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Helen

Reading Raven

Austin Texas | Member Since 2007

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  • Kitty Takes a Holiday: Kitty Norville, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Carrie Vaughn
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (441)

    After getting caught turning wolf on national television, Kitty retreats to a mountain cabin to recover and write her memoirs. But this is Kitty, so trouble is never far behind, and instead of Walden Pond, she gets Evil Dead.

    Helen says: "A great escape...Kitty takes a holiday!"
    "A great escape...Kitty takes a holiday!"
    Overall

    The title of the book makes it sound less serious than the book actually is...but Vaughn does a imaginative and thorough job describing the fictious werewolf culture and other paranormal subjects. Characters are well developed, and Kitty is really likeable. The mystery in the story is captivating. It is another great escape for readers in the Kitty series. Recommend reading in order to see the development of each character. Narrator is great.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5039)
    Performance
    (3407)
    Story
    (3426)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Benoibe says: "Surprised! SPECTACULAR AND SEXY!"
    "Deadly Good!"
    Overall

    If you like Charlaine Harrison, Kim Harrison, Carrie Vaughn, Jim Butcher and other paranormal series this is the next series for you! I listened to them all in two weeks and can't wait for the next. They are well written, entertaining, sexy and have great dialogue. As well the narration is excellent. Kat and Bones are great characters....and it really is a love story too. Each book is a story in itself so you are not left hanging (well the first one you are pulled to the next book). You are simply wanting more. Read in order as they do continue from each other...and be prepared to be hooked!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promise Canyon: A Virgin River Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (358)

    Lilly Yazhi knows all she needs to know about Clay Tahoma. Sure, he’s got a certain appeal befitting his Navajo roots, but she’s not falling for Clay’s silent, “earthy” attractiveness. She certainly won’t make the same mistake as Clay’s ex-wife. Only trouble is, her heart and mind have committed to different resolves.

    Amazon Customer says: "The series continures...."
    "Another trot through Virgin River"
    Overall

    Promise Canyon features two new "fall in love" characters Lily and Clay. The book also brings in Native Amercian tradition and culture. And there are horses! RC always has an emotional struggle in her books and this does not disappoint...baggage from the past, pain and disappointment something anyone can relate too. Not as "deep" as other stories but on target. The situations usually work out with a prescribed effort. Previous characters are brought into the story and something very sad happens but in The Virgin River way the town folk come together and heal. New characters are introduced that hopefully lead up to more books...especially "on the search for his birth father" Denny. It is a fantasy community and so nice to visit....and I appreciate happy endings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Me and My Shadow: Silver Dragons, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (119)

    May Northcott is a woman at the end of her rope. She’d almost gotten used to her employer, the ex-demon lord Magoth, spending his days hanging around her home and interrupting her private moments with her lover, Gabriel. Then trouble appears on her doorstep in the form of a nearly dead man. With May fighting to control the dragon shard, Magoth wrangling to regain his position and powers, and a mysterious and deadly dragon bent on their destruction, Gabriel has his work cut out for him.

    teresa says: "Love Mayling!!"
    "Fun and Entertaining"
    Overall

    Katie MacAlister does it again with this third installment of the Silver Dragon series. Alot of the old characters are actively involved in this book (Drake, Ashling, Costia, Nora, Maygoth, Jim, Baltic, Fiat, red dragons). Mayling and Gabriel are challenged with having to deal with the dragon shard in Mayling...and their developing relationship. The story has great humor regarding male - female roles. The other books in the series should be read first because the story is progressive and leaves off with a cliffhangar for number 4. It is pure fun and entertainment...an escape. Great narration!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dancing at the Rascal Fair

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (217)

    Dancing at the Rascal Fair by National Book Award nominee Ivan Doig captures the passion and tenacity of turn-of-the-century immigrants struggling to build new lives amidst Montana’s windswept Rockies. The tale unfolds into a contest of the heart between Anna Ramsay and Angus McCaskill—kept apart by obligations—as they and their stormy kin vie to tame the brutal land.

    Dana C. Nicolay says: "New Favorite"
    "Beautifully written book!"
    Overall

    Truly a beautifully written book that will make the simpliest things become lavishly described events. The scenery is vivid and the characters are alive. The story encompasses the emigration of two late teenage Scots to Montana, their journey, their homesteading, their friendship through decades and their families. Rob and Angus are great characters. You will be planted with these folks in the hills of the Rockies near Two Medicine and in Scot Heaven. Clearly sacrifices are made for duty and for love...and lots of stubborn temperaments. The narration is done flawlessly. This is a graceful book filled with history and eloquence. It is also a story that comes full circle which I appreciated.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Moonlight Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (467)

    This 10th novel in Robyn Carr’s New York Times best-selling series features scruffy-looking ex-Navy gynecologist Aiden Riordan and prickly lawyer Erin Foley. While each just wants to get away from it all for the summer, a bear scare, a bizarre concussion, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity thrust them together and kindle an unlikely romance. Then Aiden’s scheming ex-wife shows up.

