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Crystal

I Love to read and I am all over the place. From Fantasy to Non Fiction to True Crime. Sadly even some Romance novels which I never thought I would read but they turned out to be not bad some even good as long as they had some fantasy in them

Richlands, NC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 14 reviews
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  • 445 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • Story of O

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Pauline Reage
    • Narrated By Käthe Mazur
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    O is a young, beautiful fashion photographer in Paris. One day her lover, René, takes her to a château, where she is enslaved, with René's approval, and systematically sexually assaulted by various other men. Later, René turns O over to Sir Stephen, an English friend who intensifies the brutality. But the final humiliation is yet to come.

    Kimberly says: "This is not 50 Shades"
    "I truly enjoyed it."
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    What made the experience of listening to Story of O the most enjoyable?

    Watching her change into what he knew she wanted to be, for she did not know herself yet came to for she never said no to anything he asked her to do. The trust and the love she had for him and he for her. This type of lifestyle is not for all


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Story of O?

    When she truly found out who she was and was proud of it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    there were many


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. The love and the depth of respect


    Any additional comments?

    For this type of book to be written and published in the 50's was something. Women were of the home to cook and raise children that was there role. This book said they could have another and that sex was not dirty or just something to be endured but to be enjoyed. Yes it's not the taste of everyone but for those of us that have lived this way can see the person inside wishing to get out and helping them to be what they wish, or the person that can truly trust another to show them all they can be. Its truly a book about sex and erotics but more of trust and love

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob: Nightwalkers Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1125)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (988)

    Since time began, there have been Nightwalkers - the races of the night who live in the shadows of the moonlight. Love with humans is absolutely forbidden, and one man makes certain to uphold this ancient law: Jacob, the Enforcer. For 700 years, he has resisted temptation. But not tonight... Jacob knows the excuses his people give when the madness overtakes them and they fall prey to their lust for humans. He's heard every one and still brought the trespassers to justice. Immune to forbidden desires, uncontrollable hungers....

    Dorothea says: "Awesome!"
    "Wonderous"
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    Would you listen to Jacob again? Why?

    Yes cause the Narrator does as wonderful job with gave change to the characters were what I would have given in my head if I had read it. The storyline was seamless and most enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jacob and his changes throughout the story. Showing how much we all see in ourselves. As well as Bella her inner strength though knowing it would be this way yet enjoying watching it flow out in the story as it unflods


    What does Xe Sands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    So much its hard for me to put to words due to my illness.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The series name


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Lover: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (3065)
    Performance
    (1952)
    Story
    (1965)

    The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

    Tracy says: "Amazing start to this awesome series!"
    "Interesting twist on being turned into a vampaire"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Lover to be better than the print version?

    Since I have only had it in audio not sure could give a true assessment


    What other book might you compare Dark Lover to and why?

    Conquered by a Highlander by Nalani Singh. The male main character doing things out of duty the female main character both having their own minds and will not be bullied yet their more primal nature overruling their higher brain functions.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    Main male character what woman would not wish a man such as that


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes very much so once I got into could not stop


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed it very much cant wait to see where her adventures will take her since she is young yet had things done to her in this book out they come out in the books to come

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Moon Rising: Riley Jenson, Guardian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Keri Arthur
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (258)

    A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson and her twin brother, Rhoan, work for Melbourne's Directorate of Other Races, an organization created to police the supernatural races, and protect humans from their depredations. While Rhoan is an exalted guardian, a.k.a. assassin, Riley is merely an office worker, until her brother goes missing on one of his missions. The timing couldn't be worse.

    Sharon says: "Enjoyed this entire series!"
    "Enjoyable"
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    Would you try another book from Keri Arthur and/or Justine Eyre?

    Yes first time reading this author but enjoys Ms Eyre narrations


    Would you recommend Full Moon Rising to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. I enjoyed that that main character accepted for the most part who she was to the point she needed not to justify it, I found it refreshing that she through herself into without thought of what others thought of her choices.


    What about Justine Eyre’s performance did you like?

    Her ability to make you believe that either a male and or female part was believable.


    Could you see Full Moon Rising being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    not a clue


    0 of 0 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
    (1486)
    Performance
    (1208)
    Story
    (1220)

    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."
    "How I adore this Author"
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    If you could sum up Slave to Sensation in three words, what would they be?

    striving, acceptance, thriving


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Slave to Sensation?

    When she understands that the dreams she thought were her own he had full knowledge and full memory of them and what that meant for her


    What does Angela Dawe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    My usual response to this question is that when I read a book I hear the voices of each characters in my head and Angela Dawe seems to have pulled them from my mind as I would have heard them if I had read them for myself.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I thing the title of the is befitting


    Any additional comments?

