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M. Eglestone

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  • Eternity in Death: In Death, Book 24.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (458)

    When club-hopping bad girl Tiara Kent is found dead in her plush Manhattan apartment, the killing has all the earmarks of a vampire attack. The ever-practical Lieutenant Eve Dallas has to deal with superstitious cops carrying garlic and stakes, as well as the ever-hysterical press.

    delennn says: "A Good Mini "In Death""
    "Not worth your time!"
    Overall

    Poorly Planed. Poorly written. An an absolute wash! Roberts should be ashamed of herself for this one!

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Cursed: Jane Yellowrock, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1705)
    Performance
    (1526)
    Story
    (1539)

    The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to the Master Vampire of New Orleans, they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, he sends an envoy with the best bodyguard blood money can buy: skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But when a group of local campers are attacked by something fanged, Jane goes from escort to investigator. Is it a rogue-vampire, shapechanger, or witch? Or something else magical?

    Ducky says: "Faith Hunter, Jane and Beast are at it again!!!"
    "Not my favorite story."
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    Raven cursed isn't my favorite Jane Yellowrock story. It is, however, a typical Yellowrock story.

    I don't think I will get any angry arguments when I say that Jane isn't the brightest bulb in the box. She admits that fact to everyone. Her mistakes are legion and she manages to get a lot of people killed in nearly every story. Now, after saying that, you must realize that Faith Hunter writes the stories that way. And no, I don't know why she cripples her action heroine. Perhaps to those who much is given, much is taken away?

    I have also wondered why Faith Hunter insists on using First Person for her stories. The obvious drawback to this form is that Jane seems at times to sit back and watch while the carnage takes place all around her. Since she is incapable of taking positive action while describing in detail the actions taking place, it makes her appear to do nothing while folks die. First person stories always have that drawback built in. The Jane Yellowrock series would have been better in third person with first person insights added as required. Also, what's with the "Fashion Comments" in the middle of action scenes. Are they really necessary to the story?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3436)
    Performance
    (2945)
    Story
    (2951)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Poor beginning for the series"
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    Faith Hunter made a lot of mistakes in this first book of the series. Jane Yellowrock should have died many times over in the story, from gross errors in judgement to completely ignoring her alter ego's identification of the opponent they were up against. The intrusion of the witches in chapter 25 was a monster of a mistake which nearly caused me to toss the book completely.

    All in all, it was a poor beginning for an otherwise great series. I keep hoping that Jane will kill Leo "True Dead" but she doesn't seem to be inclined to do so anytime in the future. If the truth be known, I really dislike vampires, and stories about vampires. I'm also not too fond of blood servants. They can not be trusted any further than the vampires can.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dire Straits: Bo Blackman, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Helen Harper
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Bo Blackman is a rookie private investigator working for the London based firm of Dire Straits. She doesn't often get triber-based assignments, which is just as well. Vampires and daemons don't interest her as much as humans do... However, when she has to serve a summons on a dodgy daemon called Devlin O'Shea and she ends up saving his life instead of being framed for his murder, her life takes a shocking turn for the worse.

    Kat Foster says: "Uneven story"
    "Vampires, Humbug and Dust Bunnies!"
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    I had one major problem with this book. It "Mentioned" that there were Vampires in the story, What it didn't say, "It was ALL about Vampires!"

    If the truth be known, I hate stories about Vampires or Zombies. They are, in my opinion stupid beyond all belief. Any author can create any rule that he or she wants when dealing with the two subjects because there are no set rules to follow. The creatures are wide open for speculation and exploitation. In other words, anything goes. Not my idea of story line material. So, due to my personal prejudicial leanings, I can not recommend this series.

    0 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Palace Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patrick Weekes
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (242)

    Loch is seeking revenge. It would help if she wasn’t in jail. The plan: To steal a priceless elven manuscript that once belonged to her family, but is now in the hands of the most powerful man in the Republic. To do so, Loch - former soldier, former prisoner, and current fugitive - must assemble a crack team of magical misfits that includes a cynical illusionist, a shape shifting unicorn, a repentant death priestess, a talking magical war hammer, and a lad with seemingly no skills.

    julienne says: "YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THIS"
    "Robin Hood with a twist"
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    Robin Hood with a fantastic twist and lots of magic and fun. I'm not sure why I was the only one to see this as an old story updated, but it's there none the less. Justine Eyre did a very good job with the voices, and there were a lot of them to keep straight. Patrick Weekes wrote this fast paced update with flair and style and more fun and adventure than the original story ever had. All in all it was a pleasure to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Selkie Spell: Seal Island Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sophie Moss
    • Narrated By Hollis McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (268)

    American doctor Tara Moore wants to disappear. On the run from an abusive husband, she seeks shelter on a windswept Irish island and dismisses the villagers' speculation that she is descended from a selkie - a magical creature who is bewitching the island. But when a ghostly woman appears to her with a warning, Tara realizes it was more than chance that brought her to this island.

