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Arthur Lueder

Los Alamos, NM USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Frost Burned: Mercy Thompson, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2195)
    Performance
    (2023)
    Story
    (2034)

    Mercy Thompson's life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman - the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack - has made her a stepmother to his daughter, Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy's life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more.... After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can't reach Adam - or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They've all been abducted.....

    ShySusan says: "One of the best urban fantasy series"
    "Another Briggs Winner"
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    Any additional comments?

    Patricia Briggs is one of the best authors of paranormal fiction and this book is an example why. It continues the story of Mercy Thompson, a Native American who is a coyote shapeshifter and married to the local werewolf pack's alpha. Action starts at chapter one and continues at a fast pace through the entire book. Briggs has a unique universe with the Faye and Werewolves outed among humans but Vampires and the other things that go bump in the night still in hiding.

    Frost Burned is a very good read and I recommend it highly. It is book 7 of the series but can be read on it's own merit. Still, if you haven't started the series go grab Moon Called on your favorite medium. You won't regret it.

    Lorelei King is great as Mercy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turned: Book #1 in the Vampire Journals

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Morgan Rice
    • Narrated By Brianna Knickerbocker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    In Turned (Book #1 of the Vampire Journals series), 18-year-old Caitlin Paine finds herself uprooted from her nice suburb and forced to attend a dangerous New York City high school when her Mom moves again. The one ray of light in her new surroundings is Jonah, a new classmate who takes an instant liking to her. But before their romance can blossom, Caitlin suddenly finds herself changing....

    Captdoherty says: ""Twilight" meets "The Outsiders""
    "I will pass on this series"
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    Would you try another book from Morgan Rice and/or Brianna Knickerbocker?

    No. The story premise has potential but the writing is simple and uninteresting. The narrator was leaden and slow.


    Would you recommend Turned to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I'm normally a big fan of books about newbie vampires but I didn't like this book at all. The protagonist, I can't call her a heroine, a slow witted 18 year old who seems to fall in love with any attractive guy who treats her nicely. Through the course of this blessedly short book Caitlin discovers she is a half-vampire when, after her 18th birthday, she suddenly develops a thirst for blood and super speed and strength. Unfortunately her first blood lust has her draining a Russian singer at Carnegie Hall during intermission though she can't really remember what happened. She wakes up in a dumpster with a sudden allergy to the sun and still hasn't quite figured out what may be wrong with her. Clueless that the police and FBI are searching for her she is captured by the "evil vampire" coven. They are convinced she must belong to an invading coven and attempt to torture her with holy water. Shocked that she is immune she breaks free and is rescued by a "good vampire" who is convinced she is "the One" who is foretold to start the final vampire war and lead them to the "sword of power" that will save everything.


    What didn’t you like about Brianna Knickerbocker’s performance?

    Slow, very few inflections. I wasn't impressed with how the character was written but it was made worse by the dead delivery.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment with a female character who seemed destined to be rescued by the hunky man while being constantly befuddled by events.


    Any additional comments?

    Caitlin makes Bella look like a freaking genius but there is some potential with the character. Problem is she must be rescued by the hunky good vampire and swoons happily in his arms. I dislike the character enough to not even give the series a chance. I recommend a pass on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire for Hire: First Four Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Anne Johnstonbrown
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Four bestselling Vampire for Hire short stories, including "Teeth" - Fang's very bloody and tragic backstory; "Vampire Nights" - Samantha Moon meets someone unexpected on a late night trip to Denny's, someone who seems to know all her secrets and has all the answers.; "Vampire Blues" - Samantha Moon is about to discover that not all men are created equal....; "Vampire Dreams" - Samantha Moon sets out to find the answer to a mysterious, haunting dream... a dream in which sees a young woman die, over and over again.

    Zulu says: "Short stories"
    "A Novella at Best"
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    Any additional comments?

    A series of short stories set somewhere around book 5 plus a brief back story about Fang.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Games: Vampire for Hire, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (181)

    Samantha Moon is hired to look into the suspicious death of a popular fighter—and quickly discovers there’s far more to the story than meets the eye. As she uncovers clues into the boxer’s past, she will come face-to-face with something unexpected...and something only whispered about. Additionally, Samantha must confront the growing supernatural powers of those closest to her—and a betrayal that will rock her world.

    Donna says: "A good story but too short"
    "Samantha Just Gets More Interesting"
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    Any additional comments?

