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Waco,TX
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  • Stained

  • Volume 1
  • By: Jessica McBrayer
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Thorn works after dark. That's when she combines her gifts as a tattoo artist and her powers as a natural born witch to weave magick into her ink. Her tattoo parlor, Stained, on Berkeley's quirky Telegraph Avenue draws clients from all walks of life. Her work is in high demand from the supernatural community and the undead. With her raven familiar, Thorn's been on the run all her adult life. She won't talk about why. She only wants to practice her art in peace. But when a murderer targets her clients, Se, a tall, dark and Irish detective is assigned to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To catch a killer

  • By Jan on 05-28-16

Battle of the Witches

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

Where does Stained rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my favorites!

What does Valerie Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brought the characters to life. Valerie has a way with words and accents that pull you in and make you fall into the story.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

I loved this book! It's a story about a tattoo artist/witch who is being stalked for her magical abilities. The story line is unique, yes it's a witch story but how the author chose to go about it is quite fascinating. The characters are people you want to know and feel attached to. I am excited to find out what happens next in this series. I listened to the book on audible and was sucked in by the narrator. She did an amazing job bringing the characters to life. Her voice matched what you imagined in your head. This is a great power duo of author and narrator.

  • Finders Keepers

  • The Jane Barnaby Adventures, Book 1
  • By: J.J. DiBenedetto
  • Narrated by: Cait Frizzell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

It should have been a simple job. All archaeology student Jane Barnaby had to do was pick up a box her professor needed and deliver it to him at his dig site, along with his new car. Yes, his office was in Oxfordshire, and his dig site was in Spain, a trip of 1,400 miles across three countries and two bodies of water. Still, it should have been simple. And it was, until Jane discovered she picked up the wrong box by mistake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true delight!

  • By Tamara B. on 03-12-17

Great story filled with action

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

Reviewed: 03-26-17

Any additional comments?

I listen to this book on Audible at the beginning I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator , but as the story moves on you get used to her voice and slowly warm up to her. the story is about Jane who was approached by her professor to deliver his brand new vehicle to his house over vacation. she's also told to pick up a box and deliver it with the vehicle. little did she know that there was a box identical to it with some valuables in it. naturally the chase is on when a group of Thieves decide they want to steal the Box. the story is highly entertaining and I found myself wanting Jane to succeed. I can't wait to read book 2 and see what Adventures she goes on next.

  • Grounded

  • The Grounded Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: G. P. Ching
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

In Hemlock Hollow, life isn't easy, but it is simple. Things in my community haven't changed much in over 300 years, since the time my Amish ancestors came to what is now the Green Republic. I milk my cow by hand, make fresh bread every morning, and hope to be courted by Jeremiah, a boy I've known since childhood. When my father falls ill, the English doctor says a hospital outside the wall can heal him. Jeremiah convinces me to go on rumspringa, to experience the outside world as an Englisher.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved!!!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 03-20-17

Unique talent and heroine

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

Any additional comments?

this is quite the entertaining story about a young woman who has always wanted to venture outside of the Amish community and learn the true Outsiders way. If she gets her way and quickly learns that she would rather go back to the Amish community however she is seen as a prize outside of that community.. I found the book highly entertaining and quite unusual. the main seller of this book was the narrator , I've listened to several of her books and she has this uncanny ability to pull you into the story. I never want any of her stories to end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight Moonrising

  • By: K. S. Haigwood, Anne Conley
  • Narrated by: Pyper Down
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Mena wants the master vampire of Montgomery, Alabama, but the wolf inside her wants the human homicide detective working the case of the man she murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 01-27-17

Holy Hot paranormal!!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-16

Any additional comments?

Mena kills her husband who happens to be the Alpha of wolf pack. Poor Mena was blindsided by his wolf nature. When Mena herself shifts she is blown away by the wolf and her wolf is a fighter that wants to take over. Mena decides as new Alpha that she might as well align herself with the vampires and quickly falls in love with Phoenix who is their leader. The story has so many paranormal beings from wolf to vampire to witch and even a lion... Let's just say the book is extremely entertaining and pulls you out of your reality and into this world, which lets face it sounds amazing! The author did a fantastic job keeping you guessing what would happen next or who Mena would end up with next. The book ends with us having a guessing game of how things will turn out visitation wise. I can't wait to read the next book in the series, this hands down is my new favorite book series. The narrator did an amazing job with the characters, she didn't over act the parts but left us feeling complete with each character. Make sure you have the day set aside because you won't want to pause this book!

  • Dream Wedding

  • J.J. DiBenedetto's Dream Series, Book 10
  • By: J.J. DiBenedetto
  • Narrated by: Jane Oppenheimer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

It ought to be a joyful time for Dr. Sara Alderson. Her daughter, Lizzie, is about to graduate college, and marry her longtime boyfriend. But the family's happiness is shattered when a drunk driver seriously injures her teenage son in a hit-and-run accident. Now, instead of planning her daughter's wedding, Sara must fight to save her son's life. And when she discovers who the drunk driver was - someone she thought was a colleague and a friend - she has to fight her desire for revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Father of the Bride

  • By Lauren Alumbaugh on 11-12-16

Very Father of the Bride

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

Any additional comments?

