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Diana Turmenne

PEABODY, MA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Rhythm and Bluegrass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (563)

    The anticipated follow up to Molly Harper's My Bluegrass Baby, which followed Sadie Hawkins as she jockeyed for the director's position at the Kentucky Tourism Commission with a sophisticated and handsome challenger.

    Cynthia says: "SO SO SO SO SO GOOD!"
    "Harper and Ronconi join forces again!"
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    I loved this book. It was way too short thought and that is my only complaint. Amanda Ronconi did a great job as usaul with Molly Harper's writing style and this book made me laugh out loud at my desk at work while listening. You don't have to read My Blue Grass Baby before reading this one but you should any way because that book was great too. I highly recommend this book if you have read any Molly Harper in the past and enjoyed it or if you have a good sense of humor and like a little romance in your books.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Better Homes and Hauntings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (932)
    Performance
    (880)
    Story
    (885)

    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Haunted house fun with Molly Harper!"
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    I really enjoyed this book! I have always loved haunted house books, movies, and TV shows. This book was great because it was a haunted house mystery with Molly Harper's humor and a couple of great love stories going on at the same time which is always fun. Amanda Ronconi did another amazing job narrating this book like she has done with all of Molly Harper's and a few other books I have bought just for her narrating them. I have always enjoyed Molly Harper's 1st person books because it is fun getting in the mindset of the main character. This book was fun too with her doing 3rd person since I have always wanted to know what her men are thinking. Also you got to know a lot more characters this way which was also fun. If you like Haunted house books, romance, humor, a great narrator, and sexy nerds this book is for you. I highly recommend this book and it is a stand alone so you don't have to read any other Molly Harper books first but you should anyway because they are awesome.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • How to Run with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1704)
    Performance
    (1596)
    Story
    (1582)

    Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger - only to discover he's really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don't faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she's known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham - that's a risk. Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper. The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.

    Jordy says: "Funny & Sexy With a Side of Serious "
    "Love Harper's Werewolves more and more!"
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    I love Molly Harper's writing style so very much and this book was right up there with the rest of her books. This one was a little more intense and it pulled at my heart a little more like her stand alone And One Last Thing..That book was so good that I was laughing and cringing at situations like I was there and this book was just like that. This book had me nervous at times on what Anna was going to do or not do it had me falling for Caleb with his calmness and humor. I love all of the werewolf books of course but Caleb is my favorite Graham now. I really hope there are more in this series or at least spin offs like Half Moon Hollow has. I can't wait for Molly Harper's next book and I hope that too is read by Amanda Ronconi since she always does an amazing job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (2674)
    Performance
    (2419)
    Story
    (2415)

    It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety. Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow.

    AudioAddict says: "Clever Christmas Cheer!"
    "Love Half Moon Hollow!"
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    I don't condone drug use but it is the only way I can explain how much I need Molly Harpers stories no matter how short or long. If someone had a Molly Harper story in a little plastic baggie that I had to buy in a back ally I would do it just to get my fix. This story was no different I just want more of course but I loved seeing all the characters I love for the holidays. I really hope Gigi gets a full book soon because I want to know what is going to happen. I loved the gift exchange and a story with more Collin is always good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Guardian: Entwined Realms Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Danielle Monsch
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (169)

    Gryphons flying past skyscrapers? Wizards battling it out in coffeehouses? Women riding motorcycles with large swords strapped to their backs? All normal sights since the Great Collision happened twenty-six years ago. Well, not normal for everyone. Larissa Miller may have been born after the Great Collision, but as a history teacher who lives in the human-only city, she has never come into contact with any other race or species, nor has she wanted to.

    Sabrina says: "Fan Freakin Tastic!"
    "Gargoyles and romance who needs anything else!"
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    This book was great. I read it first in print but Tavia Gilbert really brings something to the telling of the story. I really enjoy Danielle Monsch writing style and can not wait for the next book in this series I really hope they do an audio version for that as well. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes gargoyles, suspense, romance, mayhem, and who also has a good sense of humor.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2061)
    Performance
    (1908)
    Story
    (1901)

    Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

    Diana Turmenne says: "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
    "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
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    Amanda Ronconi is amazing reading Molly Harper's words. I have to say I have already read the book in paperback and just got the audiobook today and as soon as I heard the way Amanda does Nola's Boston/Irish accent it made me so very happy that she was doing the narrating. Being someone who lives near Boston I laughed a lot at the accent because I hear it all the time. I also love how she can just flow from this off beat Boston/Irish accent to a smooth Tennessee twang when the Characters of Nola the main witch on a mission and Jed the neighbor are talking to each other. I already really liked the book because I love a good scavenger hunt and that is pretty much what Nola has to do throughout the book. I also love when there is a sexy next door neighbor that has trouble keeping his shirt on and funny vampire friends who if you have read the Nice Girl books you know their history already and it just makes certain situations that much funnier. This is again another outstanding Molly Harper book that I will read and listen to again and again.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • My Bluegrass Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (1089)
    Story
    (1078)

    Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks and Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year…until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position. Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign.

    Diana Turmenne says: "Made me want to visit Kentucky!"
    "Made me want to visit Kentucky!"
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    Would you listen to My Bluegrass Baby again? Why?

    Yes, and I will. It was very entertaining and I love Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi together.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Bluegrass Baby?

    Vent Haven Museum.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    I love the way she brings every character to life with just a slight change in her inflection or pitch. You always know who is talking without being told.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of the parts in the book moved me in different ways. It mostly made me laugh and smile while listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the chemistry Molly Harper creates with her characters. They come off the page or out of your headphones as real people that you want to see happy and loved and then you want to go do a movie night with them or join their book club.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Undead Sublet: A Free Story from 'The Undead in My Bed'

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (1539)
    Performance
    (1360)
    Story
    (1360)

    In "Undead Sublet" by Molly Harper, executive chef Tess Maitland is banned from her five-star kitchen in Chicago to recover from "exhaustion". Choosing a random rental house in Half-Moon Hollow to spend time in, she's unaware that the house comes with a strange man. Even though Sam Masden's ex-wife has rented the house out from under him, the divorce settlement allows him access to it for another ninety days. With Tess unable to go anywhere else, and Sam unwilling, a war of epic proportions is declared - and romantic sparks and heavy pots fly.

    Taryn says: "Completely awful"
    "So Good!"
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    Any additional comments?

    If only it was longer but it is a short story so I guess I can't be too upset about it. Molly Harper is the best.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3045)
    Performance
    (2782)
    Story
    (2769)

    Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

    yasmine32068 says: "Once again this should have disclaimers"
    "I Love Molly Harper!"
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    What did you love best about The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires?

    I love Harper's writing it sounds like me and my friends hanging out if Vampires were real of course. I love the banter between her characters and all the snark.


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Amanda Ronconi is one of my favorite narrators. She is amazing with her voice changes for each character and her line delivery is fantastic. The combination between Harper's humor and Ronconi's delivery has me laughing out loud on the train which can be a little embarrassing but worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend all of Molly Harper's books I must say and this one is right up there with the rest of them.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful

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