    I had not heard of this author prior to audible, however she is I think truly gifted for giving the reader or listener the full range of her characters, the surroundings down the what say the forest looks like, the colors the smells the sounds as the character sees or feels them. How the characters sees themselves outwardly and inward. She does with with ease the only other author gifted like this t me was Anne Rice.While listening I can actually visualize where they are as if I am there with the characters,or the emotional roller coaster of self doubt, fear, love,lust or any other myriad of things. That is me is a gifted storyteller. I have read two of her series now and I can call myself a true fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels' Blood: Guild Hunter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1459)
    Performance
    (1097)
    Story
    (1100)

    Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best - but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option---even if the task is impossible. Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.

    SIMARA says: "Too dark... Little romance"
    "Enjoyed it very much"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Angels' Blood to be better than the print version?

    It gave voice more to the one in my head it was so much the same


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Angels' Blood?

    The give and take between the main characters and minor characters she gave them live


    What about Justine Eyre’s performance did you like?

    She gave them life as though out of the one of my head


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I did


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4407)
    Performance
    (4035)
    Story
    (4056)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Sherry McNee says: "SO DISSAPPOINTED!"
    "Wonderful"
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    What made the experience of listening to Trapped the most enjoyable?

    That the Iron Druid did get to finish training a new druid, while holding off his love for her off for the 12 years that it took


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main Character of course. He is honest in his heart, brave, his courage and his love for his friends knew no end


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    His voice for Oberon I just love it


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    To many things to to just post here


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Bound: Elder Races Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1978)
    Performance
    (1734)
    Story
    (1746)

    Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

    V says: "Woo Freakin Hoo!"
    "Very Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dragon Bound to be better than the print version?

    Yes I think Ms. Eastlike's ability to give the voices wonderful emotional changes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Dragon his struggle to change how he did things, spoke to people, right down to just smelling her hair.


    What does Sophie Eastlake bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her ability to change her voice enough to be believable and as well as hearing the emotion in the voice that the character was in during the parts of the story


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did both laugh and tear.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oracle's Moon: Elder Races Series #4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (841)

    When Grace Andreas's sister, Petra, and her husband are both killed, Grace inherits the power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister's two young children - neither of which she is prepared for. Then Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn prince of House Marid, decides to make himself a part of the household, both as guardian and counterpoint to Grace's impudence towards the Elder Races.

    marlene says: "Love, Love, Love"
    "Wonderful on the edge of your seat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Oracle's Moon the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator's ability to give the character's believable voices ones I would I have had given them myself


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the main female character found her inner strength. She over came her own obstacles without much help. Its nice to see where women are shown to have strength without being a butch yet holding her femininity.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one where she went to the moon


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Where she stood tow to toe with a 1st generation Ginn and was able to bargain with him without dying.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mara Leveritt
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    “Free the West Memphis Three!” - maybe you’ve heard the phrase, but do you know why their story is so alarming? Do you know the facts? The guilty verdicts handed out to three Arkansas teens in a horrific capital murder case were popular in their home state - even upheld on appeal. But after two HBO documentaries called attention to the witch-hunt atmosphere at the trials, artists and other supporters raised concerns about the accompanying lack of evidence.

    Chris says: "Humane Manevolence"
    "OMG I cant believe this can happen in the US"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Devil’s Knot to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I have read the book and now listened to it and enjoyed it much more


    What other book might you compare Devil’s Knot to and why?

    Not sure its hurts the heart that one with the IQ of 68-72 teenage was physiologically tortured by police that we as good parents teaches our children to trust them. How do I compare the content of this book with another.


    Which character – as performed by Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    The 3 Teenage boys


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't live in west Memphis and wear black


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord's Fall: Elder Races, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (733)

    Before she met Dragos, half-human half-Wyr Pia Giovanni was alone and on the run. Now, she's mated, pregnant, and heading south to repair the Wyr's frayed relationship with the Elves. Being separated from Dragos is painful, but for the good of the Wyr demesne they need to figure out how to be partners, in more places than just the bedroom. In New York to preside over the Sentinel Games, Dragos is worried about his mate, but knows that finding two replacement sentinels is essential to show the rest of the Elder Races just how strong and brutal the Wyr demesne can be.

    Angela says: "Loved, loved, loved it!"
    "Awesome"
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    If you could sum up Lord's Fall in three words, what would they be?

    sadness, love, action


    What did you like best about this story?

    how much Pia is changing as well as the dragon. How all the characters that have their mates did not disappear but are still around.


    What does Sophie Eastlake bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the voices she using as lose to the ones I would used in my own head if I had read and the emotional expressiveness of what she is reading


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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