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Jessica

St Paul, MN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Spirit Eater

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Rachel Aaron
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (217)

    With the pressure on after his success in Gaol, Eli Monpress, professional thief and degenerate, decides it’s time to lie low for a bit. Taking up residence in a tiny seaside village, Eli and his companions seize the chance for some fun and relaxation.

    Jessica says: "I wish the next one was offered as an audiobook"
    "I wish the next one was offered as an audiobook"
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    The fourth in the series is out but not being offered in audiobook form. I love the characters in this series. Eli sort of takes a backseat in this installment. This book is primarily about Nico and her struggle with the demon seed and herself. You do learn a bit more about Eli's past. This is a great series and I hope that Audible will soon have the 4th and the upcoming 5th book to offer members in the near future.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Fangirl

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Maxwell Caulfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (314)

    Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life - and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow Series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go.

    FanB14 says: "Freshman Comes into Her Own"
    "Love this book!!!!!"
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    I think everyone should read this book, but it's hard to put into words why. This book defies explanation and the synopsis doesn't do it justice. Rainbow Rowell is one of those writers who has the ability to write tons of emotion in as few words as possible (that's praise, not criticism). She is similar to John Green in that they both write angsty but smart YA characters. Normally when the main character whines it really turns me off, and even though Cath's musings can be construed as whining, to me she seemed more confused and socially awkward than a true whiner. She's also relate-able because no one knows how to act their first few months of freshman year. The narration is great, I really liked how the Simon Snow thread had one narrator and the Cath thread had another. I would absolutely recommend this book.

    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
    (765)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (720)

    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!"
    "I really wanted to like this one. . ."
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    I've been on the fence about this series since the beginning and the thing that keeps me coming back is Lorelei King. She's a wonderful narrator and I cannot say enough good things about her. There are a lot of cliffhangers in this book. There is nothing wrong with well written cliffhangers, but the sub plot with her father didn't feel like a cliffhanger as much as it felt like something that was going to go somewhere and then ended up getting edited out. I'm guessing there will be more about him in the next book? Charley's inner monologues also drive me nuts. They drive me nuts because in some of them she sounds smart and on the ball, while in others she sounds like an absolute idiot. I'm on the fence about the next one. I'm just not sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead but Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris (editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (editor), Rachel Caine, and others
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (212)

    Charlaine Harris' smash-hit Sookie Stackhouse series may have reached its conclusion, but the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, lives on in this all-new collection of 15 stories. Written by a killer lineup of authors, including New York Times best-sellers Rachel Caine, MaryJanice Davidson, Jonathan Maberry and Seanan McGuire, and with introductions read by Charlaine herself, Dead but Not Forgotten puts your favorite characters center stage.

    Catherine says: "Bitter Sweet"
    "I liked it. . ."
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    I was on the fence when this book came out but in the end, the fact that Johanna Parker was narrating and because some of the contributors are some of my favorite authors, I decided to give it a whirl. I'm glad I did. Let me point out that none of the stories are written by Charlaine Harris, so if they don't "sound" like her, it's because she didn't write them. They do, in my opinion, get pretty close. Also, Sookie only makes a brief cameo in a few of the stories. The stories are about other characters, some well known, some not so much. I'm a pretty big fan of the Sookie books and I really liked getting to see some of the other characters in a different light. Parker did a good job, I'm glad she read this one, it wouldn't be a Sookie book without her.

    3 of 4 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
    (2864)
    Performance
    (2730)
    Story
    (2712)

    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."
    "Ermahgerd!!!"
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    I get so excited when a new Harry Dresden book comes out. I force myself to wait as long as I can to start and try to pace myself so it lasts just a little longer. This book didn't disappoint, it's amazing! Harry is on loan from Mab to one of his enemies, Nicodemus Archleone. He's to take part in a plan to rob Hades, Lord of the Underworld's vault. There are a couple of people from Harry's past in this one, Binder and Anna Valmont. And some new ones altogether in the form of Goodman Grey and Hannah Asher. Butcher is thoughtful and articulate as always. Dresden is as funny and complex as usual. He's fighting the good fight and anytime he can reference Monty Python and Star Wars, why wouldn't he? James Marters is his usual amazing self. He is Harry Dresden. The sad thing about a new Harry Dresden book is that it's done too soon and now I'm stuck waiting for another year until the next one comes out, and with all of the foreshadowing in this book I can't wait! Good thing the new Iron Druid comes out soon. I have also just gotten through the first Alex Verus book and hope that the rest in that series will help pass the time as I wait.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (123)

    Hiccup is lost in the Library Labyrinth and the Driller-Dragons, Madguts and Murderous, are on the prowl. Hiccup's birthday is not going to be the quiet affair he hoped for.... This book also contains a comprehensive Dragonese Dictionary for those who'd like to dragon-whisper themselves.

