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Zeny

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  • Widow's Web: Elemental Assassin, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (748)

    I used to murder people for money, but lately it’s become more of a survival technique. Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town anyway. Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power.

    Julie says: "Not worth my credit"
    "What Happened to Owen?"
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    I have really enjoyed this series. But what happened to the character of Owen? I always loved that the character was strong and accepted Gin for what she was. However, in this book, he turns into a whiny idiot. I say idiot because even after everything he finds out about the villain (stuff that everyone else knew except him), he still keeps saying, "I understand her more than anyone." Oh, shut up, Owen!
    Please, bring back the Owen who was a strong, smart person, not the emo Owen who can't see the obvious even after it's punched him in the face.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Defining Destiny: New Adult Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Deanna Chase
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt, Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Singer-songwriter Lucy Moore thought her life was perfect. At just 21, she's already met her soul mate and together they've landed a recording contract. But when her father dies and the love of her life betrays her in more ways than one she returns home to pick up the pieces. On the shores of Mendocino, California, Lucy has some decisions to make. Should she start a solo career? Or should she leave it all behind for some semblance of normalcy in the quiet town she grew up in? And what about Seth, the tortured artist who always seems to be there when she needs him?

    Zeny says: "Alternate Reality"
    "Alternate Reality"
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    What did you like best about Defining Destiny: New Adult Romance? What did you like least?

    I thought that there was a story there that was good, but could have been so much better.


    Would you recommend Defining Destiny: New Adult Romance to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this audio version for the main reason that production left out a very important explanation that is at the beginning of the written edition. The book takes place in an Alternate Reality where everyone has "one true soul mate." Because that is left out of the beginning of the audio story, it makes the "Soul Mate" comments throughout the story seem ridiculous. Knowing this fact changes the feel of the book completely.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrators were not bad, but the male sounded much older than the 23 year old Seth.


    Did Defining Destiny: New Adult Romance inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Although not a paranormal book, it does have a "magical" and "alternate reality" element to it. It is important that is understood when reading the book, or it will only irritate you.I probably would have rated this book higher if the "Soul Mate" label actually meant something. In this book, someone is considered your "Soul Mate" even if they treat you like dirt, as well as lie and cheat on you. It's frustrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction and Snacks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Tara Sivec
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (351)

    Claire is a 20-something, single mom who grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he's asleep) toddler a better life. When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time. With Carter's undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire's panic that her stretch marks and slim-to-none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.

    Angela says: "Very Good"
    "Hilarious But Has Big Flaws"
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    This book was so funny that at times I was crying from laughing so hard. However, the absolute pointless use of profanity was distracting. I have no problem with books that contain "explicit sex, profanity, and enough sarcasm to choke a horse," but it began to feel like I was listening to a pack of 12 year old boys who were in a contest to see how many times they could use raunchy language in a sentence. It became extremely tiresome. And really, 4 year olds using profanity or talking about their body parts constantly just isn't funny.
    The other big flaw was the fact that the parts of the book which are from the male point of view aren't distinguished the female's point. Sometimes this switch happens in the middle of a chapter. Having an actual male read the parts of the book from Carter's point of view would have made it much less confusing.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Croak

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gina Damico
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (621)

    Fed up with her wild behavior, 16-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business. She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next.

    Nick says: "Smarta** Reapers"
    "Can You Hear Me Now? HOW ABOUT NOW?"
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    On the down side, the main character starts out obnoxious, bratty and self-centered. By the end of the book, she is still obnoxious, bratty and self-centered. It doesn't help that the narrator's performance is very loud during so much of the book. I don't mean that the editing has the volume too high. I mean that during a lot of the book, the narrator is shouting the characters' voices. It's too much, it's distracting, and it takes away from a lot of the enjoyment of the book.

    But there is a positive side. I really did find the plot interesting, and at some point, I may buy print versions of the other books so that I can continue with the story. I love the character of Uncle Mort, and I would love to read a book some day from his point of view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (652)
    Story
    (651)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Too Much Caffeine"
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    I really did enjoy the story. Normally, I would have given it 5 stars, but the coffee lessons and overall coffee snob-fest was way too much. If coffee shop owners are that insufferable when it comes to the brew they serve, I think I'll make mine at home. When she wasn't romancing the coffee bean, the main character was likeable. The storyline was interesting. However, I don't need to know the history of every bean and every brewing machine to appreciate the story. It's distracting and annoying.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (551)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Had a blast listening to this one!"
    "So Happy I Found E.J. Copperman"
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    Amanda Ronconi is one of my favorite audio book narrators. I will often try an unfamiliar author based on the narrators, which is why I gave Night of the Living Deed a listen. I am so happy that I did.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters, and look forward to listening to all the books in the series.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Paula Brackston
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (218)

    In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows. Secluded at his cottage in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn’t know she had and making her immortal. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.

