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Stewart

High school teacher; cat & horse lover; jewelry maker

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  • Undead and Unstable: The Undead Series - Betsy, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (247)

    In her 11th adventure, following Undead and Undetermined, Betsy’s up to her fangs in paranormal trouble. Still heartbroken over her friend Marc’s sacrifice, Betsy is further plagued by nagging suspicions that her half-sister Laura is up to no good. It seems that Laura has received an offer to assume her mother’s duties overseeing Hell - but only if she first kills Betsy.

    Stewart says: "Undead and Uninteresting ..."
    "Undead and Uninteresting ..."
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    I do so love Betsy and Sinc-lair and Tina and the whole bunch but unfortunately this series seems to be running out of steam. Lots of relatively random "stuff" went on in this book but nothing ever seemed to actually happen. I enjoyed learning more background but otherwise the book was not all that engaging. It felt like Ms Davidson was really struggling to think up things for Betsy to do.

    If I hadn't already listened to (and loved) the previous ones I'm not sure I would have even finished listening to this one. It sort of droned on and then something would happen and then it would drone on again and then something else would happen that wasn't really related to the first thing that had happened. There were several times I checked to see how much more was left.

    Sinclair was mostly absent. Their relationship was what really made the series for me and without their interaction the rest of it was just time spent hoping for Sinclair and Betsy to get together but it never happened. Even Betsy was getting frustrated at their not connecting.

    While I think the narrator does an excellent job, Sinclair's voice seems almost snide when he speaks to Betsy. Sort of like a husband who has a chickie on the side and is just putting up with his dingbat wife who he can just barely stand - there isn't any more chemistry between them. And the way Betsy treats him who could blame him. I'm pretty sure that's not the intent but that's how it strikes me. I don't think I will puchase any more in the series (if there are more). Ms Davidson needs a new vampire to write about (werewolves don't interest me much) because I really do enjoy her writing.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Ties: Wicked Lovers Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Lexi Maynard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (855)

    When a stalker ratchets up his attempts to get to her, cable sex-talk-show host Morgan O'Malley turns to Jack Cole - a self-proclaimed dominant - for help. Though Jack is a bodyguard, Morgan feels anything but safe in his presence. Because slowly and seductively, Jack is bringing her deepest fantasies to the surface. And when he bends her to his will, what's more shocking than her surrender is how much she enjoys it and how she starts to crave his masterful touch.

    laurie eller says: "worth the credit!"
    "This is supposed to be HOT????"
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    This was my first try at a BDSM/Erotica book and the reviews said it was HOT! ALL the reviews! So I figured it couldn't miss. But what a dissappointment!

    Seems like all the supposed HOT was in the "yes sir" and "I'm going to tie you up" dialogue. The sex itselft passed so quickly I actually slept thru the first one. So I replayed to see what I'd missed and realized I hadn't missed much at all. I finally got too bored to even finish it.

    The story was slow, the guy (strong, silent type) was into playing his silly game and the poor girl was just so young and horney she was willing to put up with his nonsense. I kept wondering how long it would have taken the guy to say "ok" if she had just said I'm not doing all the stupid stuff and if you want me then you need to get over your silly dominance sh*t. I wouldn't have put up with it for 5 minutes and only that long because I would have been laughing in his face for at least three minutes first. Ideally the older you get the less intrigued you are by silly, egotistical men - at least I know I haven't had any patience for that type in years.


    My victorian romance and vampire books are SO MUCH HOTTER AND SEXIER!! Hey the Twilight Books had hotter sex scenes. I'm really hoping the other 2 titles I bought aren't as tame and boring. Sorry to say this will be the first book that I take advantage or the return policy with.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Me, Myself, and Why?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (50)

    It’s her special “talent” which makes Cadence so valuable to the FBI, and it never comes in handier than when she and her partner, George, get tagged to bring down the Threefer Killer. A serial killer who inexplicably likes to kill in threes, leave behind inexplicable newspaper clippings, and not one shred of decent forensic evidence, soon starts leaving messages that seem to be just for Cadence and her sisters. Could it be that this killer knows all about Cadence’s special “talent”?

    Stephanie says: "strange and interesting"
    "Wheels on the bus are flat, flat, flat"
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    Oh dear :(

    First let me say I love you MJ but WHAT were you thinking?

