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matteson, IL, USA | Member Since 2010

  • 9 reviews
  • 125 ratings
  • 176 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "What a good listen!"

    I wanted a good but fun story to listen to. I found it with this audio book. Although targeted to young teens...and I am hardly a was a good listen for people who enjoy a little fantasy, history, and a bit of sarcasm!

    I really enjoyed the story - full of action, wit and some really over-the-top voices for certain characters. It was great. The narrators were enjoyable and I could envision the two teen heroes of the story. I am looking forward to the next book.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Raintree: Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber, Stefan Rudnicki

    Two hundred years after the Raintree clan defeated and abandoned them on a small Caribbean Island, the Ansara wizards are rising again to take on their bitterest foes. Despite their extraordinary powers and supernatural origin, the Raintree have largely blended into the modern world. They are bankers, cops, husbands, wives, and lovers in the society of humankind. But now, from Nevada to North Carolina, the rejoined battle will measure the endurance of their people.

    Virginia A. Mickelson says: "A 'no ending' story"
    "Good story, but..."

    What the h***! Where is the rest of the book? I am disappointed particularly when I started to really enjoy the story. If this is the type of "cliffhanger" these books are...I'd rather not listen to the book at all. The female narrator's voice was the equivalent of nails on a chalkboard because she made the female character so whiny. I've given the story 3 stars only because of the story line. What a waste of a credit. >:(

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • KnockOut: FBI Thriller #13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo, Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Seven-year-old Autumn Backman has a gift: she can communicate telepathically with others. Not everyone, mind you, but with a select few with whom she shares a special kinship. When Autumn and her mother, Joanna, take her father's ashes to be buried in the family plot in Brickers Bowl, Georgia, she witnesses a horrifying sight: her grandmother and two uncles, burying a pile of dead bodies in the middle of the night.

    Lehua says: "Predictable all the way"
    "Oh...what a good book"

    I enjoyed listening to this book. The readers were just great with the variations used for each character. The author's writing was wonderful. I couldn't wait to hear the ending. Of course, you'll know that the "bad" characters didn't totally win in the end, but what an exciting story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Born in Ice: Born in Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Fiacre Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In winter, Brianna Concannon's bed-and-breakfast is a cold and empty place. And that's fine with Brianna. She enjoys the peace and quiet, even when icy winds howl at her window. This year, though, she's expecting an unusual guest: mystery writer Grayson Thane, from America. And sometimes a fire can be born in ice.

    Sara says: "Great book! The narrator is amazing...."
    "Good story, but..."

    The story was good, but the reader almost killed it for me. There is a lack of emotion in the reading although the characters were clearing defined in voice, something was missing. I wonder if the reader is used to doing non-romanace stories because his voice is great, but not for a romance. As far as the story, Nora Roberts does it again. I think I'll purchase the book and read if for myself.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Rival

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brenda Joyce
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A golden man, he is called Black Royce, a battle-hardened soldier of the gods. His vows are his life, until he is sent to New York City to protect a Healer from those who would use her powers for themselves. The moment Royce sees beautiful, feisty Allie Monroe, he knows she will be his only weakness...and he is right.

    Kelley says: "Too much of a multiply good thing."
    "Couldn't wait for the wrap up!"

    I wanted to listen to this book because I liked some of the other books in this series. So regardless of the reviews, I jumped in anyway. OMG, I couldn't wait for it to end. By the 2nd half, I was so sick of hearing "What does that mean?" There were parts of the story that kept my attention, but it was hard getting past the idiot heroine. I have to agree to another reviewer that the author made her "silly" to put herself in constant danger for love. Once, maybe twice, but throughout the whole story! Three stars for overall story but you'll need patience to make it to the end.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Pagan Stone: Sign of Seven, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Years ago, after their blood brother ritual, Gage, Fox, and Caleb emerged from the woods, each with a piece of bloodstone. Now, it will become their weapon in the final fight against the demon they awakened. Winner take all...Shared nightmares, visions of blood and fire, and random violence begin to plague the longtime friends and Quinn, Layla, and Cybil, the women bound to them by fate. None of them can ignore the fact that, this year, the demon has grown stronger.

    Kristina says: "Rating"
    "Loved IT!"

    I have listened to the audio version of the two previous books in this series and couldn't wait for the final book to be released. As soon as I saw it listed here, I snagged it immediately. The conclusion was just as excellent as the first 2 books. I couldn't stop listening with "and then what happened next" type of anticipation. What a good story and characters! Oh, the reader was good also =)

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Accidentally Yours

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Wanted: Single mom seeks billionaire's pocketbook to fund dying son's research cure. Will seduce if necessary. Blackmail is not out of the question. Miracles welcome.

    Stephanie says: "I really like this book"
    "I really enjoyed it!"

    Initially, I wasn't sure about this story. Seemed okay reading the synopsis, but this actually a good story. The reader was excellent with the sound and emotion behind her voices. The story was fun, romantic, and emotional (the scene with the child got me a little teary-eyed). I've listened to this story twice so far. It's not heavy reading (listening), there are no BIG cases to solve or murders committed. It's an enjoyable love story with a heart!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Tempted

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Zoe Winslow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    I had everything a woman could want... My husband, James. The house on the lake. My life. Our perfect life. And then Alex came to visit. The first time I saw my husband's best friend, I didn't like him. Didn't like how James changed when he was around, didn't like how his penetrating eyes followed me everywhere.

    Brandon says: "I'M SHOCKED!"
    "Some parts are just a little Boring"

    Okay...this is probably the longest 12 hours I have experienced so far while listening to this audiobook. The erotic scenes were indeed hot, but the story / characters just lagged in too many places. The family sub-stories were irritating and felt like filler. Overall, I liked the main characters, but the men seemed a little weak to me. I'd have to think twice before I purchase another book from this author.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Brothers: Sign of Seven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys - Caleb, Fox, and Gage - went on a camping trip to the Pagan Stone. And 21 years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men - and the women who love them.

    beth says: "So-So for Nora"
    "A book worth listening to!"

    I am a new member. I normally just read the book - this is my 3rd time "listening" to an audiobook. The reader was great! A little odd to hear a man attempting female voices - kinda like Travolta in the new version of "Hairspray" or Nathan Lane in "Birdcage" - but you get used to it and can easily identify the characters in the story with the changes in his voice. So well in fact, I could just as easily imagine reactions, scenery, character types, etc. Of course, Nora Roberts is an excellent story teller. I can not wait to "read" Book 2 and the coming third book in this series. Okay'm hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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