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Marla

I grew up with books....not television.

Chambersburg, PA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 33 reviews
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  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • At Grave’s End: Night Huntress, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (3313)
    Performance
    (2397)
    Story
    (2389)

    It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover, Bones, at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

    Anumet says: "Sucks you in. (Pun intended)"
    "Another Awesome Installment for Cat & Bones!"
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    Usually, a series can tend to get dull after so many books, not this one....I've read them all and still waiting for another to come out. Cat and Bones are the ultimate supernatural couple and their "interactions" are some of the steamiest, hottest and best written scenes I've had the pleasure of reading so far. Most erotic scenes I've read in other books are just ridiculous or predictable....to the point where I'm rolling my eyes . Not the scenes between Cat and Bones...they are fantastically written and the imagery you get is best experienced in a dim room behind closed doors. It's just that good.

    If you are a fan of this genre - THIS is the series to own. Worth every credit or penny you spend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Clayfield: Clayfield, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Shane Gregory
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    On a cold February day in the small town of Clayfield, Kentucky, an unsuspecting and unprepared museum director finds himself in the middle of hell on earth. A pandemic is spreading around the globe, and it’s turning most of the residents of Clayfield into murderous zombies. Having no safe haven to which he can flee, the director decides to stick it out near his hometown and wait for the government to send help. But the disease and those infected are not his only concerns....

    Mike Naka says: "surprisingly good"
    "A fun typical zombie romp"
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    This may not have an original take on the zombie apocalypse but it was a fun and interesting read. It was never boring and had a great balance of action and character development. Not much background on how the virus happened or spread which kinda leaves a little hole in the story. The alcohol aspect of it was never explained...I hope it will be in the next installment. I like a little bit of a science mixed in with my post apocalyptic fiction and there isn't any here. Just straight into the mayham and zombies...which is okay too sometimes. I've already started the second book so I feel good about recommending this as an addition to your collection.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Decay

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (503)

    A New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, Marvel Comics writer Jonathan Maberry continues the story he began in Rot and Ruin. Six months have passed since Benny Imura and Nix Riley learned that flesh-eating zombies aren’t the scariest or most dangerous monsters around. Now, Benny’s brother Tom is training them in the art of zombie whacking. But as they plan to leave and find a better future, a zombie attack puts a crimp in their plans.

    CRISTY says: "Hutchison's narration (once again) is excellent!"
    "Young survivors fighting for their lives"
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    As with the series debut, this brave band of young survivors fight more against their fellow man than with zombies. It's pretty essential that you read the first book in order to understand this follow-up. You'll meet many of the same characters...good and bad. A lot of the story revolves around the relationships between Benny and his crew. There is no shortage of zombies and excitement though! I thoroughly enjoyed the new element of danger the author added to the story as well!

    All in all, it was a good follow up to the story and I plan on listening to the third installment soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lycan Fallout: Rise of the Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (700)

    The world of man was brought to its knees with the zombie apocalypse. A hundred and fifty years have passed since man clawed and climbed his way back from the brink of extinction. Civilization has rebooted, man has begun to rebuild, creating new communities and society. It is on this fragile new shaky ground that a threat worse than the scourge of the dead has sprung... Once again, one man finds himself once thrust into the forefront of a war he wants nothing to do with and seemingly cannot win.

    Teddy says: "Loved it! Mike Talbot Returns!!!"
    "Entertaining continuance on the Talbot series"
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    I was skeptical about introducing werewolves into the mix of vampires, zombies and witches - but it worked and kept me listening to the very end. It's strange to pick up after almost a century later AFTER the zombie fallout occurred but once you separated yourself from the Talbots and let this become your point of reference, it was a wonderfully engaging story. I would absolutely read the follow up book if one were to surface.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1811)
    Performance
    (1281)
    Story
    (1284)

