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  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3144)
    Performance
    (2856)
    Story
    (2868)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Ms Harris seemed burned out on her series"
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    I really wish Ms Harris would have ended this series with 8 books instead of dragging it out. It steadily got worse, as the books went on. (kinda like Anita Blake). Some of these authors need to learn when to end a series, before they get totally burned out, and write crap in order to pick up their paycheck. Where are the editors anyway?
    I know I'm not writing the books, but I do think when an author has created a huge following, those readers should be considered and listened to. Someone needs to look where their paycheck came from.
    That being said......this book was rushed, with stupid cameos all the way through it from just about every character ever introduced. Things that made Sookie, Sookie in other books, all of a sudden are different in this book. Doesn't the author use cliff notes to remind herself what abilities and history her characters have?
    Spoiler Alert====

    Spolier Alert!!!
    I really feel the whole series should have been Sookie's dream (Like Bobby in Dallas) cause Sookie didn't achieve anything in the end. She ended up right where she started out, working in a diner with Sam, not really sold on wanting Sam, so she'll have to think about it for awhile. (oh yes, that's cause Ms Harris wants to sell us another book in a few months.Fat chance on me buying that one.) Sookie went through all kinds of horrible experiences, only to be jilted by the one man that she truly ever loved. All these books, making Eric always being there to rescue her, and he becomes a slave to another vampire in the end. (Oh yes, that's how he started out too)
    So basically, Ms Harris sees ones life going full circle, ending up just where you started and no HEA for her main characters. She should have killed them off, dying in each others arms. I think it would have been easier to deal with, than to totally alter their characters. Neither one of them would have just given up and settled, in earlier books, but that's what Ms Harris seemed to forget again. Shame on her.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sterling: Mageri, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dannika Dark
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (543)

    Zoë Merrick lived an ordinary life until late one night, she was brutally attacked and left for dead. She survived, saved by a stranger who witnessed her undergo a physical transformation. That's not the only thing that's different. Zoë is unable to control an unexplainable energy coursing through her body. Justus De Gradi is a man who can teach her that control. He's handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. He reveals that she is a Mage - an immortal made of light, not magic. She must now make a choice: Rebuild her life in the human world with the man who saved her, or live with Justus and learn how to use her extraordinary gifts. Justus has sworn an oath to protect her life, but can he guard her from the one man who has a right to claim it?

    Robin in Vermont says: "Sparkling Paranormal!"
    "Good start for a series"
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    She's attacked, saved by one stranger, then saved by another stranger, and still another stranger runs to her rescue. I don't know what's so special about this girl, but the men seem to know, as everyone wants to protect and maybe love her. She's not without her enemies though, that want her for hidden reasons. That's where the story becomes interesting, the mysterious part of it and hopefully we will learn more about Zoe's special gifts in future installments. As for this one, it's a nice beginning that introduces us to the mage world, that she's been thrown in to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Run with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2274)
    Performance
    (2111)
    Story
    (2091)

    Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger - only to discover he's really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don't faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she's known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham - that's a risk. Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper. The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.

    Hassan says: "A Refreshing Book & Funny too!!!"
    "Another winner from Molly Harper"
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    Always my favorites, the Werewolves and Vampires. I don't think I would ever want to read any of these books, when Amanda Ronconi is narrating them. Her delivery adds so much to the story that undeniably it wouldn't be the same without her voice. This one has the usual predictability as most of the series does, but who cares when they are so enjoyable and always leaves you feeling good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fourth Watcher: A Poke Rafferty Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    The author of the Looking for Trouble travel book series, Poke Rafferty is ready to settle down in Bangkok with his fiance, Rose, and his newly adopted daughter, Miaow. But trouble isn't ready to let him go; it's back in Poke's life with a vengeance, in the guise of his long-estranged father, Frank, the last person he ever wanted to see again. And Frank hasn't come empty-handed, arriving with a box of rubies, a wad of fraudulent identity papers, and one of the most dangerous gangsters in China in hot pursuit.

    David says: "Immersive"
    "Another excellent installment"
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    The publisher's summary says it all, as to the basic plot of the story. Everything is going right for Poke, but that is seemingly coming to an end, when Rose is caught up in a counterfeiting scheme, and his long lost Father shows up bringing more danger to Poke's family. What the summary does leave out is the wonderful character development and how you truly feel you know these people along with their struggles. It's an engrossing story that doesn't let you down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Along Came a Spider

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Charles Turner
    Overall
    (1483)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (908)

    Along Came a Spider first introduced Alex Cross, the brilliant homicide detective. When the daughter of a Hollywood actress and the son of the Secretary of the Treasury are kidnapped, Cross and the Secret Service are pitted against Gary Soneji, a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century.

