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  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3342)
    Performance
    (2512)
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    (2541)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Notable Characters"
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    I would be willing to bet that Gail Carriger would get along with Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum Series) and Diana Gabaldon (Outlander Series). For lack of a better way to describe it (without giving too much away), I'll say this: Soulless has combined attributes that I admire in some of my favorite "strong female characters," and placed this combined character in a steam punk/fantasy genre. It's truly a unique idea.

    There were a few spots where the description seemed a little wordy, but not enough to be bothersome. In fact, I should probably admit that I suspect that I'm in the minority of readers/listeners who prefer a minimum amount of description. Therefore, my complaint is possibly one that many wouldn't share.

    My favorite character was the male protagonist (our female character's love-interest). He reminds me a great deal of Outlander's Jamie, but not to the point that I feel the character has been poached from Gabaldon; he has his own unique attributes.

    If you're looking for something different in the romance/fantasy genre, I'd recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It's a Nightmare: The Gold Stone Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nicole Quinn
    • Narrated By Nicole Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The planet Earth has reformed itself into the one-continent world of Blinkin. God and his devil have given way to a new polarity - to the Night Mare and the Dream Weaver. But the Night Mare has co-opted her opposite, and she now rules the night and the day. Into this nightmare world, where human females are kept as cattle, and licensed as domestic pets - inside the stone-system designed to prevent the enemy's return - Mina, a rogue DreamWeaver, is born in the Off-grid of Winkin City.

    Amazon Customer says: "Extremely Imaginative Story"
    "Extremely Imaginative Story"
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    I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to future installments to the series.

    That being said, I wonder if this will be one of those books that follows the old saying, "If you like it, you REALLY like it, but if you don't like it, you REALLY don't like it."

    In a very creative way, the story explores misogyny, dystopia, rape, slavery, propaganda, and many more topics. It is well written, and the author did a fine job of narrating her own book (not always the case when referring to audiobooks).

    So, why do I assume a group of people might not like it? Because those topics are racy and controversial. Right now, I'm imagining discussing this book with my friends, and I can see the faces of those who will really enjoy it. They'd appreciate the creativity, and the interesting characters. They'll like the dark humor, and they'll respect the author's bravery at tackling certain unsavory topics. They'll admire it as one values unique genres of art.

    When I think of those who might not like it, I suspect their reasons won't include the presentation of the actual book. On the contrary, I think it would be due to personal preference. I think it will be hard for some people to stomach what is being done to the women in the story. I also think it is difficult for some people to read about insane depravity. Both of these are found in this book.

    I liked it, and I hope more people give it a try!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Only the Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rachel Abbott
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (112)
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    (112)

    When philanthropist Hugo Fletcher’s dead body is discovered tied to a bed in his London home, Chief Inspector Tom Douglas determines right away that he’s hunting a female killer. Though Fletcher made countless enemies through his work with Eastern European prostitutes, the crime scene reeks of sex and revenge. This murder was personal. Douglas knows Fletcher’s unhappy wife, Laura, should be his prime suspect. She’s definitely hiding something. Something big. But he isn’t convinced it’s murder. Besides, she’s not the only woman with a motive to kill the manipulative billionaire....

    Colorado-reader says: "Sigh... Sigh... Ohhh Sigh..."
    "Overall great story..."
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    This mystery really held my attention, and the narration was excellent, however, I have one small complaint. There is a revelation that is continuously postponed far beyond appropriate suspenseful entertainment. By the time it was actually voiced, I was pretty annoyed with all of the excuses offered for the secrecy.

    This may sound like a negative review, but I really did enjoy everything else, and I'll recommend it, with a caveat about the annoying reveal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5390)
    Performance
    (4764)
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    (4740)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "If you loved Steelheart you will love Firefight!"
    "Fun Superhero Series"
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    I like this series for many of the same reasons I've seen listed in other reviews, but I especially like the fact that my family is enjoying it as a group. It reminds me a little of Percy Jackson--which is funny, because the stories are nothing alike; the similarity between Percy Jackson and Steelheart is definitely found in the protagonists. They are both normal, well intentioned young men, faced against beings who are abusing their super-human abilities. They are fun books, and I've already recommended them to my friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Watershed Year

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Susan Schoenberger
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (30)
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    (29)

    Lucy never confessed her love to her best friend Harlan before he passed away. Two months after his funeral, she is haunted by the power of things left unsaid. But then she receives the first of his e-mails arranged to be sent after his death. So begins the year that everything changes - Lucy's watershed year. In an e-mail, Harlan says something that consumes her: He's certain Lucy is destined for motherhood. In her grief, she suddenly rediscovers hope, journeying to Russia to adopt a four-year-old boy.

    Kathy says: "Ugh, chick-lit again, and a bad case of the blahs!"
    "Healthy Snack"
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    I habitually devour books, which is why I often review books as if they were food. Some books (Gone With the Wind, for example) are fulfilling meals, leaving you satisfied, and perhaps over-stuffed. Some meals are desserts, quick, fun, but not necessarily improving your mind. Some are like over-cooked canned vegetables; halfway through, you just can't bring yourself to stomach any more.

