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Sandra

I love listening to audio books because I have little time to read. Faves are paranormal/sci-fi, with romance & inspirational thrown in.

Matthews, MO, United States | Member Since 2009

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5356)
    Performance
    (3693)
    Story
    (3711)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "Loved It!"
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    I've listen to so many books in the past 10 months that I've gotten fairly picky. I want the book to catch my attention in the first 5 minutes and HTTG did just that. I was hooked from the first few minutes.
    I was very surprised at Bones' accent because I was used to all the high-class sounding British accents. So it took me a few minutes to become accustomed to it, but then, I thought it was great. It is the perfect accent for Bones' sense of humor.
    Cat, aka "Kitten" is a kick-fanny heroine (and way more tolerant of her mother than I would have been). She is a strong woman who doesn't take crap from anyone (except Mom).
    I enjoyed this book so much that I read the remaining 3 books in this series, listened to First Drop of Crimson, and I am downloading Eternal Kiss of Darkness. I am waiting for the other 3 Grave books to become available on Audible. Even though I've already read them, it will be well worth it to be able to listen to the books.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors: Jane Jameson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2821)
    Performance
    (2558)
    Story
    (2565)

    Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of wedding planning, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend, Gabriel, are coming along smoothly. That is, until she turns a fatally wounded teenage acquaintance, and the Council pronounces her responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.

    Kirstin says: "Molly Did it Again!!!"
    "Great As Always"
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    Molly Harper has done it again! This 4th book in the "Nice Girls" series is just as good as the other three. I was entertained and laughed many times (as I always do with MH books).
    I have to admit, I panicked near the end because I thought the series was ending because of some things that happened, but then Molly threw us a curve ball and now there is subject matter for several more books. Whew! That's a relief.
    Amanda Ronconi was awesome as the narrator, as always.
    I had started and stopped several audio books before NGDBTN because I was bored but I listened to this one every chance I could and was disappointed when it was over. I am ready for #5.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Night Reigns: Immortal Guardians Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (1046)
    Story
    (1050)

    In the second installment of Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians series, when Marcus Grayden's grief over the loss of the woman he loved causes him to become reckless, he is assigned a new Second, who proves to be immensely distracting. Contains mature themes.

    Sandra says: "Good Book but a Little Preachy"
    "Good Book but a Little Preachy"
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    Liked the book but I was a little put off by the preaching of vegetarianism, recycling, etc. It's not that I disagree with the concept, but I don't particularly care for it in my fantasy books. I also found it a little unbelievable that an Immortal would own a Prius. Hot men drive a Jag, Hummer, Mercedes, etc., but not a Prius!
    Otherwise, I thought this book, and the first in the series were very good and I plan to buy the third when it is released.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Demon Crossings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Eleri Stone
    • Narrated By Holly Adams
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Private investigator Grace tracks a kidnapped child to middle-of-nowhere Iowa. Encountering a strange creature she knows can't be a local animal, she doesn't need her psychic abilities to figure out the sleepy town is not what it seems. When she meets the intriguing Aiden, she's plunged into a world of Norse gods and fire demons where the Wild Hunt still rides the night.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Sooo Good... Can't wait for book 2!"
    "Good Start & End / Crappy Narrator"
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    This book is a little different, with Norse mythology and mythological creatures, healers, witches, shape shifters, and fire demons. I like both the characters of Grace and Aiden.
    When I started this audio book, I thought it got off to a good start and the narrator was okay. After a half hour, the book was still good but the narration just got worse. It was more like a boring reading. The. Book. Was. Read. Like.This. It was definitely one of the poorest performances I've heard.
    Demon Crossings lost quite a bit of steam in the middle and the narrator made listening painful so I almost quit listening, but I hung in there. I was glad I did. The book picked up at the end and maybe I got used to the narration because it didn't seem so bad, or maybe my ears were numb by this time.
    But I did think the story was good. With someone else performing, the overall rating would have been at least 4 stars. Check the sample clip first. You might want to skip the audio book and read the book instead.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • First Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (281)

    The beautiful young widow of the president of the United States thought she was free of the White House, but circumstances have forced her back into the role of First Lady. She's made up her mind to escape, if only for a few days, so she can live the life of an ordinary person. An entire nation is searching for her, but the First Lady is in the last place anyone would think to look: in the company of a seductive stranger whose charm and good looks are awakening the forgotten woman within.