    Robert Randell says: "Extremely disappointing"
    "Good introduction to Alex Cross"
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    Enjoyed the book, but will probably read the rest. The narration tended to take away from the excellent story. My first introduction to the Alex Cross character sparked my interest in hearing more from him and his peers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6719)
    Performance
    (6214)
    Story
    (6213)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Always 5 stars for Harry"
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    Harry wakes up from death and now it's time to be the Winter Knight. Maab prepares him as only Maab would do, 72 days of fighting for his life. This does get him ready for his real quest where he is enlightened by the Summer Mother, of the real fight humanity faces daily. Harry and company are together again, in their battle against evil as only the combination of Jim Butcher's imagination and James Marster's magic delivery can do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Force

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susannah Sandlin
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    When a bomb explodes inside a Houston high-rise and the governor of Texas goes missing in the ensuing melee, former army ranger Jack "Kell" Kellison and the Omega Force counterterrorism team are called into action. Their mission: infiltrate the activist group suspected of masterminding the bombing, neutralize the threat, and recover the hostage. Yet within moments of meeting his prime suspect, beautiful environmentalist Mori Chastaine, Kell knows she's innocent of the bombing - but definitely guilty of something.

    Karen says: "Suspense with a dash of fantasy"
    "May become a good series"
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    Listened to this story after hearing "Allegiance", where Robin and Nick were dominant characters. Robin is a fun gal with all kinds of surprises, but she is not the main character of this story. Kel and Moory are the focus here, and the story was interesting although it did drag at times with too much detail. The narration could have been better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiance: The Penton Legacy, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Susannah Sandlin
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (132)

    British vampire psychiatrist and former mercenary Cage Reynolds returns to Penton, Alabama, looking for a permanent home. The town has been ravaged by the ongoing vampire war and the shortage of untainted human blood, and now the vampires and humans that make up the Omega Force are trying to rebuild. Cage hopes to help the cause, put down roots in Penton, and resolve his relationship with Melissa Calvert. The last thing he expects is to find himself drawn to Robin Ashton, a trash-talking eagle shape-shifter and new Omega recruit.

    tina says: "Not as good as first few books"
    "Another good installment"
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    Didn't know if I was going to like this installment when I started listening, but didn't take long to hold my interest. I think much of that was due to the new characters of Robin and Nick, especially that 'Little Bird", as she really made the story perk up, by adding a good bit of humor. Had to go listen to Storm Front though, when I finished this book, because she was introduced in it. The narrator of this story did a much better job with Robin and Nick's voices(really didn't care for the Storm Front narration)
    This installment opens up some new doors for the Penton Legacy and is a quick listen, but beware it only partially ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Infernal: The Order of the Sanguines Series

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    As an escalating scourge of grisly murders sweeps the globe, archaeologist Erin Granger must decipher the truth behind an immortal prophecy foretold in the Blood Gospel, a tome written by Christ and lost for centuries: The shackles of Lucifer have been loosened, and his Chalice remains lost. It will take the light of all three to forge the Chalice anew and banish him again to his eternal darkness.

    Julie says: "Great book!"
    "Good ending for the series"
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    I've heard this is the last of the series, with the three completing their quest, but I could see more quests in the future with the small opening at the story's end. Not that I would mind. The story wraps up nicely, but does have it's losses leaving me a bit sad. Thoroughly enjoyed the series, although the narrator was rather slow in reading an extra long book, making it drag somewhat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desert Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (182)

    A cop lies dying beneath the blistering Arizona sun - a local lawman who may well have become the next sheriff of Cochise County. The police brass claim that Andy Brady was dirty, and that his shooting was a suicide attempt. Joanna Brady, his devoted wife and mother of their nine-year-old daughter, knows a cover-up when she hears one...and murder when she sees it.

    CatBookMom says: "A great beginning to a terrific series"
    "Nice Surprise!"
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    Tried out a new author (for me anyway) from a friend's recommendation. Really enjoyed listening to this book, in fact it took all day Sunday, but I finished it. It is the first of the Joanna Brady series, which starts with a death and a big mystery. Joanna's life is turned upside down on her 10th anniversary, and soon she's led to believe that her husband might have been hiding secrets from her. She won't give up til all her questions are answered though, even as her own life is put in danger. I have to say that I couldn't figure out all the bad guys, which made me want to jump to the end, to satisfy my curiosity. I didn't give in, but kept listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8138)
    Performance
    (4459)
    Story
    (4516)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Karen says: "Not a King fan...BUT"
    "Amazing!"
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    Oh wow, don't start this series unless you're ready to go on a reading frenzy. I'm on to the prequel "Little Sisters of Eluria" and the graphic novels, to get more background on Roland, the Gunslinger. He's the last of his kind on a quest to find The Tower. Slowly we get bits and pieces from his past, while trying to figure out why he is looking for The Tower. To get there, he needs answers from The Man in Black, whom he trails throughout the book. He meets a boy, Jake, that seems to have a part in the whole scheme, so together they travel.
    It's an intriguing tale that only begins with this novel. However, that fact isn't disappointing, cause you won't be ready to leave this fascinating world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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