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Ducky

ducky

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  • Raven Cursed: Jane Yellowrock, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1721)
    Performance
    (1540)
    Story
    (1553)

    The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to the Master Vampire of New Orleans, they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, he sends an envoy with the best bodyguard blood money can buy: skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But when a group of local campers are attacked by something fanged, Jane goes from escort to investigator. Is it a rogue-vampire, shapechanger, or witch? Or something else magical?

    Ducky says: "Faith Hunter, Jane and Beast are at it again!!!"
    "Faith Hunter, Jane and Beast are at it again!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    ABSOLUTLY!!! I HAVE ALREADY! I also recommend that they listen to the rest of the series, in order, to get the full effect. I recommend Faith Hunter because I find her books are unpredictable. You might THINK you know what is going to happen, and them WHAM, she drops a bomb on you and things aren't as they seem. She spins a fantastic story. I will take a series that I like, and read/listen to it over and over, back to back several times because nothing else appeals to me but the world that particular author traps me in. Last year I listened to both of Faith Hunter's series (both entire series) 4 or 5 times EACH. GO FAITH!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Besides the action, great background on characters, history (I love the Cherokee history and language she puts in) and twists and turns, I have always loved the relationship between Jane and Angie Baby, and Beast. There is a special longing there that I truly connect with. And of course Ricky Bo, Bruiser and the B-twins. Maybe Leo too, when he isn't being a butt head.


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

    Khristine brings the story to life and gives each character a voice. She does an excellent, excellent job. Her voice just suits Jane, and crew. The books wouldn't be the same without her voice. It is my opinion that the wrong choice of narrator can make or break a book when people write reviews. A story can POP off the pages and really work with the right narrator, or have the wrong narrator and destroy the book and sales. Audio books are exploding on the market right now and I believe audio reviews may sway readers to or away from a purchase.

    I have read books without listening to the narration before (either because the audio isn't out yet and I just can't wait to read the story, knowing I will buy it when it DOES come out and listen and read it again then) or the author doesn't have audio available) and I have to tell you that I can hardly JUST READ anymore. I love to listen as I read to get the full effect of the story, ie. when someone thinks something and doesn't say it out loud, or there is a pause or a comma in the print, it is hard for the narrator to put that into the reading. But seeing it and hearing it together, just brings the story off the page and to LIFE and when you have a narrator as good as Khristine, who is perfect for this storyline, it is better than going to a movie because I can SEE the book happening in my mind!!


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

    It was and I DID!! I listened to the other books in the series and timed it for this books release so I would get the full effect. (I do that to a lot of authors that have a series. I need to refresh my memory and the story and characters because I read SO MANY BOOKS.)


    Any additional comments?

    Faith Hunter is one of my favorite authors and Khristine Hvam is just the perfect fit for this series' narration! (I also like Natalie Gold. She was perfect, to me, for the Rogue Mage series.) The only story of Faith's that I was not happy with (and it was because of the narration) was the short in Strange Brew, the anthology done that had Jane and Molly's beginning. The story was great, though I wish it were a full book story. Khristine didn't do it and the narrator who did sounded too old for the part and it just didn't work for me.) Khristine has spoiled me. SHE IS JANE!!

    I would like to see Gwen Hunter's books in audio. I just found out that she is Faith Hunter in the suspense genre and has lots of books that need a voice.....hint hint.


    I would love to see an audio and ebook or print book package option come out for all audio books, like there is available for a lot of the Classics (with ebooks). Since I buy both anyway, it would save a step for me. (at least have it available on Amazon).


    I hope everyone who buys this book loves it as much as I did!! Enjoy the read/listen.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Shine: Mageri, Book 5,

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Dannika Dark
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (262)

    In the short span of a year, Silver has gone from becoming a Mage to discovering the truth about her unique genetics. Logan Cross went from being her mortal enemy to becoming her immortal lover, but a threat is fast approaching like an inevitable storm. Attacks are under way against the Mageri, and one man is behind it-an elusive foe who is an unstoppable force. Nero is not Silver's only concern, as someone close to her has been arrested for treason.

