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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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  • Chasing Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
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    (155)
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    Magic-wielding Churchwitch and secret addict Chess Putnam knows better than anyone just how high a price people are willing to pay for a chemical rush. But when someone with money to burn and a penchant for black magic starts tampering with Downside’s drug supply, Chess realizes that the unlucky customers are paying with their souls—and taking the innocent with them, as the magic-infused speed compels them to kill in the most gruesome ways possible.

    The Book Nympho says: "LOVE LOVE this series!"
    "terrific series"
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    If you could sum up Chasing Magic in three words, what would they be?

    cant get enough


    What other book might you compare Chasing Magic to and why?

    i have compared these books to early laurell k hamilton in earlier reviews because this world is dark and messy. the crime scenes can be intense, these books are really good.


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

    she is terrific, she reads slang smoothly and you can always tell the difference between the characters


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

    Chess is growing so much and i love her relationship with terrible


    Any additional comments?

    this series is well worth it, start from book 1. sometimes it is hard to take how hard the lead female is on herself, the self doubt and feeling of worthlessness, her drug use, but she is changing and growing and the stories are sooo worth it. i wouldn't like it as much if everything was perfect

    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
    (392)
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    (370)
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    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
    (172)
    Performance
    (154)
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    (156)

    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
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    (293)
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    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
    (356)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (325)

    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.

    Leesa says: "Love this"
    "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.


    3 of 3 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
    (616)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (553)

    "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.

    Leesa says: "Oh Boy! A new series discovered!"
    "good first book in a series i hadn't discoverd yet"
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    Any additional comments?

    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.

    16 of 17 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
    (1207)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1107)

    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
  • No Rest for the Wicked: Immortals After Dark, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1363)
    Performance
    (1257)
    Story
    (1274)

    Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire - a nightmare in his mind - against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live - until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead. When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow - accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings emerge multiplied.

    Lupdilup says: "I LOVE THIS SERIES!!"
    "really good"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    this book had a strong female that was complicated and I thought the lead male was great too. There is great action, and it was fun.


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    He is a great narrator. he does accents really well! sexy voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hunger Like No Other: Immortals After Dark, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (2078)
    Performance
    (1922)
    Story
    (1924)

    After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. But when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

    Amazon Customer says: "My new favorite narrator!"
    "mixed feelings/turned off"
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    Would you try another book from Kresley Cole and/or Robert Petkoff?

    I did try another book, my friend convinced me that the series was awesome, worth going back to. I HATED the first few chapters and gave up on this first book. I don't think sexual coersion is romantic at all. Rape is not sexy. My friend said the book got better, that the others in the series were not like that at all. She convinced me to go back to the first to get the back story and continue on. The second half of the book was ok. it took FOREVER in my opinion for the lead male to realize what a stupid @#%#ing bully he had been, and how he had hurt his female. The action was good and liked the potential for series. The other books in the series were quite good. "bad boy" but not hurtful men, fun sassy females, some stronger than others, romance (real romance) and some steamy scenes as well. Sometimes there is humor and they are a lot of fun. The following books remind me of Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld books. I think you could skip this one, listen to the second and figure out the back story. The narration was really good. I think one of my favorite narrators, especially for the male characters in the books. Some female voices are good...some not so much.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Bleeds: Kate Daniels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1348)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (848)

    Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose. Kate Daniels works for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle - especially if they involve Atlanta's shapeshifting community.

    Leslie says: "GREAT BOOK, Perfect Narrator!"
    "everything you could want in a book and more"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i would recommend this book and the series, you need to start with book one. it is action, mystery/suspense, drama, romance (hot), and FUN!


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best in the series, i think every book has been better and better. i love the action and Renee Raudman does a great job with the narration. She is excellent with the delivery of sarcasm. i love a good edgy,witty sarcastic strong female lead! This book has great sexual tension too. Things get kinda hot in this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twice Tempted: A Night Prince Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1621)
    Performance
    (1506)
    Story
    (1520)

    Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold-shoulder treatment forever - especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.... Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes.

    Hassan says: "A Book FULL of events and actions"
    "more please!"
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    If you could sum up Twice Tempted in three words, what would they be?

    better and better


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

    Tavia Gilbert is a terrific narrator. she just gets it. she gets the wit,sarcasim, romance, how to distinguish between characters, flow and what as listeners we hope for in a performance. love her.


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

    yes, and i almost did.


    Any additional comments?

    this is a great sequel, better than the first book. Jeaniene Frost is so much fun to read. i love her sense of humor and she keeps things hot too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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