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must read: darynda jones, Karen moning, Ilona Andrews, kim harrison, gena showalter, Karen chance,patricia briggs,jeaniene frost ,L taylor,

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  • Obsidian Butterfly: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (418)

    There are a lot of monsters in Anita Blake's life. And some of them are human. One such individual is the man she calls Edward, a bounty hunter who specializes in the preternatural. He calls her to help him hunt down the greatest evil she has ever encountered - something that kills and maims and vanishes into the night. Something Anita will have to face alone.

    Kari says: "Hmm"
    "my personal favorite in the series"
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    The series starts with Guilty Pleasures, I highly reccommend that book to start. The series is VERY good from book one until book 10. In the first book I did feel like I had missed something, the characters had met some time ago and there was a history. Despite that after a couple of chapters I really got into the book. The series has ALOT of action and mystery. Book 2 is even better. The series is very dark and often gruesome. The descriptions of the crime scenes can be disturbing but the story telling is so good it is worth it! I often got chills and found the stories could even be scary. If you can handle that you should definately try this series. It is VERY different from anything I have ever read or listened to. There is a little romance and sexual tension that starts in book one and builds over time. After book 10 it takes quite a big turn and there is TONS of very discriptive sex. This book Obsidaian Butterfly is one of the best. It tells more about Edward, one of Anita's friends and there is non stop action. Again, very violent, sometimes I can't believe "it went there", but that is why it is sooo good. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT, NEVER PREDICTABLE! At some point they change who narrates the books, some of them even have sound effects, growling etc. I still really enjoyed it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Burn for Me: A Hidden Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (385)

    Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career - a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn't sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire. Then she's kidnapped by Connor "Mad" Rogan - a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers.

    RabidReads says: "Cover aside, this audiobook rocked!"
    "really fun and action packed"
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    I really love Ilona Andrews. The characters are always fun and more than they seem to be at first and the action is always great. I really like this start to this new series. are some of the characteristics/ themes of the romance part predictable? yes, but it is done well and my interest never waivered. you have the stubborn arrogant male (which is still fun and i love) and the female who gives him a run for his money. i think this series has so much fun instore i can't wait for the next. if you like other books by Ilona Andrews i think you will like this one. definately worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burned

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (588)

    Another shockingly suspenseful installment in #1 New York Times best-selling author Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. Burned picks up right where the surprising conclusion of Iced left off, and will feature beloved characters Mac and Dani O'Malley as they embark on another high-octane adventure in the Fever world.

    Katheryne says: "Where's Dani?"
    "not what i expected but loved it!"
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    What about Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross ’s performance did you like?

    Phil Gigante's voice.....wow, both Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross do a great job. you can tell each character from the other and they really bring the book to life


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

    i almost did listen to it all in one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    first let me say, this book was not what i was expecting. This was primarily a Mac and Barons story, which i absolutely LOVE them so once i got myself in that frame of mind i was very into it. Dani wasn't present for most of the book. i really love her so in that sense i was a little bummed. The characters of this world are fantastic, i love the action parts and sometimes laughed out loud. there is a couple of parts where Mac does alot of "reflecting" and i was ready to move on to more action. I really do love this series and cannot wait for the next. if you haven't started this series, i always suggest starting with book one of the "Fever" series. some stuff is quickly recapped but you REALLY would miss too much of the growth of the characters and important details if you just started with this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seventh Grave and No Body

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (899)

    Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she's ever known about him.

    Hassan says: "Funny As Always!"
    "cant get enough of this series"
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    If you could sum up Seventh Grave and No Body in three words, what would they be?

    totally worth credit


    What did you like best about this story?

    the narration is always fantastic, best ever, the story is STILL terrific, still funny, still action packed, still hot...oh yes..sometimes after a few books the romance of it all takes a backseat and never has the same spark in some series BUT NOT HERE! this series is worth starting from the beginning, there is so much evolution of the characters you don't want to miss out. I love this series.


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

    everything, I don't think anyone else could deliver the way she does!


    0 of 0 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
    (229)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (213)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fan Freakin Tastic!"
    "good start to a series..i was entertained"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i would recommend this. it has some similarities to other books in this genre but enough fun, new interesting stuff that it kept me really entertained. love the gargoyles in the book, that is a fun addition to the paranormal romance! it is true that the lead female is a little weak and the action pretty much happens with her sitting on the sidelines a good portion of the time, but did...very MINOR SPOILER...use her vehicle as a weapon to help out in a fight and that was hilarious! SPOILER OVER....not everyone can be a kick butt bad ass super hero, I'm ok with that when the character has other great qualities that contribute to the story and she did. the other characters, some of which are very bad ass, lead me to believe there are going to be some really good books to look forward to. Tavia Gilbert is a terrific narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of Gods & Monsters: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (664)

    In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she's ever known. When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat--and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves--maybe even toward love.

