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M. Thomas

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  • Gabriel's Redemption: Gabriel's Inferno, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sylvain Reynard
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (336)

    Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he's confident that they can face any challenge. And he's eager to become a father. But Julianne's graduate program threatens Gabriel's plans, as the pressures of being a student become all-consuming. When she is given the honor of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, Gabriel is forced to confront Julianne about the subject of her presentation - research that conflicts with his own.

    Angela says: "Very Loved Series"
    "Gabriel's Redemption - A Beautiful Endng"
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    Would you listen to Gabriel's Redemption again? Why?

    Most definitely, this story is one I have enjoyed from beginning to end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how Julia and Gabriel worked through some insurmountable problems, and found their way through them. Though there were a few stumbles that they both could have avoided, they grew closer because of them.


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

    Yes there were many moments that made me laugh and of course a few tears, I would expect no less.


    Any additional comments?

    A beautiful ending to a great trilogy, and I loved how the secondary character's story was addressed. Even though I would have wished for a different ending for a few of them, but overall a great job. It could have used a little less of all that Dante info, but hey that is just me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Revealing Us: Inside Out Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lisa Renee Jones
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (261)

    You've discovered Rebecca's secrets. You've discovered Sara's secrets. Now Sara will discover "his" deepest, darkest secrets... but will those secrets bind them together - or tear them apart?

    Jordy says: "A passionate romance mixed with suspense & mystery"
    "Revealing Us"
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    Where does Revealing Us rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put it somewhere in the middle.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Well my reaction to this book is ambivalent at the moment. Let me first start off with my disgruntlement of a book touted as being the conclusion of a trilogy and then once again it is anything but. I am really becoming frustrated with authors who tout series to be concluded in a specific book then once the reader has purchased and read the book, you find out that it is not the ending after all. I do not mind series continuing on, there are many I do not want to end, but it would be nice to know this beforehand, it would actually change the reader's expectations.

    With that aside, let me get into my feelings regarding the story. While I enjoyed it, it was not what I was expecting. I am still not sure what I was expecting but this one took me out into left field. Don't get me wrong it was written very well, though there was a little too much going around the issues Cris and Sara was facing, and it was darker than I thought but it was still a good story. The things I did not care for were the way they "&*^& around their issues instead of facing them. So much more could have been accomplished if they did that.

    One more thing, though this does not just relate to this book and this author. I know I am new to reading the BDSM genre, but it is very frustrating and annoying that the characters who are living and practicing this lifestyle are always so dark and broken. Where are all the strong, stable people who are living and practicing this lifestyle? I find that insulting and stereotypical. So far I have only read two authors who actually have characters who are not so broken and have found this lifestyle through pain, betrayal or degradation.

    Other than all that, I enjoyed the book but I am not sure yet if I will continue with the series. It will all depend on how far the author is planning on taking this series. This is more about me than the author, I was expecting closure and a little Happily Ever After, and that is not what I got, not even close, thus my disappointment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Obsidian: Psy-Changeling, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (444)

    In 2006, Nalini Singh introduced the beguiling and sensual Psy-Changeling world in Slave to Sensation, which spawned a series that has had readers and critics cheering. Throughout the incredible 11-book run there has been one question that has tantalized Nalini's legion of fans. Now, in the eagerly awaited 12th book in the series, Nalini Singh finally reveals the answer to the biggest Psy-Changeling mystery - an answer so surprising we wouldn't dare spoil it. Even if we knew.

    C. Mendez says: "Amazing read, but be warned..."
    "Another Phenomenal Psy-Changeling Addition"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course, I love the series and the author.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heart of Obsidian?

    When Sahara and Kaleb discussed that fateful night, I won't mention it in detail to prevent any spoilers.


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

    Both, and throw n some surprise, anger and outrage to the mix.


    Any additional comments?

    With all the mentions of Kaleb in the previous books, I knew Ms. Singh was going to write a phenomenal story for Kaleb. I was not disappointed, this story was so intense and Sahara and Kaleb are truly two sides of the same beautiful coin. Another well done job, and I cannot wait until the story continues in 2014.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Entwined With You: Crossfire Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2445)
    Performance
    (2270)
    Story
    (2280)

    The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires.... From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside - so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

    Erin says: "Thank Goodness It's NOT Over yet!!"
    "Entwined with You - CROSSFIRE!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! OMG, this was a long awaited sequel and it was well worth the wait. After all the drama in Reflected in You my angst was at an all time high. I spent the majority of the book on pins and needles so afraid that Eva and Gideon were heading for some very, very dark times. I like the way this installment played out and I am once again anxiously waiting for the next installment. Following Eva and Gideon's journey is a treasure to immerse myself into. These two have me feeling so many emotions. Crossfire, I just love me some Gideon!!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Entwined With You?

    There are just too many, and I do not want to name any to avoid spoiling it for those who have not had a chance to read it, but if you have read any of the other Crossfire books, you must read Entwined with You.


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

    Yes but only in this series with this author and she does a beautiful job in the narration as well as all the inflections of all the characters.


