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Cheryl

EATON, CO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Full Blooded: Jessica McClain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Amanda Carlson
    • Narrated By Casey Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (145)

    It's not easy being a girl. It's even harder when you're the only girl in a family of werewolves. But it's next to impossible when your very existence spells out the doom of your race.... Meet Jessica McClain - she just became part of the pack. In the vein of Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs, a new urban fantasy that rewrites the werewolf myth....

    Roberta says: "Terrible narration ruined it for me"
    "Good beginning to a new series!"
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    This one has great characters, and a fun premise, but the author's skill is almost eclipsed by the reader's hyper-pronunciation of each word. It seems she substitutes precise enunciation for emotion or acting ability.

    The story itself is a new werewolf saga with an interesting heroine, a quest for a handsome hero, amusing and talented sidekicks, and an ancient prophesy. What else could you want?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No One Lives Twice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Julie Moffett
    • Narrated By Kristin Watson Heintz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    "I'm Lexi Carmichael, geek extraordinaire. I spend my days stopping computer hackers at the National Security Agency. My nights? Those I spend avoiding my mother and eating cereal for dinner. Even though I work for a top-secret agency, I've never been in an exciting car chase, sipped a stirred (not shaken) martini, or shot a poison dart from an umbrella. Until today, that is, when two gun-toting thugs popped up in my life and my best friend disappeared."

    Sally says: "Delightful!"
    "Fun read - but the narrator is notta so gud!"
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    This is a light hearted spy book with some fun, interesting characters - but the narrator ruins the experience. She sounds like she is mocking an Italian accent - speaks too slowly and with an exaggerated, comedic tone whenever the Italian character is speaking. It brought to mind an old Alka-Seltzer commercial with an old Italian man who needed an antacid because "thata wasa spicy meat-a-ball-a". Insulting then, insulting now.

    I enjoyed everything else about the book - the plot had a great twist at the end - and an original premise. I loved the Keystone Cops ending. What a shame that the narration ruined so much of it. Still worth a credit, or a purchase if it's on sale, only because the story is that good. But I hope Slash doesn't have too many scenes in the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Crossroad: A Novel of Midnight Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (431)

    From Charlaine Harris, the best-selling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It' s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Rocky Start but Good Mystery"
    "Classic Charlaine Humor!"
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    Loved this one! Quirky characters in quirky situations with understated humor. One thing I love about Ms. Harris' books is that she doesn't beat the funny situations with a stick - she lets you find them on your own, like little hidden gems. This book brings back Manfred and introduces some new friends who live in the strange little town of Midnight, Texas. Everyone has secrets, and not all of the secrets are revealed as the residents come together to solve a murder of a young woman. Narration was extremely well done - great personification, especially Mr. Snuggly. Can't wait for the next installment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miramont's Ghost

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hall
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    Miramont Castle, built in 1897 and mysteriously abandoned three years later, is home to many secrets. Only one person knows the truth: Adrienne Beauvier, granddaughter of the Comte de Challembelles and cousin to the man who built the castle. Clairvoyant from the time she could talk, Adrienne's visions show her the secrets of those around her.

    Kathleen says: "Just not good."
    "Moody, depressing, but haunting!"
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    I certainly didn't like this book, but it has stuck in my mind for the past week, and I had trouble stopping the audio while I was listening to it! Miramont Castle is open for tours, and it has a depressing, strange atmosphere, that certainly explains the inspiration for this novel. During the tour, the docent told of a maid that committed suicide in a little room on one of the upper floors, and retold many strange incidents that might indicate a haunting, so that was obviously the basis for the novel. The book also has a haunting, bleak atmosphere. If you are looking for a happy story, or one that has any uplifting or positive aspects, this is not a book for you! I read it because I have never been able to get the depressing atmosphere of Miramont out of my mind. Now I have a depressing book to add to that memory. Worth reading? Maybe...generally, it seemed to be well-written, and had complex characters. The portions that spoke of New Mexico and Colorado seemed to be a little like a travelogue - for example, I'm not certain why the story of the miraculous stairway at Loretto Chapel was included. I'm not certain that I recommend this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Layer: Ghost Seer, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robin D. Owens
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Clare Cermak's adjusting to a new man in her life - and a lot of ghosts. The passing of Clare's aunt gave way to a sizeable inheritance of not only money, but also the ability to communicate with the dead. At the same time, she met Zach Slade, a private detective with a rough past, and just like Clare, he's not yet ready to accept her gift - or his own. But Clare has another matter to look into. A multimillionaire needs her help after relocating an old ghost town to his mountain estate. The bones of a murdered prospector are making nightly appearances in his guests' beds.

