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Kristin

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  • 10 reviews
  • 85 ratings
  • 618 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015
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  • The Enchantress of Florence

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    In the imperial capital of the Mughal Empire, a traveler arrives at the court of Emperor Akbar. The traveler, Mogor dell'Amore, has a tale to tell, and as the words flow out of him, the tale's rich tapestry of power and desire begins to take on a life of its own.

    jimr says: "An absolute delight"
    "Dreadful!"
    Overall

    So wordy and delivered in a pretentious monotone! I am thoroughly disappointed in this book. It is expensive too! I wish I had never downloaded it. What a wasted credit.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Stone: The Negotiator Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By C. E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Eve Bianco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (306)

    Okay, so jogging through Central Park after midnight wasn't a bright idea. But Margrit Knight never thought she'd encounter a dark new world filled with magical beings, not to mention a dying woman and a mysterious stranger with blood on his hands. Her logical, lawyer instincts told her it couldn't all be real, but she could hardly deny what she'd seen...and touched.

    Deborah says: "Entertaining if formulaic"
    "Opportunity missed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An interesting connection to the topic of racism is only suggested in this book. A more complex and thoughtful treatment of it would have made all the difference. Vocabulary issues also detracted. Ms. Murphy should never use the words "palpable" or "belie" again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death and the Maiden: Jonathan Barrett, Gentleman Vampire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By P. N. Elrod
    • Narrated By Frazer Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    This compelling series combines action and historical drama in fascinating tales of an American Tory who stumbles into the dark world of the vampire. Completely revised and expanded, each of these new editions includes more than 40 pages of new materials. Threatened by soldiers on the outside and turmoil on the inside, Jonathan Barrett valiantly fights to protect his family and the peace of the Barrett estate in this thrilling sequel to Red Death. Nearly consumed by his dark desires, Jonathan struggles to control his supernatural powers and his overwhelming thirst for blood while in the company of his immediate family and a scheming young cousin.

    Kristin says: "Very disappointing"
    "Very disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Dull characters, predictable plot with underwhelming high spots. Don't bother with this series. It had some promise but doesn't deliver

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Death: Jonathan Barrett, Gentleman Vampire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By P. N. Elrod
    • Narrated By Frazer Douglas
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    This compelling series combines action and historical drama in fascinating tales of an American Tory who stumbles into the dark world of the vampire. Completely revised and expanded, each of these new editions includes more than 40 pages of new material. In this introduction to the series, young Jonathan Barrett arrives in London in 1773 to pursue his college education. His fate among the undead is sealed by the unnaturally beautiful Nora Jones, who seduces him and consumes his blood.

    Kristin says: "Decent premise but needs greater depth"
    "Decent premise but needs greater depth"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm hoping the story gets deeper from here. The characters are sketched but need development. Maybe that's what's in the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Arts: Jane Yellowrock, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1231)
    Performance
    (1126)
    Story
    (1125)

    When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace. Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy - one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.

    Angela says: "WELL WORTH THE WAIT!!!"
    "Great!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Faith Hunter manages to deliver a good tale with complex characters again in Black Arts. One book builds on the last and foreshadows elements for the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cat o' Nine Tales: The Jane Yellowrock Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (531)

    For the first time - in one Audible-exclusive collection - it's 13 stories of Jane Yellowrock, the shape-shifting skinwalker and vampire hunter for hire whose business card reads, "Have Stakes - Will Travel". Jane carries inside her the soul of her Beast, the mountain lion's soul which merged with hers when she accidently performed black magic as a child. Now, she and her Beast stalk the dark streets of New Orleans, bringing rogue vampires true death.

    Pauline says: "More of Everything Jane Yellowrock (and friends)!"
    "Complex and well developed story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Jane is a great combination of human and fantasy. What I appreciate most about these books is the depth of character development, the humor and the anguish, the tiny details and the threads left hanging for pick up later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackmoore

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julianne Donaldson
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (193)

    Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore and enlists the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield. But when it comes to matters of love, bargains are meaningless and plans are changeable. There on the wild lands of Blackmoore, Kate must face the truth that has kept her heart captive. Will the proposal she is determined to reject actually be the one thing that will set her heart free?

    Cam says: "Heartfelt romance"
    "Formulaic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Boring boring boring! I was desperate and it was the middle of the night - this is my only excuse for giving it a try. Dreadful

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cursed by Diamonds: A Dance with Destiny, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ensley
    • Narrated By Max Wolkowitz
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    What if a pure and loving heart unintentionally caused Angels to fall, demons to rise, and blurred the line between heaven and hell? Jenevier owns such a heart. An innocent, unadulterated purity that is too quick to find good where none exists. Her blind trust and radiant soul could be the answer long sought, or, it could mark the end of us all. An epic journey of love and magic, curses and trials, joys and pain, Cursed by Diamonds is only the beginning.

    Kristin says: "Awefulllllll"
    "Awefulllllll"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a terrible book made out of cliche and a kitchen sink plot. The narration is stilted and expressionless. Dreadful!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Side of the Moon: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (273)

    Susan Michaels was once the hottest reporter on the Beltway Beat until a major scandal ruined her life and left her writing stories about alien babies and Elvis sightings. Life as she once knew it is over, or so she thinks until she gets a lead on the biggest story in town: The Seattle Slayer. She heads to the local animal shelter, expecting a tip on the latest rash of killings. Instead, she gets a story about the mayor feeding citizens to a ring of vampires. Yeah, just another day in her life.

    Amazon Customer says: "Abridged? Butchered!"
    "Awful, pointless, dreadful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    So very badly written! The person who reads it does so in a monotone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Firefly Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1260)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (748)

    Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

    Cherri says: "slow read"
    "This is a dreadful book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is flat, the characters stereotypical, the narrative is full of anachronisms and cliche.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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