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  • If You Hear Her: Ash Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Shiloh Walker
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    The scream Lena Riddle hears in the woods behind her house is enough to curdle her blood-she has no doubt that a woman is in real danger. Unfortunately, with no physical evidence, the local law officers in small-town Ash, Kentucky, dismiss her claim. But Lena knows what she heard-and it leaves her filled with fear and frustration. Ezra King is on leave from the state police, but he can't escape the guilty memories that haunt his dreams. When he sees Lena, he is immediately drawn to her.

    Kindle Customer says: "Overall I enjoyed the story AND the narration ~"
    "Mildly enjoyable, but flawed"
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    I've read other books by Walker, but not in the suspense genre. I'm not impressed with her ability to put together a coherent and believable mystery/suspense plot. She chose a plot that is common in suspense and mystery fiction today - the serial killer/rapist - but didn't seem to have anything new or original to bring to it, either in the character of the villain or in the police procedural side of the story. Some of the other characters were also unoriginal, as if she found a list of "stock" characters - the strong but damaged police detective, the misogynistic and self aggrandizing local deputy, etc. - and then placed them into her story line as convenient plot devices. Nevertheless the main characters were engaging and I enjoyed the romance part of the story, as long as you take it for what it is.

    As for the narrator, this was my first book read by Cris Dukehart. She has a pleasant and expressive voice but didn't seem to use it well for this particular type of story. I'm afraid I was frequently annoyed by some of her verbal habits and nuances of expression. At times her vocalizations sounded inappropriate to me and didn't seem to express what the character would have been feeling in that situation. Particularly in scenes where the female characters were expressing fear, disgust or anger, I felt her voice didn't convey those emotions believably. I did appreciate the fact that although she seems to have (or fake) a slight Southern accent, she didn't attempt to exaggerate it for the purposes of the characters even though the geographical setting (Kentucky) might have tempted some to do so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3908)
    Performance
    (3648)
    Story
    (3638)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Yes, Virginia, there is penicillin"
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    There's a point in this book relating to roquefort cheese where you just have to say: "C'mon, Diana, I know this is fiction but really!" Well, folks, I just HAD to go look it up and the fungus in roquefort cheese actually IS penicillium roqueforti. I should not have doubted Claire's encyclopedia medical knowledge! Just had to write to let all of you other skeptically minded geeks out there know this.

    This book, like all of the series for those of us who are died-in-the-wool fans, is wonderful. Davina Porter has become the embodiment of Claire Frasier for me as for many others who've listened to all of these books on audio. Nothing more needs to be said except that I agree with all the other stellar reviews posted here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18817)
    Performance
    (12922)
    Story
    (12818)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Stands the test of time"
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    I originally listened to this book on audio tapes (or maybe CDs) provided by Recorded Books many years ago, possibly as much as 8 years ago, since it was originally recorded in 2006, but I don't remember exactly. I was instantly draw in by the characters, meticulous descriptions and historical accuracy and detail of the story. I have since listened to every successive installment with just as much rapt attention and enjoyment as this first one. I have just listened to Outlander again, inspired by the upcoming TV series to revisit the story. I just had to write this review to say it is just as compelling, fascinating and enjoyable as it was when it was a new adventure for me. As I read it this second time, I find myself looking forward to certain scenes with delicious anticipation, and wincing when I come across something I had forgotten (usually unpleasant).

    Not to mention Davina Porter, one of my all-time absolutely favorite narrators. I could not imagine any other voice bringing Jamie, Claire and all the myriad characters that inhabit the thousands of pages of this series to life.

    So here's the cautionary statement: THIS IS NOT A HISTORICAL ROMANCE NOR IS IT FANTASY OR SCI-FI. Yes, there is romance and some explicit sex, and there is a fantasy/scifi element, but this is essentially historical fiction with the emphasis on historical accuracy and exploration of the social, political and cultural norms of Scotland in the 1740s, filtered through the experiences of the two main characters. The relationships between the main characters, as they develop throughout this and the succeeding books, are realistic and touching at the same time, with ferocious arguments as well as sweet and/or erotic love scenes. There is also horrendous cruelty and a few scenes between the two main characters in this particular installment that could make some people (especially with our modern sensibilities about domestic violence) squirm extremely uncomfortably. But the point is not to be PC or to make us uncomfortable. The personal relationships in this book, as well as the others in the series, are complex and reflect situations, actions and reactions that would have been completely acceptable and appropriate to the culture of that time and place.

