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Yvonne

Southfield, mi, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1887)
    Performance
    (1708)
    Story
    (1709)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "A Must Read"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Rook the most enjoyable?

    The dialogue and the narrator. This was a excellent work of good writing and a narrator who brings the characters to life. Myfanwy Thomas is a hilarious take no prisoners, frank amnesiac. She has no tolerance for protocol because she has to find who wanted her dead.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character Myfanwy Thomas and her befuddlement at the absurdity of her situation. And her impatience with the supernatural world which she must daily navigate.


    What does Susan Duerden bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voices, inflections, expressions


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

    The Rook who is off the hook.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see another project with O'Malley and Duerden, actually a Myfanwy Thomas series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Siren Song: Blood Singer Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Cat Adams
    • Narrated By Arika Escalona
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (138)

    In Celia Graves's world, vampires roam the alleys of Tinseltown, street-corner psychics have real powers, and cops use memory enhancement spells. But Celia thought she was an ordinary human, albeit one with a clairvoyant best friend and a ghostly little sister. The vampire attack that made Celia an abomination forces her to take food in liquid form and gives a whole new meaning to the word "sunburn". She's slowly adjusting (therapy sessions and all), when she discovers that the attack awakened a hidden part of her heritage....

    Andrew says: "Interesting read"
    "Disappointing"
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    I enjoyed Celia in the first book and expected her character to be developed and revelation of what her powers could be. Instead she reacting to elements and softly walking around trying not to offend people because she is a vampire.
    For me the series stops here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3893)
    Performance
    (3318)
    Story
    (3315)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Family Ties"
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    Parents should love their child but they should realistically KNOW their child. This is one of those stories that is a parent's nightmare. How well do we really know those we love.
    This is a story of a loving family, mother, father and son. With the death of a classmate, the family is thrown into a nightmare which changes their lives forever.


    Based on the genes we inherit can a child be a "bad seed". Is who we are determined by the behavior of those on our family tree or the environment in which we are raised.
    These are questions addressed in this wonderful book.


    I could not put it down once I started. Of course I thought I knew what would happen, but I was surprised at the plot twist added by Landay.

    I am a vampire, zombie reader every day all day. This was a wonderful change and a genre I will pursue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By J.A. Redmerski
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The Devil gives Norman Reeves an ill-fated mission he has no choice but to accept: Find the center of Eden and reverse the Fall of Man. Thrust into a place called Creation, Norman's task is plagued by unimaginable people and events. He must unravel impossible clues to free the Three Trees and keep himself out of Hell at the same time. On this surreal and humorous journey, Norman discovers many things better left unknown: the shocking secret lives of people close to him and the other unthinkable reason he was brought here.

    Liz says: "So strange"
    "No Plot No Action No Read"
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    This was one of the slowest and confusing rewrite of the Garden of Eden ever. Redmerski did not know what religious symbolism to use so he used everything and included the zodiac.
    It became so confusing and bogged down that it was an effort to finish it. I kept reading hoping that it would get better. It never did.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Spots

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Melissa F. Olson
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (376)

    When LA’s vampires, witches, and werewolves make a mess, they call Scarlett Bernard to clean it up. Her ability as a null erases all magical traces from anything — or anyone — that comes within ten feet of her, and keeps humans in the dark about the city’s paranormal activity. One night when she’s called to a grisly crime scene, Scarlett is spied by the all-too-human LAPD cop Jesse Cruz, who strikes up a deal with her: he’ll keep quiet about the supernatural underworld if she helps him crack the case. She agrees, but the city’s chief vampire, Dash, starts to suspect Scarlett is behind the murders and will reveal all she knows of his shadowy empire. Now it’ll take more than Scarlett’s unique abilities to clear her name, keep the underworld underground, and track down the real killer.

    Maria says: "How to Nullify a Vamp!"
    "Read It"
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    This is a fresh take on an urban fantasy. The plot is unique and well written. The main character is intelligent and insightful.

    She is a null. When supernatural person is within in a certain distance to her, their abilities do not work. Ironically, she is their clean up person when they have created a mess (dead bodies) that would alert humans to their presence.

    When she arrives late to a horrific crime, the police have already been alerted and of course a police man discovers supernatural beings.

    Since she was not able to “clean up” the situation becomes all her fault. Now with the clock ticking on her life to become the fall guy, it is her responsible to discover who made the mess.
    Sure she can nullify supernatural powers but she is human, fragile, and never has her taser when she needs it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Trail: Blood, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    For centuries, the werewolves of Toronto have managed to live in peace and tranquility, hidden quietly away on their London, Ontario farm. But now, someone has learned their secret - and is systematically massacring this ancient race. The only one they can turn to is Henry Fitzroy, Toronto-based vampire and writer of bodice rippers. Forced to hide from the light of day, Henry can’t hunt the killer alone so he turns to Vicki Nelson for help.

    Yvonne says: "Must read for vampire lovers"
    "Must read for vampire lovers"
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    Urban supernatural mystery thriller about a partially blind detective and a vampire romance author. It is a series which can be read as a s stand alone without t a lot of the repetitive background. Henry Fitzroy is the illegitimate son of Henry the VIII and Vicki is a former Toronto, Ontario police detective. She was great at her job and loved her job. If is was not for the retinosa pigmentosa. She is going blind; she has lost her night vision and most of her peripheral vision.

