, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (912)
    Performance
    (841)
    Story
    (839)

    Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer for hire - but other creatures of the night still need to watch their backs....When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price - and Leo is willing to pay. That’s because the European vamps want Leo’s territory, and he knows that he needs Jane to prevent a total bloodbath.

    Crystal Wilson says: "U always surprise me"
    "You can't stop here!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love Jane Yellowrock. She is EveryHeroYouEverHad. She has human frailties, and she makes mistakes, but together with Beast, she is able to overcome them.


    What other book might you compare Broken Soul to and why?

    Nothing can compare to Jane Yellowrrock except herself.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    Khristine Hvam makes the books even better, if that can be so. Her voice is very distinct for each character, and it sounds as though someone is actually speaking. I hope she will continue to read Jane's books!


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

    No crying or laughing, but it made me break my rule audiobook rule--my rule is to listen to them only in the car, and I found myself sitting in the driveway with this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the way Faith Hunter brings in ancient myths and legends into her books and makes the creatures real.

    I always wait as long as possible to listen to Jane's stories, because, well, once you start, they will end too soon, and I always want to say, "Wait! You can't stop now!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gate of Ivrel: Morgaine, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C.J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Scattered about the galaxy were the time-space Gates of a vanished but not forgotten alien race. In their time, long before the rise of the native civilizations, they had terrorized a hundred worlds—not from villainy but from folly, from tampering with the strands that held a universe together.

    Now the task was to uproot these Gates, destroy their potency for mischief, take horror out of the hands of the few who hungered for power by misuse of the Gates.

    Angelee R. says: "Disapointed"
    "Have waited a long time for this!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gate of Ivrel to be better than the print version?

    No. While the audio edition is excellent, the voice of the reader isn't quite what is needed, although she did a good job.


    What other book might you compare Gate of Ivrel to and why?

    Jennifer Roberson's Sword Dancer books. Both are about a strong woman with a mission she would trade all to accomplish


    Did Jessica Almasy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes she did. Different voices were obvious for different characters.


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

    Yes and no. I've waited so long for these books that I sort of doled them out to myself.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kicking It

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kalayna Price, Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    New York Times best-selling author Rachel Caine has modern-day potions witches Holly and Andrew facing off against a firebrand politician who wears literally killer boots in a Texas-sized rodeo of trouble. Boot-loving Cadogan vampire Lindsey must team up with off-again, on-again vampire partner Luc when a woman from her past is targeted by supernaturals in New York Times best-selling author Chloe Neill's all-new adventure.

    Tabatha says: "Anthology"
    "Kicking it Really Kicks Butt!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Kicking It to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the print version but I really enjoyed the audio edition.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jane Yellowrock is always my favorite even though her part in Faith Hunter's story was minor. She is the complete heroine.


    What does Justine O. Keef bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narration in all the stories.


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

    All of the stories were very well done with interesting plots.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope there are more such collaborations in the future by these editors!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black Arts: Jane Yellowrock, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1272)
    Performance
    (1162)
    Story
    (1162)

    When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace. Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy - one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.

    Angela says: "WELL WORTH THE WAIT!!!"
    "Fantastic!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Black Arts the most enjoyable?

    I love the complexities of the characters; together with the action parts, this is a great book. Khristine Hvam's masterful narration serves to add to the quality.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jane of course is my favorite character. She is a very tough heroine, but very human in spite of Beast living inside. I love the way Faith Hunter peels away the layers to reveal her flaws.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was the moment she shared in the sweat lodge when she learned about Cherokee warrior women.


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

    It was when Molly decided to live.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I hate about Faith Hunter's Skinwalker series is finishing one, and knowing it will be months and months before the next one. I hope hope hope Khristine Hvam will continue to narrate; she makes the characters and scenes truly come alive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sword-Dancer: Tiger and Del, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jennifer Roberson
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    He was Tige, born of the desert winds, raised as a slave and winning his freedom by weaving a special kind of magic with a warrior's skill. Now he was an almost legendary sword-dancer, ready to take on any challenge - if the price was right…or if the woman pretty enough. She was Del, born of ice and storm, trained by the greatest of Northern sword masters. Now, her ritual training completed and steeped in the special magic of her own rune sword, she had come South in search of the young brother stolen five years before.

    Richard says: "Not a bad performance by Bel Davies"
    "TIGER AND DEL AT LAST!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It has been among my favorite books, read and reread many times, and I was soo happy to see it on audible


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sword-Dancer?

    My favorite moment was when Tiger finally realized Del was for real.


    What didn’t you like about Stephen Bel Davies’s performance?

    I liked nothing about his performance--it was terrible. His voice is totally wrong for Tiger; he sounds like some city song-and-dance man speaking to those he considers ignorant and impressionable clods. He would be better doing Music Man. His voice for Del is not much better; he simply adopted what he must consider a northern Europe accent. I just hope he isn't used for future Tiger and Del books. He came very close to ruining the entire audiobook. I hope people won't judge the book by the narrator.


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

    It made me cheer many times.


    Any additional comments?

    Jennifer Roberson's Swordancer series is among the best in the genre. I'm very glad I had a chance to listen to it on my ipod. I hope there are more, and I hope we have a better narrator for future books.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Trade: Jane Yellowrock, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1322)
    Performance
    (1195)
    Story
    (1191)

    The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires - those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted - are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets. But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill - even for a pro like Jane.

    viviangrrl says: "love this narrator"
    "Go Jane!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Blood Trade to be better than the print version?

    I like all the Jane Yellowrock audio editions better than the print version because, good as the print versions are, reader Khristine Hvam adds so much to the listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the intricacies of Jane's personality and growth as the books progress.


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

    She is a great reader, and this is up there with her best.


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

    Yes, it was hard to make myself stop listening, even when tasks were calling me.


    Any additional comments?

    I always cannot wait until the next Jane Yellowrock book comes out, and this one was no exception. Go Faith! Go Jane!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death's Rival: Jane Yellowrock, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (1308)
    Story
    (1313)

    For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.

    Maureen says: "Best of the series by far!"
    "Jane and Beast are the ultimate pair!"
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    What did you love best about Death's Rival?

    I love the character of Jane Yellowrock. She is every hero you ever had.


    What other book might you compare Death's Rival to and why?

    There is no comparison. Jane is the ultimate.


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

    I've only heard her with the Jane Yellowrock series, and she is a master! She is a perfect Jane and also perfect for all the other various characters in the series. No one else could do justice to the series, and I hope she continues to be the narrator for future Jane Yellowrock books.


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

    I did want to. Listened to part of it on a 400 mile trip and then more on the return. Although my rule is to listen to audio books only in the car, I could not help myself, and I finished listening when I got home. (as I did with Jane #4)


    Any additional comments?

    Write faster Faith--we need the next installment!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mercy Blade: Jane Yellowrock, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1822)
    Performance
    (1546)
    Story
    (1545)

    Jane, a shapeshifting vampire-hunter-for-hire, crosses paths with a stranger who has arrived in New Orleans, enlisted to hunt vampires who have gone insane - or so he says.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Still Going Strong!"
    "Jane Yellowrock is the best!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mercy Blade the most enjoyable?

    I love Jane's character!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mercy Blade?

    The most memorable for me was when "beast meets were-cat."


    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Khristine Hvam is a master! Her voice is perfect for Jane, and she is very adept at the various accents of the residents of New Orleans.


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

    Beast is Back!


    Any additional comments?

    The entire concept of Jane Yellowrock is so fascinating--I'm just sorry there are not more at this time. I want to say "Write faster!"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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