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V

I'm just here for the laughs!

San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 16 reviews
  • 57 ratings
  • 298 titles in library
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  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11558)
    Performance
    (6957)
    Story
    (6847)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "I'm STILL Laughing!"
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    As a mother of 3, this was absolutely one of the funniest and most honest "bedtime stories" I've ever heard! My husband listened, and almost shot his drink through his nose! Samuel L. Jackson was the perfect narrator... I'm telling everyone I know about it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steamed: A Gourmet Girl Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jessica Park, Susan Conant
    • Narrated By Kim McKean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The perfect mystery for readers with an appetite for crime. Food connoisseur Chloe Carter is on a quest for the perfect meal and man. That's why the "Gourmet Girl" accepts an online date with "Dinner Dude". Too bad he's murdered in the restaurant. Leave it to Chloe to fall in love with the chef, who's also suspect number one.

    V says: "Fun Story, Sorority Girl Narrator"
    "Fun Story, Sorority Girl Narrator"
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    Honestly, the storyline was fun and funny, but the narrator ruined it for me. She mispronounced quite a few words, and her whole delivery was a bit "Valley Girl Gone to College". I never finished listening- I'll be checking to see if my local library carries the actual series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fury of Fire: Dragonfury, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (1129)
    Story
    (1141)

    A clandestine race of half-dragon, half-humans known as dragon-shifters lives among us. Bastian, leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, is sworn to protect humankind at all costs. For him, honor and duty always come first. When the clan dictates he take a human mate to sire a son, he falters, aware that for a human to birth a dragon-shifter she must die. Myst, the woman given into his care, is the most extraordinary he’s ever met, and though he can’t bear the thought of harming her, he is bound by duty.

    Teresa says: "The good, the bad and the ugly."
    "A bit of a rip off..."
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    I can see how this book would be a good listen for someone who's never read JR Ward before, but as a huge fan of hers, this book honestly disappointed me. The writing style has a very strong resemblance to Ms. Ward's, not to mention some of the character's and
    similarities in dialogue. Some of the terms and phrases used are very popular in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and it felt like I was listening to a watered down version of it.

    That being said, I did enjoy the plot, but when it comes to this kind of novel, I'll stick to the Master- JR Ward's done it already, and done it right.

    21 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Lothaire: Immortals After Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1188)
    Performance
    (1109)
    Story
    (1107)

    Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness - until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.

    Nicola says: "Amazing Book"
    "Happy Listening!"
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    I adore Robert Petkoff as a narrator, but his female voices don't thrill me. He seems to naturally have a deeper voice, which makes his males AMAZING, but his females come off a bit breathy and bimbo-y sounding. That being said, his male characters completely rock my socks. There doesn't seem to be a single accent Mr. Petkoff can't master (even Ellie's Appalachian twang was good) and his inflections are fantastic. When Lothaire's ticked, you know it, and when he's feeling amorous, you feel it.

    The story itself was great. I loved that at the end, things weren't necessarily tied up neat and tidy in a bow. Lothaire is still the severely half crazy Enemy of Old, and Ellie is now less black and white in her views of right and wrong. They're relationship will continue to be tested in the dramas to come, and they've found what they need in each other.

    I'm still hoping Kresley Cole's other books in the series will be put on audiobooks- I'd get every single one!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Warlord Wants Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Hagan Verret, Simone Fomhar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (631)

    Nikolai Wroth, once a ruthless human warlord in the 1700s and now a general in the rebel vampire army, needs to find his bride, the one woman who can render him truly alive. As a turned human, he doesn’t enjoy a heartbeat or breathing and is consequently weaker than fully blooded vampires. He wants his bride for the power she will bring him and can hardly believe it when his heart beats for Myst the Coveted, a mad, fey, mythological creature. Myst is known throughout the world as the most beautiful Valkyrie, part chillingly fierce warrior, part beguiling seductress....

    Amazon Customer says: "Big Disappointment"
    "Much Better Than Expected"
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    From other reviews I'd read, I honestly expected the worst from this audiobook, but I'm happy to say I enjoyed it. Although I agree that I wasn't the biggest fan of the two narrators, I'll admit it did lend a little something to the two points of view. The narrators weren't bad, I just felt it unnecessary to have two.

    The short book was a fun listen, and I loved finally getting the background story on Nikolai and Myst. Her antics gave me a giggle, and Nikolai's reactions to her just made it that much better.

