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Brenda

Carmichael, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 7 reviews
  • 95 ratings
  • 546 titles in library
  • 52 purchased in 2014
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  • The Darkest Surrender

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (496)

    Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor’s edge of surrender.

    Lupdilup says: "I want a Strider of my own!"
    "Hard to imagine the audience for this!"
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    I've really tried to get through this. The first title in this series had some promise and I was hoping I had a whole new series to enjoy, but after a couple of weeks of valiant effort I just cannot get into this. The narration is pretty awful, but the "literature" he has to work with is worse. It seems incredibly juvenile, except the highly sexual nature of the book would be inappropriate for the under age 12 audience that language style used seems to be directed toward. I have shared and greatly enjoyed many young adult titles with my teen age daughter on the one hand and do not object to sexually explicit literature on the other, but I just cannot imagine an audience that would enjoy this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10260)
    Performance
    (7705)
    Story
    (7750)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Discovery of a Wonderful New Series!"
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    By the time I got around to writing this, there were so many reviews that I wasn't inclined to bother. After seeing how mixed they were, however, I was so taken aback, I had to stop and figure out, why? I concluded the negative reviews are from readers who had the wrong idea of what this series is; a bit of mis- match marketing.

    Is this Fantasy and Paranormal Romance? Yes, but . . . It is sooo much more. Discovery . . . is a very rich flavorful, complex weave of history, science, passion, intrigue, folklore, fantasy, relationships, racism, revenge, art, architecture, academia, politics, power and, of course Magic!

    If you are looking for Twilight or True Blood, this may have too much depth for your tastes. If, on the other hand, you seek a richly detailed story where you experience the characters' emotions as well as the cool, damp fog on the Thames while rowing and the certain knowledge that you would immediately recognize the reading room of the Bodleian Library from the author's description alone, this IS the series for you. Also, if you enjoy Dianna Gabaldon's "Outlander" series (soon to be featured on the Starz network), you will likely find this series to your taste.

    Jennifer Ikeda does a marvelous job with the narration, but the books are so good you may want to read each one before listening, twice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Bound: Elder Races Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2237)
    Performance
    (1975)
    Story
    (1989)

    Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

    Amazon Customer says: "Woo Freakin Hoo!"
    "Grab this one, you won't be sorry!"
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    There's a lot in the fantasy romance genre that I just cannot get into, but somehow Thea Harrison makes the existence of dragons, fairies and more in modern day America a very matter of fact concept. The characters are very real and likable, even lovable. The story is compelling, the romance very real and very hot. The narration is superb. I immediately bought all other audio books in the series and cannot wait for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darker After Midnight: The Midnight Breed, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (502)

    In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order—a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike—to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe.

    Sandy says: "Please Don't Say It's Over!"
    "Exceptional Series-What to listen to now?"
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    I don't remember how I happened upon this series, but after reading book 2, I went back and read and listened to all 10. The books are really well written and Hillary Huber does a fantastic job narrating them. Before this series I had always avoided anything that ventured into the fantasy genre preferring to stick to mystery and romance. Now I seek them. If you loved this series, I suggest you try Jaquelyn Frank's Night Walker series narrated by Xe Sands, who is fabulous and perfect for the series. Also try the Immortal Guardian Series by Diane Duvall (hopefully Audible will get more of these soon). The Elder Race Series by Thea Harrison is exceptional and shares the traits of these other fantasy series of being very well written and narrated, seeming totally real and rational, having well developed characters you can identify with, very compelling story lines and including steamy romances.

    If you also fell in love with this series, please share others of this caliber that you have found.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2256)
    Performance
    (2088)
    Story
    (2092)

    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!"
    "Hot, hot, hot!"
    Overall
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    Dark, different, and extremely erotic! The narrator took a bit of getting used to at first, but he ultimately, along with the author, delivered. Audible please get more Kresley Cole!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3697)
    Performance
    (3019)
    Story
    (3011)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    S. Droski says: "Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!"
    "Just couldn't get into it"
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    It may not be fair to rate this since I just couldn't keep interested enough to listen to the whole thing. Lorelei King does a great job narrating, but the comparison to the Evanovich Sephanie Plum series ends there. Maybe this would appeal to a young adult audience?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born in Ice: Born in Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Fiacre Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (573)

    In winter, Brianna Concannon's bed-and-breakfast is a cold and empty place. And that's fine with Brianna. She enjoys the peace and quiet, even when icy winds howl at her window. This year, though, she's expecting an unusual guest: mystery writer Grayson Thane, from America. And sometimes a fire can be born in ice.

    Sara says: "Great book! The narrator is amazing...."
    "No Ice Here"
    Overall

    The first book in the series was a beautiful love story and very enjoyable. This one was almost painfully beautiful. . . made me cry, and certainly makes me want to go spend some time in the Irish countryside. The narrator is marvelous. He does such a fine job with the differing voices and accents. How can a narrator make the male lead "sound" so handsome and hot?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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