    Danet says: "Love this series and great Book!!!"
    "GREAT URBAN FANTASY SERIES! DANNIKA'S A NEW FAV!!"
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    Awesome series/characters from"new/to/me" author. Wish series was longer. Next up...SEVEN SERIES...Dannika's latest! SQUEEEE!! Downloading NOW!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sterling: Mageri, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dannika Dark
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (593)

    Zoë Merrick lived an ordinary life until late one night, she was brutally attacked and left for dead. She survived, saved by a stranger who witnessed her undergo a physical transformation. That's not the only thing that's different. Zoë is unable to control an unexplainable energy coursing through her body. Justus De Gradi is a man who can teach her that control. He's handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. He reveals that she is a Mage - an immortal made of light, not magic. She must now make a choice: Rebuild her life in the human world with the man who saved her, or live with Justus and learn how to use her extraordinary gifts. Justus has sworn an oath to protect her life, but can he guard her from the one man who has a right to claim it?

    Robin in Vermont says: "Sparkling Paranormal!"
    "AWESOME! NEW TO ME, AUTHOR AND SERIES TO LOVE!"
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    love book 1. New take on standard fantasy "Breeds". Narrator good/new/2/me. Downloading books/2-5/NOW! SQUEEEE/HAPPY/DANCEING NOW!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Heat: Alpha and Omega, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (1517)
    Performance
    (1380)
    Story
    (1380)

    For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles' role as his father's enforcer. This time their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way....

    Nikki says: "It can't get any better!!!"
    "AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!"
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    Love this latest book in Charles and Anna's lives. Very moving storyline. Love Briggs/Graham combo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alpha and Omega: A Novella from On the Prowl

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (1017)

    Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

    Kindle Customer says: "The beginning of the Alpha and Omega"
    "Love the A&O series/P. Briggs/ H. Graham combo"
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    Alpha&Omega spinoff from Mercy Thompson series. LOVE BOTH! Both in my top 10 favorite rotation!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crave the Night: A Midnight Breed Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (218)

    Born and raised to be an emotionless killing machine, Nathan is one of the most lethal Breed vampires in existence. A key member of the Order - an elite group of warriors charged with protecting both mortals and vampires - Nathan executes each mission with flawless precision and a total lack of mercy. Now he must pursue a powerful, hidden enemy. But Nathan's hard discipline and training are no match for the fierce pull he feels toward a young woman he has no right to desire.

    Ducky says: "AND THE PLOT THICKENS...For the new generation"
    "AND THE PLOT THICKENS...For the new generation"
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    Loving how series moved to future generation. Awesome new bad guy twist. Series still great!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Viper Game

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (295)

    GhostWalker Wyatt Fontenot knows the price he paid for the secret military experiments that gave him his special catlike abilities. After all, he left his bayou home a healer and came back a killer. While Wyatt and his GhostWalker brother Gator may have known exactly the sort of game they were getting into, Wyatt never anticipated where it would lead - or to whom.

    Traveling4life says: "50 shades of viper, most disappointing"
    "A favorite many times relisten/reread!"
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    Feehan and Stechschulte make an awesome team for military/paranormal/romance series. GhostWalkers are this fans favorite!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (215)

    As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it's time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers--particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade--require Opal's unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap in to a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening.

    Amazon Customer says: "Interesting character, no Gabra"
    "Jennifer VanDyck is good narrator, however..."
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    I wish Gabra Zackman had continued narraton for Opal Cowen trilogy. Love character voice continuity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire Study

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1416)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (634)

    When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder - able to capture and release souls - spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart.

    DKay says: "More please"
    "Love the Study/Soulfinder Series! "
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    Fantasy worlds just don't get any better for me. And Gabra Zackman's narration, simply amazing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2452)
    Performance
    (1179)
    Story
    (1185)

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "Awesome start to the series!"
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    I love this series, and have listened/read it at lrast 15 times. Check it out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hudson

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurelin Paige
    • Narrated By James Patrick Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (338)

    Hudson Pierce has led a life few others could even imagine. With money and power at his fingertips, he's wanted for almost nothing. He's never experienced love, however, and he's seen few examples of it in his dysfunctional family. The ridiculous notion of romance has always intrigued him. He's studied it, controlled it, manipulated it, and has yet to understand it. Until he meets Alayna Withers. Now, the games he's played in his quest for comprehension can finally come to an end.

    CAROLYN says: "FINALLY ALL THE PIECES TO THEIR BITTERSWEET STORY"
    "Love hearing the man's POV!"
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    Would you listen to Hudson again? Why?

    Yes. Great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    After having read the Fixed series from Alayna's POV, it gave a new perspective reading from Hudsons.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the gifts. You'll have to listen or read the book to know what I mean. I don't give spoilers.


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

    There are two sides to every story.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed Hudson POV. I wish more authors would do this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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