    If you're into paranormal romance and have a few spare hours, give this one a whirl!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1861)
    Performance
    (1075)
    Story
    (1080)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Jaclyn A Rupert says: "Narrrator: 1 star, Story 5 stars!"
    "Slightly Disappointing"
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    I've absolutely devoured Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series, and I've loved every minute of it, until The Outlaw Demon Wails. The story is just as good (even better maybe, with all the secrets exposed) but the narrator ruined it for me. I have no idea why Marquerite Gavin didn't do this one, but I wholeheartedly wish she had. Miss Bermingham's voices all sounded the same, and her pronunciation of certain words and names grated on my ears. I literally winced a few times. I'm so glad to see that Marquerite Gavin is taking back over for the next books in the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Hunger Like No Other: Immortals After Dark, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2128)
    Performance
    (1965)
    Story
    (1967)

    After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. But when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

    Amazon Customer says: "My new favorite narrator!"
    "Mostly Positive"
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    I've already read what's available of this series, and I love them enough to give the audiobooks a whirl. The only comment I really have to offer is in reference to the narration.

    Robert Petkoff did an wonderful job with the male voices, and his accents were fantastic, but when it came to the female characters, I just didn't buy it. His voice is intensely masculine, and he really tried, but the women, especially Emma, came off sounding super breathy and and still male. I truly enjoyed his Lachlain (especially in the steamier scenes. Really, wow!) but women aren't his forte. Hopefully Mr. Petkoff can fix this, because in most areas his narration was amazing.

    It's definitely not a deal breaker for me, but it was a bit distracting.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Bound: Elder Races Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (2051)
    Performance
    (1800)
    Story
    (1814)

    Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

    V says: "Woo Freakin Hoo!"
    "Woo Freakin Hoo!"
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    I listen to a TON of paranormal romance audiobooks, and I have to tell you that with few exceptions, I'm left cold. Either the story is too dry and plodding, or the narrator left much to be desired.

    This is not the case with this series. I was immediately drawn into the story, and fell in love with the characters. I laughed a lot, teared up a little, and immediately moved on to book 2. Sophie Eastlake did a wonderful job on the narration, and they were a few times I forgot I was listening to just one person reading. I highly recommend this series, and I hope others find it as enjoyable as I!

    62 of 63 people found this review helpful
  • Caleb: Shadow Wranglers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sarah McCarty
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (579)

    The loss of control. The fear of desire. Allie always thought that mysteriously sexy rancher Caleb Johnson wanted her as much as she wanted him. But since he never acted on it, she was ready to admit defeat. Until the night she was attacked by a vicious wolf, only to be rescued by another. In the triumphant, bloodied male, there was something Allie recognized---the baritone growl, the mesmerizing eyes, the inexplicable animal attraction. Her savior was Caleb.

    Michele says: "Wasted a credit!"
    "Surprisingly Disappointed"
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    I was excited to see a new vamp series, especially one with such great reviews, but I honestly was disappointed. Tavia Gilbert narrated, and as usual, was amazing, but it just wasn't enough for me. Some parts were dragged out unnecessarily and others, like some of the battle scenes, were run through so quickly it was over before I knew what was what.

    This book might have been better if read, but as an audiobook, it didn't rock my socks.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Tempest Rising: Jane True, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nicole Peeler
    • Narrated By Kate Reinders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (192)

    During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human. Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures that are terrifying, beautiful, and deadly — all of which perfectly describe her new “friend,” Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

    LeSLiE says: "Cool Cover, Great Story!"
    "Each Book Gets Better"
    Overall

    To be honest, the first book took me a bit to get into... The narrator has a very light, teenlike voice, and at first, it grated on me. Jane's a grown woman, so the voice didn't sit right with me. However, as it went on, I was able to look past it and become involved with the story. I read a TON of paranormal romance, and more often than not, I'm disappointed in what's out there- The same stale storylines, the same mythical creatures, so on and so forth. This was a nicely fresh take on things, and by the time I was done with Book One, I was completely involved. It was a great mix of light and funny, dark and intense. Jane is flawed and brave, and sometimes the two combine for insanely stupid decisions that somehow come out alright, of course. There's a supporting cast of characters that makes me giggle, and the action is sometimes pretty intense. It's got my recommendation!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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