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Julius

Member Since 2011

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REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Tall, Dark, and Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tate Hallaway
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (387)

    Recovering witch Garnet Lacey owns Wisconsin's premier occult bookstore. And a fringe benefit of the job is getting customers like Sebastian Von Traum - piercing brown eyes, a sexy accent, and a killer body. The only thing missing is an aura. Which means he's dead. And that means trouble - something Garnet's a sucker for....

    amy says: "Tall, Dark, Dead & Poorly Edited"
    "Audio editing is a joke"
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    This editing is the WORST I've experienced on Audible. It is horrible! Don't you guys have quality requirements? It made it ecyremely annoying to listen to and hard to follow at times. I can't recommend this title. The editing drstroyed tjis book. The only thing that made me finish was that I like Amanda Ronconi as a narrator.

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of a Dark Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (427)

    Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives. When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals - unaware that he belongs to their world.

    Julius says: "love this series but..."
    "love this series but..."
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    Okay I'm not a fan of Chase because he's an evil rat bastard but... I understand why he is the way he is. Yes he tortured and killed many in the lore but they kinda started it. I'm just saying... his whole family was tortured and killed by loreans. He is then approached (as a grieving tortured impressionable young man) manipulated and brainwashed by the real bad guy in this thing, West. Of course I can't say Chase was right for what he did but I understand it. He has been drugged his whole life and is dealing with all these questions about dreams and pain he doesn't understand not to mention being on his own and struggling with being "different" but not knowing why. His mind is completely messed up. Regin goes through hell with guy and can forgive and forget so I guess I will. This book isn't my favorite but I'm glad Mrs. Cole didn't stick to the norm and gave us something different. The story is actually a good story and gets really good the last quarter of the book after La Dorada infiltrates the prison. By the end I actually didn't mind Chase. I mean hell, Nix helped him as a young boy knowing what is to come. Who am I to question a demi-goddess. One last thing... I'd like to know more about young Thad.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors: Jane Jameson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2911)
    Performance
    (2642)
    Story
    (2649)

    Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of wedding planning, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend, Gabriel, are coming along smoothly. That is, until she turns a fatally wounded teenage acquaintance, and the Council pronounces her responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.

    Kirstin says: "Molly Did it Again!!!"
    "I'm comfortable with myself"
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    Is it weird that I'm a guy and I simply love the Harper/Ronconi duo? All I can say is that I'm comfortable with who I am and I can listen to these books all day! I've found myself listening to these books on the treadmill at the gym. I love Molly Harper's style of writing and Amanda Ronconi brings these characters alive in a way that I don't think anyone else can do. For some weird reason my favorite character is Dick Cheney, I find that guy awesome. I really hope that there will be more to this series. The humor catches me off guard sometimes and I love that. If you're looking for something with fun characters and an interesting story line this series is for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Demon from the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (633)

    Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he’s pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard. Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving. In order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When Malkom becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?

    Julius says: "I love these books"
    "I love these books"
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    I absolutely love the world and characters that Mrs. Cole gives us and the way that Robert Petkoff brings them to life. Please please please never let anyone else narrate these books or they'll ruin them. Petkoff is the perfect narrator for this series.

    Never in this series have we been introduced to such a character as Malkom Slain. Abused tortured and tourmented he's definitely the darkest character IMO of the series so far. Listening to this book you wonder how the two will fall for each other especially with the language barrier for a lot of the story. Then with "betrayals" and misunderstandings it was good to finally see a light at the end of the tunnel at the cabin on the island.
    I'm not a fan of the pravis immortals being the only ones to get their powers back but I do understand it was important in developing a good story.

    Not my favorite book in the series but my favorite series* (tied with Frost's Kat and Bones' Night Huntress series) and this was a good addition. I can't wait to hear Phoenix's book but I'm sure that will be the excession book. I always wonder if she will get her happy ever after after guiding so many to theirs.

    As a series fan I liked the story bit Bowen and Mariketta's book is still my favorite. As a guy I loved the action and the sex and love scenes (yes the two are different) doesn't hurt either. Good addition to a great series. Enjoy!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Up from the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (1695)
    Performance
    (1563)
    Story
    (1559)

    There's always one more grave to dig. Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband, Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…. A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences.

    Julius says: "Missed Kat and Bones"
    "Missed Kat and Bones"
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    There is a new addition that I would have never thought of! Please, please let there be more of this series coming soon, It can't wait as long as we did for this installment for the next. Tavia's narration is second to none and she really brings this book to life compared to another populare series; the Black Dagger Brotherhood which I don't really like but everyone else seem to love, maybe it me but I think it's the BDB's narrator (I think he's just awful, I think Robert Petkoff would have done the series justice). This series is simply amazing, for me this is the best series I've listened to and would recommend it to anyone. Everyone I've suggested this series to couldn't believe how well written and read it is. The twists, turns and tie-ins between the other books are handled so well I would like the opportunity to meet Ms. Frost just to pick her brain. If you like the Night Huntress series, You will not be disappointed with this book.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Rises: Immortal Guardians Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (586)

    Krysta is used to getting the drop on vampires. Her "special abilities" aren't much, but the plan is simple - she plays helpless pretty young thing to lure them in. Then her shoto swords come out and it's bye-bye, bloodsucker. Until one night she finds herself with an unexpected ally. He's a vampire, all right, but different. Mysterious. Handsome. And more interested in saving her skin than draining it. Etienne has been an Immortal Guardian for two hundred years-long enough to know that Krysta is special.