    Cheryl says: "Good new series!"
    "Good new series!"
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    I really am enjoying this series. The lead characters have enough flaws to keep things interesting, and the plot has some great twists and turns. Well worth listening to. There are some problems with the narration - one glaring one is that the Platte River is pronounced "Plat" not "Plate". Fun to have a story based in Denver that is pretty geographically accurate - and gives realistic times for getting from one place to another. The descriptions of the beauty of Colorado are especially nicely done. Give this one a try!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fury: New Species, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1257)
    Performance
    (1161)
    Story
    (1168)

    Ellie is horrified to discover the pharmaceutical company she works for is doing illegal experiments, splicing human and animal DNA, creating exotic new species. One such "experiment" captures her heart and she’ll do anything to save him - even if he hates her for it. Fury has never known compassion or love. He's spent his life in a cell, chained and abused by humans. The one woman he allowed himself to trust betrayed him. He vows to end her life but when she's finally in his grasp, harming her is the last thing he wants to do to the sexy little human.

    BluBumbleB says: "Loved it! I'm a Fury Fan!!!"
    "Pass on this one."
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    I am so sorry I wasted a credit on this book - hackneyed plot, trite writing. You really don't expect great literature from the genre, but this is painful it's so bad. Give this one a pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Evil Dark: Occult Crimes Unit Investigations, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Justin Gustainis
    • Narrated By Peter Brooke
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    A series of seemingly motiveless murders of supernatural creatures points to a vigilante targeting the supe community of Scranton. Markowski wouldn’t normally have much of a problem with that, but his daughter may be next on the killer’s list... Justin Gustainis was born in Northeast Pennsylvania in 1951. He attended college at the University of Scranton, a Jesuit university that figures prominently in several of his writings. He is currently a Professor of Communication at Plattsburgh State University.

    LaurelOlivia says: "The narrator made it sound like a cartoon"
    "Oh, Dear - what on earth??"
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    Again, an entertaining book, enjoyable plot, interesting premise. But, really, why on earth would an FBI agent sound like Natasha from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show? If you can get past the, shall we say 'unique,' narration, this would be worth listening to, but I'm not wasting any more credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Spell: Occult Crimes Unit Investigations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Justin Gustainis
    • Narrated By Peter Brook
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (133)

    Scranton, the strangest city on earth has an uneasy “live and let unlive” relationship with the supernatural. But when a vamp puts the bite on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that’s when they call me. “My name’s Markowski, a Detective Sergeant on the Scranton PD’s Supernatural Crimes Investigation Unit. I carry a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.”

    Madeleine says: "Predictable and Flat"
    "Good story - terrible narration!"
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    I love the hard-bitten urban cop type of story - and when you throw in a few vampires and witches it's even more fun - but really, the narrator used comic book voices for all but the main character and makes them just sound silly. Whoever produced this one needs to be sent to his room without supper - this should have been stopped before more than a chapter was recorded!
    Would love to continue with the series - but a new narrator would sure help the experience!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead Pool: The Hollows, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2070)
    Performance
    (1900)
    Story
    (1906)

    Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike. The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

    Angela says: "Unbelievably Satisfying!"
    "Wow - Kim Harrison does it again!"
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    Another wild installment in Rachel Morgan's adventures - and her adventures just get more unbelievable. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but once you accept a world where witches and demons travel back and forth from the underworld, and elves are involved with genetic manipulation and ketchup is considered dangerous, then little things like a goddess who loses pieces of herself, or catching a train at fifty miles an hour with the help of gargoyles seem almost logical. The characters are wonderful, even if I do miss bad guy Trent. Biz is coming into his own. And by Tink's pink *****, Jinks the pixie is one of my favorite characters ever!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5985)
    Performance
    (4674)
    Story
    (4680)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "A million laughs!"
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    I've listened to the whole series, so here I am back to review the first book! Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi go together like peanut butter and grape jelly! Molly Harper has a great ear for dialogue, and wonderful characters. I love the main characters, but the minor characters light up the story and really add depth! The dialogue is snarky, sarcastic, entertaining and fun. Give this series a try!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Things: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (521)

    Since Merit was turned into a vampire and the protector of Chicago's Cadogan House, it's been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan's vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead...or both. But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack. But who - or what - could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?

    Nereyda says: "Can't get enough of Merit and Ethan!"
    "Love Chicagoland Vampires!!"
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    Merit's adventures as Sentinal of Cadogan House continue, with more monsters, more steel, a truly hot master vampire - if you have enjoyed the previous Chicagoland Vampires books, then this one will continue the fun. However, don't try to jump in here -- I really suggest that you start at the beginning of the series - the author doesn't waste a lot of time or ink filling in the back story, and there is a lot of back story for this one. Warning - this one has a cliffhanger ending - write fast, Chloe! I can't wait for the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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