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Jan

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  • Dying Bites: Bloodhound Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By D. D. Barant
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (202)

    Her job description is the "tracking and apprehension of mentally-fractured killers". What this really means in FBI profiler Jace Valchek's brave new world - one in which only one percent of the population is human - is that a woman's work is never done. And real is getting stranger every day. Jace has been ripped from her reality by David Cassius, the vampire head of the NSA. He knows that she's the best there is in the business, and David needs her help in solving a series of gruesome murders of vampires and werewolves.

    K says: "Not a yawner!"
    "WHAT A WORLD!"
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    I'm a big fan of this series and had a good time listening to Dying Bites.
    I continue to be blown away by the world building. Nothing will work in a parallel world if it's not mapped out properly. It doesn't matter how crazy something sounds, DD Barant has done such a fine job that everything is believable and just works. Add in a great plot, amazing characters and it's an urban fantasy dream come true.
    Performance got four stars only because some of the characters' voices seemed a little off and accents slipped on occasion. This did not detract from my enjoyment of the book. Overall, narration was well done.


    3 of 3 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
    (118)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    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
    (189)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    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 0 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
    (105)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    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
    (73)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (69)

    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
    (101)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (93)

    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
    (211)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (199)

    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
  • Here There Be Monsters

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Meljean Brook
    • Narrated By Faye Adele
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Meljean Brook launches a bold new steampunk series about a woman who strikes a provocative-and terrifying-bargain for freedom.

    Erika says: "Only 1 complaint -- TOO SHORT!"
    "A Bargain!"
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    The Iron Seas series is one of the most well-crafted out there. World building is top-notch. This novella is a stand alone, and can be read at any point in the series. The events are set before Book 1 and the main characters make an appearance in Book 2.
    Although it's only a novella, it is every bit as entertaining (action, emotion, the works!) as the full length novels. It's worth a credit, so I think it's a bargain for under $10.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Strikes: Kate Daniels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1204)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (764)

    Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with. But when Kate's werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games---an invitation-only, no-holds-barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament---she and Curran, the Beast Lord, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta's shapeshifting community.

    BlueMtn says: "Fantastic Listen!!"
    "Three Times Three!"
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    Listening to a book three times isn't unusual for me. Reading one 3 times in 3 days is a first. It's a great series, and this book has emotion, lot's of action, and Kate's past coming into play.Raudman brings *all* the characters to life. She makes it easy to forget that there is only one person narrating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moonglow: Darkest London, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kristen Callihan
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (176)

    Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy's door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors. Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect Daisy.

    Diana DC says: "Terrific Series"
    "Great From Any Angle!"
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    Just like Firelight, Moonglow is great from any angle: Good story, great characters, a lot of emotion, and the world continues to evolve. Moira Quirk is a name that puts me at ease. Have no doubt. Narration is never an issue with her. If you like the genre, pick this up. Winterblaze is being released next month. Can't wait for Poppy's story!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Better Off Undead: Bloodhound Files, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By D. D. Barant
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    Dark magic, unknown enemies, monsters of every stripe - FBI profiler Jace Valchek has seen it all. In this bizarre parallel universe, shape-shifting werewolves and blood-thirsty vampires don't even warrant a raised eyebrow. That is, until Jace has to face what life might look like as one of them.... It starts off as just another run-of-the-mill assignment: to track down the rogue don of a mafia werewolf family before he upsets the delicate balance of the underworld. But Jace wasn't counting on being bitten....

    Amazon Customer says: "Hate Hate hate the latest "boyfriend...""
    "Better May Be Best"
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    This might be the best of the series! I love all the books, but this is the one I will be listening to over and over. No information overload, but don't make the mistake of thinking it's slow. The pace is good with a range of things packed into the story: Jace and The Mob, Jace and Cassius, Jace craving kangaroo meat, etc. As usual, the supporting cast is strong, and is not eclipsed. Don't skip this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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