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motown

Bangor, Maine | Member Since 2008

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  • Night Pleasures: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (608)

    In Night Pleasures, Kyrian of Thrace - an immortal who protects humans from vampires - wakes up one morning handcuffed to the one thing that can scare him: a conservative woman in a button-down shirt. But Amanda Devereaux turns out to be his perfect partner for hunting down a deadly foe, and for helping him to regain his soul and learn that love doesn't have to bite.

    Erich says: "REALLY!!??"
    "Not my cup of tea"
    Overall

    Wow...I did not like this book. A friend recommended this book to me and maybe it is better on the printed page, but I did not like the audio version. The narrator was slow and I kept wanting to try to drag the words out of her mouth. Also, the content of the book was just trashy. I am all for a good romance and enjoy urban fantasy, but this was just sex. Not a great plot. No character building. Just characters constantly panting for each other.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Homes: A Rivers of London Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (169)

    My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame - whatever that is. Truth be told, there's a lot I still don't know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England's wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician's apprentice. But even he doesn't have all the answers. Mostly I'm just a constable sworn to enforce the Queen’s Peace, with the occasional help from some unusual friends and a well-placed fire blast.

    Cliff says: "Finally, it's out!"
    "Amazing"
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    Holdbrook-Smith is the best narrator I have ever listened to (and I have listened to many!). I was a bit more leary of this book because the other reviews mentioned that it was different from the first three. I am SO glad that I downloaded this book. It is a great book and I completely did not see the ending coming. Ben Aaronovitch is an amazing author. I can't believe I now have to wait for the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (962)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (868)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "The BEST Narrator"
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    This is a great book that really comes alive with Holdbrook-Smith's narration. Get this book. You will not be disappointed. And I have read the next 3 that come after it...they just get better and Holdbrook-Smith continues to be astoundingly fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emily Goes to Exeter: The Traveling Matchmaker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Helen Lisanti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    A dead employer’s legacy of five thousand pounds allows spinster Hannah Pym to resign from housekeeping and find adventure traveling the English countryside by stagecoach. But adventure soon finds Miss Pym in the form of Miss Emily Freemantle, a spoilt violet-eyed beauty fleeing an arranged marriage to a rake she has never met. When the girl’s darkly handsome betrothed boards their stage, Miss Pym is certain Emily was rash to bolt from this aristocratic catch!

    Kelly says: "love the matchmaker"
    "Sweet"
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    Sweet and light. Nothing too overwhelmingly exciting, but cute and easy to read. I liked it. I love a good murder mystery, political intrigue, and interesting space opera, but I also like to read books that are just nice and easy. This is an enjoyable book and a fun start to a series. I have downloaded the next book as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill the Dead: Sandman Slim, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (807)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (666)

    James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell, took bloody revenge for his girlfriend’s murder, and saved the world along the way. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a lousy job tracking down monsters for money. It’s a depressing gig, but it pays for your beer and cigarettes. But in L.A., things can always get worse. Like when Lucifer comes to town to supervise his movie biography and drafts Stark as his bodyguard.

    Mike Naka says: "good enough for me to buy book 3"
    "Hurrah for Sandman Slim!"
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    I liked the first book in this series, but LOVED the second book and am downloading the third. The first book was action packed and fun, but no real character development. This book was much better and I am really excited for this series. Funny, witty, never boring and clearly moving into new stories - not just the same story told over and over with slightly different flavors. Definitely try this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To the Hilt

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Alexander Kinloch is definitely the black sheep of his noble family, choosing the precarious life of a painter over a lucrative job in his stepfather’s brewery. But when a trusted assistant disappears with millions of pounds, Alexander is reluctantly thrust into a foreign world of bankers and auditors. Brutal thugs and jealous relatives stand in his way as he labors to save the business and protect the family treasures. In the face of adversity, Alexander must defend himself and his family’s honor to the hilt.

