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  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Stephen Kunken, Cristin Milioti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (506)

    It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again - a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family.

    Gayle A. Orner says: "Yawn!"
    "Ambivalent about the book"
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    This book did not keep me up nights wanting to finish.

    A friend got me hooked on the “Women’s Murder Club” series and James Patterson but I had not read any of the Alex Cross series until this book and I am very ambivalent about it.

    As I read the book I kept thinking “Get Real”. This guy, Cross, is THE only cop in the city that can do any police work and on top of that has to do the job of the FBI and all in one night? First he has to solve a robbery, then he has to defuse a hostage situation, and to top the day off he works on a terrorism case involving a terrorist named Hala Al Dossari who he has apparently been involved with in the past. This terrorist situation has this superhero saving the world. All of this is in a very short book and in one night. PLEASE>>>

    Although it is fast-paced and has some great twists with Hala’s disguises and the poison it was a huge disappointment because no part of it was in any way believable.

    It is three loosely connected short stories and then the book abruptly ends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss and Spell: Enchanted, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    When a freak accident leaves Katie Chandler with magical powers, it seems like a wish come true for the former magical immune. But it also means she's vulnerable to magic, just when the dangerous Elf Lord is cooking up another scheme in his bid for power. Anyone who gets in his way disappears--including Katie and her wizard boyfriend, Owen Palmer. Now Katie's under a spell that obscures her true identity, living a life right out of a romantic comedy movie in a Hollywood set version of New York.

    Bonnie says: "Back on track for a wonderful romp!!!!!!!!!"
    "Back on track for a wonderful romp!!!!!!!!!"
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    This is the seventh in the Enchanted Inc. series and I think the last. What a fun romp!!!!!!!!!!!

    I said right along that this series has been a romantic comedy which is lighthearted, magical, and fun. In this book I have been proven MORE than correct. It could be named “On The Sidewalks of New York”. I think there was either a movie or song by that name.
    All I can say once again is read and enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Quest for the Wicked: Enchanted, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (110)

    Now that the Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc. team has defeated the nefarious Spellworks, the only "competition" in town, Katie Chandler doesn't have much to do as director of marketing, and she's starting to question her role at MSI. Her boyfriend Owen Palmer, on the other hand, is in hog heaven, translating an ancient and powerful magical manuscript. But then he finds that the cryptic text describing the location of an enchanted gem known as the Eye of the Moon has radically changed. This deadly stone gives its holder enhanced power over others and a craving for more power.

    Liliana says: "Ideal for Faith Hunter and Patricia Briggs Fans"
    "Keystone Cops Gone Bad"
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    Keystone cops gone bad. It is one lone chase and became very old and very boring very quickly. The only thing good I can say about this book is that Granny is visiting Katie in NYC and she is a riot.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Damsel Under Stress: Enchanted, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (166)

    To-do: Stop the bad guys. Rescue the wizard. Find the perfect outfit for New Year's Eve. At last, Owen Palmer, the dreamboat wizard at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., has conjured up the courage to get Katie Chandler under the mistletoe at the office holiday party. But just when it looks like Katie has found her prince, in pops her inept fairy godmother, Ethelinda, to throw a wand into the works. Ethelinda's timing couldn’t be worse. A plot hatched by MSI's rogue ex-employees, Idris and his evil fairy gal pal Ari, threatens to expose the company's secrets - and the very existence of magic itself.

    Catherine says: "Fun easy listen."
    "Alice in Wonderland meets Harry Potter"
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    Enchanted Inc. is the third in the series from author Shanna Swendson. This is a fun chick series that is a mystery, an adventure, and a romantic comedy which is lighthearted, magical, and fun.

    There are characters you'll love and remember. The heroin, Katie, is “completely ordinary” in a universe of magic. This is a good thing.

