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  • The Renegade Hunter: A Rogue Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (279)

    Nicholas Argeneau was once a successful hunter who went after rogue vampires who broke the immortal law. Except no one has mentioned his name in the last fifty years, not since he turned into a rogue himself. But once a hunter, always a hunter. When Nicholas sees a bloodthirsty sucker terrifying a woman, it's second nature for him to come to her rescue. He had no idea he would also want to kiss her senseless.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Winner"
    "Love this series - this 1 is the BEST!"
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    I have most of these books in paperback but when the opportunity came to get them on Audible I jumped at a chance to listen to something funny and well written for those times I am not in the mood for something new and unknown. I have to admit that this book and the the one with Jackie and Vincent (A Bite to Remember) are my favorites due to the kicka** attitude of the female characters. I loved how Jo doesn't get sidetracked from what is important and when it comes time for her to learn the truth about vampires she still is hesitant but doesn't go into that "Oh no, I need to run away and act like an idiot" frame of mind. If you like a strong, intelligent, take no guff off anybody and see through to the truth lead female character? This book is for you. I love Nicholas and his way of dealing with his previous loss and accepting Jo as his new lifemate. As for my favorite scene - has to be Jo's "discussion" with Lucien towards the end of the book. She had me laughing out loud there. Nicholas and Jo's story flows right into Armand's story, they tie into each other and complete the story line. If you get this one, please make sure and get "Born to Bite" as well. Both very good stories. (Eshie fits the same female character style as Jackie and Jo.) As for Kerby Heyborne as a narrator - he did a good job. I didn't have any trouble listening and feeling like I understood the characters' voices or who was talking when. If you haven't checked out this series please do. Well worth your time and money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night Broken: Mercy Thompson, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2586)
    Performance
    (2395)
    Story
    (2394)

    An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

    Hassan says: "Good Addition!!"
    "Maybe the best one yet!"
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    Would you listen to Night Broken again? Why?

    I already have. I loved this book. There was so much emotion and relationship to this story. I had read a post the first day it was out and the complaint was about not enough of Stephen in this story - but I have to disagree. I think Patricia did a great job of bringing him into the storyline with him not being a main character in this story. She provided so much depth to his relationship with Mercy in the few scenes he was in. Loved Gary Laughingdog and Coyote and the possibilities they bring to Mercy's future. I was thrilled to see the connection made between Fair Game and this story. Patricia has done a fairly good job with maintaining two related story lines with Mercy and Adam and that of Charles and Anna. Occasionally I notice a minor discrepancy, but realize that the changes were necessary to continue the storyline. This book left so many options for future story lines that I am very excited about the the next installment. I am so afraid that one day Patricia will say enough is enough. I don't think any of us fans will ever feel that way about her work.


    What other book might you compare Night Broken to and why?

    The quality of this story was as good as Moon Called to me. All of them are good and I am truly in love with both of the series set in Mercy World, but Moon Called hooked me with the emotional connections between all of the characters and this book offered just as much.


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

    Several things - Her voice is the Mercy voice I hear when I do read the text. I am very pleased that Audible and the powers that be, that they have continued with the same narrator for the whole series. That being said, I think Ms. King does a great job with the lighthearted attitude that is needed as well as the snarky thought processes of Mercy's mind. I don't think I would ever enjoy another narrator doing this series.


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

    The whole book offered little tidbits of information that either answered long standing questions, offered new insight into situations, or gave plenty of ideas and openings for the story to go in the next couple installments. I guess the Shoes story was a good point for me. It offered a funny installment in Mercy's background and relationship with Bran.... I also liked Honey in this story. What could have been a depressing situation wasn't, and her loyalty to Adam and Mercy made me appreciate her even more than before.


    Any additional comments?

    Patricia Briggs' books are a mandatory pre-order for me. I don't do that with too many other authors. She was a by chance find and I haven't found too many others that stand up to her quality of stories or writing.

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  • I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (3174)
    Performance
    (2871)
    Story
    (2867)

    It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety. Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow.

    AudioAddict says: "Clever Christmas Cheer!"
    "A must have!"
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    Ok, usually I read not only the info on the book, but the reviews others have done on a book before purchasing. This time though, I bought without even finding out who the story was about. Molly Harper books are a must have for me - many times I am pre-ordering them before they are even released. She has a great sense of humor and has a great imagination that comes through in her stories. But back to the fact that I hadn't read the summary of the book first, the only complaint I had for this book was that Gigi didn't introduce herself so it was only by the fact that I have read every story previously that I figured out who the story was about. Usually in the books, the character introduces themselves - but that in no way effects the story. I also loved getting a look at Iris after her transformation as that was where her story left off, and how Cal had grown as an over-protective father figure in Gigi's life. I sooooooo wish I knew when Gigi's full story was coming out as now I am very eager to read it next. So if you have read the Half Moon Hollow series - you need this story. If you haven't - please start with Jane's story "Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs." The series and the spin-offs for the other characters are awesome.