    Barbara says: "I loved this book"
    "My First Dick Francis"
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    And why did I wait so long? Great book and characters. Can't wait to listen to more of his works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2175)
    Performance
    (2046)
    Story
    (2037)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Fabulous End to an AMAZING Series"
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    I stumbled on Hard Magic when it first came out and absolutely loved it. I have read the Monster Hunter books as well because I enjoyed the Hard Magic Series so much. I have to say, Hard Magic, Spellbound, and Warbound are a million times better than Larry Correia's other series. Great world building, good character development, interesting magic and wonderful plot. I can't believe this series is over. It is like loosing a really good friend. Start at the beginning and enjoy. This series is one of the series that I wish I had never read so that I could begin it now and read it for the first time. Wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chalice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Nancy Bilyeau
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    In the next novel from Nancy Bilyeau after her acclaimed debut The Crown, novitiate Joanna Stafford plunges into an even more dangerous conspiracy as she comes up against some of the most powerful men of her era. In 1538, England is in the midst of bloody power struggles between crown and cross that threaten to tear the country apart. Joanna Stafford has seen what lies inside the king’s torture rooms and risks imprisonment again when she is caught up in a shadowy international plot targeting the king.

    motown says: "Ugh"
    "Ugh"
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    I read The Crown (first book in the series) and was interested, so picked up the second book. I had issues with the Crown, but thought I might have been over reacting. Well, I don't think I was. More of the main character moaning about the choices she has to make, not liking them, making a choice anyway, then regretting the choice and being miserable. She has absolutely no sense and makes really horrible decisions as well. It is as if the author thought, 'hm, not sure what to do next. I'll make her do somthing really stupid and we'll see what happens.' Not a practical bone in this lead character's body. She drove me absolutely up a wall. I thought The Crown had more interesting history as well. The Chalice really drops the ball with the historical fiction part. I really enjoy learning accurate history while I read/listen (at least piquing me to look up information if I don't know anything about it) and this book really did not do that. I loved the Matthew Shardlake books from this same time period and really learned a ton about the Reformation and King Henry VIII. Try those instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rock Hole: A Red River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Reavis Z. Wortham
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    In 1964, when Ned Parker, farmer and part-time constable, is summoned to a cornfield one hot morning to examine the remains of a tortured bird dog, he discovers that there is a dark presence in their quiet community of Center Springs, Texas. Ned is usually confident handling moonshiners, drunks, and instances of domestic dispute. But when it comes to animal atrocities—which then turn to murder—the investigation spins beyond his abilities.

    Livia says: ""To Kill a Mockingbird" Meets "Longmire""
    "WONDERFUL!!"
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    I wasn't sure what to expect when I got this book. Well, it was absolutely wonderful - excellent mystery, great characters, good development. I can't wait to get the next one and am thrilled this is a series. I also really enjoy Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series and this book is similar in terms of excellent writing and good plotting. I cannot recommend this book enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crown

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nancy Bilyeau
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    In this debut historical thriller, an aristocratic young nun must find a legendary crown in order to save her father’s life and preserve all she holds dear. When novitiate nun Joanna Stafford learns her rebel cousin is condemned by King Henry VIII to be burned at the stake, she makes the decision to break the sacred rule of enclosure and flee her Dominican order in Dartford to stand at her cousin’s side. Arrested for interfering with king’s justice, Joanna, along with her father, Sir Richard Stafford, is sent to the Tower of London.

    Karen Holbrook says: "A real page turner!"
    "Marvelous Historical Fiction"
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    I thought this book was a bit slow at the start but was just a great read once it got going. I have read all of the Matthew Shardlake books that take place during the dissolution of the monestaries in England under Henry VIII, and this is just as good. The history is accurate and the characters interesting. Good plot. I have downloaded the second book, The Chalice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1081)
    Performance
    (929)
    Story
    (925)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Not as good as anticipated"
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    I thought I would like this book better. The mystery was good, but I just really didn't care about the characters. There are more books by this author, but I wasn't impressed enough to download any more books by him or about this character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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