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  • Gun, with Occasional Music

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Gumshoe Conrad Metcalf has problems - not the least of which are the rabbit in his waiting room and the trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail. Near-future Oakland is an ominous place where evolved animals function as members of society, the police monitor citizens by their karma levels, and mind-numbing drugs such as Forgettol and Acceptol are all the rage. In this brave new world, Metcalf has been shadowing the wife of an affluent doctor, perhaps falling a little in love with her at the same time.

    Darwin8u says: "SF SLAMS into a hard-boiled, noir pulp!"
    "Ramand Chandler in the 22nd century"
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    If you could sum up Gun, with Occasional Music in three words, what would they be?

    Classic Private eye story set in a future where animals have been evolved into creatures that speak and do tasks that humans won't do any more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How our hero Conrad Metcalf , not only deals with problems but with his addictions to legal drugs That is a part of the story and how he has his own personal blend.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Sullivan – was your favorite?

    Conrad Metcalf, he really pulled off all the character voices but you really felt Metcalf's angst.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A few laughs and some extreme reactions to some brutal murders but all in all a really good story. Well worth what I paid for it. (got on sale and would still recommend) excellent urban future fantasy.


    Any additional comments?

    SPOILER; I would love to see a second book about this character after he get's out of the freeze, in the future.......I hope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off the Grid: A Jane Yellowrock Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (211)

    In Off the Grid, Jane goes on what looks like a simple mission for the Knoxville blood-master - finding a missing Mithran. Her search leads Jane to a young woman named Nell, a woman with a scarred past and a strange power, a woman who may hold the key to saving the missing vampire, if Jane can convince her to assist.

    The Book Nympho says: "Lot of action in just 2 hours!"
    "As a BIG Jane Fan this si a must."
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    Where does Off the Grid rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I can only compare to the rest of the Jane Yellowrock series, and as usual it is a stand out short story. Well worth the price, and I got on sale.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A surprise for Jane, Nell is a really strange woman with powers, that she really doesn't want anyone to know about. (because for years she was tortured because of them and had to hide them) To Nell anything super natural is evil so she believes she is (at least this is what I get from her interactions with Jane)


    Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to her in all of the "Yellowrock" series and in other audiobooks as well, she is a natural for narrations.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't let anyone know who you really are.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that Faith Hunter finds a way to put Nell in future stories of Jane. I think bringing her out to accept who she is and give her faith in her powers could be a very interesting add on to a story. This was well worth the price for the story line even though the ending kind of left you hanging about Nell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desert God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Mike Grady
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    Game of Thrones meets Ancient Egypt in this magnificent, action-packed epic. On the gleaming banks of the Nile, the brilliant Taita - slave and advisor to the Pharaoh - finds himself at the center of a vortex of passion, intrigue, and danger. His quest to destroy the Hyksos army and form an alliance with Crete takes him on an epic journey up the Nile, through Arabia and the magical city of Babylon, and across the open seas.

    no says: "Good sequel to River God."
    "This is book 5 in the Egyption series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Desert God the most enjoyable?

    Wilbur Smith doesn't pull punches. This series takes place thousands of years ago, when the powerful ruled with iron hand and the rest of humanity was fodder. There is much horror and cruelty. Some of it is gut churning but in all honesty the world was not an easy place to live in 5500-6000 years ago. Most people didn't live to be adults.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was always thickening, Taita, a eunuch slave in the first book in the series, now has the power of being the right had of the Pharaoh.


    Have you listened to any of Mike Grady’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    There have been several different narrators in this series, and they have all been very good. Mike Grady also did an excellent job with emotions and voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If only, but I did finish over the weekend.


    Any additional comments?

    Wilbur Smith writes intense violent, and sometime horrifying situations that can be very upsetting to the 21st century person. However if you think of how the world was during the Crusades, the Dark Ages, etc, you know for a fact that there is much inhumanity just to survive. The main Character is not without flaws, but who is?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warlock: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (136)

    After the death of his beloved Queen Lostris, Taita retreats into the forbidding deserts of North Africa to become a hermit. He devotes himself to the study of the occult and, armed with extraordinary powers, he gradually transforms himself into a warlock. After years of study, he discovers the divine purpose of his bereavement when he is called upon to save the dynasty of Lostris from the clouds of evil that loom over Egypt.

    Matthew says: "Poor sequel"
    "Warning the much violence"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This series takes place in a time where people were fodder and unless you were a powerful individual your life was in the hands of those who do have the power. Violence and brutality was something that happened regularly. Wilbur Smith doesn't cut corners on it. If you can't handle this kind of in your face horror, then don't listen to this series. Men, Women, children were all used in ways that would make the Holocaust look like camp. This is the way life was 6000 years ago.


    Any additional comments?

