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  • Dime Store Magic: Women of the Otherworld, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (273)

    Paige Winterbourne was always either too young or too rebellious to succeed her mother as leader of one of the world's most powerful elite organizations - the American Coven of Witches. Now that she is 23 and her mother is dead, the Elders can no longer deny her. But even Paige's wildest antics can't hold a candle to those of her new charge - an orphan who is all too willing to use her budding powers for evil.

    G. House Sr. says: "Excellent continuation of the Series"
    "Better than I thought"
    Overall

    After reading 2 books about Elaina and her pack I wondered if I wanted to switch gears and hear about another part of this story. But, surprisingly I liked it very much. I especially like the strength of Paige's character in this book. I would recommend it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (424)

    Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Above all she sought family, particularly the thrill and the magnificence of the one from her childhood that, in her adult years, eluded her. Hamilton’s ease and comfort in a kitchen were instilled in her at an early age when her parents hosted grand parties, often for more than one hundred friends and neighbors.

    Melinda says: "A Little Prickly--But Yummy"
    "Read this book now!"
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    I haven't connected with an author, with a book like this in a very long time. As a former restaurateur myself and woman, she tells her story beautifully. Food service isn't an easy life but her passion is exemplary. It reminds me of my passion and the passion of others like me. Someone who truly enjoys food, appreciates food and relishes restaurant work is enlightening. Thank you Gabrielle for shining a light on women who are badass but more than that get shit done, do their time and earn respect. I have never eaten your food but I wholeheartedly believe that you are one of the best chefs I have never met. Given my 20+ years in F&B I've met some amazing cooks and amazing people, I will count you as one. I will also recommend your book to any and everyone I work with and meet. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7491)
    Performance
    (6554)
    Story
    (6558)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "Know when to say when..."
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    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    I'm really pretty much done with books inspired by Twilight, so no to the E.L. James thing. I'm sure Becca Bettoe has other performances that aren't so young, so I would try her again.


    Was Fifty Shades Freed worth the listening time?

    Meh, it is literary junk food. It's no war and peace but it wasn't the worst thing I've ever read.


    Any additional comments?

    Please authors just know when to stop, no one needs endings that keep on going. The ending here, where it goes far into Grey's perspective is too long and verbose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8397)
    Performance
    (7284)
    Story
    (7289)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "A deeper look into 50"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure, if they liked and read the first one.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has a bit more of a plot than the previous one, I rather enjoyed getting to know why 50 is so f*cked up. There is more going on, more character development and that makes it, to me, a better book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14513)
    Performance
    (11910)
    Story
    (12534)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Little to no moral fiber..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    and that's just how I like my erotica. The plot wasn't amazing in this book but there was lots and lots of sex and that ain't bad. I really like having someone read smut to me. I wasn't going to read it because it's too mainstream for me and frankly I really don't see the big deal but 50,000 horny housewives aren't wrong, it's an alright book. Great if you aren't hoping for something it's not. I wasn't looking for the next War and Peace so I am satisfied.


    Would you recommend Fifty Shades of Grey to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure if that's what they're looking for.


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Im-ma-ture.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    If it were played out in my bedroom.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hilarity Ensues

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tucker Max
    • Narrated By Tucker Max
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (166)

    Here's Tucker Max's third and final book in his series of stories about his drunken debauchery and ridiculous antics. What began as a simple sentence on an obscure website, "My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole," and developed into two infamously genre-defining books, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell and Assholes Finish First, ends here.

    Angie says: "Unbearable."
    "Well, it is the end."
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    If you could sum up Hilarity Ensues in three words, what would they be?

    Leftovers


    What about Tucker Max’s performance did you like?

    That he is telling his own stories.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really glad Tucker Max isn't going to stop writing but I'm really glad he is going to stop writing satire. This book wasn't as funny as the other 2 but I'm not sorry that I read it. Still funny, still kinda believable or not. I don't care if the stories are real or not, he is funny.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3001)
    Performance
    (2740)
    Story
    (2727)

    Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

    yasmine32068 says: "Once again this should have disclaimers"
    "Not offended enough...but close."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I bought 2 Molly Harper books. While reading the first, Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs, I wondered if she had an original thought in her head. This book proves to me that she does but they are very few. It's like she is working from a template for fantasy. Or, she's trying to create one. In both books I skipped parts because they were too predictable. I skipped the entire climax of the book and missed nothing. I could not bear to listen to some other authors ripped off idea here. If you've never listened to fantasy, you probably won't be bothered by her rip off style of writing but, if you are very well read in fantasy you'll want to gouge your ears out. I am not offended enough to never buy another Molly Harper book but I'm close. Maybe one day she'll have a book full of original thoughts and not stolen ideas.


    Was The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires worth the listening time?

    No, not really. It has it's entertaining moments but overall save your credit.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1635)
    Performance
    (1483)
    Story
    (1495)

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "It just gets better."
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    What made the experience of listening to Ever After the most enjoyable?

    I love this series! >>



    I have really started to like Trent and Rachel together, the loss of Ceri really pisses me off though. And yet she kept Elspeth...Ah whatever, it all makes a really good book. I don't want this series to end although I know it has to at some point. Maybe this is it?


    0 of 0 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
    (5402)
    Performance
    (4125)
    Story
    (4140)

    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.

    Denise says: "What a HOOT!!!!!!!"
    "Ugh."
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    What disappointed you about Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs?

    I called who her nemesis was before she (the main character) ever even put the pieces together. Maybe I've read to many vampire books, maybe I've got super psychic powers, maybe I'm tired of the same story being rewritten by every author trying to write fantasy. The story was transparent at best. I don't dislike the characters, I would read other books from this series. But, c'mon! Give me a break. Girl gets turned by accident, just like Anna Strong. Girl figures out she can kick ass, cue Rachel Morgan, Sookie Stackhouse, and every other heroine in the genre. Girl gets a boyfriend, please don't make me explain why this smacks of every other book I've read. A vampire bridesmaid well, now there's a twist. Finally!


    What could Molly Harper have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I can't even begin to start here.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs?

    There wouldn't be much of a book left.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11450)
    Performance
    (9959)
    Story
    (9995)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Oh my God..."
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    Where does A Dance with Dragons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    ...I suffered through 4 books of descriptive feasts for this! Are you fucking kidding me!!! I don't dislike this series or this book per se but give me a break. This series ends, I mean just ends and it's horseshit! I demand a resolution, I demand that Daenerys take over the world. Hell, I demand to know what happens to her on the Dothraki sea. Ugh! This book infuriates me as an ending. I feel like there should be at least 1 more book. What a crap ending to a long, arduous series. I did not read 5 books that were 3 + inches thick for this!


    What could George R. R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    WRITE AN APPROPRIATE ENDING!


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Meh, it was fair to midland at best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1833)
    Performance
    (1048)
    Story
    (1053)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Jaclyn A Rupert says: "Narrrator: 1 star, Story 5 stars!"
    "Good book... mediocre narration"
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    If there is one thing I hate more than a crappy narrator it is when the book series suddenly changes mid way through. The voice of our character is no longer here, none of then are.
    The book itself is in keeping with the quality of the series and I like it a lot. I really like the new characters she brings in almost every book, the pace is good but the narrator is bad, bad, bad compared to the last ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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