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Colorado | Member Since 2009

  • 31 reviews
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  • Crave: A Novel of the Fallen Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Isaac Rothe is a black-ops soldier with a dark past and a grim future. The target of an assassin, he finds himself behind bars, his fate in the hands of his gorgeous public defender, Grier Childe. His hot attraction to her is a totally wrong-place-wrong-time kind of thing - and that’s before Jim Heron tells him his soul is in danger. Caught up in a wicked game with the demon who shadows Jim, Isaac must decide whether the soldier in him can believe that true love is the ultimate weapon against evil....

    Sandy says: "I Really Liked it... But..."
    "I Really Liked it... But..."

    Although I rated this book 4 stars, I would have preferred a 4.5 rating if it was possible.
    First, for the positive. If you are a J.R. Ward and/or Black Dagger Brotherhood fan, Crave (and Covet) will not disappoint. For all of the fans who disliked reading about the Lessers in BDB, these books have much less detailed background about the demons so they will be pleased. What we do learn about Devina helps us understand her quirks and makes her into better evil being.
    Ward has created a great leading man in Jim and he just keeps getting better. His character is coming along nicely. Jim's 2 sidekicks are becoming more likable and we are learning a little more about them.
    I thought the narrator, Eric Dove, did an excellent job. I know that many fans were unhappy that Jim Frangione of the BDB series did not do the narration with this series, but I did not find a single problem with Dove. In fact, I think he did a fine job with Isaac's Mississippi accent.
    As for the negatives of the book, there was one torture scene that was a little too graphic for me. I would have preferred to hear about that scenario in a little less detail. I'm not usually squeamish, but this is not for the faint of heart.
    Grier and Isaac started out smoldering, but by the 2nd half of the book they had dropped by several degrees into a lukewarm relationship. It was a little disappointing.
    There wasn't nearly as much "branding" in this book as in the BDB books. but most of it was well placed in the plot. A few spots missed completely. I'm all for slang and branding if the character calls for it, but a 50-something year old, suit-wearing, rich lawyer calling mushrooms "shrooms" is pushing it. Not likely to happen.
    Overall, I think this book is a solid 4.5. I tend to get bored unless a book is very good and this kept my attention all the way through. I am waiting for the next book in the series. I think the series will continue to improve and I predict the next book will be a solid 5 stars.

    33 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Point of Impact

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Beau Bridges

    He was one the best Marine snipers in Vietnam. Today, 20 years later, all Bob Lee Swagger wants is to be left alone. But a shadowy military organization seduces him into one last mission for his country - unaware until too late that the game is rigged. The assassination plot is executed to perfection until Bob Lee Swagger, alleged lone gunman, comes out of the operation alive, the target of a nationwide manhunt, with his only allies a woman he just met and a discredited FBI agent.

    Randy says: "Magnificent"
    "Goes With the Movie "Shooter""
    Would you consider the audio edition of Point of Impact to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but since this is abridged, I expect that the book would be much better.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This book wasn't as riveting for me because I've seen the movie "Shooter" many times (love that movie) and it follows the movie pretty well, which was a surprise.

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

    I thought Beau did an excellent job as narrator. I had no problems with his Southern accent. I'm from the south and know there are many, many different accents in the south, from Dolly Partin hick of TN and AR to the southern belles of South Carolina, to the Cajun accents of Louisiana.

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

    This audio book was short enough that it was easy to listen to in one sitting, and that's what I did.

    Any additional comments?

    I would love to hear the unabridged version, but I don't think that it is available, so I will probably read to book now to get the back story that the abridged version seems to miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Werewolf's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michele Hauf
    • Narrated By Sasha Dunbrook
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Alpha wolf Ridge Addison left his wife in Las Vegas, vowing to put their one reckless night of passion behind him and return to his clan. Thirteen years later he needs a divorce so he can become pack leader. Yet he's never forgotten the sensuous witch whose life he saved...Or the knee-buckling kisses he still craves. After they parted, Abigail tried banishing Ridge from her memory. Now her heart belongs only to her son. But when the boy is kidnapped, she knows she alone can't save him.

    CAROLYN says: "Good story very credit worthy."
    "I Could Not Finish"
    What would have made The Werewolf's Wife better?

    More action and excitement. I kept trying to listen but got bored every few minutes.

    What was most disappointing about Michele Hauf’s story?

    That this so-called mother kept wanting to have sex with Ridge with the clock ticking on her son's life. Really? He was awfully easy for Mom to forget.

