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Jan

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  • Rosemary and Rue: An October Daye Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (567)

    The world of Faerie never disappeared: it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie’s survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, these second-class children of Faerie spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations.

    Ginger says: "Missed Matched Pair"
    "A fairy tale with grit."
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    An amazing beginning to a wonderful series. A fairy tale for adults. McGuire does a great job building this world and giving characters some nice depth, without sacrificing action or a nice pace to the story. The narrator was very good and enhanced McGuire's work. Very entertaining. I have already downloaded the second book (A Local Habitation) and look forward to the third book which should be released in September.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Raphael: Vampires In America, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By D.B. Reynolds
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he'd give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it's too late.

    CAROLYN says: "WOW, WHAT A THRILLING NEW VAMP FEST"
    "Great Series, Good Narrator"
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    I'm a fan of this series and was very excited to find that it was coming out in an audio format. The series is wonderful, and the books just keep getting better. The reason why this didn't get a 5 star review was the narrator. First, the sample doesn't do her justice. Her delivery is much more smooth and relaxed. Secondary characters were very well done, as was Cyn. What didn't translate was the sexual tension between Cyn and Raphael that started at their first meeting. When I read the book, I felt it right away and it just kept building. While listening, I thought that it fell short. However, the sex scenes were well done. Also, Traci Odom needs to...practice?....her interpretation of Raphael. It's okay, but everything else is delivered so smoothly and consistently, that there were moments when Raphael snapped me out of the book. I'm wondering if the voice she's giving him is a bit out of her vocal range. Worth a credit? Yes. A super-bargain if it goes on sale. I look forward to the next book--which rocks with a wonderfully written villain, and an unexpected betrayal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winterblaze

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Kristen Callihan
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (107)

    Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy's secrets are revealed, leaving Winston's trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections....

    Robin in Vermont says: "Marriage, Secrets and Demons"
    "She Does It All"
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    Poppy, running a bookstore? No....well, yes. But she also turns out to be the person that's running things in Darkest London. Very cool to see a powerful woman, in charge of a secret organization, working out problems with the husband as they take on demons! And she does it all very well. Great love story and Poppy turns out to be a kick-ass heroine when she's not selling books. Love this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragos Takes a Holiday: A Novella of the Elder Races

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (334)

    The Bermuda Triangle. Pirates. The Peanut. What could possibly go wrong? Dragos Cuelebre needs a vacation. So does Pia, his mate. When the First Family of the Wyr head to Bermuda for some much needed R&R, it's no ordinary undertaking - and no ordinary weekend in the sun. Between hunting for ancient treasure buried beneath the waves and keeping track of their son, Liam - a.k.a. Peanut, whose Wyr abilities are manifesting far ahead of schedule - it's a miracle that Pia and Dragos can get any time together. They're determined to make the most of each moment, no matter who tries to get in their way.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Peanut!!!"
    "A Nice Vacation"
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    Narration was great, the length was good, and what a sweetheart Peanut is! The guy almost stole the show from his parents. Lot's of fun! It's a good listen to insert between two heavier audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4341)
    Performance
    (3899)
    Story
    (3977)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "Beware The Songs"
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    It's a classic, and a favorite that I've grown up with. I thought the audiobook would be perfect, but I didn't take into consideration all those songs that Tolkien loved to write. It's the only reason I couldn't listen to it straight through, and ultimately why I didn't finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reaver: Demonica Series

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Larissa Ione
    • Narrated By Helen Wick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (148)

    Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels - and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell - he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before…to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself….

    Nathalie says: "Great Story but Awful Narrater"
    "Great Book, but Narrator Needs To Do Her Research"
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    Loved the ebook, and actually pre-ordered the audiobook. Very good story with resolutions, reveals, and questions left unanswered. There were set-ups for at least 2 different characters.
    But the narrator....I don't think she's absolutely awful. Some of the voices were very well done, as was the straight narration and the sex scenes stayed hot. She could have been a very good fit. What I *can* say is that she ruined the illusion of being in a different world. I can't imagine anyone reading the description of Seminus demons, and turning them from, arguably, the sexiest creatures in paranormal romance into guys who sounded like girls complete with faerie dust. These are characters that we've fallen in love with and have been interpreted by many narrators. Every time a Sem started talking I winced and decided it was a good time to let my mind wander. That's a first for me.
    And then there were characters with accents that just didn't make sense. It sounded like Tavin was speaking with a Mexican accent. Ares....not sure what accent that was, but it distracted me almost as much as the Sems did. And then there's Revenant, who will be the hero for the next book. He had a lovely Texas Twang going on, which I thought was wonderful and could be very sexy. But, where'd that come from? It's a major point in the book that Rev has spent his whole life in Sheoul, right?
    These missteps, and sometimes blatant mistakes, weren't enough to make me return the book since these are secondary characters we're talking about. But, unlike some of the other books in the series which I've listened to many times, I won't be listening to this one again. I will be re-reading Reaver before I start in on Revenant's book. I will not be pre-ordering, and will perhaps even pass on the audio version if Helen Wick is narrating again. I believe Helen is the ninth narrator for this series. That is insane with reoccurring characters. I don't know who's responsible for this. Please go back to Hilary Huber. She's done a fantastic job and is, I think, the best of the nine. But, if you can't, or won't, hire her.....please, pick someone who will do her research before she goes to work, and stick with her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Deeds of Daniel MacKenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (208)

