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  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5745)
    Performance
    (5339)
    Story
    (5338)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "A STORM IS BREWING..."
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    Aaaahh...where do I begin? It is early on a Saturday morning and could not wait to write this review (and I generally speaking I don't write many reviews). Jim Butcher creates believable characters (yes, I honestly like to believe that Harry, Karen, Molly, Mac, Thomas, Butters, Mab, Fix could exist), and weaves stories that take you on a ride that you never want to have to get off!

    Harry Dresden is alive and just finished his conditioning/training as the Winter Knight. Mab gives Harry his first assignment...to kill her daughter! Though Maeve is a sick, evil, twisted being and probably deserves to die, Harry being Harry he questions authority! Before he will carry out that order he seeks to learn the truth. By fate or coincidence, Harry winds up with his old friends: Karen, Thomas, Andy, Molly, Butters, Bob, Toot-Toot, Mouse. Together they take one on a wild ride of battles between good and evil, with surprising new characters that you wouldn't imagine! I don't want to share too much because it would really take away from how this story unfolds. The story peaks to an ending that leaves you holding your breath...and then Jim Butcher leaves the door cracked open just enough for you to ask, "What will the next story bring?"

    I love this series, and love the easy rhythm of Jim Butcher's writing...and, yet, I don't know if I could enjoy this audible story if someone other than James Marsters read it to me. I keep asking myself, is James Marsters Harry Dresden, or is Harry Dresden James Marsters?

    Get on board the boat, and hold on tight...it's going to be a fantastic journey!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Obsession Untamed: Feral Warriors, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Pamela Palmer
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (114)

    Every time she closes her eyes, Delaney Randall suffers another nightmare. A brutal serial killer has found his way inside the tough, take-no-prisoners FBI agent's head. Now she lives the murders through his eyes, from his deadly approach to his victims' screams - until the night he breaks into her apartment and she fears she's going to be the next to die. But the man who snatches Delaney from her home isn't the murderer.

    carrie says: "WOW! Great 2nd book, more Please!"
    "The series keeps getting better and better....."
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    I have less than an hour left into this book and felt compelled to write my review now. Ms. Palmer thank you for giving us this fantastical tale of the Feral warriors. Mr. Shapiro thank you for bringing the characters to life and making me want to know them more. Like each of us, the characters in these books are fragile and flawed (though one would not think that with their rough, strong, immortal bodies). As one who believes in the power of love, friendship, faith and promise this specific story touched my heart deeply. Delaney (the human woman) suffered her own pain and heartache and to compensate she lost her self in her work to the exclusion of any real relationship. Tighe (the Feral warrior who shapes into a Tiger) suffered his own deep loss centuries ago (I won't spoil the story with details) and he trusts very few. How they find each other and learn one another is very well done and to some degree, somewhat believable (perhaps that's just my wishful thinking). I love how every character in these stories are basically strong and determined, and yet so very fragile. But to be able to face the fear and open oneself up to trust can and will unleash some very powerful emotions not to mention some great fight and love scenes. I believe I know how this story will end, but I still want to see it all the way to the end. Needless to say, I'm ready for the next story and I think that one's going to be about BP!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Public Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (301)

    Emma McAvoy may have grown up in the limelight, but some secrets are hidden in a darkness no light can reach. Now on the verge of a successful career, and having fallen in love with the man of her dreams, Emma is looking to the future. Yet it’s the past that is about to catch up with her. For Emma, her childhood had been almost like a rags-to-riches fairy tale - until the tragic night that changed her family forever. But what Emma thinks she knows about that terrible night and the man she’s about to marry is only half the truth.

