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  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (1681)
    Performance
    (1523)
    Story
    (1533)

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "Harrison remains true to her fans!"
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    I started reading this series in paperback. Not only does Gavin perfectly nail each character ... Every time.. Harrison also brings us full circle by allowing the reader to spend some much needed time catching up with our old friends. Another exquisite read from the Hollows brought to life by Gavin. Another pleaser is this book costs ONE CREDIT. Thank you; I was starting to resent the two-credit pricing structure. All in all: HOORAY!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Required Surrender

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Riley Murphy
    • Narrated By Bonnie D. Jones
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Josephine needs a Dom to Top her if she's going to conquer her issues with men. But when Ted, the frenemy she's chosen, refuses, Jo needs to take drastic measures. She goes to his resort to find another candidate. Unfortunately, that plan's a bust. Headstrong Jo is a Dom's worst nightmare. So when Ted discovers that a newbie has signed the "Full Monty" release form - an occurrence that has the resident sadists circling - he knows it's Jo. What's a Dom to do? After he thanks her for giving him carte blanche, he hauls her ass up to the rodeo room for a ride.

    wandbgb says: "Bad Narration"
    "Great story - Wrong narrator"
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    Pretty accurate depiction how "BDSM lifestylers" who have money, but no 9-5 jobs, see themselves. Very good imagery and description delayed gratification, of pleasure-pain climaxes, and the phenomena of "sub/slave space" from sub's POV. Terrific character development of two main characters; I loved the realism of "Master's" personal struggle/flaw.

    Loved reading how Ted delves into Jo's psyche, peeling away her superficial, yet protective psychological layers--the most difficult and most important aspect of a commited BDSM relationship. Helpful but not necessary to read series in order.

    This is probably in my top 3 list of BDSM psychological and sexual books. Unfortunately, the narrator is not suited for this genre. She often reads the men's lines (commands) with a rise in her voice at the end of the statement, making it more of a question than statement or command. She does, however, deliver a wonderful performance of women's lines.

    This book is well-researched, emotionally, psychologically, and sexually charged, and unlike a lot of "soccer-mom porn," it has a plausible plot. If hardcore, raw BDSM sexuality bothers you, read the gentler D/s book number 1 in the series. I will be looking for more books from this author! Finally, an author who knows her topic and realizes each D/s - BDSM relationship is as different as the people involved! Well done, Riley Murphy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Carol Davis Luce
    • Narrated By Jennette Selig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    Roberta Paxton had a pleasant, challenging job, a man who loved her, and a host of good friends, but anxiety gnawed at her, at the back of her mind, at the edge of her vision, something was threatening her... something or someone. She tried to talk about it, but nobody wanted to listen, not even her 13-year-old sister, Tobie. Roberta had had these premonitions before, Tobie reminded her. She was just being paranoid.

    Diana DC says: "I thought it would never end!"
    "Terrific Psychological Thriller!"
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    If you enjoy the EARLY works of Dean Koontz, John Saul, or Stephen King, buy this book now. Although it has a slow start, don't give up on it for at least 90 minutes. I usually set the timer for 60 minutes at bedtime and fall asleep reading, but because I was so engrossed in the book, I kept resetting the timer until 2.5 hours remained till the end, and I just turned the timer off! This book sank its teeth into me, and I had to finish it lol. It was a good thing it was the weekend!

    The narrator does a good job. Her pace is perfect. She does not go to great lengths to "perform" the characters, which is fine for the way this book is written. For me, a well-written, good story pulls me into a zone, and I felt if I could turn my head quickly enough, I might catch a glimpse of one of the characters in the shadows of my bedroom. Unfortunately, several places where the post-production people spliced the tape (I don't pretend to know the technical lingo) poorly, and the words, where spliced, are smashed together which pulled me out of that zone. I will definitely look to see if this author has published other books.

    I'm an avid reader, and it's always a joy to discover a talented "new" author!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • If I Were You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lisa Renee Jones
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (482)

    The journal comes to Sara McMillan by chance, when she inherits the key to an abandoned storage locker belonging to a woman named Rebecca. Sara can't resist peeking at the entries in the journal...and she finds a scintillating account of Rebecca' affair with an unnamed lover, a relationship drenched in ecstasy and wrapped in dark secrets. Obsessed with discovering Rebecca' destiny after the entries come to an abrupt end, Sara does more than observe the players in the woman's life....

