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  • The Darkest Hour: Kelly Group International, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Harry Berkeley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (422)

    It's been a year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly saw his wife Rachel alive. Now he's received an anonymous phone call claiming Rachel is alive. To find her, Ethan will have to doge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise.

    Malinda says: "Very good start to the series :D"
    "Excruciatingly tough to endure."
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    Of course we all have our own individual preferences and the only way one knows if you like a book is to listen to it yourself. I am a fan of MB books and I found myself, forcing myself to listen to this book until the end.
    I was disappointed to find this story boring, sickeningly filled with overdone "lovey doviness", and a ridiculous amount of mundane descriptions. At points, I found myself speaking out loud in frustration. Don't get me wrong there are some good points in the story, but overall it leaves a lot to be desired. The narration unfortunately left even more to be desired. When I listened to the preview snippet I thought the sexy accent would surely heighten the enjoyment, but OMG he was so very boring. I am a fan of Kresley Cole, J D Tyler, Jeanine Frost, and Gena Showalter to name a few, and was hoping the KGI series would be of their caliber, like MB's other books. As a MB fan, I'm hoping the KGI stories get better and am going to try Book 2. But, If 2 is as bad as Book 1, then I will not be able to recommend them at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Luck in the Shadows: Nightrunner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (243)

    Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things, none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec's new mentor.

    David says: "A really good story. (What homosexuality?)"
    "glad I got it on sale and didn't waste my credit"
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    This book makes my 1,170th audio book purchase with Audible. The many good reviews it has led me to believe it was worth my time, but I cannot add myself to it's high praisers. Raymond Todd's "news commentator-ish" reading, and mispronunciations of simple words distract, and spoil the "magic" clearly intended for this tale. To add insult to injury (author to fans) I was baffled to read that at the 4th book of the series, the author decided to sit down with the (new) narrator and explain the proper pronunciations of character names, and things as she originally intended them pronounced. What?! Seems to me that should have been done at Book 1! Reading the reviews of the next books in this series I found that Book 4 led to some real frustrations for the series fans. That further convinced me not to waste my time to invest in this series. I think Lynn Flewelling should have re-recorded the first 3 mistake books, and sent the corrected versions with proper pronunciations and better narration (she declares she was best pleased with) to every Audible purchaser. I do not recommend the purchase of this audio book unless you are getting it for little or nothing as I did. Some narrators of good series who I feel do bring out the author's intent in their renditions are: Edoardo Ballerini, Davina Porter, and Robert Petkoff to name a few. If you haven't already listened to their authors, do a name search and give them a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3106)
    Performance
    (2644)
    Story
    (2650)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Took me more than a year to listen - Glad I did!"
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    I did a "blind purchase" of this book during an audible sale back in Jan. 2013 and realized that I couldn't tolerate KH's (IMO) "resoundingly overdone southern accent" past a few minutes! LOL By Oct. 2014, I forced myself to stick with listening to it, and was glad that I did! This book actually became a strong topic of conversation with my friends because we liked it, and hated it at the same time! I do recommend the whole series, because both the writing and the narration are developed into an interesting story. By the time I got to book 6 I was counting the Faith Hunter/Khristine Hvam team amongst my favorite paranormal team ups! If you like Kresley Cole/ Robert Petkoff, Diana Galbadon/Davina Porter, Jeanine Frost/Tavia Gilbert, and Molly Harper/Amanda Ronconi you will like this team too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Warrior: Clan Campbell, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Monica McCarty
    • Narrated By Roger Hampton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (359)

    The ruthless enforcer of Scotland's most powerful clan, Jamie Campbell will use any means necessary to vanquish lawlessness and unrest among the feuding Highland clans. Seduction is a game as easily played as subterfuge, but when Jamie poses as a suitor to a rival clan's daughter in order to expose treason, the line between duty and pleasure is suddenly blurred.

    NEW NAME says: "I am so torn, I loved it, I hated it"
    "Got a sex scene? Now write a story around it!"
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    I am so very glad that I got this book on sale!
    Monica McCarthy is a new author to me, and I am not impressed.
    This story lacks "reason-ability" I found it to be both frustrating and predictable.
    I do not recommend this book if you like clever stories, with smart reasonable female characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4346)
    Performance
    (3307)
    Story
    (3285)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Michael says: "High Energy Ride!"
    "Think - James West, Batman, Michael Weston meld!"
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    Court Gentry is no Mitch Rapp, or Jack Reacher! He is totally different, like a "meld" of James West, Michael Weston, Goku, and The Dark Knight rolled into one! In the Gray Man, Mark Greaney' brings us over the top action, improbable physical endurance, and nonsensical sequenced escapes. His writing, in my opinion, is a bit sophomoric, with screenplay-ish overtones. Certain scenes made me say out loud "Yeah, Right!" But, all in all the book is good fun! Jay Snyder did a superb job narrating. I place him right up there with a few of my favorites like George Guidell, Davina Porter, and Robert Petkoff. The book chapter synchronization of the narrator and the audible app was off, but not so bad that you couldn't find your place. The music was nice, and non-distracting. I do recommend this book, and plan to listen to the next books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Town

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (480)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