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "A good "military based" zombie read"
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    This is your typical zombie story told from a military perspective. It did take me a few chapters to thoroughly get into the story - but then I started to bond with the characters. There isn't a whole lot of interaction with the zombies on a close combat scenario - mostly military tactics and warfare. It was good enough though to check out the 2nd installment. So I will!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3489)
    Performance
    (3173)
    Story
    (3171)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "Fun lighthearted vampire romp"
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    This is classic Molly Harper - amusing, light and entertaining. I always buy everything she puts out in the genre - it's just so fun!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1719)
    Performance
    (1599)
    Story
    (1598)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Another favorite in the Zombie genre!"
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    The cover art drew me in and the story hooked me! This is not your typical zombie eats humanity story. It's more of a coming of age tale for a young zombie. It's immensely humorous and completely entertaining. The performance is believable and very well done. I'm going to have to recommend this as long as you are willing to change your perception about zombies being brainless moaning eating machines. The characters are wonderful and I can't wait to see what lies ahead for them in the 2nd book!

    I'm so glad I found this because I've been a little worried that I may have exhausted my supply of Zombie fiction on Audible!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (2381)
    Performance
    (2205)
    Story
    (2196)

    After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude ... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire. Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all - but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula.

    Hassan says: "LOVED it from the beginning"
    "Frost does it again!"
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    I couldn't buy this fast enough when I saw it released. I've listened to every single one of Frost's books and she did not disappoint with Once Burned.

    Again, she creates a set of characters that you become completely invested in. Then she sets them on a chaotic action filled adventure packed with just enough heat to make it believable. I've read thousands and thousands of books - but NO ONE has ever written love scenes that affect me this physically until I read Frost's work.

    The premise may not be an original one, but it's a storyline that I can't get enough of.....gifted human girl meets dark and mysterious vampire, lives are threatened and working through the issues, girl and vampire fall in lust. I love it. If you love this genre....it's a no-brainer!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1533)
    Performance
    (1274)
    Story
    (1284)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "An exciting, fun and humorous jaunt into Hell"
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    I had no expectations starting this book, and it turned out to be one of my favorite series so far! Sure, it has vampires and witches and demons - but the story is so very original that it sets itself far apart from other works in this genre. It's done with intelligence and an almost self deprecating humor and the action was interesting and non-stop. After finishing this - I went right for the 2nd and 3rd in the series. If you enjoy paranormal testosterone driven action novels - this is the series for you. I highly recommend you read them in order. Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9864)
    Performance
    (4796)
    Story
    (4824)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "An awesome new spin on the end of days"
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    By the end of this book, my blood pressure was through the roof and my nails were bitten down to the quick. It's no secret that King is a master storyteller, but I wondered how his work would translate into audio format. It turns out that was every bit as good as reading it. The first couple of hours where King begins to introduce us to the characters were lengthy and I did have to rewind a couple of times - but this is because there is a huge cast of characters in this story, and it simply takes time to describe them. But it's done so well that by the time the proverbial poop hits the fan, you are feeling the desperation of the "good guys" and are wishing long painful deaths to the villains. This is a super unique story that makes you ponder subconsciously the ethics and nature of human beings as well as feel as passionately and fiercely as the characters do. The dome situation is every bit as gritty and desperate as you would think....and it's such an original premise to have this localized apocalypse going on while the rest of the world functions normally! If you like reading apocalyptic fiction, you will certainly appreciate this book. The scientific research that was put into the story is very accurate and completely realistic which only adds to the horrible situation this poor community is in. The book downloaded into 5 parts - but they went by so quickly. Do not let the length of the book deter you....you will not regret it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Every Which Way but Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2113)
    Performance
    (1286)
    Story
    (1296)

    Some days, you just can't win. Witch and former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has managed to escape her corrupt company, survive living with a vampire, start her own runner service, and face down a vampire master.

    Ananda says: "oh! the trashy goodness!"
    "A fun and entertaining follow-up in the series"
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    This is fun light paranormal storytelling that entertains but not to the point of eliciting emotion from the reader. It's a great story mainly about witches, vampires and demons and how they interact and make each other's lives difficult. The witchcraft aspect (such as the spells and materials they use) is quite interesting! The demon that we were introduced to in the first book has really developed into a despicable creature that we can all love to hate.

    Overall, thought provoking and insightful, maybe not. But certainly fun and entertaining! Recommended to those who enjoy this particular genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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