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Wendy

To All My Favorite Narrators: You are the voices in my head...

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  • At Grave’s End: Night Huntress, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3113)
    Performance
    (2217)
    Story
    (2207)

    It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover, Bones, at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

    Anumet says: "Sucks you in. (Pun intended)"
    "My Public Apology To Tavia Gilbert"
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    The book is awesome, if you have read the first 2 (which I highly recommend you do), then you already know it will be an awesome book. But I must say a few words about the narrator first:

    *Tap* *Tap* *Tap* Is this thing on? Ok! I would like to take this moment to address a common gripe among those of us who love Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress books in the audio format: The voice of Bones. Yes, come on ladies – (and a few men), you know when you first heard Tavia’s portrayal of Bones you thought, “Ew, no, no, no!” The voice is too high for a strong supernatural creature. And the English accent? It sounds like some back-alley sally! Not the sophisticated English accent I expected. Like the majority of you, I couldn’t have agreed more. It was not what I expected, and it took a while to get used to and accept the voice of Bones as Bones. My mind imagined him as a dark, mysterious, take-what-he-wants, protector and seducer, but when I heard the voice all I thought was “He sounds like a snotty adolescent, low class ahole!”

    Then I got to “First Drop of Crimson” – a spin off to the Night Huntress Series and COMPLETELY CHANGED MY MIND. After hearing Tavia voice Spade it finally sank in. She gives Spade the voice I wished she had used for Bones. THAT voice is what I wanted to hear. But midway through the book the more I appreciated her portrayal of Spade, the more it made me appreciate her portrayal of Bones. In short, Tavia is a true actress, she sees the inner character – not just what will appease the fans. Spade has that deep and sultry voice, soft and reserved, but firm and constant. He is affluent, he was educated, he grew up knowing social graces and etiquette – he was taught to speak well.

    Bones is the exact opposite. He did not grow up around riches and luxury. He probably had no formal education. He was born to a prostitute, the only skill he had was being a prostitute. His human life pretty much consisted of surviving – which means he had to become a good liar, a good manipulator in a “every man for himself” world where being a cocky, punk a-hole probably was his best defense. – Love, real love, is a completely new concept to Bones. Everything before Cat has been a performance or a mutual understanding. The voice she uses for Bones is absolutely PERFECT and I would like to publically apologize to Tavia Gilbert for thinking I know how to do her job better than she does.

    Tavia sweetheart, I apologize. You are an awesome actress and I bow to your skills. Don’t let anyone tell you how to do your job. Ever.

    Wendy Williams
    A Tavia Gilbert Fan.



    38 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3821)
    Performance
    (2116)
    Story
    (2131)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    ""Bag of Chips" series"
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    Instead of doing a review on each book in this series I'm reviewing the series as a whole.

    I'm not a Nora Robert's type of girl. In fact, I was proud of the fact that I'm not a "Nora Robert's type of girl". After reading the first 4 books of this series I looked up the author and... well crap - I guess I am a "Nora Robert's type of girl".

    These books are like a bag of chips. You start out buying the first book - perhaps the second and third - and before you know it, all 35 books are in your wish list and the credits don't come fast enough.

    I don't do plot summaries, but if you have gotten this far then you pretty much have a good idea of the story outline. If you're looking for a good long series this one is fun, fast paced, and her main characters get more and more developed as the books continue.

    It's not crucial for the reader to start at the beginning of the series to understand what's going on. Each book has its own story line and plot - with the larger story arch (Eve and Roarke) moving through all books.

    I recommend for light and fun reading...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2263)
    Performance
    (2011)
    Story
    (1998)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Holy Plot Nightbird!"
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    This book has been sitting in my library for over 6 months. I attempted to start the book when I first purchased it, but I found it too slow to grab my attention. My second attempt was much more successful.

    This is a book that you need to invest in a few chapters before the story really hits its stride. But once it does, oh man! Think, Sherlock Holmes set in Colonial America. I don't do plot summaries in my reviews, but I will say that its been a while since I have come across a book with such a twisting plot...it kept me guessing the entire time.

    The narrator was outstanding and very well cast for this story. He's one of my favorites!

    Credit worthy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9760)
    Performance
    (8864)
    Story
    (8876)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Ray Porter Deserves A Grammy!"
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    Picked this book based on all the reviews. I loved it. A lot of people were thrown off by the ending, but for me it worked. You have to go into it no expectations - just let the story unfold and don't try to guess. (You will guess wrong).

    But the best part of this book is by far the Narrator, Ray Porter.

    Wow! There is so much dialog in this book and Ray does a fabulous job. I never wondered who was speaking - he gives each character their own voice and attitude. I don't think I would have enjoyed this book half as much if I had read it.

    Great performance! (the story is pretty awesome too!) Solid listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7082)
    Performance
    (2531)
    Story
    (2585)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "The narrator saves the day!!"
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    If you are buying the audio, then I will assume you already like the book or have at least read reviews so you know that people either love or hate this book. Therefore, I will review the narrator.

    I am not a Twilight fan. I have read all four books and found them to be entertaining if you don't go into it expecting great literature or polished writing. But after reading many reviews about how terrible the narrator is, I must put in my two cents. This is my first experience with a GOOD narrator making a so-so book better. Usually it's the other way around - bad narrator ruining a good book.

    I was pleasantly surprised with the narration. She actually gives Bella more of a backbone - she plays Bella more assertive than the movie portrayal. And Edward did not come across as sullen as he did on the screen. Do not let the bad reviews of the narration keep you from purchasing this book. I really think the people that gave the bad reviews forgot that the character being portrayed is a teenager. Remember, these actors have only the authors words to work with...frankly I think Ms. Kadushin did a supurb job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2104)
    Performance
    (1438)
    Story
    (1436)

    The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year's resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve.