    Ronna says: "Women cops in bigoted 1974 Georgia"
    "Slow start but it gets better 11 chapters in"
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    My first reaction to this book, 10 chapters in was: "This is a waist of my credit" but I decided to keep listening, I am glad I hung in there. DESPITE Kathleen Early's distractingly halting, "headline reading" narration I did begin to develop an interest in the story by the 11th chapter. I prefer Karin's Will Trent series, and am a bit disappointed with this ("It's hard to be a woman") offering. I have to rate this book - " JUST OK"
    I recommend it, with reservations due to the slow start, which I believe is directly the fault of the poor narration of KE( which speeding up couldn't even fix).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3260)
    Performance
    (2328)
    Story
    (2328)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Awesome Book!"
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    This is a new author for me, and I am soo happy to have found him. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Student Part II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Elliott Mabeuse
    • Narrated By Peter Klein, Mira Noire
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Professor Conner Devlin finds himself hopelessly in love with his young submissive. Told with intense honesty from the dominant's point of view, A Good Student gives a rare look inside a man's heart. A man caught in the throes of a compelling passion. Listening to Conner's confession is like having your own personal Master tell you everything he feels, with a poet's skill and a therapist's insight.

    Aimee Doss says: "Great book! Must Read!!"
    "Burning to be free, and needing to be captured"
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    A Good Student Part II is a continuation of Professor Conner Devlin's training sessions of his ultimate "living sex doll", Emma. This isn't a common BDSM book. Elliot Mabeuse withholds nothing! This book is a honest, arousing, raw, gritty, refreshing love story!
    Conner, a mature man in his 40's planned to completely dominate Emma, a youthful 20 something. He planned to be her living dildo, and to be the most dominate, and memorable lover she has ever or will ever have. He finds Emma is a willing student, she totally opens up to him, and gives him everything he asks of her. Conner finds that Emma is THE ultimate submissive, eager to learn everything he needs to teach her. She is the best he has ever had. Conner's mind is blown! His plan to love her, and leave her, is thwarted, and he realizes that he never wants to let her go.
    The pivotal moment occurs when he realizes - "In my arms was the girl who was killing me, with my own love".
    Emma's introspective commentary on her own personal experience with Conner awards us an insightful look into her complete surrender. We travel her journey with her, we see her figuring out who she is, emotionally, and sexually.
    We watch them both burn to be free, and see their need to be captured by each other, both emotionally, and sexually. We see them find that "living is in loving".
    Mabeuse's use of the dual points of view makes this an awesome story. The male, female narration of Peter Klein, and Mira Noire makes this one of the best erotically beautiful love stories ever recorded.
    I highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angels Flight: A Harry Bosch Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (670)

    An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive - and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous - that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. The question is, did any have the guts?

    Oenophile says: "Much improved"
    "Narrator should do Saturday morning hero cartoons!"
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    The story is okay, but the narrator is not a good fit. I listened to the whole thing, but never got used to his take on the characters.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cherry Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (453)

    Dave Robicheaux had begun to put the pieces of his broken life together again when an old friend turned up on his doorstep, dredging up old memories and new threats.

    Geoff says: "Fantastic"
    "Great way to spend 12 hours!"
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    JLB is a new author to me, and I was very delighted to find that not only is his writing and character development very engaging, but audible has almost all of his books! I plan to get them. This is a very well written story. It took me a while to get used to Mr. Hammer's voice as narrator, (he sounded too old for the character of Dave to me) but, I toughed it out (it took two books) and found myself not minding it so much. I highly recommend this book.

    If you are like me and enjoy following series, these are some of my favorite detective story authors: Karin Slaughter - (Will Trent), Greg Iles, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, J D Robb, C J Sansom, and John Sandford.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carnal Secrets: The Phoenix Pack, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (962)

    Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her wolf pack, but the petite redhead refuses to let an Alpha male interfere in her life. Furious and humiliated after her mate refused to claim her, she runs off to hide among the humans. Why wait around for an Alpha male to love her when he’d obviously prefer to ignore her?

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Better than book 2, not better than book 1"
    "Whew! I feel, I feel, I feel! Girly Book alert!"
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    This book reads like Suzanne Wright was either very rushed or just filling space to fill hours. The constant wordy rehashing of "how you made me feel, you didn't claim me, I did it for you, I'll never leave you, I'm lost without you" dribble got to be so-o annoying! I felt like I was being nagged at or in a therapy session throughout the whole book. These same basic sentences were repeated in so many different environments that several times I found myself rolling my eyes upward in exasperation. A couple times I even found myself saying in my head, "Alright! I heard you the first time!" I literally sighed in relief when the book was over! No kidding, I Really, did!

    The story is just okay, strong wolf/boy meets pretty wolf/girl, boy forsakes girl, girl gets a life, boy wants her now, girl in danger, boy saves girl, yada yada, and the ride begins. For the first time I think I can honestly say, here is a book with just too much sex! By the last two encounters, I was so over the domination submission stuff, that I was just simply bored. Frankly, there is about an hour or two of those rehashed repeated lines, and a couple sexual encounters that could easily be eliminated, to make this book a joy to listen to. I can't believe I'm going to say this, because I am not a fan of them, but I think an - abridged version of this book would be better.

    I do hope SW's next installment on this series will be better and reflect that her head is back " In the writing game!" Because if the next book is similar to this, I'm afraid I will be forced to end my fascination with her series.
    Some of the other paranormal authors I like are: Kresley Cole, Jim Butcher, Jeanine Frost, JR Ward, Colleen Callahan, Kevin Hearne, Laura Wright, and Molly Harper.

    I do recommend this book with reservations, only because it is a part of the Phoenix Pack series, and characters in each book build upon one another.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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