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M. Eglestone

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  • Magic to the Bone: Allie Beckstrom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Devon Monk
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    Everything has a cost. And every act of magic exacts a price from its user---maybe a two-day migraine, or losing the memory of your first kiss. But some people want to use magic without paying, and they Offload the cost onto innocents. When that happens, it falls to a Hound to identify the spell's caster---and Allison Beckstrom is the best there is.

    Dana says: "Good start to a Great series"
    "Not a great series."
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    This goes for the entire Magic Series by Devon Monk: Allie Beckstrom is willful, stubborn, ignorant, distrustful to the point of paranoia, annoying and fairly inept. She refuses to learn and will not admit to mistakes. She manages to get people killed and injured on a regular basis and then wonders what went wrong. She is one of those leading ladies who, when told by the hero, "No matter what happens, do NOT get out of the car," promptly gets out of the car. The main problem is that she survives while most of the good folks around her don't.

    Devon Monk is a redundant writer. He says the same things over and over again either because he doesn't think that the reader is smart enough to get it the first time around or that the reader is too stupid to remember what he just said. He also spends way too much time describing the surroundings while leaving nothing what so ever to the imagination of the readers. During action sequences, he spends so much time describing the scene that the reader forgets what the main characters are supposed to be doing. His leading lady just stands there doing nothing while the chaos goes on around her. Of course, most of the time she doesn't have a clue about what she needs to do because she has refused to listen or learn from those who have tried to teach her.

    This is an annoying series which could have been great if Devon Monk was a better writer. As written, it demonstrates fuzzy logic worshiped to the point of religious insanity.

    2 of 7 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
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    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.

    M. Eglestone says: "Vampires, Humbug and Dust Bunnies!"
    "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 4 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
    (199)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (183)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fun Fantasy Heist in a Well Thought-out World"
    "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.

    0 of 0 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
    (254)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (227)

    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
    (2904)
    Performance
    (2426)
    Story
    (2420)

    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
    (241)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (218)

    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
    (117)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    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
    (239)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (113)

    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
    (249)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (233)

    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!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (180)

    Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the powerful St. Clouds and now a rival Cabal as well, they're quickly running out of places to hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash, it's not like they can just go to the authorities for help. All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why they're so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control.

    Rebecca says: "Good book overall"
    "Secrets Do Kill"
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    I keep listening to this series to see if any of the characters wise up. Unfortunately, none of them do. They keep secrets from each other even if the knowledge will save a life. I have no clue why this is. When my friends and I were that age, we did NOT keep secrets when someone was in danger, and we certainly did not allow others to distract us when passing on critical information that another needed for decision making purposes.

    I like this series, but I think Kelly Armstrong needs to take a closer look at today's teens. They seldom act the way she is depicting them in this series, and they certainly aren't as paranoid about life.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Walker: Stormwalker, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Allyson James
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    Winter descends on the town of Magellan, and new evil comes to call. Racing her motorcycle down a lonely winter highway, Stormwalker Janet Begay feels the ground collapse beneath her feet. After tumbling 200 feet into an underground cavern, she manages to escape with help from her sexy dragon-shifter boyfriend, Mick-but not before they disturb dark forces. As Janet contends with a hotel inspector intent on putting her out of business, and her grandmother, who's taken up residence, Mick's behavior becomes strange and erratic....

    Kimball says: "Similar to Jane Yellowrock series."
    "Insulted"
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    By the end of chapter 7 I was fairly well insulted by the author. Making her leading lady appear to be Brain Dead was bad enough but, adding insult to injury, she also had Janet totally IGNORE every screaming sign thrust in front of her nose that things were very, very wrong with Nick.

    No, folks, this was a badly written story. Allyson James should be ashamed of herself for submitting us to this sham of a story. I am done with this series.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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