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  • Caveat Emptor: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (236)

    Ruso and Tilla, now newlyweds, have moved back to Britannia, where Ruso's old friend and colleague Valens has promised to help him find work. But it isn't the kind of work he'd had in mind - Ruso is tasked with hunting down a missing tax man named Julius Asper. Of course, there's also something else missing: money. And the council of the town of Verulamium is bickering over what's become of it. Compelled to delve deeper by a threat from his old sparring partner, Metellus, Ruso discovers that the good townsfolk may not be as loyal to Rome as they like to appear.

    Bonnie says: "Ruth Downie doesn't dissapoint"
    "Ruth Downie doesn't dissapoint"
    Overall

    This is the fourth book in the "Medicus" series. First I have to say one of the reasons I started this series was the narrator Simon Vance, I always enjoy his reading of a novel, especially historical novels. Each of these book are crime thrillers, set in the time of ancient Rome, during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. Also involving the invasion of the British Isles. I am a lover of historical novels and Ruth Downie does a wonderful job with her time lines and her story line. I would recommend, starting the series with book #1 "Medicus", to get the background on the characters, however each book can stand on it's own. I always find myself hating for each of these books to end. I also suggest, the anyone who has not listened to this narrator listen to a sample that Audible offers, then you will know if you like his style.(I suggest that will all books)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Terms of Enlistment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (760)

    The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

    DAVE says: "Solid military sci-fi."
    "I'm not big on Si-Fi but this book changed my mind"
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    If you could sum up Terms of Enlistment in three words, what would they be?

    I love Luke Daniels narrations, and I saw this book on sale so I figured I'd try it. So glad I did. The writing was fantastic, kept you on the edge of your seat with action. Great character building as well The Narration was perfect, just as I expected it to be with Luke Daniels doing it.


    What other book might you compare Terms of Enlistment to and why?

    I don't read that much Si-Fi, but reminded me of Heinlein's "Star Ship Troopers" (Just a little)


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Luke Daniels is an Awesome narrator, and I have many books narrated by him. I enjoyed every one and have re listened to many of them. The reason I purchased this was it was on sale and I saw Luke Daniels was narrating. One of the best purchases I've made. I also purchased the second book in the series and luckily it was on sale as well.....and it was equally as great, if not better than than the first.


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

    So many but I think Boot Camp was really pretty good.


    Any additional comments?

    Having heard the first two books in this series I'm looking forward to the third one that should be out in early 2015. Great writer with lots of action, and great narrator who knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lines of Departure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (454)

    Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the solar system.

    Audie says: "As Good As Book 1"
    "I'm not big on Si-Fi but this book changed my mind"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this audiobook in a second, the story is nonstop action from the start., and one of my favorite narrators, Luke Daniels, who can do male, female, emotions, and various accents fantastically. The reason I purchased this book, was I had purchased the first in the series, which was on sale. When this one became available and was on sale I grabbed it. I thought the first book was awesome, but this one topped it. Looking forward to the third book which is coming out in 2015.


    What other book might you compare Lines of Departure to and why?

    I don't read much Si-Fi except for Robert Heinlein, and the writing style of Marko Kloos reminded me him a bit. A bit like "Starship Troopers" but very different, in so many ways since that book was written so many years ago.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    All the characters were done with perfection. I love Luke Daniels, and hope he does the next book in this series. When ever I see him doing narration I try to get that book because he's just that good.


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

    I almost did, and I wanted to, the action never stops. The ending is a set up for the next book though just a warning, however if it's as good as book 1 and this one it will be awesome. I'm just wondering how many books Kloos plans to have in this series.....I find that some series just go on too long. IE: Wheel of Time.


    Any additional comments?

    So far Marko Kloos has proven he can write exciting Si-Fi, and if he continues it will be exciting and enjoyable. Especially if Luke Daniels does the narration. Way to go guys.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Meghan O’Brien
    • Narrated By Alexandria Wilde
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The only thing that frightens shapeshifter Selene Rhodes more than the full moon is the idea of falling in love. Selene Rhodes has lived her whole life with a terrible secret: not only can she take the form of any animal at will, but once a month the full moon transforms her into a fierce wolf-creature without a human conscience. Managing her condition means living by a strict routine, and more importantly, abstaining from intimate relationships with human beings.

    Rick says: "Page turner!"
    "Alexandria Wilde makes this story interesting."
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    What did you love best about Wild?

    The story it's self is a par-normal mystery. However, Selene one of the heroines (who is a shape shifter, for around 30 years) I find it hard to believe she has no clue nor did she ever try to find anyone else like herself since she's computer savvy and highly intelligent. (that whole premise is just screwy) Eve who is the love interest, and a medical examiner for the city is being stalked by a nut job serial killer. Selene in wolf form stops his attack on Eve. Then she goes behind a tree and turns back into her human form and helps Eve. They form an instant attraction. Alexandria Wilde's narration made this story interesting. Without her various voices for each character I don't thing I could have listened to the whole story.


