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Bonnie

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  • Before I Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (263)

    Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering", she's back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed.

    Madelein says: "Absolutely Awesome!"
    "Amazing! Each book in series gets better"
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    What made the experience of listening to Before I Wake the most enjoyable?

    New characters, how they interacted and the action really never stops.


    What other book might you compare Before I Wake to and why?

    No book but I'd say Buffy the Vampire slayer TV series were in this book we have other kinds of super naturals and a real "Hell Mouth"


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    I love her narration, she does each character voice very differently and makes it easy to follow. I hope she continues to do series.


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

    I LOVED when Sabine gave Sara a reality check. I laughed so hard I had to go back three times to hear what was really being said. I believe that was either chapter 12 or 13. There are several humorous moments, and some really tragic ones. (real heart-breakers) Kaylley really matures and learns how to deal with her new situation. Unlike other stories since book one Kaylley has matured and her character has matured. I really like that. I also like that Sabine who was her nemesis has become her friend. They work together to try to save the humans who don't really know what is going on around them.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to the next book in this series, even though it's considered, young adult, every one in my family really enjoyed because of the action and realistic way people behave. (this book had the most adult like theme because Kaylley's romantic involvement with Todd. But nothing is ever blatant. So I think it's really good for mature teens. Well worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phenomenal X: Hard Knocks, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michelle A. Valentine
    • Narrated By Alexandria Wilde, Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (203)

    From the mean streets of Detroit rises the newest superstar of professional wrestling, Xavier Cold, better known as Phenomenal X. His muscular physique makes men cower before him and women lose their minds with desire. Anna Cortez is fresh out of college and naïve to the harsh realities of the real world. Tired of living under the thumb of her conservative family, she defies them when she accepts a job as the assistant to wrestling's most notorious bad boy.

    Lilian says: "X Gonna give it to ya!...Cliffhanger Ahead"
    "When will book 2 come out?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Phenomenal X the most enjoyable?

    It was an interesting story if a bit predictable, but the cliff hanger ending really kind of took away from the book for me. It's been over a year since this book came out, so when will the next book be out?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    X


    What does Alexandria Wilde and Sean Crisden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They both were very good with narrations, I've heard them before and they are great with emotions and expressing feeling and character voices.


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

    Yes, but again the ending left you hanging and I wish either book two would be available soon or a novella to give this story an ending.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (126)

    A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies. He lives by a single code: no mercy. And as he unleashes his fury on his most recent captor, he learns no battle could have prepared him for the slave he rescues from his enemy's clutches - a beauty who stokes the fires of his darkest desires. Elin Vale has her own deep-rooted scars, and her attraction to the exquisite warrior who freed her challenges her every boundary.

    Teresa says: "I am a puzzle and you are my piece."
    "Showalter mixes up myths"
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    If you could sum up Burning Dawn in three words, what would they be?

    Mixing up Myths


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Burning Dawn?

    I don't want to give away spoilers but when Elin, saves the day.


    Which character – as performed by Max Bellmore – was your favorite?

    Max Bellmore is great, and he does all the voices of every character very well along with emotions


    Any additional comments?

    Showalther really must do lots of research of myths and legends. She always seems to come up with action packed stories with strange and riveting story lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slut: Labels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Saranna DeWylde
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
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    Slut is more than a label to Bex: it's her armor. It protects her from ever having to share her true self. The loop in her head tells her she's innately flawed and wholly unworthy. Why else would her parents insist she go under the knife for a new nose, a new body, and plastic perfection? That's something Thornton Henry Edgeleaf would never understand. Thornton is perfect in every way - handsome, worldly, passionate - with just one unforgivable flaw: he's utterly sincere.

    Bonnie says: "Very depressing stoy"
    "Very depressing stoy"
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    Would you try another book from Saranna DeWylde and/or Hollie Jackson?

    Yes they are both very good but this story just hit me wrong


    What could Saranna DeWylde have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The main character had too much baggage to let go of and those around her wouldn't let her forget. Even in the end there was no closure on her circumstances.


    Which character – as performed by Hollie Jackson – was your favorite?

    Hollie Jackson was great it was the story that bothered me.


    Any additional comments?

    I just couldn't deal with this young persons hate for herself and those who made her feel that way. Yes she was a bit better in the end of the book but there was so much that could have made the story better. I'm not a writer or editor but I felt this book is something I can't recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (566)

    Gigi is no longer an innocent teen. All grown up and looking for love, her family and friends worry she'll go for the sexy, alluring vampire instead of a nice, safe human. But sexy and alluring, with a penchant for biting, could be just what Gigi wants...

    christin says: "Sadly disappointing."
    "Harper and Ronconi do it again"
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    Where does The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Molly Harper knows how make almost any situation humorous. Laugh out loud funny. This time the story is very complex, and just when you think you know who the bad guy is there are more twists and turns. But all comes out great


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire?

