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Paige

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  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3004)
    Performance
    (2209)
    Story
    (2233)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Excellent."
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    I usually don't think that listening to a book can be better than reading it, but in this case I think it might have been. The narrator was absolutely perfect, her accents and tone really brought the already excellent book to life.

    The prose in this book was truly excellent, I almost got myself in trouble at the office because I kept laughing out loud. The story is compelling and the world is truly interesting. I am looking forward to more of the series!

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Breathe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Abbi Glines
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Shayna Thibodeaux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (291)

    Sadie White’s summer job is at the beach, but she won’t be working as a lifeguard. Since her mom is pregnant and refuses to work, Sadie will be taking over as a domestic servant for a wealthy family on a nearby island. When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie were normal - if she hadn’t spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house - maybe she’d be excited about working for a rock star. But she’s not.

    NEW NAME says: "I didn't think it was YA!"
    "Intense Schmaltz"
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    This book was pretty intensely schmatlzy. I wanted there to be a real villain or a real conflict, or some comedy or something. But mostly there is mooning and lovey doveyness. I did not laugh once during this book and spent a lot of time yelling about people being jerks. And NONE of those jerks had a satisfying comeuppance.

    It pretty much reads exactly like a teenage girl's fantasy summer romance, complete with maudlin song lyrics.

    I also felt like this book is pretty sex negative for a book with a lot of sex in it. There is some pretty intense slut shaming of one character, and a lot of "oh I'm an innocent virgin who has no problem having orgasms even though I don't know what they are!" Yeah right.

    The readers were good, and it was a sweet story, just very one note. I finished it, but I was pretty ready for it to end.

    I don't think this book was bad, it was just not for me. If it sounds like it is for you, you should check it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Ties: Wicked Lovers Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Lexi Maynard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (730)

    When a stalker ratchets up his attempts to get to her, cable sex-talk-show host Morgan O'Malley turns to Jack Cole - a self-proclaimed dominant - for help. Though Jack is a bodyguard, Morgan feels anything but safe in his presence. Because slowly and seductively, Jack is bringing her deepest fantasies to the surface. And when he bends her to his will, what's more shocking than her surrender is how much she enjoys it and how she starts to crave his masterful touch.

    laurie eller says: "worth the credit!"
    "Lovely Erotica, but not my favorite"
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    This book was EXTREMELY erotic, and interesting. However I'd say 99% of the action takes place in the character's heads. I liked that the writer took us on an emotional journey, and I liked the book in general.

    I guess I just wanted more plot than this book really had. Most of the plot was just an excuse to get some people naked together, and that's fine, but if you're expecting an exciting mystery AND sex, I'm here to warn you it is mostly just sex. (Very hot kinky sex, but still, sex.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5391)
    Performance
    (5026)
    Story
    (5021)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Not his Wheal-house"
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    I love Wil Wheaton reading this book read by a former actor on Star Trek is kind of amazing. His delivery of some of the deadpan and laugh out loud lines in this book is excellent.

    However his total lack of character voices make some of the dialogue heavy passages really challenging to follow. You end up having to pay careful attention to the "he said she saids" at end of most of the lines. And then you're just tired of hearing the word "said."

    There isn't even really a differentiation between the male characters and the one female character which can be incredibly confusing. It doesn't help that some of the character names can be similar to, so you're struggling to catch who said what.

    The story itself is a fabulous farce, with really interesting philosophical implications. It was both funny and thought provoking. If you're a fan of Mr. Wheaton's you might be willing to forgive his shortcomings as a narrator, but I might still recommend the text version over the audiobook.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Cravings: The Phoenix Pact, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1194)

    Wolf shifter Jaime Farrow has a secret. And no one - not her Alpha, not her best friend, and most definitely not gorgeous Dante Garcea - can know the truth. She thinks keeping her little “problem” under wraps from Dante won’t be so tough; after all, he’s ignored her for years, despite her best attempts at flirtation. But though Jaime is determined to face her problem alone, nothing can stop her from wanting him.... As Beta, Dante is responsible for the protection and safety of his entire pack. If a wolf is hiding something that could endanger the others, it’s his business to know about it....

    Melanie says: "Wickedly Delicious"
    "Exactly the same as the first"
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    This book was just like the previous book, which I'd enjoyed.

    But it was JUST LIKE THE PREVIOUS BOOK.

    Sure the conflicts were different but the characters didn't feel any different, their motivations, etc, were similar. The static secondary characters remained static, with the same one liners.

    But in my head I can't even keep the plot lines very straight. The two main characters felt SO similar to me. I was just dissapointed.

    I suppose for what it is, this book is fine, but there are so many books that manage to include sexy times as well as interesting overarching conflict and character development, that I feel this is just falling short of the mark.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (851)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (789)

    Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

    ShySusan says: "Perfect antidote for vampire & zombie overdoses"
    "I'm not baby crazy enough for this"
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    If you are a Modern Witch I hope your life goals are to be married and pregnant, because that is what Modern Witches do according to this book.

    I'm like, 3 hours in and so far there isn't even a hint of romance but there is a lot of talk about babies and family and even some gross in utero stuff. Seriously though babies, toddlers, babies, children, babies.

