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oceaninmotion

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  • Holy Smokes: Aisling Grey, Guardian, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (184)

    In the fourth book of the Aisling Grey series, Aisling is finally about to marry Drake Vireo - wyvern of the green dragons. But when Drake goes missing on their wedding day, Aisling has to track him down, no matter how many dragons, demons, and angry mages get in her way.

    Donna says: "new twist on supernatural books"
    "laugh out loud funny"
    Overall

    This is a chuckle to a laugh out loud series. In a serious world this is just what the doctor ordered to tickle your funny bone if you like this genre. I am reading all the books in sequence. It works better for me that way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peanut Goes to School: A Short Story of the Elder Races

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (222)

    Dragos Cuelebre is no longer the only dragon. Dragos’s son Liam Cuelebre (a.k.a. Peanut) is springing into existence, reminiscent of the first of the Elder Races who were born at the beginning of the world. At just six months of age, he has already grown to the size of a large five-year-old boy. He can read, write in complete sentences, and his math skills are off the chart. A white dragon in his Wyr form, Liam also holds more power than almost anyone else.

    Amazon Customer says: "So cute!"
    "cute/ 3 starts were because it was too short."
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    Would you try another book from Thea Harrison and/or Sophie Eastlake?

    I miss so very very much the wonderful long tale's that Thea Harrison can write. These short stories leave me pretty much, looking around for more, and more. I boiught this book on a whim, knowing that it would be a small window in a world that can be so wonderous and rich with charachters plots and twists. Still it is a cute story. Who would not love the peanut.?I hope he enters into more and longer adventures with his parents and other characters in the future. ....I just feel like the words were stolen from the pages by an evil Black Dragon and Thea needs to go and find them all and put it into llonger stories that can take you away for more t than a moment. This is just a twinkle in time. Please please stop doing this Ms Harrison. I have read all youir books. Except the other short novella. I cannot do it.


    If you’ve listened to books by Thea Harrison before, how does this one compare?

    Peanut may be growing up but the story is short short short.


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

    Love the narrator. She has a lovely way of spinning the tale, of staying with the characters and captivating her audiance. I will not disparage the narrator for the short story. Just have to moan over the author's short stories. And that is a compliment.


    Do you think Peanut Goes to School needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Only if it is a real grown up book with lots of plots and twists and fun and goes on and on. I am really going to be a rebel on the short one's. Okay. I had a weak moment just to verify that I do not like to spend a credit or money for such a short story no matter how much I love the author. characters,,and narrator. Maybe some people only want to listen to an hour and a half book. But then take it out from a larger book so those of us who want a full ten hour story can enjoy it too.


    Any additional comments?

    Please please please write more long books. If there is someway you can take out a portion from a long book and put it into a small one for those who want small and quick then that would at least be fair. I am just sorta sad that I will not buy the one where Dragos gets hurt. Someday if Ms Harrison gathers all her short stories and puts them into one big story book, that is the day I will buy that book with great pleasure. I feel like I let my own standards down for purchasing the one short story. Sigh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4296)
    Performance
    (2543)
    Story
    (2558)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "In the begginning there was Eve."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Naked in Death to be better than the print version?

    The very first book in the IN DEATH Series and what has been the stat of a wonderfull relationship of many years. for me.... JD Robb, aka Nora Roberts, is what I wish I could have grown up to be. The stories never stop coming, nor does her imagination ever stop flowing. This series has never become stagnet., as the characters are rich and versitile, wonderfully human, and colorful. The villians are dasterdly . There is always a murder mystery involved, The love interests are evolving and keeps the interest high. Emotions run hot and cold, and there is humor laced throughout. As my first read, I did think it just a little slow, but it really needed that to build up to all the rest. Wait for it and like the Master Writer she is JD Robb will take you through a wonderful slice of life. I just ordered her 37th book of the series, and never regreted a purchase. I do not care for short Novella's. That's just me and so when a .5 book turns out I must admit I avoid it. Its like you can take one nibble of temptation, but are denied the whole slice of chocolate. Give this series a try, there really isn't a risk envolved and may you enjoy half as much as I have through the years. Oh yes. I like the audio version better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Naked in Death?

    I don't have a favorite. I have many wonderful moment memories. Read the book and you will see what I mean.