    R. Huskey says: "For Zombie Lovers"
    "We don't need Character Development."
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    Day by Day is simply the best Zombie book I have read. All the negative reviews that accuse this book of lack of character development and straying from the Novel Format are completely missing the point of this book. It’s a “Day by Day” account of one guys journey through surviving the Zombie outbreak. Unlike other novels that start out as a journal then morph the reader into the scene to over hear conversations and thoughts of the characters, this book stays in true Journal format – so there are no conversations between characters we get to experience… there are no side plots… there are no other points of view - from the first page to the last page, this is a documentation of survival.

    As if the reader were to find this “Journal” in an old desk, we get a glimpse – a snap shot of this guys life. What he sees, what he thinks, who he meets, how he reacts… I was not so sure a book like this would keep me invested – but honestly, I have never had a book grab hold of me so hard and so fast – literally by the 3rd page I was hooked. In spite of the limitations the author gave himself in picking this writing style, he still manages to make us care about our hero - and care about the things he cares about (other characters). We feel his fear right along with him. We feel his frustration, his denial, and his determination. All this – without any character development at all. (Now that’s a great writer in my book!).

    I highly recommend this book! And take my suggestion, if you do purchase this book, have your Google Maps ready – you will find yourself wanting to follow along with the character. :)

    The narrator is excellent! He does a good job at sounding like he’s talking to himself… fits in very well the feel of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2895)
    Performance
    (2006)
    Story
    (1999)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    Robert says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Zombie Awesomeness!!!"
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    I discovered this book with Audible's Shock-tober promotion. I was looking for a good zombie book to help with my excitement of AMC's The Walking Dead Season 3 premire. WOW! If you are a fan of The Walking Dead, then you will love this book! It's a day to day account of what its like to live in a world where the dead are trying to eat you.

    This book is a page turner and a nail biter. The narrator is excellent and did a fabulous job. I highly recommend! (Scared the hell out of me!)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5101)
    Performance
    (4571)
    Story
    (4564)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "This Book Isn't For Everyone"
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    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when Matthew and Diana are talking about how vampires are depicted in modern day romance novels. Hysterical! It's like she put that scene in just to stick it to all the readers whom complained about the lack of sex in the first book.


    Any additional comments?

    I can see why some people do not like this story. It's really not that suspenseful, there are no hot and heavy sex scenes every other chapter, and it's slooooooow.

    Having said that, I still loved this book. These books are not nail biting page turners, and they are not vampire erotica hidden behind a plot. This story is a long, slow stroll down a road filled with beautiful scenery. Harness does a fantastic job of putting the reader in 16th century England, I found myself looking up many of her characters on Wikipedia just to get more background on them.

    If you want a roller coaster experience, you will not like this book. Personally I loved the slow, lazy tide of the story.

    The narrator was fantastic!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Reborn: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1661)
    Performance
    (1492)
    Story
    (1508)

    Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been unrecognizable from the vampire leader he once was. Physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair, he has been brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel. Now, fighting once again with ruthless vengeance, he is unprepared to face a new kind of tragedy. When Tohr begins to see his beloved in his dreams - trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld far from the peace and tranquility of the Fade - he turns to the angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost.

    CAROLYN says: "EVERY SINGLE PARAGRAPH WAS JUST..... WOW"
    "Outstanding"
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    Loved, loved, loved, this book!

    I'm still amazed that 10 books in, this story keeps getting better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Unleashed: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1711)
    Performance
    (1171)
    Story
    (1177)

    Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, seductive cloth as her brother. Imprisoned for eons by their mother, the Scribe Virgin, she finally frees herself - only to face a devastating injury. Manuel Manello, M.D., is drafted by the Brotherhood to save her as only he can - but when the human surgeon and the vampire warrior meet, their two worlds collide in the face of their undeniable passion. With so much working against them, can love prove stronger than the birthright and the biology that separates them?

    M says: "Good not great **Spoilers**"
    "A Series Turnaround!!!"
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    Normally around the 8th book of a series there is a decline in the quality of the story... Not so for Black Dagger Brotherhood. The series took a giant leap forward in the previous book, Lover Mine, and continues the momentum in this installment. I don't do plot summaries in my reviews so I will just say: "Girl Power!" "Humans!!" "Evil Vampires?" "Lessers SUCK!"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Mine: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1843)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1075)

    John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown. Taken in by The Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was-or his true identity. Xhex has long steeled herself against the attraction to John Matthew. Until fate intervenes and she discovers that love, like destiny, is inevitable.

    Patsy says: "MMMMM WOW..."
    "My New Favorite!!"
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    Wow! That is my reaction to this book. I am a stickler for reading a story from the beginning, so I read this book - even though I really wanted to skip it. For some reason, the whole John/Xhex thing was just not working for me in the previous books. To quote the Brothers, "I wasn't feelin' it". But as a dutiful fan of the series I could never allow myself to skip a book so, we read!

    Holy crap! This is my new favorite book of the series! (Previous favorite: Lover Awakened). The chemistry between John and Xhex is believable, the back stories we learn about are thick with insightful character detail, and we get a mysterious new female character to wonder about, and the Lessers!!! (%!$# those LESSERS UP!), all while learning a very moral lesson that "Family is everything". Ta Da!

    Seriously, I did not expect to like this book, but it was one hell of a ride. I was juuuust about to fizzle out of this series (not stop reading, but not immediately picking up the next book), but this book sucked me right back in.

    Downloading Book 9......now.

    Love Ya Jim!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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