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Ashley

I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.

Charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Restorer: The Graveyard Queen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Amanda Stevens
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (265)

    My name is Amelia Gray. I'm a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I've always held fast to these rules passed down from my father…until now. Detective John Devlin needs my help to find a killer, but he is haunted by ghosts who shadow his every move. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I've vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the headstone symbols lead me closer to truth and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.

    Ducky says: "WOW!!! What a series~"
    "Great Read!"
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    This was a fun book to listen to. I loved the deep southern accents and all the references to Charleston- a favorite place to visit.

    The story was great too. I love a good ghost story. The ghosts in this one were real and metaphorical. I liked the tension between Amelia and Devlin. I'm interested to see where that goes.

    Will absolutely continue this series and curse myself for not starting it before now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charming: Pax Arcana, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Elliott James
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (218)

    John Charming isn't your average prince... He comes from a line of Charmings - an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chain mail and crossbows to Kevlar and shotguns, John Charming was one of the best-until a curse made him one of the abominations the Knights were sworn to hunt.

    Suzanne says: "Charming is Like Dresden in wolves clothing"
    "Nice series start"
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    There were time that I actually laughed out loud. And there were times that I was confused, and times that I had to rewind to make sure I didn't miss anything. When James gets some of his writing ironed out, this series is going to be amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First World Problems: 101 Reasons Why the Terrorists Hate Us

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ben Nesvig
    • Narrated By Ben Nesvig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    You are reading this on a screen. You have First World Problems. First World Problems: 101 Reasons Why The Terrorists Hate Us is a collection of short humorous essays and rants from a man who knows suffering. It is comedy that borders on tragedy. What are First World Problems? A First World Problem is a trivial issue that afflicts people in wealthier nations declared to be in the "First World".

    JenO says: "A book I could listen to over and over"
    "Funny"
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    While some of these problems were true and hilarious, I did feel like they could have all been fleshed out more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daylighters: Morganville Vampires Series, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they've ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated - vampires from humans - they realize that the changes definitely aren't for the better. It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they've never had: Hope of a vampire-free future.

    Maureen Parrish says: "Bring Back Cynthia Holloway!"
    "Happy and Sad to see Morganville Go"
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    This is the (for now) LAST installment of the Morganville vamps. And while I hate to say good bye to the gang (read: Shane) I am actually really glad that they can be happy and just settle down for a change. The four of them deserve a normal life. And while I probably wouldn't have made some of the same choices they did (I don't want roommates forever) I'm pretty happy with the way the series turned out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (742)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (696)

    He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

    Marie Medellin says: "Nerdtastic! Best Narration!"
    "Nice New Adult Romance"
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    Over all, I really enjoyed this. There were some heart fluttering moments, really funny moments, quirky characters and just a general good time.

    However, some of the humor fell flat, Julie had some really bitchy and annoying moments, and the plot was (at least for me) fairly predictable. But it was still enjoyable and will read the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (881)

    The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

    Katheryne says: "This fan girl enjoyed it...love triangles and all!"
    "Nice addition to the story"
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    This is definitely YA. Love triangle, ansgty stupid girl who, if she'd just stopped to ask or actually talk about what she saw, there would have been a lot less drama, YA.

    I like the story- which is odd, because I hate 'The Bachelor' love dating shows (which this basically is), am not the hugest fan of dystopian (which this is) and love triangles make me want to put my nails down a chalkboard. But for some reason, it works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charmfall: Dark Elite, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Mary Kane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Protecting Chicago from the dark side of life can be an exhausting job, especially when you're in high school. So when the girls of St. Sophia's start gearing up for Sneak, their fall formal, Lily decides to take a break from fighting to get ready for the event. But when a Reaper unexpectedly crashes the party prep and Lily's firespell fails, she realizes that she has a much bigger problem than a full social calendar....

    Patricia says: "Sarcasm and spell casting... Can I get more please"
    "Meh."
    Overall
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    It pains me to give Chloe Neill such a low rating. I think part of this was the narrator. While she does a nice job reading, her voice doesn't match a 15 year old girls and so there is a bit of a disconnect. It wasn't that it was bad, but I found my mind wandering and not that excited to finish. I liked the ending, but the build up was not all that.... Build upy? Anyway. And okay story, but not great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Optical Delusions in Deadwood: Deadwood Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ann Charles
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Someone is spreading rumors around Deadwood that Violet Parker likes to chat with dead folks. With her reputation endangered, her bank account on the verge of extinction, and her career at risk of going up in flames, Violet is desperate. When the opportunity to sell another vintage home materializes, she grabs it, even though this "haunted" house was recently the stage for a two-act murder-suicide tragedy.

    Annie says: "Second time around is even Better"
    "Madly in Love with Deadwood"
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    I have NO IDEA why I love this series so much, but I've read the whole series (and I actually had to READ the last two AND the shorts) I love Violet, Doc, Harvey, the kids etc… Its a funny, cozy mystery with hints of the paranormal. Its not the best thing every written, but it was very captivating and I devoured the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Obsidian Curse: A Stacy Justice Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Barbra Annino
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Reporter Stacy Justice has finally stopped resisting who she really is - a powerfully gifted witch. And now that the Council has appointed her Seeker of Justice, she feels stronger and more attuned to her magic than ever before.

    Ashley says: "Stacy at her best/worst?"
    "Stacy at her best/worst?"
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    This was pretty typical of the rest of the series. Some romance/love triangle some action and mystery. Good read, but not amazing. Will continue the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2542)
    Performance
    (2406)
    Story
    (2404)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "Great Series."
    Overall
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    Those of you that know Atticus and Oberon will appreciate this installment. There was a LOT of different POVs and new characters and EPIC DISASTER but there was still the funny stuff, great moments with old favorites and falling for newbies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Whom the Spell Tolls: Dulcie O'Neil, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By H.P. Mallory
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    For Whom the Spell Tolls is the sixth audiobook in the Dulcie O'Neil series (Fantasy Romance Books): A war between The Resistance and the Netherworld, A vampire who isn't all that he appears, and the ultimate price that must be paid. Dulcie O'Neil thought her luck couldn't get much worse but it's about to get a whole lot worse. Forced into declaring war against the Netherworld and her father, Dulcie will find herself fighting for everything she believes in. In the process, she'll have to decide whether or not to trust a centuries old vampire, a decision which literally will mean life or death.

    Ashley says: "Porn."
    "Porn."
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    There is A LOT OF SEX in this book. That's not true. There is a lot of TALKING ABOUT SEX in this book. I am not a prude, I understand that there was sex in the rest of the story, but with all of the EPIC WAR going on, there seemed to be much more love and not a lot of war.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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