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Robin M Hicks

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  • Flirt: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (237)

    When Anita Blake meets with prospective client Tony Bennington, who is desperate to have her reanimate his recently deceased wife, she is full of sympathy for his loss. Anita knows something about love, and she knows everything there is to know about loss. But what she also knows, though Tony Bennington seems unwilling to be convinced, is that the thing she can do as a necromancer isn't the miracle he thinks he needs.

    Lane says: "Very Short!"
    "Silly story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Make it longer. This book should have been combined with another book in the series. It had an odd storyline - Flirting - and I still don't understand why the story revolved around how every in it flirted. I had a hard time determining which was the main plot story and which were the sub plot stories - they all mingled and felt rushed. Nothing adds to the overall story either.


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

    No, of all the books in the series, this is one that can be skipped with no impact.


    Have you listened to any of Kimberly Alexis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, all the other Anita books she narrates. Great as always.


    Any additional comments?

    I am sad that audiobook charges full price for this short book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • No Rest for the Wicked: Immortals After Dark, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (1345)
    Story
    (1363)

    Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire - a nightmare in his mind - against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live - until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead. When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow - accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings emerge multiplied.

    Lupdilup says: "I LOVE THIS SERIES!!"
    "Better than the 1st!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I think this series is fantastic and the second book is even better than the first.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sebastian and Kaderin of course but I also think Keaden is hysterical.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, the first book in this immortal series. He is great. The accents are perfect and make you want to listen for hours. His accented growls of the male characters are toe curling fun. The females are a bit breathy at times, more in the first book but he makes up for it in the second. The main females voice is perfect this time around.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I laughed out loud and a few different parts defintely made me cry. This story is so passionate and agonizing, it is hard to stop and take a break.


    Any additional comments?

    As I said, I enjoyed the first book of this series but I enjoyed the second one so much more. I will reread this many times. Sebastian and Kaderins story is awesome. They both have histories that make you root for them and curse them at times. They are passionate and fierce. There is angst and agony throughout but it is not so dramatic that it overwhelmes. This book also introduces many other lore species through the competition. I love the glimpes you get, both funny and intriguing. Lastly, I love the Amazing Race like scavenger hunt in this story. It brings the characters to the most interesting places, puts them against complex competitors and adds so many levels of intensity to this (already) high octane story. It is fast paced, melt in your seat, can't wait to see what happens next fun. Can't wait to continue on with the series. Cole is quickly becoming a new fav of mine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Covet: A Novel of the Fallen Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1594)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (992)

    Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about - his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. Vin diPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that - until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking Harley-riding, self-professed savior.

    Robbie says: "Enjoyable read"
    "JR does it again!"
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    Where does Covet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high. It has a great story, great characters and Wards writing style is fantastic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jim Heron. He has a fascinating back story, he is all the things a male character should be in a JR Ward series - tough, kind, hot. Always struggling to do the right thing in the strangest and toughest of circumstances.


    Which character – as performed by Eric G. Dove – was your favorite?

    I loved them all. His voice is amazing. He just pulls you in.


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

    pretty much.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad that I have another JR Ward series to keep my busy while I wait for new black dagger books. BDB is still my favorite series by far but the characters and storylines in the Fallen Angels series are just as promising and I look forward to the next book in the series. JR Ward has quickly become my favorite author. I love her voice and her dedication to accuracy. Her stories have such complicated characters and locations and histories and she does an amazing job interweaving long spanding, overarcing storylines with specific, detailed events. Her multiple POV style is so refreshing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Lover: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (3188)
    Performance
    (2063)
    Story
    (2074)

    The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

    Tracy says: "Amazing start to this awesome series!"
    "Wow and wow again"
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    What did you love best about Dark Lover?

    I can't pick just one thing. I was searching for a new series after reading the Anita Blake series and this one was suprisingly refreshing. I have read a lot of other paranormal romance series and the main characters are usually female, bad ass females true but what I really love about this series is that you get both points of view - female and male and the primary one is male. The thought process is still there but it is much quicker and to the point. It is a nice change. I love the strength of the characters - their loyalty, fierceness, repect for each other, their mates and their race and history. The story does a great job of balancing the drama of war/violence and romance without either one taking the stage for too long or being drawn out in any way. The action keeps the story moving and you just feel for all the characters and want to know where they all end up. You not only get both the male and female perspective but also the perspective from the brotherhood and their enemies. They are warriors and the author does a fanstastic job of introducing you to the warrior mentality and it is fierce and Hot! The narrator is also great. Some of the reviews made me weary but I think he nails the voices perfectly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Lover?

