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Danielle

I am a graduate student working toward my doctorate in clinical psychology. I find a welcome escape in the world of literature.

Malvern, PA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Blood and Fire: Blood & Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Mychael Black
    • Narrated By Alexander Thrait
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Jason Summerfield is a lead singer of a local metal band and an all-around love 'em and leave 'em type of guy. He's also pyrokinetic. Strong emotions can literally start a fire with him, so he's always struggled to hold emotions back, unwilling to let his "gift" harm anyone. So far, one-night stands have been the answer. Then along comes Julian Kristados, a man who turns Jason's world upside down. When he's with Julian, Jason finds it impossible to control his fire.

    Jared says: "Hilariously Bad"
    "Good for what it was"
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    I was looking for paranormal smut to take my mind off of more important matters, and this was exactly what I got. The idea was great and the author could have done so much more with it, but for a quick listen it was okay. The narrator sounded like he could make a living reading porn, so he fit. If you want more plot, this is not the book for you. If you want a hint of a story to escape even serious reading with, this will do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9623)
    Performance
    (8580)
    Story
    (8556)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Get your Magick on laddy!"
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    This was phenomenal! The plot was continuously engaging and funny, and the narrator never missed a beat! He portrayed a 2100-year-old druid just as he was meant to be voiced - with dry humor born out of watching humanity's best and worst moments. The book was also filled with a variety of other characters from diverse backgrounds, and species, and Daniels' accents were great. The characterization was also wonderful. Atticus O'Sullivan has just the right amount of all-powerfulness that amazes you, but with enough wisdom and humility that he doesn't come off as an a-hole. So when he wins a fight through some awesome bit of magick or luck you aren't disgusted, but rather are pumping your fist and saying "Boo-yah, take that byotch!" This book is a must and I can't wait to listen to book two!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • She's the One

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Riley Ashford
    • Narrated By Renee Nausser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Cass Rogers tracks Kirk Raynard to his mansion and finds him happily ensconced with his werewolf lover, Jaron, and their mate, a pregnant human. Erick and Tarn are warriors sent by their pack’s Tribunal to take out Jaron and the woman carrying his abomination. Erick and Tarn are also lovers, both looking for the female mate who will breed with them and keep their warrior lines going. Cass attacks them as they try to enter the vampire’s lair. They realize they’ve found a worthy candidate if she’s willing to become werewolf.

    Danielle says: "Could have been so much more interesting"
    "Could have been so much more interesting"
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    This is one of those stories where you know the idea could have gone somewhere if the author had put more effort into it. It was entertaining enough, but you have to set your expectations low. The performance was also less than adequate. The narrator tried way too hard. Every word was exaggerated in such a way that you thought the whole tale was as much of a surprise to the narrator as it was to the listener. Also when a woman is really trying to pull off a deep, male baritone and fails, it puts a damper on the entire character because you just get annoyed by what is supposed to be sexy. But as a mindless distraction, I guess it was acceptable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2670)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (902)

    Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?

    V. Sharol says: "Compelling but unsettling"
    "Dark, Yes...And Deliciously So!"
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    Wonderful! The story line is compelling; the narration is spot on; and the pace is perfect! If you enjoy sarcasm and dark humor this is the book for you. I know I have a somewhat twisted sense of humor and I couldn't put it down. As the timer ticked down the last hour of the book, I grew concerned that I hadn't downloaded all of it. I didn't think that the author could possibly wrap everything up in that amount of time; but he did! And it was on the edge of your seat excitement until the last minute ticked by! If you have the stomach to root for a serial killer...Go for it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dearly Devoted Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    Overall
    (1880)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (874)

    Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. In trying to avoid the deep suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes - who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac (which, of course, he is) - Dexter has had to slip further into his foolproof domestic disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his girlfriend, Rita, and her two children. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher?

    Jacqueline says: "Horror Mixed With Humor"
    "Darkly Fantastic!"
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    Some say that sarcasm is the lowest form of humor - I think they are the ones that don't understand it. This book was sarcastic and dark; a more twisted sense of humor I doubt you would find anywhere; and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it! It is not for the faint of heart, and you have to understand that the bad guy is the good guy here, and be prepared to root for our demented hero to kill his prey. This of course is not possible for everyone. So if you don't have a little twist in your own psyche, I would make sure to listen to the sample and then anticipate a further darkening by about six degrees and you have a good approximation of what you are in for. But if you do decide to give it a whirl - and I recommend that you do - I can tell you that you are in for a great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonflight: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (655)

    On the beautiful planet Pern, colonized for centuries, Land Holders and Craftsmen have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs to which they are bound. In times past, the mighty telepathic dragons and their riders were the only protection from the dreaded, life-threatening Thread. Now those times may be returning....

    Suzanne says: "Anne Fan...Still"
    "A lovely listen"
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    The action came in waves - a great pace for an audio book because you had good places to stop. The last hour though was fast paced 'til the end! A great book and I will be looking for the rest of the series. You know that it is worth it when you have characters with odd names you have never heard before in you life, and yet at the end of the first chapter you can still list everyone you have heard about.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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