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Ashley

I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.

Charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Tiger's Eye: A Stacy Justice Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Barbra Annino
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (112)

    The anonymous call derails Stacy Justice’s plans for a lazy summer: hot dogs and beer; swims in the lake with her Great Dane, Thor; and hanging with her rekindled old flame, Chance. For years she’s blamed herself for her father’s death - a blame that drove her away from witchcraft and her destiny. But who’d want to kill an innocent small-time newspaperman? That’s the question on Stacy’s mind when she casts a spell that goes horribly wrong. Now, between the white tiger that appears out of thin air, the body in the lake, the gun-toting maniac, and a sudden surge in her powers, Stacy has her hands full once again.

    Zulu says: "Funn series"
    "Love Stacy."
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    Would you try another book from Barbra Annino and/or Amy Rubinate?

    Absolutely. I was actually upset that this was all I could read (so far) But the new book Emerald Isle comes out soon, and I've already pre-ordered it.


    Was Tiger's Eye worth the listening time?

    YES!! Annino manages to pack a lot into her books. It didn't take days to listen to. There wasn't a lot of deep inner monologues (looking at you Kim Harrison!!) or descriptions that really aren't that pertinent.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Christine Bell
    • Narrated By Helen Stern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    "I'm a time pirate - born in 1810, now a 21st-century woman. I travel through time trying to right wrongs without disrupting the fragile balance between what is and what can never be. That's why it's vital that I go to 1836 and find the man who conned my brother out of his Time Travel Mechanism as quickly as possible. If the technology falls into the wrong hands, it could change the world as we know it."

    Ashley says: "Short but fun!"
    "Short but fun!"
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    I liked this a lot. Since it is so short, there are places that it needs fleshing out a little bit- but the story itself is great. I liked the characters (a snarky heroine is my fav!)

    The second one is just as much fun too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3258)
    Performance
    (2970)
    Story
    (2969)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Amazon Customer says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "You Can't Go Wrong with Molly and Amanda"
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    My one complaint about this is that is isn't a full length novel. Its great. Miranda is fun, Colin is fun, their adventure is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • South of Salem

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Janni Nell
    • Narrated By Charlotte Parry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    "My mother thinks my job is crazy. I'm a paranormal investigator; she's Nancy Reagan crossed with Martha Stewart. She's always preferred my sister, Lily, who is following in her perfect footsteps. But this time Mom needs my special skills. She believes my stepfather is possessed. I admit he's not his usual dapper, charming self, but sleepwalking doesn't sound that weird - until the sleepwalking spreads through the family and cousin Donna walks right out of her apartment window to her death."

    Ashley says: "Quick, light and easy!"
    "Quick, light and easy!"
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    This is the perfect series to read in between dark or gritty stuff. Allegra is fun and Casper is pretty hilarious, at least in the audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Bites: Kate Daniels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1880)
    Performance
    (1139)
    Story
    (1152)

    Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

    Sara says: "Pure Steel!"
    "Interesting Start to a series"
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    It took me a while to get into this book. There wasn't a whole lot of world building for me to get used to all of the different ideas/creatures in the series. I may give the next book another try but I'm not in a big hurry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (140)

    Magic-wielding Churchwitch and secret addict Chess Putnam knows better than anyone just how high a price people are willing to pay for a chemical rush. But when someone with money to burn and a penchant for black magic starts tampering with Downside’s drug supply, Chess realizes that the unlucky customers are paying with their souls—and taking the innocent with them, as the magic-infused speed compels them to kill in the most gruesome ways possible.

    The Book Nympho says: "LOVE LOVE this series!"
    "Gaaaaaaaaaah"
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    This series has ruined me! Ruined me for all other series and book boyfriends. I bawled and bawled but in a good way. I am so mad that there aren't any other books for me to read. I've read all of the novellas and am seriously contemplating just relistening to the whole series all over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty Queens

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By Libba Bray
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (229)

    The 50 contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

    Vanessa says: "No one left unscathed"
    "Great fun."
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    The first part of this story is BRILLIANT. Absolutely hilarious, great satire. The ending (well really as soon as the pirates .. yes pirates... show up) its starts to get a little bit too 'out there' for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unholy Ghosts: Downside Ghosts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (279)

    In a future world under attack from the undead, the powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Consequently, there are many false claims of hauntings from those hoping to profit. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for nailing human liars and banishing the wicked dead.

    T. Hernandez says: "Not for the faint of heart"
    "Stick with it."
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    I was told to read this book my plenty of people on GoodReads. I picked it up and started and stopped it THREE times before I finished it. Its definitely darker and grittier than the series I am used to reading. It was hard for me to get into the world and into the "Downspeak" but I'm so glad I stuck with it. I have thoroughly LOVED the rest of the series.

    I actually got this book as a reread/first listen. I think Bahni Turpin's voices get much better as the series goes on and she gets more familiar with the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacrificial Magic: Downside Ghosts, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (173)

    When Chess Putnam is ordered by an infamous crime boss—who also happens to be her drug dealer—to use her powers as a witch to solve a grisly murder involving dark magic, she knows she must rise to the challenge. Adding to the intensity, her boyfriend, Terrible, doesn’t trust her, and Lex, the son of a rival crime lord, is trying to reignite the old sparks between them.

    Lupdilup says: "JUST MAGIC!"
    "Terrible!!!"
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    What did you love best about Sacrificial Magic?

    Terrible.


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

    Yes, But only the other ones in this series. She has a very pleasing voice and I like her characterizations- particularly Bump.


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

    I definitely got a little misty during certain parts. The sappy parts.


    Any additional comments?

    I love that although Chess is a hot mess, she is legitimately trying to be a good person. I have enjoyed watching her grow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starcrossed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Josephine Angelini
    • Narrated By Devon Sorvari
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Helen Hamilton has spent her entire 16 years trying to hide how different she is. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood... and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

    Judy says: "First novel of a trilogy?"
    "I liked this so much more than I thought I would!"
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    I was expecting this to be okay. Typical YA love story blah blah blah. But I ended up really invested in Helen and Lucas and all of the cousins.

    I adored the mythology elements to it.

    I loved that there wasn't an 'insta-love' (there was an insta-loathe but it somehow made more sense.

    Although there are some 'schooly' elements to the book, they aren't the main focus. And the school isn't the main atmosphere.

    I am very curious that the others aren't on Audible- I went to purchase the next one and it isn't there..... BOO

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Touch of Frost: Mythos Academy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (223)

    My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy - a school of myths, magic, and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things.

    Hassan says: "I'm Shocked!! It Was Really Good"
    "Estep is terrific!"
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    I love Estep's story telling. She has the ability to tell a good story from a great perspective.

    This is the beginning of a new YA mythology series. I love mythology- and and strangely attracted to series that take place at a boarding school. So I was bound to love this story. I think Gwen is a great MC, she's spunky and fun, but a little hard on herself (as are a lot of 16 year old girls)

    My one issue is that I solved the mystery a little too quickly. It didn't really bother me though, because there is an overlying series mystery that I'm still guessing at.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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