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  • Influential Magic: Crescent City Fae, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Deanna Chase
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    It's tough being a faery in New Orleans, a city fraught with vampires...especially when their very existence drains your life force. Willow Rhoswen, owner of The Fated Cupcake and part-time vampire hunter for the Void is having a rough week. Four years after her twin brother's mysterious death, Willow's life is threatened and the director saddles her with a new partner-her ex-boyfriend, David. To her horror, he's turned vamp, which causes her physical pain whenever she touches him

    So, I Read This Book Today says: "A potential new favorite on my UF shelf"
    "Character descisions make no sense"
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    What would have made Influential Magic better?

    Writing characters that are believable. If I was doing magical research and someone hired me because of that, why would I also need a job at finding vampires? If my life was being threatened I would head for a safe house, not run out on a mission to figure out who was using my magical donuts to do evil. If an ex shows up and someone partners me up with them, I am going to need something other then "they are a double agent" to convince me it's ok. If i hate vampires and they slowly drain my life force, I am not going to risk my life just because i am told to without a back story of why I must. If a master vampire calls my body guard son, i think i would figure out thats the guys maker. I think it's also not believable that I would accept a "we will talk about it latter" response and drop it never to be mentioned again untill the great reveal. If someone almost killed my dog I would not instantly forgive them. If someone I did not trust was helping me find info I would ask basic questions like where are we going and why. If someone tries to attack me and starts to reveal some kind of secret but gets cut off for whatever reason, I would notice. The writer forces the story line foward using flawed character logic.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    In the first few chapters the narrator was having a hard time transitioning from female character to the monotone used to give information. It's ok now and then but it should never happen in the begining while a listener is getting to know characters. Audio samples tend to come from this part of the book so it's vitally important to get it right.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Return of the Asgard: The Valkyrie Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Erik Schubach
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (115)

    The Valkyrie Kara stood alone against the Ragnarok horde on Earth to ensure that the Asgard race and Valhalla could escape. For 5,000 years she has fought and evaded the Ragnarok race on Earth, just waiting for her people to return. A human woman, Kate, joins her fight, showing as much conviction and valor as any Valkyrie. Their friendship quickly becomes something more as they hold the line on Earth in battle, to herald the return of the Asgard.

    A. Sunmonu says: "great new series"
    "Feels rushed"
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    Characters seem far too willing to accept world changing revelations to the point that i could not get into it. I think there is going to be some girl on girl romance which would be hot except it's far too forced and juvenile. Something is wrong with the writing. Maybe it was cut too much or that the idea balls (southpark look it up) didn't line up right either way the book comes off as superficial and rushed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Software: Ware, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rudy Rucker
    • Narrated By Chris Sorensen
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It was Cobb Anderson who built the "boppers" - the first robots with real brains. Now, in 2020, Cobb is just another aged "pheezer" with a bad heart, drinking and grooving on the old tunes in Florida retirement hell. His "bops" have come a long way, though, rebelling against their subjugation to set up their own society on the moon. And now they're offering creator Cobb immortality but at a stiff price: his body his soul... and his world.

    Amazon Customer says: "45 min in and 4 different perspectives not for me."
    "45 min in and 4 different perspectives not for me."
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    I am not a fan of books with so many different points of view. The book also had an outdated feel to it that i can't really explain other then to say it's there.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Made for You

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Melissa Marr
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus, MacLeod Andrews, Samantha Quan
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she's confused - who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? It seems impossible that anyone would have it out for the town darling. Thanks to her family's distinguished history and her own unassailable reputation in old-money Jessup, Eva is universally liked. But she has little time to consider the question when she finds that she's awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her.

    Amazon Customer says: "Annoying God Obsession"
    "Annoying God Obsession"
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    Performance
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    Book has in addition to the girl a very annoying "boyfriend" that spouts huge amounts of religious nonsense. 42 minutes in I turned it off.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marked: House of Night Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1441)
    Performance
    (810)
    Story
    (818)

    Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampire and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change - and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no ordinary fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampire Goddess Nyx.

    Tizroc says: "Warning, *Young adult*"
    "Don't fool yourself, it's a Teen Romance."
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    If you do a search for sci-fi and fantasy this novel is listed. The first book is great. It's got magic, self discovery, enemies and their plots to discover. It's everything you expect, at first that is. The further and further you get into the series more it becomes about the latest love interest and gossip. I hate it that it had so much potential. Someone didn't catagorize these books right. These books are the kind where the main character seems to date everyone but seems to always experience the "I can't be with them because __FILL_IN_THE_BLANK__". I made it all the way to the 5th book hoping the romance would go away but it just got worse. I liked the narrators, all 3 of them LOL. The first narrator kept doing this weird sound that was supposed to be a cat talking or something but to me it seemed like the cat was saying "nympho" all the time. Maybe it was on purpose, not sure but it annoyed me. The second narrator made me think someone went from an immature 20 year old to a girl of 15. It was a little jaring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Shift: Kiera Hudson Series, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tim O'Rourke
    • Narrated By Keely Beresford
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When 20-year-old police recruit Kiera Hudson is posted to the remote town of The Ragged Cove, her life is changed forever. Investigating a series of horrific murders, grave desecrations, and missing persons, with her unique ability of "seeing", Kiera soon realizes her life is in danger. But when Kiera falls in love with police officer Luke Bishop, not only is her mind and her heart opened to a terrifying new world, she comes to suspect that Luke might be involved in the killings.