    Paisley says: "Lots of potential..."
    "Gave Up Half Way Through"
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    The book moved slow quite a few times, but did start to pick up a bit. However, when it got into the Satanism, I lost all interest. Wish I had known that was the route it would be taking before I bought it and lost several hours listening before I gave it up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Forecast: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (272)

    It’s said to be good luck if it rains on your wedding day, but Abby sees something darker than storm clouds on the horizon. She’s just had a disturbing premonition of her fianc’s murder. Her husband-to-be has been assigned to a case involving a series of suicide bombings, and Abby’s spirit guides warn her of imminent danger. FBI agent Dutch Rivers is keeping his cool, but Abby can’t quell her anxiety. After another suicide bombing at a local beauty salon, Abby vows to do everything in her power to keep Dutch safe and get him to the altar.

    Zeny says: "Wonderfully Thrilling"
    "Wonderfully Thrilling"
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    I think that this book is my favorite of the Psychic Eye series. It was thrilling and had me so anxious to get to the ending to see how it would end.

    My only problem with the audio book is the voice of the character Brice Harrison. Why is he suddenly talking like Urkel? I remember his voice being stronger in previous books, but in this one it's turned into a strange, nerdy sounding character. It was very disconcerting.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Having My Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Theresa Ragan
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (143)

    Growing up, Jill Garrison never daydreamed about having the perfect wedding. Instead, she dreamt about having a baby. Boy or girl, it didn't matter. Unfortunately, her fiancé can't have children. Determined to realize her lifelong dream of having a baby, Jill spends years searching for a company (CryoCorp) that provides high-quality donor sperm. Everything is right in Jill's world until her wedding day, when her fiancé leaves her at the altar to be humiliated before friends and family....

    Yuliya says: "Good book and excellent narator"
    "Disappointing on so many levels"
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    What disappointed you about Having My Baby?

    Not only was the story very unoriginal, but the characters were annoying, and the reader was wrong for this book. I didn't like any of the characters. I wanted to like the book. The premise sounded interesting. It was just completely disappointing on so many levels.


    Has Having My Baby turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Fortunately, I like the genre. I just know now not to select any other books by this author. I know that not all Romance novels are completely original, but this one was just too predictable from the very beginning. Plus, it was not well written.


    What didn’t you like about Sarah Drew’s performance?

    I have listened to Sarah Drew perform other books, but those were Young Adult. Her voice fit well with those. However, with this book, she was out of her element. Grown men should not sound like whiny, 14 year old boys. I spent too much time being distracted by the performer.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. The only reason I continued listening was because I paid for the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Pleasures: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1187)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (696)

    In Night Pleasures, Kyrian of Thrace - an immortal who protects humans from vampires - wakes up one morning handcuffed to the one thing that can scare him: a conservative woman in a button-down shirt. But Amanda Devereaux turns out to be his perfect partner for hunting down a deadly foe, and for helping him to regain his soul and learn that love doesn't have to bite.

    Erich says: "REALLY!!??"
    "No More, Please!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This was horrible. I could live with the silly plot if it wasn't for the horrible narration.


    What was most disappointing about Sherrilyn Kenyon’s story?

    It wasn't interesting. I have read other stories by her and I thought I would like this, but it seemed to be lacking any excitement.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carrington MacDuffie’s performances?

    I wouldn't mind listening to Carrington read a regular romance novel if it didn't involve creating accents. Her accents are absolutely horrible, unbelievable, and ridiculous! Almost every female has an exaggerated


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Night Pleasures?

    I like a good sex scene as much as the next romance reader, but it was the same one over and over. And it seemed as if was used as filler to make a short, uninteresting story drag out to fill a book.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I can listen to anymore Sherrilyn Kenyon books if they are this uninteresting and the narration is this horrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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