    Judy says: "Cute!"
    "SEP is Always a Winner!"
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    I have read several of the books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, including the Chicago Stars series, and I have not once been disappointed with her books.They are light reading and a nice escape from every day life. First Lady was a great listen with some enjoyable twists and turns. I would definitely recommend this book to others.
    I believe that Anna Fields was one of the best narrators in the business and the audio book community lost a great performer with her death.
    Five stars all the way for this audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slave to Sensation: Psy-Changeling Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1507)
    Performance
    (1228)
    Story
    (1241)

    Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind - and none of the heart. Born a Psy, Sascha Duncan must hide the emotions that mark her as flawed. But a passionate Changeling will tempt her to reveal everything - and risk her very soul.

    Diana says: "Better than I remember."
    "Outstanding Beginning to a Series"
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    After being an Audible subscriber for more than 2 yrs, I have lots of audio books in my library. 586 to be specific. I've listened to more than 500 and I've gotten really picky about buying a series. Well, this series is definitely a keeper. The characters are strong and the erotic scenes are not as graphic as some authors. I purchased this book and several others after purchasing book 2 on sale. I have not been disappointed.
    I like both of the main characters, Sasha and Lucas. So many books have lead characters that I think are either weak or dumb but these two are neither.
    I know a few people have been unhappy with the narrator but I think she does a fine job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Visions of Heat: Psy-Changeling Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (776)

    Hailed as a major talent in paranormal romance, Nalini Singh takes us deeper into the world of the Psy and the changelings in her latest extraordinary novel, where a gifted woman sees passion in her future---a passion that is absolutely forbidden by her kind. In danger from the Psy, Faith NightStar's fragile sanity will be tested by an all-consuming passion for a changeling who can take the form of man or jaguar.

    Sandra says: "Book Two of a New Series!"
    "Book Two of a New Series!"
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    After being an Audible subscriber for more than 2 yrs, I have lots of audio books in my library. 586 to be specific. I've listened to more than 500 and I've gotten really picky about buying a series. Well, this series is definitely a keeper. The characters are strong and the erotic scenes are not as graphic as some authors. I purchased this book on sale but it hooked me enough that I bought book number one (and several others). I have not been disappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pale Demon: The Hollows, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1852)
    Performance
    (1273)
    Story
    (1279)

    Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches' conference and clear her name, or be trapped in the demonic ever-after - forever after.

    But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, anda pixy in one car, going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets for assassination.

    Mariya says: "Incredible Internal Consistency"
    "Best of the Series"
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    I waited quite a while to listen to Pale Demon after buying it on sale. When I started listening, I wasn't sure if it would be as good as I had hoped. Well, it exceeded my expectations and I think it's the best book of the series. It has a little different feel than previous books but we got to explore more of Rachel and her men.
    Even though the book wasn't exactly a cliff hanger, I found myself thinking that it couldn't end this way. I don't want to wait another year to find out what happens (and of course, we all know what path Rachel will choose) and possibly who Rachel's love interest will be.
    I'm definitely on board for the next book in the series and I think Marguerite Gavin is an exceptional narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Becoming: Anna Strong, Vampire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jeanne C. Stein
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (726)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (433)

    Anna Strong is trained for anything-until she's attacked one night, only to awaken in a dark world that exists between the living and the dead. Here, Anna struggles with her love for the two men who inhabit the realms of each: Max, a human DEA agent, and Avery, a Night Watcher who joins Anna in pursuit of the vampire who changed her life. Now, as her two worlds collide, fate plunges Anna into the ultimate battle between good and evil - where survival is not just for the living.

    Karen says: "Another new take on vampires and the paranormal."
    "There are Good Things and Bad Things"
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    I rated this book with 4 stars, but I would have preferred 3 1/2.
    I'm going to get the next book. This one wasn't great enough to keep me listening all weekend, but I'm hoping it will improve. I liked this book enough to finish (and lately, that's saying something). I didn't even speed it in to double time to hurry it along.
    Pros:
    I like the supporting characters and I want to know more about David, Max, & Casper.
    The book was fairly entertaining.
    The sex was G-rated (I'm really tired of the graphic sex so that's a good thing).
    Cons:
    The narrator wasn't the best I've heard, but since I just finished "The Help", I don't suppose anyone could stand up to those standards.
    I thought Anna was kinda dumb. Granted, she is a new vampire, but *spoiler alert!!!* coming next.......
    She's a vamp in handcuffs and it doesn't occur to her to try to break them? Duh.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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