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Bonnie

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  • SPQR V: Saturnalia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Maddox Roberts
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    This eagerly awaited fifth book in John Maddox Roberts's Edgar-nominated historical mystery series once again takes the reader back to the Rome of Julius Caesar and the Roman Senator Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger. Decius has won himself a reputation as both an investigator and, most unfortunately, a bit of a playboy. Having been banished by his family for sometimes embarrassing activities to a rather leisurely lifestyle on Rhodes, he is puzzled to be suddenly and unexpectedly summoned home to assist in an investigation.

    Tracey says: "Best of the series, especial dramatic ending!"
    "Each story in series gets better"
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    Where does SPQR V: Saturnalia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As far a historical novels in a series, it is one of the most exciting and interisting. John Maddox Roberts knows his history and keeps the time lines perfect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really like the way Decius and his betrothed are working together to figure out the plots and mysteries. Julia is starting to help him, and it's a nice feature. Also in this story Decius really does get rid of the bad guy.


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

    I love John Lee as a narrator, he is one of my favorites and he's wonderful with emothions and voices. I'm so glad that when they changed from Simon Vance, who is also one of my favorites they changed to John Lee.


    Any additional comments?

    It seems every book in this series is getting better, and the characters that we know are interacting and we learn more about who they are and why they behave the way they do. There is some deep thought going into many of the stories. Looking forward to the next in series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insidious

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Aleatha Romig
    • Narrated By Savannah Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    When a powerful man is willing to risk everything for his own satisfaction, only one woman can beat him at his own game: his wife. Or so she thinks... "Let's start with you calling me Stewart. Formalities seem unnecessary." Stewart Harrington is rich, gorgeous, and one of the most powerful men in Miami. He always gets what he wants. Anything is available to him for the right price. Even me.

    Tweetyct2 says: "Suspenseful and well written"
    "Disappointment for me"
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    What disappointed you about Insidious?

    So many rave reviews, I was expecting something exciting and different. This was parents abusing their child and then pushing her into an abusive marriage. (with legal contracts so she was trapped). 95% of the sex was sad, especially when it was part of her contractual agreement of marriage.


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

    Savanna Richards made the story bearable, because of her narration, however the circumstances and story line were so contrived and demented, I found myself fast forwarding though some scenes. (They felt redundant)


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Insidious?

    Hard to say but much of the gratuitous forced sex that Victoria was involved with. She did it for TEN YEARS.....That's what blew me away. Yes the end was fairly decent, but it didn't make up for hours of pathetic situations that this young woman was forced into. It reminded me of (white slavery) It was degrading and the only good thing was that Steward died.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first Aleatha Roming book I've ever gotten. Most likely there won't be another.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Obsession in Death: In Death, Book 40

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (822)
    Story
    (818)

    Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She - and her billionaire husband - are getting accustomed to being objects of attention, of gossip, of speculation. But now Eve has become the object of one person's obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her - again and again....

    Margaret says: "Addicted in Death"
    "Eve has really grown into her character"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Obsession in Death to be better than the print version?

    I've only ever listened to the audio version. (Mostly for narrator Susan Ericksen). She brings the characters to life. and you never have to think about which character is speaking.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This story was a bit different, (Nora Roberts aka JD Robb) is a wonderful author, and can really develop interesting situations and characters. She wouldn't be so well read if she couldn't keep her fans entertained.


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

    I've listened to Susan Erickesn narrate other books as well, she's one of my favorite narrators. She's great with emotions and accents, also she can do a range of voices from children to men.


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

    Well I usually get to laugh several times in any of the "In Death" stories. Especially any interaction between Eve and Summerset, or Eve and Peabody.....some of the moments are priceless.


    Any additional comments?