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

    Yes, there were several, I am not ashamed to say I teared up several times in this book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5239)
    Performance
    (4761)
    Story
    (4816)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "A Memory of Light"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book as well as any other book of the series because it is my favorite series in the genre. Robert Jordan spun a tale that encompassed so many plotlines I needed to keep a spreadsheet to remember them all.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are too many to name. This series had a character base of strong and loveable major and minor characters.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    They did them all well, they are two good narrators that went very well with the series.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I wouldn't want this book or any of the books in the series to be in a film because a film would not be able to capture the story and all the nuances of the characters. Too much would be lost in the translation and it would do a disservice to the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Well, what can I say this book has exceeded my expectations? Throughout its many pages I have experienced many emotions including joy, anger, angst, anticipation and sorrow. It has brought together all of the books of the series and culminated into the end of a journey which I have enjoyed partaking in for the last 23 years. I have felt joy at the loss of some who I was glad to see go, sorrow over those who I was saddened to lose and bewildered over those whose absence was inconspicuously missing. I have cried, laughed and cursed Jordan’s and Sanderson’s name throughout this book. But thankfully by the time I read the last word, I was happy I started this journey. I am sorry to see it go but what else can I say but WELL DONE TEAM JORDAN, THANK YOU FOR THE RIDE!!


    EDIT: I would like to add something to this. I do not understand why there are some who are giving low ratings on the book based on the fact the ebook will not be released for 3 months. While I do not understand how that should impact the review of the book, I also do not understand how soon readers, those who started reading this series in the very beginning, are forgetting the 9 month to a year delay between the release of the hardback and the paperback volumes of the book. A 3 month delay is nothing to whine over. And yes I will be one who will be purchasing the ebook as a pre-order as soon as it is available.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom Shadows: Immortal Guardians, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (764)

    Dr. Melanie Lipton is no stranger to the supernatural. She knows immortals better than they know themselves, right down to their stubborn little genes. So although a handsome rogue immortal seems suspicious to her colleagues, Sebastien Newcombe intrigues Melanie. His history is checkered, his scars are impressive, and his ideas are daring. But it's not his ideas that have Melanie fighting off surges of desire.... Bastien is used to being the bad guy. In fact, he can't remember the last time he had an ally he could trust. But Melanie is different....

    CAROLYN says: "AN ADDICTIVE PULSE POUNDING PARANORMAL TALE"
    "Phantom Shadows - I Loved it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this series was very good, made me laugh, cry and sigh.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sebastien and Melanie. I loved Melanie's assertiveness, you usually do not read that in the heroines, but she was a refreshing character. As for Bastien, almost every one loves the bad boy, and an underdog to boot, what's not to love.


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

    Yes, it made me laugh many times and close to tearing up a time or two.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4321)
    Performance
    (3913)
    Story
    (3928)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "Bared to You"
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    Where does Bared to You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would give it a 4 out of 5, I enjoyed the narrator, she handled the different voices well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the growth between Gideon and Eva.


    Which character – as performed by Jill Redfield – was your favorite?

    Gideon


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

    I could have but no it was not possible for me to listen in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book as a recommendation that I would enjoy it if I enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey. Since Fifty is one of my favorite trilogies I decided to give it a try. Needless to say the first quarter of the book I did not enjoy as much because I was comparing it to Fifty Shades, which this book is NOT. I finally had to put FSoG out of my mind in order to give this book its full due. Once I did that I really enjoyed the book. The story between Gideon and Eva was enjoyable to read and I look forward to the next installment in order to continue their story. While I think this book is a 5-star book and well worth the read, it is no Fifty Shades. There was chemistry between Gideon and Eva but nothing compared to Christian and Ana. The only thing I enjoyed about this book over FSoG is that this one was written in a much better writing style. But with that being said I enjoyed the story of Christian and Ana over that of Gideon and Eva. This book was done a disservice by being compared to Fifty Shades, as such it falls short. Promoted on its own merits this book would do much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Nights

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (572)

    Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed nearly too dangerous, too ruthless - and if he isn't careful, he'll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred from his missions at any cost…until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he's never known before. Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival.

    Katheryne says: "Lords of the Underworld fans will enjoy!"
    "Wicked Nights"
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    Would you listen to Wicked Nights again? Why?

    A great start to a new series, it was good to read about a softer/loveable side of Zacharel. I look forward to reading Koldo's story. Though I will say I still like the LoU series better so far, and yes I enjoyed the reappearance of some of the Lords. I was disappointed though that Max Bellmore was listed as the narrator when in fact he was not the narrator.


    What other book might you compare Wicked Nights to and why?

    The Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter


    What about Max Bellmore’s performance did you like?

    Max Bellmore was not the narrator though he should have been, this should be corrected.


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

    yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15672)
    Performance
    (12973)
    Story
    (13608)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Fifty Shades of Grey"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    First let me start off by saying I truly enjoyed this book, the author took me on a journey through Ana and Christian's love story which I found profoundly moving. After reading the reviews for the controversial topic of BDSM, I thought I would find it distasteful and offensive, but the sexual relationship between Ana and Christian was handled both tastefully and it gave this reader an insight into a world that I have no prior experience in. I've enjoyed this story so thoroughly that I purchased the second and third book prior to reaching the halfway point in this one. I look forward to reading the continuing story of Ana and Christian and as I am a true romantic I am hoping for a happy ending for them both, I sure hope so because I am still reeling from the ending in Fifty Shades of Grey. This is truly a story for lovers of romance who can handle it with an open mind.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9095)
    Performance
    (7912)
    Story
    (7927)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Fifty Shades Darker"
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    If you could sum up Fifty Shades Darker in three words, what would they be?

    Oh this series is getting better and better, Darker was even better than Grey, that must mean that Freed is going to be off the chart fantastic!!!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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