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  • Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (2163)
    Performance
    (1501)
    Story
    (1509)

    Suffering a horrific childhood as the son of a Bloodletter in his father's war camp, Vishous pledges death to members of the vampire-hunting Lessening Society. Vishous knows no love. He feels no emotion. He lives only to oppose the slayers. But after suffering a mortal wound, a human surgeon named Dr. Jane Whitcomb tends to him. Her ministrations, however, extend beyond his physical injury - and before long her tender hand has awakened feelings of pleasure that Vishous never dreamed existed.

    cmclien says: "Being the bloodletters son says it all..."
    "Dissatisfying conclusion"
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    Where does Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Upper middle of the pack.


    If you’ve listened to books by J. R. Ward before, how does this one compare?

    Continuing story of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Vampires. Sex. Violence. Tragedy. Passion.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    That I'm not really aware of his "performance" is perhaps the best part. All the characters feel familiar and believable. They continue. I did notice a different pronunciation of Sympath(sp?) - which is what Revenge and Xhex are. A minor deviation from previous books.


    Any additional comments?

    Jane and Vishous' first sexual encounter felt "wrong." V was attracted to Jane because she stood up to him without fear. Yet, she submitted to his commands and did as she was ordered. . . just didn't feel quite right somehow.

    There's no denying that the whole series is a load of male domination and Victorian sensiblities. But heck, its fiction, and the stories are certainly an entertaining place to go for an afternoon, or two, or three.

    I have to say that what happens to Jane just feels absolutely not okay. She should be gone. Or not. I surely hope that in a later book there is some purpose/benefit to her amorphous state.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Ark

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J.R. Rain
    • Narrated By Clay Teunis
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (77)

    In a lonely bar in eastern Turkey, ex-National Geographic photojournalist Sam Ward is hired to find an eccentric professor who disappeared high atop Mount Ararat, fabled resting spot of Noah's Ark.

    Bobbi Pohl says: "Trite and corny"
    "Good. Not great."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There were a lot of technical glitches in the recording. Repeated sentences and a couple apparent skips as well. A good read. Great diversion for treadmill time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steadfast: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1911)
    Performance
    (1769)
    Story
    (1771)

    Geary and the crew of the Dauntless have managed to safely escort important alien representatives to Earth. But before they can make tracks for home, two of Geary’s key lieutenants vanish. The search for his missing men leads Geary on a far-flung chase, ultimately ending at the one spot in space from which all humans have been banned: The moon Europa. Any ship that lands there must stay or be destroyed—leaving Geary to face the most profound moral dilemma of his life.

    Eric says: "Another great book in the series"
    "More Black Jack!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Keep them coming. Some series start to get odd or strange as they get into more and more volumes. Jack Campbell keeps making things interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3438)
    Performance
    (2947)
    Story
    (2953)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Great Read, but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There is definitely a need to describe in detail the process of Jane's change, along with giving detailed descriptions of her weapons,and what they do, etc. But seriously? Is there a need to re-describe in all the details, and all the weapons, and what they do, each time Jane "suits up" for battle? The second and third and fourth time, it got a bit frustrating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Hunger Like No Other: Immortals After Dark, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2499)
    Performance
    (2301)
    Story
    (2306)

    After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. But when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

    Amazon Customer says: "My new favorite narrator!"
    "Qualifies as a "throwaway" a nice diversion"
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    Not great literature. A step above a graphic novel. Great for a long drive or train/plane ride.
    Steamy sex. But not too much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5224)
    Performance
    (2812)
    Story
    (2846)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "An Historical thriller!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Scott Brick never disappoints.
    The story was enthralling. More so knowing that our all really happened.
    I'll be spending some time looking for photos from the Columbian Exposition and more details from the period.add a visit to Chicago at some time in the future

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord John and the Private Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (1717)
    Performance
    (1126)
    Story
    (1144)

    With more than 10 million copies in print worldwide, New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is a global phenomenon. Lord John and the Private Matter, starring one of the most popular Outlander characters, captures all the adventure and magic of the series while delivering a fresh tale that is utterly captivating.

    GoryDetails says: "Lively tale, well told"
    "What fun!"
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    A delightful expansion of Lord John's life beyond Jamie Fraser. I was thoroughly drawn in to the murder mystery that was part of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Chaos: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (548)

    Kaylin Neya is a Hawk, part of the elite force tasked with keeping the City of Elantra safe. Her past is dark, her magic uncontrolled and her allies unpredictable. And nothing has prepared her for what is coming, when the charlatans on Elani Street suddenly grow powerful, the Oracles are thrown into an uproar and the skies rain blood.

    Ali says: "Amazing Book Cant wait for the next one"
    "The story continues"
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    I find myself wondering what sort of fix Kaylyn will get herself into this time. Each book can stand alone, yet the series weaves together a larger tale as a whole.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5256)
    Performance
    (4876)
    Story
    (4865)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Such amazing tales!"
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    Where does Written in My Own Heart's Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 2%.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its a tossup between Jamie, because he's so true to his heart and doing the right thing. Clair because she loves Jamie so much and gets herself in such interesting situations. and Jenny because of her sharp and quick wit and wonderful responses to adversity.


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

    I've come to recognize each character as they speak through Davina Porter. She does a believable rendition of an assortment of male voices making each identifiable and unique. She brings the emotion of the words to telling.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Susannah Charleson
    • Narrated By Susannah Charleson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (153)

    After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, Susannah Charleson was so impressed by the newspaper photo of an exhausted handler and his search-and-rescue dog that she decided to train a dog of her own. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Charleson got Puzzle, a strong, bright Golden Retriever, who from the start, exhibited a unique aptitude for search-and-rescue work. But the puppy’s willfulness challenged even Susannah, who had raised dogs for years.

    #24 fan says: "Fascinating"
    "Such a heartwarming book!"
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    That the author reads the story makes it so much better! I can "see" the smile on rescue dog, Puzzle's face and hear her "rooo-oooo" of success.

    Ms Charleston does a great job of describing the whole rescue team process as well as training her rescue dog. She deals shows compassion for the families of rescue victims described in the book.

    I loved her description of daily life with a houseful of dogs. Each with their own different personalities. Such delightful pandemonium!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11624)
    Performance
    (10446)
    Story
    (10539)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Cidney says: "I Guess Dan Brown Never Read “Children of Men”..."
    "OMG. PLOT TWIST!!"
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    Okay. This was a gripping book. BUT, for Pete's sake, it could have been about 1/3 shorter because of the sudden left turn the plot took just when it looked like the tale was nearing conclusion.

    I mean plot twist for no apparent reason beyond, "how can I suck my readers into a rabbit hole?" I really felt like I'd been had.

    That said, I've now added "Florence, Italy" to my life list of places I want to visit. The author's descriptions of the city and its history, really put me in the streets.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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