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New Haven, CT, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 7 reviews
  • 120 ratings
  • 177 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Blood Born

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linda Howard, Linda Jones
    • Narrated By Vanessa Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Luca Ambrus is a rare breed: vampire from birth, begotten by vampire parents, blood born. He is also an agent of the Council - the centuries-old cabal that governs vampirekind, preserving their secrecy and destroying those who betray them.

    RRWS says: "Good start for a series"
    "Good book, don't let the cover art fool you!"

    I didn't get this book for a long time despite the good reviews because the cover art was so cheesy. The old adage regarding books and covers has been proven to me once again. I found this book really entertaining, the world it is set in was interesting without being too complicated, and the characters were about as multi-dimensional as you get in books like this (with the exception of maybe the BDB series). Best paranormal romance I've listened to in a while.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Once Olympia Wingfield had been free to devote all her time to her true passion: the study of ancient legends and long-lost treasure. But now, with three hellion nephews to raise, the absentminded beauty has very little time for research. Which makes it seem all the more serendipitous when a handsome stranger strides into Olympia’s library unannounced and proceeds to set her world to rights.

    Amy says: "Poor narration"

    This was adequately entertaining but not one of my favorites. It certainly has no pretensions of being anything more than a cheesy romance novel, which I appreciate on some level, but I wish the writing had strayed a little further from the established cliches - I found nothing at all interesting or engaging about this book and probably won't listen to anything else by this author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Game: GhostWalkers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A man and woman possessed of telekinetic powers. She is the doctor. He is the experiment. What comes between them is a terrifying secret history that could save them or destroy them.

    Suzanne says: "GOOD ON STEROIDS"
    "boring, predictable, and repetitive"

    This book just didn't do much for me. I thought the science fiction aspect of the plot was great, but that was its only redeeming feature. The book goes on at great length about the main characters' feelings for each other (I'd swear entire paragraphs are copied and pasted multiple places in the book), but the way their relationship developed wasn't particularly interesting, and I didn't feel particularly invested in how things turned out for them. I also listened to another book in this series and it suffered from the same problems. It's a shame, because I really want to know what happens in the larger sci-fi plot line, but I just can't take any more cut-and-paste sex scenes and vague, overwrought sentimentality.

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Katherine Howe
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Connie's mother asks her to sell an abandoned house once owned by her grandmother in Salem, Mass. Relunctantly, Connie moves to the small town and inhabits the crumbling, ancient house, trying to restore it to a semblance of order. Curious things start to happen when Connie finds the name "Deliverance Dane" on a yellowed scrap of paper and begins to have visions of a long ago woman condemned for practicing "physick," or herbal healing, on her neighbors in 1690s Salem.

    Darinda says: "Love it!"

    I quite enjoyed listening to this book and being transported into the world that the author creates. It's not perfect, and some of the characters were not especially believable, but I highly recommend it if you're looking for something in the vein of "The Secret History of the Pink Carnation". (To be fair, the quality of the writing in "The Physick Book" is about 10 times better than "Pink Carnation", but the parts set in the past in "Pink Carnation" are about 10 times more engaging.)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "atmospheric, but slow at the start"

    I probably wouldn't have listened beyond the paaaaainfully slow and aimless-feeling first couple of hours, but I was trapped in a car with nothing else to listen to. I'm glad I did, though. This is a very atmospheric book that draws you into its little world. It requires some suspension of disbelief to really get into the story (like, about everything you think you know about how human beings behave), but I ultimately found it pretty entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Lover: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione

    The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

    Tracy says: "Amazing start to this awesome series!"

    For adults in Twilight withdrawal, look no further. (And if you're not looking for a bona fide cheesy romance novel, you're not really in Twilight withdrawal.)

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Temptation of the Night Jasmine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The much- anticipated fifth installment in the inventive and original Pink Carnation series.

    Bethany says: "Disapointing Reader"
    "wow, the narrator is really appalling"

    The story is fine, but the narrator is distractingly bad. Like another reviewer said, she consistently mispronounces the main character's name, which is really distracting. She has an annoyingly nasal voice and an indeterminate accent that is altogether unsatisfying. I could go on, but it looks like Kate Reading is back for the next one in the series, so I'll quit whining and just try to get through this one as quickly as possible.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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