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I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.

Member Since 2009

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  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Katherine Howe
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1049)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (409)

    Connie's mother asks her to sell an abandoned house once owned by her grandmother in Salem, Mass. Relunctantly, Connie moves to the small town and inhabits the crumbling, ancient house, trying to restore it to a semblance of order. Curious things start to happen when Connie finds the name "Deliverance Dane" on a yellowed scrap of paper and begins to have visions of a long ago woman condemned for practicing "physick," or herbal healing, on her neighbors in 1690s Salem.

    Darinda says: "Love it!"
    "Fantastic Book!"
    Overall

    Well written and fantastic narration. A great new take on the old Salem story. I loved this book! Give it a try, I think you will too. It's a smart, contemporary retelling of historical information in a "can't put it down" way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Croak

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gina Damico
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (501)

    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.

    Marjorie says: "Love. Love. Love. Love."
    "I bet she thought she'd croak!"
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    What did you love best about Croak?

    The fact that Lex actually thought she was being sent to a farm to work off her bad behavior. When she gets to her uncles and finds out the real deal she can't quite believe it.

    Who would have thought that she was a grim reaper? Not only that, it runs in her family? How could she not have known about this? Yeah, she was pretty surprised.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Croak?

    When Lex is at the Tree for the first time. Can you say denial?


    What about Jessica Almasy’s performance did you like?

    She was good about making the characters sound very individual


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not specifically


    Any additional comments?

    This a good solid YA that will also appeal to adults. No teen angst. Just a good solid story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghoul Next Door: A Ghost Hunter Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    On a well-deserved hiatus from the ghoulish grind of their TV show, Ghoul Getters, psychic medium M. J. Holliday, her boyfriend, Heath, and her best friend, Gilley, are back home in Boston. But there’s no rest for the weary ghost busters. M. J.’s ex comes to her for help - his fiance’s brother Luke seems haunted by a sinister spirit.

    JEAN says: "another winner"
    "Home is where the scare is!"
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    What did you love best about The Ghoul Next Door?

    If I could give this a 4 1/2 I would!

    This book was really, really good. The last few have been good, don't get me wrong. This one though was outstanding. There were more plot twists and turns and it was slightly darker than usual.

    I liked the stories in Europe with the haunted castles, etc. and the Native American story was good. It showed a different side of the medium aspect. But this harkened back to the murder mystery side of the ghost busting. This time with a serial killer.

    Also, the crew was back home so you saw characters you haven't heard about in awhile.


    What did you like best about this story?

    They had to work back and forth between the past and the present to figure out what ghost they were dealing with


    Have you listened to any of Eileen Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Eileen Stevens did a good job


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

    No extreme reaction


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to the next book. M.J. is heading back home to see her Dad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (2777)
    Performance
    (2510)
    Story
    (2505)

    It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety. Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow.

    AudioAddict says: "Clever Christmas Cheer!"
    "Very, Very, Merry Christmas! Thank you Ms. Harper"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Free: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Its free and I don't know if the print version is available.


    What other book might you compare Free: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas to and why?

    All the other books in this series


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole story is good.

    Though, it is funny when Gigi is in the tree farm after attacking Ben. Cal and Iris show up a few minutes later. It takes Gigi a minute to figure out that Cal and Iris weren't exactly looking for Christmas trees and that's why it took them a few minutes to show up.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No. It was cute and I hope a taste of a story yet to come? Kind of like a Ghost of Story Future????


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the rest of the Hollow books, you'll like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Guardian: Entwined Realms Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Danielle Monsch
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (173)

    Gryphons flying past skyscrapers? Wizards battling it out in coffeehouses? Women riding motorcycles with large swords strapped to their backs? All normal sights since the Great Collision happened twenty-six years ago. Well, not normal for everyone. Larissa Miller may have been born after the Great Collision, but as a history teacher who lives in the human-only city, she has never come into contact with any other race or species, nor has she wanted to.

    Sabrina says: "Fan Freakin Tastic!"
    "Gargoyles, Gryphons and Wizards? Oh My!"
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    If you could sum up Stone Guardian in three words, what would they be?

    Trust issues prevail.

    The great "collision" causes magic to spill over into the "normal" world. Now there are areas where magical creatures and people reside and places where plain humans reside. These areas are to stay separate. That's the rule. Until one day when an English teacher is attacked by zombies for seemingly no reason and is saved by a magical creature.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Terak, leader of the Gargoyles


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have a specific favorite


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I think the title of the book would be fine


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure about having gargoyles as a romantic hero, but it works well. Can't wait for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead Pool: The Hollows, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1707)
    Performance
    (1577)
    Story
    (1584)

    Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike. The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

    Angela says: "Unbelievably Satisfying!"
    "Alls Well that Ends Well"
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    Where does The Undead Pool rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10. This is one of my all time favorite series. I am sad to see it end. But, I am happy with how it did end. I will definitely listen to this series over and over again in the future.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Undead Pool?

    There are way too many moments to name just one, but here are a few.

    ***Spoiler Alert***

    Ivy has moved on. She isn't stuck on an unhealthy reliance on Rachel any more. She has found something good with Nina. Nina needs her and that makes Ivy stronger. She seems to need that.