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  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4904)
    Performance
    (1534)
    Story
    (1546)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Really tried but couldn't get there."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know, I tried to listen several times and could just never get interested in the book.


    What was most disappointing about Elizabeth Gilbert’s story?

    It was just boring.


    Did Elizabeth Gilbert do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrating was ok. The story overrode the whole thing.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Couldn't get far enough into it to know.


    Any additional comments?

    I had figured if it was worth making into a movie it would be great. It just wasn't worth the credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mercy: Buchanan-Renard, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (259)

    When esteemed Justice Department attorney Theo Buchanan is struck ill at a New Orleans gala, Dr. Michelle Renard works fast to save his life. Soon, Theo finds himself in a race to save her when Michelle is targeted by a deadly crime ring. They call themselves the Sowing Club, a devious foursome driven by greed to accumulate millions in a secret bank account. Now they're dead set on silencing Michelle, who might know the secret behind the killing of one of their wives.

    Maria says: "A Good One!"
    "My Favorite in the Series"
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    What did you love best about Mercy?

    The humor in this story was perfect. I have listened to several in the series but this one is the funniest one. I loved Mike and her sense of humor and willingness to do what needed to be done at any given point. She also has some great comebacks. I loved when she talks to herself and then fusses at her self for not listening to herself. :) I liked Big Daddy too. He had a heart of gold and some strange ways of trying to get his daughter settled. As for Theo - "Well, there was this boy." It explains it all - sort of! I didn't see the mystery ending of this story. I did see what Theo would do at the end, but it was perfect for them. I enjoyed seeing into each characters' thoughts - the good and the evil.


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

    Her accents for both Boston and New Orleans. She did a great job of making not only the characters come to life, but she handled the humor perfectly. There are a lot of good narrators that can't bring out the best in the area of humor. Christina did an awesome job. She didn't lag or rush the story, she made sure you felt exactly what the characters were feeling. I would listen to another book by her even if by another author. She did that great of a job.


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

    I laughed out loud many times during this book. I enjoyed it so much I have listened to it a second time just for the humor. Great story.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to read Noah's story. Should be great. I am getting the rest of the series. The only thing is that there are several more books in the series but they aren't listed as a series on Audible. They need to be connected and in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Drive a Dragon Crazy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By G. A. Aiken
    • Narrated By Morgan Hallett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    Some things never go away, like vile enemies, bad ale, and annoying kin. But I thought I was finished with the one dragon I’d have done anything for: Éibhear the Blue, a big, gorgeous, blue-haired beast who thinks the world belongs to him. The world, and apparently, me. So if Éibhear wants to play the caring hero and travel into the most forsaken of Gods forsaken lands to protect the one woman who doesn’t need it - namely me - I’ll let him

    Amazon Customer says: "G.A.Aiken First timers beware"
    "Laugh Out Loud!"
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    What made the experience of listening to How to Drive a Dragon Crazy the most enjoyable?

    The humor - when the narrator can convey the humor in the story to the point I laugh out loud - that's a great read/listen for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Izzy and Eibhear's story started pretty much in the second book in the series and has continued all the way thru each book. It was great to finally get their story told and G.A. Akien did a great job. She did a great job with the characters' development in that each of them had grown up and yet retained their personalities. Too often when authors have a character growing up throughout their series they feel the need to change them dramatically when it comes to their story. She didn't do that with these characters. She allowed them to be the same people/dragon as they were growing into being in the other books. - And FUNNY! I love the relationships with all the other characters - new and old.


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

    Pronunciations of names!!!! The names of some these characters has always been a bit of a challenge and I have to hand it to Ms. Hallett that she handled it with ease. She was very consistent throughout the whole book. She does a great job with the humorous lines in the story as well. I would give her an easy 4 out of 5 for narrating. (A 5 out of 5 for me is saved for those that actually give the tears, laughter, choking, etc into the voice as they are reading it. There are very few that can do that in their narrations, but boy does it make it come alive when they do.)


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

    Man, to pick one scene would be hard. I enjoyed the relationship of the 4 cousins. I also loved how Izzy and Eibhear interacted together. It is a great story. I truly think it was one of the best stories in the series (I have read them all.) So worth a credit if that is your method of purchasing books. (I got this one on sale due to the fact I also own it on Kindle.) Thank you Audible for providing this series in audible format. Please, please get the rest of them. This is the 6th book in the series. It could probably be read out of order....BUT there is so much backstory that you really need the whole series to truly appreciate all the punchlines and understand all the relationships of the other characters. These books truly build each story from the others. G.A. Aiken also does a great job of staying consistent with her story lines and characters. I hate when reading a series and as the author grows more comfortable, they start making glaring changes in backstories, the hows and whys of things in the series.... She stays right on track. For those that don't know - she is also the author Shelly Laurenston with the shapeshifter Pride series and Magnus Pack series (all interrelated - just grouped separately). She has 24 books/short stories (between the two author names) out altogether at this point. Her Pride series under the name of Laurenston can be read out of order without too much struggle to follow along.


    Any additional comments?