    Wrath and Beth's first meeting. The author does such a good job of putting you in their heads, it is too good to give too much away~


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    I thought he did a fantastic job with them all - I guess it would be a toss up between wrath and butch. wrath is the ultimate warrior king and butch is the strong comic relief seeing this world for the first time.


    Any additional comments?

    A great start to the series. I can't wait to see where the series takes all the brothers.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Kiss of Shadows: Meredith Gentry, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (992)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (561)

    "All it would take was my true name being mentioned after dark, and it would float back to my aunt. She was the Queen of Air and Darkness, and that meant that anything said in the dark was hers to hear, eventually. The fact that spotting the missing Elven American Princess had become more popular than spotting Elvis helped."

    Mysticalsister says: "Not for the prudish reader -- but,"
    "OK but not what I was looking for"
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    What did you like best about A Kiss of Shadows? What did you like least?

    The author led me to the series. I enjoyed the story and the world. It leaves a lot of room for growth.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked the dynamic between the main character and the guard. I found that the story had too many characters and back story to keep up. I would need to read this book several times before I understand the world, culture and characters.


    Was A Kiss of Shadows worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a fan of the Anita Blake series by this auther so I wanted to try this series out. I did not find it as thrilling. The story has all the elements I usually look for - paranormal, great characters, romance, sex, fighting, dynamic relationships...but it is missing something for me. I did not feel a need to read the second story or at least I did not want to spend $$ on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Noir: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (263)

    Jason Schuyler is a werewolf. He's also one of Anita Blake's best friends, and sometimes her lover. And right now he needs her - not to be a vampire hunter, or a federal marshal, or a necromancer, or even for her rank in the werewolf pack, but because his father is dying. He needs Anita because she's a pretty woman who loves him, who can make him look like an everyday guy.

    Katheryne says: "Zero stars"
    "Finally...more Jason"
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    What did you love best about Blood Noir?

    I loved that this book gave Jason and Anita alone time. I love Jason's character, he is funny and practical and Anita seems to listen to him or should I say, she tends to hear him. He is just the other half of another piece of her...if that makes any sense. In the same way Jean-Claude, Edward, Micah and Nathaniel are all the other halves of her without making her whole.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Noir?

    The 2 day possession. Mommy noir is a bitch!


    What about Cynthia Holloway’s performance did you like?

    She is more feminine than Kimberly. She makes all the characters a little softer. I really do enjoy both narrators of the series.


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

    Anita books - always :-)


    Any additional comments?

    I am still over Richard, have been for a few books now but he just keeps coming back for new (annoying) reasons. I am a little confused over the werelion (Haven) and weretiger (Crispin) additions. They are there in the background but not really part of the story, yet it seems like they have to be...I hope that gets straigtened out soon. I am not against the multiple men story line like some but if you are going to introduce new players, bring them in or leave them out. Don't have them hover on the peripheral without purpose. Then it will get annoying. I see that the narrators change back on the next one, can't wait to hear the original anita again. Cynthia did well but Kimberly is the original~

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Harlequin: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (270)

    Malcolm, head of the vampire Church of Eternal Life, is no particular friend to Anita Blake. So when he shows up in her office, to ask for her help against creatures so feared that no vampire will willingly speak their name, Anita is surprised. But she believes him. Malcolm may not be a Master of the City, but he's an old and powerful vampire, a leader of men, and he does not easily ask for help - especially from Anita and Jean-Claude, whose power Malcolm considers corrupt.

    Lou says: "*sigh*"
    "An improvement"
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    Any additional comments?

    This feels more like an Anita book than the last one. I love that Edward is back, all the men are involved in the latest crisis and there are actual bad guys that need to be stopped. I am getting a bit tired of dolf and I am over Richard and his lameness. Replace him with Jason in the triumverant and move on. He is weak and annoying. I am surprised that yet again there is no zombie raising but there can only be so much in one book I guess. Oh, and I am so disappointed in the brillance recording, the bad intro music it just odd. Can all the audio book recorders just leave out the music or pick something simple?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Micah: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Rey Colette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (241)

    "There are lots of reasons to raise the dead - some private, some public. In this case, the feds have a witness who died before he could speak on the record. They want him raised so his testimony can be taken. So here I am, on a plane to Philadelphia, flying off to do my job."

