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Richard

Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.

Kentwood, MI, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas: A Sophie Katz Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (432)

    Sophie Katz, bestselling mystery writer and amateur sleuth, has just discovered that Anatoly, her sexy Russian P.I boyfriend of six years is actually married to the daughter of a Russian mafia boss. Devastated by his betrayal, Sophie banishes him from their beautiful San Francisco Victorian home. Desperate to distract their friend and pull her out of her depression, Dena and Marcus spirit Sophie away to Vegas for a "fun filled weekend" at a Sex Toy Trade Show. But bigger trouble awaits in Vegas. Anatoly is there; his beautiful Russian wife is there; and so is a dead body stuffed into a closet

    G. House Sr. says: "Better and Better"
    "More Great Fun"
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    Lots of Sophie and friends humor and wacky detective work. If you're a fan of the series you won't be disappointed. Gabra does a great job and is still one of my favorite narrators. Can't wait until Kyra writes another.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Watch Your Back

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen Rose
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Baltimore homicide detective Stevie Mazzetti has suffered losses no woman should have to endure. And, despite it all, she's still a fighter. When she learns that her ex-partner might have miscarried justice, she's determined to put the past to rights, even when she becomes a target. It's former marine Clay Maynard's job to see the risk in every situation, and he doesn't have to look hard to find the danger surrounding Stevie. Since the minute he first saw her, Clay has wanted toprotect the wounded officer, and he started loving her not long after that.

    shelley says: "Karen Rose does not disappoint"
    "Required a stretch of my suspension of disbelief"
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    A solid book with a well paced story, strong characters, good suspense, and a heated romance. My only real complaint was that I struggled a bit with the motivation for the villain. It just seemed like he kept at it to the point that he was calling attention to himself, which was the exact thing he was trying to stop. Finally decided to just go with it but don't usually have that problem with Ms Rose's books. I'm a huge fan of Marguerite Gavin so if you've enjoyed her performances in the past you won't be disappointed with this one. If you don't care for her style you probably won't care for this either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4054)
    Performance
    (3735)
    Story
    (3765)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "Strong ending to the trilogy"
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    I'm going to go ahead and disagree with the reviews with the most "helpful" votes and say that I thought this was the best book in the trilogy. If you've read my reviews of the first two you already know that I had a hard time making sense of the world. This book goes a long way in explaining the Divergent world. It also explores hard topics like prejudice, discrimination, violence as a means for change, the role of genetics in behavior and the meaning of sacrifice. Both Tris and Tobias grow and mature. My biggest complaint is that I wish we had gotten to these themes earlier in the series so they could have been addressed more thoroughly. Both Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford did a great job as Tris and Tobias respectively. I normally don't like books with multiple narrators, particularly not when one is male and the other female. I'm not sure if this book could have been done any other way and they managed to merge well enough. If they were better able to differentiate between the voices of the different characters I would have rated them higher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • That Touch of Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (91)

    To make ends meet, Stacy decides to develop her special…powers. Everyone can use a touch of magic now and then, right? Soon she’s got clients lining up to receive her signature potions - until a few of them go awry.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Great 2nd Half"
    "Even better than the first"
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    The first book by Lucy March, "A Little Night Magic", was entertaining and I really enjoyed it, but it never reached the point where I was looking for excuses to keep listening. This second book in the Nodaway Falls series exceeds the first in every respect: character development, relationships, excitement and humor. The narration was spot on. If you're a fan of Amanda Ronconi you won't be disappointed. This is arguably her best performance of the books I've listened to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (310)

    "It' s a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't." Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt' s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn' t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally.

    C. Telfair says: "Welcome Holiday Diversion"
    "It's about Lucian"
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    A lot of back story about Lucian and Walt's relationship to him is given, all wrapped up in a good story about the two of them helping a young girl. Some have commented that there's too much technical detail about the plane. While there is some I never found this to be intrusive and it's the interaction of the people on the plane not the plane itself that form the focus. George Guidall does a fantastic job as always. It's a bit short but if you're a fan of the Longmire books you are going to want to listen to this. If you find it on sale as I did, even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead Pool: The Hollows, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (894)
    Performance
    (845)
    Story
    (851)

    Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike. The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

    Angela says: "Unbelievably Satisfying!"
    "Better all the time"
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    Each book I think can't get any better and yet the next one proves me wrong. This one is no exception. If you've been listening to the series you'll be pleased with this installment. If you haven't started the series yet you owe it to yourself to get "Dead Witch Walking" and start listening now. Marguerite Gavin is an amazing performer. I love all of her work but especially the Rachel Morgan books. It is with both great expectation and much sadness that I await the final installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ignite Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (152)

    With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world...but that’s not all he wants with her.

