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JS

Tucson, AZ, United States

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  • Heaven's Spite

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Lilith Saintcrow
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Jill Kismet has no choice but to seek treacherous allies - Perry, the devil she knows, and Melisande Belisa, the cunning Sorrows temptress whose true loyalties are unknown. Kismet knows Perry and Belisa are likely playing for the same thing - her soul. It’s just too bad, because she expects to beat them at their own game. Except their game is vengeance. Nobody plays vengeance like Kismet. But if the revenge she seeks damns her, her enemies might get her soul after all....

    JS says: "Saintcrow joins Audible at last!"
    "Saintcrow joins Audible at last!"
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    I am ecstatic to finally see Lilith Saintcrow on Audible! I've been an avid fan for years; read all the books in her Dante Valentine and Jill Kismet series multiple times (that is the highest praise I can bestow); now if only they were ALL available in audio... Do you hear me, Publisher? I will buy them all in audio version!
    Heavens Spite is an excellent addition to the Jill Kismet story line - I could hardly bear to put it down long enough to eat and sleep. Who needs to eat anyway - when Jill is in such dire straights?! And now I wait with baited breath for the next installment in this superb series - consoled only by the fact that I can go back to Night Shift and once again read Jill and Saul's story from the beginning.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rapture: A Novel of the Fallen Angels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (658)

    Mels Carmichael, reporter for the Caldwell Courier Journal, gets the shock of her life when a man stumbles in front of her car outside the local cemetery. After the accident, his amnesia is just the kind of mystery she likes to solve, but she soon discovers they're in over their heads with his past. Over their heads with passion, too.... As shadows walk the line between reality and another realm, and her lover's memory begins to come back, the two of them learn that nothing is truly dead and buried.

    D.G. says: "Narration is TOO FAST!!! Why the rush?"
    "Narration speed ruined the listening experience"
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    I wish I had read the reviews here before purchasing this one. My confidence in J R Ward's writing is justified, however the narration speed on this audio is devastating. I had to resort to a library hard-copy to enjoy Rapture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Archangel's Legion: Guild Hunter Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (398)

    Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force. Vampires are dying impossibly of disease. Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York in ruin and Raphael's Tower under siege by enemy archangels. Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York . . . and on Raphael.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Soooo good!"
    "Moves the story arc along in a big way"
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    Archangel’s Legion moves the overall story arc along in a big way. While the focus is back on Raphael and Elena, many other favorite characters are on screen as well. I do agree, however, with the reviewers who have noted that some aspects of the storytelling and especially certain phrases are seriously being recycled at this point. Perhaps it wouldn’t have been quite so noticeable if I hadn’t listened to this series one after another without breaks in between – but I did. Normally, that fact alone would be a blazing sign that I adored this series in a big way… but honestly I was between a rock and a hard place with not much else to read. Oh, I liked the series – no doubts there. I just had a lot of eye rolling going on in the last three books because some of the phrasing is over-used. I admire Ms. Singh for her unique take on the paranormal genre and for her storytelling abilities in general; I just hope that she takes some time to expand her repertoire before a new book is released.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Eternal, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2502)
    Performance
    (1711)
    Story
    (1731)

    Listeners looking for a fresh twist on vampire tales need look no further than the erotically charged Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Mary Luce is dissatisfied with her life and her job. But when she is unwittingly thrust into the vampire dominion, everything changes. Falling under the protection of the Brotherhood's strongest member, Rhage, she soon finds herself drawn to his animalistic urges.

    Bonnie says: "JR Ward Writer of Erotic Horror Fantasy"
    "This is a great series"
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    I’ll be honest – the first time I picked up one of the BDB books I was turned off by the character names and didn’t read more than a couple pages.
    More than a year later, when I was desperate for a new series to feed my addiction, I decided to heed the good reviews this series consistently receives and bought the first book through Audible. I liked it. The narrator isn’t great; in that there is little differentiation between character voices, which sort of makes one line blend into another and can be confusing. That doesn’t detract from the story though, or perhaps I should say that the story outshines that defect.
    I’ve always been attracted to paranormal novels that feature a dark hero – someone who isn’t the goodie-white-hat type but still lets the reader get behind their story arc. (For example, I was never interested in the Buffy television series until season six hit and Spike really came to the forefront in a very, um, noticeable way. I loved Spike with an unholy fire and still have a soft spot in my heart for James Marsters, wherever he is. Yes, Angel was adorably broody, but he was just too *good*) Anyway, where was I… Oh, right. Dark heroes abound in the BDB series. In fact they’re coming out of the woodwork, so to speak. There are so many tortured, angst-ridden characters here that I’ve got fodder to last for weeks and weeks.*happy sigh*
    The thing about JR Ward is that while the first novel was good, the second was noticeably better. I’m more than halfway through number four as I write this and it’s the best yet – meaning, this is one author who hasn’t been satisfied to stagnate once she got published. Each brother’s story has been fascinating in its own right without falling into the ‘been there, read that’ rut that mires some other authors once they have a couple books under their belts.
    As for Lover Eternal specifically, Rhage and Mary’s story is great. I’m not going in for a summary because you already read that above. My best advice is, take a look at my book list. If you like the same books that I like, you’ll like these too. I have no doubt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • By Blood We Live

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Glen Duncan
    • Narrated By Abby Craden, Amber Sealey, Steve West, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    First Glen Duncan gave us his monstrously thrilling, genre-reinventing The Last Werewolf: the tale of Jake, a werewolf with a profoundly human heart, considering bringing to an end the timeless legend of his kind.... Then Talulla Rising: Jake’s werewolf lover, mother to newborn twins, on the run from those who want her destroyed... And now By Blood We Live: a stunningly erotic love story that gives us the final battle for survival between werewolves and vampires, and one last searing - and brilliantly ironic - look at what it means to be, or not to be, human.

