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  • 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
    (1142)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1030)

    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
  • Kicking It

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kalayna Price, Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    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.

    Mary says: "Kicking it Really Kicks Butt!"
    "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!

    0 of 0 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
    (902)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (826)

    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.

    Maureen says: "Another great book. Go Faith!"
    "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
    (59)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    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.

    1 of 2 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
    (1007)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (904)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Wow, Jane does it again!"
    "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
  • Mercy Blade: Jane Yellowrock, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1511)
    Performance
    (1270)
    Story
    (1270)

    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.

    Ducky says: "JANE AND BEAST VS WEREWOLVES......OH MY!!"
    "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
  • The Crystal Cave: The Arthurian Saga, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mary Stewart
    • Narrated By Nicol Williamson
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Was Merlin an otherworldly being or just an ordinary mortal with extraordinary powers? Over the centuries there have been many stories about Camelot, but the mystery of the magician who nurtured, trained, and advised King Arthur has remained unexplored. Some have called Merlin a sinister, all-powerful Prince of Darkness. Others have described him as a merely a man, heir to the secrets of the Crystal Cave, possessed of rare and remarkable gifts.

    Jessica says: "yuck"
    "Merlin As He Surely Must Have Been"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    One of my favorite books of all time. It makes the Arthur legend into history.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mary Stewart's version of the Arthur legend comes across as how it really was. She incorporates all the myths and legends into one story that seems to be Truth. Her characters are flawless.


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

    I have not listened to any other of Nicol Williamson's performances. This one is excellent.


    If you could rename The Crystal Cave, what would you call it?

    The Crystal Cave is perfect for this book; no other title would suffice.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Audible would remake Mary Stewart's Arther trilogy unabridged. So much is lost in this abridged version.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First Truth: Truth Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dawn Cook
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (371)

    Alissa doesn’t believe in magic. Her father’s stories about the Hold, a legendary fortress where human Keepers learn magic from the enigmatic Masters, are just that—stories. But her mother insists Alissa has inherited her father’s magical ability, so she must go to the Hold to be trained. On her way, she crosses paths with Strell, a wandering musician from the plains.

    Liz says: "Don't be Mislead"
    "Save your time and money"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I could not get into the book at all, could not make myself care what happened.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dawn Cook again?

    Probably not.


    Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

    Liked none of the characters.


    Was First Truth worth the listening time?

    No, it's the only audio book I've not been able to make myself finish.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Cross: Jane Yellowrock, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1688)
    Performance
    (1392)
    Story
    (1392)

    Jane Yellowrock is back on the prowl against the children of the night. The vampire council has hired skinwalker Yellowrock to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules - but Jane quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep.

    Ducky says: "GO JANE!!! GO FAITH!! AND GO KHRISTINE!!"
    "Jane Yellowrock rocks!"
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    Where does Blood Cross rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love Faith Hunter's books, and Blood Cross is among the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jane Yellowrock is unique in urban fantasy; she is tough and gritty but has a vulnerable side as well. This is more than an action thriller and character development is excellent.


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

    I have only listened to her as she performed the Jane Yellowrock series; she is one of the best readers I have ever heard, right up there with Simon Vance. While the series is very well written, Khristine Hvam's performance makes them very special.


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

    Jane and Beast are back!


    Any additional comments?

    I purchase Audible books to listen to while I am driving and generally save them for trips, which are frequent. Faith Hunter's books are the only ones I have actually sat and listened to in my living room because I can't wait for another trip to roll around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crucible of Gold: Temeraire, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (312)

    Naomi Novik’s beloved series returns, with Capt. Will Laurence and his fighting dragon Temeraire once again taking to the air against the broadsides of Napoleon’s forces and the friendly—and sometimes not-so-friendly—fire of British soldiers and politicians who continue to suspect them of divided loyalties, if not outright treason.

    Bill Bai says: "Back to Basics"
    "Out of the kettle into the flame"
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    What did you love best about Crucible of Gold?

    Lots of action and predicaments for Temeraire and crew to escape from.


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

    Simon Vance is a master--he has so many voices that are perfect for each character! His "accents" are great.


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

    It made me frustrated when I got to the end. I wasn't ready for it to be over, and I wanted to read more about the next adventures! It is one of those books where one says "Oh no! It's over?"


    Any additional comments?

    Can hardly wait for the next Temeraire book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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