    Would you recommend Wild to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you enjoy lesbian, paranormal mystery, with excellent narration then yes it may be worth it for you to listen.


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

    I love Alexandria Wilde and her narration's I've listened to many of her narrations in erotica, and novels, she has a wonderful voice and can do accents, and different genders, as well as express emotion, and passion. One of the best narrators for romance and erotica.


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

    I wouldn't ........


    Any additional comments?

    I just found that with all of Selene's intelligence, and obvious capabilities and access to internet, that she never bothered to try to find others of her kind. Yes she was orphaned, and kicked out from her home but obviously she over came obstacles to get an education and earn a very good living. I can suspend my imagination on a lot of things but some how this part of the story bothered me. Again if it were not for Alexandria Wilde, this story would never have gotten me to the end. I'm not sure if a squeal is planned but at least we have the whole shape shifter thing out in the open......So maybe Selene will help Eve with her forensic work in the future. Who knows. As long as Alexandria Wilde Narrates I'd give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seventh Grave and No Body

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (184)

    Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she's ever known about him.

    Hassan says: "Funny As Always!"
    "Charlie really finds her power"
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    If you could sum up Seventh Grave and No Body in three words, what would they be?

    Supernatural, Superpower , Reaper


    What did you like best about this story?

    Charlie really finds out who she is and learns to use her powers. There are some very strange and nasty happenings, however every book in this series has just gotten better and better.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    I've listened to Lorelei King narrate other books and she's great. In this series she is Charlie, and she does all the characters fantastic. You always know who's speaking. I hope she continues to do the voice of Charlie.


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

    I laughed, I was emotional, I enjoyed this book because it really showed how Charlie not only comes into her powers, but never stops being a caring human being.....even though she's really not a human being, as we would define her.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really looking forward to the next book. I hope we don't have to wait to long, but if it's as good as this one and Lorelei King narrates, I know it will be fantastic. Thank you Darynda Jones for your great paranormal series :)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Off

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Meghan O'Brien
    • Narrated By Alexandria Wilde
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Emily Parker has a busy life over which she maintains iron-clad control. Raised by drug-addicted parents, she’s used to taking care of the people around her, to the exclusion of her own needs. But not tonight. After years of celibacy, she’s ready to pay for exactly what she wants: to surrender control, by having it taken away. Having worked as a high-priced escort for years, Nat Swayne not only enjoys her job - she’s damn good at it.

    Bonnie says: "Very different Butch/Fem relationship"
    "Very different Butch/Fem relationship"
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    What did you love best about The Night Off?

    Both characters came from difficult backgrounds and have seemed to rise above most of the horror in their past. What makes this a bit different is that the Nat (Butch) seems to get heart broken. In most stories it's the Fem who's crying her eyes out. In this case it would be Emily.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Night Off?

    *SPOILER* When Emily realizes that she can't control her sister anymore now that she's no longer a minor. She can't use the excuse to deprive herself of happiness.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    *SPOILER*When Colleen breaks in on Nat and Emily thinking that Nat is raping her older sister. It's a very emotional moment in the story, and a pivot point to say the least.


    If you could rename The Night Off, what would you call it?

    "Trust, and you can find Love"


    Any additional comments?

    First the narrator (who I really enjoy) Alexandria Wilde, she is wonderful with erotica, and romantic stories and is great at voices and emotions. She can express passion and heartbreak, orgasm, and everything in between. She really made this story a very good listen. She also can change her voice so you know which character is speaking. That can be really hard when you have several female characters ranging from teen-age to mature woman in her 50's. This was a very different type of love story that started out as a paid ESCORT encounter, to a passionate love.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3537)
    Performance
    (3270)
    Story
    (3265)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Rowling writing as Galbraith is still FANTASTIC"
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    Where does The Silkworm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    (Rowling) Galbraith writes in a way that I can only see as something I can not compare it too. I've listened to over 2000 audio books. The story lines the character development and the the ultimate solving of the mystery has been truly amazing in the first two books in this series.


    What other book might you compare The Silkworm to and why?

    I can't compare this book to any except the previous, one in the series


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

    Fantastic, he does all the voices, male and female beautifully. (and he even makes them all sound different) The emotions and expressions are fantastic. I hope he continues to voice this series


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

    There were many, but one was when Robin realizes she has to let Matt know she loves the work she's doing and want's to continue. She truly enjoys working with her boss Cormoran Strike who is always determined to find the truth, especially when he has that gut feeling that all is not what it seems.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one series I know I'm going to stick with. First Galbraith (Rowling) is a brilliant author, these stories are for adults not children. Lots of truly horrible things happen, and I'm not talking about sex. "Cuckoo's Calling" and now this one "Silkworm" are intense murder mysteries. Most books of this genre I can usually figure out who did the crime long before the telling chapter. I didn't know until the moment it was stated. That is a great story. Looking forward to more like this Thank you Audible for a great series for me to follow

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Unwary

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    Booklist calls MaryJanice Davidson’s New York Times best-selling Queen Betsy series "sexy, steamy, and laugh-out-loud funny". In Undead and Unwary, vampire queen Betsy Taylor and her savvy retinue sink their teeth into a delicious problem - how to out-devil the devil.