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

    I think I have become accustomed to her style.S. Ericksen does help keep me in the moment as well as keeping up and staying in sink with the characters.. It really isn't that she does great accents, or switches male to female voices. I can understand when she switches characters easily. No, Susan Ericken is a story teller with her own style that works for this series.


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

    No matter the emotions, I felt empathetic towards the main characters. No crying. I felt angry when someone hurts or abuses another. I want justice done. Lots of fun and laughter. Really this is not a soap opera book. But keep a kleenex at hand if you feel the need. There is a murderer afoot.


    Any additional comments?

    We all have different tastes in books and in series. I would say with emphatic enthusiasm give this one a try as with audible's return policy you have nothinng to lose . These books are not rocket science, but great mind vacation escapes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7209)
    Performance
    (6371)
    Story
    (6365)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "Pow!Blast! Wham!"
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    Would you listen to Monster Hunter International again? Why?

    Would I eat chocolate cake again? It was a detailed fun ride of gasps, horror and yelling for the good side to win.


    What other book might you compare Monster Hunter International to and why?

    The EE Doc Savage books I read as a child.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't pick just one.


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

    Monster Hunters Inc. of course


    Any additional comments?

    This book reminded me of Hero comic books. As I am familiar with the form of genius that does not have emotional maturity I was not surprised at Z's inability to grasp the simple practicalities as well as the emotional nuances of relationships except in their more basic forms of expression. He messed up a lot yet always came through in the long run. Monster kill. Human save.....if possible. A fun read. The monsters were scary. The Hero's gave all. The evil V's kept popping up. Action packed. Sorta like a roller coaster ride with no seat belt.
    Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculated in Death: In Death Series, Book 36

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list.

    oceaninmotion says: "Too short"
    "Too short"
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    What disappointed you about Calculated in Death?

    The story was too short and not filled with the usual richness of sideline characters that I am used to enjoying with this particular writer. I never buy abridged novels for this same reason. It seems like there is always something missing.


    What could J. D. Robb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Increased the story to include more interesting characters. More mystery as I figured this one out15 minutes into the book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was one I am very used to hearing with JD Robb.


    What character would you cut from Calculated in Death?

    I would add characters and depth and mystery. Not take away from the characters all ready there. I just expected more . I won't be purchasing these mini books any more. Really not worth the price or a credit. Short and lacking is not always better.


    Any additional comments?

    I will try not to purchase anymore books of this nature that have such a short duration. Something has to be left out time wise. I wonder how well this story could have run with more time and effort towards twists and plots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Nights

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Jennifer Bradshaw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    In a cave of mystery and wonder deep in the Carpathian Mountains, bodyguard Joie Sanders encounters a most remarkable being. Proud, strong, immortal, he is called Traian - an ageless hunter locked in a life-and-death battle with enemy vampires - and he will be her salvation in a labyrinth protected by the ingenious traps of a mysterious ancient race. What awaits them in the darkness is not known, and each step could be their last - as their destined path leads them toward a fiery passion that will illuminate the perilous dark night.

    Denise says: "Don't waste a credit on it!!!"
    "Liked it except for one thing...."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Christine Feehan writes interesting Carpathian stories and most of the plots change from book to book which helps to keep the series fresh and interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorites. I like them all with the exception of the female lead as explained below in "other comments".


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

    Yes. And a very pleasent voice she has.


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

    I usually listen in several sittings due to my own time constraints, and wanting to give the story my full attention.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a little tired of the female lead characters who are starting to feel more insipid. I would like to see more fire and spice in the lead female character . A little bit of bad would be appreciated for the female to grow into and out of and utilize. Not all of the power and fire should be saved for the lead male Carpathian character. In several of Ms Feehan's earlier books there have been wonderfully complicated and sometimes imperfect female leads who are not always sugar sweet. I get that the females are the light to the male's dark. Yet nothing is all black and all white. I would like a little more stirring of the female's roll. This is of course is mine own opinion. I still enjoy the series and have read each book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Delusion In Death: In Death, Book 35

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1741)
    Performance
    (1521)
    Story
    (1505)

    It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving. Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.

    Lisa says: "Robb, Dallas & Ericksen - what a Fantastic Combo"
    "I grew up on these books"
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    If you could sum up Delusion In Death in three words, what would they be?

    Good plot turn.


    What other book might you compare Delusion In Death to and why?

    Oh its an original.


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

    Story telling is an art. She brings her art to life.