    I would LOVE to know the back story on this book because it's really one of the weirdest ones I've ever read/listened to. Yes the writing and dialog is great (no surprise here), yes I definitely laughed out loud more than a few times, yes it was ... sort of ... interesting, yes the idea of a main character being a totally wacked out multiple personality disordered person is certainly unique. But with all that going for it - it just never went anywhere and then it was done! It's like she had this idea and then ran out of things to do with it.

    It was very difficult to get into and not all that interesting in the beginning (which turned out to be about a third of it) but I kept on listening because I couldn't believe MJ wouldn't turn it around and make it worth the wait. But I was wrong.

    There was a really nice thread of a love story that could have gone in some REALLY interesting directions but MJ totally dropped the ball on that which was probably the most disappointing part of the whole thing. How can you throw away a story about a relationship between 3 persons in the same body and a guy who thinks it's a hoot? A guy who doesn't mind not know who will show up for a date? A guy who picks fights in a parking lot to watch his girl kick butt??

    If you can get it free from your local lending library it's not a bad read but otherwise save your credits for Queen Betsy. I wish I had.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pale Demon: The Hollows, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1974)
    Performance
    (1383)
    Story
    (1390)

    Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches' conference and clear her name, or be trapped in the demonic ever-after - forever after.

    But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, anda pixy in one car, going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets for assassination.

    Mariya says: "Incredible Internal Consistency"
    "Pales in Comparison"
    Overall

    I looked forward to this book so much that in order to prolong the pleasure I reread the previous book before starting it. Unfortunately it was a disappointment. The only reason this book "went anywhere" was because they were on a road trip and went from Cinci to the West Coast. I read about the idea that MS Harrison had for the road trip theme but it was weak at best. The action seemed sort of random like she had to find something for someone to do at intervals along the way. I did enjoy the softening of Al but Pierce was a total stick in this one - going from a hottie to an incidental character with little chemistry between him and Rachel. And then there is the "new" Trent - who seems a bit nicer and apparently also in love with Rachel. She's a lucky gal - everyone (Al, Pierce, Trent, and Ivy) seems to be in love with her but they all wind up disappointing her in one way or the other. You would think after this many books there would be SOMEONE she could count on who won't kill, use, eat her? And her "poor me I'm a victim" attitude is REALLY starting to get OLD!

    Let her glory in what she is - live half in both dimensions and kick butt in both - it's about freakin' time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Time

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Elisa Paige
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    When artist James Wesley realizes Evie Reed is dying, he is so moved by the beautiful reporter's determination to live that he makes her immortal—a vampire, like him. She's the woman he's been waiting over 150 years for. Though initially shocked by the change, Evie quickly embraces her second chance at life, and love. But just as James and Evie begin to define eternity together, a zealot breaks an ancient treaty, threatening a peace between humans and vampires that has stood for a thousand years.

    Stewart says: "Time Well Spent!"
    "Time Well Spent!"
    Overall

    Really good read!

    It seemed to jump right into the very interesting story which at first left me with lots of questions. But the back story was well woven into the plot and all of my questions were ultimately answered and everything came together as the story progressed. It is a wonderful love story with interesting characters. At times the dialogue seemed somewhat predictable but I almost feel saying that is being way too picky. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the only thing that disappointed me was the ending which left lots of opportunity for a second book. There WILL be a second book - won't there???

    Even at 13+ hours it went quickly - I hated to put it down to go to bed. The narrator also did an excellent.job. I highly recommend this book - it's definitly worthy of a credit!


    Hmm ... and now that I'm rereading my review - I think I'll just go listen to it again :)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sunshine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robin McKinley
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (249)

    There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while. Unfortunately, she wasn't alone. She never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires.

    Amazon Customer says: "An absolutely riveting, addictive tale"
    "LOVED IT!!"
    Overall

    What a terrific story. I do agree about the info-dumps tho - the author needs to work more of her research into the story rather than just dumping it out onto the pages. But having said that I would love to see what happens next. At the end I had soooo many questions and really feel there is so much more left to tell. Please please please Ms McKinley - can you give us more of Sunshine's story???