    There was only one point of issue for me during this story and I have had it happen in other books but this one had it multiple times. During editing, when the narrator has to go back and rerecord something not quite right the first time, it was very noticeable. It was a different tone of voice, didn't have the same quality of sound and could be a bit distracting while listening to the book. It was not something that would change the story or my true enjoyment of listening, but stood out when listening. This was not Ms. Hallett's fault in any way and doesn't take away from her skill as a narrator. Just something the producer should have paid more attention to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1266)
    Performance
    (1125)
    Story
    (1129)

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Janels says: "Evanovich, no longer trite--entertaining romp"
    "Hilarious - Great characters"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Heist the most enjoyable?

    I loved Scott Brick as the narrator. His voice and the personality he inflected for the characters was perfect. He has the perfect timing in his rhythm for comedy too. Truly a joy to listen to.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was really good. I wasn't sure what to expect after listening Pros and Cons - seemed a little too far fetched concept but this one was good. Still need to understand this is a fun fiction book. You are reading this book for the fun of it, not looking for the meaning of life in it. It is a fun story and the stage is set for future books. I can't wait.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    I would have to say that both Kate and Nick were really good, but I loved Nick the most, probably because his voice/personality came through and allowed you to understand why he did what he did.


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

    I laughed out loud several times through the book, shook my head at others and had to wonder how they were going to get out of several of the situations. I knew the answer as the story happened a couple of times, but there were several I had to listen to carefully for the solution to the dilemma.


    Any additional comments?

    I figured that with these two authors it was going to be a good book and I wasn't disappointed. Add Scott as narrator and I loved it. Thanks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trouble in High Heels

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Christina Dodd
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (422)

    When Brandi Michaels discovers her fiancé hopping a flight to Vegas to marry his girlfriend, she pawns her engagement ring, buys herself a fabulous outfit, and spends one sultry night in the arms of a gorgeous Italian stranger named Roberto Bartolini. When Brandi becomes the mark for a killer, she has no choice but to turn to Roberto – a man who’s destined to be either her savior or her downfall. But one thing’s for sure: She’s not going down without a fight.

    MaxineSap says: "Airy, Cute and Lite"
    "Great Story - narrator needed help w/hero's accent"
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    I enjoyed the story. The characters were well developed and the story line flowed. I loved the relationships with the relatives and the ending was definitely cute. None of the characters played the idiot or came across as stupid. I had a feeling about what was coming in the story line but it was well done. I didn't feel like I might as well give up because I knew what was going to happen. Truly the only problem I have with the book at all is the accent that the narrator uses for her male heroes in the books. Sadly, she has had this problem with another series. Usually her secondary characters have better fitting voices then the lead male voice. I am usually able to move beyond it enough to enjoy the book but I so would perfer a more masculine voice that fit the character. Please don't get me wrong, I love her voices for her female leads and she is great at the humor part of her roles. (She is great in Nice Girls: Jane Jamison series except for Gabriel's voice. She carries the humor part of the characters and first person narration wonderfully, but Gabriel's accent makes him come across as something less then an alpha type male.) When she has a male voice that doesn't require a foreign accent, she does a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Boyfriend: The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1961)
    Performance
    (1724)
    Story
    (1747)

    Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist - and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers give him grief for his compulsive list making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery MacTavish... Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a firsthand look at its amazing renovation - and a newfound appreciation for Owen.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Speed up your MP3 Player!"
    "Takes visual images and humor to a whole new level"
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    I loved this book for the humor as much as the romance. I liked the pace for the most part that Owen and Avery took their relationship - making sure to not mess up their friendship in the process. I absolutely loved when Owen went to his mom's for breakfast. Hysterical!!! You begin to understand Lizzy and her character better as well. She starts to become more 3 dimensional (if that is possible for a ghost) and really adds to the story. Even the misunderstandings between Owen and Avery are realistic. I have truly enjoyed this series as much as the Bride/Vow series that Roberts just finished. Vows left me hungry for more and this one has done a really good job of filling that gap. I loved being able to go online and see the real Inn Boonsboro while listening to get a complete picture of the descriptions of the book. That story is an interesting read too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5599)
    Performance
    (3908)
    Story
    (3931)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "Laughed out aloud through the whole book!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This book was fun. It took me a couple of tries to get going with the book (my fault not the book's) but once I got to the point of Kat and Bones meeting - it was really good. I laughed out loud so often that I was constantly getting funny looks or the comment "What's so funny?" (listening on my MP3 Player).


    What three words best describe Tavia Gilbert’s voice?

    Good - Could Improve - This is the only problem I had with this book. Ms. Gilbert's voice for all of her characters, but one, was really pretty good and fit what you expected to hear.......but with Bones. Her English accent was hard on my ears. I struggled with Bones' voice because it was so high pitched. She had other guys with the right pitch but Bones came out sounding too high pitched for my tastes. I finally got to tolerating it by the second half of the book but would have preferred something different there. I would listen to her other books because like I said - all the other characters were great. Just wish she had chosen to do something a little deeper for Bones.


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