    I'd say this book reminds me of a healthy snack. It was relatively short, and I feel that I've come away from it with some thought-provoking ideas.

    I'll warn potential readers, if you are looking for a pick-me-up, this probably isn't the book for you. The main character is dealing with her best friend's cancer diagnosis, and his isn't the only funeral in the story. I found myself wiping away tears several times (a testament to the book being well-written).

    It ends happily, and the book is sprinkled with comedic and sweet moments. Overall, I enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2078)
    Performance
    (1901)
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    (1915)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Glad I stayed with it!"
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    The beginning of this story just wasn't holding my attention, at first, but the positive reviews encouraged me to continue with it. I'm happy I finished it!

    I'm a mom, and I listen while managing the household. Therefore, my Audible experience is constantly interrupted. My advice to prospective listeners is to not multitask during the beginning of this particular book. A lot of things happen, and I suspect that my lack of attention was partly due to stopping at key points and finding myself lost when I finally had time to listen, again.

    Many of my other comments have been covered by other reviewers, so I'll just support those who have said that this is a book for those of us who enjoy dystopian society stories, and it's a bit of a new twist on an old idea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Charley Davidson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1457)
    Performance
    (1374)
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    (1373)

    Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow - but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim-reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins.

    RabidReads says: "This book could change EVERYTHING!"
    "Still a great series!"
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    This is the 6th book in a great series. The protagonist is hilarious, the storyline is interesting and the characters are diverse. King's voice depicts Charley, perfectly. If you're looking for a fun contemporary/fantasy genre, I suggest the Charley Davidson series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Eden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chris Beckett
    • Narrated By Matthew Frow, Jayne Entwistle, Ione Butler, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (287)
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    (284)

    On the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest's lantern trees. Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it. The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where light came from the sky, where men and women made boats that could cross the stars. These ships brought us here, the Oldest say - and the Family must only wait for the travelers to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Hope to see a sequel soon"
    "Hope to see a sequel soon"
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    John Redlantern is done with simply waiting. He is one of more than 500 people stuck in a cycle that was intended to be temporary. They are all waiting for rescue, because their parents and grandparents have passed down a plan which was constructed by their ancestors, more than 100 years ago.

    Generations ago, 5 earthlings crashed on a strange planet with no sun. Three left, they were to come back with help from earth; Tommy and Angela stayed behind, waiting for their rescue. They become the original parents to a colony of their descendants.

    Years of inbreeding, combined with limited knowledge, have addled most of their minds and bodies, but not everyone. John and his friends are forward thinkers. This story is about those who dared to ask what if we are stuck here? Shouldn't we start to live as if we will never be rescued?

    Written from several points of view, the story seamlessly allows the reader to understand where the characters stand, and how they developed into their current ways of thinking.

    The ending could be final, but it gives hope for sequels!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • My Bluegrass Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1620)
    Performance
    (1486)
    Story
    (1471)

    Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks and Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year…until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position. Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign.

    Diana Turmenne says: "Made me want to visit Kentucky!"
    "Harper fans, you'll enjoy this one"
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    I love Molly Harper's wit; her female characters are a nice blend of humorous feminine strength and her male characters are always a nice balance to that combination. This book offers everything I've come to love in her writing, but it wasn't my favorite. To be fair, I suspect that the flaw isn't because of a lacking storyline; on the contrary, I think it's because the story felt short. In other words, Molly Harper fans will be satisfied, but they may find themselves wanting more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (4291)
    Performance
    (3874)
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    (3946)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Enjoyable and free!"
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    This book is worth downloading. It's original, appealing to both genders, intriguing and funny. I hope this is the beginning of a series, because I'm looking forward to more Legion stories.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2104)
    Performance
    (1907)
    Story
    (1912)

    Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back in Darynda Jones' Third Grave Dead Ahead! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the parthuman, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on.

    Stephanie says: "Best book yet."
    "Enjoyable paranormal equivalent to Stephanie Plum"
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    Often when authors are compared to their well-known predecessors, readers/listeners are disappointed because they are expecting a specific product from the new author. For me, Darynda Jones and Janet Evanovich's work provide what I like to call, "dessert fiction." Sometimes I'm in the mood for a bold and cynical female lead who has a hilarious and familiar inner dialogue. Dessert fiction seldom features a mind-blowing, thought-provoking plot, and sometimes that is exactly what I'm seeking; a chance to escape into a world where the protagonist has bigger problems and crazier friends and family than those in my own world.

    If you are in the mood for a laugh or a guilty pleasure, you'll enjoy any of Jones or Evanovich's books, and both are performed beautifully by Lorelei King.

    If you are in the mood for something deep, you may want to put this on the shelf until you are craving whimsy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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