    American Valkyrie says: "Comforting and Engaging Voice, Exciting Story"
    "Three Sisters Island"
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    This story has already been done, and done well by Nora Roberts in the trilogy Three Sisters Island. The book is Dance Upon the Air. With very minor differences it's the same story and follows the same lines and logic. I liked the Nora Roberts version better.

    The Narration in this version of the story was less than stellar and the Irish accent was poorly done.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4151)
    Performance
    (3508)
    Story
    (3504)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steve says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Does it really need MUSIC???"
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    Zero Day was probably a decent story. I never made it past the music. One of the things that destroys an audio book for me, is the addition of music or sound effects.

    If the story actually needs those elements to be affective, then the author more than likely needs to go back to the drawing board and rethink his creation. If the story is very good on the written page, then it does NOT need the addition of music or sound effects. Since I am rating this as a Audio Book, I can't give it more that two stars in any area. The studio destroyed the listening experience for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Nomadic Witch: A Modern Witch Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (264)

    Spring brings a traveler to Nova Scotia - a tiny babe who will turn Marcus's life upside down and reincarnate the horrifying events of his past. Can Marcus find his way through the pain to love and healing? And can the witching community finally learn to keep their astral travelers safe?

    Karen says: "Heart Wrenching and Happy All at the Same Time"
    "Not one I needed to read."
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    What to say about, "A Nomadic Witch?" I suppose there's one story that every author just has to write; if for no other reason than to clean up the soul and give wings to a loose end which refuses not stay tied. Perhaps this is one of those tales for Deborah Geary. I honestly have no clue. As for me, this is a story which I absolutely did NOT need to hear, see, or read. I was perfectly content with the existing loose ends - They gave the series a bit of mystery and a little extra class. Up to this point, I have loved every book in the "Modern Witch" series. This one I could have done without. You, on the other hand, might like it. Enough said.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Through the Door: The Thin Veil, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jodi McIsaac
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (141)

    Single mom Cedar McLeod leads an ordinary but lonely life, balancing the demands of her career and her six-year-old daughter, Eden. One day, a fight between the two leads to the stunning discovery that Eden can open portals to anywhere she imagines. But before they can learn more about Eden’s extraordinary gift, the young girl mysteriously disappears. Desperate to find answers and her daughter, Cedar seeks out Eden’s father, who left before Eden was born.

    Adam Shields says: "Modern fantasy using Celtic lore as a basis"
    "Too many lies"
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    I'm not sure what went wrong with this story. It might have been the deliberate lies or deceit among the main characters. It might have been the years of totally unnecessary secrets between mother and child. What ever is was, I felt absolutely nothing for any of the folks involved in the book. Even the ending left me cold. Needless to say, I have no desire to read another book in this series.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Lamp: Book Two of the Dreamlight Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    The Arcane Society was born in turmoil when the friendship of its two founders evolved into a fierce rivalry. Sylvester Jones and Nicholas Winters each sought to enhance their individual psychic talents. Winters’ efforts led to the creation of a device of unknown powers called the Burning Lamp. Each generation the Winters man who inherits it is destined to develop multiple talents—and the curse of madness.

    Anne says: "Story is great- narration poor"
    "Fuzzy Narration"
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    Burning Lamp is a fine story and a welcome addition to the Arcane Society series. Unfortunately, this audio book is the beginning of the end for narrator Anne Flosnik.

    Somewhere along the line Ms. Flosnik decided that her performances were Shakespeare plays and that she must over pronounce her words by dragging out the endings of words in an overly dramatic stage voice. Nearly every one of her works after April of 2010 suffer from the same problem. Simply put, she destroyed herself with that process. I do believe that's one of the main reasons that Recorded Books picked up the Amanda Quick books. Of course, Barbara Rosenblat isn't that much of an improvement.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystery Woman: Ladies of Lantern Street Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (258)

    Under the plain gray skirts of Miss Beatrice Lockwood’s gown, a pistol waits at the ready. For Beatrice is a paid companion on a secret mission - and with a secret past - and she must be prepared to fight for her life at any moment. Yet she is thrown oddly off guard by the fierce-looking man who joins her in foiling a crime outside a fancy ball - and then disappears into the shadows, leaving only his card. His name is Joshua Gage....

    kate says: "Narration saves a bland story"
    "No Guns Allowed?"
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    As usual, The Ladies of Lantern Street Series is excellent. The Mystery Woman story is well constructed and follows the standard Jayne Ann Krentz formula. The only problems I ever have with her books is her need to explain every mystery down to the last detail by having her villains confess to each criminal action or her by having her leading characters lay down every single fact. It gets very, very annoying. The other flaw in her otherwise great stories is her aversion to firearms of any kind. You will not find a single story by the author where guns are used to an advantage by any of her leading ladies or gentleman. She just flat won't allow it. Of course, in real life guns are used daily to both save lives and take them. It's an aspect of life that will never go away; except in Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, or Jayne Castle stories. If you didn't already know, they are all the same person.

    With these exceptions in mind, I highly recommend this paranormal series. They are outstanding stories!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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