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Linda

FALLS CHURCH, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Girl's Guide to Vampires: The Dark Ones, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    Joy Randall's Top-five tips for vampire hunters: Location, location, location. Vampires won't be caught dead (ha!) in places like discos, 10-minute lube shops, or Switzerland. Remember, if you wouldn't be there, neither would a bloodsucker. Trust your eyes. You know the handsome, annoyingly arrogant, self-assured man in the shadows with long hair and a cleft in his chin? He's your vampire. No matter how tempting it might be, do not "accidentally" acquire a paper cut on your finger and suggest your vampire kiss it to make it better....

    E. Lanier says: "Maybe it was Katie's first "stab" at writing"
    "Witty, fun and entertaining"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Girl's Guide to Vampires to be better than the print version?

    I love to read - but it is a pleasure to listen to a story that has a good plot, romance, intrigue and makes you laugh out loud.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    CJ Dante! Handsome 900 year old dark one with a conscious first and Roxy, the life long best friend who tells it like it is!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Joy and Rafael realize he didn't enter her mind or visit her early I the evening.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Time weighs heavy for the Dark One....and then... beloved.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Breaks: Kate Daniels, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (557)

    No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: If there' s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it. As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers.

    RabidReads says: "Characters die, power shifts, a new path is forged"
    "Freaky and fantastic!"
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    What did you love best about Magic Breaks?

    This is one of the best series I have ever had the pleasure of losing myself in.  Ilona and Gordon have me in the palm of their hands.  Kate and Curran are a dynamic couple. I found myself laughing and on pins and needles.  I have the ebook and audio series. I have replayed it and reread it during the month of July and August.  The shapeshifters and vampires in this series have so many characteristics that you may find in other author’s series but have been developed to a new intricate level.  I have so many favorite “scenes”.  I love the witty banter.  I can’t wait to finish work or whatever I am doing so I can get back to the books.  So glad there are more to come.  Talk about Daddy/Mommy issues ha!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Breaks?

    When Kate and Curran go to the swan palace.


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

    No but I have fallen in love with her ability to distinguish all the characters in the series. Awesome!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Epic tale of magic, shapeshifters, love and betrayal! Nocturnal terror between magic and tech that will make you pray it never comes to pass!


    Any additional comments?

    Wow- awesome, awe-inspiring, intimidating, mind blowing, stupefying story line. more more more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peanut Goes to School: A Short Story of the Elder Races

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (195)

    Dragos Cuelebre is no longer the only dragon. Dragos’s son Liam Cuelebre (a.k.a. Peanut) is springing into existence, reminiscent of the first of the Elder Races who were born at the beginning of the world. At just six months of age, he has already grown to the size of a large five-year-old boy. He can read, write in complete sentences, and his math skills are off the chart. A white dragon in his Wyr form, Liam also holds more power than almost anyone else.

    Amazon Customer says: "So cute!"
    "Awesome"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I love dragons and Pia. Dragos and peanut are fantastic characters. Thea Harrison has created a a wonderful series. Forget Calgon take me away; Thea takes me to a magical world full of entertainment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Liam is engaging, Pia is a feminine but strong character. Dragos is the epitome of the perfect family man when human but commands respect because he scares the mess out of you if you get on his bad side!


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

    She has a unique talent of having a believable voice for every character. I love her representation of every one in the series!


    If you could rename Peanut Goes to School, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it!


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming - I love the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Primal Bonds: A Shifters Unbound Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (229)

    When a female Shifter comes to town seeking refuge, Feline Shifter Sean Morrissey claims the new arrival and finds a beautiful woman who looks him straight in the eye without fear, stirring the mating frenzy within him. To relocate to a new Shiftertown, half-Fae, half-Shifter Andrea Gray must accept a new mate. But Andrea's intense attraction to Sean is something shen ever expected - a perilous complication for a woman with a troubled past.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good story, bad narration"
    "Totally loving this Shifter Series!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend to others who like this genre. I am so intrigued by the "segration" of the shifters from "normal" humans. The storyline introduces the Fae who helped the normal people corral theshifters and also look down on the shifters who were forced out 20 years ago to be treated like second class citizens. The concept of Shifter Towns is reminiscent to "separate but equal" but worse. The can't have up to smart phones or computers and the collar trials and tribulations makes me rewind scenes to listen again. I like that they have such good attitudes about how they live.


    What other book might you compare Primal Bonds to and why?

    I really enjoyed other books about "supernaturals" from Thea Harrison, Karen Marie Moning and Sarah McCarty. Laurel K Hamilton and Charlaine Harris also address "human"s versus supernaturals in a fantastic way. Romance abounds, protective males, accepting women, just loving it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she meets her father.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she finds out she can heal wounds with her man.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride Mates

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (357)

    To most, they are animals—even when in human form. They are to be collared and kept on the fringes of society, scorned because they are feared, hated for their extraordinary powers. And attorney Kim Fraser has to go right into the heart of their lair. It’s her job to defend those in need. But there’s absolutely nothing defenseless about Liam Morrissey. His soft Irish lilt and feline grace can’t disguise his sheer strength.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Sooo Good! I am so into the Mate thing right now!!"
    "What an interesting twist for a Shifter storyline!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Pride Mates the most enjoyable?

    I love the accents and acceptance of Pride family.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Liam was my favorite - strength, humor, honesty and his reaction to kissing!


