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  • Ask the Cards a Question: Sharon McCone #2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcia Muller
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    There's trouble in Sharon McCone's quiet San Francisco apartment building. Madame Anya, with her cards, her tamed crow, and her candles, had predicted evil for Molly Antonio. Linnea Carraway, drinking heavily and careening in the wake of a divorce, had argued with her. Now the sweet, elderly lady lies dead in her apartment. Linnea, last to see Molly alive, is the prime suspect and if Sharon means to clear her best friend, she has to find the murderer fast.

    Holly says: "Ask the question, you might not like the answer!"
    "Ask the question, you might not like the answer!"
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    A good solid mystery set in San Francisco. Sharon, working for All Souls Legal Cooperative gets sucked into solving a murder in her own neighborhood. Things get complicated when an old friend comes to stay, an upstairs neighbor gets murdered and things seem to spiral out of control.

    This early Sharon McCone book lacks nothing in character development, plot or sub-plot twists. As a stand alone mystery, this book is successful in making you feel like you knew the neighborhood and the characters.

    If you, like me, are someone who has read the series in its entirety just don't let what you know from later books get you confused. Just stay with the story and the time line - it is well worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under Wraps

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Hannah Jayne
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Sick of wrongful-death lawsuits every time a full moon comes around? Call the Underworld Detection Agency. As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen, and the uncanny. That is, until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and Sophie finds herself playing sidekick to detective Parker Hayes.

    Donna says: "Narration is bad"
    "Airhead, ADD and an interesting cast of characters"
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    Perhaps it is just me, but I really don't think that all female characters in their mid 20s need to be airheads or ditzy. Our heroine gets lost in her internal monologue just a bit too often for my taste. The characters are fairly well developed and provide an interesting enough contrast to keep the plot moving. It would be nice if the narrator provided a bit more contrast between characters voices so that the POV shift didn't get lost in the airhead imitation. Worth the price on sale - don't spend a credit

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Better Homes and Hauntings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1109)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1053)

    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Ho, Hum"
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    Even the brilliant performance by Amanda Ronconi can't rescue this tedious, sickly sweet romance. Unlike Harper's other books, this novel has neither fully fleshed out characters nor enough action to keep the plot moving. It is all "tell" and no show. Perhaps it is the switch back to third person POV to tell the tale that made the story awkward, or just all the cut/paste and repeat. But the insertion of several scenes multiple times was just annoying but contributed to the feeling that several of the main characters would not have attained the success in business if they were really that stupid. Read Harper's other books, but give this one a pass.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frost Moon: Skindancer, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anthony Francis
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (191)

    In an alternate Atlanta where magic is practiced openly, where witches sip coffee at local cafes, shapeshifters party at urban clubs, vampires rule the southern night like gangsters, and mysterious creatures command dark caverns beneath the city, Dakota Frost's talents are coveted by all. She's the best magical tattooist in the southeast, a Skindancer, able to bring her amazing tats to life. When a serial killer begins stalking Atlanta's tattooed elite, the police and the Feds seek Dakota's help.

    Holly says: "Give it a pass"
    "Give it a pass"
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    When the lead character comes straight from a male author's wet dream, is superficial and incredibly stupidly behaving (hello? you don't have them dress and act kick ass then immediately become compliant and stupid) and the supporting characters are more of the same.....

    Traci Odom does a fantastic job with the narration. The characters have clear and easily distinguishable voices. Too bad this was not worth reading.

    In summary - if you want marginal urban fantasy featuring a lot of primarily female BDSM/bisexual play as conceived by a guy this might be the book for you. If you want sex that is linked to the plot - go read Hamilton. If you want excellent urban fantasy relating to magic and tatoos - go listen to Angel's Ink.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Wake of the Bloody Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alex Bledsoe
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    Twenty years ago, a barmaid in a harbor town fell for a young sailor who turned pirate to make his fortune. But what truly became of Black Edward Tew remains a mystery, one that has just fallen into the lap of freelance sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse. For years, Eddie has kept his office above Angelina’s tavern, so when Angelina herself asks him to find out what happened to the dashing pirate who stole her heart years ago, he can hardly say no—even though the trail is two decades old. Some say Black Edward and his ship, The Bloody Angel, went to bottom of the sea, taking with it a king’s ransom in treasure.

    Mark says: "A grand Pirate Adventure, and a bit with a dog!"
    "Brilliant combination of story and narrator"
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    It isn't often that the fourth book in a series is even better than the previous three. Bledsoe spins a tale of pirates, gold and tropical isles.

    Eddie, in taking a case 20 years cold as a favor to a friend has to sail across oceans, track down other pirates and face some rather nasty truths about himself. With well developed characters and non-stop action, this book is more of a thriller and less of a character driven detective story than previous books. The plot is well thought out and developed.

