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Lisa

Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!

United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Free: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (3044)
    Performance
    (2751)
    Story
    (2744)

    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!"
    "Half-Moon Hollow antics + Holiday Recipes"
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    This book was way less predictable than Harper's last ones and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was short, funny and had great recipes for the holidays. I can't wait to learn more about Gigi, the mystery guy and the psychic predictions! I love the way Harper keeps adding to the HMH family but I think I'm going to have to keep a list of who's who or re read all the books.
    Would recommend to all Harper fans.
    Happy Listening!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3642)
    Performance
    (2970)
    Story
    (2960)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    S. Droski says: "Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!"
    "What took me so long??"
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    I don't know what took me so long to read this book, I have had it in my wish list for a very long time and just decided to go for it.
    Charley Davidson is the Grimm Reaper with sass, sarcasm and attitude. She has a mysterious man who comes to visit her frequently and sometimes at the most inopportune times and we learn all about him in this first book. She is a PI who helps her uncle, who works for the police dept, out with cases. Her best friend is her receptionist and we get drawn into the case they are working on.
    I think this is a very solid PR book and would recommend it for anyone who is into the paranormal genre.

    Happy Listening!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • That Touch of Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (228)

    To make ends meet, Stacy decides to develop her special…powers. Everyone can use a touch of magic now and then, right? Soon she’s got clients lining up to receive her signature potions - until a few of them go awry.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Great 2nd Half"
    "Very reminiscent of Molly Harper"
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    Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Molly Harper, but the writing styles are way similar. I enjoyed the first book and this book is no different. Instead of following Liv and her story we get to follow Stacy and her's. All magic going awry what's not to like. Some of it felt predictable but it was a good soft filler read. New characters are introduced and I am actually anxious to see who the next book will follow, Peach or Tobias maybe? I would love more on Tobias' background. Just hope it doesn't take as long to publish as this one did.
    I think Lucy March is a solid writer and look forward to reading more of her books.
    As always, anything Amanda Ronconi reads is gold, she was an excellent choice for this series.
    HAPPY LISTENING!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Concealed in Death: In Death Series, Book 38

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1732)
    Performance
    (1559)
    Story
    (1564)

    In a decrepit and long-empty New York building, a man begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, he finds two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. The man is Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s billionaire husband, Roarke, and he summons her immediately. His latest real estate project is going to be on hold for a while, because by the time Eve and her crew are finished searching the premises, there are 12 murders to be solved.

    amazonian says: "Don't Read "In Death" LISTEN to it!"
    "Seriously lacking..."
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    *** NO SPOILERS ***

    First let me start by saying I am a huge "In Death" fan. I have loved almost all of these books and rank Susan Ericksen as one of my top 3 female narrators.
    In my opinion the last few books have been lacking everything that is Dallas and Roarke. Eve seems to have lost her edge, the chemistry between her and Roarke is more subdued and it feels like there is a different writing style going on here. I'm not sure if Robb is getting bored with the series or if someone else is writing these books for her but the edge is definitely gone. We get sneak peeks into the other characters but just briefly, we also get insight into Mavis' past and that was cool, but the funny & witty interactions and banter between all my other fav characters is gone in this book. We keep hearing about a Christmas bash which is constantly being brought up but it is never written about. I miss the old books where we got more of the supporting characters and not just Eve and criminal.
    I feel it's time for Robb to wrap up the series and get Eve pregnant already if this is the writing style we're going to get from now on.
    Onto S. Ericksen, as I said, she is a top fav of mine, however, with this book she seemed to be bored with it as well. The beginning was dragging, it was read so subdued and slowly. It did pick up near the end though. I usually zip through these books at warp speed but I found my mind wandering and couldn't stay focused. The entire book just felt disjointed.
    I know every die hard fan will read this book no matter what but it was just meh for me.
    Nothing new is going on and I really miss Roarke's family & friends.

    For any NEW to the series readers, please do not let this review discourage you from starting the series because you will be missing out on a wonderful treat of about 30 plus books, it's just the last few that have been going downhill.
    Remember to start with book 1 - "Naked in Death".

    HAPPY LISTENING!!

    27 of 31 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1805)
    Performance
    (1663)
    Story
    (1661)

    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"
    "Beautiful ending to the Night Huntress series"
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    I listened to this book straight through with no breaks, I couldn't tear myself away from it. I can't imagine a more perfect ending to the series. This book was full of action, humor, sarcasm, & a whirlwind of emotions. I was so excited to see there was an extra addition to the Night Huntress family as well. We also get all our questions from the last book answered in this one. I couldn't have hoped for a better ending to the series. I will most definitely miss Cat & Bones but hopefully J. Frost will grace us with novellas and side character books.
    Tavia, as always, does an amazing job narrating this series. She never disappoints.
    I recommend this series to anyone who likes para/rom with a side of kick butt female, and a hot, sexy male lead to go along with her.
    This is the series that got me hooked on audiobooks, hopefully you'll give this series a try, it's so worth it.
    HAPPY LISTENING!!!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp: A Mindspace Investigations Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alex Hughes
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (227)

    As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop - I never will be - and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident. And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s the only thing keeping me sane.

