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  • Shades of Milk and Honey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (146)

    The fantasy novel you’ve always wished Jane Austen had written. When Jane realizes that one of Melody’s suitors is set on taking advantage of her sister for the sake of her dowry, she pushes her skills to the limit of what her body can withstand in order to set things right—and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.

    Fionna says: "Jane Austen with magic"
    "Fanstatical"
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    Pride and Prejudice meets Magic. I delayed reading this after I downloaded it, I should not have. This is a fantastic book for lovers of fantasy and the Regency error. Its easy to get lost in and not want to turn off, that is its only down side. I have to force myself to shut it off to sleep. Very anxious to hear the rest of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Sexy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Tate Hallaway
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (215)

    Tall, Dark & Dead introduced Garnet Lacey, a bookstore manager/witch who accidentally unleashed the dark goddess Lilith on Vatican assassins. Now she has other things to worry about-like pesky frat boy zombies, a gorgeous FBI agent hot on her trail, love spells gone wrong, and keeping her vampire boyfriend a safe distance from her vampire ex-boyfriend. There's just no rest for this Wiccan...

    christa says: "you will get hooked..."
    "better in some ways / worse in some ways"
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    I enjoyed the banter back and forth on this one more. I enjoyed the development of the story. The fact that it dealt with zombies, didn't overly amuse me ( I am not one for this whole zombie apocalypse deal) But it was still a good story. I got a little tired of how whiny and dense the main character was in this one, it was starting to get annoying. I am hoping as we go on in the story she will become less so.

    If you are coming to these books from Molly Harper's books you will find them slightly disappointing, but they are a decent follow up, they just don't quite reach that level. Amanda Ronconi however is as excellent of a narrator in these as she is in Harper's and she does the voices differently so you don't feel you are listening to Jane while listening to these

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tall, Dark, and Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tate Hallaway
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (307)

    Recovering witch Garnet Lacey owns Wisconsin's premier occult bookstore. And a fringe benefit of the job is getting customers like Sebastian Von Traum - piercing brown eyes, a sexy accent, and a killer body. The only thing missing is an aura. Which means he's dead. And that means trouble - something Garnet's a sucker for....

    lindag319 says: "Technical difficulties?"
    "Good"
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    Along the lines of Molly Harpers books, not quite as humorous but still entertaining. It delves more deeply into pagan beliefs and magic. and less on the vampire side. the give and take between the two main characters is interesting, and the protagonist is definitely one you just want to end up dead, she does a good job of making him annoying.

    Amanda Ronconi, as always delivers a flawless performance and keeps you engaged and brings the characters to life.

    There are some sound flaws in the editing but not bad enough to avoid the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Bargain: Marriage to a Billionaire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jennifer Probst
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (1210)
    Story
    (1215)

    To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner Alexa Maria McKenzie casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend's older brother - the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

    Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn't believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father's corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister's childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he offers Alexa a bold proposition....

    SandyH says: "Funny, heartbreaking"
    "Great, simple romance"
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    typical fanciful romance. Billionaire falls for childhood friend. Makes mistakes gets forgiven. typical sappy unbelievable romance, most women wishes was real. That is what makes it a good one, the story you wish was real. The only thing wrong is the narrator, she could be good and the emotion and telling of the story is, she just has a very nasally voice that is slightly annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4961)
    Performance
    (3561)
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    (3561)

    The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

    Michael says: "Harry & James are one."
    "Finally"
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    Finally one of them that I enjoyed from start to finish. I have nothing bad to say about it. I love the involvement of the Fairies and their courts, the way the story was woven together to intermingle the various supernatural as well as Harry actually learning to work with people instead of blowing them all off. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (427)

    In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku—the New York Times best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible—gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over 300 of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs. The result is the most authoritative and scientifically accurate description of revolutionary developments taking place....

    Gordon Lamb says: "Interesting Content, Irritating Reader"
    "Some new information / Some old information"
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    So I adore Michio Kaku. he has a way of explaining physics that anyone can understand, and this book does that just as well as his others. the Narrator though not Kaku, makes me think / feel like I am listening to him at one of his lectures.
    With in the material you find some good information about where we are and where we could be going in the future of physics and even some in the understanding of the human mind. some of this however is a repeat of what is in Physics of the Impossible. If you haven't read/listened to that I recommend it, but some will be a repeat of this, though it goes into greater details of the various civilizations break out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Tent

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Carol Bilger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1478)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (411)

    Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

    If you like The Red Tent, try The Harlot by the Side of the Road, a recounting of some of the most startling and explicit writings from The Old Testament.