    For adults the series is “Alice in Wonderland” and “Harry Potter” all rolled into one. It is a mystical romp and a fun escape. Read and enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Much Ado About Magic: Enchanted, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (130)

    Katie Chandler is back in New York and just in time to help Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc. with the latest crisis. A magical crime wave is sweeping the city and wizarding whiz Owen Palmer thinks the chaos-causing spells look awfully familiar - like something his arch-rival Phelan Idris would create. When Idris' rogue firm Spellworks starts selling amulets to protect against these spells, Owen's suspicions are confirmed. While Owen and the other wizards scramble to unravel the wicked spells, it's Katie's job as the new director of marketing for MSI to fight the battle of public perception.

    Bonnie says: "Addictive series"
    "Addictive series"
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    Katie is back it NYC and the addiction to the series continues. Enchanted Inc. is the fifth in the series from author Shanna Swendson. This is a fun chick series that is a mystery, an adventure, and a romantic comedy which is lighthearted, magical, and fun.

    There are characters you'll love and remember. The heroin, Katie, is “completely ordinary” in a universe of magic. This is a good thing.

    For adults the series is “Alice in Wonderland” and “Harry Potter” all rolled into one. It is a mystical romp and a fun escape. Read and enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Hex with Texas: Enchanted Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (155)

    Everything's bigger in Texas - including romance, magic, and danger! Katie Chandler has fled fast-paced Manhattan and returned home to a simpler life, working at her family's feed-and-seed store in Cobb, Texas. In a painfully selfless gesture, Katie had left the sexy wizard Owen Palmer to battle his demons in the magical realm–after all, Katie just seemed to attract evil, which only made Owen's job a lot harder.

    Bonnie says: "Let's meet Granny & the rest of the family"
    "Let's meet Granny & the rest of the family"
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    Now we meet Katie's family and her memorable Granny who is a hoot. Love Granny!!! Enchanted Inc. is the fourth in the series from author Shanna Swendson. This is a fun chick series that is a mystery, an adventure, and a romantic comedy which is lighthearted, magical, and fun.

    There are characters you'll love and remember. The heroin, Katie, is “completely ordinary” in a universe of magic. This is a good thing.

    For adults the series is “Alice in Wonderland” and “Harry Potter” all rolled into one. It is a mystical romp and a fun escape. Read and enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon Stilettos: Enchanted, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (239)

    Click your heels three times and say, "There's no place like Bloomies!" Katie Chandler's life is pure magic - literally. As an executive assistant at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., she's seen more than her share of fantastical occurrences. A mere Manhattan mortal, Katie is no wizard, but she's a wiz at exposing "hokum" pocus, cloaked lies, and deceptive enchantments. And she's fallen under the all-too-human spell of attraction to Owen, a hunky wizard and coworker. Owen, however, is preoccupied. Someone has broken into his office and disrupted top-secret files, and it reeks of an inside job.

    Jennifer B. Creamer says: "A new addiction!! For Molly Harper fans"
    "Alice in Wonderland meets Harry Potter"
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    Enchanted Inc. is the first in the series from author Shanna Swendson. This is a fun chick series that is a mystery, an adventure, and a romantic comedy which is lighthearted, magical, and fun.

    There are characters you'll love and remember. The heroin, Katie, is “completely ordinary” in a universe of magic. This is a good thing.

    For adults the series is “Alice in Wonderland” and “Harry Potter” all rolled into one. It is a mystical romp and a fun escape. Read and enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (382)

    Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

    ELSA says: "fun and interesting"
    "Alice in Wonderland meets Harry Potter"
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    Enchanted Inc. is the first in the series from author Shanna Swendson. This is a fun chick series that is a mystery, an adventure, and a romantic comedy which is lighthearted, magical, and fun.

    There are characters you'll love and remember. The heroin, Katie, is “completely ordinary” in a universe of magic. This is a good thing.

    For adults the series is “Alice in Wonderland” and “Harry Potter” all rolled into one. It is a mystical romp and a fun escape. Read and enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4396)
    Performance
    (4021)
    Story
    (4021)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Modern Day Oliver Twist"
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    I purchased this book because of the great reviews. Half way through I recommended it to my daughter. Two thirds of the way through I told her not to bother reading it.

