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Bonnie

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  • A Touch of Crimson: Renegade Angels Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (527)

    An angel with immense power and insatiable desire, Adrian Mitchell leads an elite Special Ops unit of the seraphim. His task is to punish the Fallen - angels who have become vampires - and command a restless pack of indentured lycans. But Adrian has suffered his own punishment for becoming involved with mortals - losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly 200 years, he has found her: Shadoe, her soul once more inhabiting a new body that doesn’t remember him. This time he won’t let her go.

    CAROLYN says: "A HEAVENLY PARANORMAL LISTEN"
    "Pretty good urban paranormal"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not so much after reading other Sylvia Day books, however there was a lot of passion and forbidden sexual encounters.


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

    Not as put together as her other books, took me a while to follow characters, and what they were doing and their standing in the story.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Luke Daniels performance made this story. I would only have given it 2 stars if it were not for his great narration, which made it easier to understand the who's who.


    Any additional comments?

    I just finished book 2 in this series. Has a different narrator, but the story is much better and easier to follow. I'm hoping book three will just get even better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christmas Eve, 1914

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Olivier
    • Narrated By Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

    M. Laird says: "Moving story and performance: hope in midst of war"
    "I was just reading about this in my news paper"
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    What made the experience of listening to Christmas Eve, 1914 the most enjoyable?

    When I turned on to Audible and saw this offering I was thrilled. Since just reading about "Flanders Fields" in my Sunday newspaper, it was just a wonderful gift to your loyal customers for this time of year.


    What other book might you compare Christmas Eve, 1914 to and why?

    What happened that Christmas of 1914 one hundred years ago can not be compared to anything that I know of. Truth is often stranger than fiction.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    This was done beautifully with a full cast. I usually don't like sound effects in my audio books but it was done with style and class. There were many times I laughed out loud at the British dry humor. I also felt emotional about the deaths from war.


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

    It was easy enough to do that is was just over an hour long. I didn't know where that hour went it had me so engrossed listening to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I love that the story is coming from one of the officers writing to a mother of one of his comrades who died and served with him ......the letter is written ten years after, to the mother. I can't imagine a mother not knowing about her son because no one bothered to contact her that he had died in the service of his country. Yes this is fictionalized about that time but it none the less shows that we are all human, Thank you Audibe for this wonderful gift.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chosen: Alex Verus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (323)

    I don't publicly advertise that I'm a mage, but I don't exactly hide it either, and one of the odd things I've learnt over the years is just how much you can get away with if you're blatant enough. Hide something behind smoke and mirrors and make people work to find it, and they'll tear the place down looking for what's there. Alex Verus is a diviner who can see probable futures-a talent that's gotten him out of many a tough scrape. But this time, he may be in over his head. Alex was once apprenticed to a Dark mage, and in his service he did a lot of things he isn't proud of.

    Cliff says: "best on in the series so far"
    "So far every book has gotten better"
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    What did you love best about Chosen?

    All the characters from previous stories really grew and developed in different ways. I think that Luna realized ahead of Alex that some times you just have to deal harshly with bad circumstances....


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chosen?

    *Spoiler* When Arachne has a conversation with Alex at the end of the story letting him know in very simplistic ways (to quote Shakespeare) "The evil that men do live after them the good is oft interred with their bones" (Meaning people usually only remember the bad things you've done and not the good)


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

    All of them actually, but besides Alex, Arachne is one of my favorite characters, and just as in the myth she speaks truth.


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

    Even good people have to do harsh things to survive


    Any additional comments?

    I'm about to start book five in this series, and I hope that there will be more books to follow. It seems that like "The Dresden Files" and Felix Castor series each book just gets better an better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sexy Librarian's Big Book of Erotica

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rose Caraway
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Imagine a library - a very special one run by a librarian whose only concern is pleasing her patrons. In fact, this librarian will stop at nothing to service her readers. To that end, she has carefully collected a fantastic and fantasy-filled set of stories guaranteed to satisfy literary lusts in The Sexy Librarian's Big Book of Erotica. This voracious volume is simply bursting at the binding with amorous archives and bibliophilic bliss; it is a veritable dictionary of desires, with stories by top eroticists...

    Pete says: "Best erotica book I've ever experienced"
    "Great collection of erotic stories"
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    Where does The Sexy Librarian's Big Book of Erotica rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoy all types of erotica. BD/SM, gay, straight, lesbian, etc. A well written story by great authors This is one of the best collections I've listened to in a while a great collection of authors who write great erotica.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sexy Librarian's Big Book of Erotica?