    NEW NAME says: "They're back!!!!!"
    "Such a great series"
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    Honestly this is one of if not the best series i've listened to/read. I've tried the Black Dagger Brotherhood and it's kinda weak but seems to be on everyones list as one of the best series to listen to. Maybe it would be better if Robert Petkoff read them, Jim Frandione is terrible. The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost is my favorite series ever. The characters that Mrs. Duvall has created in this series are simply some of the best characters in the paranormal romance/action world and her writing along with Mrs. Potter's narration makes these characters come to life. You can sit there and the images are painted so vividly that you're almost seeing it as if it's a move but so much better. The dynamic between Krysta and Etienne is developed in a way that makes sense and doesn't rush to put them into bed together just to have a sex scene. Krysta starts off strong and she and Etienne become stroner together. As a guy I find some of these series annoying when the male lead is overbearing and Misoynistic and I like that Mrs. Duvall doesn't take that route in her books and have strong female leads. It's almost hard to put into words how well written this series is. I bought Darkness Dawns while it was on sale for $4.95 but outright purchased Night Reigns and Phantom Shadows because I simply could not stop listening. Some Authors of a series become very formulatic but Mrs. Duvall writes in such a way that every book can be a stand alone but complements the series in a way that does not become repetitive or just used to blatently set up the next book in line. That being said I can't wait for the next book in this series. I need to know more about Seth and his "cousins" it's killing me.

    0 of 0 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
    (2108)
    Performance
    (1953)
    Story
    (1945)

    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!"
    "I"m suprised no one mentioned the awful editing"
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    It was ridiculous how bad the editing was. I almost gave up on listening but I like the Molly Harper Amanda Ronconi team and the story was pretty good so i pushed through and the editing got better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5464)
    Performance
    (3787)
    Story
    (3805)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "Tavia's accent for Bones is correct"
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    Some listeners seem to have a problem with Bones' voice as performed by Tavia but they don't seem to understand that bones grew up very poor and has a Cockney accent. If you compare the way Spade (Charles) speaks then you can HEAR the difference in their places in society. I mean a pickpocket, male prostitute sent to prison in Australia... what do you want him to sound like?! That being said The performances of the characters throughout the book is amazing! I know I can't do what Tavia does so take it down a notch with the complaining about Bones' voice. The storyline is amazing and I really didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. I knew I was hooked when I bought the second book BEFORE finishing the second book. I had the first book in my library a while before I started to listen and was lucky enough to get the next two books on sale while listening to the first. The whole series is amazing and just gets... better. I don't know how she does it but Mrs. Frost, you are an amazing author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breathless: House of Rohan Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (183)
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    (182)

    Ruined beyond repair and shunned by London society, lovely Miranda Rohan rebelliously embraces the freedom that comes from having nothing left to lose. However, this dangerous course throws her under the power of the darkly enigmatic Lucien de Malheur - known to many as the Scorpion. Seeking to destroy the Rohans, Lucien traps Miranda in a marriage she thinks is based on friendship but instead is rooted in vengeance.

    Judy says: "Not Your Ordinary Love Story"
    "Loved this book"
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    I wasn't sure this would be my cup of tea but it was on sale so I gave it a shot. Can't go wrong for $4.95... after listening to it I am going to listen to the rest of the series. Very smart audible! I loved the characters from the begining. At first I wasn't sure of the narrator but realized that she does an excellent job as the book went along. The story at first was a little bit weird at first but if you can get passed the intro this is a great book and I recommend for anyone looking for something not on the beaten path.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night: Immortals After Dark, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1216)

    Bowen MacRieve of the Lykae clan was nearly destroyed when he lost the one woman meant for him. The ruthless warrior grew even colder, never taking another to his bed - until a smoldering encounter with his enemy, Mariketa the Awaited, reawakens his darkest desires. When sinister forces unite against her, the Highlander finds himself using all his strength and skill to keep her alive. Temporarily stripped of her powers, Mari is forced to take refuge with her sworn adversary. Soon passion burns between them.

    Netfilly says: "This narrator ROCKS!!"
    "Son of a WITCH! I love this book"
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    I loved Bowen's character and am so happy he was developed from the last book. Robert Petkoff is an excellent reader and brings these books to life like I couldn't imagine. His style of reading paints a very vivid picture to the point that it's like watching a movie with your ears. Some readers read the words on the page but Petkoff reads the scene. I can't wait for the rest of the books because I've started reading the next book but I think i'm spoiled by Petkoff and I'm not too full of myself to give the guy credit. I love how Kresley Cole develops her characters. Every character, even secondary or satelite characters turn out to be very important in their own way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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