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Vinity

Vinity

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  • 36 reviews
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  • Fate's Edge: The Edge, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (568)

    In the latest entry in Ilona Andrews's Edge series, Audrey Callahan is determined to stay on the straight and narrow - but when her brother gets into trouble, she takes on one last heist and finds herself matching wits with lawyer, gambler, thief, and spy Kaldar Mar.

    Vinity says: "This one is WONDERFUL!"
    "This one is WONDERFUL!"
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    I am a huge Ilona Andrews fan. This husband and wife writing team only get better and better. Even allowing for that, this book is something special. The characters just couldn't be more fun and entertaining. The leads, Kalder Mar, who we first met in bk2, Bayou Moon, and Audrey Callahan are two people who have been shaped into con people basically by the needs of their family. In Kaldar's case it was for his loyalty and love to meet the needs of his family. In Audrey's case, she was used and abused by her family. So, how will these two con's ever get over their natural mistrust to work together? Let the action fly.

    Secondary characters shine. Jack and George have grown up a lot since we first met them in On the Edge, we also see Declan, Rose, William and Cerise. The characters are smartly written, funny, snarky and edgey. It's always a treat to watch how family will interact in this series.

    Each Edge book can be read as a stand alone. The needed info-dump from previous books is handled as gracefully as I've ever seen so as to clue in new readers without irking readers familiar with the series. I do think having read the previous books makes the experience richer and this series has the ability to be very rich in magic worldbuilding and characterization without being overly complicated or bogging the storyline down.

    Renee Raudman does an excellent job reading. She is very good at getting across sarcasm. She also handles the duel spoken dialog with the internal commentary well, which is always important element in an Ilona Andrews book. My only issue with Renee's performance is her voice during the smexy scenes, her voice goes a bit high, strained and breathy. Other than that, she seems to be having a great deal of fun reading these books.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter Spirits: Roaring Twenties, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jenn Bennett
    • Narrated By Amy Landon
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Aida Palmer performs a spirit medium show onstage at Chinatown's illustrious Gris-Gris speakeasy. However, her ability to summon (and expel) the dead is more than just an act. Winter Magnusson is a notorious bootlegger who's more comfortable with guns than ghosts. Unfortunately for him, he's the recent target of a malevolent hex that renders him a magnet for hauntings. After Aida's supernatural assistance is enlisted to banish the ghosts, her spirit-chilled aura heats up as the charming bootlegger casts a different sort of spell on her.

    Vinity says: "A bit disappointing"
    "A bit disappointing"
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    I like Jenn Bennett's Arcadia Bell series very much. So I'm sad to report I didn't like this book very much. The writing is fine, I just felt the plot was a bit thin, a good portion of the book is really just about getting the leads together in bed. I think some people like the romance to be the *A* story line, for me, I prefer the romance to be in the background. I like the idea of the world, I just wish there had been more focus on that.

    Amy Landon did a fine job reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2365)
    Performance
    (2239)
    Story
    (2238)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "I love this series but this was a miss :("
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    I love this series, but this book was a huge disappointment. This is usually a author that is a drop everything and read and I actually stopped halfway through and listened to another book. I did go back an finish but it was a struggle. I HATED the changing POV BUT, I totally hear the way to do the book is in audio so you can at least TELL when the POV changes by the changing voice. I hear people that read had to skim ahead to find out who was POV, then back tract. The fractured storyline was more confusing than engaging. It should have been released as 3 novellas or short stories. The saving grace was Luck Daniels who is outstanding, as always. I don't know if this is a book you can skip cause it does further the characterization but it's not enjoyable. I don't know if I will continue the series if he keeps up this form.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4092)
    Performance
    (3899)
    Story
    (3879)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Outstanding"
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    This is the best Dresdan File since Turn Coat, IMO. Don't get me wrong, all the series has been great but after Turn Coat the series had gotten so dark is was no fun to re-listen. I just didn't want to deal with that much pain again. This one we finally start to see Harry getting something back. As always, he's over-faced and beat to crap but the cost is better balanced. I wanted to re-listen as soon as I finished.

    James Marsters is always, wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bridegroom Wore Plaid: MacGregor Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Grace Burrowes
    • Narrated By Roger Hampton
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Ian MacGregor is wooing a woman who's wrong for him in every way. As the new Earl of Balfour, though, he must marry an English heiress to repair the family fortunes. But in his intended's penniless chaperone, Augusta, Ian is finding everything he's ever wanted in a wife.

    Malinda says: "Pretty good start to the series :)"
    "Not enough plot, too much sex"
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    I enjoy Historical Romance. I like the description of the story line of this book fine but it ended up taking forever for me to finish it. I stopped several times. I got it on sale or I would have returned it. For me it's not worth a credit. I don't mind sex scenes but there needs to be more to the plot than that for me to enjoy a book. This really felt like a very obvious, thin plot line as an excuse to stitched the getting to the sex part, then once they got there, it seemed like that was pretty much the whole point. Very disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Charley Davidson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1012)
    Performance
    (954)
    Story
    (949)

    Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow - but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim-reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins.

