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susan

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  • Crime Seen: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (360)

    Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye, is having a hard time getting over a gunshot wound from her last case-especially because she didn't see the shots coming. Out of work and second-guessing her abilities, she tries to get back in the saddle by helping her boyfriend Dutch with some of his FBI cases. And soon enough, her intuition returns-with a vengeance.

    Yuriko says: "Abby takes an undercover job"
    "Enjoy the series"
    Overall

    I truly enjoy Victoria Laurie as an author and was excited to audibly read my 1st book by her. While I enjoyed the story, I was not a big fan of the narration of any of the main characters. I always interpretted Abby in my reading of this series as more factual about her psychic moments so the interpretive reading of Abby's clarvoyant moments left something to be desired in my mind. Toward the end of the audible book I stopped noticing this issue but I think I will read the rest of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden City: The House War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Michelle West
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (112)

    Orphaned and left to fend for herself in the slums of Averalaan, Jewel Markess - Jay to her friends - meets an unlikely savior in Rath, a man who prowls the ruins of the undercity in search of artifacts and treasure. Nursing Jay back to health is an unusual act for a man who renounced his own family long ago, and the situation becomes stranger still when Jay begins to form a den of other rescued children in Rath’s home. But worse perils lurk beneath the slums....

    Richard says: "An unexpected gem."
    "Michelle West/Sagara is a wonderful storyteller!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to The Hidden City again? Why?

    Absolutely! I am a huge fan of female sci-fi/fantasy authors but many times the stories are a little too risqué to enjoy in a family setting (e.g. road trips). This is NOT an issue with this story (though your discretion on sharing the circumstances of Jay's den of rescued children).

    I was surprised to find myself struggling with not wanting to hit pause on my Audible app throughout the entire book.


    What about Eva Wilhelm’s performance did you like?

    Well-done!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am a huge fan of Michelle Sagara/West's stories. The depth of detail in her characters, world building, and description of each moment is amazing. I am always enjoy how she draws me into her stories.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are not a fan of long stories, this may not be the book or series for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodmagic: Blood Destiny, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helen Harper
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (407)

    After escaping the claws of Corrigan, the Lord Alpha of the Brethren, Mack is trying to lead a quiet lonely life in Inverness in rural Scotland, away from anyone who might happen to be a shapeshifter. However, when she lands a job at an old bookstore owned by a mysterious elderly woman who not only has a familiar passion for herbal lore but also seems to know more than she should, Mack ends up caught in a maelstrom between the Ministry of Mages, the Fae and the Brethren.

    Robert says: "Still not bad"
    "Wonderful new series!"
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    Performance
    Story
    Where does Bloodmagic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am a bookaholic, written and Audible, and I rank Helen Harper's Blood Destiny series up there with some of my all time favorite listens. I originally purchased Bloodfire (book #1) because it was on sale and oh my gosh I was looking for book 2 (Blood Destiny) Audible availability before I was even done with book 1.I can not recommend this series any more highly. If you like C.E Murphy, Anne Bishop, Patricia Briggs, Ann Aguirre, Diana Rowland, Kate Locke, etc... You will love he Blood Destiny series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mack Smith is an awesome kicka** h that is fun to read about and of course Coorigan is an excellent alpha H.


    Which character – as performed by Saskia Maarleveld – was your favorite?

    The narrator, Saskia Maarleveld, is fabulous! Please don't change her in the upcoming audio releases for books 3+.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am not much of a reviewer because I would rather be reading and I tend to like a wide variety of authors. But I do read reviews to find new authors,so I hope this helps someone else find a new great author.


    Any additional comments?

    Too bad they do not have the whole series available at Audible but it appears (based on Amazon.com info) the audio version of books 3 through 5 will become available throughout the summer: Bloodrage (#3) a July 7, 2014, Blood Politics(#4) a July 7, 2014, and Boodlust(#5) - Aug. 5, 2014. And yet I still am too impatient so I will probably read them now and listen later...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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