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Patti

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REVIEWS
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1994)
    Performance
    (1198)
    Story
    (1197)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Carol says: "Horrible Narration Take 2"
    "Buy the Hardback instead"
    Overall

    Harper Audio produced this book instead of Tantor Media which did all the other books. I don't know why Kim Harrison chose to change companies, maybe they offered her more money. If so it must have been a lot to make her accept such an awful narrator. Harper audio and Gigi Bermingham ruined this book for me. She is one of the worst narrators ever. I'd recommend you buy the hardback instead. Which is what I plan to do. I can't stand to listen to her whiny voice another minute.

    65 of 67 people found this review helpful
  • Cry Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2064)
    Performance
    (1450)
    Story
    (1454)

    Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member - and as his mate.

    Teleasa says: "WOW!!"
    "Start with novella Alpha and Omega"
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    The novella Alpha and Omega was finally released in audio format and added to Audible on 2-12-13. As of now Audible has not added that story to this "Series listing". If you're just now beginning this series I cannot stress enough that you should listen or read the novella first. It was written and published before Cry Wolf and Chapter 1 takes off within hours of Alpha and Omega's ending. Some reviews as well as a few friends comments said they enjoyed the book but spent a lot of time playing catch up or feeling liked they were missing something vital. I got one friend to stop listening to Cry Wolf and read the short story Alpha and Omega first. She said that knowing Anna and Charles's background completely changed her viewpoint and made the book 100 times more cohesive and enjoyable.
    Now to review Cry Wolf. This series is more romantic than Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson series but still has all the suspense, action and great plotting that fans of Ms. Briggs have come to expect. Charles and Anna are possibly my favorite "paranormal" couple. The wolf sides have already declared them mated. Now the human halves are left to and navigate through their insecurity with each other and how each person's violent and troubled past affects their reactions within the relationship. It also influences how they handle the events that confront them when they are sent out to find the rogue werewolf that is killing people and threating to expose the werewolves to the rest of the world.
    Even though the Charles and Anna's romance is a major part of this book the few sex scenes in it are more of the PG13 variety. If you want a book with lots of explicit sex this isn't that book. If you're looking for a romantic storyline with lots of suspense and action that just happens to involve werewolves and evil witches spend your credit here. After you've gotten the novella first of course.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alpha and Omega: A Novella from On the Prowl

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (770)

    Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

    BlueMtn says: "The beginning of the Alpha and Omega"
    "Finally the novella at audible"
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    I read this wonderful story by Patricia Briggs in the On the Prowl anthology years ago. I've rarely had a short story get me so involved and invested in the characters as I was with this one. Even though I've never used my monthly credit on something as short as this, I pre-ordered it when I saw it was going to be available and read by Holter Graham. As always he does a wonderful job and I enjoyed the story just as much the second time around. This is a romantic story but still seems more of an Urban Fantasy than a Paranormal Romance to me. If your looking lots of sex this isn't for you. If you want an very interesting and charming story about the first meeting of a pair of werewolves with some background on the workings and rules of a pack or if you've listened to the other books in the series and want to know how it all began, you should enjoy it. But be prepared to want more of Anna and Charles when you've finished. I'm re-downloading the first novel in the series for a second listen as I write this review .

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Magic on the Storm: Allie Beckstrom Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Devon Monk
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Allison Beckstrom is committed to her work tracing illegal spells. Now, there's an apocalyptic storm bearing down on Portland, and when it hits, all the magic in the area will turn unstable and destructive. To stop it from taking out the entire city, Allie and her lover, the mysterious Zayvion Jones, must work with the Authority - the enigmatic arbiters of all things magic - and take a stand against a magical wildstorm that will obliterate all in its path.

    Patti says: "I've enjoyed every book in the series"
    "I've enjoyed every book in the series"
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    Any additional comments?

    I've read or listened to every book in this series. I hadn't taken the time to write a review but after reading the only one posted for this book I had to write my own. Audible has already provided a synopsis of each book so I'll just skip to my impressions. I think each book has gotten better than the last with more exiting action sequences and stronger more involving storylines. The main character Allie is a Hound. She finds things and people, her sense of smell helps with that. Sometimes, in the first book, stopping to describe the smells would take me out of the story and slow the pacing down but the author did figure out how to use that to enhance the story instead of hinder it in the following books. A memory loss problem from using magic was also utilized heavily in the first few books but again the author seemed to have a plan in mind that culminated in the last book. Allie is far from perfect and she does make big mistakes which can make the reader want to throttle her. But when I'm so involved with a character and the story that I stop to mentally berate them that usually also means I've gotten really invested in the book and care about the outcome. If Allie was perfect and right all the time she'd be annoying too. Anyone remember the Wesley Crusher character on The Next Generation? I think you should start with book 1 in the series even though it's not the best. My sister in law did start with book 2 and didn't have any problems catching up with the characters and storyline. This is more of an Urban Fantasy than a Paranormal Romance, there are a few love scenes occasionally here and there in this series but they're part of the flow of the characters development not the main plot point. I like the fantasy world the author has created and I care about the characters, flaws and all. I can't wait for book 8.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1523)
    Performance
    (1185)
    Story
    (1179)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "Glad I didn't listen to the nay-sayers"
    Overall

