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Carrie

Pembroke Pines, FL, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Strange Brew

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, and others
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Christian Rummel, Gayle Hendrix, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (248)

    Today's hottest urban fantasy authors come together in this delicious brew that crackles and boils over with tales of powerful witches and dark magic! For anyone who's ever wondered what lies beyond the limits of reality, who's imagined the secret spaces where witches wield fearsome magic, come and drink deep. Let yourself fall under the spell of this bewitching collection!

    Nancy says: "Stories = 4, Narrators = 2"
    "Inconsistent"
    Overall

    I bought this compilation because I am a fan of several of the writers. However, I have to say I was somewhat disappointed in the quality of several of the stories. If your not a regular reader of some of these already established characters it may be confusing. I've always felt a short story should stand on its own rather than a continuation of an existing "universe" or storyline.

    Charlaine Harris' story Bacon is in the same universe of the Sookie Stackhouse series but the story itself is a stand-alone with new characters. The reader is excellent.

    However, Jim Butcher's story is the same character I've read in other compilations and I still feel I am missing something. I've not read any of the Dresden books.

    Patricia Brigss and Rachel Caine deliver good stories with emotion. And the readers are interesting.

    PN Elrod's contribution was ridiculous and I feel completely incongruous with the overall theme of the rest of the stories. The reader is awful. I had to skip two thirds of the story.

    33 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • A Lady of His Own: A Bastion Club Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    As betrayal and intrigue swirl around her, Lady Penelope finds herself inexorably drawn into the strong arms of the man she cannot resist.

    Carrie says: "Slow and Sensual"
    "Slow and Sensual"
    Overall

    Lovely, well written emotional mystery/drama with sensual detail without being pornography. The regency period written the right way. The narrator is excellent. Vocal characterizations with distinctive expertize.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Captive of My Desires: A Malory Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (83)

    Devastated by her mother's death, 18-year-old Gabrielle Brooks sets sail from England to a Caribbean island in search of her estranged father. But instead of encountering a distinguished merchant ship's captain, she discovers her father has become a pirate!

    JM says: "Captivating"
    "CAUTION!"
    Overall

    This story contains a thinly veiled rape. The main character is assaulted in her sleep. The writer tries to justify the rape by having the victim claim responsibility for it. Because the victim is later convinced she "wanted to be loved". Then the rapist puts her in chains and convinces her she was to blame for the loss of her virginity.

    I should have realized the story was going to go like this when he deliberately gets her drunk and try's to take advantage of her earlier in the story. But again the writer writes that she wanted it all along.

    I was so enraged that I could not listen to another word. I would give this book zero stars if I could. Unfortunately, the website is for selling books and not protecting its members.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Love Only Once: A Malory Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (217)

    The exquisite niece of Lord Edward and Lady Charlotte Malory, Regina Ashton. is outraged over her abduction by the arrogant, devilishly handsome Nicholas Eden - and is determined to make the rogue pay...with his heart. A golden-haired seducer, Nicholas has been hardened by a painful secret in his past. And now that he has besmirched Reggie's good name, the hot-tempered lady has vowed to wed him.

    Elizabeth says: "Love Only Once"
    "A miss"
    Overall

    This is one of the worst written and narrated books I've ever read. I'm glad I only paid half price for it. Johanna Lindsey's storytelling is so hit or miss that you never know what your going to get until after you have purchased it.

    For some reason I have yet to figure out Laural Merlington insists on imitating the characters laughter. Both male and female! It has to be the most annoying things a reader has ever done.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead and Gone: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (3537)
    Performance
    (1777)
    Story
    (1790)

    In her ninth adventure, Sookie has just tied on her cocktail waitress apron for a night's work when a special report comes on the television. The time has come. The wereanimals have revealed themselves.

    Anne Hoag says: "High expectations not met"
    "Violent"
    Overall

    Being a serious Sookie Stackhouse fan I would have bought this to add to my collection. But I was disappointed with how violent this particular chapter in Sookie's tale was. The narrator is very good and always enjoyable to listen to. All that being said I can't wait for the next Sookie story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four in Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (85)

    Max Rotherbridge couldn't believe it. Along with the dukedom of Twyford, he - London's most notorious rogue - had inherited wardship of four devilishly attractive sisters! Including the irresistible Caroline Twinning. The eldest Twinning was everything he had ever wanted in a woman, but even Max couldn't seduce his own ward...or could he?

    Rita says: "The Rouge had no idea lol"
    "Very amusing"
    Overall

    This story is very amusing. Although I would have personally liked the "romance" to be a bit more descriptive and steamy. The premise of a confirmed rake and bachelor being saddled with 4 beautiful wards is highly entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gentle Rogue: A Malory Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (246)

    Heartsick and desperate to leave her sorrows on England's shores, innocent Georgina Anderson seeks passage on the "gentleman's ship", Maiden Anne, disguised as a cabin boy. The captain, however, is no gentleman; he's the ex-pirate and irrepressible rake, James Malory.

    Maureen says: "Great love story."
    "Enjoyed the story"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the story, writing and characters but the narration really got on my nerves. Her attempts at male voices is seriously distracting. The main male character, James Mallory comes across like a 75 year old geezer. The narrator voices male laughter in a completely unnecessary and truly annoying way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (92)

    Museum curator Summer Hawthorne considered the exquisite ice-blue ceramic bowl given to her by her beloved Japanese nanny a treasure of sentimental value, until somebody tried to kill her for it.

    Carey says: "Intense"
    "Story ok, Reader bad"
    Overall

    This story was interesting but the reader ruined it for me. With all of the action and dangerous situations the heroine found herself in it should have been an exciting listen. Instead I found myself bored and fast forwarding.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sam's Creed: Hell's Eight Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sarah McCarty
    • Narrated By Jason Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (889)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (442)

    Known for making up his own rules of right and wrong, Texas Ranger Sam "Wildcard" MacGregor takes what he wants when he wants it, especially when it comes to women. But seduction is the last thing on his mind the moment he stumbles across an Hispanic beauty crouching in fear beside a burned-out wagon.

    Cheryl says: "These books are really good Westerns"
    "Erotica at its best"
    Overall

    If you are embarrassed by heavy sexual themes you should not read/listen to Sarah McCarty's novels.

    The imagery is fabulous, the descriptions of the locale makes you want to visit the West.

    Personally, I love her writing and wish she would publish more.

    I enjoy listening to Jason Adams and consider myself a fan.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Embrace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Brenda Joyce
    • Narrated By Jennifer van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (126)

    Aidan, the Wolf of Awe, has abandoned the Brotherhood and forsaken his vows. Feared by all and trusted by none, he hunts alone, seeking vengeance against the evil that destroyed his son. He has not saved an Innocent in 66 years - until he hears Brianna Rose's scream of terror across centuries, and leaps to modern-day Manhattan to rescue her....

    Robin says: "Fuhgedda boud it"
    "Truly dreadfull!!"
    Overall

    Ridiculous theme. Sadly lacking in story. Reader is annoyingly bad. Waste of money

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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