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  • 19 reviews
  • 72 ratings
  • 630 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014

  • A Fistful of Charms

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin

    The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her - not necessarily in that order.

    A User says: "Great fun"
    "Great fun"

    This is the first time that I can write that I enjoyed the audio versions of this series more than reading the books themselves. The narrator is perfect. When reading on my own, the sarcasm and wit does not come as clear as when this narrator, Marguerite Gavin, reads the emotions and humor into the words. I've listened to every book in the series except the last one (because they switched the narrator) merely because I loved her reading.

    This story, and all the previous, are very funny and are an original slant on the paranormal/romance genre. The pixies, the vamps and of course, the witch/demon Rachel Morgan are loads of fun.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Benoibe says: "Surprised! SPECTACULAR AND SEXY!"
    "A Fun Ride"

    This is a fun book and the narrator, Tavia Gilbert, is great. So many reviews mentioned that they didn't like her voice doing Bones' English accent that I almost didn't spend the credit on it. She does a great accent. Bones is supposed to have been raised in an 18th century brothel on the streets of London. His accent is straight London gutter snipe and perfect for the character. The plot is fast paced, filled with all the paranormal adventure you are expecting, but twisted in a new way.

    If you like kick-ass heroines with love interests that aren't cookie cutter, you will enjoy listening to this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mary Alice Brannigan doesn’t believe in the supernatural. Nor does she expect to find that Dreamland, the decaying amusement park she’s been hired to restore, is a prison for the five Untouchables, the most powerful demons in the history of the world. Plus, there’s a guy she’s falling hard for, and there’s something about him that’s not quite right.

    iphone reader says: "Tons of Fun"
    "Not So Wild"

    I am usually a fan of Crusie and I loved, until Wild Ride, the combined writing of Mayer and Crusie. This book is similar in style to Gods and Goddesses, and I came away from the story with the same unsatisfied reaction. I believe that Crusie should NOT try to write the paranormal. It is a popular genre that authors like Harrison and Harris do spectacularly well with quirky characters and humor. Crusie makes demons and magical beings in general seem like funky wannabees, rather than the ruthless, cunning, but lovable characters we have all grown to enjoy in the paranormal genre. This is not a bad book, but it is not a great one either. Read Welcome to Temptation, if you haven't already, for a more gratifying read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Madeleine Wickham
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At the age of 18, in that first golden Oxford summer, Milly was up for anything. Rupert and his American lover, Allan, were an important part of her new, exciting life, so when Rupert suggested to her that she and Allan should get married to keep Allan in the country, Milly didn't hesitate. Ten years later, Milly is a very different person and engaged to Simon - who is wealthy, serious, and believes her to be perfect.

    Meg says: "Excellent Listen"
    "vacuous characters"

    Do you remember how self absorbed Bridget Jones' mother was? This plot has a whole book of them. The protagonist is irritatingly clueless and devoid of ambition. She is a British Barbie doll. She does grow, and eventually she awakens to a more truthful self, but it is a tedious journey. She is also surrounded by equally vacant characters who are excruciatingly self delusional. The group reads a little like an English sit com, abounding with stereotypes. I had to force myself to finish the book. Not a one of them was mature, or strong, or, well, likeable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Savannah Richards

    Twenty years ago she had her whole life spread out before her. She was Bess Walsh, a fresh-scrubbed, middle-class student ready to conquer the design world. And she was taken. Absolutely and completely. But not by Andy, her well-groomed, intellectual boyfriend who had hinted more than once about a ring. No. During that hot summer as a waitress and living on the beach, she met Nick, the moody, dark-haired, local bad boy. He was, to put it mildly, not someone she could take home to Daddy.

    Joie says: "Terrible Summary"
    "Quintessential Hart"

    All Megan Harts books have deep emotion, often twisted from rough handling that she explores ruthlessly through sex, sensuality and love. Though some of her themes stem from the darker parts of the soul, this is the only one of her stories that is really sad, however. The fantasy aspect is believable, and almost more credible than the choices Bess eventually makes. Bess as an emotional doormat is too far fetched. Some of the mistakes are just not realistic. Andy is too awful and the other characters? Some of their actions are too shallow to keep the reader sympathetic. Maybe the fantasy is meant to be the real part.

    Regardless, this book is quintessential Hart. She writes books so well that you cannot go wrong picking this up. I would not recommend this be your first novel to read. Strangers is my favorite. Dirty and Tempted are good too. Read them first.