    Samantha Moon's vampire abilities continue to grow and the addition of the medallion protection from the end of the last book has made her life much easier. Some new revelations concerning her children and a big step for Fang. Ishmael interferes and sets up Kingsley in ways that are devastating to Sam who was just opening up to him. Perhaps not fast enough.

    Another good but too short book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christmas Moon: Vampire for Hire, Book 4.5

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (150)

    With Christmas just around the corner, Samantha Moon finds herself taking on a very strange case. A mysterious family treasure has been stolen, something priceless that's been passed down through the generations, something buried in secrets. Samantha's reward is simple: she gets half of whatever it is... if she can find it first. And just as the holidays threaten to consume her, Samantha is approached by a very mysterious man, someone who knows all her secrets, a man who might not be a man at all.

    AudioAddict says: "Not a Holiday Story"
    "A Short Interlude"
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    Any additional comments?

    A quick short story that moved along nicely. Samantha seems to have no end to supernatural men who have fallen in love with her.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Dawn: Vampire for Hire, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    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 happened: an attack that changed her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now, in Vampire Dawn, Samantha Moon tackles her most frightening case yet.

    Donna says: "Good story but too short"
    "Exactly Where Does The Blood Come From?"
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    If you could sum up Vampire Dawn in three words, what would they be?

    Too Damn Short


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

    So short you have to work to stretch it out


    Any additional comments?

    Samantha Moon delves more into her nature and discovers just how wonderful human blood is compared to her normal diet. Problem is just how willing is are the sources in the vampire community? Plus what is the cost of saving her son from a deadly disease?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Child: Vampire for Hire, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (287)

    Private investigator Samantha Moon is faced with an impossible decision - a decision that no mother should ever have to make. A decision that will change her life, and those she loves, forever. And through it all, Sam finds herself in a lethal game of vampire vs. vampire as a powerful - and desperate - enemy will stop at nothing to claim what he most desires.

    Karen says: "Excellent vampire series with a new slant."
    "The Conclusion To Book 3"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Moon Child to be better than the print version?

    I never have time to read print so audio is always the choice.


    Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

    I love her Samantha


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

    So short you can do it but I use it for commuting and exercise


    Any additional comments?

    The series is getting better as Samantha delves more into the supernatural and her powers increase. A more feelgood read with no cliffhanger and the author is improving his style. Still, I feel this was just the continuance and conclusion to book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Vampire: Vampire for Hire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (334)

    In American Vampire, the sequel to Vampire Moon, private investigator Samantha Moon receives a heartbreaking phone call from a very unlikely source: a five-year-old girl who's been missing for three months. Now on the hunt, Samantha will use her considerable resources, including her growing supernatural abilities, to locate the missing girl before it's too late.

    Sandie says: "Good....But!!!!"
    "Short But Improving"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes because I've read the next couple and the author has improved.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting was Samantha's situation as a mother who was turned into a vampire and still has to take care of mommy stuff.

    Least is the author's word padding.


    What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

    I love her delivery actually.


    Do you think American Vampire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There are several more in the series but J.R. Rain really needs to make novels instead of what are essentially paperback shorts.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let the 3 star rating discourage you from reading the series. The stars are more about some annoying tendencies of the author to rehash things repeatedly. (see how I did that? :D)

    The book is short and I still think the author pads words like a freshman English major. Still, I love the premise of the vampire who has to take care of her kids. Tragedy is hitting her hard and she is finally running into others of her kind. Of course, another cliff hanger ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Empress of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kage Baker
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (183)

    When the British Arean Company founded its Martian colony, it welcomed any settlers it could get. Outcasts, misfits, and dreamers emigrated in droves to undertake the grueling task of terraforming the cold red planet - only to be abandoned when the BAC discovered it couldn't turn a profit on Mars. Mary Griffith and her struggles and triumphs are at the center of it all, in her bar, the Empress of Mars.

    Dave says: "I love this book."
    "Reminds Me Of Early Heinlein"
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    Made me nostalgic for some of the first SciFi I read back in my youth.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (2293)
    Performance
    (1171)
    Story
    (1167)

    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

    Bill says: "Excellent!"
    "More Fun Than I Expected"
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    This book was a gift and I expected it to be a chore to read. I couldn't have been more mistaken.The first half of the book is about him growing up and many times I was bursting out laughing at his stories. The second half is more about writing and though dryer is solid advice from the world famous author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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