    Leesa says: "Cliff-hanger"
    "Abrupt (non) Ending to the Story!"
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    Having read the reviews before purchasing, I was ready for this book to end abruptly, so I was ok with it. It's a good, fast-paced read. The author tends to repeat herself often when describing how the main character has never felt this way before to the point of becoming annoying. I'd be very disappointed if I weren't forewarned about the ending (rather, the lack of an ending!). Perhaps it's the author's "creative" style to mimic putting down one of the journals before finishing it, or maybe it's her idea of a cliffhanger. Good premise. Hopefully, this author's style and skill emerges.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss of a Demon King

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (802)

    From New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole comes this spellbinding story of a demon king trapped by an enchantress for her wanton purposes - and the scorching aftermath that follows when he turns the tables and claims her as his captive.

    Karen says: "It doesn't get any Better than this for me."
    "I Could not finish this one!"
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    I love Cole's previous books in this series, but after four or five attempts. I had to give up on this one. I strongly urge you to listen to the preview before purchasing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delicious: Wicked Lovers, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Lexi Maynard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (366)

    Luc's entire future is planned out - but there is one very sexy obstacle in his path: Alyssa, a strip club owner with whom Luc recently shared one night of wild abandon. It left Luc terrified by his loss of self­-control - and Alyssa desperate for more. But Luc is not the only man desperate to have Alyssa.... And that's just one of her secrets - secrets as dark and mysterious and delicious as her fantasies.

    Leesa says: "Great Listen!!!!!!!!"
    "Love Ms. Black but SAVE YOUR CREDIT"
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    Such a disappointment! Each of the main characters harbors a "secret" too horrible to confide in the other. His is explained early in the book; hers is kept a mystery. Normally this could be an okay premise, as far as steamy-sex-laden romance plots go (heck yeah, I love those scenes, too!) but rather than empathizing with the main character, I could only roll my eyes and think, really?!

    SPOILER ALERT:

    He gets her pregnant, and she marries the fella to give her unborn child a two-parent home, hoping love will follow with time. When she thinks he's more interested in being a father than a husband, she leaves him. Huh? That's a big part of her reasoning to marry him in the first place! She endlessly agonizes over her undying love for him, which, due to her secret. is why she "can't" be with him. Even after her secret is revealed, she continues to agonize and "rationalizes" she cannot stay with him because she loves him so much, and loving him gives him the ability to potentially hurt her feeling IF things don't work out. Again, huh?!

    The sex scenes were pretty good -- not hot or sizzling. All sex is strictly vanilla, which would have been fine, but the so-called "plot" was awful. Ms. Black is capable of much better work. This one is an embarrassment and needs a complete rewrite.

    SAVE YOUR MONEY -- SKIP THIS ONE!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Release Me (The Stark Trilogy)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (990)
    Performance
    (913)
    Story
    (910)

    He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist. Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me. Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past - and risk breaking us apart. But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him - and us - forever.

    Katheryne says: "Why isn't this book in your library????"
    "This slave more than disappointed."
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    Okay, I get the new and exciting mainstream introduction of Ds to soccer-mom "mainstream," but really, what a crock with kazillionaire 30-year-olds who have no idea... Nor care or concern about the old-school lifestyle that built trust based on far more important principles sans millions of dollars of disposable income and more available time than even money. These are, much like trophy wives, merely trophy subs. The "Masters" are beneath my contempt. Their uses of money in exchange for time, sex, belonging to, protected by... Rings very unflattering bells that so many ha e tried for so long to shed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tuesdays with Morrie: 10th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (277)

    Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago.

    J says: "Really meaninful stuff."
    "AN ABSOLUTE TREASURE"
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    I finished this book a week ago, and I cannot stop thinking about it. The story is so moving. This is a must-listen book--far better listened to than read because the author is the narrator and reads it with the inflections and emotions he feels. At the end of the book, I was delighted to hear some of the actual recordings of Morrie and Mitch's dialogue. The book transcends time and generations. Anyone who has ever had a good teacher, coach, mentor, advocate while growing up will love this book. Awesome listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Key of Valor: Key Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (526)

    Zoe has the courage to raise her young son alone, and to face all the adversity life has thrown at them. But will she have the courage to face a foe determined to do anything to stop the third key from being found - even destroying everything and everyone she loves?

    Brenda says: "It was so wonderful and I'm sorry it's over."
    "The Crown Jewel of the Series"
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    Roberts does not disappoint in this final installment of the trilogy. If you're credit-frugal, you could purchase books one and three only, without losing anything pertinent; however, if you are in the mood for a bit more "indulgence"...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Key of Knowledge: Key Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (554)

    To Dana Steele, books and the knowledge they hold are the key to contentment. But now that search for knowledge must include the second key needed to release three souls held captive by an evil god.

    Brenda says: "WOW, WOW, AND WOW"
    "Hurrying to buy the third book"
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    She just writes so well. Story is a bit predictable, but between the fantastic narration and Roberts' masterful skill, I couldn't put it down and am now downloading the last in the series. In retrospect, my frugal nature tells me I should have purchased the first and then the last...but the fun is in experiencing the journey, in its entirety.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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