    Daniel Mackenzie lives up to the reputation of the scandalous Mackenzie family - he has wealth, looks, and talent, and women love him. When he meets Violet Bastien - one of the most famous spiritual mediums in England - he immediately knows two things: that Miss Bastien is a fraud, and that he’s wildly attracted to her.

    Vinity says: "Off just a bit and frustrating reader"
    "Nicely Done!"
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    Fans have been in love with Daniel since he was a teen in book one. All grown up and he is the MacKenzie we wish was real! The book played like a movie as I listened. Loved Daniel and Violet as a couple, and was delighted to listen as the youngest MacKenzie's made appearances. Violet was welcomed by the entire family. Angela Dawe continues to do a great job in bringing these characters to life.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Untamed Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures Series, Book 5.5

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    To redeem her family's disgraced name, Lady Louisa Scranton has decided to acquire a proper husband. He needs to be a man of fortune and highly respectable in order to restore both her family's lost wealth and reputation. She enters the Marriage Mart with all flags flying, determined to find the right bachelor. But Louisa's hopes are dashed when the Bishop of Hargate drops dead at her feet - and she is shockingly accused of murder!

    Kimberly says: "Yummy!"
    "Novella Just As Good As Novels"
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    Finished this one with the same warm fuzzy feeling that I have after all the Highland Pleasures books. Don't skip this novella! It may be shorter, but is as satisfying as any full-length novel. Great, great story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unleashed: The Highland Historical Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kerrigan Byrne
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (76)

    Meet the MacLauchlan Berserkers - Roderick, Finn and Connor. They are three of the world's Unwanted. On a snowy Solstice night, their tale becomes one of blood and vengeance, of love, redemption, and forging the bonds that make a family.

    CAROLYN says: "3 PARANORMAL CELTIC HIGHLAND HEROES IN 1 BOOK"
    "Don't Pass This Up!"
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    Not just three great stories, but three well written stories that provide all the romance I want with something I've never encountered before--berserkers! Don't be fooled. These shorter stories are as well done as any novella from a well-known, long-standing series. Loved the characters enough to wish for full length novels. I thought the narrator did a good job, and I hope to find the next trilogy from this author on audio soon.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Steel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Meljean Brook
    • Narrated By Faye Adele
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (98)

    Growing up in the dangerous world of the Iron Seas, the mercenary captain of the airship Lady Corsair, Yasmeen, has learned to keep her heart hard as steel. Ruthless and cunning, her only loyalty is to her ship and her crew-until one man comes along and changes everything.... Treasurehunter Archimedes Fox isn't interested in the Lady Corsair - just the captain and the valuable da Vinci sketch she stole from him.

    bluebelle says: "Brilliant!"
    "Better Than The Duke"
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    This series is amazing: World Building, Plot, Characters....everything is top notch. I loved The Iron Duke and will re-listen to it many times. Great characters, and Yasmeen could have stolen the show if she was given any more time in the first book. I'm glad she got her own book. Heart of Steel raises the bar for the rest of the series and Faye Adele is a wonderful narrator, but she knocks it out of the ball park when she plays Yasmeen. These books do stand alone, but I suggest reading them in order as characters from past books do show up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Invitation: A Psy-Changeling Anthology

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (223)

    Wild Invitation is an exciting collection of Psy/Changeling stories from New York Times best-selling author Nalini Singh. In "Beat of Temptation", innocent Tamsyn has always had a place in her heart for Nathan, a blooded DarkRiver sentinel. But is she ready for the fierce demands of the mating bond? In "Stroke of Enticement", a wary young teacher, skeptical about love, arouses the man - and the animal - in an aggressive leopard changeling who must prove his affections are true.

    Teresa says: "All Great short stories for Psy-Changling lovers."
    "Nice Collection for Fans"
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    For fans of the Psy-Changeling series, this is a good listen. Four novellas give personal glimpses into the lives of four different couples. The focus, and conflict, remains on the couples and each story only spans a short time. Fans will love it. New comers to the series won't appreciate it as much, and I strongly recommend starting with book 1 and putting this anthology off until you are well into the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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