    Christopher says: "Not Unabridged"
    "Silly, good time!"
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    I cannot say enough good things about this series! I envy Cressida Cowell because she is having a great time doing what she loves. These books are over the top silly and highly entertaining. David Tennant is the perfect narrator for these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (350)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Cliff says: "If you like Dresden or Iron Druid check it out!"
    "Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom"
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    With all of the comparisons to Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne I thought I'd give it a try. In the first few minutes of the book, it's hard not to compare Alex Verus to Dresden and to Atticus O'Sullivan. Jacka even writes in a cheeky reference to Harry Dresden. Verus owns and operates a magic shop, ran away from his evil mentor at a young age, is shunned by most other magical practitioners and by the end of the book has a young, female apprentice. He's also friends with an air elemental- think Toot Toot or Oberon. He's a mage who is hard but with a soft-ish heart. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, both Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne should be very flattered. I wanted to hate it after the first few minutes and pick on it for being a rip off, the narrator even sort of sounds like James Marsters as Spike, but the story is well written and it drew me in. If you are even remotely a fan of the Dresden Files or the Iron Druid, you should give this book a chance. I'm glad I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indexing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (190)

    For most people, the story of their lives is just that: the accumulation of time, encounters, and actions into a cohesive whole. But for an unfortunate few, that day-to-day existence is affected - perhaps infected is a better word - by memetic incursion: where fairy tale narratives become reality, often with disastrous results.

    Erin - Audible says: "The X-Files meets Grimm meets Law and Order"
    "Great book!"
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    The premise of this book was too intriguing to pass up. Plus, who doesn't love Seanan McGuire? She takes the whole faerie tales are real idea to a new level in this book. This book had everything; action, adventure and romance along with evil step-sisters, princesses and frog princes. Mary Robinette Kowal does a great job narrating. If you like faerie tales, you'll like this. If you like Seanan McGuire, it's a no brainer- buy this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead Pool: The Hollows, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1518)
    Performance
    (1410)
    Story
    (1416)

    Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike. The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

    Angela says: "Unbelievably Satisfying!"
    "I can't believe it's almost over!!!!"
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    I believe that the next book will be the last in the series and it makes me a little sad. However, this is an awesome second to the last book. There is a lot of foreshadowing and by the end of the book you feel like you're creeping to the top of the hill on a massive roller coaster- lots of adrenaline, excitement and a little foreboding. The storyline is great- the undead asleep, magic going haywire and the chaos that goes along with it. The mystics are an interesting aspect and I hope they come into play in the next book (I kind of hope the series ends with Rachel becoming the Goddess). Al is one of my favorite characters and I hope that he's in the next book. I also hope the chrysalis survives. This has been one of my favorite series, the characters have always been interesting and the storylines never stale. I will be sad to see it end, but what a ride it's been.

    Marguerite Gavin has been an awesome narrator- every voice discernible and every voice consistent throughout every book. Can't say enough good things about how talented she is!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unhinged: Splintered Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. G. Howard
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole. She was crowned Queen of the Red Court and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the boy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly appealing Morpheus. Now all she has to do is graduate high school. That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious.

    Jessica says: "Awesome!!!"
    "Awesome!!!"
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    I liked the first book, Splintered. I really liked this one. The series is a riff on Alice in Wonderland mixed with the teen angst, love triangle of Twilight. I can picture the Team Jeb and Team Morpheus shirts. I had to stop listening when it got too angsty for me, that's the problem with being in your 30's and still listening/reading YA fiction. Once I got over wanting to slap Alyssa for being a whiner I really got into it. Rebecca Gibel is the perfect narrator for this book. Great book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Concealed in Death: In Death Series, Book 38

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1415)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1295)

    In a decrepit and long-empty New York building, a man begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, he finds two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. The man is Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s billionaire husband, Roarke, and he summons her immediately. His latest real estate project is going to be on hold for a while, because by the time Eve and her crew are finished searching the premises, there are 12 murders to be solved.

    amazonian says: "Don't Read "In Death" LISTEN to it!"
    "Great book!"
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    This was a great book. I am a fan of the In Death series, Robb does an awesome job- it's amazing to think that there are so many and she does such a good job at keeping them entertaining, (granted some are better than others). This book was more focused on the crime committed than on the characters that we've come to love. There wasn't as much banter and interaction with the supporting characters as there is normally because it was more focused on the crime- but that doesn't make it less of a book. A nice addition to the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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