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  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3688)
    Performance
    (3416)
    Story
    (3427)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "Fan FREAKING Tastic!"
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    Ah, the buttkicking, the mayhem, it is all back! Enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes, and the book just leaves you wanting more. The worst part about Larry Correia's books is waiting impatiently for the next one. Seriously, the action is as usual, the best there is. Oliver Wyman is without a doubt one of the best narrators for this genre. Use your credit, you can't go wrong with this one. (Make sure to read the others first--so you don't spoil what's gone on before now for yourself.) Makes other audio books seem hum drum. Can't wait to see what's next in this series.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2360)
    Performance
    (1873)
    Story
    (1904)

    City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

    Tabitha says: "Hmm..."
    "I love this book, but..."
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    Okay, first of all, the writer knows what she is doing. Though the "teen drama" does get a bit tedious, but it is pretty close to the way a young adult would try to handle a serious relationship. The main reason that I am writing this review is the narration. Ed Westwick is awesome. Probably one of the best narrators for any of Clare's novels. The narrators for her books have been hit or miss. Either they are fantastic, or they are just awful. In this situation, there is one of each. I was so glad that they were switching up the narration from Natalie Moore, who I never cared for overmuch, but Molly C. Quinn is worse. Thank God for Westwick, who saved me from returning this to get my credit back. All three of the stars go to him.

    The problem with Quinn's narration is as follows: it is flat, like a girl reading aloud in history class. There are no changes at all between characters, none, zip, zero...so if there is a conversation going on, it is hard to tell who is saying what. She doesn't even attempt to lower or huskify her tone to diffrentiate between male and female characters. All of these things are so painful and distracting to listen to, that I actually thought about skipping over the chapters that she was narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2935)
    Performance
    (2672)
    Story
    (2683)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "The End"
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    I must admit, I was really looking forward to this last book in the series, and then I ran across reviews of the book on Amazon that appeared well before the book hit the shelf, um, or MP3 files, as it were. I was extremely disappointed to find out the end of the book due to reading the first review on the page. Hey, I was curious, darn it! That type of thing is just awful, and for one reader to do it to another without any notation, and then call Harris every name in the book because something didn't end the way that they wanted it to was completely juvenile. And then the remainder of the reviews were people bombing it with one star, not even having read it, and then writing a review saying they were never going to buy it. Those stars are important, and I know I will purchase something based upon those reviews, so I wanted to be sure that I posted a review in support of the book, which I HAVE read/listened to.

    The book basically has three things going on, there is a murder mystery (of course); old friends reappear to help Sookie in her time of need--nice way to tie them in; and the loose ends get about as wrapped up as Harris wanted them to be.

    That said, it really wasn't bad. I found Johanna Parker to be highly entertaining as usual. Nobody else could have made the Sookie books so entertaining, like listening to a movie, and she does not disappoint.

    We have the usual writing from Harris, which chronicles Sookie's every movement, but that is how she has always written Sookie, so it should not be a huge surprise to anyone really. I thought the murder mystery part was well done, and helped move along the storyline to an end, as you would expect.

    Basically, if you are a fan of the Sookie books, you would really do yourself a huge disservice not to finish out the series. If you are going to be emotionally stunted if the end doesn't turn out exactly YOUR way, don't clog up the reviews with the ranting and raving associated with being part of Team Whomever, because it is just childish. Complain to the Twihards, they will understand your angst.

    To sum up: Good book, not great, but good. Typical Harris mystery. Didn't hate it.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Forbidden Nights with a Vampire: Love at Stake, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Narrated By Chloe Campbell
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (179)

    Vanda Barkowski is in trouble. As the owner of a hot nightclub, she's more unconventional than most of her fellow vampires, and if some think her a little out of control, then so be it. But after three former employees filed a complaint about her temper, Vanda is sentenced to an anger management class. Worse, Phil Jones agreed to be her sponsor. Phil, the mortal who is forbidden to her.

    Noirbear says: "The Vampire Bad girl"
    "Overall Story is Great"
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    Narrator did not keep up with the character to this point. Her narration left quite a bit to be desired. 90% of the accents for characters were either gone, or awfully done. Big bummer, because this could have been an awesome installment, but was ruined by a bad performance. Again, this series would have been so much better if they could have found a narrator up to the job and stuck with that person. The story itself is great, and moves the series plot along, and the main characters are interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All I Want for Christmas Is a Vampire: Love at Stake, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (286)

    This Christmas isn't so merry for Toni. Her best friend's been locked up in a mental hospital ever since she told the police she was attacked by vampires, and the only way for Toni to get her out is to prove that bloodsuckers really do exist. So she's taken a job as a bodyguard for the Undead, but she gets more than she bargained for, especially when she meets Ian MacPhie, a Scottish rascal looking for Ms. Right.