    JS says: "A stand-out from page one!"
    "A stand-out from page one!"
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    Boys and girls; this, *this* is a literary orgasmic experience:

    “The last moment before the bite is like the last moment before coming: stopped time and shrugged-off space, an instant of seeing how it is for God. It’s why people in sexual extremis say Oh, God. It’s not a cry to the Divine, it’s a recognition of their own divinity. I was very aware of my mouth open, my heartbeat in my teeth, the obscene ease with which I held him, the room like a frozen grin around us, and beyond it the Californian night and the orange blossom and the desert and the sprawling dark continent’s indifferent consciousness gathering a kind of Meaning.”

    And it’s on page 6. Page 6! Which means that there are many more liter-orgasms to come. I feel like I’m at the beginning of a whirlwind love affair.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (933)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (838)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "Another standout novel from Hiaasen"
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    Carl Hiaasen’s books have a common theme: Bad guys do some really contemptible stuff and pay for it in outrageously Darwinian style. His blend of crime fiction, comedy and irony is clearly identifiable - he has so many successful novels under his belt by now that his writing shows a level of self-confidence that we just don’t see in newer authors. When I begin one of his novels I know that I am in for a wild ride, a satisfying conclusion - and in between, plenty of opportunities to laugh out loud in either pure amusement or in shocked awe at the audacity of it all.
    In Bad Monkey Hiaasen takes multiple brilliant plot lines, fleshes them out with a cast of vivid, eccentric characters and pulls it all together into an action-filled finish. Throughout, we are treated to a classic smorgasbord of barbed observations and witty dialog without even once getting that ‘been there, done that’ eye roll out of me that has become a pet peeve with other long-term authors.
    Last but not least, the Audible narrator does an admirable job of conveying the ironic tone and keeps up with the large cast of characters without a slip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Highlander: The Highlander Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (698)

    From his penthouse lair high above Manhattan, Dageus looks out over a glittering city that calls to the darkness within him. A 16th-century Scot trapped between worlds, he is fighting a losing battle with the 13 Druids who possess his soul, dooming him to an eternity of sexual pursuit. When Chloe Zanders, student of antiquities, is drawn into his world, she finds the insatiable alpha male an irresistible lure.

    Patricia says: "Took my breath away"
    "A superb example of the genre"
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    The Dark Highlander raises the bar for the romance genre and crosses the barrier into paranormal fantasy effortlessly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Highlander: Highlander, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1087)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (649)

    With his long, black hair and dark, mesmerizing eyes, Adam Black is Trouble with a capital T. Immortal, arrogant, and intensely sensual, he is free to roam across time and continents in pursuit of his insatiable desires. That is, until a curse strips him of his immortality and makes him invisible, a cruel fate for so irresistible a man.

    Gayle says: "Best in the Series"
    "Stands out from the crowd"
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    Moning's well crafted scenes stay with me long after I've finished to book; high praise indeed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Highlander's Touch: Highlander, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1183)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (733)

    He was a mighty Scottish warrior who lived in a world bound by ancient laws and timeless magic. But no immortal powers could prepare the laird of Castle Brodie for the lovely accursed lass who stood before him. A terrible trick of fate had sent her 700 years back in time and into his private chamber to tempt him with her beauty.

    E. Anderson says: "Fabulous!!"
    "An entertaining flight of fancy"
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    Moning grows into a laudable romance/fantasy author with this effort, and continues to improve with later novels.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight's Seduction: Dark Warriors, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Donna Grant
    • Narrated By Arika Escalona
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    Captivating and enticing, Saffron Fletcher is a rarity in the Druid world - a Seer. She is the ultimate prize in an epic battle. After suffering horrendously at the hands of evil, her thirst for justice is all that keeps her going. Can she put her trust in the sinfully gorgeous, wonderfully dangerous Warrior who haunts her dreams and promises retribution for their common enemy? Camdyn MacKenna is hungry for revenge.... Until he falls prey to Saffron's seductive magic. She enchants him like no other. But if Camdyn yields to her allure, will he be strong enough to defeat their sworn enemy - and resist the rising forces of evil.

    Vilma says: "Dont be angry!"
    "Unfortunate that I spent a credit on this"
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    Unfortunately I've decided that Grant's series is not worth my credits. The story lines fail to engage me as a reader and basically go nowhere fast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Highland Mist: Highlander, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2248)
    Performance
    (1411)
    Story
    (1417)

    He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart - until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland.

    Benoibe says: "I'm so in love and I'm SO moving to Scotland!"
    "Not the best of the series, but more-than-decent."
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    While this isn't the best of Moning's Highlander series, it's a more-than-decent start.I've certainly found Moning to be the best of the Highlander genre.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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