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TLing

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  • Vampire Academy: Vampire Academy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2327)
    Performance
    (1399)
    Story
    (1424)

    St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's - the very place where they're most in danger.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Buy it! Vampire fan or not."
    "Don't Ignore series because of narrator changes"
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    I never listen to book series with multiple narrators so i was very glad at taking a chance this time. So far i have listened to 4 books from the series, the 1st one had the best narrator but the books afterwards have great plot. I was also supprised at the "young readers" label. The main character stars off at 17 but as the novels progress you don't see any immaturaty except for a few reminders here and there. This series doesn't have sex scenes of a graphic nature except in one or 2 places and when they do, they are very well done. I love the amount of social conflicts with an emphasis on false assumptions. I am also impressed by the amount of combat and how you as a reader learn along with the characters in the books to be guards. The books are very well writen. Oh one more thing i should mention... the audio books have some sound effects at certain places and is done better then most. An example would be when one character is talking with another using magic there is kinda of a cave reverabrate effect that you might not hear unless your paying attention. I have always thought sound effects were annoying or amateurish but I think this audio series has changed my mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Circus: Final Act: Cirque des Immortels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By A. R. Kahler
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Despite Vivienne’s broken heart and deadly truths, the show must go on at the Cirque des Immortels. But it takes more than glamour and sex appeal to keep the Big Top running; without the magic and support Viv came to rely on, the circus is in danger. Now the troupe verges on rebellion, the war between Mab and Oberon rages on, and a horrifying menace looms - with Vivienne stuck in the middle of it all.

    TLing says: "The last book has some issues. (Spoiler alerts)"
    "The last book has some issues. (Spoiler alerts)"
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    Several things bothered me about the book towards the end.

    Vivian got angry at one of the shifters who was refusing to help put up the tents. They demanded to be released from their contract. All this time vivian thought she had no control over it. She got angry and then poof the contract was changed. If you read it carefully you will realize that it was in fact a change, not a release clause of the agreement. First of all, the contracts cannot be changed except on full moons. This was not one of those days. Second of all, it needs to be done with the blood of the person the contract is with. It's indicated by the scene where vivian signed her own contract and of course the glimpse in the future in this third book of her interactions with a friend that requested cancellation. The author isn't consistent when it comes to the blood requirement of the circus contracts.

    Vivian had an easy out by going to tir na nog once she made the bargain with oberon. It happened only a chapter or 2 before so it's not like she forgot about it. As soon as she made the Oberon bargain she could have named the entire winter court as her friends. A few scenes after that she escaped him which gave her the opportunity to go directly there. That would have made her the hero, sacrificing her one human life to have any happy ending in a version of heaven and at the same time saving the fairies from endless war and all of the humans from a demon apocalypse bu na we can't have people making logical decisions.

    Vivian wanted her powers back and mab demanded a super high price for it talking about some nonsense of balance etc. It's total b.s. logic. Vivian wanted to kill mab's enemies and save the world which includes everyone under mab's charge yet mab can't agree without this stupid requirement. It absolutely ridiculous. All vivian had to do was to reach out and grab the arm of someone she rescued for a few seconds. It's a weak justification at best.

    The world set up by the author said fairies cannot break their word yet Oberon did when he attacked the camp and harmed vivian's friends before her second incarnation. I can understand violations of pacts and super powerful beings who are able to fight magic bindings but i got the impression that the author was trying to tie things together. The scene where Oberon and vivian made one emphasized how intrusive and powerful the agreement was but then a few chapters latter it's like the requirement that he not harm her friends never existed.

    Mab told the 3 attacking demons how they were really made but did those demons turn on their maker, no they didn't. They attacked mab in spite of the fact that the only thing that allowed Oberon to control them was that anger.

    The last thing about the book that bothered me, towards the end, an ally of vivian stopped time telling her she cannot kill all the enemies at once so she needed to make a sacrifice to do so. Hey look time is stopped and all my enemies are just standing there defenseless. I can talk with you wave my hands around take a step or even take the bad guys out one at a time but oh no, I can't because that would be too easy.