    Frances says: "worst book ever"
    "If you've followed the series Betsy grows up"
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    Where does Undead and Unwary rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to this series since the start, and they are all laugh out loud funny. This one more than the others is one of the best since Betsy learns to take responsibility for her actions and really grows up. If you start with this book you loose a lot, you have to start with book 1 and go from there. I laughed out loud so many times with my headphones on my family was really starting to worry.....NOT.


    What other book might you compare Undead and Unwary to and why?

    I can only compare to Molly Harper Jane Jamison series......which was also laugh out loud funny, and about vampires.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many and most of them are spoilers to anyone who's into the series. I don't want to ruin it for anyone but mostly about the "TWINS" so many laugh out loud moments.


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

    SPOILER: When Betsy realizes her sister has lied to her for a long time, and really doesn't care about her.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know what Ms. Davidson has in store for the next book, but I'm looking forward to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Immortal: Fallen Angels, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric Dove
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    This is a world where sin and salvation collide. This is a world where a cynical fallen angel struggles with the seven deadly sins and seven chosen souls. With the spellbinding Immortal, the riveting series that "changed the face of paranormal romance" comes to an epic close as mankind's reluctant savior struggles with his greatest challenge yet.

    Bonnie says: "Great ending to fantastic series"
    "Great ending to fantastic series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the entire series to any of my friends. I am an atheist, and I take all stories of angels and daemons as fantasy. J.R. Ward was brilliant in this series with the war of good and evil. Each book in the series was better than the last. This one the final book in the series was great and had several twists that made it very enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    So many that make this series work, however Jim Devina and Sissy really play off each other so well. And of course Devina is an evil you love to hate. (Devina was so much more than evil) I loved her sessions with her Psychotherapist........(is she really the "Almighty"?) LOL. The heavenly cast of Archangels really are a mix too.


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

    He was a fantastic narrator, doing both male and female voices great.......I couldn't believe how well he did Devina.......and Jim.


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

    I actually started on Saturday night and finished on Sunday. It wasn't that long of a book just over 10 hours but truly a great ending to a series.....So many series are a disappointment with the endings.....However so far this is the second series I've completed that ended fantastic. Kim Harrison's "Rachael Morgan" series just ended and it to was narrated very well and ended beautifully. Thank you J.R. Ward for dong this so right. And Eric Dove for his fantastic narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure if there will be follow ups with Lassiter, and the the other Angels looking into things that delve into the BDB. I guess we'll just see.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Falling on Bluegrass

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (262)

    Kelsey is known around the office for having everything under control. So it's not surprising that she and her boss, Sadie, have everything planned to the second for the office winter retreat. But there are things even Kelsey can't micromanage. An unprecedented snowstorm smothers half of Kentucky and knocks out the power, closes the roads, and generally shuts down the state.

    nancy olean says: "Bit disappointing"
    "Sure Kelsey makes poor choices, who doesn't?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you love Molly Harper, you'll love this. People say that they can't believe that Kelsey makes such poor choices.....Well that's how we learn. And what good would the story be if everything went smoothly. I had lots of laugh out loud moments. (almost a given with Molly Harper).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Snow Falling on Bluegrass?

    So many, but I don't want to give away anything. But one is when Kelsey and Charlie over hear Bonnie and Will talking......it really got me.


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

    Amanda Ronconi is a great narrator and I've listened to her do other stories, but she does all of Molly Harper books fantastic.


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

    No crying just laugh out loud moments. Molly Harper writes to entertain, if you want deep thinking and tragic moments with reason and philosophy, read something else. Molly Harper is pure fun.


    Any additional comments?

    I have every audible that's out there from Molly Harper and narrated by Amanda Ronconi....Love them and look forward to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Soul: Jane Yellowrock, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (244)

    Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer for hire - but other creatures of the night still need to watch their backs....When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price - and Leo is willing to pay. That’s because the European vamps want Leo’s territory, and he knows that he needs Jane to prevent a total bloodbath.

    Crystal Wilson says: "U always surprise me"
    "Jane and Beast getting better all the time"
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    What did you love best about Broken Soul?

    I've loved this series since it first started and Khristine Hyam is it voice of all the characters done perfectly. This is Urban Para-Normal at it's best. You never really know what's coming around the corner until you get there. This one is a real emotional roller-coaster, and I loved every moment. .


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Soul?

    So many, and they would all be spoilers if I went into why they were memorable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to spoil this for anyone but when Jane and Beast have a conversation in the "Gray Space" It really is memorable in many way, and they have more than one.


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

    Yes a moment with Wrestler, I don't want to spoil that either.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series, for many reasons, 1st being it is so different than any other urban para-normal out there, and many of them are great. Also Khristine Hyam is the voice of this series, she does French accents, and language, Cajun, N'Orleans, and just plain speak perfectly She would be great doing just about anything I believe, but she makes this series work on Audible. Looking forward to the next Jane Yellowrock book, eagerly. .

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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