I have absolutely been hooked by this author. This series is about a woman, Sara, who can dream walk, and be given the opportunity to change the future. We have been following her since her college years, now she is a Doctor, wife and mother. In this installment we get to see her children all grown up, graduating high school, getting married and really evolving. This book reminded me of Father of the Bride in several spots, which is a good thing. I listened to the book on audible and was amazed at how far into the story I was pulled by both the narrator and the author. I do hope this is not the finale as there is still quite a bit more journey the author could take us on.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Promise

  • The Friessens, Book 3
  • By: Lorhainne Eckhart
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Married to Jed, Diana has a family and is living her happily ever after. She knew heartbreak and suffering as a child, and the pain of rejection, but she now understands what it means to be loved. However, when the past comes knocking on her door, reminding her of everything she's left behind, everything she was, and everything she's lost, her guilt and doubt threaten the life she's built with her husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Promise

  • By Christy D on 01-16-18

Crazy family, controlling man

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

Any additional comments?

Jed and Diana only thought they were through with his crazy family after his mother passed away. However little did they know that the mother had set out other little plans that were taking place from Beyond the Grave. I quickly fell into this story the narrator did an amazing job and kept the characters alive through each individual book in the series. the narrator made me wish the book was never going to end. Hopefully we get to hear more from them as a collaboration in the future. I have to say I'm not a big fan of Jed he is very old school I am man you will listen to me which gets quite annoying especially since he got his way in the end.

  • Forever Hers

  • Book Five of the Fitzgerald Family
  • By: E. B. Walters
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Amy Kincaid is running from her controlling ex-husband, who will stop at nothing to find her. With a new identity and a new job as a housekeeper, she just wants to be left alone to raise her daughter. Then Eddie Fitzgerald rolls into town and turns her world upside down. Eddie Fitzgerald, L.A.P.D.'s finest, lives for his job and nothing else, until he decides to take a break at the family summer home and is held at gunpoint by the most annoying, sassiest woman to ever cross his path. But something is off about Amy....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stalker

  • By Lauren Alumbaugh on 09-30-16

Stalker

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

Any additional comments?

Amy has fought long and hard to get away from her abusive husband. after moving away from him she becomes a housekeeper and quickly falls in love with the man of the house. However that does not settle well with her ex-husband and a lot of drama starts to unfold. The storyline is very entertaining while not being completely unique. the narrator didn't amazing job bringing the story to life and pulling you into the story. entertaining read I just wish we knew more about her ex-husband since we just got information on him to settle one part of the chapter. I think it would have been great had he been a bigger player in the story.

  • The Sister

  • By: Louise Jensen
  • Narrated by: Natalie Blass
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,459
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,160

Grace hasn't been the same since the death of her best friend, Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie's words the last time she saw her and, in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie's. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn't know about her best friend. When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie's father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie's sister, steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and her boyfriend Dan's home. But something isn't right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great suspense with unsual twists, turns and spill

  • By green ice cream garden on 10-05-16

Psycho!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book on Audible and was surprised at how mysterious and entertaining it was. the book is about a woman who is trying to get her feet back on the ground after her best friend passes away. She meets a woman and lets her move in after literally only knowing her for about a week. The story takes an eerie turn when she realizes it's her best friends sister. the story then starts to unfold about how this woman has been around longer than she thought. the sister ends up being quite the psycho which you could see coming from a mile away. the book was entertaining but did feel like it had been done before not overly unique. I enjoyed the narrator but felt like the entire book was Deja Vu of another one.

  • Dangerous Love

  • The Fitzgerald Family
  • By: E. B. Walters
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Born to a Las Vegas showgirl, fashion designer Faith Fitzgerald's childhood was not easy, until her father found her and whisked her off to L.A. to join his wealthy family. She works hard, never letting her guard down, until she discovers that someone stole her designs and sold them to her competitor and former mentor. To catch the thief and salvage her collection, Faith turns to her ex-lover, a man who works under the radar and gets results fast. The problem is she has not seen him since she dumped him so unceremoniously.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • terrible recording

  • By Roberta on 09-13-13

Fashion

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

Any additional comments?

faith has decided to design her own clothing line and cannot wait for her first show. However little did she know that her ex was going to copy all of her designs and try to sabotage her while trying to win her back. faith rise above expectations and hires her other EX in order to trap him and also rekindled her Romance. this book is filled with suspense without being overly dramatic. I enjoyed the relationship triangle that played out. The narrator did a fantastic job bringing the story to life and keeping the reader entertained. I absolutely love listening to books by this narrator , she is hands down my favorite. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

  • The Bloodline

  • The Friessens, Book 2
  • By: Lorhainne Eckhart
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Andy Friessen has two guarantees in his life: 1. His wife Laura, and his children are safe from the control of his family. 2. A safety deposit box holds evidence that could blow his mother's world apart. But nothing is ever simple or easy, until one night tragedy strikes, yanking the rug from under him. This time, secrets and lies could destroy the solid foundation he's built for his family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The bloodline

  • By jey cee on 08-27-16

Not a complete series

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

Reviewed: 09-23-16

Any additional comments?

I read the reunion which is book one in the series a week or two ago and when I started this book was a little lost. so I went back and looked at my review for book one which stated this was a spin-off series where the author was trying to build on her past series instead of starting new. so throughout these books you're constantly being referenced to the other series for events that have happened. which is fine except for I wish things weren't titled books 1 through whatever to me they should the numbers after the other books in the other series. however about halfway through you're able to understand where the story is going in the past doesn't matter as much so you're able to still build the storyline in your head. I have to say if it wasn't for the narrator I probably would not have stuck with this book. the narrator is so animated and really brings the story to life which it desperately needed. the book has a great plot line once you're able to get on it it's worth it. I do wish to find out more about these characters just wish I had known this wasn't a stand-alone series.