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  • Lover Eternal, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2405)
    Performance
    (1628)
    Story
    (1649)

    Listeners looking for a fresh twist on vampire tales need look no further than the erotically charged Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Mary Luce is dissatisfied with her life and her job. But when she is unwittingly thrust into the vampire dominion, everything changes. Falling under the protection of the Brotherhood's strongest member, Rhage, she soon finds herself drawn to his animalistic urges.

    Adebowale says: "I love this book"
    "The plot's thin, but steamy!"
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    Would you try another book from J.R. Ward and/or Jim Frangione?

    I've read others in this J.R. Ward series, and will read more. They're entertaining, good for a lazy summer afternoon.

    I don't know if I'll listen to any more though, especially with Jim Frangione narrating. He made all of the women in the book sound like weak, docile creatures with no sex appeal. Yuck!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jim Frangione?

    I may listen to another, but not if the main character is supposed to be a strong woman.


    Was Lover Eternal, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2 worth the listening time?

    It passed the hours driving, but I could never do two in a row like some other audio books.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1059)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "Glad I found this series! Can't wait for more!"
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    I had been looking for a new series that would be a little bit romance, a little bit suspense, and a little bit paranormal, with a splash of humor. Lucy March delivers.

    As always, Amanda Ronconi's interpretation of the characters and the story is spot on.

    If you like they way Molly Harper injects the paranormal into an otherwise normal world, or the way Rhys Bowen's heroines seem to manifest a quiet strength, or Tate Halloway's quirky sense of humor, then you will probably this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1836)
    Performance
    (1627)
    Story
    (1618)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Amazon Customer says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "Yay Georgie!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Twelve Clues of Christmas to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print versions of any of the Royal Spyness books, but I can't imagine they could be any better. Katherine Kellgren's ability to give voices to Rhys Bowen's clever cast of characters is truly magical. The combined artistry felt like it really took me to 1930's Devonshire.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the combination of Christmas, romance, mystery and adventure in this book. I've loved all of the Royal Spyness series, but this is my favorite so far. Rhys Bowen is a writer with a knack for waving a carrot under the noses of her readers and then slipping them an apple and a sugar cube. Delicious!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted, Inc.: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (696)

    Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

    ELSA says: "fun and interesting"
    "Clever idea, almost executed well"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book has a very clever premise and some entertaining moments. It did kill the time on my commute, but in the end I felt let down by the author.


    What does Eva Wilhelm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Eva Wilhelm was able to make the book flow fairly well, despite some rather difficult, stiff prose at times. For someone needs to tell the author that a small town girl from Texas doesn't start every explanation with the word "for."

    Based on Wilhelm's performance, I wasn't convinced that the main character was only a year away from her native Texas, but I'll forgive the awkward accent since the writer said the character was trying to lose the Texas drawl.


    Did Enchanted, Inc. inspire you to do anything?

    This book reminded me of a very important lesson from my college writing classes: NEVER ask your readers to root for an outcome that you have no intention of delivering. It just frustrates us. This book was very frustrating in that way.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book. And I did like parts of it. Shanna Swendson was able to create a magical world that didn't stray so far into fantasy that I couldn't believe it. Her characters were very realistic... and that's tough to do when some of them are gnomes and fairies. Some of her dialog was clever and I liked and cared about the major players. But in the end, the story sort of fell apart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3026)
    Performance
    (2460)
    Story
    (2466)

    Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stones throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valleys pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg.

    Ducky says: "MOLLY HARPER IS A HOOT!!!!!!"
    "Another fun romp from Harper & Ronconi!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like Molly Harper's other books, you'll probably like this one too. But I would read "How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf" before reading this one, since this is sort of a sequel to that one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Molly Harper's protagonists are always strong women with quirky senses of humor, and that's certainly true here. But this character, although young, is also feeling the weight of her world on her shoulders. And that gives her a perspective that is different from Harper's other heroines. It makes her both stronger and more vulnerable.


    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Amanda Ronconi is THE voice of Molly Harper's world(s). She personifies the clever, sarcastic humor of Harper's characters. She has a good vocal range that makes it easy to discern which character is talking. And her narration is fluid, conversational and convincing.


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

    Like all of the other Harper/Ronconi books I've found, I didn't want to put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is fun. The story is moving without being too heavy. Both the writer and the narrator obviously take their work very seriously, and somehow manage together to craft a work that feels light and fresh. Pure joy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4148)
    Performance
    (3170)
    Story
    (3178)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "I don't usually like wolf tales, but I like this!"
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    Where does How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story is high on my list of light-hearted, fun, escapist stories. Truly delightful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf?

    This book is full of moments that just pop to mind. It's hard to pick just one, without giving anything away. There was the elk scene, the camping trip, the gift, the bear. That bear scene was fun. The first bare scene was even better!


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Amanda Ronconi captures the subtle humor and sexual undertones Molly Harper has woven into the story. Ronconi's reading makes Harper's stories delicious. You can't help but smile, and even laugh out loud at times!


