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Jennifer

Oakley, KS, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Warlord Wants Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Hagan Verret, Simone Fomhar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (653)

    Nikolai Wroth, once a ruthless human warlord in the 1700s and now a general in the rebel vampire army, needs to find his bride, the one woman who can render him truly alive. As a turned human, he doesn’t enjoy a heartbeat or breathing and is consequently weaker than fully blooded vampires. He wants his bride for the power she will bring him and can hardly believe it when his heart beats for Myst the Coveted, a mad, fey, mythological creature. Myst is known throughout the world as the most beautiful Valkyrie, part chillingly fierce warrior, part beguiling seductress....

    Amazon Customer says: "Big Disappointment"
    "This is the second time I listened to the story."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is definately for the Romance reader. The type of person who enjoys the relationship and sex in a book. I personally like some romance with a lot of action. Although the story has action, the story was about the romance and nothing more.


    What was most disappointing about Kresley Cole’s story?

    The plot was so simple and the mistakes the characters made were not mere character flaws, but huge relationship crushing mistakes. I was cringing while listening to certain scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    I forgot the story (listened awhile back), so I listened to it for a second time. Originally I rated it 4 stars. What was I thinking? I listen to this genre almost exclusively...all I can say, is that my tastes and opinions have refined throughout the years. I give the story 2 stars, under the category of "It was OK."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Cravings: The Phoenix Pact, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1401)
    Performance
    (1285)
    Story
    (1286)

    Wolf shifter Jaime Farrow has a secret. And no one - not her Alpha, not her best friend, and most definitely not gorgeous Dante Garcea - can know the truth. She thinks keeping her little “problem” under wraps from Dante won’t be so tough; after all, he’s ignored her for years, despite her best attempts at flirtation. But though Jaime is determined to face her problem alone, nothing can stop her from wanting him.... As Beta, Dante is responsible for the protection and safety of his entire pack. If a wolf is hiding something that could endanger the others, it’s his business to know about it....

    Jordy says: "Just as awesome as the first book in this series!"
    "Starting to see a cartoon name calling pattern..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe. I enjoyed reading about a new couple, but the characters have the same personality and verbal characteristics as the previous book, which leads to no distinctive characters from book to book. I want to enjoy new wording, sayings, personalities, not a repeat of what worked in the first book.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot was the most interesting part of the book and the main reason I finished it. I really didn't enjoy the same verbal banter and sarcastic remarks the second time around. I think the use of cartoon name calling might be a theme in the author's books...which leads me to feel like the characters are acting juvenile in a very adult situation. Having mentioned the author's weak point in her writing, I'll say that the plot was interesting and unpredictable. The narrator approached the characters the same as the first book which is why the characters of the first and second books sound so much alike. I think the narrator fits this series but she should work on making each character distinctive since the author is writing the books the way she is. Overall I rated the book in the middle--not bad but not great. The narrator helped by performing the book and not simply reading it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Girl: A Novel: Slammed, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own.

    clpmagic17 says: "like the book the narrator!? i dont know"
    "75% of the book is review"
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    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the first two books, even though I've never met a guy that mature and responsible at that age. But, I was disappointed that the characters kept talking about the past. I really wanted to know what their married life was going to be, what they decided to do with their lives at such a young age and how they raised the boys. The only exciting and unique part of the story was at the end, the epilogue.

    If you want to know more about what Will was thinking and why he did what he did, this is your book. It explains it all. Happy reading/listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pale Demon: The Hollows, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1939)
    Performance
    (1352)
    Story
    (1358)

    Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches' conference and clear her name, or be trapped in the demonic ever-after - forever after.

    But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, anda pixy in one car, going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets for assassination.

    Mariya says: "Incredible Internal Consistency"
    "ending didn't fit with the story"
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    What did you like best about Pale Demon? What did you like least?

    The best part was the whole road trip idea with Trent and Rachael. The story was full of action and suspense (definate 4 star for this). It even triggered some of my emotions. What I liked least was the ending. It felt like the author had a target ending. By this I mean, the actions through out the book (where I wanted to throttle Trent) didn't feel right for the kiss at the end. It left me thinking 'How could they even be friends after all the manipulation?'


    Any additional comments?

    The story left me with a LOT of questions for the author. I also came away with a bitter taste in my mouth with reguard to a parent kidnapping their child from the other parent. I wouldn't promote that sort of action in my hero/champion no matter what.

    Over all, this book was exciting and full of adventure, but unfortunately, the ending felt unjustified and wrong for the story. I simply can not read/listen about a character that I want to strangle throughout the book and then have warm fuzz feelings about him in the end. All the injuries at the end he righteously deserved (with interest). Rachael's character needs to find someone who shares her values, and I don't think Trent has shown any redeeming qualities, thus far, in this book.

    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
    (2168)
    Performance
    (1909)
    Story
    (1923)

    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.

    V says: "Woo Freakin Hoo!"
    "Should have read it instead."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did finish it, and it did have some interesting moments...so, yah.