    This book took Eve from a loaner who wouldn't really rely on anyone or befriend anyone, because of her past, to some one who has many friends and has opened her heart to those who have shared their lives with her. If you've followed the series you see an amazing change in many of the characters over the years. I can't wait to see what will come up in the next book. Book 41 should be really interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2984)
    Performance
    (2323)
    Story
    (2319)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "I don't like stories when women are used BUT....."
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    What did you love best about And One Last Thing...?

    This is Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi, and it made all the difference in the world. It shows how Lacey grows a backbone and starts to become the woman she was meant to be. As the story progresses, she learns more about the dirt bag husband she married and more about what she's willing to do to get her life back on track. I always laugh with all of Molly Harper books, but this one was one of the best. I found myself laughing out loud so many times, to the point of tears.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of And One Last Thing...?

    There were so many that were fantastic, but one of the best was when Lacey goes swimming buff and her neighbor, Monroe thinks she's trying to drown herself and tries to save her. She goes into a rant telling him off and when she's finished she just then realizes she's butt naked.


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

    Yes, in all of Molly Harper books, but other books as well. She's a great narrator and when I see her name as narrator of a book I always check it out.


    Who was the most memorable character of And One Last Thing... and why?

    Lacey, but so many of the characters in this story made it what it was her husband Mike, his girlfriend Bee, Mike's mother, Monroe. Lacey's brother was awesome.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Molly Harper and when I need a lift I'll go back and listen to one of her books. (all narrated by Amanda Ronconi) Some are funnier than others..... but this one is really at the top of the heap. If you want to feel good Molly Harper can do that for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hungry for More: Romantic Fantasies for Women

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Rachel Kramer Bussel
    • Narrated By Natasha Vincent, Paula Fleetwood, Charlie Boxwood
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Romance is all about fantasies of love that ignite your imagination and light a fire inside. Love and sexual fantasy have always been intimately intertwined, and Hungry for More shows just how well the two can merge in this collection of steamy stories.

    Bonnie says: "Great mix of kinky erotica not just for women."
    "Great mix of kinky erotica not just for women."
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    If you could sum up Hungry for More in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful kinky fun


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

    The stories were all new to me and very well written and narrated. It's rate that there's not a duplicate story from other anthologies, this was well worth the money or credit. The narrators did a great job as well to keep you interested in the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    More anthologies should be like this, if you like erotica, is is a really good one to get.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • With All My Soul: Soul Screamers, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (189)

    After not really surviving her junior year (does "undead" count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She's going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy, and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

    Lisa says: "Have the tissue handy"
    "Not every series ends this well"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    You must follow the series from start to finish, and yes I would


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

    Amanda Ronconi is a great narrator,if you've listened to any of Molly Harper's books you are familiar with er voice and work


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

    You want to drink this book, but not enough time to do in one shot......if only


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great series, with a great ending. Fantastic Author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Croak

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gina Damico
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (683)

    Fed up with her wild behavior, 16-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business. She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next.

    Jessica says: "Great story, distracting reader"
    "Really great story for every reader"
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    What made the experience of listening to Croak the most enjoyable?

    A different slant on the GRIM REAPER mystique. The fact that, they recruit troubled teens to become Reapers, is really different. People complained about the narrator, however I was able to slow down the narration by 1/4, and it really helped. If your player can do this you may find that many other narrations are enjoyable, especially when it's a female high pitched voice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was a bit of everything, sadness, lots of snarky humor, and interesting twists and turns in the story line. Good character development as well.


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

    I had to slow the narration to get a better feel to the story, and by doing that it was very enjoyable. I


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

    Yes, SPOILER ALERT, when she has to Reap Cory. Very emotional


    Any additional comments?

    Even though this is really for young adults, as an individual who enjoys urban fantasy, I really did enjoy this story. I'm looking forward to the next in this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Circle of Reign: The Dying Lands Chronicle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jacob Cooper
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (533)

    Lands die. The living light fades. An ancient darkness awakens. The Living Light that sustains Arlethia is dwindling. An unknown, vicious enemy approaches in stealth from beyond the northern glaciers, a wasteland of ice that spans hundreds of miles. A clandestine brotherhood of assassins, held in check by the Light for millennia, seeks to break their maledictive shackles and unleash their bloodlust upon the world.

