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  • Kiss the Dead: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (609)

    When a 15-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people - kids, grandparents, soccer moms - all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more.

    pewter says: "Weak Link in the Anita Blake Series"
    "Seems like a draft"
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    This reads like a non-final draft that was rushed to print. It would have benefited greatly from a strong editor.

    First, a small thing, isn't the wereleopard who wants to get pregnant Vivianne, not Vanessa?

    Second, there are large holes in the police/action drama. In the beginning, we are led to believe that there is a monster master vampire who is turning old women and young children into vampires against their will -- and has been making a veritable army of them in recent years. Yet as the story unfolds, I don't think the master vampire we meet at the end did create them all -- so then are they just creations of assorted evil vampires, did they want to be turned? Are all these vampires are originally from St. Louis (made without Jean Claude's knowledge) or did they move here? If so why? Is it a coincidence or a "master" plan?

    Third, the repetition of the attempts to give Anita the "cop/street" cred -- is too much. We could have done with one less long discussion of how "we stand shoulder to shoulder" and how our job is "to run in to where the monsters are."

    Fourth, while some of the relationship development was natural and seemed to be long in the making/foretelling -- Sin, but especially Asher -- there are some relationship developments that seem very abrupt and could have been fleshed out more -- Dolph's regaining respect for Anita, but especially what happens with Larry (WTF??).

    I did like the continuing evolution of Anita's metaphysical powers -- I think that was well done -- both the additional abilities and the control over the ardour. I liked Nathaniel's continuing maturation and the depictions of the relationships between him and Sin and Sin and Nicky.

    The sex was okay - same old, same old

    For the narration -- which is good as usual -- one comment. Did she change the way she did Micah's voice? It sounded foreign and was distancing and distracting to me.

    If it weren't for Otto -- I would think there is nothing left to tell about this world.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Night Broken: Mercy Thompson, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2052)
    Performance
    (1908)
    Story
    (1905)

    An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

    Hassan says: "Good Addition!!"
    "The ties that bind"
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    This book is a good example of what a series can be in the hands of an author who has not tired of her creations. A good stand alone read and a great addition to the series.

    There are more revelations about some repeating characters (Tad, Coyote, the walking stick), a deeper journey with others (Honey), notable growth in important relationships (e.g. Mercy and Adam, Mercy and the Pack) and the introduction of other intriguing characters -- the new submissive wolf, the new coyote walker and the dog trainer.

    This book draws together ties from the previous books to bind these characters and yet hints at more to come -- leaving many of the new characters hanging. Why specifically introduce them (new wolf) when they are not key to this story?

    Finally, this book is an affirmation of family -- however defined -- and the great benefits of being tied to one another -- family, mates, pack, vampires.

    I eagerly look forward to the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Concealed in Death: In Death Series, Book 38

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1443)
    Performance
    (1313)
    Story
    (1318)

    In a decrepit and long-empty New York building, a man begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, he finds two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. The man is Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s billionaire husband, Roarke, and he summons her immediately. His latest real estate project is going to be on hold for a while, because by the time Eve and her crew are finished searching the premises, there are 12 murders to be solved.

    amazonian says: "Don't Read "In Death" LISTEN to it!"
    "Character growth central to long running series"
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    Yes this book was gentler than others -- the antagonist was not the usual blood thirsty menace threatening New York. I liked the detective story -- but more important was the story of the evolution of the character. Face it -- we all read this series because we have bonded with Eve and then Roarke, Mavis and etc. In good relationships (Eve with Mira, Roarke and Mavis) people grow. I liked seeing that in Eve. This needs to be established in a book with room for that -- one of the faster paced kill, kill, kill novels will not accommodate exploration of that growth. If you want to see children or other developments, we have to see a believably matured Eve. As for me, I enjoyed spending time with old friends,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (1036)
    Story
    (1040)

    For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

    Kim Venatries says: "Not So Good"
    "Poor narration weighs down cliched story"
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    There is nothing fresh or captivating about this story. It reads like a standard drugstore romance paperback. And that is probably the better format for this story -- a rainy day guilty indulgence that leaves you unsatisfied -- like eating leftover Chinese food.

    The experience of this story was made worse by the narrator. I like this narrator when he does the Iron Druid series, but not here. His vocalization of the lead female made her seem like a ditzy airhead, and most of his other voices were caricatures. In fact, one of the characters sounded exactly like Oberon, the Iron Druid's dog.

    I recommend you save the credit and get this only if it goes on a $4.95 sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Narrated By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (552)

    A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. In constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; he cut himself off from those he loved. Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever....

