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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

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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
    (198)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (178)

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Prudence

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (144)

    When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama ("Rue" to her friends) is bequeathed an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female under similar circumstances would do: she christens it the Spotted Custard and floats off to India. Soon she stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves.

    Andrea C says: "Pronunciations and character voices are Different!"
    "Great!"
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    If you love Carriger's other books you'll love this. Rue was great fun and it was nice to see the kids all grown up.

    My one complaint is Moira Quirk's (who does a great job with everyone else) version of Lord Akeldama isn't what I wanted it to be. He's my favorite in the other books and hearing him played a different way was disheartening. Quirk is absolutely terrific with every other voice and is a fav narrator otherwise

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Celeste: Flat-Out Love, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she's too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation. But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.

    Mary says: "so good!"
    "Gaaaaah"
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    I think I liked this better than FOL.

    So many feelings. All of the feels.

    I just don't have any words right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Finch: Monster Hunter: The Monster Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cate Dean
    • Narrated By Kathleen Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Meet Alex Finch - tomboy, techno geek, monster hunter. Reluctant monster hunter. A school project, an absentminded project partner, and a misplaced backpack all change 16-year-old Alex Finch's life forever. In a single afternoon Alex finds the missing backpack, has a run-in with Sam, the boy she's had a crush on since first grade - and discovers that monsters are real.

    Ashley says: "Fun Story"
    "Fun Story"
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    I like this, it was quick and funny and Alex had a fun sense of humor.

    My one narration comment was that the I thought the narrator sounded like a grown up Peppermint Patty from the Peanuts cartoon. Not a bad thing, just interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Venice Vampyr: Venice Vampyr, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tina Folsom
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Venice, early 1800's. Isabella Tenderini, a wealthy merchant's widow rescues a stranger from drowning in one of Venice's canals. And how does the man repay her selfless act? By kissing her - her, a respectable woman. Not only is Raphael di Santori grateful for his life being saved, he would also like to thank his rescuer very intimately - more intimately than decorum allows. But then, Raphael has never been one to play by the rules - as a vampire he doesn't have to.

    Melanie says: "Short but Steamy"
    "Rated R"
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    This was just sex. No plot. At least not an original one. The sex scenes were pretty well written, but were plentiful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rachel Dratch
    • Narrated By Rachel Dratch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1683)
    Performance
    (1530)
    Story
    (1530)

    Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians." Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose?

    Pamela J says: "Girl walks into your heart....."
    "Fun"
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    I loved the beginning of the book, but it lost a little bit of steam towards the end. The struggling comedienne stuff was pretty funny and she is a terrific narrator. The starting family stuff was less funny, but sweet and enjoyable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghouls Rush In: Peyton Clark, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By H. P. Mallory
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (216)

    Looking for a fresh start, Peyton Clark becomes the proud owner of a piece of New Orleans history: an Antebellum-era two-story house in the Garden District. It’s going to take time and a fat wallet to restore the fixer-upper to its former glory, but after her recent divorce, Peyton could use the distraction. It’s not long before Peyton discovers she’s moved into the haunted home of a flirtatious paranormal prankster.

    C. L. Finch says: "Slow"
    "Better than Dulcie."
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    I liked Mallory's Jolie Wilkins series, and the first half of the Dulcie O'Neil books.

    I thought this was much better than the others. Its contemporary with some ghosts instead of a completely different paranormal world, which was nice. It wasn't quite so over the top and the romance didn't feel forced.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Games: Chicagoland Vampires, Book10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (371)

    While Merit didn't choose to become a vampire or Sentinel of Cadogan House, she vowed to fight for her House and its Master, and she's managed to forge strong alliances with powerful supernaturals across Chicago. But even though Merit has had wild adventures, this may be her deadliest yet. A killer is stalking Chicago, preying on humans and leaving his victims with magical souvenirs. The CPD hasn't been able to track the assailant, and as the body count rises, the city is running out of options.

    Ruffian says: "Just Keeps Getting Better!!"
    "Good edition to the series."
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    I really liked the mystery in this one. I was very interested the stages murder scenes.

    The Ethan/Merit stuff was pretty normal, but it was nice to see them stand on solid footing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4683)
    Performance
    (1924)
    Story
    (1937)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Sense of humor required."
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    From his bio "Christopher Moore (born 1957 in Toledo, Ohio) is an American writer of absurdist fiction".

    If you aren't familiar with Moore's work, get familiar. Just remember that its all absolutely absurd. Though my favorite with always be Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, this book was a winner. An ordinary man becomes a soul merchant in the blink of an eye and has NO IDEA what's going on. Saving you a synopsis, I can tell you that this was funny and absurd and I didn't want to turn it off. Very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charming: Pax Arcana, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Elliott James
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (470)

    John Charming isn't your average prince... He comes from a line of Charmings - an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chain mail and crossbows to Kevlar and shotguns, John Charming was one of the best-until a curse made him one of the abominations the Knights were sworn to hunt.

    Suzanne says: "Charming is Like Dresden in wolves clothing"
    "Nice series start"
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    There were time that I actually laughed out loud. And there were times that I was confused, and times that I had to rewind to make sure I didn't miss anything. When James gets some of his writing ironed out, this series is going to be amazing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First World Problems: 101 Reasons Why the Terrorists Hate Us

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ben Nesvig
    • Narrated By Ben Nesvig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    You are reading this on a screen. You have First World Problems. First World Problems: 101 Reasons Why The Terrorists Hate Us is a collection of short humorous essays and rants from a man who knows suffering. It is comedy that borders on tragedy. What are First World Problems? A First World Problem is a trivial issue that afflicts people in wealthier nations declared to be in the "First World".

    Jill-O says: "Laughed Out Loud (over & over again)"
    "Funny"
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    While some of these problems were true and hilarious, I did feel like they could have all been fleshed out more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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