    The topics are current and include drugs, alcoholism, gambling, love, mystery, crime, and art. However, it all came out to have a modern day Oliver Twist feeling. I kept thinking of Boris as Jack Dawson, the “Artful Dodger” and Theo as the naïve Oliver.

    The book is absorbing, thoughtful, philosophical and the opening immediately engaged me. The writing is vivid, the characters are rich and the plot really moved along. There are some relevant descriptive passages such as the post-traumatic symptoms after the explosion and the passages of Theo and Boris getting stoned together. I loved the development of Hobie, Theo’s mentor.

    BUT that is for the first 2/3s of the book and then it stalls and becomes painfully slow, long winded, and convoluted with way too much philosophizing. I grew anxious for the plot to kick in again but it just rambled on and on and on with details and/or descriptions not relevant to the plot. The introduction of the engagement to Kitsey, in my opinion, is totally unnecessary. And "Kitschy"? Really? California girl in NY?

    The ending was unsatisfying and the fate of the painting was not believable. One would think, after 600 pages, the author would have tried a bit harder to tie up a few loose ends in the last 175. Maybe she is thinking about writing a sequel? I doubt that I will read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • From Dead to Worse: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3109)
    Performance
    (1484)
    Story
    (1488)

    The eighth entry in Charlaine Harris' New York Times best selling, Anthony Award-winning series finds Sookie reeling from an explosive attack on the previous month's vampire summit. Many vampires were killed, including several of Sookie's friends. But most pressing for Sookie is the unknown status of her weretiger boyfriend Quinn. Like it or not, everything is changing in the supernatural world - and Sookie is caught in the middle.

    Irenehope says: "Seven books in Seven Days"
    "Tied up loose ends from the past and moved forward"
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    Yes, this is a bridge book but I was glad to read it because I was sooooo frustrated by the ending of the previous episode. This book wrapped up loose ends from the previous book and set other characters into position to move forward in future books. One character that was left behind was a plus for me because I could never warm to him.

    This book is a series of wars. First it is the Weres and then the Vamps and our Sookie Stackhouse is an integral part of both. Eric Northman, with whom Sookie has a blood bond, must prevent more deaths including that of the new Vampire ruler.

    It was fun seeing the interaction of Amelia & Bob. We also learn more about Jason & Crystal and Sookie has a new found relative.

    When I finished this I immediately picked up the next in the series. I could not wait.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Together Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3251)
    Performance
    (1519)
    Story
    (1515)

    Anthony Award-winning author Charlaine Harris has earned a devoted fan base with her USA Today and New York Times best-selling Sookie Stackhouse mystery series. All Together Dead features more dark but frequently hilarious adventures of buxom, blonde, beautiful, and telepathic cocktail waitress Sookie, who prefers the company of vampires to that of the living.

    Sandy says: "Sookie Stackhouse"
    "Weird or planned"
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    The cast grows larger as characters representing vampire royalty from all over the U.S. comes to a summit at the Pyramid of Gizeh, a vampire hotel.

    There are secret alliances and back room deals, spies, betrayal, a far right fanatical group (The Fellowship of the Sun, who we met in and earlier book) and much more. Sookie reunites with Barry the Bellboy, a fellow telepath, who I like and hope we see more of. Quinn, her latest love interest is also on the scene. I can’t warm up to Quinn and I hate the fact that he calls Sookie “babe” all the time.

    Overall I liked the book but had to knock it down to a three because it leaves too many unanswered questions. Usually these books leave some cliffhangers but this one leaves too many.

    ASIDE: Pyramid of Gizeh reminds me of the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Denver, CO. They are both shaped like a pyramid/mountain. The family that owns the Marriott chain is Mormon and they supply the Book of Mormon and a Gideon Bible in every room. In this Sookie book there are Vampires and The Fellowship of the Sun – weird or planned?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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