    With her night vision disability and Henry's day light disability they make the perfect detective team. Supernatural creatures are not the norm in Toronto so there is a learning / teaching curve between the vampire and detective. There is romantic tension between Henry, Vicki and Mike Celluci; Vicki's former police partner and sometime lover.

    When Henry friends (wearwolves) need some detective skills, Henry gets Vicki to help out. The Blood Trail series formula is a mystery (initiated by one of the main characters), introduction of a supernatural event / character and rivalry between the guys over Vicki and a sexual triss to add spice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Warlock: Dulcie O'Neil, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By H. P. Mallory
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (356)

    Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator - a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world. When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth before she’s either deported back to the Netherworld, or she becomes the next victim. Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie.

    Amazon Customer says: "Engaging, but sometimes frustrating"
    "Enjoyable light reading"
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    This is an entertaining urban fantasy with a headstrong, hardworking police officer. Dulcie polices the Netherworld with tenacity of a pit bull. Her job throws her into dangerous situations, but she is trained for those. It is the attraction to her boss, a warlock, which throws her life in disarray.
    A very light enjoyable comedy for pleasure listening.

    1 of 2 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
    (3002)
    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"
    "Funny"
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    Molly Harper has created a quaint, funny, friendly supernaturals community. When supernatural people "came out" the people of the community realize there was an
    opportunity to support the lifestyle required for supernaturals. Supermarkets stocked an assortment of blood types so vampires can pick up their favorite blood type at the local store. Some people, like Iris added a personal touch to her service to the supernatural
    community.

    Iris Scanlon, a resident of Half Moon, has an exclusive concierge service which caters to vampires. Iris supports her and her sister financial obligations but is still just make ends meet. Iris is an intelligent, independent woman who lives by a set of rules to reduce the possible occupational hazardous.

    With all her precautions, Iris is still faced with a dilemma. Take her "work" home, breaking on of her rules take the opportunity to make extra enough money to get her out of debt.

    Molly Harper female characters are women who are opinionated, funny, and headstrong. They demand respect for their intelligence, and totally unaware of their inner beauty and physical beauty.
    They are woman and stories that I enjoy reading about without a lot of profanity or explicitly sex. It is an enjoyable supernatural world, read it and enjoy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Broken

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (962)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (656)

    When the body of a young woman is discovered deep beneath the icy waters of Lake Grant, a note left under a rock by the shore points to suicide. But within minutes, it becomes clear that this is no suicide. It's a brutal, cold-blooded murder. All too soon former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton - home for Thanksgiving after a long absence - finds herself unwittingly drawn into the case.

    Kara says: "SERIES IN WRONG ORDER!!!!!!"
    "Great Read"
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    The police force investigates the murder of a young woman found in a frigid lake near a nearby note which suggests that the death is a suicide . Sara Linton former Grant County medical examiner is in the mist of it and does not believe it was suicide.
    While the police feels they have their murder, Sara proceeds to prove they are wrong. Sara has has a history with the detective Lena Adams and is grows suspicious of her investigative abilities contacts the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
    Special agent Will Trent finds his vacation cut short in order to aid Sara, but then both of them find that a vicious killer is protected by an implacable wall of non-co-operation that the cloistered community of Grant County has built around itself.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cutting Season: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Attica Locke
    • Narrated By Quincy Tyler Bernstine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (226)

    Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where the past and the present coexist uneasily. The estate's owners have turned the place into an eerie tourist attraction, complete with full-dress re-enactments and carefully restored slave quarters. Outside the gates, a corporation with ambitious plans has been busy snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations, and now replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property.

    C. Telfair says: "Mystery + Atmosphere = A Definite Winner!"
    "Great Read"
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    If you enjoyed The Help you will have to read this. Caren Gray, an African American woman along with her daughter (Morgan) returns to Caren's home of her youth, Belle Vie. Belle Vie is antebellum Louisiana plantation preserved as both historical location — even down to its slave cabins — and high-end banquet site
    Caren returns to her childhood home (where her mother was a cook) and childhood friends (the heirs to Belle Vie) as the banquet manager. She is surrounded with her family legacy where her ancestors were slaves.
    When the body of a young woman is found on the edge of Belle Vie property mysteries of the past and present collide.
    While being concern for her and Morgan's safety on 18 acres of isolated land, Caren must face her personal issues (baby daddy, first boy crush and, what to do with her life), solve a murder from the past and present.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Moonlight: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 6.5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (233)

    Barely a teenager, Kaylin Neya is a thief, a fugitive, and an attempted assassin. She also has a smart mouth, sharp wits, and mysterious markings on her skin. All of which make her perfect bait for a child prostitution sting in the city of Elantra - if she survives her first meeting with the Hawks!

    Jennifer says: "Kaylin joins the Hawks - backstory, not a repeat"
    "Great"
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    This provides excellent background on how our young Kaylin Neya a thief, a fugitive, and an attempted assassin becomes a Hawk. That is the reason to read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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