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  • Full Moon Rising: Riley Jenson, Guardian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Keri Arthur
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (267)

    A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson and her twin brother, Rhoan, work for Melbourne's Directorate of Other Races, an organization created to police the supernatural races, and protect humans from their depredations. While Rhoan is an exalted guardian, a.k.a. assassin, Riley is merely an office worker, until her brother goes missing on one of his missions. The timing couldn't be worse.

    Sharon says: "Enjoyed this entire series!"
    "Watch out for the clones"
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    Riley Jenson works for an agency that "polices" the nonhuman inhabitants, i.e, weres, vampires, etc. She is half were/half vampire. Her twin brother is a guardian for the agency but she doesn't want to become one. She's satisfied with her "civilian" work at the agency, but her boss is trying to convince her to be one by getting her involved in an investigation. Yes, there is a lot of sex due to the nature of weres but the scenes don't go on as long as some books to where you start to fast forward so you can get on to the story and she does keep saying multiple partners is inherent to the were race, but there is plenty of action. Someone is developing nasty clones and guardians are disappearing and they are trying to discover who's responsible.

    The characters are pretty well developed. There's a hunky lead vampire. And, yes, only about half of the investigation is solved so you'll need to get the next book in the series to continue the investigation, but to me that's sort of what a series is about, the continuation of character development and storylines. This is not a standalone book, unless you didn't like it and don't care to continue with the series.

    The narrator did a pretty good job with the Australian accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Judgment

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Irene Hannon
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    RITA Award winner Irene Hannon has also won the Holt Medallion and the Daphne du Maurier Award for her romantic suspense. U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor loathes guarding federal judge Liz Michaels. How can he protect the coldhearted workaholic who drove herlate husband, Jake’s best friend, to suicide? But as he gets to know Liz better, his heart—and her life—are soon in danger.

    Jennifer says: "Great book, needs better narration..."
    "Inspirational romance story"
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    I'm not sure which category this book was listed under but it's more of an inspirational story than a mystery. It's also a slow romance book. There were religious undertones, conversations and thoughts. That having been said it wasn't too overwhelming and if you like slow, clean, getting to know you romances with a little bit of excitement and action (no sex and the violence was low-key since it is an inspirational book) you would like this book. It jumps back and forth between different characters thoughts of what was happening at the moment or what had happened in the past that brought everyone to the crossroads they were at. The characters are well-developed and fleshed out.

    Looking over the reviews I saw a lot of complaints of the narrator but I didn't think he was that bad. I actually liked his voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Perception: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (336)

    It took a while for Abby Coopers FBI agent boyfriend, Dutch Rivers, to accept her psychic gifts as the real deal. But these days he knows better than to question Abby's visions. So when his favorite cousin Chase is kidnapped in Vegas, they both catch the next flight to Sin City.

    JEAN says: "go abbey"
    "Least favorite so far"
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    I've listened to several books in this series and this one is my least favorite so far, probably because Dutch didn't have much of a role maybe. I did enjoy the interaction between Abby, Candace and the over-the-top Cat but the rest of the story seemed to be lacking something, maybe too many close calls. It seemed no matter what they did the bad guy seemed to find them quickly so off they go again. At least the bad guy was a surprise.

    The narrator could have been a lot better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (379)

    In this mystery series by Dana Stabenow, the Edgar Award-winning author returns to the Alaskan setting she's famous for, with a wonderful character - state trooper Liam Campbell. Liam's just been transferred from Anchorage to the small fishing village of Newenham, Alaska - where a local pilot seems to have lost his head.

    Dr. Daniel Chapman says: "A quick heads up!"
    "Okay mystery"
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    The story starts out pretty intensely. A demoted State trooper is on his way to his new post in Alaska. When he gets there he gets off the plane in the middle of a crime scene. A man's head had been removed by a plane's propeller. The State trooper that was stationed there turns it over to Liam and without really briefing Liam on the job gets on the plane and leaves. Liam is thrust into one situation after another without having time to change into his uniform or even finding a place to live.

    After the beginning the story sort of goes downhill. The description of Alaska and what it took to be a herring spotter were interesting but the rest of the story was kind of lame.

    There was one reviewer who did a pretty good analysis of the book which I would have to agree with. Liam doesn't like himself so it's hard for us to like him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5545)
    Performance
    (4259)
    Story
    (4269)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Denise says: "What a HOOT!!!!!!!"
    "More fun in Half Moon Hollow"
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    Jane is unexpectedly turned into a vampire when she's mistaken for a deer on the side of the road and shot by a drunk. A stranger she met at the bar had been following her to make sure she got home all right but unfortunately not close enough to prevent the accident. The stranger just happens to be a vampire and to save her life he turns her.

    Like so many in Half Moon Hollow Jane is full of sarcasm and humor trying to adjust to her new lifestyle without revealing the change in her status to family and friends. There's also a good mystery of trying to figure out who is out to get her. The ghost of her favorite recently deceased aunt was also a nice touch and added some very funny moments to the story.

    If you want to listen to something to pick up your spirits this one would be a good one to try.

    The narrator also did a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm's Heart: Elder Races Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1358)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1208)

    During the rule of her murderous Dark Fae uncle, Thistle "Tricks" Periwinkle found sanctuary among the Wyr in New York. Her ethereal beauty and sparkling personality won the hearts of the public, but after her uncle's death, there are those who don't want to see her ascend to the throne. Able to wield thunder and lightning, Wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. He's sent to protect Tricks when she's almost assassinated in Chicago....