    Which character – as performed by Traci Odom – was your favorite?

    Liam's irish accent was good for someone not Ireland


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

    Cried because the limitations of humans to put a lock on their necks. Reminded me of slavery from back in the day.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for to read the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Game: GhostWalkers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (542)

    A man and woman possessed of telekinetic powers. She is the doctor. He is the experiment. What comes between them is a terrifying secret history that could save them or destroy them.

    Lia says: "Sensual and Action Packed"
    "Ghosthunters series - a must! Can't put it down!"
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    If you could sum up Shadow Game in three words, what would they be?

    Simply fabulous people. I am so loving the character in this series!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow Game?

    The psychic skills of the characters are fantastic!


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

    His voice is great and all the characters have their own voice. I can see and hear them in my mind.


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

    I laughed a lot and felt terrible for the victims of Lily's father!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read the next in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (101)

    We last saw Easy in 2007’s Blonde Faith, fighting for his life after his car plunges over a cliff. True to form, the tough WWII veteran survives, and soon his murderous sidekick Mouse has him back cruising the mean streets of L.A., in all their psychedelic 1967 glory, to look for a young black man, Evander "Little Green" Noon, who disappeared during an acid trip. Fueled by an elixir called Gator’s Blood, brewed by the conjure woman Mama Jo, Easy experiences a physical, spiritual, and emotional resurrection, but peace and love soon give way to murder and mayhem.

    Phillip says: "Resurrection is painful but Easy is no Zombie!"
    "My man is alive!"
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    Where does Little Green rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Walter Mosley thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing Easy back even if this is the final book. I was half in love with Easy Rawlings and afraid of Mouse! I never thought Bonnie would be back! This is among my top 10 books!


    What other book might you compare Little Green to and why?

    The late L.A. Banks wrote books that mesmerized me also. Larry Correira's Monster Hunter's books and Kim Harrison's Hollows series kept me fascinated!


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

    I love his voice! He is fabulous. I know Walter Mosley has to be happy with this performance! All the books in the series! He was just as good as Denzel Washington in the movie!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    He came back from the dead! So happy he didn't die and his promise to tell Feather all about her mother was touching!


    Any additional comments?

    Walter Mosley you are a magnificent writer!

    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
    (212)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (188)

    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"
    "Super sensual couple!"
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    Would you listen to One Bite With a Stranger again? Why?

    Yes, I read several reviews before I purchased so I was prepared for the sexy storyline. In fact, I was expecting it to be mediocre. I laughed so much listening to this audio book. The humor is off the chain. The narrator is excellent! The "good friends" reminded me of my friends when we'd get together, but never to set up fantasy dates. And did the ladies get more than they bargained for! I am hooked!


    What other book might you compare One Bite With a Stranger to and why?

    Elisabeth Naughton, Laurel K. Hamilton, Mary Janice Davidson, Charlaine Harris and J.R. Ward are all writers of series that am a fan. Christine Warren has now been added to my favorites!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Absolutely loved it when the girls came to the rescue; busted into the bedroom! It was hilarious, couldn't wait to read Missy's story after that scene!


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

    Loved the humor! Laughed too and from work. Made the commute speed by!


    Any additional comments?

    Reading the series and I am loving it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom Shadows: Immortal Guardians, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (752)

    Dr. Melanie Lipton is no stranger to the supernatural. She knows immortals better than they know themselves, right down to their stubborn little genes. So although a handsome rogue immortal seems suspicious to her colleagues, Sebastien Newcombe intrigues Melanie. His history is checkered, his scars are impressive, and his ideas are daring. But it's not his ideas that have Melanie fighting off surges of desire.... Bastien is used to being the bad guy. In fact, he can't remember the last time he had an ally he could trust. But Melanie is different....

    CAROLYN says: "AN ADDICTIVE PULSE POUNDING PARANORMAL TALE"
    "Fantastic series by Dianne Duvall"
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    What did you love best about Phantom Shadows?

    The introduction of new characters with underlying references on the books too come.


    What other book might you compare Phantom Shadows to and why?

    If you like Black Dagger Brothers by JR Ward or Midnight Breed series by Laura Adrian you'll like the "world" created by Dianne Duvall.


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    Love it!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Fearless heroines. Love a character who fights for what she wants and is not a victim needing rescue by the hero. I really like that Melanie looked beyond others characters hate for Sebastian and explored their growing relationship with gentle prods to determine his true feelings.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Celebrity in Death: In Death, Book 34

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1710)
    Performance
    (1496)
    Story
    (1485)

    Her career in homicide has taken her into the darkest depths of New York City’s underground - and sometimes Lieutenant Eve Dallas feels more comfortable in those kinds of places than in the high-rise, high-society world of her billionaire husband, Roarke. But while she’s no party girl, she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating the debut of The Icove Agenda. This time it’s Eve, not Roarke, who’s a guest of honor, since the film is based on one of her famous cases. Her partner, Peabody, is practically giddy....

    Amy Huber says: "Susan Ericksen is amazing!"
    "I love Eve Dallas and Rourke"
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    If you could sum up Celebrity in Death in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastc futuristic detective!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot keeps you so involved, I jump when someone walks in the room!


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Love Susan Ericksen's performance. She does so many characters so well that I feel like I know them.


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

    Both!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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