    RabidReads says: "This book could change EVERYTHING!"
    "3 1/2 stars rounded up."
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    This series is good but certain elements are getting old. I would like Charlie's snark to mature just a bit. The constant off topic tangent banter is getting old. Especially as the story line gets more complicated and dark. At first it was an entertaining break, now it's just pulling me away from the plot. And please, for goodness sake, can she stop naming everything. Having her boobs named Danger and Will Robinson was cute at first, but having their reaction to her having sex is just disturbing.

    I actually like the plot and most of the writing. Lorelei King does an OK job. As always, her voices are limited to you still have flashes of her characters from other books breaking thru.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss Me, Annabel: Essex Sisters, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    The rules of marriage according to Miss Annabel Essex. A husband must be rich, English, and amiable. Good-looking and intelligent would be nice, but not necessary.... She's found just the man! And her chosen spouse is nothing like the Scottish Earl of Ardmore, who has nothing but his gorgeous eyes and his brain - and his kisses. So what cruel twist of fate put her in a carriage on her way to Scotland with just that impoverished earl and all the world thinking they're man and wife?

    Cam says: "Lovely story"
    "Frustrating leads"
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    I generally really like Eloisa James stories but both the leads in this one were very frustrating. Annabel is really not very likable. Even tho she grows up poor and plans to marry a rich man, it doesn't excuse her whiny and self pitying attitude in most of the book. I didn't mind the male lead, Ewan, that much till they get to Scotland and he pulls a trick on her to test her. Then he became a jerk too. Eloisa James is usually witty and fun. This story is just old tired tropes not very well handled.

    Susan Duerdan was ok. She perhaps whispered too much but she did her best with what she had to work with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tender Rebel: A Malory Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (170)

    Scottish beauty Roslynn Chadwick needs the safety of marriage to protect her from an unscrupulous cousin and the fortune-hunting scoundrels who covet her wealth. And Anthony Malory is precisely the sort of handsome rogue she's been warned against.

    Vinity says: "Bad narrator"
    "Bad narrator"
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    The story has some problems but the main issue is Laural Merlington. She absolutely can NOT do these accents. And please, please STOP voicing the laugh! It is VERY irritating, it not only pulls me out of the story, I cringe every time I hear "he/she chuckled/laughed" cause I know that horrible "heh, heh, heh" laugh sound will follow. I have managed to listen to Merlington before. She does the laugh on Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series also. The *laugh* combined with the HORRIBLE accents make this a very unpleasant listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Deeds of Daniel MacKenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (219)

    Daniel Mackenzie lives up to the reputation of the scandalous Mackenzie family - he has wealth, looks, and talent, and women love him. When he meets Violet Bastien - one of the most famous spiritual mediums in England - he immediately knows two things: that Miss Bastien is a fraud, and that he’s wildly attracted to her.

    Vinity says: "Off just a bit and frustrating reader"
    "Off just a bit and frustrating reader"
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    I really liked The Madness of Ian MacKenzie a lot. The rest of the series has gone down a bit each book. I have read some, I've listened to some. I was really looking forward to Daniel's book and I liked the set up. But somehow it missed the potential. Daniel has always been able to get what he's wanted in the past books off his charm. In this book he sort of runs over everyone and no one gets angry cause of his charm. As far as the Violet, I really dislike stories that feature her particular form of damage.

    Now for the biggest problem. What is going on with Angela Dawe? Her limited voices and odd cadence haven't bothered me AS bad in other books. I didn't notice it at all in Madness of Ian. In this book, especially the first file, you can count to 2 between every sentence, sometime 3. It's like she's being presented ONE sentence at a time on a dragging monitor. The pause is frustrating and very distracting. She has a habit of framing each sentence strongly anyway, but the gap between was far too long.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand, Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (156)

    Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence.

    Marianne says: "An Awesome Start to a New Series"
    "Wonderful"
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    I loved Kelley Armstrong's adult Otherworld but not as much her YA work. This is definitely in line with the Adult Otherworld. Great story, very engaging. easy to follow. My only issue is I see no reason to have the two female readers. I found that distracting. Still, even with that, well worth the credit and I can't wait for the next book. It does leave quite a lot of threads untied.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2895)
    Performance
    (2714)
    Story
    (2705)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Excellent wrap up."
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    This is an excellent wrap up to a very good series. The writing is an interesting mix of genre, little bit steampunk, little bit noir, little bit fantasy. It all blends well with the PERFECT reader. Bronson Pinchot it one of the very best out there. Definitely a 5 star series all around.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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