    Lisa says: "Long, Dark, Depressing, Boring & Disappointing"
    "What a story!!!"
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    I've read/listened to MANY of Nora Roberts' books over the years and just recently stumbled across this book. I don't believe I've every read a book that has so many characters with each of them developed with such depth. I found it kind of a "sleepy" book in the beginning because of the many characters and the time period it started (a little before the 60's). But it wasn't because the story was boring as much as because Ms. Roberts really took her time with the creation of the characters, their stories and the progression of time itself within the book. I enjoyed how the characters were from London (the reader did an excellent job with the accents) and how the story spanned over a period of more than 20 years. I loved Emma from the start and her father Brian (a man who did try to do the right thing). I liked how the band was portrayed as I would think many rock bands might be during the 60's (sex, drugs, free spirits). It is NOT a faced paced book...not until towards the end of the story. But it lulls you in and you find yourself loving each of the characters (except for Jane) and wanting so much for each of them to find some peace. I loved the suspense and even the somewhat predictable ending...but that's one of the things I LOVE about Ms. Roberts' books and why I keep coming back for more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desire Untamed: Feral Warriors Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Pamela Palmer
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (173)

    Kara MacAllister thinks she's just an average, small-town preschool teacher until the night a mysterious stranger shows up at her door claiming that she's not only immortal, but the chosen one of a band of powerful shape-shifting males. Lyon steals her away from everything she knows and thrusts her into a world beyond her comprehension, a world filled with magic, nightmares, and perilous danger where Kara discovers an inner strength she never knew she possessed, and a passion in the arms of Lyon beyond anything she ever imagined.

    carrie says: "So glad to see Pamela Palmer on Audible books!"
    "ROAR!!!!!!"
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    First, let me say that I love, love, love the narrator of this story. Rob Shapiro has one of the sexiest voices I've heard (and I've heard a lot). I had absolutely no problem with him using his normal voice to portray Cara (the lead female in this story). Now that I got that out of the way, I have to admit when the story first started I wasn't that impressed. I say that because after listening to so many paranormal books, I have grown accustomed to more and sometimes lengthy description of the "back story" behind the other beings that are portrayed in the story. This book dove head first into Lyon's search and discovery of their "Radiant One", and the "back story" was woven into the quick and rapid pace of the dialogue between Cara, Lyon and Hawk. However, as the story unfolded and the characters identified (Ty, Viper, Jag, Hawk, Pink, etc) for some reason I found the characters endearing themselves to me in some odd way. I kind of figured out who the nemesis was about half way through the story, but that is often not too difficult in most stories. I won't tell you much about the story because I really don't want to ruin it for you. I will say that at the end I decided that I MUST continue with the series to find out what happens to Viper and Ty's other half...and to see the other ferals discover their own true mates. Yes, there are some sizzling sex scenes in this book that I thoroughly enjoyed, yet I didn't find them pornographic as much as sensual and erotic. Of course, with Rob Shapiro reading the scenes he made them that much more enjoyable. I hope you enjoy this book/series as much as I plan on doing so...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2860)
    Performance
    (2695)
    Story
    (2692)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "ANOTHER GREAT STORY"
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    Kevin Hearne delivers another great story. I enjoyed the addition of Owen Kennedy to the story line. However, I must say that was especially moved by what Granuaille had to go through. There are so many forces and characters at play, as always, and the ending leaves you wanting more...as usual. I loved all of the "lessons" that Granuaille and Atticus teach us in this story...as well as Owen's revelation..and then there's the major battle scene and the lessons a wise leader must learn. I know you may want a more in-depth review of the story, but I don't like to taint how you may receive the story. I don't think I will ever tire of this series and thoroughly enjoy Luke Daniels' reading...he is Atticus!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4707)
    Performance
    (4468)
    Story
    (4449)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Dreden is back and the stories get better and bett"
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    Jim Butcher does a phenomenal job bringing Dresden to life. James Marster IS Harry Dresden and I could never imagine anyone else reading these stories. I love how these are stories are written and how each character evolves. While I loved every part of this story, I found the battle scene with Butters surprisingly moving...never saw that coming. If you have enjoyed any of the Dresden books, you will love this one. The story moves easy and the time passes too quickly. Great job Mr. Butcher...please keep the coming!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5517)
    Performance
    (3836)
    Story
    (3856)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "PEOPLE AND/OR THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM"
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    What made the experience of listening to Halfway to the Grave the most enjoyable?

    I love audio books that have both a great storyline and an excellent reader who knows how to make the characters come alive. At first, I wasn't sure I like Ms. Gilbert's take on Bones' voice, but grew to love it before halfway through the book. I've become quite "hooked" on paranormal books, especially those with lots of fighting between good and evil, with good prevailing most/some of the time and plenty of romance. This book delivered in all areas! The "ultimate" fight scene in this book came to life all around me, and I found myself crying towards the end, when Kat had to make some hard decisions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Bones helped Kat grow to accept herself for who she is and to help her learn that everything/everyone is not always what they seem. I think we can all relate to this concept regardless of whether you are human or other!