    Char says: "Very Good Book"
    "A persuasive voice that needs to be heard"
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    Captain Montelvan adds a persuasive voice to our national dialogue about veterans, traumatic brain injuries and living with disabilities. He has done so with a very engaging account of his personal journey. This book is informative, challenging and encouraging. The author demonstrated amazing courage by allowing his vulnerability and and strength to show throughout the book. I think there should be medals for emotional courage, with oak leaf clusters.

    The part of this book still stuck in my head is the scene with the bus driver. I can't stand injustice and wonder why the other passengers did not intervene. I also admire his father for having the guts to admit he was wrong and then educate himself about the issues.

    One last note. I usually do not like audio books narrated by the author. This was the exception. It felt as if he were talking with me and relaying his story in person.

    Dogs Rule.

    1 of 1 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
    (2785)
    Performance
    (2541)
    Story
    (2547)

    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."
    "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
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    I re-listened to everything previously written in this series to prepare for this book. I agree with the reviewers who believe Ms. Harris lost her heart for this series, I have seen this with other authors like in the Anita Blake series.

    I was so disheartened that I went through my audio library looking for an old friend to re-visit.
    Instead, I stumbled onto a new gem. Like the Sookie series, this series has an odd, gifted and very loveable heroine. Like Sookie's home, this is set in a world all its own. While it lacks vampires and werewolves, it has lots of chemistry.

    Have a listen to Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. Follow the adventures of Flavia. Listening is good again.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Tales from the Norse Legends

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Edward Ferrie
    • Narrated By Benjamin Soames
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    The tales of the Norse gods, of the giants, demons, trolls and dwarves, still have the power to fascinate more than a thousand years after they were first told. Here are the stories of the one-eyed god Odin, Tyr the god of war, of the cunning Loki, of Thor the mighty thunder god and a host of others.

    reggie p says: "lots of fun"
    "Good primer for many fantasy/sci fi books today"
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    I selected this book because I knew nothing about Norse mythology, yet a basic knowledge of it is assumed in many of the books I like (American Gods, Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series, Anita Blake and werewolf packs).

    This definitely gives you a good introduction to Norse Myths -- and they are actually much more interesting than the Greco/Roman pantheon. It piqued my interest and I will likely read more in depth works on the subject.

    The narrator was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Leonie Swann
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    On a hillside near the cozy Irish village of Glennkill, the members of the flock gather around their shepherd, George, whose body lies pinned to the ground with a spade. George has cared for the sheep, reading them a plethora of books every night. The daily exposure to literature has made them far savvier about the workings of the human mind than your average sheep. Led by Miss Maple, the smartest sheep in Glennkill (and possibly the world), they set out to find George's killer.

    k says: "Close shear: sheep PIs almost cause 10 car pile-up"
    "Close shear: sheep PIs almost cause 10 car pile-up"
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    Driving down the interstate, listening to this story and laughing uproariously, I see a state trooper in the lane next to me and almost swerve into traffic. He glowers; rather like Othello.

    Great characters (mainly ovine) with unique personalities and gifts. A good perspective from which to comment on the human condition (apparently, we are really herd animals). A mystery which is stimulating enough to keep the pace. But the real gems are the interactions between this special flock and the cast of suspects.

    Chose this book for the humor, the mystery plot or the odd perspective on humanity -- and you will not be disappointed. My only lament is that I cannot foresee that there will be a sequel (after they return from the Continent) and i will miss this cast of characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Wilson
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (540)

    Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist's work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents' madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents' strange world.

    B. Westman says: "Surprisingly Deep"
    "hilarious & sad w/out lowering to farce or pathos"
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    Listen to this book. You will laugh out loud at inappropriate times and feel the weight of the children's' burden at others -- in fact often at the same time. You will like the children and feel for them in their efforts to emerge from the bizarre cocoon their parents wove for them. You will struggle to understand the parents and to decide whether the ends of love are worth the means. You will want to see more from this author and hear more from this narrator. This is a unique offering -- a rare treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2450)
    Performance
    (2253)
    Story
    (2244)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Deep Story, Haunting Narration"
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    I rarely give five stars -- even to the best of stories, but this deserves it. Greene's story creeps into your psyche and lingers for days. It is thought provoking, challenging and uncomfortable at time, but keeps you longing to know more about each character -- even the minor characters like the PI, the stump speaker and the priest.

    The narration was superb. Firth brought the main character into such full life that I could hear him in my head, even when I wasn't listening to the book. It was Firth's narration just as much as Greene's story that made me want to like the main character, even when he was being a jerk. Greene's story helped me to understand him and empathize with him, Firth's narration made me feel his humanity and pain.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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