    Taita, a eunuch, in this series grows in each book. The stories and histories of Egypt that Wilbur Smith paints with his words are cruel, but memorizing. I've listened to this series more than once, and each book Taita grows into a stronger and more powerful, and influential person in Egypt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (425)

    Ancient Egypt. Land of the Pharaohs. A kingdom built on gold. A legend shattered by greed. Now the Valley of Kings lies ravaged by war, drained of its lifeblood, as weak men inherit the cherished crown. On the eve of the festival of Osiris, the loyal subjects of the Pharaoh gather in Thebes to pay tribute to their leader.

    Exploding with all the passion and rage of a bygone time, River God is a masterpiece of historical writing.

    mjshuff says: "River God review"
    "I've listened to many times"
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    What did you love best about River God?

    Wilbur Smith knows history of Egypt, the culture and things that not so pleasant to those of us that live in the 21st century. There are horrors that occur to people, both male and female on a regular basis. (Much of it will be cringe worthy) however the fact that it's a historical novel and so well written with amazing characters. I just had to listen to over the years more than once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Taita, the eunuch, who over the book grows in power and is trusted with much.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Brilliant.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a series of books. For some reason book two is not available on Audible. but Warlock, Quest, and River God are. In each book Taita shows his nimble mind and grows in power in Egypt. Great series. Not all read by Dick Hill but all narrated great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Can't Get Enough: Erotica for Women

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tenille Brown, Cole Riley
    • Narrated By Lily Horne
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    With contributions from authors like Rachel Kramer Bussel, Jacqueline Applebee, Giselle Renarde, and featuring a brand-new "Becoming Hers" story from New York Times best-seller Shoshanna Evers, this is an audiobook full of diverse and dynamic characters who are bold and daring even when being sexily subtle. The authors here knock the "Can't Get Enough" theme right out of the park with stories that will leave listeners as breathless as the characters they're hearing about, dying for more.

    Jeremy says: "Couldn't get enough!"
    "Nice mix of eritica"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If Erotica is something you enjoy reading, yes I would recommend. It has just about every type of erotica, from hardcore kinky to really sweet. I enjoy it all so it was a nice mix for me.


    What other book might you compare Can't Get Enough to and why?

    This is an anthology so I can only compare to other anthologies. There are many good Erotica anthologies out there, this one really was excellent and I know I'll listen to again.


    Which character – as performed by Lily Horne – was your favorite?

    I never heard her before but she's wonderful at reading EROTICA. She has the power of expressing emotions and passion very well. I hope she'll be doing more like this. There are so many who narrate erotica who just don't do it for me. I'm glad I listen to the free sample so I learn the voices I enjoy.


    Who was the most memorable character of Can't Get Enough and why?

    So many enjoyable stories, it's hard for me to pick just one in this anthology. It was well worth the price.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy various types of erotica, whether it involves BD/SM, Kink, or anything else you very well might enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scorch

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gina Damico
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (389)

    Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby is a teenage grim reaper with the bizarre ability to Damn souls. That makes her pretty scary, even to fellow Grims. But after inadvertently transferring her ability to Zara, a murderous outlaw, Lex is a pariah in Croak, the little town she calls home. To escape the townspeople’s wrath, she and her friends embark on a wild road trip to DeMyse. Though this sparkling desert oasis is full of luxuries and amusements, it feels like a prison to Lex.

    jennifer says: "Look Alive"
    "Great 2nd book in series"
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    Would you listen to Scorch again? Why?

    YES! the Narration was very well done, the story line kept moving and it kept you interested in all the characters. (even the really nasty ones)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line was about young people and how they take charge of their lives, and how they eventually take responsibility for their actions.


    What about Jessica Almasy’s performance did you like?

    She was perfect for this series, with emotions and voices especially.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the last book in this trilogy. Knowing that there will be an end also makes it more enjoyable. Some authors don't know when to stop. I have a feeling book three will be totally worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Book of Submission: 69 Kinky Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rachel Kramer Bussel - editor
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Submission takes many forms in this collection of 69 short stories, from straining in bondage to taking a spanking, being put on display, and beyond. By turns bratty and worshipful, these submissives will go to great lengths to fulfill their naughtiest fantasies and are rewarded splendidly by their masters and mistresses. A student returns to show his former teacher who's really in charge, a photo shoot becomes an opportunity for erotic games, and a man revels in his wife's past as a former dominatrix.

    Bonnie says: "Kink and Rose Caraway enjoyable"
    "Kink and Rose Caraway enjoyable"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Big Book of Submission to be better than the print version?

    Never saw print version, audible with Rose Caraway doing narration was extremely well done. What I also enjoyed was that not all the "Submission" was women, there were men submitting as well. It was a nice mix of stories if this is a genre that you would enjoy.


    What other book might you compare The Big Book of Submission to and why?