    Martin says: "Anita Blake As Read by Marge Simpson"
    "I love Micah!"
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    What did you love best about Micah?

    I loved that this book was all about one of Anita's men...I thought it was odd that Micah got a whole book to himself but I was in no way disappointed, even with the change in narrarator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    We get to learn about Micah's past and if Micah and Anita can deal with it just being the two of them for a little while


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rey Colette?

    Either Kimberly (the original Anita) or Cynthia (the 2nd Anita) would have been better than adding a new voice. But it was a short story (only a few hours) so I did not mind the change in narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danse Macabre: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (243)

    Anita Blake needs to be concentrating on a dangerous situation: The ardeur, the sexual power that flows between Anita and Jean-Claude, Master Vampire of the City, and Richard, the volatile werewolf who loves her passionately, is reaching new levels, perhaps evolving into something altogether new. The ardeur seems to be choosing new lovers for Anita, acting with a will of its own. As Jean-Claude says, the ardeur is hunting powerful prey.

    Dresden Parsons says: "Danse Idiotica"
    "Purpose?"
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    What did you love best about Danse Macabre?

    I love that this book continues to explore Anita's powers and relationships


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Danse Macabre?

    There really was not anything memorable about this one...I am questioning the purpose of this book in the series....


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy this series. I stuck through the change in narrarators. I enjoy the many, many characters and how they all add and change the story. But this book just seems unneccesary to me. The characters did not interact the same way as the other books, I don't see Anita really learn anything that she did not know before (she may have learned more about things she knew before, but nothing new), there were no cop cases, no new enemies. I don't think she even animated a corpse. The way the book starts sets an expetation that is not dealt with or even brought up the second half of the book (trying not to give too much away here, I don't mean to be vague) I expected new enemies, new allies...this book feels unfinished...like it could have been added to the book before or after it and you would not have even noticed. What is the purpose of bringing all the masters into the story if not to add enemies or allies? The ending just came too fast after a long drawn out day (yeah, I think the whole story takes place over a day or two) of unexpected things...and I am getting tired of the mother of darkness dropping into the story and not understanding why...hopefully the next books sheds some light on that mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Unwed: Queen Betsy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1773)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (777)

    Waking up in a tacky coffin and wearing off-brand shoes, Betsy Taylor can't believe the horrible turn her life has taken; then she discovers she's a vampire. Soon, Betsy becomes a participant in a power struggle between the forces of darkness. With only her friend Jessica and the hunky vampire Sinclair to help her, this new "Queen of Vampires" will have a tough time getting her afterlife straight.

    Book Professor says: "Such a fun book!"
    "love/hate her, it takes a while to even like her"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, with a condition. I waited until I finished the series before I wrote this review. It was difficult for me to like Betsy, the main character, at first. She is an immature, self absorbed idiot. Self proclaimed even. And she never learns...or at least it takes a really, really long time for her to learn any of the life lessons that are right in front of her face most of the time. It can get frustrating but is also very entertaining, an odd combination. I love the characters and the dialog is addictive. It is witty, laugh out loud writing and I love it. The writer has created some interesting characters - the roomates, Sinclair, Satan and the Anti-Christ, it is crazy and yet in this world seems so right. The series became my guilty pleasure for a while and I was shocked that I did end up enjoying it. I was pretty skeptical at first, like I said. Betsy is a conflicted person, surrounded by chaos, learning how to be a queen while trapped in a pageant winner's body with the mind of a young adult (who loves shoes). But after you get into the series and see where it goes and how it gets there, you forget the frustration of those first few meetings with Betsy. I would recommend it for sure but only if you can stick it out for the first few books. By then you will either love it or hate it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The roomates and the storyline - Vamp royalty that you would never expect with some pretty funny and accepting roomates. Marc and Jessica are too funny and put Betsy in her place. The story is always changing. Always a new turn that you didn't expect but weaving into an overall story that comes together over and over throughout the series.


    Have you listened to any of Nancy Wu’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not.


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

    I laughed out loud a lot and the pool scene was a bit of a shock but hot~


    Any additional comments?

    Great series but takes some commitment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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