    Many of the stories have surprise endings, and they really made the collection more enjoyable. One of my favorites IS " Three Legs in the Evening" by Janine Ashbless I don't want to spoil it for anyone


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had many favorites and when you have 22 to choose from it's hard to pick just one "Lauren's Journey" by D.L King was very good so so many of them were. I liked all 22 but loved about 18 of them. If you enjoy GOOD erotica, that is well written and well narrated I recommend this one highly.


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

    Several stories were exceptional I already mentioned two, but Sensate Silicone, The Contest, Book Swap, The Secret Game, Second Look A Pervertedd Fairy Tale, Moonshine Ballad, Cherries in Season, The Perfect Massage, Full Frontal Neighbor, The Whole of Me (also a surprise ending), Notes on a Scandal, Appetizer, Mikhael, The Mating Chamber


    Any additional comments?

    There is over 10 hours of great listening and some stories will really surprise you, and most likely turn you to new authors to try, I know I'll listen to this more than one time. Well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • When She Was Good: Best Lesbian Erotica

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tristan Taormino
    • Narrated By Lily Bask
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When She Was Good journeys into the world of lesbian sex with uncommon, edgy stories that push lesbian lust and desire to new heights. Edited by best-selling author Tristan Taormino and selected and introduced by the dynamic Sister Spit performer Ali Liebegott, this latest edition of the best-selling lesbian erotica series in America is sensual, inventive, and breathtaking.

    Bonnie says: "I enjoy all kinds of erotica, this was way edgy"
    "I enjoy all kinds of erotica, this was way edgy"
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    Would you try another book from Tristan Taormino and/or Lily Bask?

    I've listened to many books from Tristan Taormino and I really enjoyed them Lily Bask I never heard before but she did a good job of narrating . My problem was that these stories were all very edgy and pushed all the relationships over the edge. I don't mind a mix of this but all the stories were very hard edged, and over the top.


    Has When She Was Good turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No I just like a better mix of stories in an anthology, all these stories were about lesbians doing things that most people wouldn't do in any relationship, whether it be gay, lesbian or straight. All the stories pushed the envelope and I just couldn't enjoy that many stories in a row of that nature4. I'm not saying they were horrible, just too much in one anthology.


    What aspect of Lily Bask’s performance would you have changed?

    She did a good job with the stories she had to read. It was just too much of subs, and doms and control issues. If you're reading one story about this it's one thing but 22 short stories in an anthology about lesbian erotica should have been a better mix. (just my opinion) I have several anthologies by Tristan Taormino and have enjoyed them. If you enjoy listening to so many sad situations in every story then this is what you may enjoy. It was a bit depressing after a while


    Did When She Was Good inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, listen to something more positive and upbeat.


    Any additional comments?

    When an anthology is put together even if it's supposed to be pushing the envelope, I feel there should have been a mix with upbeat stories as well, that could have made this a better collection. This is the first book by Tristan Tormino I have to return. I know I can't listen to this again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Crossroad: A Novel of Midnight Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (284)

    From Charlaine Harris, the best-selling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It' s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Rocky Start but Good Mystery"
    "I'm a big Charlaine Harris fan"
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    What did you love best about Midnight Crossroad?

    All the bizarre characters, great paranormal living in this small Texas town.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Midnight Crossroad?

    I don't want to give away a spoiler and it would be if I mentioned it. Charlaine Harris really knows how to develop characters and especially knows how to push the envelope I've listened to several of her series which I've loved. I was disappointed with the ending of the "Sookie Stackhouse" series. However this maybe something we can get out teeth into, and hopefully it will only be a Trilogy like they say. I think she just went too far with Sookie and couldn't end it right.


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

    She was very good with characters and emotions. I really enjoyed her narration


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

    When you find out who killed Aubrey, that really got me. I think everyone will agree with this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Ms. Harris won't keep us waiting too long for the next book in this series. I truly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
    • Narrated By Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (279)

    From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

    Anne Morris says: "I don't normally write reviews but..."
    "Remarkable story behind the story"
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    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Cary Elwes and all the cast members adding touches to the background telling of the making of this wonderful film classic. So many moments that were exposed to those who love this film. I laughed out loud at some of the tales told about the making of this film


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

    Each narrator brought their own special touch and special flavor to the story of the making of "The Princess Bride" Stories about those who are no longer alive and what they meant to the cast that survives them.


