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Maria

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  • Rapture: The Shadowdwellers Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (259)

    Magnus is a man of contradictions - a spiritual leader in a warrior's body. To him, laws are for enforcing and visions must be followed - even if that means freeing a beautiful slave and making her his reluctant handmaiden. Betrayed once before, Magnus can barely bring himself to trust another woman. Yet Daenaira's fiery innocence is drawing them both into a reckless inferno of desire. Daenaira grew up hearing tales of a fearsome priest who seemed more myth than reality. But Magnus is very real - every inch of him - and so is the treachery surrounding them.

    Melanie says: "Looking in Shadows for a Dweller"
    ""RAPTURE MEANS EXACTLY THAT RAPTURE""
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    I'm not a big erotica fan. And I think that is because most writers push the envelope beyond reality to unbelieve ability.

    However, the first bathroom scene between Magnus the spiritual leader and Daenaira the handmaiden had me hollering out loud in a crowded area. Embarrassed much!

    Daenaira is sexually innocent, but naturally curious, and has no idea the effect she is having on Magnus as she performs her duty of bathing him. I don't want to said too much and give it away, but Jacquelyn's description of the scene was nothing short of masterful.

    To add the cherry on top it was delivered by one of the best narrator on Audible - Kristen Potter.

    Unfortunately, Jacquelyn didn't take the time to develop the third book Pleasure as well as the first two. Pleasure is like two short stories, rushed, and not up to the standards she set for herself in Ecstasy & Rapture. Which is a shame; because I think I could have followed this series for a long time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Eternal, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2341)
    Performance
    (1572)
    Story
    (1592)

    Listeners looking for a fresh twist on vampire tales need look no further than the erotically charged Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Mary Luce is dissatisfied with her life and her job. But when she is unwittingly thrust into the vampire dominion, everything changes. Falling under the protection of the Brotherhood's strongest member, Rhage, she soon finds herself drawn to his animalistic urges.

    Chakolet says: "A "campy" diversion!"
    ""BROKE MY HEART""
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    I laughed, I fussed, and I cried!! With the stroke of her pen J. R. Ward took me on an emotional roller coaster ride, and I loved every minute of the journey. Well, not every minute!!!

    With only minutes left in Ward's story, she broke my heart, and made me very angry. I was almost at a point that I didn't want to continue. I paused the audible screaming WTF; I know she is not ending this story like this, while swiping my eyes full of tears. But I pushed on, and was rewarded with a delightful conclusion.

    Seriously let face it, we read romance novel for a happy ending. Imaging one ending horribly, where's the romance in that.

    It's worth the credit, and I will probably listen to it again.

    Great narration!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hold Tight

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1310)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (492)

    Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."

    Meanwhile, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death...and he wasn't alone.

    Ed says: "Will hold your interest till the end"
    "“SO MANY TWIST AND TURNS”"
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    ….I think I got whiplash.

    The author skillfully interconnects the lives of several people within a suburban community. It’s almost seems as if you are reading two stories at the same time. The author did an outstanding job of bring them together to create an engaging, fast-pace, suspenseful drama.

    There was another review that stated “At the book's conclusion he inserts a final twist that borders on the preposterous.” Not to give anything away, but there was a scene that took place in the basement that I thought “really”. However, the actual end of the story I thought was great, very unpredictable. For me, if I can guess the ending, then I’m very disappointed. But I would never have put the ending together. So I guess it a matter of preference.

    For me, books that evoke thought, emotional out burst, and verbal outrage, are some of the best-written words out there. The author introduces, though the mind of one of the character, some psychological theories that might make you go …umm! The point being it evoke thought. This is a great read!!!

    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
    (1603)
    Performance
    (1488)
    Story
    (1502)

    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"
    ""LISTENED FOR A STRAIGHT 8 HOURS!!"
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    Then started it over and listened again.

    Jeaniene Frost weaves a story full of plot twists, unpredictable events, realistic emotions, and of course agonizing cliffhangers.

    Vlad has been one of my favorite characters from the “Night Huntress” series. With his on way of doing things, and if you are not in agreement, then get out of his way or get impaled. But the electrifying Leila stands up to him at every turn. She refuses to settle for less than she feels she deserves from the man that she loves.

    Their courtship is not a sappy or mushy romantic journey. It is more of an expansion of two super powers, both of which have a dark side.
    Hopefully Vlad & Leila will never turn into a typical couple, for this is one fan that would be very disappointed if that happens.