    I hope audible offers the Order of Solace books sometime, too.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lace Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brunonia Barry
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of The Lace Reader, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations. But the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light.

    A User says: "Difficult but good"
    "Difficult but good"

    Towner is an example of an unreliable narrator. From the beginning you suspect that her judgments of the events from the past and the present are distorted. The ending was a surprise that I didnt see coming. It was riveting as much as it was hard to stomach. I would recommend this book to anyone familiar with the North Shore and Salem lifestyle and history, but only if you can stand a virulent plot thread of meanness, murder, and the foulest of abuse. The authors genius is the tapestry of images that is woven as a back drop to the story. The Eastern Yacht Club, Hamilton Hall, Derby Street, the witches, the tourists, the common, even the restoring of the ship off Pickering Wharf, it is all there and described so well that I could smell the sea air mixed with street vender sausage and peppers.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Faking It

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Reformed art forger Tilda Goodnight reluctantly joins forces with semi-reformed con man Davy Dempsey. They want to steal a dubious painting and several million embezzled dollars from a lethal widow named Clea, who has targeted a mild-mannered art collector as her next dearly departed. Complications include her sister, the female impersonator; his best friend, the reformed cat burglar; a recidivist embezzler named Rabbit; a hit man; some lousy sex; and a juke box.

    Julie says: "Sometimes Audioversions really stand out."
    "Great Sequel"

    Jennifer Crusie is one of the cleverest, and funniest of the modern romance writers. This book is a sequel to her book, Welcome to Temptation, and continues the story of the Dempseys with Davey Dempsey coming heart to head with a similarly bent family, the Goodnights. He meets his match in Tilda, along with the art world, which, bar none, is filled with more con artists and tricksters than even the Dempsey clan could imagine. This is a very entertaining book, especially if you are at all familiar with the art world. Read Temptation first, but do not miss this continuation.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Welcome to Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation.

    Diana says: "Crusie at the top of her game"

    This is a clever, witty book. The dialogue is quick and intelligent and the plot is surprising. I love the way Jennifer Cruisie writes. This is one of her best. The characters are wonderful, quirky and real life funny. I would listen to and read it more than once.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Faefever: Fever, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On a quest to find her sister's killer, Mac is a major player in a deadly game, but with one great advantage: she knows how to find the Sinsar Dubh, an ancient book of magic so dark it corrupts anyone who touches it. What Mac soon discovers is worse than she had imagined. Surrounded by treachery, her enemies indistinguishable from her allies, she can be certain of only one thing: as All Hallows' Eve approaches, her time is running out.

    cmclien says: "Wow!"

    Whoever sold Ms. Moning on the episode format for her "Fever" books did a disservice to her usual good writing. This is part of a book, not a whole book. Be prepared for too many rehashing reminders of plot threads from previous books, and a very irritating cliffhanger that dumps the reader in the middle of the climax. This format is better left for television, wherein an audience does not have to wait months to find out what happened.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The English American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alison Larkin
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

    Michael says: "Outstanding"

    I recommended this book to my book club. It is wonderfully read by the author, who is as talented as the character she writes about. I suspect a great deal of the author is in the main character. Pippa Dunn is a dynamic narrator to her own story of being adopted by an English family only to discover her birth parents are Americans. This is a book for all Anglophiles. Alison Larkin does amazing things with her voice during this reading. She is able to do a male Scot, a male New Jersey, a female Carolinian, a Washingtonian AND a variety of English dialects that are charming. I loved this book.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Bitten: Women of the Otherworld, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Young, beautiful, and successful, Elena Michaels seems to have it all. Her happy, organized life follows a predictable pattern: filing stories for her job as a journalist, working out at the gym, living with her architect boyfriend, and lunching with her girlfriends from the office. And once a week, in the dead of night, she streaks through a downtown ravine, naked and furred, tearing at the throats of her animal prey. Elena Michaels is a werewolf.

    Autumn says: "My favorite Audio title"

    The audio version of this book is superbly performed. She does both the Canadian and the Southern accents required very well. I was very pleased listening, because this has always been one of my favorite books by Kelley Armstrong. The characters of Elena and Clay are as true to what I would imagine a werewolf couple might be like. Clay is humorously recalcitrant and Elena struggles admirably against the inevitable acceptance of her stubborn nature. I hope audio picks up the other two books that feature them.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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