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Victoria

Victoria

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  • Troubled Waters: Elemental Blessings, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (354)

    Zoe Ardelay receives astonishing and unwelcome news: she has been chosen to become the king's fifth wife. Forced to go to the royal city, she manages to slip away and hide on the shores of the mighty river. It's there that Zoe realizes she is a coru prime, ruled by the elemental sign of water. She must return to the palace, not as an unwilling bride for the king, but a woman with power in her own right.

    Katherine says: "Really pleasant"
    "Takes a long time to get to a Bad Ending"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, takes a long time to get the the climax that leaves you hanging in the end. Understand it's a series but too many loose ends.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sharon Shinn again?

    yes


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Airs: Elemental Blessings, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    Josetta is a princess of one of the Five Families. But she is far from the throne, so she is free to spend her days working in the poorest sections of the city. Rafe Adova, an outcast since he was born, lives the life of a career gambler in those slums. He has no ambition other than cheating at the card tables - until the night he decides to help a girl named Corene, who looks like she's stumbled into the wrong bar.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Sequel"
    "Revised Opinion of the Series"
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    I have to admit my original opinion of this series may have been a bit harsh. I listened to book 1 again this week and was compelled to get book 2. To let you know how much I enjoyed it, I used a credit I was saving for a pre-order. There ya go. I enjoyed it and now that I've finished book 2 I am ready for the next installment in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Moon: Alpha Pack Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By J. D. Tyler
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (408)

    Ever since he saved Dr. Mackenzie Grant's life, panther, shifter, and sorcerer Kalen Black has had trouble keeping the beautiful doctor out of his thoughts and his heart. The brush with death awakened an intense passion between them - one that for the first time had the notorious loner letting down his guard. With the Alpha Pack battling an evil Fae who is slowly gaining control over Kalen's mind, Kalen can no longer trust his own actions, and he breaks off his affair with Mackenzie in order to keep her safe. But when Mackenzie learns that she is carrying Kalen's child, no amount of danger will keep her away from the man she loves.

    CAROLYN says: "GOOD DEFINITELY.......... BUT JUST NOT BRILLIANT"
    "Whew!!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I have yelled at a character in a book so much in my life. I was so angry at Kalen and then cared for him and then yelled at him and then.... well you get the picture. I was physically tired by the end. I mean to tell you, whew. I thoroughly enjoyed and hated and couldn't turn off and...well you get the picture. J.D. this was by far the best one of the series. Can't wait to see who will be next in the line up. I was kinda hoping we'd see some wings before the end but that's ok they are coming. Thanks for the rush. Until next time.....

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Lady Never Surrenders: Hellions of Halstead Hall, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sabrina Jeffries
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (216)

    With two months left to find a husband and fulfill her grandmother’s ultimatum, Celia sets her sights on three eligible bachelors. Becoming betrothed to one of these wealthy, high-ranking men will surely prove her capable of getting married, so hopefully the wedding itself won’t be necessary for Celia to receive her inheritance. Step Two of her audacious plan is hiring the dark and dangerously compelling Bow Street runner Jackson Pinter to investigate the three men she’s chosen. With Lady Celia bedeviling Jackson’s days and nights, the last thing he wants is to help her find a husband.

    Cam says: "It was not a five star but a definite 4."
    "It's all in the Narrator!"
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    The story can be lacking but if the narrator is good they can salvage it. Fortunately, this one had the best of both worlds; a captivating storyline and a talented narrator. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Don't know if I want to risk the other titles with different narrators though, but this one is worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Dark Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sharon Cullen
    • Narrated By Helen Stern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    Madelaine Alexander is on a mission. When her boss sends her to the hottest nightclub in town to meet with the owner, she won't be deterred, even if that means standing in line for 58 minutes in torturous heels while she'd rather be home in her pj's with a bowl of popcorn.

    Robbie says: "Enjoyable Read"
    "Beautiful Story"
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    This was a very enchanting story. Romance, heartbreak, tragedy, redemption, recompense, resurrection. It has it all. A well written and very well narrated audio. I will definitely look for more titles by this author and more works from this narrator.

    Very good!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Reborn: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1807)
    Performance
    (1629)
    Story
    (1642)

    Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been unrecognizable from the vampire leader he once was. Physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair, he has been brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel. Now, fighting once again with ruthless vengeance, he is unprepared to face a new kind of tragedy. When Tohr begins to see his beloved in his dreams - trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld far from the peace and tranquility of the Fade - he turns to the angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost.

    CAROLYN says: "EVERY SINGLE PARAGRAPH WAS JUST..... WOW"
    "Only 23 hrs, that's it?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lover Reborn the most enjoyable?

    Jim and the expectation of what comes next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    oh my, as soon as I met V he was mine, and if he weren't mentioned I would be upset. That said, in this book as I get to know Xcore a little and start to understand him, I like him more. He's is letting go of who he thought he was and learning who is really is. I like that.


    What about Jim Frangione???s performance did you like?

    All of it.


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

    The in between, where will it find you.


    Any additional comments?

    More please.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Acheron: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (790)

    Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. His human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind.

    Mar-z says: "couldn't stop listening"
    "Oh Holter, I could just kiss you."
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    If you could sum up Acheron in three words, what would they be?

    Tortured, kindhearted, hunk!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Acheron?

    wow, when he realized who he really was. Not that he had the powers of a god, but that he was valuable in spite of the god powers. Also when he was playing the video game with the kid and the other immortals.


    What about Holter Graham???s performance did you like?

    EXCELLENT! I wish all of her books in this series were narrated by him.


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

    Yes, and I did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (1084)
    Story
    (1075)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "Open your eyes!"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about A Little Night Magic? What did you like least?

    Ok, I understand suspense, but this is ridiculous. What is with this girl and seeing the obvious. Why does it take her so long to see the truth. First she completely trusts this woman she only met a day ago rather that people she's know all of her life. Stupid. Amanda Ronconi saved the story. There were funny places and sad places but most of the places I was saying,


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story was good but the dumb main character made me angry.


    Do you think A Little Night Magic needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Only if Olivia grows a brain.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Head Over Heels

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cindy Procter-King
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (95)

    One tiny lie can cause a whole lot of trouble…Magee Sinclair is desperate to prove she’s a worthy heir to her family’s advertising agency so when a potential client asks her to stretch the truth in return for his business, she’s more than willing to play along with his masquerade.

    LeftyMom says: "Ugh...should be zero stars"
    "Great story, bad reader!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I loved the storyline, but the narrator when not reading the character parts read like she was running out breathe. Stop trying to sound sexy and just read the parts.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen White???s performances?

    Yes with a different reader.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Unleashed: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1839)
    Performance
    (1295)
    Story
    (1300)

    Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, seductive cloth as her brother. Imprisoned for eons by their mother, the Scribe Virgin, she finally frees herself - only to face a devastating injury. Manuel Manello, M.D., is drafted by the Brotherhood to save her as only he can - but when the human surgeon and the vampire warrior meet, their two worlds collide in the face of their undeniable passion. With so much working against them, can love prove stronger than the birthright and the biology that separates them?

    M says: "Good not great **Spoilers**"
    "More Please"
    Overall

    I love this series. I can't wait for the next installment. I would've given this book a five star but I did not like the ending at all. Sooo left hanging. Too many questions, what is going on with Quinn and Lela and Quinn and Blaye? What's the deal with Butch and Manny? When is the Virgin Scribe gonna act like a god and help her people with these dang Lessors and what the heck is with Score? Too much to find out about to wait so long. Get those finger to moving Ms. Ward!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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