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Colleen

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  • Twice Dead: A Novel of Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kalayna Price
    • Narrated By Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (180)

    Newly undead shifter-turned-vampire Kita Nekai is coming to grips with the reality that her cat has not awakened since her change. What she needs is a little time to adjust to her new liquid diet and the increasingly complex attraction to her sire, Nathanial. What she gets is a headless harlequin.

    Cheri says: "Very heavy"
    "Very annoying but love the characters"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes if you had read the first one but hard going due to the ongoing drama after drama and i caught myself rolling my eyes and fast forwarding only to do so again. This got really boring as you just wanted resolution and the story to pick up not another drama to start


    Was Twice Dead worth the listening time?

    It could have been halved and more enjoyable


    Any additional comments?

    Great story line, great characters - ruined by the monotony of every turn creating more and more drama which made it feel so negative and never ending. I fast forwarded many times and still would get to a bit and do it again as it just went on and one. I nearly stopped listening on numerous occasions just as so sick of the ongoing story and no resolution. Great book but couldve been halved and been better and less dribbly. Looking forward to next book but hope like heck it doesn't get lost like this one

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1600)
    Performance
    (1455)
    Story
    (1451)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Welcome Back"
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    Would you listen to Dark Witch again? Why?

    Yes. I totally enjoyed it - great escapism, love the focus on the old ways and the characters added flavor and depth..


    What other book might you compare Dark Witch to and why?

    Morrigans Cross Trilogy - whilst this was not quite as good as that series has the same depth and flavor of good versus evil, magic, love and strong woman coming into their own.


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

    Yes definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    Is a shame we have to wait so long for the next book - i would like to read it now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Bites: Kate Daniels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2178)
    Performance
    (1411)
    Story
    (1427)

    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, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

    Sara says: "Pure Steel!"
    "What a fabulous surprise and find this was!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Magic Bites the most enjoyable?

    Fantastic narrator1 The story line is fantastic but may take a little time to get your head around it but is well worth the minor effort to do so. Is great plot, background environment and the characters are complex, with great humour, great personality and interactions. The dynamic between them all keeps it very interesting.


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

    Not sure if there is one quite like it but i have been reading Faith Hunter and there are some similarities with the humour and the tough arse women character - LOVE IT!!


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

    Her tone, infliction is Kate Daniels.. She is fantastic. Adds a huge amount of depth and character to the book.


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

    Yes and when it finished i bought the next one!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a read, and all the books after wards. Am devastated that Audible only stocks the first three.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2938)
    Performance
    (2497)
    Story
    (2502)

    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"
    "Excellent surprise!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, easy read and sucks you right in. Strong goresou woman character who kicks butt and all the series has great story lines - I am now on Book 4 and devastated there are no more after that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the characters and thei history and myth behind them and Jane Yellowrock is a fantastic main. You fall in love with Beast and together Jane and Beast are a amazing duo.


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

    No I havent but i think she does a awesome job with this.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic read, highly recommended. Succumb to Jane Yellowrock and forget the real world for a little while :)

    0 of 0 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
    (10171)
    Performance
    (9087)
    Story
    (9063)

    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"
    "Brilliant!"
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    Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

    Definitely. Great story line, great characters, humour. Love the characters and the way the author has incorporated modern life and laso mythology. I initially thought it was going to be too detailed as early on there is detailed explanation for things, but soon forgot about this and got engrossed in story and didn't notice this again.
    Very clever and very addictive. I fall in love with Oberon and couldn't wait for next book.


    What other book might you compare Hounded to and why?

    I have recently been reading Jeanne Stein's series and think these are slightly similar in regards to weaving different fantasy characters together, however Kevin Hearne has a broader focus given the mythology and history he explores/includes.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Oberon! i love his wit and humour and the way he talks. Is fabulous. Narrator is brilliant.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to all three books in this series now and was devastated when the last one ended. Can not wait until Tricked so the saga continues. Definitely recommend this series as a brilliant listen, great escapism and educating and entertaining view of druidsm and the old world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a 17-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole.

    Jodie says: "Original story idea, not enough chemistry"
    "Loved it"
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    What did you love best about Daughter of Smoke and Bone?

    The story line, the way it gripped you and them as you read the more revealed of what things were and why.. found it all very fascinating and gripping


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Daughter of Smoke and Bone?

    the betryal


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

    nope


    If you could take any character from Daughter of Smoke and Bone out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Brimstone - as he is a contradiction of sorts and a strong grounded character


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Dance: Vampire for Hire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (677)

    Mother, wife, private investigator... vampire. Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun.

    Karen says: "A Nice Surprise"
    "Great listen!!"
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    Where does Moon Dance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there - was a real nice surprise and would definitely be a favourite


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

    She is a great narrator and really brings it alive and becomes Samantha Moon


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

    Yes i hated having to turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent reading and sucks you right in - i ended up getting all 4! Great story, believabel and very real. Nice surprise as didnt expect it to be this. incredibly enjoyable read, love the character, the plot, the story and the narrator. Excellent in my view - all round! Definitely a JR Rain fan and cant wait till the 5th installment!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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