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

    Yes, but I would give away the plot if I told you.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a great adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3538)
    Performance
    (3218)
    Story
    (3214)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "Another delightful romp from Harper & Ronconi"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Driving Mr. Dead to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version of this story, but I really enjoyed the audio edition! This is a delightful story in the best tradition of Molly Harper's Hollows series. It's a fun, sexy story that doesn't take itself too seriously. And Amanda Ronconi's interpretation makes this an easy listen. Again, she finds a new voice for another woman from the Hollows. It's amazing how she manages to make them sound like they're from the same town, without sounding like the same person. Brava!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Miranda. She tries so hard to be what she's supposed to be, and it always blows up in her face. She just soldiers on. You have to admire that kind of tenacity.


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Amanda Ronconi makes sure that you never miss the humor of the situation. She makes the funny parts funnier, and the sexy parts feel natural...not awkward.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh out loud several times. It also made me smile a lot. Two reactions I'm looking for when I read/listen to a Molly Harper book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thief of Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Zoe Winslow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Reformed cat burglar Clea Rice has witnessed enough crimes to put her on the straight and narrow. But little does she suspect that her search for justice will land her in the arms of wealthy English gentleman Jordan Tavistock.

    Susan says: "Strong woman character with little girl voice"
    "Strong woman character with little girl voice"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I probably wouldn't recommend this book as an audio book. Although the voice performer had a nice range of voices in her repertoire, I didn't care much for some of the choices she made.The main character, who is supposed to be a resilient, resourceful American, sounds like a mousy, little girl. It seemed as though she was written to be a strong person, but the narrator's interpretation made her sound anything but.However, the narrator didn't always miss the mark. Her portrayal of the main male character Jordan, was spot on.


    Would you recommend Thief of Hearts to your friends? Why or why not?

    I probably wouldn't recommend the audio book, but I think this one might have been a good read.


    What three words best describe Zoe Winslow’s voice?

    Pleasant, varied, off-target.


    Do you think Thief of Hearts needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I believe the characters could warrant another book -- but not if Klea (sp.) spends the whole story trying to run away from Jordan. Been there, done that.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Katie Sparer
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (208)

    Standing over the body of a Supreme Court nominee, Lieutenant Sam Holland is hip-deep in another high-profile murder case. The fact that she was one of the last people to see Julian Sinclair alive just complicates things even more. On the plus side, her relationship with Senator Nick Cappuano is heating up - but it's also attracting a lot of unwanted media attention and blinding flash bulbs.

    Sandra says: "Wow...a must read"
    "This story had so much potential"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The basic story was solid, but the characters seemed smarmy in the beginning of the book. I'm not sure if that was the fault of the writer or the narrator. For the first several chapters, this felt like a second novel in a series. There was a lot of back story that felt superfluous.

    I think I would have liked more solid action a little earlier in the story, because once the action picked up, the book got better.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    One of the most interesting parts of the book was the side story about the main character's partner exploring a relationship of his own.


    What aspect of Katie Sparer’s performance would you have changed?

    I wish she would have differentiated between the character's voices more. In some of the dialog scenes, it was difficult to follow just who was saying what. It was especially weird because the main character and her boyfriend were sometimes hard to tell apart.


    Was Fatal Justice worth the listening time?

    Overall, it was an entertaining story that probably would have benefited from a better narration.


    1 of 1 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
    Overall
    (5410)
    Performance
    (3737)
    Story
    (3758)

    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?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "How can you not just love Bones!"
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    Would you listen to Halfway to the Grave again? Why?

    The story and the well developed, rich characters kept me riveted! I will definitely give this one another listen!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    At first I wasn't sure about this old British vampire with his Cockney accent. But it wasn't long before I was hooked. Tavia Gilbert's portrayal of Bones really brought the dead man to life. This is the stuff fantasies are made of.


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    The shear range of characters she convincingly created was amazing! Each was so distinct, and so vibrant. Brava!


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

    I have a long commute, so I use audio books to fill the time. I really had to force myself to turn this one off when I got home each day.


    Any additional comments?

    That missing star on my overall review is aimed at the author, Jeaniene Frost. Although this is a masterful tale, the Cat character's immaturity bugged me at times. She was plausibly immature, but it still bugged me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (924)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (831)

    For centuries, the woods have been a pivotal part of the wonder and danger of fairy tales, for once you enter anything can happen. Elves, druids, fairies - who knows what you will find once you dare step into the forest?

    And now, New York Times best-selling author Kim Harrison ventures into these mysterious, hidden lands of magic and mystery in her first short-story collection. Into the Woods brings together an enchanting mix of brand-new, never-before-published stories and tales from Harrison's beloved, best-selling Hollows series.

    m says: "A Must Have, for The Hollows Fans!"
    "A must have for all "Hollows" fans!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Into the Woods to be better than the print version?

    I love the audio edition of this book because I never have much time to actually read these days, but I spend hours driving. With the audio book, I get the stories I love and it's almost better than reading, because Marguerite Gavin's interpretation of Kim Harrison's work is so entertaining!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved getting the peeks into Ivy, Trent and Jenk's lives apart from Rachel's. I also loved learning about Rachel's first encounter with Pierce.


    Have you listened to any of Marguerite Gavin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Until this book, I had only heard Marguerite Gavin perform Kim Harrison's "Hollows" stories. But this book had some other Kim Harrison stories and I was amazed as Gavin's ability to make those characters sound so completely different from the Hollows characters. She's quickly become one of my favorite audio book performers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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