    I absolutely loved the books but i think the person who checks continuity missed a few things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pretty When She Kills: Pretty When She Dies, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Kristin Allison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    When Amaliya harnessed her necromancer powers to defeat her greatest enemy, she believed she had finally found a happy ending with Cian, her lover and the master of Austin. That happiness is short-lived when the vampire ruling over San Antonio attempts a takeover of Austin in order to capture Amaliya and use her power for his own devices.

    Camille says: "Surprise Plot Twists!"
    "Dont buy any books to this series."
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    I bought the first book, it had some problems. I thought I was being overly critical so i decided to give the second try. That was a mistake. There were too many characters. I had to restart one chapter 3 times because I could not figure out who was who. I would hear the narrator say 2 lines and then after the fact realize it's 2 different people. When that was not happening I was getting lost inside the writer's schizophrenic storyline jumping from one group of characters to another. I think the final straw for me was some mysterious ring that was inserted into the story inorder to con us into thinking all of the past random scenes were leading up to this "planed" part of the book. It was just stupid. I am sorry for being so harsh but it was. Someone mentions a ring one other time then all the sudden it's like the most important thing ever. I turned off the book without finishing it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pretty When She Dies: A Vampire Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Kristin Allison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (107)

    Amaliya wakes under the forest floor, disoriented, famished and confused. She digs out of the shallow grave and realizes she is hungry... ... in a new, horrific, unimaginable way... Sating her great hunger, she discovers that she is now a vampire, the bloodthirsty creature of legend. She has no choice but to flee from her old life and travels across Texas. Her new hunger spurs her to leave a wake of death and blood behind her as she struggles with her new nature. All the while, her creator is watching.

    Laura Little Read Riding Hood says: "A great Back to Basics Vampire Story"
    "Give it a try"
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    The book is good but you have to tollerate the first half. This vampire book is a more of a back to basics without drowning you in over the top reality changes that break believability. Many people will miss out because they don't hang in there and realize that the narrators monotone is due to 3rd person pespective and a disorientated character being overly emphasized early on. There were a few parts where the he said she said got annoying but i understand that because the transition from text to audio isn't always perfect. The book got good latter on and I ended up loving it so i am buying the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eternal Kiss of Darkness: The Night Huntress World Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2410)
    Performance
    (1630)
    Story
    (1623)

    Chicago private investigator Kira Graceling should have just kept on walking. But her sense of duty refused to let her ignore the moans of pain coming from inside a warehouse just before dawn. Suddenly she finds herself in a world she’s only imagined in her worst nightmares.

    Ashley says: "Okay, Bones doesn't sound like my British ex but!"
    "Good book destroyed by soft porn"
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    Ok this is the second of the series and it's more of the same. The story line is great, then a stupid sex scene is throne in to destroy it. I know every once in a while you have those reviewers (complainers) who don't realize a book is romance so they give 1 or 2 stars because it isn't the book for them but that is not the case here. Almost everything in my collection can be classified as a romance but even I can't take it anymore. I don't understand why authors cannot separate the book so 20 minute sex scenes are their own chapter. If I get tired of listening to porn I should be able to skip it. If there was some way for me to avoid the porn I would but oh no... you have to add something so important that if I skip to the next chapter, I am totally lost. It makes me really angry that great character development and plot is waisted on porn. I loved the Night Huntress series and I wanted to get more back story but I give up. Oh did i forget to say porn?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • First Drop of Crimson: Night Huntress World, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (2809)
    Performance
    (1880)
    Story
    (1894)

    He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human—even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the nightmare together, because once the first crimson drop falls, they will both be lost.

    Kickez says: "Read the "Night Huntress" series 1st!"
    "Good story line ruined by too much romance."
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    I love the night huntress series but when I tried to listen to this one I feel like I am left out. There are many listeners like myself who like supernatural novels and enjoy character development but are tired of most vampire books being soft porn. Don't get me wrong, this is a good book it's just that I was expecting more then love stories from the “Night Huntress World”. I get the impression that the author decided to do short story romance and is leveraging their good writing skills to force a story line around it. I cannot emphasize enough that the narrator is excellent and Jeaniene Frost's writing is far better then most. The problem is that this book crossed that thin line to where you have to say it's just a romance. Besides the night huntress and this one I am also listening to “A Night Prince Novel” with Vlad which I do think is more in line with the balanced romance/action/mystery I was looking for when I tried this one. I already bought “Eternal Kiss of Darkness" just in case I am being overly critical. We will see.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bill the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Rick Gualtieri
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (214)

