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amanda

Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.

El Paso, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

ratings
192
REVIEWS
61
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
13
HELPFUL VOTES
75

  • Polgara the Sorceress

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (343)

    Best-selling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome readers back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and Gods.

    Steven says: "Good Story, Poor Narrator"
    "Polgera is unforgettable"
    Overall

    This is one of those stories that shouldn't be read without first reading David Eddings other books. I love Polgera and all the other characters from the Belgariad. I am glad to finally learn more about her she was such a mystery that needed solving. David and Leigh are a great team. Dina Pearlman is a perfect pick for the voice of Polgera.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny Pox: The Paranormals, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By JL Bryan
    • Narrated By Ashlyn Selich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Eighteen-year-old Jenny Morton has a horrific secret: her touch spreads a deadly supernatural plague, the "Jenny pox." She lives by a single rule: Never touch anyone. A lifetime of avoiding any physical contact with others has made her isolated and painfully lonely in her small rural town.

    amanda says: "Great story. Not for kids or YA."
    "Great story. Not for kids or YA."
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    I adored this book and the thought that went into it. I was a little surprised by the teen drinking and blatant drug use but wasn't put off.
    Thus is a gritty story of a girl who is persecuted by her peers and a popular girl who becomes obsessed with torturing her.
    They both have supernatural powers. They both want the same boy. SOMEONE PLEASE GO BACK AND EDIT THIS AUDIOBOOK! AUDIBLE YOU SHOULD BE PAYING BETTER ATTENTION. The atrocious audio editing almost ruined a wonderful story. At one point the repetition is so bad I forgot what they were talking about.

    2 of 2 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
    (950)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (872)

    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.

    Maureen says: "Another great book. Go Faith!"
    "Love love love"
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    Things are getting interesting. There are so many endings and beginnings in this book. Leo and Bruiser had no idea what they were getting into when they hired Jane. She has shook up the staid vampire world. No one who comes in contact with her remains unchanged. I remember the shriveled shrunken thing Leo's soul was when he chained Beast and was shocked to find the change.
    I don't want to give to much away but I laughed, cried and sighed.
    I can't wait to see where the new developments go.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mercy Blade: Jane Yellowrock, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1556)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1312)

    Jane, a shapeshifting vampire-hunter-for-hire, crosses paths with a stranger who has arrived in New Orleans, enlisted to hunt vampires who have gone insane - or so he says.

    Ducky says: "JANE AND BEAST VS WEREWOLVES......OH MY!!"
    "Watch your back Jane!"
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    I adore this author if you read my other reviews you already know this but let me tell you something about Christine Hvam. I was undecided about reading this series when I first saw it but I am such a fan of Christine's that it decided me because she was the 1 narrating and I have not regretted that decision even for a second.Christine makes James come to life and fills out be a beast perfectly. Faith has a talent writing good suspense and fast action and Christine has a way of making it come to life for you these 2 ladies are dynamic duo and you won't regret for 1 moment buying this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Cross: Jane Yellowrock, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1726)
    Performance
    (1424)
    Story
    (1425)

    Jane Yellowrock is back on the prowl against the children of the night. The vampire council has hired skinwalker Yellowrock to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules - but Jane quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep.

    Ducky says: "GO JANE!!! GO FAITH!! AND GO KHRISTINE!!"
    "Beast is amazing!"
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    I love the Beast/Jane byplay going on in Jane's head while she is talking to people. Beast gets Jane out of trouble and Jane kicks butt. This series can't be compared to any other but I will say that if you are a Kevin Hearne and Jim Butcher fan then this is the series for you. Guys trust me the books are not mush brained love stories. There is something for everyone here just like Dresden and Iron Druid.

