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  • Bayou Moon: The Edge, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (592)

    When her parents vanish, Cerise's clan's long-time rivals are suspects number one. But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge - and Cerise's life. William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation's spymaster. When William's and Cerise cross paths, sparks fly - but they'll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.

    Angela says: "Great!!!"
    "Emotion, Adventure, and Facile Characterization"
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    Bayou Moon continues the partnership of Ilona Andrews and Renee Raudman in showing how the right narrator improves the story. The book is great on its own -- strong leads and secondary characters, action, and intelligent world-building - but Ms. Raudman brings out the subtle humor that is hard to hear when "listening" to the voices as you read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cry Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1929)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1333)

    Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member - and as his mate.

    Teleasa says: "WOW!!"
    "And Now, Aspen Creek!"
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    Pre-Review Note: If you've not done so, please go read/listen to all the Mercy Thompson books and the story "Alpha and Omega" from the book of shorts called "On the Prowl". This novel needs all those for background, and Ms. Briggs caught some flak from her fans for Cry Wolf not being standalone. It's very important!

    Having said that... this is marvelous. I am certainly a fan of all Patricia Briggs' stories. Her characterizations are the triumph of her work, and Holter Graham as narrator really brings her male characters into the spotlight.

    If anything, Mr. Graham is a little breathy and helpless sounding in our female main character, but no so much that it interferes with my enjoyment. He makes up with it in his wide vocal register and solid accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sunshine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robin McKinley
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (245)

    There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while. Unfortunately, she wasn't alone. She never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires.

    Amazon Customer says: "An absolutely riveting, addictive tale"
    "Read the book instead"
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    Baking and magic does work, but buy the book if you want to see why.

    I usually prefer kick-ass heroines with personality problems in my paranormal. However, Sunshine is a beautiful book written in a strangely gentle voice. It brings innocence back to a genre that has been taken over by sex, angst, and more sex. That simply does not come through in the reading.

    I am not a great fan of McKinley overall, but this book is a true favorite that I lend out to everyone who needs a good book for a vacation or trip. Do yourself (and your friends who borrow books) a real service and buy a paper copy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Humans Involved: Women of the Otherworld, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (209)

    Reluctant to upstage her fellow spiritualists on a reality TV show, Jaime Vegas tries to suppress her talents, as she has done her entire life. But there is something lurking in the maze of gardens behind the house: a spirit without a voice. And it won't let go until somehow Jaime hears its terrible story. For the first time in her life, Jaime Vegas understands what humans mean when they say they are haunted.

    Joan says: "An Absorbing Read"
    "Good book, good narrator, unwise combination"
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    Kelley Armstrong is one of the few whose books I buy as both print and audio, and I loved this book in print. I simply could not get behind the combination of Jamie Vegas -- the most sexual female in Ms. Armstrong's lineup -- and Laural Merlington, the most comforting and grandmotherly voice in the audible paranormal lineup. Jamie and Jeremy's encounters are very edgy and explicit, and listening to them in Ms. Merlington's voice was unpleasant, almost embarrassing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Bones: The Hurog Duology, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Joe Manganiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (203)

    We all play roles at times. Wardwick of Hurog played the role of a fool till he reached adulthood, just to keep his father from murdering him. Now he must overcome the image he so carefully built and fight not simply for his birthright but to free the five Kingdoms from tyranny and the rising tide of darkest magic that threatens his world.

    Diana says: "Epic yet intimate"
    "Nailed it."
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    I'd been worried about a reader's take on Ward, whose speech is described as frustratingly slow. I shouldn't have worried - Joe Manganiello's rendition of Ward is perfect. He stresses the slow speech only when necessary to the story. Otherwise, we hear Ward's mental voice, with all the sly wit, sadness, and fury Ms. Briggs wrote into him.

    Dragon Bones is one of my favorite Patricia Briggs books. Ward & Oreg showcase her remarkable ability to characterize - and J Manganiello captures them very well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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