    There are reasons we fear the night. He isn't one of them. Bill Ryder was a dateless dweeb...then he died. Unfortunately for him that was just the beginning of his troubles. He awoke to find himself a vampire, one of the legendary predators of the night. Unfortunately for him, he was still at the bottom of the food chain. Now he finds himself surrounded by creatures stronger, deadlier and a whole lot cooler than he is. Worst yet, they all want him dead...permanently this time.

    Mike Naka says: "imagine howard stern as a vampire"
    "Incredible"
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    This is the funniest book i have ever listened to in my life. I am serious. I could not stop laughing. I never knew it was possible to fit so much humor into a good story line. The writer is a genius.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Greywalker: Greywalker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kat Richardson
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (362)

    Kat Richardson excels at creating vivid, fast-moving novels that blend urban fantasy with paranormal mystery. In Greywalker, Seattle P.I. Harper Blaine is viciously attacked and murdered - but after exactly two minutes, somehow she returns to life. Now she's seeing strange things all around her - dark visions from the shadow world - and living a normal life may no longer be possible no matter how hard she tries.

    Nathan says: "A fun take on the paranormal ..."
    "Series starts out decent but fails after book 5"
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    I liked the first few books. Other then the dialog related to mysterious messages and cryptic comments of antagonist i like the series very much. That is, at first. The early books were a little slow but i thought, hey most good novels are like that and then i looked over at the good ratings so i told myself i was being too harsh. Give it a chance. Book 2 and 3 were great so i guess i was being too critical. The problem is the progression of the storyline. Books 4 and 5 really expanded the supernatural content. Our main character goes from a private investigator with a near death experience to a near godly (book 5) kick a$$ heroine we all want. I liked the direction of the series so much so that i bought book 6 and 7 while i was still listening to 5. So you might be asking yourself why i rated the series so low, It's because at the end of book 5 our girl gets a ability/power reset. The girl goes from awsome to nothing. At first i thought this was just a way to relax some of the hype, ya know to steer the books back to their roots but you can't go from saving the world with super powers in one book to a character that has to have a ferrit save her in the next. She is pathetic. After skimming the rest of book 6 and book 7 i have decided to stop listening to the series.

    My advice... If you did not absolutly love the first book, don't bother listening to the rest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unclean Spirits: Book One of the Black Sun's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By M.L.N. Hanover
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (206)

    When her uncle Eric is murdered, Jayné travels to Denver to settle his estate, only to learn that it's all hers - and more vast than she ever imagined. And along with properties across the world and an inexhaustible fortune, Eric left her a legacy of a different kind: his unfinished business with a cabal of wizards known as the Invisible College.

    Niki Rogers says: "LOVE this new Series!"
    "Bad narrator and writing"
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    I am very disapointed in the narrator's inability to seperate characters. I became completely confused as to who was saying what because the first scene had 4 characters with the same monotone voice regardless of their gender and actions they took. I was also confused by the narrator refering to the supernaturals of this series as "unclean spirits". A spirit is a ghost, not a vamp or a werewolf. I did not like the amount of cursing in the first 10 minutes. I felt like the narrator was a 4 year old that needed to be put in a timeout for trying to talk like the cool kids. So now we are 7 minutes in after all that nonsense between Eric and a couple of thugs then he sneezes and hid driver says "gesundheit". Apparently this is a clue. Eric thinks to himself "that guy is a little too nice" and then a minute latter the driver shoots him but of course the assasin has to first annouce that eric figured it out before doing the deed. Bad bad writing. The audio excerpt audiable provided is totally misleading because you do not get a true sense of how bad the writing/narration actually is.

    P.S. i found a site saying M.L.N. Hanover is a pseudonym for Daniel Abraham

    3 of 5 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
    (1745)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (753)

    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.

    Vanessa says: "Great Concept / Annoying Character"
    "Love this series"
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    This book is the best book of the series but I am addicted to the series and can't wait for the new one to come out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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