You no longer follow Shelly

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Shelly

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Shelly

AvA

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

29
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 10 reviews
  • 159 ratings
  • 497 titles in library
  • 70 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
1
FOLLOWERS
1

  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (1174)
    Story
    (1163)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "I really hope this turns into a series..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Little Night Magic to be better than the print version?

    I prefer both... first time reading on my own but then having Amanda Ronconi breathe a new life into the story is great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Little Night Magic?

    I love the Saturday night confessionals... reminds me of times with a group of my girlfriends who I do not see nearly enough anymore... will have to see up a Margarita night myself...


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

    I loved her narration of Molly Harper's books so much I got this one just because she was the narrator. I found this story just as entertaining mainly because of Amanda Ronconi and the life she gives to the characters. Sometimes when a narrator does multiple voices for multiple characters it just doensn't quite work. Not so with Amanda Ronconi.


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

    Yes... went straight thru it


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the Molly Harper books I believe you would be pleased with this author as well. Will have to try more books by this author. There was enough of funny to make me laugh, enough plot to keep me interested, and characters I enjoyed. It's a light romance (anyone up for a steamier book might want to look elsewhere) but the relationship works... where in other books I too often feel the relationship is rushed or forced. Not so with the book.

    I've been reading so many in this genre that are typically Vampire or Were based... nice to see Magic take centerfold. Audible doesn't have any of these yet but if you liked this book or Molly Harpers might I suggest the Hex series by Linda Wisdom, Broken Heart Oklahoma series by Michele Bardsley, or Real Vampires Have Curves series (forgot the name) by Gerri Bartlett.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8715)
    Performance
    (7971)
    Story
    (8057)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "What happened???"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I loved the first two in the series and was really looking forward to this one but am now at a loss. What happened? This was so off the mark. The character development was sub par as to be unbelievable that it was written by the same person as the first two... Could totally have done with out Four's POV .... that and the ending totally ruined any hope I had for this book. SO disappointed!!!

    The narrators were good (had already liked the voice of Tris but like I said... could do without Fours' POV even if the narrator was good)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Broken: Mercy Thompson, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2496)
    Performance
    (2314)
    Story
    (2311)

    An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

    Hassan says: "Good Addition!!"
    "This series is worth the listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I love most Patricia Briggs books and even though this series is winding down soon she still brings it with each new book. I am going to miss it when the last book is written (unlike some other series that I can't wait to finish up). The conflict with the ex-wife was great and think it will make the pack really appreciate what they have with Mercy as their Alpha's mate much more than they have in the past.

    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
    (1794)
    Performance
    (1659)
    Story
    (1677)

    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"
    "Mixed feelings on this one..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge Jeaniene Frost fan and love the narrations done by Tavia Gilbert but this book was not one of my favorites. I understood the need for the relationship issues between the two characters but it made rooting for them difficult. Vlad is kind of detestable throughout the book - but come on... it is Vlad the Impaler but in the other books he had so much more humor to offset his violent tendencies. The book got better towards the second half of the story and leads up to where the next book will begin. Will still be getting book three of this series...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brownies and Broomsticks: A Magical Bakery Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Bailey Cates
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (453)

    Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah's quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees. While working at the Honeybee Bakery - named after Lucy's cat - Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren't just tasty - Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!

    Kathryn says: "A Little Mystery with your Magic"
    "Enjoyable new series..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This book was a fun listen. Nothing fancy... just a typical chicklit mystery but... I liked the narrator. I liked the story. It had just enough humor and romance and it villain wasn't obvious. You end up feeling more sorry for the killer than the victim.Look forward to the next books in this series. I hope audible brings them in soon.

    5 of 6 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
    (5686)
    Performance
    (4387)
    Story
    (4395)

    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.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "I absolutely love this series..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs again? Why?

    yes I would... because it is hilarious!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs?

    Jane's transformation into a vampire and all the chaos that goes with it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to count


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

    Yes and then some


    Any additional comments?

    If you like your Paranormal Romances to have a heavy sense of humor and very sarcastic lead characters then Molly Harper's book are definitely for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2223)
    Performance
    (969)
    Story
    (974)

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "Well worth the listen..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Poison Study the most enjoyable?

    The story reminds me of the styles of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series or Tanya Huff's Quarters series... simple but character driven.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Poison Study?

    I think the beginning in Valek's office where Yelena is unsure of her fate after having expected to be executed and the whole interaction with Valek and her set the feel of where the story was going to go from there.


    Which character – as performed by Gabra Zackman – was your favorite?

    I really liked what she brought to the character of Valek but I really love Ari and Janco.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book was enjoyable from start to finish. There was never a point where I found my self crying but there were plenty of moments.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the handful of audiobooks that I have listened to several times over again because it is that enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Bite With a Stranger: The Others Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christine Warren
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (191)

    When Regina's friends insist on setting her up a "Fantasy Fix" to help her get over her cheating ex, she dreams up some kinky out-of-this-world encounters that they could never possibly bring to life. But the next thing Regina knows, her friends have got her laced into a shiny black corset, tight leather pants, and a sexy pair of stilettos. It's time for some downtown vampire-fantasy fun...

    Erin says: "Don't judge the entire Others series by Book 1"
    "This one was a real let down..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No... boring... I like my romance novels with more romance... no a multi-chapter endless sex scene..


    What was most disappointing about Christine Warren’s story?

    Did not give me enough story within the Others world... almost like this one was outside of it... just went on and on and on in an endless very graphic sex scene... it's a porno without the video to back it up


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

    Kate Reading does a great job with the voice over work... she can't help what she was given to work with...


    Do you think One Bite With a Stranger needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I've read other books in this series that I was very impressed with... then the order of the series was changed and this was made to be book 1. I hope there will be no more like this one...


    Any additional comments?

    I've read "Wolf at the Door" thru "Walk on the Wild Side"... they are SOOOoooooo much better than this one...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Ties Book One: The Turning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Armintrout
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (988)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (322)

    I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. But after my life turned into a horror movie, I take fear a lot more seriously now. I finally became Dr. Carrie Ames just eight months ago. Then I was attacked in the hospital morgue by a vampire. Just my luck.

    David says: "Meh"
    "Will pass on the rest of the series"
    Overall

    The narrator was good but the main character really put me off in how she was written and the stupid things she did with poor reasoning behind it. Not one of my favorites of this genre so say the least.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Masques: Aralorn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Patricia Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (827)

    After an upbringing of proper behavior and oppressive expectations, Aralorn fled her noble birthright for a life of adventure as a mercenary spy. Her latest mission involves spying on the increasingly powerful sorcerer Geoffrey ae'Magi. But in a war against an enemy armed with the powers of illusion, how do you know who the true enemy is - or where he will strike next?

    Tabitha says: "Satisfying tale, interesting characters"
    "Story is okay but the narration of it is lacking"
    Overall

    I would have liked this much more had there been a different narrator... she killed it for me... don't think I can do the second one since it's the same narrator.

    8 of 18 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.