    Once again Rudnicki's deep voice is the perfect match for the story. The editing is excellent with nary a mispronunciation, hesitation or duplication in the entire recorded book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cart Before The Corpse (The Merry Abbot Carriage-Driving Mystery)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carolyn McSparren
    • Narrated By Erin Novotny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Famous southern carriage-horse trainer Hiram Lackland, a handsome widower, dies mysteriously after retiring to a farm outside Mossy Creek. His estranged daughter, Merry Abbot, also a horse trainer, arrives to settle his estate. But Merry quickly plunges into bit-chomping dilemmas when her father's friend and landlord, mystery-novel maven Peggy Caldwell, insists he was murdered. Before Merry can so much as snap a buggy rein, a handsome and annoying GBI investigator, Geoff Madison, is on her case....

    Desarae says: "Good beginning for a new series"
    "Good story ruined by performance"
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    McSparren writes a good story with fun characters and decently paced action. However, between the poor editing (repeated words, sentences and stumbles just shouldn't be there) and horrible performance by the narrator I would recommend you give this book a miss.

    Not all southern accents are the same and picking the correct ones for Tennessee and Georgia would be appreciated. Nasal is not required and inflection that matched the action rather than swapping out monotone with sing-song could vastly improve the quality of the performance.

    I may read follow-on books in this series, but I will avoid this narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind in the Willows

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kenneth Grahame
    • Narrated By Curtis Sisco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    The adventures of a charismatic band of animal characters in the English countryside. One of the best loved stories of all time.

    Holly says: "A well loved classic"
    "A well loved classic"
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    Lazy summer days before entering the adult world of responsibility. A picnic joined by friends and not over run by ants. The Wind in the Willows brought back some of the best of childhood without bringing all that angst and hassle laying under the surface for most of us.

    Relax and enjoy Mole, Rat, and even Mr Toad as they explore life, the English countryside and stretch the boundaries of their world. This children's classic is for more than children. And running about 6 hours, it is one of the best bargains for your money you can find (just buy it and save your credits for a book that is expensive).

    3 of 3 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
    (3076)
    Performance
    (2504)
    Story
    (2510)

    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!!!!!!"
    "A rolicking good time"
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    Ever wondered what goes on in the back woods of Alaska? Well, in real life there might not be werewolves - but in Harper's world there are complete with challenges, families and all the day to day hassles that make the community come alive. If you want a quick romp with fun characters and a plot that doesn't devolve completely around blood, violence and sex, you have come to the right author and story.

    Maggie, the local alpha, doesn't welcome the presence of Nick, a "normal" academic type who wants to research wolves and the paranormal. Especially when staving off strange happenings and incursions from another pack are creating problems for her leadership.

    The book is a quick, fun listen with Amanda Ronconi turning in an excellent performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Copper Beach: A Dark Legacy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (309)

    Within the pages of very rare books, some centuries old, lie the secrets of the paranormal. Abby Radwell’s unusual psychic talent has made her an expert in such volumes - and sometimes taken her into dangerous territory. After a deadly incident in the private library of an obsessive collector, Abby receives a blackmail threat, and rumors swirl that an old alchemical text known as The Key has reappeared on the black market.

    Valerie says: "Copper Beach- ok story (Paranormal but not arcane)"
    "Excellent addition to the Arcane Series"
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    Once again, Jayne Ann Krentz tells a great story with interesting characters, a fast moving plot and enough sizzle to be fascinating. Known for her Arcane Series which spans from Victorian Times (written under the Amanda Quick pen name) though the present to the future of Harmony (written under Jayne Castle) this latest entry features Abby Radwell with her paranormal ability to unlock encrypted books and Sam Coopersmith who takes on the job of protecting her.

    The first book in this trilogy series, it might be a bit rough going if you are not already familiar with this particular world and set of characters. Read them all - fun, well written and not a flipping vampire in sight!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Looking Through a Keyhole

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Julia Spencer
    • Narrated By Diana Andrade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Julia Spencer takes the reader into her dreams, her fears, her hopes, her deepest private thoughts, and her most candid responses to her shrinking visual world. With humor and a feisty yet surprisingly gentle attitude, she begins to accept vision loss, welcoming her guide dog, Irene, into her life and discovering through that keyhole-sized remnant of vision a deeper understanding of her husband and family and world.

    Holly says: "Intense, clear and unself-pitying memior of change"
    "Intense, clear and unself-pitying memior of change"
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    With a refreshingly painful honestly, Jullia Spencer (please note error above - this is NOT the same person as Julia Spencer-Fleming) interweaves her past into her present as she clearly describes the twists, turns and changes that come into her life as she comes to grips with hereditary visual loss.
    The narrator is exceptional as the prose flows through and around all those incidents of daily life that define a person and her place in the world. This is not so much a story about a woman becoming blind (ok, visually impaired) and reclaiming her independence with the aid of a seeing eye dog as it is an exploration of what one values and on what grounds you choose to claim as yours.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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