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Jessica

St Paul, MN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Two Ravens and One Crow: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2080)
    Performance
    (1936)
    Story
    (1941)

    Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods. Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon - and he must also leave his sword.

    Jessica says: "Can't wait for November!"
    "Can't wait for November!"
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    With the exception of 2 other authors, I stay away from short stories written in between full length novels. They're never very good and I almost always walk away feeling hosed. They gloss over plot points and just aren't enough to satisfy. Thankfully this one was different. This was pretty good. It gives an explanation as to what happened to Odin after the last book. I was surprised that they recorded an audiobook over what was a 60-ish page short story. Surprised but not disappointed as I am going through Atticus withdrawal. They added the preview of the next book with this as well, I'd heard it before but listening to it again makes November seem like its so far away. Luke Daniels did a nice job. The first few minutes were weird because he was a little too dramatic, but it got better.

    18 of 19 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
    (918)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (871)

    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!!

    0 of 0 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
    (46)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    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.

    Tara M. says: "Another Enchanting Wonderland Book"
    "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!

    0 of 0 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
    (893)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (820)

    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.

    helen says: "Brilliantly Clever!"
    "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
  • Free: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (1998)
    Performance
    (1815)
    Story
    (1810)

    It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety. Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow.

    AudioAddict says: "Clever Christmas Cheer!"
    "Free Molly Harper? Yes please!"
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    Half Moon Hollow rocks! What's not to like about Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi? And then to make it free? Sign me up! The story is good, a prequel to what I hope is her next book. If you're a fan, you'll like this one. If you haven't listened before this is a good intro. Very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Study in Ashes: The Baskerville Affair, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Emma Jane Holloway
    • Narrated By Angele Masters
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    As part of her devil’s bargain with the industrial steam barons, Evelina Cooper is finally enrolled in the Ladies’ College of London. However, she’s attending as the Gold King’s pet magician, handcuffed and forbidden contact with even her closest relation, the detective Sherlock Holmes. But Evelina’s problems are only part of a larger war. The Baskerville affair is finally coming to light, and the rebels are making their move to wrest power from the barons and restore it to Queen Victoria.

    Jessica says: "Kevin Hearne has great taste in books!!!"
    "Kevin Hearne has great taste in books!!!"
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    I was at the book store when I saw this book and Kevin Hearne's name on the cover jumped out at me. He's one of my favorite authors so I decided to read the first in the series since he gave the book/author his approval. I was not disappointed, it is a great series!! This installment does not let down! Angele Masters does a good job, you can hear the differences in her characters and she conveys emotion well. My only complaint is that she's a little slow. Not so slow that I want to chew my arm off and beat myself to death with it, but much slower than I am used to. Overall, great listen/read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1559)
    Performance
    (1384)
    Story
    (1375)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "Not my favorite"
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    This one was okay. I normally like Georgie but she was kind of a drag in this one. The story was kind of meh, the title gives it away. If you're a fan of the series, you'll still like it. Katherine Kellgren does a great job bringing all of the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder and Mendelssohn: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    An orchestral conductor has been found dead and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson needs the delightfully incisive and sophisticated Miss Fisher's assistance. Hugh Tregennis has been murdered in a most flamboyant mode by a killer with a point to prove. But how many killers is Phryne really stalking? At the same time, the dark curls and disdainful air of mathematician and code-breaker Rupert Sheffield are taking Melbourne by storm. They've certainly taken the heart of Phryne's old friend from the trenches of WWI, John Wilson. Phryne recognises Sheffield as a man who attracts danger and is determined to protect John from harm.

    Kate says: "Starchy mystery accompanies KG's take on Sherlock"
    "I liked it. . ."
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    This was my first Phryne audiobook. I have read all of the other books in the series. I'm not a huge fan of this time period normally, but I love Phyrne! The story was good. The killer wasn't glaringly obvious. The riff on Sherlock and Watson was okay. Pretty entertaining. Stephanie Daniel did a great job. I may buy the first and start the series over, she did such a fantastic job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Through the Evil Days: A Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Julia Spencer-Fleming
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    On a frigid January night, Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson are called to the scene of a raging fire, that quickly becomes a double homicide and kidnapping. Which is the very last thing Russ needs.... Currently he's struggling with the prospect of impending fatherhood. And his new wife is not at all happy with his proposal for their long-delayed honeymoon: A week in an unelectrified ice-fishing cabin.

    C. Telfair says: "Action, Suspense, Bad Weather!"
    "I love this series. . ."
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    I have read every book in this series and I have really enjoyed them. I'm not sure what it is about this book, but I just can't get through it. I've been listening on and off for over a month (which is a long time for me). The narration took some getting used to but is okay. I kind of want to punch Hadley's ex, but with the relationship foreshadowing in previous books, he didn't really come as a surprise. I don't know why I can't get into this book, but I think it will be going back.

    0 of 0 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
    (3995)
    Performance
    (1298)
    Story
    (1312)

    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.

    Janie says: "Great Listen!"
    "Laugh out loud funny"
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    This was by far one of the funniest books I've ever listened to. The synopsis doesn't do the story justice. If you are a fan of Moore's then this should be a no brainer, but if you are new to Moore then you absolutely need to to give him a chance. This book has everything; romance, death, hell hounds and ancient Celtic goddesses giving hand jobs in dark alleys. . . Fisher Stevens does a fantastic job- it's slightly politically incorrect, but spot on none the less. Buy this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (975)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (891)

    Stephanie Plum is back in all-new adventure from #1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich.

    G. House Sr. says: "An improvment over the last -- but not by much"
    "Slowly but surely getting better"
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    This book was entertaining. Yes, the series has become pretty predictable but it still makes me laugh out loud. I enjoy when Ranger's cars get blown up and/or totaled. I like when Bella gives Stephanie the eye. I like that there is a love triangle. Joe and Ranger are great characters and if Stephanie finally picks one, the other will probably fade away or maybe get his own series. King does her usual great job. I can't imagine anyone else as Stephanie.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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