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Beth

North Branch, MN, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3093)
    Performance
    (2633)
    Story
    (2638)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Try it - you might like it!"
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    I put off listening to this series for almost two years. It continuously showed in my recommended list but I was convinced I wouldn't like it - maybe it was the cover art???

    I gave in and bought it last week because it was on sale. I listened to it immediately and was pleasantly surprised. The character of Jane is pickly and tough, not very likable at first. She has been hired by a local vampire council to hunt a rogue. Jane is uniquely qualified for the job bacuse she shares her body with Beast, a panther spirit whose body she hijacked by accident when she was a child. Jane/Beast can transform into animal form and has a well developed sense of smell.

    If you can suspend your disbelief long enough to get into the story, it is fast paced and well written. The references to Cherokee culture are well researched and seamlessly integrated. The dialog is okay - not spectacluarly witty, but okay. The voice of Beast is the one dialog exception. The way Faith Hunter writes for Beast and Khristine Hvam reads it is masterful!

    After resisting this series for two years, I bought the other three books after finishing this one! Don't be deceived by the cover art it hides a great story!

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Calls

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By C.E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (273)

    Suddenly, being bitten by a werewolf is the least of Joanne Walker's problems. Her personal life in turmoil, her job as a cop over, she's been called to Ireland by the magic within her. And though Joanne's skills have grown by leaps and bounds, Ireland's magic is old and very powerful.…

    Julie says: "Fast paced exciting ride through Irish Mythology!"
    "Just fun!"
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    I have enjoyed this series from the beginning and CE Murphy doesn't disappoint with the most recent installment. I really appreciate how Jo has changed and matured from book to book. Unlike so many of the heroines in this genre, Jo fumbles around, srcews up, faces the consequences of her decisions and learns from them. Very refreshing!

    Gabra Zackman does a great job conveying the humor and sarcasm inherent in the dialog.

    Looking forward to seeing where this series goes from here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7296)
    Performance
    (6623)
    Story
    (6625)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "Excellent Narrator!"
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    I had a little trouble getting into this book...The beginning is fairly abrupt and would be confusing if you didn't read the books in order.

    The attention to mythological detail thoughout this series is very impressive and the dialog is still great. That said, the story felt much darker than the previous two books. There is still plenty of humor but the tone felt different.

    I'm looking forward to the next book - anxious to see if the more somber tone is the new direction of the series. The character of Ouboron continues to provide laugh out loud fun but Atticus is starting to take himself a little to seriously for my taste.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8206)
    Performance
    (7379)
    Story
    (7393)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Alternately Hysterical & Philosphical!"
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    Luke Daniels does a fantastic job with the narration again - The voice of Ouboron in particular is very well done.

    Kevin Hearne is a gifted story teller with the ability to convey complex emotional and psychological truths in way that alternately touches the heart, makes you think, and then points out the ridiculousness of it all.

    Very well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10637)
    Performance
    (9503)
    Story
    (9478)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Pleasantly Surprised! Laugh out loud funny!"
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    I was unfamilar with both the author and narrator when I bought this book but it was on sale so I thought I'd give it a try. The story is well paced and interesting and the narration is AMAZING!

    My husband and I have vastly different tastes and rarely agree on books but this one got a thumbs up from both of us. The characters are quirky and fun. The dialog is witty and and laugh out loud funny.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Together Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3645)
    Performance
    (1867)
    Story
    (1866)

    Anthony Award-winning author Charlaine Harris has earned a devoted fan base with her USA Today and New York Times best-selling Sookie Stackhouse mystery series. All Together Dead features more dark but frequently hilarious adventures of buxom, blonde, beautiful, and telepathic cocktail waitress Sookie, who prefers the company of vampires to that of the living.

    SLee says: "Sookie Stackhouse"
    "sassy and suspenseful"
    Overall

    For fans of Sookie Stackhouse this is a great time. The narrator does a great job carrying the momentum of the book. The fast paced plot grabs and hold a listener's attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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