    Judy says: "Like Catching Up With Old Friends!"
    "Like catching up with old friends"
    Overall

    This installment in the Virgin River series is like meeting with old friends! Luke Riordan is the focus of this book, brother to Luke and Sean (from previous books). Luke falls in love with Erin (super-responsible type A personality taking a vacation for the first time in 10 years ) in a typical RC manner; fast, furious and passionate but not without humor and great dialogue. The women are strong and independent characters. Well except for the sociopathic x-wife holding the gun!!!! RC always wraps the stories in some type of adversity with quite believable circumstances and with a pregnancy story woven around it all. Mel and Jack are the side story in this book and it is great to hear how they are coping with all their life changes. I recommend reading the books in order just to appreciate the characters but they could stand alone too. Its entertainment, and its NICE!!! Excellent narration.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Maybe This Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1342)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (724)

    When Andie tries to gain closure with her ex-husband, he asks one final favor of her. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans. When Andie meets the two children, she realizes the situation is much worse than she feared. Carter and Alice aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. Complicating matters is Andie’s fiancé’s suspicion that this is all a plan by North to get Andie back.

    Jessica says: "Loved This Book"
    "Kooky and fun"
    Overall

    This story involves the unresolved break up of Andie and North....ten years after their divorce. It includes ghosts, a haunted house, children, grumpy housekeeper and a paranormal group of folks...sort of weird mix up at times with humor and suspense. It was entertaining and many of the characters were good, but some lacked further character development. The crazy mixture of eccentric and dramatic people is filled with witty dialogue classic in JC novels. Was it a romance novel or a ghost story...not sure and not sure it matters. I did get tired of the numerous use of the word "said" in conversations, I would think an editor would have helped with that more. It is a fun, kooky, entertaining novel with a happy ending...but with a feeling more could have been SAID! Will there be a sequel since it takes place in 1992? Narration was very good!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3566)
    Performance
    (2450)
    Story
    (2456)

    Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

    Brian says: "Know what sucks about this book?"
    "A Must for Dresden Fans"
    Overall

    An excellent collection of stories about Harry Dresden and his colleagues. This collection is not excerpts from the Dresden series, some are from other anthologies and some are novellas, all are original from the series. I had only heard one before...so each story was captivating, filled with detail and creative ongoing adventures of Dresden. Directions are given to the listener as to when the stories were written and why (by James Butcher). Included in the first chapter is a story written by Butcher as he was a budding author, how far he has come and taken us with him. The last story picks up immediately after CHANGES...excellent! Thanks Jim Butcher for great entertainment! Narrator is superb...five stars!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7422)
    Performance
    (4188)
    Story
    (4171)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "Masterful Storyteller"
    Overall

    Ken Follett does a superb job describing and creating a scene in which you can immerse yourself. He is a masterful stroyteller. If you liked Pillars of the Earth, you will enjoy this book. The characters range from the working class to the aristocracy. The historical venue is fescinating as you travel from England to Germany to Russia and back. The best part is you get to feel all sides of WWI. This book is terrific voyage to the past....enjoyed every word. John Lee the narrator was great too!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Many Bloody Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels, Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (81)

    You’re invited to a celebration of vampires by a baker’s dozen of favorite authors. Sink your teeth into thirteen stories, each one a fresh and unique take on the concept of what birthdays mean to the undead. Suspenseful, surprising, sometimes dark, sometimes humorous – these and eight more frighteningly original stories will ensure you’ll never think of vampires or birthdays quite the same again.

    Helen says: "A Fun Collection!"
    "A Fun Collection!"
    Overall

    Overall a good collection of stories by different authors. Jim Butcher's story was the best, great description and storyline, very original (great for Harry Dresden fans). Charliaine Harris's story was a repeat from her Sookie books but still entertaining. Some stories were fun start to finish but some did feel incomplete or rushed. If you want an introduction to several authors in this paranormal fantasy genre, this is a good collection to review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    Overall
    (4370)
    Performance
    (1851)
    Story
    (1841)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Unforgetable!"
    Overall

    Some books come along that leave you thinking long after the last word, The Room is one of them. This book like, The Lovely Bones, is haunting and intriguing. I thought the narration by the 5 year old boy would grow old but you are sucked into this world of "Ma" and Jack. The nurturing role of motherhood is expressed so well in this story, especially as you learn what "Ma" has coped with. You will learn the difference of what is safe and secure for an adult and a child. Emma D. did an excellent job describing the psychological issues involved in the story. You will be fascinated, horrified, endeared, appreciative and much more as you listen to young Jack share his world. To the last page you will remember his voice and the message of the power of survival. Beautiful, remarkable and unforgetable...top 10 audios for me. Excellent narration.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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