    What didn’t you like about Sasha Dunbrook’s performance?

    The voices sounded so similar they were hard to distinguish.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Werewolf's Wife?

    About 6 hours at the end of the book. Maybe this would have been better as a short story.

    Any additional comments?

    I haven't finished this book. After repeated tries, I get bored every time. But I think I will skip the next 4 hours of the book and listen to the last 30 minutes. I seriously doubt I will miss anything important. I'm already guessing the kidnapper is her ex who tried to burn her at the stake, the boy is Ridge's son, he's perfectly capable of fathering children, and the witch really isn't "bad" at all (except that she forgets her kidnapped son to have sex with Ridge).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: Chronicles of Nick, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nick has his driver's license and he's not afraid to use it. But turning 16 isn't what he thought it would be. While other boys his age are worried about prom dates and applying for college, Nick is neck deep in enemies out to stop him from living another day. No longer sure if he can trust anyone, his only ally seems to be the one person he's been told will ultimately kill him. But life spent serving the undead is anything except ordinary. And those out to get him have summoned an ancient force so powerful even the gods fear it.

    Teresa says: "Inferno is ablaze."
    "Another Winner for Kenyon"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno to be better than the print version?

    While I'm sure the printed version is excellent, the narration of Holter Graham adds to the story. His voices are fantastic and really bring the story to life. He does the female voices so well that I never notice that a male is voicing the parts.

    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    This book is just a continuation of Infinity, Invincible, and Infamous. Each was better than the previous and Inferno is the best of the four. Nick is maturing but he still has problems with his powers. Being a teenager is difficult enough without the added pressure that he might one day destroy the world.

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

    Holter Graham's performances are always flawless. He has narrated many Kenyon books and they are all wonderful.

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

    Like many other listeners/readers, I think the epilogue is a little strange and frustrating. I'm looking forward to seeing how Sherrilyn Kenyon resolves this.

    Any additional comments?

    This is a YA book, but I have never felt that Kenyon writes down for her young adult audiences. This book series shows that it isn't necessary to have sex scenes to be an entertaining book. I do think this book should be read after the other three CON books. I believe it would be pretty confusing to jump into this book without first reading the other three.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors: Jane Jameson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of wedding planning, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend, Gabriel, are coming along smoothly. That is, until she turns a fatally wounded teenage acquaintance, and the Council pronounces her responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.

    Kirstin says: "Molly Did it Again!!!"
    "Great As Always"

    Molly Harper has done it again! This 4th book in the "Nice Girls" series is just as good as the other three. I was entertained and laughed many times (as I always do with MH books).
    I have to admit, I panicked near the end because I thought the series was ending because of some things that happened, but then Molly threw us a curve ball and now there is subject matter for several more books. Whew! That's a relief.
    Amanda Ronconi was awesome as the narrator, as always.
    I had started and stopped several audio books before NGDBTN because I was bored but I listened to this one every chance I could and was disappointed when it was over. I am ready for #5.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Night Reigns: Immortal Guardians Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the second installment of Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians series, when Marcus Grayden's grief over the loss of the woman he loved causes him to become reckless, he is assigned a new Second, who proves to be immensely distracting. Contains mature themes.

    Olette says: "Loved It..."
    "Good Book but a Little Preachy"

    Liked the book but I was a little put off by the preaching of vegetarianism, recycling, etc. It's not that I disagree with the concept, but I don't particularly care for it in my fantasy books. I also found it a little unbelievable that an Immortal would own a Prius. Hot men drive a Jag, Hummer, Mercedes, etc., but not a Prius!
    Otherwise, I thought this book, and the first in the series were very good and I plan to buy the third when it is released.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Darker After Midnight: The Midnight Breed, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order—a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike—to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe.

    Sandy says: "Please Don't Say It's Over!"
    "Please Don't Say It's Over!"