    What didn’t you like about Sophie Eastlake’s performance?

    Sophie's Dagos voice sounded like a teenage boy's most of the time. Also, I did like how she read some of the lines. If I was reading the book, some of the lines she 'acted' wouldn't have been spoken that way in my head.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second time I've listened to the story. I'm going back over my audiobooks and writing reviews I didn't at first or that audible lost. So here it goes.

    Pia is blackmailed into stealing from Dragos' hord, he hunts her down. They spend time together on the 'road' and she ends up at his place, under his protection. They have some steamy moments, she has to prove herself to some of his men/women before they respect her, P and D argue several times over his attitude throughout the book, she gets kidnapped, she nearly dies while getting saved and they get engaged.

    There are a couple of details that I left out, like what she changes into and why she leaves the building before she gets kidnapped, so I don't ruin some of the surprises.

    All in all, I liked the book better the first time around. I see so many flaws this second time around... or maybe it's that I have listened to so many MORE books since then, that I have a broader base to rate it on.

    First of all, I noticed Dragos' voice took on a sullen boyish tone when talking to Pia, and a spoiled brat tone when ordering everyone else around. This is where I mentioned that IF I had read the book the scenes wouldn't have seemed so bad. I did say a line or two in my head and found the scenes weren't bad, just 'acted' out poorly by the narrator.

    Second, Pia talks to Dragos like a mother would to a child at times. How old is he??? Very old. Pia is the reasonable voice in the group that has to calm the beast having a temper tantrum over various things (his hord, Pia being hurt, Pia being touched, etc.) I know D is a dragon and not a man, but I had a hard time relating to his character when I wanted him to act more like a man than a boy.

    Third, Pia has to teach him about relationships, which causes several fights. It was getting on my nerves close to the end of the book. I know that relationship are work, but the relationship has just started, they should be in the 'infatuation' stage, they shouldn't have to work this hard this early on. It doesn't give me the idea they are totally in love.

    I do want to end on a positive note. I did enjoy the story. It was unpredictable in many spots. This is a definate read for the person who likes paranormal romance. The story focuses in on their relationship and doesn't get in the epic story realm. Very easy to follow.

    0 of 0 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
    (2205)
    Performance
    (2039)
    Story
    (2040)

    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!"
    "abusive, dysfunctional relationship"
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    What did you like best about A Hunger Like No Other? What did you like least?

    Best...The plot was original. The last female vampire half breed, hidden from the vampires and is the mate to a lyken. Least...The abusive relationship. These weren't character flaws, but thought out lies and coerced/manipulated sexual acts on a woman.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kresley Cole? Why or why not?

    Not sure.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The accents were good, but I didn't like the female voices very much. Over all it is hard for a man to sound like a woman, so I compared him to other men and scored from there.


    Any additional comments?

    The first half of the book deals with finding Emmaline and traveling. This is an abusive first half with alot of lying and manipulation (mentally and sexually). The second half, is set in the home of Locklain, where he continues to lie, 'buy' her gifts to win her over and even get her drunk to have sex with her. Everything a mother fears in a relationship for her daughter. I felt this book was more for the 'forced' fantasy reader. Where the woman wants to run and the man chases her down. Although there isn't rape in the story, I found that there wasn't complete complience and consent in the acts...which I struggled with. When a girl says 'no' it doesn't mean 'maybe'. This story may give some that impression.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Firelight: Darkest London, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kristen Callihan
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (313)

    Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman. Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime.

    Jennifer says: "What's behind the mask?"
    "What's behind the mask?"
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    Any additional comments?

    The story is about a beautiful woman, Miranda, forced into marriage by her father. She has the power to create fire but refuses to use it or tell anyone about it. She also has an identity in the underworld of London as Pan. This is where our main characters first meet. Ben hides behind a mask, like in the Phantom of the Opera, not letting anyone see him. They don't even have sex for the longest time because of it. Miranda said it the best...she was his partner but not his wife. So it is quite obvious that they both have trust issues to work through.

    The weakest part of the book, for me, was the romance. It was easy to identify the systematic formula used to lead us into the passionate moments. Each time the characters came together they moved to a new base, until they finally reached home. I wanted to scream "About time!" Talk about being teased.

    When we finally get to the unveiling of the mask, I didn't guess 100% correct, but I was on the right track. That was a neat twist and the solution to the problem took on two point of views. It was interesting to listen to Miranda's view and then take a moment to know what Ben was experiencing too.

    I wasn't expecting the villan to be who I thought it would be...although, looking back, I didn't like the person in question, but I didn't know how they fit in to the over all mystery...all the clues lead to that person tho. I don't read alot of mysteries, but I think that is what a reader is suppose to do...keep guessing. And if you can guess who did it the author didn't do a very good job of writing. So good job!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Moonglow: Darkest London, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kristen Callihan
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (194)

    Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy's door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors. Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect Daisy.