    Ophelia reason for confession......I won't go further than that.


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

    Amanda Ronconi is the voice of all of Molly Harper's books. She's great with accents, voices and emotions. I think that she's one of the reasons the audible version is so good.


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

    Jealousy is bad for Vampires


    Any additional comments?

    Molly Harper's books always leave me feeling good There are always dark issues and trials but in the end it's always a good ending to each book. Looking forward to the next one

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Wrapped Around Your Finger: A Story of Submission, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Alison Tyler
    • Narrated By Rebecca Estrella
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Entirely suited to one another, Jack and Samantha continue to explore their sultry, kink-drenched love affair. Jack, a dominant’s Dom, pushes Samantha’s boundaries, making Sam do things she’d never thought she wanted to — never believed she would. He takes her in public, on stage, punishes her with both sensory deprivation and erotic overload. And then he proves to her that all of those actions suit her to perfection. Costumes, erotic toys, role-playing, and a 24/7 BDSM-lifestyle fulfill Samantha’s dirtiest dreams.

    Bonnie says: "The truth about BDSM as it should be told"
    "The truth about BDSM as it should be told"
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    If you could sum up Wrapped Around Your Finger in three words, what would they be?

    Trust, Truth, Respect


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Samantha, how she grows and learns more about what she wants, if she can learn to deal with the truths of who Jack is and with how he loves her. Complex relationship, and very different from what most would expect. The Series started with "Dark Secret Love" then "The Delicious Torment" and "Wrapped Around Your Finger" continues where "Torment" left off. These books make "50 Shades of Gray" look like ground chuck next to Filet Mignon. I've been reading Ms Tyler's books and short stories for years. She's one of the best Erotic writers out there.


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

    She did a wonderful job at expressing emotions, and there were plenty. I have only heard her in the previous book in this series.


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

    Yes, but unfortunately I could not. However I started on Friday night and finished on Saturday afternoon


    Any additional comments?

    If you are into the genre of erotica, Alison Tyler is one of the best. She's been doing it for years, and lives the lifestyle. I recommend her works highly,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Comforting Thoughts about Death That Have Nothing to Do with God

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Greta Christina
    • Narrated By Greta Christina
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    In this mini-audiobook collection of essays, prominent atheist author Greta Christina offers secular ways to handle your own mortality and the death of those you love. Blending intensely personal experience with compassionate, down-to-earth wisdom, Christina (Coming out Atheist and Why Are You Atheists So Angry?) explores a variety of natural philosophies of death.

    Karen Isaacson says: "Authentically comforting"
    "If you question then you should listen"
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    What did you love best about Comforting Thoughts about Death That Have Nothing to Do with God?

    First, as a person who questions the existence of a supernatural being that controls our lives and makes rules for us to follow, and having read many books by Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Michael Sherlock......I thought I'd like the female slant on the same. She is sharp to the point and doesn't pull punches.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Greta Christiana makes you want to hear what she's saying. There is humor, but also truth. As Christopher Hitchens said "Religion Poisons Everything".


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

    I enjoyed her narration, she's well spoken and knows how to express HER words. Not many authors are experienced at narration, Ms Christina is. I've listened to several of her books and enjoyed them all


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

    Very easy to do because it was short and to the point


    Any additional comments?

    I know I'll get more of Greta Christina books in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Lose a Familiar in 10 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Saranna DeWylde
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Got Familiar? Hemlock "Hemi" Butterbean does. She's got what some would call the familiar from hell. But he's not really a familiar. He's a warlock, one of the infamous Trifecta of Doom, under a curse that's turned him into a hellhound haranguing cat. Hemi finds out just how familiar her new kitty can be when the power of her fantasies make him a flesh and blood man ready to see to her every desire.

    Reaghan says: "The Quick & The Hot: Ro-medy at it's best"
    "Turning Witches into great humor"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, yes, yes. I laughed out loud so many times I had to go back to re-listen to parts I missed. Saranna DeWylde is really great with the one liners.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Taking a different look at witches and warlocks. Even though the story was short, it had a beginning, middle and end. You didn't feel like you were left hanging.


    Which character – as performed by Hollie Jackson – was your favorite?