    I am heart broken for Al. You know that he loves Rachel and she has hurt him. Even though Al is a demon, he's has pulled Rachel out of the fire quite a few times. Does that mean she should love him back? No, but was there a way for her to end things with him better? I don't know. I just feel for him.

    I am happy that Trent and Rachel are finally together. There has been plenty of dancing around each other. They are settled into something they can both grow into and make their own. Finally! (I think I would have lost my mind had Ms. Harrison not put them together in the end)


    What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

    Margeurite Gavin is perfect! She is the characters in this book. I can't imagine anyone else's voices narrating these characters.


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

    The whole book was an extreme reaction. I hate it when series that are my favorites come to an end. (By Feb I have already lost 2 of my favorites.)

    But this was a sweet end to a wonderful story. I will definitely listen to all the books again and again.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have read the other books, you need to read the way the story ends. You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Broken: Mercy Thompson, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2306)
    Performance
    (2149)
    Story
    (2144)

    An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

    Hassan says: "Good Addition!!"
    "An Ex & Wife in the same house, never good!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would if they are already a Mercy Thompson series reader. Its late in the series to pick this one up and start reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a good advancement of the story. I always had a feeling Christy was going to try something like this. She's a rotten brat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the book as a whole


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Night Broken works fine


    Any additional comments?

    A good addition to the series. Waiting for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sin City Goddess: Secret Goddess, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbra Annino
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    Tisiphone loves spending her days playing poker in the underworld, far away from mortals and all the trouble they cause - and all the terrible mistakes they make. Unfortunately for this goddess, her sister Alecto has vanished in Las Vegas - and the gods of Olympus believe only Tisi can find her and bring her back. To make matters worse, they force her to partner up with a mortal: recently deceased FBI agent Archer Mays. With all these challenges, how can a Fury keep her temper?

    Gayle says: "Awesome New Series!"
    "Sin City meet Fury Tisi"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sin City Goddess to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What didn't I like? This story is quite good. Sending a poker playing Fury to sin city in an attempt to find her missing sister, what's not to like? Throw in a newly deceased FBI agent as a "liaison" to keep Tisi from making to much of a mess and you have a great premise for a story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the dog wouldn't let agent in the room. (You'll know when you read it) ;-)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Actually, yes. I had a few laughs here and there. I really like Barbra Annino's writing style, so I got into the book and lost track of time.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Wager: Blood Destiny, #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Connie Suttle
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (518)

    Lissa's life as a vampire begins on the day her husband is removed from life support. Turned by rogues who wager her life, Lissa is running from her maker who is determined to kill her, hunted by the Council who has branded her a rogue and blackmailed by werewolves, who utilize her newly developed talents for their own gain.

    Robin in Vermont says: "A compelling read!"
    "Butt Kickin' Heroine"
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    What made the experience of listening to Blood Wager the most enjoyable?

    This character kicks butt and takes names. She has a fantastic way about her and she doesn't take trash from anyone. On the worst day of her life, she is turned into a vampire which just makes life worse. What does she do? She takes lemons and turns it into a lemonade enterprise.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The combination of the paranormal characters and how they interact


    Have you listened to any of Traci Odom’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, but this one was very good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Blood Wager would be perfect


    Any additional comments?

    They need to get the rest of these books on audio. I read the synopsis of these books on Amazon and I want to listen to them. I am being lazy, but I might have to buy them and read them if they don't show up here soon. Its just hard to hold a book and do other things at the same time

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon Stilettos: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (502)

    Click your heels three times and say, "There's no place like Bloomies!" Katie Chandler's life is pure magic - literally. As an executive assistant at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., she's seen more than her share of fantastical occurrences. A mere Manhattan mortal, Katie is no wizard, but she's a wiz at exposing "hokum" pocus, cloaked lies, and deceptive enchantments. And she's fallen under the all-too-human spell of attraction to Owen, a hunky wizard and coworker. Owen, however, is preoccupied. Someone has broken into his office and disrupted top-secret files, and it reeks of an inside job.

    Jennifer B. Creamer says: "A new addiction!! For Molly Harper fans"
    "The Red Shoes - Katey Style"
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    Would you listen to Once Upon Stilettos again? Why?

    Yes. This story is cute and I will listen to the other Enchanted books again in the future.

    Take the typical "Red Shoes" story, add the usual cast of characters and you get a typical day at MSI, Inc


    What other book might you compare Once Upon Stilettos to and why?

    The first Enchanted book.


    Did Eva Wilhelm do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Some of her male characters are hard to differentiate


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

    I always get some good laughs from these books.


    Any additional comments?

    Another good book in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted, Inc.: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (734)

    Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

    ELSA says: "fun and interesting"
    "You aren't in Texas anymore!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like Molly Harper, you will most likely enjoy this book quite a bit. Its quite funny. Take a good old gal from Texas, move her to Manhattan with some college friends and have her start seeing fairies, gnomes and magic spells. Then on top of that, she can't tell anyone. At least, not until she gets offered a new job.


    What other book might you compare Enchanted, Inc. to and why?

    A lot of the Molly Harper books have a similar comedy style. So, if you like that sort of writing, you will most likely enjoy this series.


    What about Eva Wilhelm’s performance did you like?

    Sometimes its hard to tell between some of her male characters, but otherwise she does well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, but the frog seen in the park about killed me.


    Any additional comments?

    Give it a try. If nothing else, you'll get a good laugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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