    The experience of reading this and the successive books in this series is one not to be missed for any fan of historical fiction!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Demon from the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (710)

    Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he’s pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard. Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving. In order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When Malkom becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?

    Julius says: "I love these books"
    "Have I read too much Lora Leigh?"
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    I just couldn't get into this book. I think that it was at least 85% due to the reader, so I have to give her a very low rating for this type of book. She's probably a good enough reader for a lot of things, her voice is pleasant and she does a creditable job on distinguishing the various characters. However, I found her reading almost entirely lacking in expression, so much so that much of the action and particularly her reading of the more explicit material left me cold. When I found myself actually musing about other things, like whether I had to do the dishes when I got home, during the sexually explicit scenes, I decided it was time to just stop listening. Perhaps I'll have to buy the print version to see if the book is really any good.

    0 of 3 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
    (5724)
    Performance
    (4425)
    Story
    (4436)

    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.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "Fantastic narrator, OK story"
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    The extraordinary narration of this book made a so-so story much more enjoyable than otherwise. As I read I was constantly amazed by the variety of voices used by Ms. Ronconi effectively to portray the various characters. I'm not a southern girl, but I have lived in the South and I found her accents realistic, not at all exaggerated. She manages somehow, with apparent effortlessness, to change the timbre of her voice subtly from smoke-induced throatiness to light soprano to supercilious alto and back again, giving each character his or her own definitive sound. I would certainly go out of my way to find other books read by this narrator.

    The plot of this book contains no real surprises, but it's amusing light reading. I have to say that I didn't think that the "snark" of this character was more than mildly amusing, certainly not of the "laugh out loud" variety. She has nothing on the Charley Davidson books, which I consider to be the epitomy of snark and hilariously funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3013)
    Performance
    (2740)
    Story
    (2755)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "WOW - I'm floored by the negative reviews!"
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    I can't help thinking that some of these reviewers have been influenced by the HBO series True Blood, which has taken off into an entirely different dimension than that inhabited by what I think of as the "real" Sookie Stackhouse who inhabits Charlene Harris's books.

    Was this the BEST Sookie Stackhouse book EVER??? No, it wasn't, but it wasn't the worst either. It's really pretty much what I was expecting after the last several books, and I enjoyed it in a sort of end-of-the-series way. I like the fact that she brought back all of the old characters who really influenced Sookie in past books and resolved any loose ends in their relationships with Sookie.

    *****SPOILER Alert that has been posted in so many reviews it's not really a spoiler any more!*****

    I like the fact that Sookie ended up with Sam, who was really the only character ever in the books, besides Quinn and maybe Alcide at one point, that I could ever see her ending up with. I never thought that Sookie should end up with Eric. It would be like the wholesome girl next door ending up with a drug-dealing gang member from East LA. C'mon, people, she always said that she didn't want to become a vampire, and that is the ONLY way that her relationship with Eric would have ever worked.

    *****END of spoiler*****

    What this book does, and does very nicely, is allow Sookie to grow up and realize that love changes and mutates and relationships maybe don't always work out. She becomes an adult and has an adult response to a new relationship, i.e., I love him and I want to be with him, but my life won't end if this doesn't work out. That isn't about "girl power" as one reviewer remarked; it's about being mature and having experienced the loss of love.

    This book also has a somewhat hysterically paced plot that I think is Harris's way of practically parodying herself, or maybe parodying the True Blood series. Perhaps this is why some readers express disbelief that she actually wrote this book, since it is somewhat different from the rest of the series. So many bad things keep happening to Sookie that you have the almost irresistible urge to laugh out loud every time someone tries to kill her AGAIN.... I don't know if Harris meant it as a goof, but it certainly seemed that way to me. And then when it's finally all over, you heave a sigh of relief as Harris sends Sookie off safely into the rest of her life, not to be seen in fiction again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood, Ash, and Bone: A Tai Randolph Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tina Whittle
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When Tai Randolph plans on some time out of Atlanta and a romantic rendezvous with her boyfriend Trey, her past shows up in the form of her ex-boyfriend, who spins a tale of a stolen Civil War artifact that Tai agrees to help recover. As it turns out, Trey’s on the case too, representing a wealthy client wanting the same prize. But where there’s money, there’s usually murder - this time involving the KKK and Tai’s kinfolk. As she unravels the clues to a 150-year-old mystery, she digs up secrets that force a confrontation....

