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  • Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

  • By: H. P. Mallory
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat, and a quirky best friend. Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful, awful, awful

  • By QuanYin4 on 01-20-14

disjointed narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-13

I am looking for a new series and was disappointed with the narration or maybe just the writer.
It did not flow smoothly and I was not overly impressed by the language used.
Just because I read, and like bit of romance with my fantasy does not make me an idiot.

Plot was ok, however as a whole, it failed to deliver.
The new new series I am looking for unfortunately is not this one.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow of Night

  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,524

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended, however....

  • By J. Lunsford on 07-15-12

Hurry up with the next book !... please

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-12

What ever you do, do not fall asleep listening to this book as you will be forever trying to find where you were last conscious. Not from boredom but from not wanting to put it down.

I have really enjoyed this series and as you can tell I am eagerly awaiting the next book.

Deborah has done a wonderful job of presenting a popular topic in a different way and Jennifer has done a splendid job narrating it.

I really appreciate that the narrator has not changed between books as that can often be disconcerting.

I am very impressed with the amount historical homework that has obviously taken place and the suppositions that have been made.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • On the Edge

  • The Edge, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,019

Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing

  • By Stephanie on 12-12-12

More Please Ilona !

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-12

Would you listen to On the Edge again? Why?

I have listened to this story twice now and each time I notice different bits, I feel I will be listening again and again,

What did you like best about this story?

I noticed myself chuckling during the reading

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

Renee is a new performer to me. I will be checking out what else she has done

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

When Georgie becomes George.

Any additional comments?

thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Crystal Gardens

  • A Ladies of Lantern Street Novel
  • By: Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 608

Novelist and professional companion Evangeline Ames has rented a cottage in the outskirts of Little Dixby, far from the London streets where she was recently attacked. Fascinated by the paranormal energy of nearby Crystal Gardens, she finds some pleasurable diversion in sneaking past the wall to explore the grounds. And when her life is threatened again, she instinctively goes to the gardens for safety. Lucas Sebastian has never been one to ignore a lady in danger, even if she is trespassing on his property.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun paranormal romp suffers from odd narration

  • By V. Ewart on 05-10-12

Ann Flosnik please!!!!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-12

Would you try another book from Amanda Quick and/or Justine Eyre?

I absolutely adore Amanda Quick books, I have many broken spines of hers on my bookshelf. That said I did not enjoy this story as well due to the reader.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I felt that the accent was all wrong, I did manage to block out her voice and enjoy the story however.

  • Hidden Currents

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501

Strong telepath Elle Drake has gone missing. Even her six magical sisters cannot find her. They all agree that she is alive and something terrible must have happened or she would have contacted them. Jackson Deveau, a deputy sheriff in the small village of Sea Haven, off the northern California coast, has known that Elle is destined for him. When she disappears, he gathers with his friends, Jonas Harrington and Ilya Prakenskii, and Elle's sisters to find her and bring her safely home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect ending to a good series.....

  • By L. Claude on 07-20-10

Confronting precedence works well

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-12

Would you listen to Hidden Currents again? Why?

The ability of the female lead to overcome insurmountable odds in a believable manner was captivating. I have had a great deal of trouble putting this down.

What other book might you compare Hidden Currents to and why?

I enjoy that fact that the Drake books are a series that can also stand alone, each story comes to a satisfactory conclusion.

  • Safe Harbor

  • Drake Sisters, Book 5
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

One of seven daughters in a line of extraordinary women, stunning Hannah Drake has been the elusive object of affection for Sheriff Jonas Harrington for as long as he can remember. If only she was driven by a passion other than her career. But Jonas isn't the only one with desires for Hannah. From the shadows has emerged a vengeful figure who stalks the beauty, intending to destroy her. Can her sisters’ special powers keep her from harm, and will Jonas catch the elusive assailant?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christine Feehan at her best!!

  • By Denise on 07-09-10

Hannah is a wonderful woman

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-12

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the development of the story and the characters ability to cope with adversity

Which scene was your favorite?

the putting of a strong, dominating man in his place with no fuss or drama, just listen and ignore. very funny

  • Turbulent Sea

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559

Bewitching rock superstar Joley Drake can have any lover she wants. But when her life is threatened, her dangerously sexy bodyguard is the only man she needs. There's just one problem: his shadowy reputation as a secret Russian hit man may put Joley in even greater peril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is Book 5 of the Drake Sisters Series

  • By Rebecca Kochenderfer on 08-29-10

I love the Drake sisters!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-12

If you could sum up Turbulent Sea in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining....Loving....funny

Who was your favorite character and why?

the body guard, sounds like sex and masculinity on wheels.

Any additional comments?

I was disappointed that audible did not have the entire series, maybe that will change

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors

  • Half-Moon Hollow, Book 4
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,814
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,395

Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of wedding planning, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend, Gabriel, are coming along smoothly. That is, until she turns a fatally wounded teenage acquaintance, and the Council pronounces her responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Molly Harper Does It Again! (Light Spoilers)

  • By Martha on 03-03-12

Molly does it again

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-12

What made the experience of listening to Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors the most enjoyable?

Jane is not the stero typical vampire, it is a nice change.

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

Saying goodbye to Aunt Jetty and Gilbert was sad.

Any additional comments?

Try the whole series if you like vamp with a twist you will not waste your dosh.

  • A Matter of Class

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 187

Reginald Mason is wealthy, refined, and, by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman by birth, a factor that pains him and his father, Bernard Mason, within the Regency society that upholds station over all else. That is, until an opportunity for social advancement arises, namely, Lady Annabelle Ashton.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful romance with a twist

  • By snthorne on 01-04-10

Mary did well

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-12

What did you love best about A Matter of Class?

It did not fit the normal historical story line.

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

I actually really like the way she narrates. I feel she fits the genre really well.

Any additional comments?

I just love the twist.

  • The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

  • By: Julie Klassen
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511

RITA finalist Julie Klassen has earned numerous awards for her popular historical romance novels. In The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, pampered Margaret Macy flees her home in London to avoid marrying a dishonorable man. Now, with no money and no place to stay, Margaret does the unthinkable: she takes a job as a housemaid in the home of two brothers - both of whom are former suitors. As an “invisible” observer, Margaret realizes she may have misjudged one brother and wonders if it’s too late to win his admiration.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and enlightening

  • By Dkssol on 05-17-12

Historical with a twist

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I found this book hard going. I did finish reading however to took much longer than others I have read. I felt this was a book that I had no trouble coming back to if something came up.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I felt the story whilst good was very drawn out.