    Rachael says: "I think they forgot to edit chapter 20!"
    "Started out creapy but i lost interest"
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    I loved the unknown, the coldness, the creepyness of the first 3 hours. Out of no where without any build up the romance ensues. It's taking forever to get to through this book. I am a little more then 1/2 way and only like 2 things have happened. It feels drawn out. It's like someone got a 12 hour book and split it. When not scaring you your falling asleep.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Experiment

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alicia Nordwell
    • Narrated By Shaun Leonhardt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    In the distant future, humans wage war against the alien planet Caeorleia, with no tactic off-limits if it will help the humans get their hands on Caeorleia's resources. Ask Ryker. He thought he volunteered for a simple experiment that would help his government in the war. He didn't realize sadistic doctors would turn him into the experiment - by injecting him with blood from a captured Caeorleian, Seral Iorflas.

    Sarah RN says: "Reading the Dictionary is Better than this book."
    "Synopsis deceptive, It's gay porn."
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    I loved the book until about an hour and a half in where guy on guy action exploded onto the scene (laugh). I was getting interested in the story then the fake romance started to appear. I ignored it hoping it was just some character building but I was wrong. The gay scene was very graphic. I went back to the book on audiable trying to figure out what happened and noticed up top it says romance. Son of a... I did a search for scifi, the synopsis has no hint of porn and the cover could be just some alien looking down at a victom. I re-checked the new realease search and of course it does not say it's a romance. You have to click into the details to figure it out. That is not right. I feel like audiable and the publisher are in colusion to trick me into buying romance novels. The book has some kinda of split personality disorder. It starts off as scifi guess the writer is in on it too, then vampire stuff appears and now gay porn. Audiable needs to add in icons indicating romance so people like myself can find aliens and technology rather then boyfriends and flowers.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Ivy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Amy Engel
    • Narrated By Taylor Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. This year, it is my turn. My name is Ivy Westfall and my mission is simple: to kill the president's son - my soon-to-be husband - and return the Westfall family to power.

    Amazon Customer says: "This is easily one of my favorite books."
    "Boring"
    Overall
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    Nothing really happened. About 40% through the book i fast forwarded to the last 2 chapters to find this explosive heart breaking end several have hinted at, it wasn't. At the time of this review it's rated as a 4 on audiable with the stars as mostly 4.5s and a 4.8 on amazon. I find any 4 or 5 ratings by non teens highly suspect. A slow build up, more like a slow let down.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Champion for Hire: Portals of Infinity: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Van Stry
    • Narrated By Rob Shamblin
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    William is just your typical engineer fresh out of college with a stressful job, a boring life, and not a lot of prospects of anything better in the future. Until one weekend while hiking in the woods he stumbles across a portal to another time, or perhaps another place. The more he investigates this new world, the more he realizes that it may just be able to offer him a lot more than the one he's been living in.

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolutely Loved It!"
    "Absolutely Loved It!"
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    Wow i really enjoyed this book. When I read the synopsis I got the impression it was going to be one of those D&D books where some modern guy falls though a hole and appears in a world worthy of a 20 sided die. I listened to the audio clip but it had only humans and they were using some old english words here and there. That was confusing. Where were the elfs? The other thing that struck me as different, was that... the writer and publisher are the same. Self published? I wanted something different so I gave it a try. I was blown away. This isn't a D&D book or a medieval setting found via a magic doorway. The title gives you a hint by using the word "portals". It's a parallel worlds book. Not only that but you latter find out that everytime someone steps through one they are changed to fit into that particular reality. This creates a lot of potential for future content being that in one reality you are an engineer in another you are a mage. Besides height and build alterations there can also be changes of species. Where would I put the tail when I sit? That is a question you might ask yourself if you buy the book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Haven: Tranquilli Bloodline, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Celia Breslin
    • Narrated By Em Eldridge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death of her parents and her 12-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on 25th birthday. Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help.

    Amazon Customer says: "Terrible"
    "Terrible"
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    5 hours into the book and not one of the what... like 10 or so characters Carina interacts with will ever explain anything. On top of that, assuming you accept scenes of glances or excuses like "we will talk about it latter" your subjected to the same old "I can't be with him because __FILL_IN_BLANK__". Something is really wrong with the writing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silence: Queen of the Dead, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Alexandra Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (271)

    It began in the graveyard.... Ever since her boyfriend Nathan had died in a tragic accident, Emma had been coming to the graveyard at night. During the day she went through the motions at her prep school, in class, with her friends, but that’s all it was. For Emma, life had stopped with Nathan’s death. But tonight was different. Tonight Emma and her dog were not alone in the cemetery. There were two others there - Eric, who had just started at her school, and an ancient woman who looked as though she were made of rags.

    glowbugs says: "An imaginative new approach to a series"
    "Both narrator and writing are terrible."
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    I tried to give the book a chance for an hour and a half but had to turn it off. The writing seemed unnecessary slow and awkward. What is supposed to be a slow reveal is just filler to increase word count in my opinion. I could not connect with any character due to the writing and it was made worse by a mediocre narrator that could not emphasize character voices. After falling asleep and doing a rewind I figured out that no amount of patience or fast forwarding would fix the problem.

    I would not recommend this book. I rated the book as a 1 to reflect my feelings but I have seen worse writing and the narrator has potential so i gave both performance and story a 2. I really don't understand why there are so many high ratings. I think in this case the wisdom of the crowd falls far short of reality.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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