    Diana DC says: "Terrific Series"
    "A strong second book to the series."
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    Would you listen to Moonglow again? Why?

    Sure would.

    The author gives some interesting twists in explaining her paranormal world while not being too over the top. The murder systery and romance had a nice balance that didn't leave me wanting more of one than the other.

    My favorite scene, by far, has to be the coach ride.


    What about Moira Quirk’s performance did you like?

    Moira has a pleasant voice and does an excellent job of British/Scottish accents. Quite believable.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book a little better than the first (which is a rare for me). I suppose the main characters really came alive with their cheeky/independant personalities. It was heart wrenching to learn about M's abuse from her former husband, as well as the family history from I's previous marriage.

    The part that just didn't do it for me was at the end, when M leaves I's bed to take matters into her own hands inorder to achieve immortality. I thought that was a BIG decision, that I wasn't convienced she had thought through, potentially, causing problems in the future that she might not know about (since she just learned about all these different creatures and herself recently). Simply, I hate it when characters jump into a decision feet first and don't ask for a second opinion from someone who knows more than they do. That's arrogance.

    All in all, I thought it was a wonderful addition to the series. The ending was left open for the story of the third sister (the oldest of the three). Her husband left her after an attack on his person and him finding out about who she is. I could really feel her pain and loneliness in the short blurb at the very end. Can't wait for it to come out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Better Off Undead: Bloodhound Files, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By D. D. Barant
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    Dark magic, unknown enemies, monsters of every stripe - FBI profiler Jace Valchek has seen it all. In this bizarre parallel universe, shape-shifting werewolves and blood-thirsty vampires don't even warrant a raised eyebrow. That is, until Jace has to face what life might look like as one of them.... It starts off as just another run-of-the-mill assignment: to track down the rogue don of a mafia werewolf family before he upsets the delicate balance of the underworld. But Jace wasn't counting on being bitten....

    Amazon Customer says: "Hate Hate hate the latest "boyfriend...""
    "I skipped book #3 and didn't miss a thing."
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    What did you love best about Better Off Undead?

    I really liked the idea of two virus' battling it out for supremacy. What an interesting concept. I did have to raise my eye brows that the 'Pire' bite had to be at the same site as the inital slash...inner thigh each time. *roll eyes*


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Doc Pete/Tyir. Not so much Tyir but more Doc Pete. He's the man I'm rooting for. I love his personality, how he over came odds, looks out for Jace mentally and physically. He's also the family man and the self sacrificing hero. Go Doc go!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I tried so hard to listen to it in one setting, but life kept moving forward and insisted I be apart of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I picked up book #1 and #2...then read some reviews that said #3 got a little off track, so I took a chance and skipped #3. I thought if there was anything I didn't understand I would just go with it. Low and behold, I didn't get lost once. I read a bit of plot spoilers to #3 so when a reference came up I understood what was meant. I know this isn't much of a review but I wanted to let others know that if considering this series #1 and #2 are needed for background, #3 not so much (just a filler book that doesn't add too much to the series) and #4 that moves forward again in the information/romance department.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ecstasy: The Shadowdwellers Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (407)

    Among the Shadowdwellers, Trace holds power that some are willing to kill for. Without a stranger's aid, one rival would surely have succeeded, but Trace's brush with death is less surprising to him than his reaction to the beautiful, fragile human who heals him. By rights, Trace should hardly even register Ashla's existence within the realm of Shadowscape, but instead he is drawn to everything about her-her innocence, her courage, and her lush, sensual heat.

    CAROLYN says: "IT WAS PURE PARANORMAL ESCAPISM AND IT WAS ECSTASY"
    "Has a touch of BDSM to the story plot."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The plot was a great idea, however the execution was on the shaky side. I really got into the story and the 'who done it' mystery, except the sex scenes. The way the author led up to the scenes felt as tho she wrote them separately and shoved them into the book. Specifically, the personalities. One minute I'm listening to a normal, rational woman and the next I'm listening to a seductress. The two personalities didn't mesh to make a well rounded character, for me.


    Would you recommend Ecstasy to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I recommend very few books, unless I find them fantastic and rate them a 5 star. I mainly read/listen to this genre, so I rate harder than most and give 5 stars on rare occasions.


    Any additional comments?

    I really don't know what to say...there were interesting points that the author used in her story, such as the alternate plane of reality (where our two characters met) and the shadowland being the reverse to our light universe. But the idea of sex ed being taught to children was interesting and disturbing at the same time. As was the torture that was described in Trace's past as a POW and Ashla's from her family. I couldn't help but think about the book 'A Child Called It' when listening to Ashla's story. Again disturbing. Anyway, I gave the book a 3 star rating under the 'I liked it' category. I don't know if I'm drawn to listen to the next books. Only time will tell, but I am moving on to another author since I wasn't immediately sucked into the series like other books. Many other listeners seem to have liked it, it just didn't do it for me. Did I waste a credit? 50/50 Give it a try, you might disagree with me. Happy listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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