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

    Think twice before you go into a bar owned by this Irishman. His establishments get targeted alot. Or maybe that's because as Eve might say he owns half the Universe. The odds are just there.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope to see many more books. I would love to see Eve and Roark start a family. That could take up maybe 3 books with murder and mayhem and cornering the market on diapers too. It boggles the imagination. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann, Kristine Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (432)

    Awakening after all this time in a world of absolute darkness and oppressive heat, Dax wonders in how many ways the world above must have changed. But it is how he has changed that fills him with dread and loathing. Buried alive for hundreds of years in a volcano in the Carpathian Mountains, Dax fears that he has become the full-fledged abomination that every Carpathian male fears, a victim of the insidious evil that has crept relentlessly into his mind and body over the centuries.

    Isabel says: "Another Feehan Hit!!!!"
    "A little more spice would make the stew tastier"
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    Where does Dark Storm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Oh yes. I enjoyed the story. I usually like Ms Feehans musings of Carpathians vs vampires vs human demented terminators. Please I would like the female character to have a little more, no, a lot more bounce, fire, and humor. I rank this book up there in the top fifty.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Storm?

    The dragon awakes. The Carpathian quakes.


    Which character – as performed by Erik Bergmann and Kristine Ryan – was your favorite?

    Overall performance by these two exceptional narrators really awesome.


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

    More made my blood run cold. The way Anabell was killed.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope to see more of this series. I would love to see the main characters not get along so well all the darn time. It's so fantaC. :) I haven't seen Ms Feehan put a Fairy into the mix yet. That might be fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction & Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Charlotte Featherstone
    • Narrated By Helen Stern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (152)

    With the scandalous nature of her birth to live down, Isabella Fairmont dreams of a proper marriage—even if a passionless one. She saves her deepest desires for the novel she dares to pen, wherein a handsome lord with dark powers seduces her. But then her courtship with an appropriate suitor is threatened by the sudden attentions of the reclusive Earl of Black… whose pale blue eyes and brooding sensuality are exactly as she described in her book.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great new series"
    "A bit of a twist in a historical romance."
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    Would you listen to Seduction & Scandal again? Why?

    Some day I will listen to it again. In a year or two.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Seduction & Scandal?

    I don't have one memorable moment. This is because the flow of the story was so smooth. One memorable moment slipped into another.


    Which character – as performed by Helen Stern – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed both the main female and male main characters.


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

    It was an enjoyable read for relaxing.


    Any additional comments?

    I would read more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wife Trap: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tracy Anne Warren
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (360)

    New York Times best-selling author Tracy Anne Warren is among the world’s most popular Regency romance novelists. She sweeps listeners to the Irish countryside for this saucy tale of deception. When Lady Jeannette Brantford is banished from her family’s estate in England, she encounters the dashing Darragh O’Brien. Too bad the common architect is well below her station.

    Sharon says: "Underwhelmed"
    "One saving grace"
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    What did you like best about The Wife Trap? What did you like least?


    I enjoyed the humor on occassion. I thought the main female character so shallow that her awakening to a more compassionate nature unrealistic.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?


    This story was fairly predictable. As I mentioned the humor was fun and lively in several areas.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?


    Many expectations are placed on the heads of the narrators now. I expect a pleasent voice, that doesn't put me to sleep, and one that can distinquish each character with accents and variation as needed. This was accomplished.


    Could you see The Wife Trap being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The tamming of the shrew comes to mind. But I think those actors are long gone.


    Any additional comments?

    Pleasent innefectual read. It did not appeal for depth but made me laugh. Sometimes that is enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trace of Fever

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (247)

    Lori Foster’s steamy romances have earned her a place on the New York Times and USA Today best-seller lists. Trace of Fever stars Trace Rivers, a private mercenary looking for vengeance after his sister’s kidnapping. Trace has targeted human trafficker Murray Coburn as the man responsible, but his plans for payback get complicated when Coburn’s beautiful daughter turns up.

    Mary says: "What a thrill to have Jim Frangione narrating!"
    "A Rare Disapointment"
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    The story went on and on without much character, excitement, story plot or relief of any kind. I told myself to be patient and wait for it. I am familiar with this author and some of her other books and have truely enjoyed some of her writing. The Hero was not handsome and witty, but ripped and moodily quiet. Boring. The Heroine had to be raised on vanilla because that is what her character emoted. I hung in there and wished I hadn't Avoid this one unless you want a sleeping aide..

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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