    Those of us who have read or listened to The Breed series have been waiting for Sterling Chase's "happily ever after" for quite awhile. However, this listener thought that this was the conclusion to an awesome series and I didn't want that. But not to worry. Even though this book tied up the loose ends nicely and brought us to a conclusion of sorts, a glance at the author's website shows books #11 and #12 to come so the world is not yet safe. (hooray for that!)
    Chase is one of the good guys. He has always had a sense of honor even though he has been through some pretty horrible events. So he was due for some good stuff to happen and in this book, Chase found his perfect mate in Tavia. Tavia is a strong, likable character that is a great heroine, and she goes well with the tortured Chase.
    Once again Hillary Huber is the narrator and she does an excellent job with the voices and accents. It is always nice when a great narrator reads the entire series.
    Lara Adrian has not been repetitive in the course of 10 books. She came up with a fresh plot for every book. What an imagination she has!
    I highly recommend this book, and the entire series. Not only did this series interest me enough to purchase every audio book, it has interested me enough to listen to every audio book again and again.
    Buy the book, buy the series. You won't be disappointed. It's 5 stars all the way.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Another Chance, Another Time

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Catherine Snodgrass
    • Narrated By Melissa Roth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    He has spent an eternity trying to protect and provide for the love of his life. Each time he has failed…miserably. Now fate has given them another chance. Will Alec Edwards and Dani Morgan learn from the mistakes of their past or repeat them all over again?

    CAROLYN says: "What a surprise........ but a nice one"
    "Reincarnation and Love - Surprisingly Good"

    I took a chance on this book because it was inexpensive and was pleasantly surprised.
    Alec and Dani have been together in several previous lives, and all had tragic endings. Their present relationship seems to be headed in that direction (but, we all know it's a romance so the ending is happier this time).
    I was sure I had the "bad guy" figured out early on, and then discovered I was totally wrong, so there were some surprises.
    Overall, it was an enjoyable listen and I had no problems with the narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Demon Crossings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Eleri Stone
    • Narrated By Holly Adams

    Private investigator Grace tracks a kidnapped child to middle-of-nowhere Iowa. Encountering a strange creature she knows can't be a local animal, she doesn't need her psychic abilities to figure out the sleepy town is not what it seems. When she meets the intriguing Aiden, she's plunged into a world of Norse gods and fire demons where the Wild Hunt still rides the night.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Sooo Good... Can't wait for book 2!"
    "Good Start & End / Crappy Narrator"

    This book is a little different, with Norse mythology and mythological creatures, healers, witches, shape shifters, and fire demons. I like both the characters of Grace and Aiden.
    When I started this audio book, I thought it got off to a good start and the narrator was okay. After a half hour, the book was still good but the narration just got worse. It was more like a boring reading. The. Book. Was. Read. Like.This. It was definitely one of the poorest performances I've heard.
    Demon Crossings lost quite a bit of steam in the middle and the narrator made listening painful so I almost quit listening, but I hung in there. I was glad I did. The book picked up at the end and maybe I got used to the narration because it didn't seem so bad, or maybe my ears were numb by this time.
    But I did think the story was good. With someone else performing, the overall rating would have been at least 4 stars. Check the sample clip first. You might want to skip the audio book and read the book instead.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • One More Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Liz Flaherty
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Grace has taken care of her widowed father her entire adult life and the ornery old goat has finally died. She has no job, no skills and very little money, and has heard her father's prediction that no decent man would ever want her so often she accepts it as fact.

    Claudia says: "I Praise this Author"
    "800 Miles of Entertainment"

    I listened to this book on a 950 mile trip and it kept me entertained for 800 miles, until the book finished. I can't say that this was a light-hearted, Happily-Ever-After book because it was more of a real-life story. It addressed some tough subjects, but I thought it was enjoyable, even with my tears.
    One More Summer never lost my attention and I never became bored with the characters. Grace was definitely damaged but Ms Flaherty wrote her as a fragile but tough and caring woman. The secondary characters were likable people with very human flaws.
    The narrator did a good job and that is always a plus.
    I do recommend this book but be sure to have your hankie out and be ready to cry.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Blackest Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Amber Leigh Williams
    • Narrated By Paige Holt

    America’s Sweetheart, Stella Ridge has been away from Wayback for 15 years paving her way to the top of the acting business. When a car accident leaves her physically and emotionally scarred, the only place she wants to go is home to Texas and her family’s ranch. The changes that have taken place since her departure are enough to rock her world again.

    Sandy says: "Took Two Tries To Finish This Book"
    "Took Two Tries To Finish This Book"

    I started this book twice. The narrator is a bad choice. Luckily, this was a $2.95 book or I would have felt like I wasted my money. The book was only fair. Considering that the male lead only spoke about 100 words the entire book, it just wasn't that interesting. Then add a narrator that sounds as if she is reading a book word for word, and it was a chore to finish.
    Listen to a sample first to see if you can stand the narrator, and if you can, then it might be an okay book for the money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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