    So I guess what I'm saying is if you're a single child free 30 year old whose parents are nagging you and you are already over it, DON"T READ THIS BOOK. It's like the book your Grandma wants you to read so you get pregnant already geeze. (And it kind of feels like grandma is reading it to you too.)

    I might be able to overlook all the babies, and the fairly boring characters if there were some kind of conflict or overarching danger but right now, there is none. The biggest conflict is some internal whining on the part of the main character. No one even seems worried that normal people will find out about witches. Everything is just hunky dory.

    On top of all of that 3 hours in and I've already encountered 3 casual factual inaccuracies that have just made me feel annoyed.
    1. Chicago airports have taxi stands, and taxi lines. You rarely have to stand around and wait and if you do you wont be alone.
    2. No Chicagoan would forget their coat in February, they'd be more likely to remember it in June.
    3. February is not a busy time for a realtor. It is one of the slower times of year.

    It's not that these are big deal things, but they are small inaccuracies that took me out of what story there was to speak of. This story is set in the real world, these are just weird things to get wrong.

    Save your credit or your cash.

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • This Case Is Gonna Kill Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Phillipa Bornikova
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (162)

    What happens when The Firm meets Anita Blake? You get the Halls of Power - our modern world, but twisted. Law, finance, the military, and politics are under the sway of long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar. Humans make the best of rule by “the Spooks”, and contend among themselves to affiliate with the powers-that-be, in order to avoid becoming their prey. Very loyal humans are rewarded with power over other women and men. Very lucky humans are selected to join the vampires.

    decembergrit says: "Great Story!"
    "Food is not Worldbuilding"
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    Someone compared this to a John Grisham Novel, which I think is pretty accurate. While the plot of this book is exciting and interesting, the book is very superficial. There was also a lot of describing food in great detail and random horse back riding in between plot elements. Don't get me wrong, I love a horse!

    I realize this is the first in the series, so there was a lot of character building, which I didn't mind. But there wasn't a lot of world building, there are a lot of "things we don't know" about the other races as though it is all some big mystery, but I actually just got the impression that they were questions the author didn't bother to answer for themselves at this point.

    There were a lot of little things that bugged me, details added haphazardly to create continuity where it could easily have fallen apart. There were also opportunities for description that were completely ignored in favor of talking about food. (Also New Yorkers are not rude? Try living somewhere people are actually nice. They aren't bad people, they just aren't very friendly for totally understandable reasons.)

    I guess it just felt like someone told the author they should create a setting and that that setting should be created with food? I dunno. I enjoyed the plot and I may check out some of the others mostly because this book leaves you with about a thousand questions and no answers. But I really wasn't blown away.

    The reader was fine. She didn't add to the story, but I also did not want to not hear her voice ever again, so I'll take it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10564)
    Performance
    (9588)
    Story
    (9608)

    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!!"
    "Like an Onion"
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    This story is like an onion, if an onion were an onion on the outside and a camel on the inside. It starts off slow, but the ending is well worth it. Definitely glad I checked it out! Lots of great characters and a really fascinating plot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2013)
    Performance
    (1864)
    Story
    (1856)

    Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

    Diana Turmenne says: "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
    "Accent not that bad"
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    A lot of reviewers are complaining about the inconsistent Bostonian/Irish accent. However that is pretty much how the narrator describes her accent, she's tried to suppress her Bostonian tendencies as well as her irish lilt and it ends up being a mish mosh. It does take a little bit of getting used to, but it makes sense with the character and all of the other characters are as always, well voiced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1102)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (999)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "Not you, It's me?"
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    Maybe I've just read too many books lately with relatively clueless heroines, but this one felt incredibly frustrating to me. I felt like I spent most of the book trying to convince the main character to do something. Preferably something that made sense and didn't endanger a bunch of people.

    Eventually she gets there, but despite her eventual action she felt very passive to me. And I suppose that makes sense, but I found it a frustrating read.

    And I should add that this was clearly part of this character, and who she was, not a flaw in the author's writing, she was written this way. But if I'd been one of her lifelong girlfriends I'd have packed her on a plane years before this book ever took place.

    Amanda Ronconi was fabulous as always.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Feral Sins: Phoenix Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1906)
    Performance
    (1759)
    Story
    (1777)

    Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills - and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him.

    Paige says: "Surprised they didn't check my ID"
    "Surprised they didn't check my ID"
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    This is not the first time I've looked over at my partner in the middle of a book and declared "This is Porn....", but this is probably the best time.

    Usually books like this one, that are beginning to redefine both paranormal fantasy and the bodice ripper genre, are written so that I just want them to be over with so I can enjoy the good bits and stop cringing in between. Not true of this story!

    There was enough interesting plot and non relationship tension to make this book a book I would have wanted to read even if it hadn't been for the INCREDIBLY steamy scenes between the two leads. There were also quite a few very funny lines and quips.

    The only thing I didn't like about the book was that some of the secondary characters veered pretty far into "stick figures with a schtick" territory. Most of the time this was still fairly amusing, but sometimes I just really wanted them to shut up.

    Jill Redfield did a great job of bringing across the main characters voice, and reading the steamier bits without distracting from what was going on. I always feel like the best narrators are the ones you don't notice, and so I guess she did a great job, because she only made the story better.

    Overall, totally worth my credit, but I will not make the mistake of listening to any more of her books with my car windows down again! Hi Kids!

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful

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