    This is an anthology of short stories, mixing both male and female submission. It's hard to compare to another book unless it's also an anthology of short stories in this genre.


    Which character – as performed by Rose Caraway – was your favorite?

    She was delectable doing all the characters. Rose Caraway has a way with narrating EROTICA. I've listened to her narrate several Erotic pieces and they were all enjoyable to me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Since there were 69 short stories, it was easy to stop and start at my leisure.Since I enjoy ALL TYPES OF EROTICA.......this was just one more I can enjoy again when I feel like a naughty listen.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not for everyone. Submission is consensual, and also part of many peoples fantasies. (Just because a person enjoys reading Murder mysteries, doesn't make them a Murderer) Same for Erotica, most sensual part of any person is their brain. If you enjoy Erotica, you may enjoy this as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Heir: Jane Yellowrock, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (325)

    For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it's definitely personal.

    Tammy says: "WOW! They keep getting better!"
    "Hunter and Hyam keep getting better"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend the entire series to start with. One of the best written and narrated series. There are several, one being "The Hollows Series" by Kim Harrison. Margarete Gavin narrated.(Every book got better and when the series ended on book 13 it had a great ending) When Faith Hunter decides to end the series I'm sure it will be just as fantastic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Who's better than Jane and Beast. But the Younger Brothers and Bruiser are hard to beat. and in this book I had sympathy for Leo, and what he has to deal with (even though he's a predator) There's a lot going on in this story that makes it really non-stop action from start to finish.


    Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to her do this entire series. She is fantastic with all the characters, accents, and emotions. I can't imagine anyone else narrating this series.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jane was in the church and so badly burned and couldn't change with Bruiser. The battle she fought with herself and her Beast to pull through was really moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I have a feeling the next book with bring the Europeans into the story, and it will be VERY NASTY. But I think Jane and Beast will pull off another win.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Panther Prowling: Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Yasmine Galenorn
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    We're the D'Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is a wicked-good witch with three gorgeous husbands. Menolly is a vampire married to a werepuma. And me? I'm Delilah, a two-faced werecat and a Death Maiden.

    Patsy G. says: "Hope it moves along..."
    "Book 17 and not even close to ending"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is book 17, what happened to the fight against Shadowing? So many side plots and characters it's really becoming annoying and getting away from the original story. Yes there were a few pieces of background information that helped bring other back story together, but all the other stuff just was fluff to fill until the next book. Why?


    If you’ve listened to books by Yasmine Galenorn before, how does this one compare?

    Yes this series, and it's getting a bit boring and anti-climatic waiting for the "Spirit Seals" and the war with "Shadowing" to come to a head. This is book 17 and it's not even getting close to a finish line, just a clue in the end about a new general that will be in charge of Shadowing's army. How many more books will it take to get to the end of this. I don't mind side stories if it leads to the main plot. This one really didn't even come close to touching on "OtherWorld" and the War with Shadowing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The was one in which some of the past was tied together, but I don't want to give it away Or maybe I should so people can save a credit. It's about Delilah, meeting with her twin and having things explained to her as to why nothing was mentioned to any of the sisters about the twin while either of the parents were alive.


    Do you think Panther Prowling needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think this book could have been not even written and the information that was needed put in a book that went on with the main story about the Spirit Seals and Shadowing. I felt this book was just filler to keep people buying books. Yes there has to be another book and at this rate there will be at least 5 or 6 more. Who knows. It seems to me the Author is getting either greedy or can't get a conclusion put together for this series.


    Any additional comments?

    Get it together, I'm not sure I'll even get the next book unless it gets more involved with the ending of this series. Some authors get caught up with their characters and don't know how to put their series to a good ending. Follow Kim Harrison, with the "Hollow's series" that had a great ending after 13 books. Had a great ending though not perfect. I felt every credit I spent was worth it. I'm feeling reluctant to get into any more in this "Otherworld/Sisters" series. I don't know how others feel but I will question purchasing the next book in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Heat: Alpha and Omega, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (1363)
    Performance
    (1241)
    Story
    (1239)

    For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles' role as his father's enforcer. This time their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way....

    Nikki says: "It can't get any better!!!"
    "Keeps you hanging until the very end"
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    Would you listen to Dead Heat again? Why?

    Fantastic story, and yes I'd listen to the whole series again. This story was very different from the others. Shared background about Charles, and his friend (not werewolf) Joseph.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Always Charles and Anna, but Joseph really made this story special. It was emotional and touching and loving in so many ways.


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's been narrating the series since the start. I think he does a fine job at narration for this series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it in two days. I couldn't stop, but you know at the end there is more to come regarding the "Fae", and it won't be nice.


    Any additional comments?

    I love all Patricia Briggs series. Looking forward to the next in this and with Mercy Thompson series. Always strong women and action packed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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