    Ana says: "A rich, exciting fantasy world"
    "Cooper and Kramer are fantastic."
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    What made the experience of listening to Circle of Reign the most enjoyable?

    The character development and MICHAEL KRAMER. (He's a fantastic narrator for Fantasy) ie "Wheel of Time" series. It took a while to follow because the time lines did jump around but it only takes a few chapters to get comfortable with that.


    What other book might you compare Circle of Reign to and why?

    Several series "Warded Man" "Wheel of Time" several more but can't pull up off hand. I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series, especially if Michael Kramer continues to narrate. One of my favorite narrators for this genre.


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

    Many times and he never disappoints, he is great at doing different characters, emotions and accents. A true artist.


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

    If I only had the time. I most certainly would have. I'm very excited at finding a new fantasy series with a great narrator to follow. I'm very impressed with the story line and all the different twists and turns that pop up.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know when book two in this series will come out, but I hope it won't take as long as waiting for other series books. (Wheel of Time). So many authors start out with a great first book but then they get stuck, I'm hoping Mr. Cooper has his story line well developed and will make his new fans happy very soon.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Tokyo Raider: A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (594)

    With the Japanese Imperium at war with the Soviet Union, and the United States watching cautiously on the sidelines, Second Lieutenant Joe Sullivan of the U.S. Marines is sent on a dangerous mission to Tokyo. The Russians have Summoned a demon of epic proportions to attack the city, and all that stands in its deadly path is an untested Japanese super-robot. Now, Joe is at the controls, his gravity-spiking Power at the ready. But that is one huge, mean Demon....

    Teresa says: "Jake's & Origami's Son."
    "Love Larry Correia"
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    Would you listen to Tokyo Raider again? Why?

    I have all of Larry Corriea's audio books and have listened to them more than once. All the narrators of every book have been great and the stories are usually nonstop action.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While Joe is helping the Japanese try to fight the Russian Deacon, he blasts the USA national anthem from the speakers of the robot he's working .....To the dismay of the Japanese ......


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Bronson Pinchot is a fantastic narrator, when I see that he's doing a narration, I almost always listen to see if I think I'd want to get that book. He can do every voice and accent and emotions. I enjoy his narrations very much...one of my top 10


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

    It was very easy to do because it was just about an hour.


    Any additional comments?

    Anytime I see Larry Corriea has a new book available I automatically get it, I've never been disappointed ever. One of my favorite narrators with one of my favorite authors....how awesome is that. .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: Alex Verus, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (368)

    With his talent for divining the future, Alex Verus should have foreseen his friends' reactions to the revelations about his previous life. Anne Walker no longer trusts him-and has also cut all ties with the mage community after getting kicked out of the apprentice program. As a favor to Luna, Alex's own apprentice and Anne's best friend, he checks in on her only to be told to leave her alone. Then Anne gets kidnapped.

    Leanna says: "Thought it would be boring"
    "The best in series so far"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have recommended this series to several of my friends. Anyone who enjoys The Dresden Files, or Felix Castor series, or John Taylor & The Night Side series has to love this one.


    What other book might you compare Hidden to and why?

    I can only compare it to other series of books and I named them above.


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

    Gilbert Jackson is wonderful in this series. He does both male and female voices and emotions of all characters fantastically, I hope he continues to narrate this series. I also hope that more books in this series come out real soon. I finished all five books in this series in under 10 days.....


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

    Sometimes you have to be bad to be good.


    Any additional comments?

    This series shows that both good people can be nasty and that nasty people can be good. We are humans after all and make choices. I love that about this series. Also that the characters grow in each book to show new strengths in their personality. Must have more Alex...

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

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Olivier
    • Narrated By Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (365)

    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.

    Bonnie says: "I was just reading about this in my news paper"
    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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