    Hollie Jackson is one of my favorite narrators. She's great with different voices, and emotions. When I see she's narration I always like to check out the book.


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

    I think it would be too short to be a film.


    Any additional comments?

    Saranna DeWylde really has a way with words. I've listened to several of her books and most of them were really well written and with Hollie Jackson narrating it's hard to go wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desperate Housewives of Avalon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Saranna DeWylde
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Aphrodite has had her fill of Love being used as a curse and decides to give Vivienne her comeuppance. She ends up with trials of her own when all she wanted was a vacation. Secretly, Vivienne thinks she deserves to be punished because she's been in love with Arthur since she handed him Excalibur and engineered the fall of Guinevere and Camelot.

    Bonnie says: "Crazy series about Myths"
    "Crazy series about Myths"
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    Would you listen to Desperate Housewives of Avalon again? Why?

    I would defiantly listen to again. After listening to Desperate Housewives of Olympus, I had to listen to Desperate Housewives of Avalon. Seems like gods and goddess like to mix things up with all kinds of beings. Lots of laughs and what I enjoy about this author is she makes each character learn something about themselves and the world they live in.


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

    Hollie Jackson is a fantastic narrator. I've listened to her narrate many books over the years. She's great with various voices and emotional expressions. When I saw that she was narrating this series I knew it would be well read.


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

    Lots of laughs and some emotions about the feeling of the characters dealing with difficult situations. However it seems the author wants things to be a learning experience for the characters and in the end things seem to work out.


    Any additional comments?

    Really looking forward to the next book in the series. As long as the humor and characters can grow it will prove to be exciting and fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desperate Housewives of Olympus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Saranna DeWylde
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
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    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    A riotous romp through Olympus with goddesses for the 21st century. When a new goddess moves to Ambrosia Lane, Hera decides she's finally had enough of her philandering husband. She offers herself and the crown of gods to Hades. Hades doesn't want the crown, but he'll take Hera. (Often and twice on Sunday.) He's a heartless bastard - having had Aphrodite rip it out so he'd stop loving Persephone after he set her free. Persephone is scheming to get back to Tartarus with the aid of Thanatos, who trips on his leather trench coat and falls in love with her.

    Bonnie says: "Saranna DeWylde may now be one of my new fav's"
    "Saranna DeWylde may now be one of my new fav's"
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    What did you love best about Desperate Housewives of Olympus?

    First I have to say I listened to "Ride of the Darkyrie" which was an amazing par-normal novel. Since I enjoy Hollie Jackson's narrations on many books I had a feeling these would be exceptional. I wasn't wrong. Desperate Housewives of Olympus was FUNNY, Thought provoking, and really put a spin on those crazy Olympians. I think those goddess were really just waiting for a chance to push their way past those bossy gods.......


    What other book might you compare Desperate Housewives of Olympus to and why?

    Can't really compare to another book but maybe another author. A cross between Molly Harper and Charlaine Harris. If you enjoy either of these authors I think you'll enjoy Saranna DeWylde.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of my favorites and there are many, is when Abstinence is first visited by Zeus. I laughed out loud.


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

    Lots of catharsis for many of the characters and many laughs as well.I like the fact that the characters do actually learn something about themselves and maybe grow a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to listening to more of these stories. Saranna DeWylde has a flair for writing humor and story lines that really are quite useful when you realize even the "gods" have relationship problems.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ride of the Darkyrie: Books 1-4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Saranna DeWylde
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Detective Brynn Hill is on the hunt for an angel of mercy killer who’s been targeting war veterans. Once Brynn has a killer in her sites, there’s no escape. She’s a hunter of hunters: judge, jury and executioner for those who slip through the cracks in the system. But her angel of mercy killer isn’t what she seems. She’s a Valkyrie sent to bring fallen warriors home and trigger Brynn’s journey to ascension.

    K. April Holgate says: "Very interesting read!"
    "What a great surprise"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ride of the Darkyrie to be better than the print version?

    I love good paranormal novels, I took a chance on this one from the reviews and I happen to love the narrator. So glad I got the book. Really did some dark and some funny moments in the story but never stopped action for a single moment. Saranna DeWylde really pulled this off beautifully. Some of the villains are not really villains.......or just o the edge, the good guys aren't always good. So many twists and turns made the story very enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ride of the Darkyrie?

    When Brynn discovers who The Capri Killer really is and what she has to do to get him.


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

    This book had lots of BLACK HUMOR, and some very dark paranormal things that can make some people cringe. However the story was fast paced and you really get to like the kick butt heroine.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope a second book about Brynn comes out. I think it could be a great series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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