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Michele

Northridge, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18851)
    Performance
    (12953)
    Story
    (12849)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "It will leave you wanting more!"
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    I started this series without too many expectations, but the description sounded interesting and thought I'd give it a try. It was so good I hated when it ended, even though it's a long read. And, I now have all the unabridged books in the series and am looking forward to reading the next and newest book. The narrator is the absolute best for this series. Ms. Porter makes the characters come to life and be some of the most memorable of all time. Definitely well worth a credit!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Cast-Off Coven: Witchcraft Mysteries Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (484)

    Students are spooked at the San Francisco School of Fine Arts, and Lily is called in to search for possible paranormal activity. In return she's been promised a trunkful of Victorian-era clothes recently discovered in a school storage closet. But Lily finds something else: the body of a wealthy patron of the school. In between running the store and seeing her new boyfriend, Max - a "mythbuster" who is uncomfortable with her witchcraft - she uses her sleuthing skills to try to solve the murder. Soon Lily senses something from the school's vintage clothes, but it's not the smell of mothballs - it's the unmistakable aura of evil intent.

    C. says: "Speaking French"
    "Getting Better All the Time"
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    The author is beginning to flesh out the characters in the second book and I am thoroughly enjoying the read. This is paranormal with a twist and an honest look at Witchcraft today with a little more magic thrown in for good measure (as well as a little romance starting up). The characters have become much more endearing and I find I can't wait to get the next installment of this series.

    The narrator really grows on you and I was pleased to see that she continues with the entire series so far. She does the voices just right for the story and makes the read much more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secondhand Spirits: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (716)

    Lily Ivory hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora's Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion - she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry - her store becomes a big hit. But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime.

    Sherry says: "Witches and fashion - what's not to like!"
    "Tried as a special..."
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    When Audible has a sale and it includes the first of a series that I think I might be interested in, I give it a chance; hating to pass up any book at a bargain. I have enough drama and need for reading technical literature in real life and look for entertainment in most of my reading material. I like the format and characters to entertain and interest me. This series is starting out to do just that. It's fun and entertaining and the hours flew by. I was able to multitask while listening and didn't miss the storyline while attending to other activities that didn't need any conscious thought. All in all, it's just what I look for in a novel. I would have liked a little more depth of character and thought that there were parts that could have used a little more detail in order to "paint" a better picture of where it was coming from and, since it is a series, where it may be heading, instead of just a "tease" of what's to come. But, that being said, I will be getting additional books in the series. It may not be perfect, but it is entertainment and a fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Charley Davidson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1284)
    Performance
    (1213)
    Story
    (1210)

    Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow - but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim-reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins.

    RabidReads says: "This book could change EVERYTHING!"
    "OMG...Where does it go from here?"
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    As the series develops, I can't even imagine where the author is going from here. It seems to keep getting darker and darker and the story line keeps taking twists and turns that I didn't see coming. Now that I'm finished with the 6th of the series, I CANNOT wait for the next installment. The characters just keep getting more complex and interesting. Please hurry with the next story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Accidentally Dead: Accidentally Friends, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dakota Cassidy
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (160)

    It's a lousy first day on the job for Nina Blackman. A patient, loopy from the anesthesia, bites her. At least he was cute. The next morning, Nina wakes up with a set of razor-sharp fangs, bionic vision, supersonic hearing, and a taste for blood. But there's a good explanation: It's her patient, Long Island vampire Greg Statleon. Is Nina willing to commit to one man for eternity, even if they are perfect for each other?

    CHRISTINA says: "Awesome book"
    "Happy surprise!"
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    When I first read the description of the next story in the series, I thought that the characters were going to be all new and I'd miss the old ones a lot! But, I was surprised to find the old characters are still here, still "in character" and just as entertaining as I'd hoped. New characters were added and the narrator makes them all come alive. I don't know if I'd like the series as much if there was a different narrator. This one is very, very good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paw and Order: A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (194)

    In the seventh book in the brilliant New York Times best-selling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital. Stephen King has called Chet "a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre". Robert B. Parker dubbed Spencer Quinn’s writing "major-league prose". Now the beloved team returns in another suspenseful novel that finds Chet sniffing around the capital city and using his street smarts to uncover a devilish plot.

    Tracey says: "The Guinea Pig Did It!!"
    "Love listening to Chet...pure and simple!"
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    I've listened to the previous books a couple of times each. And, I really don't do that often at all. The narrator gives the perfect voice to Chet and it makes the story very enjoyable. This isn't serious reading material, it's pure entertainment and sometimes that's exactly what I need. The more you get to know Chet and Bernie, the more you grow to love them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Werewolf: Accidentally Friends, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dakota Cassidy
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (286)

    When Marty Andrews gets bitten by a mangy mutt while walking her teacup poodle, her blond hair darkens, the hair on her legs starts growing at an alarming rate, and her mood swings put her dream job as a sales rep for Bobbie-Sue Cosmetics in serious jeopardy. Then a drool-worthy man shows up at her door claiming that he accidentally bit Marty. And since he's a werewolf, she is now, too. Thinking Keegan Flaherty is clearly insane, Marty refuses to believe a word until a kidnapping makes her realize there's more at stake than just her highlights.

    Alyssa Reid says: "Terrible reading, fluffy novel"
    "Fun, fresh fantasy series"
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    If you like fantasy, a little romance and a new take on the paranormal, this is a fun series. The first book caught my attention from the start and I know I'm going to be listening to them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 24 Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (224)

    24 Hours begins with the perfect family...on the perfect day...about to become trapped in the perfect crime.

    Will Jennings is a successful young doctor in Jackson, Mississippi, with his whole life ahead of him. He has a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, and a young daughter he loves beyond measure.

    Suzn F says: "Exciting Book, so well read"
    "A Surprise read!"
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    Even though the synopsis of the book's plot had me thinking it would be predictable if you are a constant reader of "whodunits" and thrillers, the offer of 3 for 2 credits had me hooked to picking a third book. This was the 3rd choice and it turned out to be the best read of the 3. Even though it was a little predictable, it was well performed and had some exciting twists that keeps you involved in the plot and the characters. Overall, it was very entertaining and that's just what I became a recorded book reader for...entertainment and the ability to do every day menial tasks while keeping my mind busy and entertained! This book will do that for you!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1333)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (842)

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Delightful Entertainment!"
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    Easy to fall in love with these characters. Sometimes you get anxious, as with any mystery whodunit and sometimes it's just laugh out loud funny, as well as heart warming. I was so delighted with the story and the great performance by Mr. Frangione that i've purchased the next four titles. I'm happy that they are now in my library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caleb: Shadow Wranglers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sarah McCarty
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (588)

    The loss of control. The fear of desire. Allie always thought that mysteriously sexy rancher Caleb Johnson wanted her as much as she wanted him. But since he never acted on it, she was ready to admit defeat. Until the night she was attacked by a vicious wolf, only to be rescued by another. In the triumphant, bloodied male, there was something Allie recognized---the baritone growl, the mesmerizing eyes, the inexplicable animal attraction. Her savior was Caleb.

    Michele says: "Wasted a credit!"
    "Wasted a credit!"
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    Usually there is a story or plot along with some bedroom activities, just to add a little more exotic interest. But, nearing the end of the first half of the book, I realized there is an abundance of bedroom gymnastics, but a total lack of interesting plot or even an interesting character. I won't be finishing this one.

    The narrator tries to do a good job with her part, but it's not her fault that there is nothing but junk to read.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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