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  • The Fire's Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Bill Hensel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    A wizard, a drunkard, and a thief - three strangers who must learn to work together or Ischia is lost beneath a sea of lava. But Aaron, the thief, is hiding more than stolen jewels. Chandra, the wizard, is running from a political marriage. And Darvish, the prince Chandra is intended to marry and the man Aaron has hidden the most from, well, Darvish really needs a drink. Before they can hope to save Ischia, they must save themselves.

    a says: "Overall an enjoyable listen"
    "Overall an enjoyable listen"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Tanya Huff is just really *good* at this, even in her earlier books it's possible to find enjoyable characters and an interesting and well thought out story.

    Some elements are predictable and spelled out but overall just a fun listen and worth the credit (although it's only 11ish hours and not the 22 it was marked as, this seems like a weird bug audible, because I'm sure I've seen it happen before).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Breaks: Kate Daniels, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (740)
    Story
    (743)

    No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: If there' s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it. As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers.

    Angela says: "I LOVED IT!!!"
    "In credibly satisfying read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Stayed entirely true to the characters as I see them while allowing them growth and change.

    Wonderful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sparrow Hill Road: Ghost Stories, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Amy Landon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross - a man who had sold his soul to live forever, and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality. Trouble was, he didn't ask Rose what she thought of the idea. It's been more than sixty years since that night, and she's still sixteen, and she's still running. It's been more than sixty years since that night, and she's still sixteen, and she's still running.

    Sires says: "A Series of Interconnected Stories"
    "Seanan McGuire now an autobuy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    At this point I've found something enjoyable about every single book she has put out.
    This one is no exception, I love Rose Marshall and she's up against a genuinely terrifying villain.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Indexing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (255)

    For most people, the story of their lives is just that: the accumulation of time, encounters, and actions into a cohesive whole. But for an unfortunate few, that day-to-day existence is affected - perhaps infected is a better word - by memetic incursion: where fairy tale narratives become reality, often with disastrous results.

    Erin - Audible says: "The X-Files meets Grimm meets Law and Order"
    "Really enjoyable return to form"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does Indexing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up there among the top 30


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Indexing?

    Pretty much any moment involving Sloane


    Any additional comments?

    This is just an enjoyable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daylighters: Morganville Vampires Series, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (126)

    Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they've ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated - vampires from humans - they realize that the changes definitely aren't for the better. It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they've never had: Hope of a vampire-free future.

    Maureen Parrish says: "Bring Back Cynthia Holloway!"
    "A worthwhile end to the series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The series isn't perfect and sometimes the perspective focusing on Claire demands actions that seem odd just so that she can witness events.

    Claire keeps on being awesome.

    I have a sneaky affection for Oliver and I quite liked the way he was handled here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Derby Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tamara Morgan
    • Narrated By Chelsea Hatfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Roller derby girl Gretchen "Honey Badger" Badgerton lives in the moment, no apologies. Like every woman in Pleasant Park with a pulse, she finds Dr. Jared Fine irresistible, but she's taken by surprise when her unattainable new neighbor asks her out. When Gretchen stops to help him with a flat tire, he's intrigued by her feisty attitude - and her sexy body art. Though Gretchen is hesitant to shatter Jared's "bad girl" illusion of her, she has to face facts: she's fallen for the good doctor.

    a says: "Enjoyable listen, could have been so much better"
    "Enjoyable listen, could have been so much better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This was an enjoyable listen, but every so often there were moments when I felt that small tweaks could have made things so much better.

    There were some resolutions that happened offscreen or didn't happen at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Melanie Ewbank, Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (388)

    Dishonorably discharged, former Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin is down to his last ten bucks when he finally finds work as a test subject at the Obermeyer Institute, a little-known and believed-to-be-fringe scientific research facility. When he enters the OI compound, he is plunged into a strange world where seemingly mild-mannered scientists - including women half his size - can kick his highly skilled ass.

    Linda says: "Suzanne Brockmann at her best!"
    "This book really hates women"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Born to Darkness?

    *Spoilers*

    There didn't seem to be a single piece of character or plot development that wasn't driven in some way way by an assault on a woman or girl. Ultimately at least 30% of this book was devoted to torture porn...

    There was not a lot in the summary that suggested this would be the case.

    Women, even the toughest ones were reduced to damsels in distress and every one of them had a moment of character defying stupidity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 5th Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Brandon Espinoza, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (667)

    After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the fifth wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself.

    FanB14 says: "Not Your Typical YA Dystopian Fare"
    "Ok but not out of this world"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    It's not a bad book and there are some fascinating (and terrifying) ideas in it, I just felt that some of the heroine's (and the heroes') reactions didn't ring true.

    I also felt like too many of the key scenes relied on 1000 to one chances (or on characters being completely oblivious).

    It is definitely worth a listen but in the rapidly growing field of teenage dystopian books, it really doesn't stand out.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Monster in My Closet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By R. L. Naquin
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (274)

    I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn't imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I'd seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no? After all, I've always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain.

    Teresa says: "Quirky with Unusual Characters."
    "Did Not Finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Monster in My Closet?


    Any additional comments?

    The actual prose was ok but the heroine is a selfish idiot (which is weird for someone whose life literally revolved around other people) and the plot got ridiculous.

    It started out reasonably well but ultimately it turned into a creepy rape-fest with very few redeeming features.

    There are authors who are capable of mixing the serious (even the absolutely awful) with the gloriously frivolous, sadly this author is currently not one of them.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Wild Ways: Enchantment Emporium, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Erin Moon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Alysha Gale's cousin Charlotte is a Wild Power, who allies herself with a family of Selkies in a fight against offshore oil drilling. The oil company has hired another of the Gale family's Wild Powers, the fearsome Auntie Catherine, to steal the Selkies' sealskins. To defeat her, Charlotte will have to learn what born to be Wild really means in the Gale family...

    ShySusan says: "Alysha's Gran is still lurking."
    "Enjoyable but feels incomplete"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Overall an enjoyable listen (Tanya Huff is talented enough that she is incapable of writing unenjoyable books) but it feels like the resolution could have used something.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seraphina

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rachel Hartman
    • Narrated By Mandy Williams, Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (248)

    Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered.

    Amazon Customer says: "Completely Inspiring Fantasy"
    "Absolutely superb"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Well written, well plotted, amazing characters and very well read, definitely worthwhile!

    Seraphina is a fantastic and flawed character and is surrounded by a number of others. The villain to the story was relatively easy to guess but the story isn't really intended as a murder mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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