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LaurelOlivia

LauralOlivia

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  • Twice Tempted: A Night Prince Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1724)
    Performance
    (1595)
    Story
    (1614)

    Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold-shoulder treatment forever - especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.... Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes.

    Hassan says: "A Book FULL of events and actions"
    "Once Burned 5* this was good, the last half better"
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    What did you like best about Twice Tempted? What did you like least?

    The characters are 5 stars. Most all of the story was great. The beginning was a little weak. It would be better if some of the characters in all the other books were in the story. The end was very predictable. The same villain that wasn't killed in the last book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was too predictable and using that character/ villain twice was too much let alone in another book. PICK a new villain or......


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The wedding.


    Did Twice Tempted inspire you to do anything?

    I usually listen to her books three or four times, this one only twice.


    Any additional comments?

    I could see developing her sister, dad, and Marty as characters coud be interesting. Bring in Bones and Minkeries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Unbound: Immortal Guardians, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    For centuries, Lisette d'Alençon has been a warrior against the dark. She fights alongside her brothers and comrades. But when the dreams start coming, she can't bear to confess them to the Immortal Guardians' command. She dreams of a dark-haired man with soft eyes and brutal wounds, a man her heart aches for-and a man she knows has been declared a traitor. Zach is an exile, a loner. He won't defend himself against false accusations or grovel to those who should have faith in him.

    Trish says: "Spectacular.."
    "Great and better! Can't wait for the next one!"
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    Would you listen to Night Unbound again? Why?

    I have listened to it twice now.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are too many great characters and they are all fascinating. The two main characters of each book are funny, unique and all around outstanding! This book was my favorite so far with Zack and Lyzete.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The funny scenes and the one that David threatens Zack. I think the scenes with Lyzete and her brothers are hilarious. Her books always have great action, in which is essential. The most important thing next to plot is the interaction of all the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scenes with Zack experiencing things for the first time and the scenes with Zack and Seth.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next one. I would really love it if the next book had all the characters in it but instead of the focus being on just two main characters, I would be excited to have 4 or 6 main character story lines. More on David, Seth, Aiden and minor relationship with Sheldon and Ethan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara Gran
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (311)

    Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant skills of deduction and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve mysteries, and relies on Détection—the only book published by the great and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette before his death.

    A. D. Mcrae says: "Mostly Disappointed but it was Quick"
    "Slow pace, couldn't hang in there"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead? What did you like least?

    It just took too long to get to the start.


    Has Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What three words best describe Carol Monda’s performance?

    Not annoying, I would listen to her in another book.


    Do you think Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I couldn't finish it but, I am going to try this book again later.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caught on Camera

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kim Law
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (219)

    Beautiful Vega Zaragoza learned the hard way that sex and the spotlight don’t mix. Now the former model makes her living behind the camera, working as a videographer to escape public scrutiny. But when Vega gets a shot at her dream job, one that puts her back in the public eye, she must choose: continue to play it safe or gamble everything to go toe-to-toe - and heart-to-heart - with the city’s most eligible bachelor.

    Kristin says: "LOVED THIS BOOK,"
    "A romance, that's it"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If someone is looking for just a romance, no action or mystery they would like it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kim Law? Why or why not?

    I would research the premise first. I prefer a little action or murder mystery with my romance.


    What three words best describe Natalie Ross’s voice?

    She made the female's emotion so believable and captured her plight.


    Was Caught on Camera worth the listening time?

    Yes, it was a diversion while cleaning the house. I doubt I will listen again though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivors Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. Carson Black
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (140)

    Detective Tess McCrae investigates a grisly crime scene in the ghost town of Credo, Arizona. The evidence suggests a cartel drug hit. But Tess, with a nearly faultless photographic memory, sees what others might miss: This is no drug killing. Someone went to gruesome lengths to cover their tracks. The killer’s trail leads from Tucson to California - from anti-government squatters to the heights of wealthy society. As Tess follows the trail of gore and betrayal, perfect and indelible in her memory, she uncovers far more than one man’s murder and solves much more than one isolated crime.

    Amazon Customer says: "Survivor's club barely surviving"
    "Not your common receipe murder"
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    Where does The Survivors Club rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was very good among the murder mysteries genre. Most are predictable reasons for murder and the suspects obvious, not so here.


    What other book might you compare The Survivors Club to and why?

    I can't think of another.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Her different voices are not different enough.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. A 5 star book is one I want to listen to again. Later on I might listen to this again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (954)
    Story
    (947)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    Gayle says: "Superb"
    "Good Premise"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There were a few little things, but it was entertaining.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Neil Gaiman? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would consider it.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    James McAvoy


    Could you see Neverwhere [Adaptation] being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, it would be good for either. James McAvoy for sure. I think it would appeal to teens on up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mermaids Singing

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Graham Roberts
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (364)

    The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he's encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill's own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer's motives. It's also made him the perfect victim. A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted.

