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  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (618)

    In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal, but he grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante.

    Darwin8u says: "A high-wire, high-risk, high-reward masterpiece"
    "Mastermind meet the rich"
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    Where does The Talented Mr. Ripley rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was excellent, the characters were enchanting, and the skeems were amazing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Talented Mr. Ripley?

    The best moments dealt with Ripley's skeems to cover up his crimes and walk away with everything.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Although graphic, the murder sceens were amazing.


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

    When Ripley murders Dickey.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tower Lord: Raven's Shadow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (609)

    Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

    Jack says: "The Great Swampy Middle!"
    "Intense and Extreme Battles and Heroics"
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    The Tower Lord is a fantastic sequel to the Blood Song! The characters are well developed, the environment is easy to imagine, and the plot continues to thicken. Although in my first review I was amazed that I was so taken by a book without magic. However, there were glints of magic undertakings in the first book I chose to take as secondary to the story. In this story the magic becomes more widely spread and the purpose of it is both for good an evil. The battles are fantastic and each character finds their way through a heroic journey to conquer the enemy. I would say this is a must listen to for paranormal and fantasy fans alike. I'm careful where I spend my credits, and this was a credit well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2070)
    Performance
    (1961)
    Story
    (1958)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    JPaladin says: "Wonderful Epic! Mature and well-written."
    "Thought Provoking and Captivating"
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    I really wasn’t sure about this novel at first since I listen to mostly romantic fantasy filled with magic and otherworldly creatures. However, from the beginning of this novel I was captivated by the narrator and the story of a young boy enveloped into his path to become a warrior. The plot is fantastic and the descriptions of the realm, the battles, and the environments are easy to visualize. The characters are thought provoking and interesting, while the politics and intrigue are captivating. I highly recommend this book, and hopefully soon the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magnificent Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel (Volume 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelley Adina
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (130)

    An air voyage to remember turns into a disaster no one may survive. With her orphaned charges, Lady Claire Trevelyan joins the Earl of Dunsmuir’s family on an airship voyage to the Americas. If she can stay out of Lord James Selwyn’s way until her eighteenth birthday, she will be of age and cannot be forced into marriage. What she doesn’t know is that Lord James is in the Americas, too, with Andrew Malvern closing in on him - and the wonderful device he stole.

    Globaltowngal says: "Melodramatic Misadventure Marred by TX Accent"
    "I love this series!"
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    I can't say enough about the books in this series thus far. The adventures are imaginative and the lead character is amazingly brilliant. My only.. And I mean only issue with this series is that it isn't finished on audiobook. I want to know what happens next, and to be honest I've never been to good at a regular book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Own Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shelley Adina
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (189)

    Seventeen-year-old Lady Claire Trevelyan, left alone after the Arabian bubble financial disaster claims home and family, now leads the cleverest gang in the London underworld. Between outwitting a rival gang, inventing a device that will net her and her scientist employer worldwide fame, and keeping her mother from marrying her off, she can almost forget that a powerful lord wants to get closer…and if he succeeds, can destroy it all with a single word…

    Rachael says: "It only gets better!"
    "It only gets better!"
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    The series continues to enfold you into 19th century Britain, where industry and invention have become the all-consuming goal. Our heroine has found herself battling between two factions; one is societal norms and one being her life’s work. The narrator continues to be amazing, and has never missed a character yet. The story line continues to improve. Audiable please record the last few books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel: Magnificent Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shelley Adina
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (505)

    At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices...

    Kitty Lagorio says: "Was it really just one book divided into four?"
    "The Best of Female Heroines.."
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    So I admit, I’ve been living off Fantasy Smut books for at least two years now and while in search of a new series I came upon this book. At first I was disinterested, but then took a chance on one of Audiable’s sales promotions. The series follows yes a young woman, who yes is attempting to branch out from social norms. The kicker being is that it’s the 19th century and our heroine is attempting to cut through the social and gender red tape. In general the books I read have a love interest of some sort, which I love don’t get me wrong, but it is refreshing to find a female protagonist who wants nothing more to become educated and esteemed for her talents. Although there is a love interest in the book, it’s nothing more than a backdrop from the larger story. The narrator is fantastic! She’s very reminiscent of the narrator for Game of Thrones. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy books like The Hallows Series and Sookie Stackhouse. The characters are rich and exciting, and the historical aspect of the time is phenomenal. I will have to warn you though, there are no witches, vampires, werewolves, ect. However, this series is about a remarkable young women much like the series I mentioned. My only hope is that Audiable chooses to finish the last of the series so that I can download it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus Revealed: Georgina Kincaid, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (733)

    Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina's boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can't just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she's being forced to transfer operations...to Las Vegas.