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Reformed Vampire Support Group

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Catherine Jinks
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Nina Harrison, fanged at 15 and still living with her mother, hates the Reformed Vampire Support Group meetings every Tuesday night. Even if she does appreciate Dave, who was in a punk band when he was alive, nothing exciting ever happens. That is, until one of group members is mysteriously destroyed by a silver bullet. With Nina and Dave at the helm, the misfit vampires soon band together to track down the hunter, save a werewolf, and keep the world safe from the likes of themselves.

    Stewart says: "Vampires & Werewolves & UnDead Oh My!"
    "Vampires & Werewolves & UnDead Oh My!"
    Overall

    This is such a cute book! The writing is funny and believable (especially considering the subject) and everything just flows. The reader's Aussie accent makes it even more interesting.

    Even tho it's listed as YA it's well enough written for us "Old" Adults too. Feel safe sharing it with your kids unless they have pet guinea pigs - the only icky part may be the references to guinea pigs as a food source.

    An enjoyable, amusing quick "read." I loved it!

    But's that's just my opinion :)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Secret: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (538)

    Lightning-struck sleuth Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver take a break from looking for the dead to visit the two little girls they both think of as sisters. But, as always happens when they travel to Texas, memories of their horrible childhood resurface.

    Linda says: "Really liked it!"
    "Gravely Dreary"
    Overall

    I really wanted to like this series - I LOVE the Southern Vampire series and have read them all over and over. But the Harper Connally series is just a pale "ghost" of what it could be.

    In spite of the fact that the first two books are pretty slow going and the reader speaks in a tediously slooooo gravely monotone for all of her characters, I've kept reading. The mysteries are only moderately interesting but there are hints of a much more interesting relationship between Harper and Tolliver. Unfortunately it isn't until book 3 that this relationship comes into focus. Ms Harris is known for her attention to detail and in the Sookie series it works. Here it just bogs everything down.

    The tone was so dreary I even fell asleep a few times and had to replay parts of it. The love scenes were in no way even remotely comparable to the funny, sexy, tingly lovemaking of Sookie and Eric. Harper and Tolliver's chemistry seemed forced and uncomfortable even tho it was the most interesting part of the book. Their lovemaking was sad and unsexy (and what she did with his sweatshirt was definitely TMI). Harper constantly wavers between neurotic, helpless, jellyfish and a wonderwoman wannabe. When it seemed she might lose Tolliver forever you knew it wouldn't happen because there is still too much of the book to go and she would be in a fetal position in a corner without him.

    And then the end comes. Suddenly in a paragraph or two all plots are wrapped up, everything is explained and you are told what's going to happen in the future. I guess this is the last book in the series? Or maybe Ms Harris had to move on to something else (hopefully another Sookie story).

    I just wish that Ms Harris had spent her time working on another Sookie book and released that instead. I would so much rather have 2 of those a year than one more about these two sad, barely likeable, drearily co-dependant characters.

    But that's just my opinion :)

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4338)
    Performance
    (1611)
    Story
    (1622)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Job Wanted"
    Overall

    The premise sounded good but the book was so slow and boring I couldn't finish it. Nothing much happened really slowly and uninterestingly. This was one of the first audio books I got but was definitely the most disappointing.

    Wish I could return it :)

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Touch of Dead: Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1653)
    Performance
    (799)
    Story
    (790)

    New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has re-imagined the supernatural world with her "spunky" (Tampa Tribune) Southern Vampire novels, starring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Now, for the first time, here is every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written - together in one volume. The stories include "Fairy Dust", "One Word Answer", "Dracula Night", "Lucky" and "Giftwrap".

    A User says: "Good read after Sookie's series"
    "A Touch of Sookie"
    Overall

    OK I'll admit it - I am a Sookie Stackhouse junkie. After finding this series this past summer and listening to all 9 of the books in a non-stop 3-week marathon I just can't get enough of her stories. I had not read any of the short stories so this book was like a little taste of candy to help hold me over until next May and book #10.

    The familiar voices of the most excellent Johanna Parker (hint - listen to anything she narrates!) make the stories seem like letters from family. They also fill in some of the little incidental references in the books.

    All in all, it was a very enjoyable visit with beloved old friends.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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