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  • Lover at Last: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1785)
    Performance
    (1636)
    Story
    (1649)

    Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another....

    C. Mendez says: "When it was good, it was very, very good..."
    "Not for the Squeamish (Sexually, that is)"
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    First, let me say that it is clear to me that Ms. Ward was just as committed to Lover At Last as she was to the other books in the series. The cast of characters - Black Dagger Brotherhood, Band of Bastards, the Baby Powder Brigade, the aristocracy, the spiritual leaders, and the supporting characters - did what they supposed to: they advanced the plot and served as background activity for the main event, i.e., the relationship between Qhuinn and Blay.

    Second, while most readers respect the rights of LGBT couples to be 'out', most of us have no first-hand knowledge of how courtship works for persons who are LGBT. From the beginnings, Ms. Ward approaches the relationship between Qhuinn and Blay in such a way that we, the readers, experience the agony and the ecstasy of being in same-gender love. It's a lot like different-gender love, isn't it? I think that was the point.

    Finally, can I just say that the sex scenes were hot? I can? Okay, the sex was SMOKIN'!! You go, girl.

    J. R. Ward has taken the concept of LGBT courtship out of the closet, so to speak, and put respectfully and gently on center stage in this novel. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Well done, J.R. Well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frost Burned: Mercy Thompson, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2691)
    Performance
    (2468)
    Story
    (2482)

    Mercy Thompson's life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman - the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack - has made her a stepmother to his daughter, Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy's life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more.... After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can't reach Adam - or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They've all been abducted.....

    ShySusan says: "One of the best urban fantasy series"
    "Bad Vampires!! For getting Mercy Involved!!"
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    Dear Mercy and Adam Haupman. Maybe it's time for a little sit-down with the local vamps to find out what's on their calendar for the next 12 months or so. You know, coordinate a little better. It seems that you all are always on the defensive. I don't know... What do you think?

    I just seems that invariably, someone outside the pack is causing trouble for one or more of the wolves, Sometimes the werewolves are caught off guard unexpectedly. This isn't the firs time this is happened.

    Maybe the Marrock should come down there are kick some werewolf and vampire ass, and things would settle down some. Surely, there someone in the pack with psychic powers you could consult to avoid the B.S. that comes your way on a regular basis.

    What you think? Get Charles and Anna to kick some butt? Huh?

    It's a fun read, like the rest of them, but not much happens to move the overarching plot along.
    Yawn. Snooze.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mountain Echoes: The Walker Papers, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By C. E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (239)

    Joanne Walker has survived an encounter with the Master at great personal cost, but now her father is missing - stolen from the timeline. She must finally return to North Carolina to find him - and to meet Aidan, the son she left behind long ago. That would be enough for any shaman to face, but Joanne's beloved Appalachians are being torn apart by an evil reaching forward from the distant past. Anything that gets in its way becomes tainted - or worse. And Aidan has gotten in the way.

    Sho Sunaga says: "Finally MORRISON!"
    "Huh??"
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    I'm writing this book after having listened twice. It's very metaphysical and listening to it requires a different level of thinking. The overarching plot moved along, but not very satisfyingly.

    Hmmm. Maybe I should read it again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Trade: Jane Yellowrock, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1372)
    Performance
    (1241)
    Story
    (1237)

    The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires - those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted - are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets. But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill - even for a pro like Jane.

    viviangrrl says: "love this narrator"
    "Jane Yellowrock Rocks!"
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    Blood Trade is an excellent addition to the Jane Yellowrock series. The book has a good plot, there's plenty of action and as I learned more about Jane and her supporting cast of characters, I came to like them a whole lot (love is too strong a word). Plus, the bad guys are really, really bad and the good guys are, at heart, pretty good.

    I like to see the main characters grow up some as a result of their experiences, and Faith Hunter does a wonderful job of making Jane grow. I especially liked the inner theological dialogue and the ongoing spiritual journey.

    Good job, Faith! When's the next one coming out??

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Sting: Elemental Assassin, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (693)

    It’s Gin Blanco's party - and you’ll cry if she wants you to. Against her better judgment, Gin is coerced into attending a high-society gala with the rest of Ashland's elite underworld. On display: the priceless art collection of her deceased nemesis, Mab Monroe, and an excess of crime-boss swagger. While not comfortable in her fancy attire, Gin gets vastly more interested in the evening’s events when a group of thieves bursts in and tries to seize the valuable, dangerous gems.