    Marjorie says: "Stunning conclusion!"
    "Ends even better than it begins"
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    I loved "Shatter Me" which started this trilogy. The writing was great. The characters were interesting. The story was well developed. The pacing was good. While the writing, characters and story were still great in "Unravel Me" the pacing was a bit slow for much of the book in comparison to the first so it didn't keep me wanting to listen instead of doing other things. "Ignite Me" definitely does not have that problem. Juliette has gone from a scared girl in the first book to a confident young woman in this one. The listener's entire view of the world changes as hers does. As you try with her to catch up with this changing viewpoint the story sweeps you along to its climactic conclusion. All in all a satisfying ending to a great series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Up from the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1047)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (990)

    There's always one more grave to dig. Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband, Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…. A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences.

    Julius says: "Missed Kat and Bones"
    "The way to end a series"
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    I'd rank this as my second favorite series ending and my favorite of the Night Huntress books. The story is not just a gratuitous wrap up session as some series endings have been. It is filled with action and surprises, laughs and tears. Everything that has made this series great to listen to you'll find here. While it's sad to say goodbye to our beloved Kat and Bones I look forward to finding out what other stories Ms Frost has in store for us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7060)
    Performance
    (6399)
    Story
    (6456)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    C. Mings says: "Oh, Tris....get over it!"
    "Maybe it's just me"
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    but I can't seem to believe the world Ms Roth has created. It constantly feels more like the world a 16 year old would imagine than a world that could actually exist. I kept trying to set that aside. It was easier to do in the first book which focused on the initiates, their training and the outbreak of war. Even then I couldn't help thinking that in a world that was being described war was a long time coming. This book focuses more on the factions. I can buy that these sorts of factions would exist within a larger society. But describe a world where the vast majority not only belong to one of them but even have a proclivity to a certain one and they no longer seem like people. It also doesn't help that Tris continually acts like a 16 year old and none of the adults around her point out to her the flaws in her logic or even tell her she's acting like a child. It's like the whole world is populated with adults no more mature than a 16 year old. The politics and the situations end up feeling far too contrived. This is far from the worst young adult fiction I've listened to but it doesn't rank with the best. But like I said, maybe it's just me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tongue in Chic: Fortune Hunter, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christina Dodd
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    How can one little lie land Meadow Szarvas in such trouble? Sure, Devlin Fitzwilliam catches her breaking into his mansion to steal a precious painting. And, yes, in sheer desperation she tells him she has amnesia. But then he claims she’s his wife. As Devlin’s own treacherous agenda comes to light, Meadow finds herself locked in a match of high-stakes deception.

    Judy says: "Decent Story, BAD Narrator!"
    "Entertaining"
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    This is just the sort of romance I'm interested in: light hearted with plenty of humor, strong characters, a bit of mystery and suspense, some heated moments, and a happy ending. I'd give it 5 stars but the main premise of the book is on the verge of unbelievable and, while part of the humor, begins to wear a bit thin towards the end Christina Traister did an acceptable job of narrating the story, never making me want to turn it off or wish I'd read it instead. Her performance lacks the polish of other narrators and many of the voices sounded the same. Worse they tended to slip into and out of accents so very few of them other than Meadow were consistent. A quick search of Audible shows this is the first book she did (at least at Audible). Her effort was good enough that I'd be willing to listen to some of her later work to see if she's improved. All in all 8 enjoyable hours spent listening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Heart: Bloodlines, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer, Alden Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (316)

    Sydney Sage is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. In the Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her...But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once.

    Amanda says: "Why mess with a good thing?"
    "Hard to rate"
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    Rating the story was easy. It's arguably the best so far in the Bloodlines series. It furthers the development of the characters, their relationships, their background and the world of which they are a part. The final criteria for me to give it 5 stars is that I don't want to stop listening and look for excuses to turn it back on. It definitely met that criteria. I only wish the performance was as easily rated. Emily Shaffer has been doing a great job with her performances, first on the Vampire Academy series and then on Bloodlines. Sadly the person they chose (who Audible does not list) to perform the parts from Adrian's point of view is not nearly of her caliber. The various voices of the characters are virtually indistinguishable. The dialog is done fairly well other than that but the narration, while not completely flat it often lacks the full emotion for which the story seems to call. Moreover Emily has been portraying Adrian with a vaguely English/European accent for the entire time she has been performing him yet this reader is definitely all American and makes no attempt to match the tone or style previously set. If anything, Ms Shaffer seems to attempt to match his non-accented, flat rendition of Adrian which brings her performance down a notch both for deviating from the previous books and also for the fact that she sometimes manages it and sometimes falls back to the old, accented version. Final score? The story is simply too good and half the book is performed by Emily. Every time it switches to Adrian's point of view it required a readjustment but it never fell to the level where I wanted to stop listening and read it instead. A 3.5 would be fair but since I had to choose between 3 and 4 I felt 3 was too low. Final score: 4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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