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Kari

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CHAMPAIGN, IL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 17 reviews
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  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • Silver Borne: Mercy Thompson, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2366)
    Performance
    (1448)
    Story
    (1459)

    When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she'd previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down. It seems the book contains secret knowledge - and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands.

    Meghan says: "Highly recommend"
    "This one lost a star from me"
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    While I am enjoying this series to an extent is it not my favorite in my large library! This book lost a star from me and my interest! The series is good and the narration is wonderful. It is more of a light hearten paranormal fiction series with less romance, violence and foul language. I did enjoy the world and Briggs created and the series still has potential to move forward. If your on schedule and ready for book 5 you shouldn't be disappointed with Silver Borne.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8641)
    Performance
    (6210)
    Story
    (6246)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Barbara says: "A feast for the mind and imagination"
    "OUTSTANDING!"
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    I enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end! It is wonderfully written and beautifully narrated! I enjoyed all the characters and details in which each was given life in my mind as I listened. The details of locations and settings was exquisite. The language alone and the vocabulary made me feel as though I was reading a classic. While this tale has witches, demons and vampires it offers so much more. It is NOT your action packed typical Vampire fiction read (Anita Blake) it has a classic style all of its own. I have listened to it twice now and I am sure I listen again when the 3rd installment is released! ALSO...I LOVE the house! ;) wink

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Desire: Riley Jenson, Guardian, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Keri Arthur
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (79)

    Seduction that kills. Pleasure to die for. She just can't resist.... Guardian Riley Jenson always seems to face the worst villains. And this time's no different. For it's no ordinary sorceress who can raise the dead to do her killing. But that's exactly what Riley expects to find at the end of a trail of female corpses used - and discarded - in a bizarre ritual of evil. With pressure mounting to catch one fiend, another series of brutal slayings shocks the vampire world of her lover, Quinn.

    Kari says: "Another Favorite!"
    "Another Favorite!"
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    This just might have been my personal favorite so far! I loved this book. It went so fast I can't believe it is over already! I am enjoying this entire series and I am currently downloading the next installment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Kiss: Riley Jenson, Guardian, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Keri Arthur
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    New York Times best-selling author Keri Arthur wields a pen that drips with unrestrained sensuality. In this sexy paranormal romance, Riley Jenson - she of vampire blood and werewolf instinct - is on the hunt for evildoers. As alluring as she is deadly, Riley sets her sights on two imposing serial killers. But when the immortal Quinn joins the hunt, all bets (and possibly Riley's clothes) are most certainly off.

    gwennieg says: "I love this book!"
    "Loved it!"
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    Despite the fact that there is a different narrator for this single book it didn't distract! I enjoyed it as much as the others. I loved the story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Games: Riley Jenson, Guardian, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Keri Arthur
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    In Melbourne's urban underworld, there's a nightclub for every fantasy and desire. But for Riley Jenson, one such club has become an obsession. Riley, a rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, hasn't come in pursuit of pleasure but of an unknown killer who's been using the steamy nightspot as his hunting grounds.

    Kari says: "Still enjoying this series!!"
    "Still enjoying this series!!"
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    I have been listening to all the books in order back to back and haven't been disappointed. The characters are growing and the story continues to keep me interested. I do recommend you begin with book one and listen in order. See previous review for reference genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tempting Evil: Riley Jenson, Guardian, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Keri Arthur
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    Hot on the heels of Kissing Sin, Riley Jenson-half-vampire, half-werewolf-returns in her most dangerous mission yet: facing the chilling evil behind the secret cloning lab.

    Kari says: "Great Series!"
    "Great Series!"
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    I have honestly enjoyed all the of the books in the series so far. Perhaps it is a sleeper and not many listeners have given it a chance in the audio world based on the lack of reviews. I enjoyed the narration and the story line. While you can't compare books to each other and expect everyone to agree I can honestly say this series fits very nicely next to Anita Blake,Meredith Gentry,Jane Yellow Rock, Charley Davidson,Mercy Thompson. If you enjoy a series and a strong female lead you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Unwed: Queen Betsy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1674)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (693)

    Waking up in a tacky coffin and wearing off-brand shoes, Betsy Taylor can't believe the horrible turn her life has taken; then she discovers she's a vampire. Soon, Betsy becomes a participant in a power struggle between the forces of darkness. With only her friend Jessica and the hunky vampire Sinclair to help her, this new "Queen of Vampires" will have a tough time getting her afterlife straight.

    Rebecca says: "Such a fun book!"
    "Undecided yet not Unhappy!"
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    Hmmm I CAN NOT believe I listened to this book!!! I also can't believe I liked it....maybe! This definitely not my typical read, but it does grow on you. The main character is like Cher from "Clueless" (The Movie) as a newly risen whiny vampire. There is plenty of girlish humor and one liners and just enough of a story beyond that to make it a decent book. I can't decide if I want to move on in the series or not. I have noticed that some of the future books are VERY short (under 5 hours) and that is a huge deal for me and my valuable credits. I think it depends on who you are and what you enjoy reading as to whether you will enjoy this listen. Read the reviews and listen to the sample. For me...maybe one more listen to decide on the series as a whole!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2941)
    Performance
    (2334)
    Story
    (2322)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice.

    Lulu says: "Very, Very Funny Book, Suffered from My Bad Timing"
    "Enjoyable"
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    I love the narration, I recognize her from Mercy Thompson books! Another awesome job w a great female lead! While I am not so sure about the "Grim Reaper" as my paranormal fiction favorite species... Charlie's wit and sarcasm helped me enjoy this book! In the end I gave it a 4 star for story and plan to move on to the next book. Just a touch of romance with a splash of mystery and a lot of character! In comparison to other paranormal series it is hard but I would have to say a touch of " The Holows" (very different species) and a tad of Jane Yellowrock...mostly in regards to strong female lead with an attitude and humor!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2863)
    Performance
    (2577)
    Story
    (2588)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "A favorite read for 1023"
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    What a wonderful book! Brilliant yet terrifying, and not so far fetched as I first imagined! It really brings the things we take fro granted to the surface for us to rediscover and appreciate. It hits very close to home for me as a woman, mother and wife. This is an older book..1986 I believe, remastered for audio. I find the fact that it is an older book even more creepy as some things seem almost preminiscent. The narration is wonderful. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Taker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alma Katsu
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (174)

    On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her...despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort.

    Jodie says: "Left wanting something more..."
    "An exquisite tale"
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    This is an endearing and beautiful tale of mystery and love. How far is too far to go for unrequited love? Lanny knows...I love the details in this book and felt as if i was there watching the story unfold. This is not my typical action packed vampire read and it is also not a simple romance. There is just enough intrigue for the paranormal mind and fiction readers in my opinion to be not an average read. I know I will listen again and complete the trilogy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Biting Cold: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (557)

    Turned into a vampire against her will, 28-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago's vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye - and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing - among humans or inhumans. Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey.

    mhecker says: "oh, NO!!!"
    "Great Series..."
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    I wasn't sure about this book series...the plot, the cover photo had be scared to use the credit. It was worth it. I have enjoyed all the books in the series even this one. However, while the narration isn't bad it also isn't Merit! Why do they do this...? Hours into a listening experience and they change a vital part of the experience? As with most books written in a series I wouldn't recommend this as a stand alone book and it is not the best book in the series.Felt more like a filler book with the added distraction of a new narrator. Personally I am still debating on if I will listen to any future books... guess it depends on the narrator and reviews by the fans.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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