    The narrator in no way ruined this book for me. I'd been looking at this book and series for awhile but kept putting it off because of all the negative comments on the reader. I decided to give it a try anyway and I'm glad I did. My pet peeve is monotone readers, but Ms. Michaels puts emotion in her voice to try to convey when Abby is amused or angry and during conversations you could tell which character was speaking. As another reviewer said, she was fine. I won't hesitate to get the rest of this series or other books she might read. I have to admit she won't go on my list of favorite narrators along with Marguerite Gavin, Kate Reading and Scott Brick but they can't read everything.
    I'd recommend this series if you're in the mood for a light cozy-style mystery. The details on her psychic insights, the way they come about and how they work, add an extra dimension to the story and make up for some of the shortcomings of the book. I agree that at times Abby seems very childish but perhaps that was the author's way of showing the heroine wasn't perfect. I did get attached to Abby and Dutch and want to hear how Abby's psychic intuition helps solve more cases in the other books.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Witch Walking

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3211)
    Performance
    (2276)
    Story
    (2280)

    Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

    Patti says: "wildly entertaining"
    "wildly entertaining"
    Overall

    I'm so glad audible got the first book in this series. I can't wait for the rest. The publishers summary above gives a good set-up for the book and their claim that it's Fun, sassy, filled with action, humor is dead on.
    The combination of a witch, vampire and pixie crime fighting team makes for a facinating and complex story. Jenks the pixie and his family provides most of the humor while Ivy the living vampire and her struggle for control gives the book a sharp edge. The heart of the story is the witch Rachel Morgan.
    This is one of my favorite paranormal series. It's as exciting as Charlaine Harris's books about Sookie but with more humor. And without the "soft-porn" you find in some of the paranormal romance books.
    At first I thought the reader, Marguerite Gavin, spoke a little too fast but I quickly became accustomed to her and enjoyed her performance more and more as the book progressed. Even if you read the book when it came out in 2004 like I did I think you'll really enjoy listening to it also.

    59 of 61 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Witch Walking Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

    Karen says: "Quirky Fun, Delightful listen"
    "Witches Rule!"
    Overall

    I'm so glad audible got the first book in this series. I can't wait for the rest. The publishers summary above gives a good set-up for the book and their claim that it's Fun, sassy, filled with action, humor is dead on.
    The combination of a witch, vampire and pixie crime fighting team makes for a facinating and complex story. Jenks the pixie and his family provides most of the humor while Ivy the living vampire and her struggle for control gives the book a sharp edge. The heart of the story is the witch Rachel Morgan.
    This is one of my favorite paranormal series. It's as exciting as Charlaine Harris's books about Sookie but with more humor. And without the "soft-porn" you find in some of the paranormal romance books.
    At first I thought the reader, Marguerite Gavin, spoke a little too fast but I quickly became accustomed to her and enjoyed her performance more and more as the book progressed. Even if you read the book when it came out in 2004 like I did I think you'll really enjoy listening to it also.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead as a Doornail: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery # 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (3844)
    Performance
    (1984)
    Story
    (1992)

    New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won an Anthony Award for her one-of-a-kind Sookie Stackhouse mystery series. Sookie, a Louisiana cocktail waitress, skilled telepath, and friend to vampires, has a dedicated fan base that grows larger every day.

    Anne says: "Telepathic barmaid, shapeshifters, vampires!"
    "Southern charmer"
    Overall

    I truly enjoyed this book. I've never read any of the other books in the series but I was never confused or lost. Ms Harris does an wonderful job of giving a quick synopsis of characters and events from previous novels without bogging down the current storyline. I became quickly involved in the alternate Louisanna with vampires,shifters,and weres, and I was enchanted by the southern charm of Sookie Stackhouse.
    The narrator was the perfect match for this book. It felt just like Sookie was personally telling me her story.
    When I found out no other books were available as audio I went straight to the bookstore to get the first books in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Magic: The Immortals, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Tamora Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (269)

    When Daine comes down from the mountains, she carries with her two things: a dark secret about her own past, and a strangely powerful magic that even she doesn't understand.

    Cathy says: "The Immortals series: One of my favorite"
    "Wild Magic"
    Overall

    I read Wild Magic years ago, it was the first book of Tamora Pierce's that I tried and is still my favorite of hers. After the wonderful job Trini Alvarado had done with the other books in the Tortall series I was very disappointed to see she was not reading this one. My worries were confirmed as I listened to book. I love Ms. Pierce's writing but her narration is very dull and uneven, couple that with the overacting of some of the actors and you have a very distracting and childish production. They did not totally ruin the book for me but they in no way enhanced it either. Trini Alvarado's reading kept this supposedly for young adult series a light fantasy that adults could enjoy as well. While the full cast audio production of Wild Magic turned a fun,light fantasy into a childs book. 4 1/2 stars for the story 1 star for the narration.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Firestorm

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (102)

    Accomplished storyteller Nevada Barr captivates fans with her tightly-woven plots, vibrant descriptions, and believable characters. In this thrilling mystery, her resourceful sleuth, middle-aged park ranger Anna Pigeon, travels to northern California where she joins the forces battling an out-of-control forest fire.

    Patti says: "Firestorm (unabridged)"
    "Firestorm (unabridged)"
    Overall

    This is my favorite of all her books. Not only does it have a good mystery to be solved,but Nevada Barr takes you right there on the mountain fighting the fire. There were times I could almost smell the smoke. Her ability to take you into the daily life of National Park Ranger Anna Pigeon sets her books apart from other mysteries. I enjoy reading about the beautiful yet perilous settings as well as the inner workings of the Park Service in all of her books. Barbara Rosenblat does a great job as narrator.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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