    R. S. Herron says: "The key word is 'fiction'"
    "Different"
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    As many have stated it is not the bible and it is not a biblical story. The references it has to stories that are in the Bible are also different. You have to be willing to accept that. By itself it is an excellent story that I greatly enjoyed. Being a christian I struggle some with the changes made to the parts that do have biblical tellings. If that won't phase you at all I think it will be and incredibly enjoyable book.
    This is for the most part the story of Denhir. Her story is barely mentioned in the bible so the Author has taken her story and expanded into a narrative book. And it is an great story, very historical in nature fitting with what was appropriate for the time. The Begining of it where it address her parents and their lives is where you will vary in what the biblical telling of Rachel and Leah and Jacob.
    The Narration of the entire book is EXCELLENT! I can recommend the narration, which is part of what makes any story great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Tryst

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (144)

    Still reeling from her young son's death, Jackie Sheppard retreats to a small town in the Colorado Rockies. Comforted that no one knows of her tragic past, she's thrilled to take a job at a family law firm, where she meets Tom, the local carpenter. Jackie's distrust of others hinders their relationship, but they slowly build a budding romance. However, as she begins to settle into her new life, disturbing things start happening to Jackie...

    Kim says: "Not Your Normal Robyn Carr Book!"
    "WOW"
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    Okay even thought I figured it out about half way through, the story was still so amazingly written and told that it kept me hooked all the way through and there were definitely some twist in there that just aren't revealed until the end.

    The basic premise is a youngish woman, who has faced horrible loss in her life and decides to escape the big city for the quite life in a small town in Colorado. But the small town idyllic life has some surprises. She makes a few friends (its hard to break into the life of a small town) and weird things start happening in her house, and other houses around the town. Something isn't right and no one really trust her instincts and at times those instincts do border on crazy. the odd relationship between her ex husband and his new wife throws a wrench of a different sort in there as she works to solve these strange happenings in this town and decide weather or not she would be better off just returning to LA.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (532)

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Intresting, very intresting"
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    Not what I expected. Story of a land and a family, and curse that follows them through out generations. At some points its confusing because it jumps back and forth between times, but the narrator does a good job of changes the voices that tell you there is a change. The narrator does a good job through out the whole book of the different characters male and female. the author does a good job of stringing you along leaving you with hints and wanting to know more, all the way to the end... and then end... NOT AT ALL what I was expecting, its a game changer to the whole story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Siege and Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Leigh Bardugo
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (196)

    Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic....

    Brooke says: "I WANT THE PRINCE!"
    "Next please"
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    It is hard for me to pin point what it is about this series that I just fell in love with. Perhaps it is the minor references to imperial Russia, in some of the words and names. Perhaps its the unique take on the war between the darkness and the light, and it is unique and yet the same war. Perhaps its the fact that it holds you in tension right on the edge of the knife to cut it and not letting it slice through and you listen hoping it will break and scared of what will happen if it does. Perhaps its the twist and turns of various love triangles that never pan out in any direction and the curiosity of who will win that love or if anyone will, and what it will mean if they do.

    There is so much about this series as a whole that grabs you and draws you in, though its set in a fictional world, there are hints here and there that make you think of our world, and you ride the balance between the two. I can not wait until the third releases.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary of Nazareth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Marek Halter
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Miriam - also known as Mary - was born into a Palestine oppressed by Herod the Great; she is accustomed to living with uncertainty and unrest. But when her beloved father is wrongly imprisoned by the Romans, she takes action. She calls upon a well-known rebel by the name of Barabbas, and together they set out to save her father. A daring escape is accomplished and, against staggering odds, Miriam's father is saved from crucifixion.

    Shaddi says: "Interesting!"
    "Not what I was expecting"
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    Disclaimer this is completely my opinion: you may agree with it and want to stay away from this book, you may disagree with it and it will draw you to this book. I honestly believe your feelings on this will make or break this book for you.

    This is a good story a very good story, well written out and well told. However, it is not the traditional story of Mary form the bible, and it is certainly not the traditional story of the Crucifixion from the bible, and these are the reasons I can not rate it as highly as a well written story should be. I enjoyed the first 3/4 of this book, completely and utterly. the last 1/4 of it ruined it for me.

    This is the story of Mary, from her early years (which is the majority of this book). It is not until the last quarter of the book that becomes Mary as Jesus mother, which is skimmed over, as is her role as his mother growing up, focusing on the highlights of special scenes in the bible. And this is where I have issues. I believe Mary was a virgin when Christ was conceived and born. I believe however that Joseph did marry her. I also do not believe, and that story seemed to imply this, that Mary pushed Jesus into revealing himself before time and thus pushing him to the cross, that his death was her fault. I also believe that he died on that cross and was resurrected, not that he was given a potion to make him appear dead and then recused 3 days later from the tomb.

    These last pieces at the end of the book destroyed everything about the book that I was enjoying. I know there are faiths that do believe these things and people of those faiths will probably enjoy the entirety of this book. But sometimes the ending can destroy what was an entirely good story and for me that is what happened. Still it was well written and well narrated so I can not rate it horribly, I just can not get behind it and support it due to my own personal beliefs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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