    Cindy says: "Satisfying! Loved IT!"
    "And in the End..."
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    I think we all want happy endings, no matter how damned we feel our soul is. This is no different for our protagonist Georgina Kincaid. The book’s final chapters were done very well, and some of the plot is still surprising. Although, I think I had figured it out by book 3. This series was worth a read. Or in our case, a listen.
    Series I Love:
    Kim Harrison- The Hallows
    J.R. Ward- The Blackdagger Brotherhood
    Charlene Harris- Sookie Stackhouse Series
    George R. R. Martin- Game of Thrones
    Suzanne Collins- The Hunger Games

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus on Top: Georgina Kincaid, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (710)

    Love hurts, and no one knows it better than Georgina Kincaid. If she so much as kisses Seth Mortensen, the shy, sexy, incredibly gifted Seattle writer she's been dating, she'll drain his life force. Georgina is a succubus - a demon who draws her power from other men's pleasure. Admittedly, the shapeshifting and immortality perks are terrific, and yes, Georgina did choose to join the ranks of hell centuries ago.

    Shelley says: "Loved this book!"
    "Oh' The Heart Ache"
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    Georgina Kincaid continues to try to find love in all the wrong/right places. With the help of her friends, from both heaven and hell, she finds herself in yet another mystery and personal disaster. What I enjoy about the series is the historical references and lives.
    Series I Love:
    Kim Harrison- The Hallows
    J.R. Ward- The Blackdagger Brotherhood
    Charlene Harris- Sookie Stackhouse Series
    George R. R. Martin- Game of Thrones
    Suzanne Collins- The Hunger Games

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus Blues: Georgina Kincaid, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1832)
    Performance
    (1061)
    Story
    (1075)

    Succubus (n.) An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men. Pathetic (adj.) A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid. When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical? But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid's life is far less exotic.

    Jessica says: "Another great paranormal series!"
    "Keep Reading, it's Worth it.."
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    I had some trepidations about this series, and was unsure if I was going to like it. I really like urban fantasy, and had found myself at an impasse for new series to get in to. However, I was pleasantly pleased with the story line and the plots that followed throughout the series. The first book is interesting and depicts a modern day Seattle filled with creatures from both heaven and hell fighting for human souls. The main character is in fact a succubus, but wrestles with her nature and her need for long term companionship. Throughout the book, she finds herself with several otherworld obstacles and real life ones. She continues to attempt to live a normal life while being anything but ordinary. The series continues to improve.
    Series I Love:
    Kim Harrison- The Hallows
    J.R. Ward- The Blackdagger Brotherhood
    Charlene Harris- Sookie Stackhouse Series
    George R. R. Martin- Game of Thrones
    Suzanne Collins- The Hunger Games

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Perfect Blood: The Hollows, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1642)
    Performance
    (1465)
    Story
    (1464)

    Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood. She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

    Aimee says: "Get on with it already"
    "Great Addition!!"
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    If you could sum up A Perfect Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Just read it


    What other book might you compare A Perfect Blood to and why?

    All of the Hallow's series flows well with one another. It's short periods of time between the lives of the characters.


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

    She's just awesome.


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

    I listened to the whole series in a couple months. So yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lover at Last: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1497)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1387)

    Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another....

    bluebelle says: "LOVER AT LAST!"
    "Good Story .. But"
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    What did you love best about Lover at Last?

    I really like the characters and the history of the brotherhood. I wish that each book wasn't so similar in some ways. It's always some hunk of a guy finding so OK girl, and falling in love. I know it's everyones fantasy, but it's every story plot. If you can get past some of the goofy "all of us girls will find a wekk built hunk of our own" logic, then the back story is pretty good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really like Z, a crazy and horribly scared brother with attitude.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    The Narrator is awesome. He thickened his accent a bit for this book, but other than that..


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It would just make a great film. I'm a reader not a writer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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