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S-j

Book-loving Brit living in US - trying to give critique more than be a critic - but please bear with me.... ;o)

Oakland, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Never Deal with Dragons

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lorenda Christensen
    • Narrated By Leslie Bellair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Consoling a sobbing dragon and serving pig buffets are just part of the job for Myrna Banks. Working for a mediation firm, it's her job to get humans compensated for damages caused by the dragons who now rule. But her "typical" day is interrupted by Trian Chobardan, an old flame. He's been sent by North America's reigning dragon lord for help negotiating a truce to avert war. Myrna agrees to help, even though she'll be stuck with Trian as a partner. As the two work together, Myrna finds Trian to be surprisingly supportive - and still irresistibly attractive.

    K says: "Not a Bad Listen..."
    "Too Predictable"
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    At every turn you could predict how the plot would fall out - rather saccharine, but interesting world premise, unfortunately treated very lightly. Very Mills & Boon-ish

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodfire: Blood Destiny, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Helen Harper
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (444)

    Mack might be, to all intents and purposes, a normal looking human, but she lives with a pack of shapeshifters in Cornwall in rural England after being dumped there by her mother when she was just a young child. She desperately wants to be accepted by her surrogate family, not least because a lot of them hate her for merely being human, but for some reason her blood just won't allow the transformation to occur.

    Marianne says: "Urban Fantasy at Its Best"
    "Celtic is not pronounced with an 'S'!"
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    Great starting story - though a bit heavy-handed with the love interest. The narrator has a nice english accent - either by inheritance or talent but the pronuncication of far too many of the words is inauthentic enough to be thoroughly distracting. Timbre great, but it seems that no effort was put into researching place names, slang, intonation of insults of many infractions. That said, the story and otherwise pleasant voices and characterizations worked fine.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2480)
    Performance
    (2329)
    Story
    (2316)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Loren says: "too many loose threads in this weaving"
    "Best Series I've come across for a long while!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Meticulous storytelling with historical and scientific detail, plus a paranormal world - with a strong (fairly) unsappy love story too. Good stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B Cubed Book One: Born

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jenna McCormick
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    From the moment he spies her silhouette cast by the bonfire, Cormack understands what it is to yearn for something he will never possess. Breds are made to provide for the natural born humans, dig their homes deep beneath the surface of the earth and to protect them from the ever-present cyborg threat. A Bred who reaches beyond his station will be recycled immediately, yet Cormack cannot get her visage out of his mind. Until he unearths a box, buried long before the earth stopped spinning.

    S-j says: "Interesting world concept..."
    "Interesting world concept..."
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    - but focussing so much on the eroticism rather than the story is a shame. If time were taken to fill out the story, maybe this would be a full length book rather than only 3hrs!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Wager: Blood Destiny, #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Connie Suttle
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (554)

    Lissa's life as a vampire begins on the day her husband is removed from life support. Turned by rogues who wager her life, Lissa is running from her maker who is determined to kill her, hunted by the Council who has branded her a rogue and blackmailed by werewolves, who utilize her newly developed talents for their own gain.

    Robin in Vermont says: "A compelling read!"
    "Best treatment of vampires I've heard for a while!"
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    Great story, quickly came to care about the characters - just miffed this is the only one out here at the moment!!! Audible - please hurry up the folks recording the rest of this series!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sun God Seeks...Surrogate?: Accidentally Yours, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
    • Narrated By Helen Wick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Living in New York City, Penelope Trudeau has seen a lot of weird stuff - but nothing like the insane redhead who accosts her with a wild proposition. Penelope will get a million dollars if she has a baby with the strange woman's brother. With her mother dying from a mysterious disease, Penelope can use the money. Yet the terrified waitress is adamant that her womb and eggs are not for sale…until she meets her intended mate.

    Kornelia says: "Humorous and sexy"
    "AWFUL accents!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you can deal with appalling accents - some clearly meant to be English or Scottish and missing the mark by a mile (wrong stress, poor pronunciation) - this story is as amusing as the previous two in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: A Bone Secrets Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (540)

    Eleven years ago, the Co-Ed Slayer murdered nine female college students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely survived his attack, but he killed her best friend, Suzanne, whose body was never found. Now a forensic odontologist analyzing teeth and bones for the state medical examiner, Lacey is devastated when she identifies Suzanne’s remains at a crime scene. She finds comfort in the arms of ex-cop Jack Harper, and sparks fly between them.

    English Teach says: "Okay"
    "Meh."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Maybe I was fooled by the cover - expected something a bit more interesting - purely personal - but this turned out to be a suspense / romance with very little to distinguish it from any other. Found it difficult to distinguish some of the male voices at times which was distracting. OK - but borderline worth the time / credit for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stonecast

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anton Strout
    • Narrated By Linda Borg
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Alexandra Belarus was an artist stuck working in her New York family’s business…until she discovered her true legacy - a deep and ancient magic. Lexi became the last practicing Spellmason, with the power to breathe life into stone. And as her powers awoke, so did her family’s most faithful protector: a gargoyle named Stanis. But when a centuries-old evil threatened her family and her city, Stanis sacrificed himself to save everything Lexi held dear. With Stanis gone, Lexi’s efforts to master Spellmasonry - even with the help of her dedicated friends - are faltering.

    S-j says: "Seems a bit YA..."
    "Seems a bit YA..."
    Overall
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    First - the narrator's voice does not seem to do justice to the characterisations. Secondly, not sure whether it was just the youthful sound of the narrator, (along with some very awkward phrasing and mispronunciations), or the story itself - but the relationships between the characters seem very disjointed, as well as the progression along the storyline - which at first seemed promising, but fails to engage somehow...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tempting the Beast: Feline Breeds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lora Leigh
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (227)

    Callan Lyons is a genetic experiment, one of six fighting for freedom and the survival of their Pride. Merinus Tyler is the reporter who will tempt him, draw him, until the fury of the "mating frenzy" locks them into a battle of sexual heat they cannot escape. The evil Genetics Council is hot on their trail. Leaving a trail of their own of deception and blood. Callan will use his strength to try to save them both...and do all in his power to keep his woman in the process.

    Leesa says: "Kept my interest"
    "Err... clearly this is erotic reading but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    No prude - far from it, but the jarring use of the the c-word for female genitalia is just *not* sexy according to me. So it lost out on both eroticism as well as story. Lost interest half-way through the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wounded Angel: The Earth Angels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Stacy Gail
    • Narrated By Romy Norlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Personal trainer Ella Little paid a hefty price for her life - now all she wants is to live it in peace. Then a sexy hulk of a man turns up in her gym, reigniting desires she thought she'd left behind along with her real name and hair color. Desires she can't deny even after she discovers Nate's no stranger to her dark past. Before he can convince her the attraction is mutual, Nate's going to have to earn Ella's trust. But a demon is playing for keeps in the world of humans, using Ella as bait, and the last thing they have is time...

    S-j says: "Sappy."
    "Sappy."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Predictable and unsatisfyingly mushy. Characters had little depth. Formulaic storyline. Seems just to be a vehicle for the 'erotic' moments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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