    Barbara says: "Not for the squeamish"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    What disappointed you about The Mermaids Singing?

    The subject matter. I must not have been paying attention to the snippet or premise. Very graphic sadism has no interest to me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Val McDermid again?

    I doubt it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    He did the voices well and was convincingly creepy.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Mermaids Singing?

    Too many.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mastered by Love: A Bastion Club Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (182)

    As the mysterious leader of the Bastion Club, known as “Dalziel,” Royce Varisey, tenth Duke of Wolverstone, served his country for decades, facing dangers untold. But as the holder of one of England’s most august noble titles, he must now take on the gravest duty of all: marriage. Yet the young ladies the grande dames would have him consider are predictably boring. Far more tempting is his castle’s willful and determinedly aloof chatelaine, Minerva Chesterton. Beneath her serene façade lies a woman of smoldering sensuality, one who will fill his days with comfort....

    Ramona says: "Don't Miss this Super Ending to the Series"
    "I finished it"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I hate to say it was boring but..... There was almost no action. The love story was not very good. To me it is essential to be vested and interested in the characters, I was not.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm having a hard time finding anything tempting.


    How could the performance have been better?

    He was okay but, lacked voice differentiation. He lacked sincere emotion.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Most reviews about this book were positive so maybe it is me. The only action was at the very end of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vanishing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wendy Webb
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired...and who the world believes is dead.

    Ruby says: "Loved this book"
    "Convoluted"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think there are people that might enjoy it. The premise was interesting, follow through was frustrating and lacking. Character development would have helped. That was missing, no connection with any of the characters. The mystery is summed up in the last few minutes and still you are confused or at least I was. I think with good editors or a collaboration, the story could be really good. Nora Roberts did one similar.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am hoping for a great recommendation from Audible or other listeners.


    What three words best describe Xe Sands’s voice?

    Saltery, whisper, .....She is an acquired taste, at first I wasn't sure I liked her. Sometimes at first I had a hard time hearing or understanding some of her words.I chose this book because of her. Now I look for books she has narrated.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It did. I finished it. There are many books I don't. Xe Sands might be part of why I finished it. I also kept listening to see if relationships developed or to make sense of the mystery. I finished it hoping to be convinced, I wasn't.


    Any additional comments?

    Right now I wouldn't recommend it but , after awhile I might try listening again. It was not worth my credit, but on sale.....

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Bolt: Haunted Home Renovation Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (139)

    Turner Construction's latest restoration project is a historic Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco. This time, general contractor Mel Turner has to work around the owners, who insist on sticking around-along with some ghosts that insist in their own way that the work stops. The ghosts aren't the only ones standing in the way of the renovations. A crotchety neighbor, Emile Blunt, secretly wants this house and could be behind some of the disturbances. But when Emile is found dead, it's Mel who appears guilty.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Easy listen"
    "Easy listen"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would like midway through the book for Mel to partner with Graham. Tease more and get together before the last three sentences of the book. When the summation happens in the end, it would be good to repeat to a couple people, the dad or Russian girl what bodies were there and why. Telling once right at the end when several intense things are happening with several people leaves you trying to say who what where. Some books that develop each character more and their connection with others helps in the summation.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Juliet Blackwell? Why or why not?

    Yes. This is the second of her books I have listened to. You can count on a light mystery. Easy listening.


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    She does very well with all the characters. I have looked for other books she has narrated.


    Do you think Dead Bolt needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, it could have a follow up, only if it is not going to tease the relationship the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    There is so much potential for a more developed book. Why not develope more lines with different characters. More interaction with the dad and his friend, more with the stepson he could bond with Graham. Some sarcastic funny humor between the characters and crazy self talk would step this up from a fluffy light to a developed book that I would listen to more than once.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Auction

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert Weinberg
    • Narrated By Nick Santa Maria
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Held once each generation and attended by the greatest mages in the world, the Auction offered a prize of incredible power to the winner. But, what happened to those bidders whose offers didn't meet the final price? Valerie Lancaster had no desire to attend the Auction. But when her father was murdered for his invitation, she knew she had to go to find his killer - and keep from being slain herself. It's the Devil's Auction. Accompanied by her father's friend, Alex Warner, Valerie found herself confronted by werewolves, golems and the most powerful sorcerers in the world.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Couldn't hold my attention"
    "Couldn't hold my attention"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Robert Weinberg and/or Nick Santa Maria?

    I probably would not try another Robert Weinberg.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Weinberg again?

    No


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It was predictable. I fast forward a few times. In the last five minutes the story was summed up, corny.


    Any additional comments?

    In the first chapter I was thinking get on with it. I may wait awhile and try it again, if the narration isn't annoying I like to give the author a second chance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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