    Jeaniene has a wonderful chance to turn this couple into a powerhouse of entertainment. Let’s hope she seizes the opportunity so we the fans can reap the benefits.

    Travis Gilbert, what can be said “SUPERB”. She brings every character to life, with it’s own unique mannerism and personalities.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Triptych

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (571)

    From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy.

    Cindy says: "Really rough material"
    ""SO ENGROSSING""
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    This was my first Karin Slaughter novel, but it will not be my last.

    After reading some of the comments about now dark the storyline was and how the reader didn't deliver on the southern accents, I almost didn't listen to this one.

    However this book had me so engrossed that I didn't even noticed the accent. If the book's content hadn't been dark and bleak, then the story would have fell short of being developed. The author has to show how horrible it is in prison. It was also her job to show you the deep depravity of a serial killer’s mind. That, after all is the basis of the story. Otherwise you would have has a fluff piece without depth.

    TripTych has mystery, suspense, and lots of drama. If I’m totally honest, there were parts of the story that made me whence and even had me saying, “that’s disgusting”.

    But in the end it was a helluva ride. And I'm glad I brought a ticket.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iced: A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1057)

    Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

    Katheryne says: "Dude, It exceeded my expectations"
    ""ANOTHER WINNER""
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    Totally enjoyed the Dani O'Malley character. She is young, innocent, and totally a hero of the people. Lately all the books in the “Paranormal Fantasy” genre are falling closer and closer to the “Romance” genre. This book is very entertaining without all the romantic dialogue.

    If this book is any indication, K Moning is delivering a spin-off series that is captivating, entertaining, and “Fecking unbelievable” in the words of Dani O'Malley.

    If you are into a book just for the steamy romantic ride, then this book might not be for you. However if you are into a book for the author ability to deliver a well-developed, extremely entertaining story, then you might enjoy the story of Dani O’Malley.

    I have listened to this book twice and can't wait for the next Dani O'Malley book.

    Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross, what can I said, congratulation to a job well done!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2682)
    Performance
    (2040)
    Story
    (2036)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    ""WOW" Totally enjoyed this book!!!!"
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    “And One Last Thing” is hilarious!!

    Harper’s delivery is nothing short of masterful. If you enjoy a light hearted, good natured, and extremely funny read; then by no mean should you skip “And One Last Thing”. Spend the credit and take the ride. Guarantee you will at the very least smile, if not laugh out loud.

    To Amanda Ronconi - thanks for the performance that had me laughing out loud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2402)
    Performance
    (1674)
    Story
    (1691)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "Bigger Than Life works for “One Shot""
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    If you love bigger than life characterization, you will love Jack Reacher.

    When I first started the story, I will admit it didn't hold my attention. I had to restart the story several times. However around chapter three I was fully engaged and trying to figure out what would happen next. Much to my delight I was not able to figure out the outcome.

    Although my taste usually leans toward the more realistic characters when it come to suspenseful thrillers, Jack Reacher may be the exception. Or maybe I found a new genre!

    I would recommend it! It's worth the credit.

    0 of 0 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
    (5305)
    Performance
    (3649)
    Story
    (3666)

    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!"
    "A BONE-a-fide attention CATcher"
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    The Night Huntress series was entertaining and fun. The characters are dynamic and the plots are fast pace and interesting.

    At first the British’s voice for Bones seem a bit over the top. But by the end of the series I couldn’t imagine his voice being portrayed any other way.

    The Cat character is strong and self reliant, but at the same time sensitive and compassionate.

    Listen to the series is this order:

    HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE
    ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE
    AT GRAVE’S END
    DESTINED FOR AN EARLY GRAVE
    FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON Spade & Denise
    ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS Mencheres & Kira
    THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE
    ONE GRAVE AT A TIME
    THE BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    ONCE BURNED Vlad & Leila

    If you don’t read in the above order, books 5 & 6 in The Night Huntress series will seem like the author started to stray the story with details that don’t make any sense.

    Travia Gilbert "Two Thumbs Up"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5359)
    Performance
    (4088)
    Story
    (4102)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Denise says: "What a HOOT!!!!!!!"
    ""TICKLED PINK in the face FROM LAUGHTER""
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    I laughed through the entire book. Truly, I did laugh out loud from cover to cover. It's witty, entertaining, and entirely enjoyable. And the fact that it's set in Kentucky, where I'm from, only added to my enjoyment.

    Molly Harper is a hoot and a holler. She has a very dry wit, which will have you holding your side from laughing.

    Amanda Ronconi did an excellent job with the narration.

    Worth the credit, and will definitely will surprise you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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