    1 of 2 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
    (2879)
    Performance
    (2451)
    Story
    (2452)

    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"
    "Such a surprise!"
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    Honestly when I saw this series come up on my surprise sale I was iffy about it. When I looked at the pictures and read the title and then the summary I thought to myself "great another vampire sex book just what the world needs". Boy was I wrong. Jane Yellowrock is not about sex falling in love or needing a man. Actually they all need her. This is such a good book that I went ahead and bought the entire series. Then I bought her other series.the character of Beast keeps the story interesting and keeps Jane humble. everyone that I've convinced to read the series has been a convert and most of them don't even like paranormal or urban fantasy. The narration is spot on I never had to wonder who was talking. I can't wait to see more from Faith Hunter and Beast.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5005)
    Performance
    (4545)
    Story
    (4594)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "An appropriate ending"
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    I have been buying Robert Jordan books and reading them since the first 1 was published I've also we read them on audiobook and loved every 1 of them I was very afraid that after all these years at the end was going to be a letdown.
    however this book had perfect narration and execution.
    I was raised to the highest of heights and broke down to the lowest pits. I felt loss and joy.
    this book made me hope and rethink what had come before. Sometimes it made me cry so hard I had to stop it to catch my breath. Then it would return with something to laugh about. in the end I felt satisfaction. I didn't feel left out left behind or unhappy and that says a lot for last book in the series. Those who have been fans of the series will not be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows: Ashes Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (195)

    The Apocalypse does not end. The Changed will grow in numbers. The Spared may not survive. Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she believed Rule could be a sanctuary for her and those she’d come to love. But she was wrong. Now Alex is in the fight of her life against the adults, who would use her, the survivors, who don’t trust her, and the Changed, who would eat her alive....

    Aser Tolentino says: "Your Mileage Will Almost Certainly Vary"
    "I really got into this one."
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    I was really worried upon reading the reviews for this book. People were complaining that it was confusing and difficult to read. But I didn't find that so.
    Katherine didn't excellent job of reading.
    The story is meant to be fast paced. It's a zombie scary type book.
    It's not a love story at least not in classical sense. The authors conveying essence of danger and confusion.
    I recommend this book to the apocalypse readers and horror fans. I see the storyline going somewhere and I'm going to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Bites: Kate Daniels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2111)
    Performance
    (1346)
    Story
    (1362)

    Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

    Sara says: "Pure Steel!"
    "Perfect Author/Narrator combo"
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    I'm writing this review after having read all Illona Andrews books to date. And there's 1 thing I can promise you and that is no matter what this author writes you will never be disappointed.
    Her (I know it's they but Illona is how they choose to be called and it's female) since of humor shines through everything she writes.
    When I first picked up the story I thought to myself that I was going to regret another vampire werewolf story.
    I'm happy to say the vampires are not hot they are nasty twisted things. The were-beasts are hot though.

    This alternate Atlanta is so interesting and fun I can't stop with just 1 of her stories.
    The narration it's Kate perfectly. She has a passion and emotion that comes through every time.
    I highly recommend this series to anyone and everyone.
    For those of you thinking that you don't want another series full of paranormal sex. Don't worry that's not what this series is about. That's not what Kate is about. You're not going to be hit in the face with naked bodies and heaving breast.

    This story is the action adventure and killing the bad guy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (798)

    They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

    Kristina says: "Freakin' Awesome!"
    "Joe Abercrombie is in top form."
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    Everytime I read Joe Abercrombie I am surprised at how much I enjoy his books. If that seems a strange statement then understand that I am not usually a fan of this type of storytelling.
    The characters are real not overblown like most in this genre.
    I found myself laughing and wanting to remember quotes from the characters.
    The action and interaction in this book never left me bored or allowed my mind to wander.
    You will be surprised at how many characters you recognize if you read his other books and if you are a new reader you won't be lost but references will drive you to pick up his other books.
    I will be looking forward to see what Joe Abercrombie comes up with next.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Iced: A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1211)
    Performance
    (1108)
    Story
    (1107)

    Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

    Katheryne says: "Dude, It exceeded my expectations"
    "WOW! All i can say is "Dude!""
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    Generally I have found but I don't really enjoy a second series involving spin-off characters from a beloved author.
    That said.... OMG! You have to get this! It's MEGA amazing. I thought I would miss Mac and Barrons but I really didn't; the development of the supporting characters from the Fever series is fulfilling.
    This book proves Dani is a strong enough hero to stand on her own.
    If you didn't read the Fever series I think you can still enjoy this one.
    Don't worry the voices and narrator chemistry are still magical.
    I couldn't stop listening.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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