    Amazon Customer says: "Thanks, but no thanks."
    "This series gets better with every book"
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    After reading the first book in this series, I wasn't sure I would read the next. I felt the main female character, Tai Randolph, was not very well developed, although I did find the male lead intriguing. I went on with the next book because I felt that the plot itself was very well crafted and I love the narrator, Renee Raudman. The second book was better, but I think this third book is the best yet, and I hope the trend continues. The plots continue to be well thought-out and there are enough twists to keep you interested. But in fact the main thing that keeps me glued to these books now is the developing relationship between Tai and Trey. Tina Whittle has managed to make both characters grow and develop in a way that seems real and natural throughout the three books, and their relationship is growing in the same way. The supporting characters are also developing and various aspects of their natures and motivations are revealed with each new installment of the series.

    As usual Renee Raudman does a masterful job of portraying each character as a distinct personality, adding great enjoyment to listening to this book as well as anything she narrates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus Blues: Georgina Kincaid, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1906)
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    (1129)
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    (1144)

    Succubus (n.) An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men. Pathetic (adj.) A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid. When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical? But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid's life is far less exotic.

    Jessica says: "Another great paranormal series!"
    "Am I missing something?"
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    I purchased this book because of all the stellar reviews. Let me say that I read a LOT of mystery/suspense and paranormal books. I must be missing something about this one, though, because I can't agree with all the rave reviews. I found the plot to be mediocre, the characters and world-building sometimes inconsistent and illogical. What I really didn't find was anything to rave about, although there's nothing to really hate either (except perhaps the occasional grammatical execrations, one of which is mentioned below).

    The main character, Georgina, is engaging enough, although she acted and spoke more like a twenty-something living in the first decade of the 21st century than a centuries old immortal being. I'm sorry, but what thousand-year-old succubus would say, "Me and my friends are going to a concert on Saturday"? Is there any excuse for the painfully bad grammar of that sentence except for too little English grammar in elementary school? And the "mystery" part of the plot was not at all mysterious to me. I knew practically from the beginning who was the "good guy" and who was the "bad guy." I will say to Ms. Mead's credit that the bad guy had some good in him, and although it didn't win out in the end it made him a slightly more interesting character and his relationship with Georgia a bit more interesting. The other characters were also mildly engaging; I have to say, though, that the idea that good and evil aren't so very different and are both necessary to the balance of the world, which is a theme here, is not at all new or original in the world of paranormal fiction, and has been done much better.

    Ms. Rodgers performance is above average. She reads with lively expression that's not overly exaggerated and overall I enjoyed her narration.

    All that said, I might try another installment of this series on a slow day when I'm looking for something that's easy reading, mildly amusing and not an awful way to pass a few hours.

    Someone in another review made the comment that she/he finds it helpful to know what other authors the reviewer likes. So, I'll add here, that some of my favorite authors recently are Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Gail Carriger and Thea Harrison in the paranormal genre, and Tami Hoag and Tana French for mystery/suspense, and hope that's helpful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3629)
    Performance
    (3215)
    Story
    (3222)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "A welcome return to what Ms. Harris does best"
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    I'm with the contingent of reviewers who liked this book better than the 2 or 3 most recent installments of the series. I too have been a big fan from the start, but I found the last couple before Deadlocked somewhat disappointing. I even delayed reading this book - instead of my usual habit of picking up a Sookie novel immediately, it has taken me months to get around to reading this one. One of the reasons may be that, unlike the majority of fans, I never liked the relationship between Sookie and Eric and always thought it was doomed to fade out, so their problems in this book seem believable to me.

    I also like the return to Sookie's daily life. Again, this is what makes the character real and interesting, not the "action adventure" aspects but the way that stuff affects the character's real life. I think we see Sookie realizing that her life has been spinning out of control because of her involvement with the violent aspects of the supernatural world around her, and that she's really not too happy about that. This is a girl who originally, way back at the beginning of the series, just wanted to find a good man to love and have a normal, reasonably happy and prosperous family life. And to stop having to listen to other people's rampant private thoughts.

    As always, I loved Ms. Parker's narration - she IS Sookie Stackhouse to me. Reading a novel that is written pretty much in the first person can be difficult, but Ms. Parker does her usual wonderful job embodying this character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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