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  • Kitty and The Midnight Hour: Kitty Norville, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Carrie Vaughn
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1623)
    Performance
    (973)
    Story
    (976)

    Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station---and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts "The Midnight Hour," a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. After desperate vampires, werewolves, and witches across the country begin calling in to share their woes, her new show is a raging success.

    S. Droski says: "Pleasant Surprise!"
    "Too much dominance and abusive feel"
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    I get that it's about werewolves, but I prefer my female leads to be stronger and not the repeated object of dominance and abuse and prone to bad judgement. Also, the story plot is weak, with some big leaps in plausibility that made me wonder if I had skipped some chapters. Couldn't bring myself to finish it, because it actually made doing chores more painful. Narrator did the best she could.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Fox Deceiv'd

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    It is a chill and foggy 12th Night, wild with North Sea wind, when a bizarre murder disturbs the outward peace of Rackmoor, a tiny Yorkshire fishing village with a past that proves a tangled maze of unrequited loves, unrevenged wrongs, and even undiscovered murders. Inspector Jury finds no easy answers in his investigation - not even the identity of the victim, a beautiful young woman. Was she Gemma Temple, an impostor? Or was she really Dillys March, Colonel Titus Crael’s long-lost ward, returning after eight years to the Colonel’s country seat and to a share of his fortune? And who was her murderer?

    tennreader says: "Second reading through narration a real pleasure"
    "So glad these are now audiobooks"
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    I have loved this series and characters for a long time and was thrilled to see them finally made into audiobooks. The narrator is fantastic and really captures the range of quirky characters. I have a feeling that all my credits will go toward getting them all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3579)
    Performance
    (3328)
    Story
    (3330)

    For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

    D says: "Another Serving of Hilari-tea"
    "Enjoyable"
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    I enjoy the characters, the relationships, the concepts, the mythology, and the humor in these books. He's always in peril and makes some poor choices, but it's more balanced than in some of this genre. The series is meant to read in order and they wouldn't stand alone well. The narrator does a nice job with inflection, emotion, and voicing the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • By a Thread: Elemental Assassin, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (778)

    "When killing people is your job, there’s no such thing as a vacation. Then again, how often does an assassin live long enough to enjoy her retirement? In this line of work, you either get lucky or you get dead. And since I destroyed my nemesis, Mab Monroe, a few weeks ago, all of Ashland’s lowlifes are gunning to make a name for themselves by taking out the lethal Spider—me, Gin Blanco."

    Cheri says: "Donovan Caine - UGH!!!"
    "Time to kill Gin off."
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    While I enjoy the premise of these books, they've been like book candy - good for half-listening while doing chores. That being said, I still want to at least like the characters. I cannot stand the contrived relationship between Gin and "Detective Donovan Kane." It's forced and the drama is excessive. And while I accept that these types of books have a general plot line that involves getting into bad situations and barely getting out of them, I wish the heroine had a few more brain cells. I'm not liking her so much lately either. I had to quit listening because they were all irritating me. No more wasted credits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Absolution: The Penton Legacy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Susannah Sandlin
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (290)

    Mirren Kincaid remembers the vampire he used to be - and he’s not going back. As the Slayer, Mirren served the Vampire Tribunal as its most creative and ruthless executioner. Then he refused a kill order and eventually found himself the protector and second-in-command of the peaceful enclave of Penton, Alabama. As civil war threatens to break out in the vampire world over the scarcity of untainted human blood, the Tribunal wants its slayer back - and has sent a beautiful witch to retrieve him.

    CAROLYN says: "IT'S LIKE QUICKSAND....IT'LL SUCK YOU RIGHT IN"
    "Entertaining enough - average"
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    Not great, not bad. Enough to keep me lightly engaged while doing other things. Some weakness in plot and skips in storyline suggesting bad editing. Will consider the other books, but not a top choice. Will look at public library instead of using a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1928)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1205)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Dissertation on WWII plus melodrama"
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    History lesson was valuable but excessively detailed. Time travel concept had too many flaws and the panicky fretting of the characters was tiresome. Alf & Binnie were distracting characters and far too annoying to tolerate for the disproportionate time they took up. All in all, the book was far too long and rambling, and I skipped over a huge chunk at the end, because I couldn't tolerate it anymore. To top it off, it's only half a book, as it was too long to publish as is, and it ends in mid-scene. Next book is All Clear. I won't be reading it. Narration was quite good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6531)
    Performance
    (5739)
    Story
    (5739)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "propaganda delivered in an annoying voice"
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    Unbearable for me. The smug voice of the narrator, the gun orgasma... Feels like an adolescent war game wetdream. The plot gets lost. Unfortunate. Still seeking another Dresden. This is not it.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1174)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (659)

    "Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside."

    Angela says: "The Nightside"
    "Repetitive Hardboiled supernatural private eye"
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    Too "Me Tarzan, You Jane" for me. It has a very Hardboiled private eye meets supernatural style. Tough, stoic manly man to be feared and respected due to his strong ethics and need to protect the weak. I love the Dresden Files (even though it has similar leanings), and also enjoyed the Iron Druid books, but this was not as enjoyable as I had hoped. In addition, the repeated phrase 'in the NIGHTside"' was maddening after a while (e.g., that's how it is, in the Nightside. Things are different here, in the Nightside. It's spooky here, in the Nightside.) I get it, it takes place in an alternate world. You don't need to say it every other paragraph. Disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7157)
    Performance
    (6233)
    Story
    (6216)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Blah"
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    Love Nora Roberts, but her past two books have been a little painful. Excessive and unnecessary detail. Very repetitive. I listened to this on audiobook, and it was like she cut and pasted the main character's retelling over and over. (Although the Narrator did the best she could with the material.) I feel like she's resting on her laurels a bit and just cranking out books with little editing. There's a fine line between fleshing out a scene and killing the reader with details. I also was a bit weary of the rambling internal monologue of the characters. It's okay to have them ruminate or think through a decision or their feelings, but don't make me listen to all of it. She spent tons of time on teeny details then, Wham!, it's resolved in a short chapter. Was a deadline looming? And we're done.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sixty-Eight Rooms

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marianne Malone
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    Almost everybody who has grown up in Chicago knows about the Thorne Rooms. Housed in the Children’s Galleries of the Chicago Art Institute, they are a collection of 68 exquisitely crafted miniature rooms made in the 1930s by Mrs. James Ward Thorne. Each of the 68 rooms is designed in the style of a different historic period, and every detail is perfect, from the knobs on the doors to the candles in the candlesticks. Some might even say, the rooms are magic....

    Ss says: "Great for family"
    "Great for family"
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    My 8yo son loved this and wanted me to listen with him. Very enjoyable. We now have another reason to visit Chicago so we can explore the Thorne rooms. He has requested the sequel.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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