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ArmyMSW

St. Louis, MO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Blameless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1428)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1197)

    Gail Carriger’s best-selling Parasol Protectorate series reimagines Victorian England with vampires, werewolves, and a dash of steampunk. Blameless is the third in the series starring the parasol-wielding Lady Alexia Maccon, formerly Alexia Tarabotti. After news spreads of her delicate condition—a surprise to everyone since she’s married to a werewolf—Alexia is desperate to escape the London gossip. So she heads to Italy for a change of scenery.

    christin says: "I just couldn't get past the poor production!"
    "Love the story, but not the pauses"
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    As always, I am in love with this series and with the narrator. However, this book had an unfortunate proclivity for pauses. I am not sure why the pauses were not edited out, but they became annoying very quickly. It seemed there was a 15 second pause after every paragraph that left you feeling like the chapter had ended. I do hope these pauses will not continue in the next recorded book. I feel like they added several hours to the book just be leaving in the pauses. Of course, that may have been their goal?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jason & Cadence: The Wolf's Mate, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By R.E. Butler
    • Narrated By Dara Rosenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (141)

    For 14 years, alpha wolf Jason has watched his partially marked mate Cadence live her life without him. Circumstances force his hand and he must find a way to get her to uncover her buried memories of their past before someone else steps up to take her from him. For as long as she can remember, hybrid wolf Cadence has loved Jason with every fiber of her being, but he's consistently shoved her away until the love that's there is bound tightly in anger and shame.

    Ruth says: "Redneck romance."
    "So-so story with an odd choice for a narrator."
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    If you're looking for fantasy romance with action packed scenes, steamy interludes, and larger than life characters...then skip this book. The story itself wasn't bad, but it lacked charisma and mostly annoyed me. I could hardly finish it due almost entirely to the stupid pet names the two main characters kept calling each other and to the fact that they chose the WRONG narrator for this book. The narrator sounds like she should be reading children's bedtime stories and not romance novels. I got this book because it was on sale, one of the bargain books we're offered every once in a while, and now I know why it was on sale.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Walkers: Monroe

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan A. Bliler
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (216)

    When Game Warden Eden St. Cloud goes up against CEO Monroe StoneCrow, she encounters the most intimidating, powerful, and sexy man she's ever seen. Unaware of the fact that Monroe is the Dominant Skin Walker in North America, it isn't until Eden becomes enmeshed in his life that she realizes it's too late to escape. Worse, she's drawn the children under her care into the lair of the beast and must now succumb to Monroe's desires or risk losing her children forever.

    karen says: "OH YEA - This was smoking !!"
    "Read By a Porn Star; Written by Genius"
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    According to Amazon this is actually book 7; that explains all of the confusing details the story assumed we knew about other characters and past plots. Thanks for letting us know Audible.

    On a different note, it is very hard to take this book seriously due to the narrator. I would highly suggest you find this book at your local library or get it on your tablet. The story is great and captures you quickly enough, but the narrator ruins the story by gasping, like she's acting out the future sex scenes, at the end of every sentence!! I kid you not, she speaks one sentence and gasps for air. I couldn't decide if the narrator had COPD or if she was an out of work porn star who was narrating a book for the first time. I know it can't be easy to read an entire book out-loud, but one assumes that the audio company will delete breathy parts of a recording or use a narrator well practiced at hiding their breathing.

    So, for those of you interested in this plot, I highly encourage you to read the story instead of listening to it. Save your credit or money; unless of course you don't mind the gasping ;-)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7321)
    Performance
    (6645)
    Story
    (6647)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "Where did it all go wrong?!"
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    The first two books in this series were excellent and well worth the credits. Do yourself a favor and stop listening after book two. In this book we listen to Atticus make stupid mistake after stupid mistake. He kills needlessly, shows no remorse, and there is a tenth of the humor and funny antics you find in the first two books. I found myself hoping the book would end hours before it should. It became far too awkward and depressing. I started rooting for the "bad guys", a.k.a the Norse, and actually went out of my way to avoid listening to the book when the occasion arose. I'm truly disappointed in this book and wish this series had gone in a different direction. It had such potential.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wizard of Dark Street: An Oona Crate Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Shawn Thomas Odyssey
    • Narrated By Shawn Thomas Odyssey
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    Oona Crate was born to be the Wizard's apprentice, but she has another destiny in mind. Despite possessing the rare gift of natural magic, Oona wants to be a detective. Eager for a case, she wants to show her uncle - the Wizard of Dark Street - that logic is as powerful as magic. But when someone attacks the Wizard, Oona must delve even deeper into the world of magic. Full of magic, odd characters, evil henchmen, and a street where nothing is normal, The Wizard of Dark Street will have you guessing until the very end.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great story, great entertainment."
    "Amazing story! Reader takes some getting used to"
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    At first I did not believe I would like the story, you may feel that way too, but give it a chance. It quickly becomes addicting and leaves you smiling. I look forward to the second book and even look forward to hearing the author reading it. The author is the narrator and I'm still not convinced that was smart on his side. At first it sounded as if the narrator was speaking too far from the microphone or that the sound quality was off, but I learned to ignore this and enjoy the book. I hope you will too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3230)
    Performance
    (2408)
    Story
    (2434)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Laughs the entire way"
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    This entire book had me laughing, gasping in shock, and shaking me head at the main characters antics. I love her and want to be her! If parasols were something that were still around I would purchase one just to emulate the amazing things she does with hers. Watch out for this firecracker of a story because it will having you on the edge of your seat so many times it's almost unbearable. The heroine is witty, charming, funny, and full of life. I cannot wait to hear the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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