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Story!!"
    "Hunky Thunderbird"
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    The second book in the series was as good as the first one, although this time there was more action than romance. Tiago had been sent to find and protect Tricks after an assassination attempt. The Wyr had been protecting her since her uncle had murdered the rest of her family so he could ascend the throne of the Dark Fae. Now that he's gone Tricks had left the Wyr to go back to her land as the rightful queen and evidently someone didn't want her to succeed.

    Tiago has his work cut out for him trying to protect her, but luckily he's up to the task since Tricks doesn't make it easy. There's lots of action, a little romance and humor along the trail of discovering who doesn't want Tricks to be the next Queen of the Dark Fae..

    The narrator did an excellent job and I loved the way she did Tricks. Even the male voices were pretty good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Touch of Crimson: Renegade Angels Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (509)

    An angel with immense power and insatiable desire, Adrian Mitchell leads an elite Special Ops unit of the seraphim. His task is to punish the Fallen - angels who have become vampires - and command a restless pack of indentured lycans. But Adrian has suffered his own punishment for becoming involved with mortals - losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly 200 years, he has found her: Shadoe, her soul once more inhabiting a new body that doesn’t remember him. This time he won’t let her go.

    CAROLYN says: "A HEAVENLY PARANORMAL LISTEN"
    "Could use more character deveopment"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, it wasn't that interesting. There wasn't that much actual action.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sylvia Day? Why or why not?

    I've read several of her other books.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Elijah.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    More action.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a great job and probably earned it an extra star. There just wasn't much character development, especially for the main characters. The only character I ended up really caring about was Elijah, and feeling sort of sorry for Adrian.

    Since this is a trilogy and I already have the second book I'll continue with the story, although there's a good chance if I didn't have the second book I probably wouldn't have continued.

    As of right now Audible only has the first two books of the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fury's Kiss: Midnight's Daughter, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Karen Chance
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (175)

    Dory is used to fighting hard and nasty. So when she wakes up in a strange scientific lab with a strange man standing over her, her first instinct is to take his head off. Luckily, the man is actually the master vampire Louis-Cesare, so he's not an easy kill. It turns out that Dory had been working with a Vampire Senate task force on the smuggling of magical items and weaponry out of Faerie when she was captured and brought to the lab.

    omnireader says: "The word for Fury's Kiss is....awesome"
    "Confusing and wordy"
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    In between the action, and sometimes even in the middle, it was like being at an event and standing with someone who just goes on and on until you can finally get away and find someone more interesting. This book might have gotten a higher rating if the soliloquies were a little shorter. They were so long that I would start to get bored and my mind would drift and I didn't care enough to rewind. It was also very confusing at times so you weren't sure what was happening. Luckily there was an explanation at the end.

    This is the only book I've listened to in the series so I'm sure I missed a lot of background but there were enough explanations that I don't think you really needed to read/listen to them first.

    The narrator was okay but at times was hard to understand when she was doing Ray, who turned out to be one of my favorite characters just because he was so funny.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kendra Leigh Castle
    • Narrated By Peter Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (111)

    Acclaimed for her richly imagined paranormal romances, Kendra Leigh Castle begins her Dark Dynasties series with this sizzling tale. Shapeshifting vampire Tynan MacGillivray has been ordered to find a human seer who can give his clan the upper hand in a devastating war. So he tracks down Lily Quinn, and together they discover a new world of danger, sensuality, and powers that cannot be controlled.

    CAROLYN says: "A great new Series - don't miss it !!"
    "Slightly different vampire story"
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    Tynan, a hunter who is also a vampire that shifts into a cat, is sent by his queen to find a seer to help save her dynasty. He finds what he thought at first was a seer but she turns out to be much more.

    Besides a few differences it was a typical vampire love story. It sort of dragged in places and wasn't really that interesting. You have your typical love scenes which didn't drag out too long like some do. It was an okay book but nothing that really set it apart from other vampire love stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tortured Dreams: The Dreams & Reality Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hadena James
    • Narrated By Christy Lynn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When the US Marshals Serial Crimes Tracking Unit comes knocking at Aislinn Cain's door, she is given a chance to use her past to save other people's futures. She has survived attacks by two different serial killers and devoted her life to studying the darker side of human history. A new killer is using medieval torture methods to slay his victims. She can give them a glimpse into his twisted world, but not without a cost.

    Zulu says: "Lessons on medieval torture"
    "Lessons on medieval torture"
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    If you ever wanted to know how they tortured people in medieval times you'll enjoy this book. The main character has survived several serial kidnappers and seems to be a magnet for them. She's also a self-proclaimed sociopath.

    The summary gives a good description of what this book is about. Aislinn is recruited to help catch a serial killer that uses medieval torture. If the author did their research then you'll learn all about medieval torture devices.

    The cast of characters are quirky and well-developed. The book is pretty fast paced. There is violence but it doesn't go into real gory details. It's also hard to believe that you might come to like a sociopath.

    The other cast of characters all have their own quirkiness and for the most part are as likeable and interesting as the main character, with an exception or two.

    The narrator did a terrific job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spirit Lens: A Novel of the Collegia Magica

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Carol Berg
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (257)

    For Portier de Savin-Duplais, failed student of magic, sorcery's decline into ambiguity and cheap illusion is but a culmination of life's bitter disappointments. Reduced to tending the library at Sabria's last collegia magica, he fights off despair with scholarship. But when the king of Sabria charges him to investigate an attempted murder that has disturbing magical resonances, Portier believes his dreams of a greater destiny might at last be fulfilled.

    mike says: "First Rate"
    "Couldn't finish"
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    I gave it a good try, two plus hours, but then decided the next 15 hours would be a total waste of time so I quit listening. I just couldn't get into the story, plus had a hard time understanding the narrator half the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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