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

    I won't go there.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of the move "The Princess Bride" as my family has been for over 25 years, this is a must listen. After you've listened to it, watch the movie again with your loved ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home for the Holidays: A Night Huntress Novella: Night Huntress, Book 6.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    They were looking forward to a normal holiday - at least as "normal" as it gets for vampires Cat and Bones and their otherworldly friends and family. But their yuletide plans are shattered when a mysterious stranger shows up and reveals long-buried secrets that threaten to take a bite out of their holiday cheer - and lives.

    Bonnie says: "Really miss Bones et al"
    "Really miss Bones et al"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    How Cat and Ian had to work together to save the day.....there were some real funny moments


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

    As usually she did a great job and made the story really roll along.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to a real major story from this series......Jeanine Frost can you hear your fans?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chains of Folly: A Magdalene la Batarde Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Roberta Gellis
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
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    (29)

    That Nelda Roundheels had been murdered would have been of little interest to anyone - except that her body turned up in the bishop of Winchester's bedchamber with a letter to the bishop, from the king's most important enemy, rolled up in her breastband. The bishop and his knight, Sir Bellamy of Itchen, realize immediately that the purpose of putting the body in Winchester's bedchamber is to embarrass and discredit the bishop. And the reason for this attack on Winchester is his calling of a convocation to chastise the king for acting high-handedly against the bishop of Salisbury.

    lisa says: "My First Audible Return...."
    "So they changed the narrator....big deal"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Chains of Folly to be better than the print version?

    Never saw print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Magdalene


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    Every one was complaining about her narration. I've listened to her narrate several other books and she did a really good job. After Nadia May who narrates at a slower pace, it does take a while to get used to Ms Duerden. I slowed my audio by 1/4 and it was much more enjoyable for me. The story was good and sometimes you have to let go and get on. I've listened to series where they changed the narrator. If the story is good and the narrator is decent as it was in this case.....get past it people. If you can't change the speed on your portable device, maybe you should look into getting one you can do that with. It realy helps with many Audible stories.


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

    I almost did, listened Friday until the last 7 chapters and did the rest on Saturday.


    Any additional comments?

    People should listen to the free listen before they purchase......If I don't know the narrator I always do that. Because I can adjust the speed of the play back I find that many narrators that usually speak to quickly, or have a too high voice if I slow it down by 1/4 it still sounds natural and makes a big difference to the quality of sound.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • He Drank, and Saw the Spider: Eddie LaCrosse, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alex Bledsoe
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    After he fails to save a stranger from being mauled to death by a bear, a young mercenary is saddled with the baby girl the man died to protect. Now, 16 years later, that young mercenary has grown up to become cynical sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse. When his vacation travels bring him back to that same part of the world, he can't resist trying to discover what has become of the mysterious infant. He finds that the child, now a lovely young teenager named Isadora, is at the center of a complicated web of intrigue.

    Bonnie says: "Eddie and Liz take a vacation NOT!"
    "Eddie and Liz take a vacation NOT!"
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    Where does He Drank, and Saw the Spider rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm not going to compare it to any one book but to several series. Alex Bledsoe really knows how to develop characters and dramatic situations. This series though historical reminds me a bit of "Alex Verus" by Benedict Jacka. Even though in different times they are very well developed and have some magic in them


    What was one of the most memorable moments of He Drank, and Saw the Spider?

    Not all that we think is evil really is, sometimes it's just circumstances I don't want to give it away.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    Once again a great narrator with a great story


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

    When Eddie and Liz mess with a guy who was being rough on a young girl.......gotta laugh


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE GIVE ME MORE EDDIE LACROSS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wake of the Bloody Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alex Bledsoe
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    Twenty years ago, a barmaid in a harbor town fell for a young sailor who turned pirate to make his fortune. But what truly became of Black Edward Tew remains a mystery, one that has just fallen into the lap of freelance sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse. For years, Eddie has kept his office above Angelina’s tavern, so when Angelina herself asks him to find out what happened to the dashing pirate who stole her heart years ago, he can hardly say no—even though the trail is two decades old. Some say Black Edward and his ship, The Bloody Angel, went to bottom of the sea, taking with it a king’s ransom in treasure.

    Mark says: "A grand Pirate Adventure, and a bit with a dog!"
    "Eddie LaCross series just gets better"
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    What other book might you compare Wake of the Bloody Angel to and why?

    I never ever heard of a pirate story like this one. Alex Bledsoe really knows how to draw you into the characters and the story.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    Stefan Rudniki is a great narrator, I've listened to several series where he narrates and he doesn't disappoint ever


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

    SPOILER..........When Eddie confronts Angie with the truth.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series, there are always great moments some funny some scary, but always action packed. I hope there will be more in this series than five books and I hope Stefan Rudnicki continues to narrate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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