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Tough call on this one...because I loved both of the primary characters!


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

    This is my problem with most audio books. Many times I have to make myself STOP listening to my books and engage in some dialogue with my husband (thank goodness we've been married a long time and he's very understanding of my love of books).


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very glad that I took a chance on this book. I liked it enough to use another credit for the next one. But, I would have paid for the next book even if I didn't have a credit to use.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss of a Demon King

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (849)
    Story
    (857)

    From New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole comes this spellbinding story of a demon king trapped by an enchantress for her wanton purposes - and the scorching aftermath that follows when he turns the tables and claims her as his captive.

    Sidonie says: "It doesn't get any Better than this for me."
    "EROTIC, ENTERTAINING AND ENGAGING"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Kiss of a Demon King to be better than the print version?

    As far as I'm concerned audio books are the ONLY way to "read" a book!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kiss of a Demon King?

    There are a lot of memorable moments within this book. The erotic scenes were breathtaking in so many ways. But believe it or not, one of the most memorable moments of the book, to me, was the scene with Sabine and the dragon. I can't tell you much because I might give away some of the story.


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    I have never listened to Mr. Petkoff's performances before (at least I don't think so), but needless to say I LOVED his performance. He will be another one of my favorite readers whom I will look for as I shop for more books.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad that I took a chance on Kresley Cole's book, The Kiss of the Demon King. Be prepared she spares nothing when she describes the erotic scenes (let's just say my husband has really enjoyed the benefits of me listening to this book..I now call him my "Demon King"). I loved her storyline so well, I'm going to start the series at the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10339)
    Performance
    (9365)
    Story
    (9446)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "ANOTHER WINNER BY DAN BROWN!!"
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    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Thought-provoking, insightful, entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    The twists at the end...can't believe I didn't see some of that coming!


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Paul Michael did a remarkable job! Love his voice and the inflections he did to try and distinguish the different characters.


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

    No extreme reactions...just walked away thinking of our world today!


    Any additional comments?

    “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
    ― Dante Alighieri, Inferno

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4224)
    Performance
    (3759)
    Story
    (3755)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "I "SUSPECT" this book is going to impress you!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I've been recommending this book to everyone I know who loves audio books, who loves dogs, and who enjoy a good police mystery!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved primary characters: Scott and Maggie. I loved how both characters,though broken, managed to reconnect with each other, life and hope. Besides, the author did a heluva job making Maggie real to me...that's pretty remarkable since Maggie is a dog!


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

    Yes, he's performed a few of Nora Roberts' books and I love the cadence of his voice and how he pulls you into the characters' lives.


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

    I cried in opening of the book...where we learn about Maggie. My heart broke in the first chapter where Scott loses his partner. I found myself "talking" to the characters on my treadmill, as the story unfolded.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it, use a credit...worth every moment of your time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11635)
    Performance
    (10571)
    Story
    (10592)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "MR. CLINES, PLEASE WRITE A SEQUEL OR SERIES!"
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    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's is tied for 1st place with The Dresden Files series!!! I love sci-fi and the far reaching stories. 14 takes you on a wild ride...so hold on for the twists and turns! Can't recommend this book enough!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The most memorable moment of the story was towards the end. I won't tell you what it is because it would ruin the story for you. I use audio books to get my workouts in every morning. This morning I found myself yelling at the characters and my pace on the treadmill got faster and faster...had to have been one of my better workouts!


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

    I think this is my first experience with Ray Porter's performance and I think he did a fabulous job. He made all of the characters very believable, including the female characters. I would definitely listen to another book done by him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several moments in the book that moved me. But I don't want to taint your enjoyment of listening to the story unfold.


    Any additional comments?

    I hesitated for a few minutes about using my credit(s) for this book. I'm SO GLAD that I decided to "buy" this book. Probably one of the most exciting and riveting stories I've listened to in a while. I love all of the stories I've purchased through Audible, but this one really stands out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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