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Angelika

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  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rae Carson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (225)

    Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa is the chosen one. But she is also the younger of two princesses. The one who has never done anything remarkable, and can't see how she ever will. Now, on her 16th birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king - a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be the chosen one. And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic,are hunting her.

    Alexis says: "Lovely fantasy!"
    "To much religion and not enough fulfilling romance"
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    Would you try another book from Rae Carson and/or Jennifer Ikeda?

    Although I love books with strong female characters, I would not try another book by this author.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Somewhat disappointing. Its hard to describe my disappointment, without giving away the story.


    Did The Girl of Fire and Thorns inspire you to do anything?

    To believe in life's purpose.


    Any additional comments?

    Somehow to story does not make sense. On one side the story has a hostile if not even racist undertone against tribal people and shamans. On the other side the story lets an "evil" magician / shaman speak a sacred language and declare the "good" people to be barbarians. Additionally, the protagonist wonders about the fact that opposing parties declare to do god's will, but this does not make her question her own kind of god-believe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1449)
    Performance
    (1323)
    Story
    (1318)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Not as good as Three Sisters"
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    What would have made Dark Witch better?

    A different reader would be in order for a start, the one used reads with to much pathos. Secondly, a better defined or more believable villain / antagonist would also improve the story. A heroine who is in fear of a bear in Ireland is just silly. And to create a wolf with red eyes roaming Ireland is laughable at best.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dark Witch?

    I did not listen to end of the story, its seems predictable, the villain is unbelievable plus the readers voice is a bit annoying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tangle of Need: Psy-Changeling Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (431)

    Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past-one as unpredictable in love as it was in war. Now comes a new territory, and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to a desperate woman who belongs to another.For Riaz, the primal attraction he feels for Adria is a staggering betrayal. For Adria, his dangerous lone wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It consumes her. It terrifies her. It threatens to undermine everything she has built of her new life.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best Yet"
    "The Civil War Starts"
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    Where does Tangle of Need rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Psy / Changeling books are my second favorite paranormal romance series with "A Discovery of Witches" being on first place and the "Elder Races" stories coming third.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I hesitated to buy this book, because I do not like love triangles, but I am glad I read it eventually, because it fleshes out the story of the series as a whole. The love story of Riaz and Adria is only one part of the overall plot. Normally I don't like stories with a lot of characters, but it is okay in the context of this series, because most of the characters mentioned in the book have been introduced more throughly in previous books. For people who did not read the older books of the series, this novel might mention just names indeed; but I am delighted to see how other characters from previous books are faring such as Indigo, Drew, Judd, Hawk, Sienna and Sasha, for example. In contrast to "Tangle of Need", the following book "Heart of Obsidian" has less characters and focuses more on the main couple. This book also made a little more room for the Arrows, and I am so curious about what will happen with Vasic in the new book being published in February 2014.


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

    The liveliness of changeling interaction, their teasing, poking and squabbling makes me smile, sometimes laugh. This is a contrast to psy interaction, which can be dangerous, and multilayered.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Obsidian: Psy-Changeling, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (406)

    In 2006, Nalini Singh introduced the beguiling and sensual Psy-Changeling world in Slave to Sensation, which spawned a series that has had readers and critics cheering. Throughout the incredible 11-book run there has been one question that has tantalized Nalini's legion of fans. Now, in the eagerly awaited 12th book in the series, Nalini Singh finally reveals the answer to the biggest Psy-Changeling mystery - an answer so surprising we wouldn't dare spoil it. Even if we knew.

    Catherine says: "Amazing read, but be warned..."
    "What a haunting novel"
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    What did you love best about Heart of Obsidian?

    The rediscovering of the relationship of the two protagonists. The story makes hope and declares struggling to overcome deep emotional hurts and abuse is rewarding. The sexuality describe develops a tantric quality.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really like the technic of describing one scene from the view points of the two participants. It brings out character and describes motivation. Nalini used this technic once on one scene, so it does not lengthen the story or makes the repeat boring.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hunter
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (136)

    No secret stays hidden forever. A phone call from an old friend sets mysterious book researcher Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery that has eluded him for centuries. Little does he suspect a young librarian holds the key to an ancient secret, nor could he expect the danger Beatrice De Novo would attract. Now both will follow a twisted maze leading from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a passion that could destroy them both.

    B. says: "Fantastic story--far less than ideal narrator"
    "What a unsatisfying love story!"
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth Hunter? Why or why not?

    No, I would not try another book, because the romantic relationship described is unsatisfying, and I don't like to wait until the last chapter of the last book until they finally become lovers. NO, THANK YOU!
    The expressed victorian attitude towards sexuality is disturbing. It divides sexuality between "pornography, which is not worth fighting a war over" and a little lustful bloodsucking, which needs excusing. That is annoying!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The reader is very distracting speaking speaking with a hispanic accent.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Feral Sins: Phoenix Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1914)
    Performance
    (1768)
    Story
    (1786)

    Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills - and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him.

    Paige says: "Surprised they didn't check my ID"
    "Werewolf-story with dominant / submissive sex"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    First, I would like the change the sentences, because they are too short and choppy. At least in the beginning of the book I found this disturbing. To add more elaborate vocabulary would also improve the reading experience.


    What was most disappointing about Suzanne Wright’s story?

    Some of the description of the sex scenes are like rape with consent. Its annoying and boring after a while to listen to a story in which a man always wants to control, lead and dominate the sexual activity and a woman whimpers and has to let things happen, sometimes with struggle and sometimes without. Stupid game!!!!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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