    Amy says: "Always cute"
    "The best in the series to this point"
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    Can I just say that I want THIS vampire for Christmas? I was so excited that this go around was the character Ian, who I was hoping would get his H.E.A. The online dating site stuff is really amusing, and I just really enjoyed the story. The narrator did a passable job, so I was happy about that. For sure, my favorite so far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead Next Door: Love at Stake, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (239)

    Heather Westfield has always lived a quiet life, but that all changes when she helps a very handsome, very mysterious stranger. There's something not quite right about Jean-Luc, but still, she's never been with a man so charming, so attractive... so wonderful. Now if only a murderous villain wasn't after them, they might get their happily-ever-after.

    Tammy says: "Terrible narration - couldn't finish"
    "Formulaic, but good."
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    I'm beginning to see an emerging pattern in Sparks' love scenes, which makes listening to the series one right after the other pretty monotonous, because the romance is a big yawn at times. I liked the main character, she's pretty feisty, and the babysitter is a total hoot, and the hero is, again, handsome and rich...but that's what makes romance novels--paranormal or not--fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Be Still My Vampire Heart: Love at Stake, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Narrated By Donna Rawlins
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (245)

    If it was still beating. Angus MacKay has been undead for almost 500 years and it's not often something, or someone, surprises him. Until Emma Wallace. The sight of this luscious agent from the CIA's elite Stake-Out team was enough to stop Angus in his tracks. But then he discovers that she's a vampire slayer, intent on killing the "monsters" who killed her parents. And it's Angus's job to stop her.

    Tiffani says: "Negative points for narrator"
    "Narrator should have kept the accent."
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    Seriously, that is the worst I can say about this book. In the previous book, Emma had an English accent, so it was difficult to imagine her being from Europe. I'm beginning to think that they really should have stuck with one narrator for the entire series, in order to keep the continuity. The books are very much what they should be, the dialog is amusing and the romance is there, but the continuity problems with the narration can be distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vamps and the City: Love at Stake, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (279)

    Darcy Newhart thought it was a stroke of genius—the first–ever reality TV show where mortals vie with vampires for the title of The Sexiest Man on Earth. As the show's director, Darcy's career would be on track again. And she can finally have a life apart from the vampire harem. Okay, so she's still technically dead, but two out of three's not bad. Now she just has to make sure that a mortal doesn't win. If only she wasn't so distracted by a super-sexy and live contestant named Austin....

    Stephanie says: "LOVE"
    "Undercover fun."
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    This was a really enjoyable listen. Imaginative premise, and funny situations abound. The harem was funny mostly, but at times their actions were tedious, but it lent to the story and helped to move the plot along. Sparks writes some really great heroes, they get more romantic as you go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire: Love at Stake, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Narrated By Suzanne Cypress
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (596)

    So what if he's a bit older and usually regards a human female as dinner, not a dinner date? Yes, Roman Draganesti is a vampire, but a vampire who lost one of his fangs sinking his teeth into something he shouldn't have. Now he has one night to find a dentist before his natural healing abilities close the wound, leaving him a lopsided eater for all eternity. Things aren't going well for Shanna Whelan either... After witnessing a gruesome murder by the Russian mafia, she's next on their hit list. And her career as a dentist appears to be on a downward spiral because she's afraid of blood.

    Lulu says: "If Profanity is Called for, Please Use It"
    "The Supernatural Bodyguard"
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    Good book. Narrator does a good job. Terrific beginning to a great series with a well-fleshed-out world. So glad that there are future installments, and I read on the author's website that she has signed on for more books so there will be many chapters to this on-going saga.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Life of a Vampire: Love at Stake, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Narrated By Jennifer Bradshaw
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (206)

    typical bachelor party is all about beers and beautiful women. A vampire bachelor party is no different - except the men are drinking Blissky (whiskey-flavored synthetic blood). And no one can throw a party quite like Jack, the illegitimate son of the legendary Casanova. But when the party gets out of hand and the cops show up, Jack has some explaining to do... if only he wasn't struck speechless by the beauty of Officer Lara Boucher. Lara is sure there's something more than a bachelor party going on. Why is Jack so interested in the recent disappearance of young women all over town?

    Noirbear says: "Secret Life ????"
    "Great Story, Awful Narration."
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    The narrators for a minority of these books leave something to be desired. The premise of the story was fantastic, the son of Casanova--come on what a great idea. However, the narrator for this particular book was just terrible. I think the people narrating a series should really listen to the prior books to give a good shot at trying to keep up with the previous accents. Otherwise, don't bother, because it ruins the full picture that those following the series has in their head. I found myself cringing at some points because the narrator was just THAT bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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