    Rosemary says: "not with a bang, but a whimper"
    "fantastic series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dreams of Gods & Monsters the most enjoyable?

    i haven't even finished this book yet but had to write a review. this is the 3rd book in the series, and it is fantastic. you NEED to start this series from the beginning, waaaay too much happens and there is so much character developement you would cheat yourself if you started from book 2 or something. laini taylor's writing is poetic. descriptive isn't even close to describe it, poetic...she uses different words, she is not typical in any way, and paints a total scene. not sure how else to describe it. she doesn't simply say someone feels a loss, her comparrisons and depth of description are quite beautiful even when she describes something terrible. some may find it too wordy or too long even but i feel she doesn't take it too far, i think she tells an excellent story. it is a different kind of fantasy novel, there is so much going on, battles, love, hate, sooo much. the first book is good but they get better as you go. you might feel the lead female to be slightly immature in the first book but i think that is kinda the point, she really grows and i think the series is great. worth the listen. very good narration too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tempt the Stars: Cassandra Palmer Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Karen Chance
    • Narrated By Allyson Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (193)

    Being a goddess is a lot less fun than you might think. Especially when you're only a half goddess, you only found out about it recently, and you still don't know what you're doing half the time. And when you've just used your not-so-reliable powers to burglarize the booby-trapped office of a vampire mob boss. Yeah, that part sucks. But that's just the tip of the iceberg for Cassandra Palmer, aka the Pythia, the freshly minted chief seer of the supernatural world.

    Marianne says: "Still Good, Even with the Narrator Change"
    "good series"
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    Would you recommend Tempt the Stars to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this series. I always encourage people to take the time and start with book 1. the author does give a brief recap of what is going on but you really miss out on some great stuff and significant character development if you skip books. it makes the lead characters more "believable" when you have gone through their growth "with them". Starting out in book 1 and 2 you may find a few inconsistencies in things the author tells you is possible in this world. stick with it, the books, story, characters, and narration get better and better with each book. they really are fun, there is a lot of action/adventure, magic, mystery, comedy, unique characters, creatures and some of awesome sexual tension! Cassie is a great heroine, worth the listen. Hunt the moon, book 5 is the best so far, tempt the stars, book 6 is good but just a little slower. definitely worth it, try the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sins of the Demon: Kara Gillian, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Liv Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (374)

    The homicide beat in Louisiana isn't just terrifying, it's demonic. Detective Kara Gilligan of the supernatural task force has the ability to summon demons to her aid, but she herself is pledged to serve a demonic lord. And now, people who've hurt Kara in the past are dropping dead for no apparent reason. To clear her name and save both the demon and human worlds, she's in a race against the clock and in a battle for her life that just may take her to hell and back.

    John says: "A solid addition to the series"
    "better and better each intallment"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, I would recommend the series starting from book 1. you could definitely start with a later book in the series and figure out what is going on because the author gives a brief recap. However, if you do this there will definitely be something lacking in the story and your feel for where the characters have "come from" and you won't be as invested in their relationships. it is worth it. Kara's character is growing, the mystery is good, there is action, and they are fun.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of the Demon: Kara Gillian, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Liv Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (429)

    Welcome to the world of Kara Gillian, a cop with a gift. Not only does she have the power of "othersight" to see what most people can’t even imagine, but she’s become the exclusive summoner of a demon lord. Or maybe it’s the other way around. The fact is, with two troublesome cases on her docket and a handsome FBI agent under her skin, Kara needs the help of sexy, insatiable Lord Rhyzkahl more than he needs her. Because these two victims, linked by suspicious coincidence, haven’t just been murdered. Something has eaten their souls.

    kathy says: "good second installment"
    "good second installment"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i would recommend this book. i think it is a good second installment in this series. i will definately get the third. I feel there is a lot of potential here, and the author is just getting the ground work down. interested to see where this all goes. there is still self doubt with the lead character Kara. She doesn't yet see her own potential and value but she is definately growing. Her power is growing and taking an interesting turn. The mystery is good, the crime scences are descriptive but not as shocking as the first book, not quite as dark. the romantic/sexual tension is good. The narration is good as well. give it a try. i would say you should start with the first book because it flows better that way. you don't want to miss how Kara got where she is, however they recap enough in this book you would get the basics.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mark of the Demon: Kara Gillian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Liv Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (732)

    "Why me? Why now?" That’s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure.

    kathy says: "good first book in a series i hadn't discoverd yet"
    "good first book in a series i hadn't discoverd yet"
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    I really liked this book. sure the lead female was a little weaker than I first expected but I feel like she had grown by the end of the book. I feel like as I get into the series she is really going to transform. not every lead female starts out of the gate kicking butt, they all got to start somewhere! I certainly wanted more by the time I was done with this one. lots of potential! The crime scenes were pretty descriptive and they talk about the torture of the victims, some may have a hard time with it but I never felt it was way over the top or just for shock value. the mystery and drama of it were done well. I am definitely getting the second one in the series and put the others in my wish list.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Fifth Grave Past the Light: Charley Davidson, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1571)
    Performance
    (1449)
    Story
    (1445)

    Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth... but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason.

    Hassan says: "Charley Davidson is Back!!!!"
    "love this series sooo much!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifth Grave Past the Light to be better than the print version?

    absolfreakinlutely! the print version is fantastic but Lorelei King brings something soooo great to the story. she was made to narrate this series. her timing is fantastic and she can totally deliver the snark!
    if you haven't started this series you NEED to. start with book 1 and enjoy. they get better and better as you go, which says a lot because they are so good. mystery, suspense, fantastic humor, wonderful paranormal characters that are very unique, great story telling and VERY HOT! thank you Ms. Jones for keeping it hot!!! this is the fifth book and the chemistry is still intense, never boring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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