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Schervem

Totally addicted! It's possible I might need Audible rehab.

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

ratings
198
REVIEWS
17
FOLLOWING
4
FOLLOWERS
3
HELPFUL VOTES
34

  • Hellbent

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (165)

    Vampire and thief Raylene Pendle doesn’t need more complications in her life. Her Seattle home is already overrun by a band of misfits, including Ian Stott, a blind vampire, and Adrian deJesus, an ex–Navy SEAL/drag queen. But Raylene still can’t resist an old pal’s request: seek out and steal a bizarre set of artifacts. Also on the hunt is a brilliant but certifiably crazy sorceress determined to stomp anyone who gets in her way.

    Tiffani says: "Nice Second Installment"
    "Life is like a box of penis bones...."
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    The first book took me a bit to get into but I'm glad I did. I'm enjoying the series so far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Sun: Vampire for Hire, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Eight years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now in Vampire Sun, private investigator Samantha Moon looks into the bizarre disappearance of a woman who enters a Starbucks, but never leaves. Her distraught husband, a person of interest, hires Sam when a Corona Police Department detective gets killed and the case grows cold.

    Beatrice says: "I love this series but the books are too short!!!"
    "Something missing on this one."
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    I'm a fan of the series but this one seemed a bit slower than the others with less going on to keep my interest. Hoping the next is back on track.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suddenly Sorceress

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Erica Lucke Dean
    • Narrated By Kathryn Merry
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Ivie has a confrontation with her lying, cheating fiance. She is shocked when the jerk transforms into a skunk...Enlisting the help of her shopaholic friend Chloe and sexy club magician Jackson Blake, Ivie is forced to play a literal game of cat and mouse as she races against the clock to change her ex back before she's arrested for his murder. With every new spell, a fresh wave of sexual desire draws Jack further into Ivie's troubles, along with her panties.

    Rebecca says: "A Bad Attempt at a Magical 50 Shades Rip Off"
    "Narration was great but...."
    Overall
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    It seems the story was just an excuse for alot of sex and not alot of mystery.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • McNally's Secret: Archy McNally, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lawrence Sanders
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    Playful, seductive, irresistible - this best-selling masterwork of fatal passion and greed introduces Lawrence Sanders's most wickedly charming sleuth. Meet Archy McNally, a freewheeling playboy who specializes is "discreet inquires" for the rich and not-so-discreet. Beneath the glaring sun of Palm Beach - and behind the lowest crimes of high society - McNally is paid to keep family skeletons in the closet. But when it comes to sex and scandal, McNally has a few secrets of his own....

    Ted says: "Forgettable? Yeah, Like A Savory Rich Desert!"
    "Glad it was on sale..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The one liners are creative, but I found I didn't care about any of the characters and ultimately the story line didn't engage me much either.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Room at the Inn: A Jeff Resnick Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By L. L. Bartlett
    • Narrated By Jordan Murphy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Jeff Resnick is definitely out of his element when he and Maggie take a working vacation at a quaint Vermont inn. For most people, the chance to spend time with a beautiful woman in a romantic, isolated setting would be a plus, but the moment Jeff crosses the Sugar Maple Inn's threshold, his sixth sense warns him that someone is about to meet a violent death. His anxiety intensifies when he travels on one of the local roads and is nearly overwhelmed by feelings of impending doom.

    John S. says: "Narrator miscast"
    "This is the best one so far."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked the concept but was a little disappointed with the previous two. I gave this next one a chance and I'm glad I did! It kept my attention to the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (391)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Cliff says: "If you like Dresden or Iron Druid check it out!"
    "I found Harry Dresden's long lost British cousin!"
    Overall
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    The parallels between this main character and Harry Dresden is a wee bit disturbing. However that being said, the performance was lovely and the story good. I look forward to the next book. I feel a little like I'm cheating on Jim Butcher, sshhhhhh don't tell him.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • True of Blood: Witch Fairy Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Bonnie Lamer
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    "I have a television so I know what a family is supposed to look like but mine is nothing like that. To begin with, both my parents are dead. Not the kind of dead where you bury them in the ground, say some nice words, cry a lot and then never see them again. Nope, when they died they refused to ‘go into the light’ or whatever it is you’re supposed to do when you die. Instead, they came back home. As ghosts. Have you ever been sent to your room by a parent who has no corporeal form? I have and it sucks..."

    Schervem says: "More romance than anything else."
    "More romance than anything else."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Great performance from Emily Durante as usual. This story wasn't listed as a romance, if it had been I wouldn't have chosen it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chimes at Midnight: An October Daye Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (254)

    Things are starting to look up for October "Toby" Daye. She's training her squire, doing her job, and has finally allowed herself to grow closer to the local King of Cats. It seems like her life may finally be settling down…at least until dead changelings start appearing in the alleys of San Francisco, killed by an overdose of goblin fruit.

    nancy olean says: "Truly excellent !!!"
    "Book 7 is a hit!"
    Overall
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    This series is always a joy. This installment was no exception. Couldn't stop listening till it was done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Mist: Falcon Mercenary Group, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Nia Partington
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    Hostage recovery specialist Eli Chance has a secret. He was born a shifter. A freak of nature. While on a mission, Eli's men and their mercenary guide are exposed to a powerful chemical agent, and suddenly his secret has become easier to hide. Now he's not the only one with the gift. But for his men, this "gift" is becoming more and more of a curse. Tyana Berezovsky's brother Damiano was the guide for Eli's team and was the worst affected by the chemical. As he grows increasingly unstable, Tyana fears she's going to lose him to the beast he is becoming.

    Schervem says: "Too much erection, not enough detection!"
    "Too much erection, not enough detection!"
    Overall
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    I tried this because I saw the second book in the mystery section. I haven't completed the book and I'm not sure I will because a sex scene every twenty minutes just isn't doing it for me. If sex fits into a story line I'm cool with it. This....well...if the story grabbed me I'd trudge through the constant 'throbbing' but it doesn't.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Foreclosed: A Mitzy Neuhaus Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Traci Tyne Hilton
    • Narrated By Misty of Echoing Praise
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Mitzy Neuhaus is the top-selling Realtor in Portland, but even her office is dead in this economy. Foreclosed is the word no homeowner wants to hear and Mitzy is determined to save the incredible mansion on her street from that fate. But with the homeowner desperate to keep Mitzy away from his property and Alonzo, the dangerously hot rival investor trying to snatch it out from under her, Mitzy knows she has to work fast, or the economy won't be the only thing dead....

    Schervem says: "Boooooring"
    "Boooooring"
    Overall
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    Because of the positive reviews I took a chance on this one and I live in Portland so I thought this would be a good gamble. BAH! Apparently "clean' means painfully boring. However if you are reaaally into learning about the daily grind of a realtor it might work for you. Wanted to enjoy a good local mystery, sadly disappointed in Portland.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Sight: Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective Series

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By E. J. Stevens
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Welcome to Harborsmouth, where monsters walk the streets unseen by humans...except those with second sight, like Ivy Granger. Ivy Granger's second sight is finally giving her life purpose. Ivy and her best friend Jinx may not be raking in the dough, but their psychic detective agency pays the bills - most of the time. Their only worry is the boredom of a slow day and the occasional crazy client - until a demon walks through their door. Demons are never a good sign.

    Chris says: "I am probably not the target audience"
    "Worked hard to like it"
    Overall
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    I feel like I'm being read a story by a well intentioned volunteer at the children's section of the library. I'm always on board for a psychic detective and really wanted to like this one but I'm not sure I'm going to make it to the end. Outside of some verbiage this story seems to be more appropriate for middle schoolers.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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