    Hassan says: "Something Different than the usual Jobs"
    "Dueling Tongues?? Really??"
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    Would you try another book from Jennifer Estep and/or Lauren Fortgang?

    The plot was a departure from the previous plotlines. It had potential.


    What could Jennifer Estep have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not one bit. This is urban fantasy: you either like it or you don't.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lauren Fortgang’s performances?

    Not at all. I'm sorry, Ms. Estep, but I'm done. I think the story line is ruined by the author's use of creative writing rules, like the rule of 3 adjectives for each noun. In theory, using the Rule of 3 seems like a good idea. In reality, the repetitive mechanics made me think the author had a contract clause for a book with at minimum number of words, and that she used this rule, and others, to fill out the story.

    For example: "I could hear the drip,drip, drip of the blood from the knife onto the floor." Or, "I was learning to control, manipulate and focus my magic." Or, "sloppy, sloppy, sloppy..." Really?

    I wanted to like this story. I really did. I tried ignoring the adjective overuse, I even tried listening to the very slow narration at a faster speed so I could skip the parts that were irrelevant repetition. I was willing to overlook these flaws, until the author described a passionate kiss with her long-separated boyfriend. "Our tongues dueled with each other..." Really?? Ewwww!! Yuck! Blechh!

    So, I say this with much regret: skip the book and save your credits for something really worthwhile. Bye-bye. Adios. See you later.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Deadly Sting?

    I would have rewritten the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Repetitive, repetitive, repetitive.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1991)
    Performance
    (1797)
    Story
    (1809)

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "Finally! Rachel Grows Up!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ever After to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! The vocal characterizations helped give the story depth.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ever After?

    The hunt for Ku Sachs


    Have you listened to any of Marguerite Gavin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This one is much better than the Kitty... stories.


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

    It made me sigh with relief. If I have to hear one more angst-ridden main character, I'll scream. I think it's because I'm getting older.


    Any additional comments?

    Best book of the entire series. And I should know: I've read them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Taken

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vicki Pettersson
    • Narrated By Kevin Fabian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets...and he was still alive. Fifty years later, he's an angel, but that doesn't make him a saint. One small mistake has altered fate, and now he's been dumped back onto the mortal mudflat to collect another soul - Katherine "Kit" Craig, a journalist whose latest investigation is about to get her clipped. Bucking heavenly orders, Grif refuses to let the sable-haired siren come to harm. Besides, protecting her offers a chance to solve the mystery of his own unsolved murder.

    ThrillerReader says: "Unique and Entrancing"
    "If you like film noir, you'll love this book"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but only if my friend really loved the whole 50's culture.


    If you’ve listened to books by Vicki Pettersson before, how does this one compare?

    I've read the other series Ms. Pettersson wrote, and gave her points for both the kitsch and the underlying 'anything is possible so let's go as far out as possible' philosophy. In this book, I took the points away because I am not a fan of Rockabilliy culture. I got it. I just didn't like it. I wonder what the characters would have done if they weren't written to respond like 50's stereotypes.


    Did The Taken inspire you to do anything?

    Write a review.


    Any additional comments?

    Fifty points for Plot Originality. Minus forty points for the Rockabilly culture. Boo. Hiss.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Artificial Night: An October Daye Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (417)

    Changeling knight in the court of the Duke of Shadowed Hills, October “Toby” Daye has survived numerous challenges that would destroy fae and mortal alike. Now Toby must take on a nightmarish new assignment. Someone is stealing both fae and mortal children — and all signs point to Blind Michael. When the young son of Toby’s closest friends is snatched from their Northern California home and his sister falls into a coma-like state, the situation becomes way too personal.

    Ellen says: "Misleading Description Book 2 / Book 3"
    "The Best Fairy Story I've Ever Read"
    Overall

    I purchased "An Artificial Night" after listening to the first two books on my iPod. I loved this book! The characters were well developed and the plot was excellent! The book has strong sequencing and the arc of the story was wonderful. I've read many, many SF-F books from all the highly acclaimed authors and this ranks right up with the best of them.

    Purchase this title. You'll be glad you did.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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