    Cynthia says: "/SHärp/ synonyms: acute, fierce, seering"
    "Same rants as the first book..."
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    The book lost me about half way through. I still think the story is unique in concept but the author over uses many phrases and the main character complains so much about his lungs and being winded because he smokes but next scene is lighting up again, urghh....
    In one scene he smokes six cigarettes in a row and wonders why he can't run!?!
    I don't think I'll be moving on to book 3. I can't take anymore of repeated lines and constant whining of Adam.
    The narrator is good with the male voices and with the female lead but every other female voice he does is awful.
    I really wanted to like this series but I have to leave it here.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alex Hughes
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (359)

    I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it - real scary.

    Lisa says: "Some good, Some annoying!"
    "Some good, Some annoying!"
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    Unique & interesting story but over use of many phrases and lines. Off the top of my head, here are a few. "She took in a deep breath and blew out a line of air" used way too many times. The main character, Adam, smokes and constantly complains about his lungs and how hard it is for him to breathe when he exerts himself but never speaks of quitting and in the next scene is smoking again only to complain more. He also talks about "The one thing you learn in the Guild is..." And throughout the book points out MANY of the one thing the Guild teaches them. It's little things like this that put me off to the book but the storyline is interesting enough that I went ahead with the second book. I have to say I had a hard time following the second book starting halfway through. But that will be in that review.
    The narrator did a good job but his voices for the women needs work. I'm sure it's hard for a man to do justice to a female voice but his portrayal for the women was just awful except for the main female character.
    I'm not sure if I would recommend this book. If you are ok with the over use of phrases and so on then give the book a chance, it may not be as annoying to everybody else as it was to me.
    Happy Listening!!

    19 of 19 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
    (1891)
    Performance
    (1767)
    Story
    (1748)

    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 this series"
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    I love how Harper mixes her HMH crew into her Naked Werewolf series. This story follows the packs doctor as she runs away from her past. We get to meet a new werewolf and learn the backstory on the doc. We get humor, love and life issues in this installment. As always Ronconi is perfection. Looking forward to more from the dynamic duo.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22967)
    Performance
    (14317)
    Story
    (14465)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Simply Brilliant!"
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    I cannot believe this was written in the 80's. This book is captivating, entertaining, humorous, heart warming and emotional. I found myself wanting more, watching Ender grow up and the trials he goes through at such a young age tugged at my heart strings. I really liked the story of Peter and Valentine as well. Honestly, I'm glad they made a movie because I probably would not have picked this book up otherwise. I always read the books before a movie and I can't be sure the movie can do the book justice but I will definitely be seeing the movie.
    The narration was perfect. I am a very picky listener and don't like trying new narrators because they can absolutely ruin a book. These readers did an amazing job. I never got confused on the characters and it flowed seamlessly.
    Onto the next. I am a Orson Scott Card fan for life now!!!

    HAPPY LISTENING!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Daylighters: Morganville Vampires Series, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (126)

    Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they've ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated - vampires from humans - they realize that the changes definitely aren't for the better. It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they've never had: Hope of a vampire-free future.

    Maureen Parrish says: "Bring Back Cynthia Holloway!"
    "I'm trying... Really!!!"
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    ***NOTE THAT I HAVE NOT READ ENTIRE BOOK YET***

    My star rating for the book is not fair because I have not gotten past chapter 3 and that is because of Angela Dawe! So my star rating for narration is spot on.
    I was so excited for this audiobook, the last Morganville book, resolution to all the characters yay!!! But why oh why did Angela Dawe NOT read or listen to the advice/criticisms of all the wonderful reviewers of "Fall of Night" (and all the other Morganville books she narrated)? For "Fall of Night" I gave A. Dawe a 3/5 star rating on narration because she actually sounded like she had listened to ALL the complaints of the listeners and upped her game. On this book, I don't know if she is just saying screw it, it's the last book who cares or what but I cannot get past chapter 3. I am sadly going to have to return this book and buy the e book to enjoy the ending of our Morganville residents.
    My complaint is mainly towards the narrator and not Rachel Caine who is an amazing writer and storyteller. I have read all of her series and they are wonderful. I always feel bad leaving a negative review for a book due to the narrator because I don't think it's fair to the author but on the other hand, the author should respect the listeners and look at the feedback and take action. Everyone who reads this, please go read all of the narrator reviews for A. Dawe for this series and you will see what I am talking about. I just wish Cynthia Holloway could have lasted this entire series or they would have heeded the advice of the listeners and changed from A. Dawe.
    Happy Listening!

    **I will happily edit my review once I READ the book** I have no doubt the book is amazing!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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