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  • Steel's Edge

  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051

The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people 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…Charlotte de Ney is as noble as they come, a blueblood straight out of the Weird. But even though she possesses rare magical healing abilities, her life has brought her nothing but pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This author duo doesn’t do half-assed. Period.

  • By RabidReads on 08-26-14

Inconsistent Narration and Character Details

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

All the Maurs used to sound like they were raised by blue bloods. Suddenly in this book, Richard, Sophie and Kaldor all talk like illiterate swamp rats. What is more disturbing is that two additional characters sound just like Jack and both get killed. I find it confusing and annoying. There are also several inconsistencies in this book. Previously Richard and Kaldor's mother abandoned them. In this book she is reported as having died when they were small. Ages of characters keep changing as well. Previously Sphie insisted on being called Lark after she was taken by slavers. This book erroneously reports she changed names after her mother died. Previously Richard and Kaldor's brother died. Now he is reported as having left. Then a character is mentioned as looking like their family. The long lost brother? Nope his mention was apparently merely an inconsequential red herring.

  • Fate's Edge

  • The Edge, Book 3
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208

In the latest entry in Ilona Andrews's Edge series, Audrey Callahan is determined to stay on the straight and narrow - but when her brother gets into trouble, she takes on one last heist and finds herself matching wits with lawyer, gambler, thief, and spy Kaldar Mar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This one is WONDERFUL!

  • By Vinity on 12-03-11

Inconsistent Character Voices

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

This narrator has one heroine voice. In book one it is Rose's voice. In book two it switches to Cerise and when Rose appears she suddenly sounds different. Then in this book the voice belongs to Audrey and Cerise's voice has changed. Is she perhaps patterning the heroine du jour after herself?

  • Bayou Moon

  • The Edge, Book 2
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297

When her parents vanish, Cerise's clan's long-time rivals are suspects number one. But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge - and Cerise's life. William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation's spymaster. When William's and Cerise cross paths, sparks fly - but they'll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another epic listen by this fantastic duo (trio?)!

  • By RabidReads on 04-11-14

Poor Narration. Again.

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Why do members of the same family who grew up together have different accents? Some speak with no accent, some have a Cajun accent, some have a French accent and some have an Irish accent. You can always tell when they are speaking French by the Irish accent the narrator uses.

And still the men have un-masculine voices. The villain is unimpressive and unintimidating.

  • 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 2,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,042

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

Narrator can't do men's voices.

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

The narrator does a really poor job of men's voices. You get more or less used to it by the end.

  • Dark Instincts

  • Phoenix Pack
  • By: Suzanne Wright
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229

It happens whenever wolf shifter Roni Axton is near Marcus Fuller: a crackle of sexual awareness that's intoxicating...and deeply annoying. Marcus is a pack enforcer who oozes power, but Roni is lethal in her own right - nothing like the flirty females who flock around him. Even still, his possessive gaze makes one thing clear. Marcus has singled her out for seduction, and he wants to make her sit up and beg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best One in The Series!

  • By Cheri on 04-23-15

Perversions.

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

This series is becoming depraved. Last book had shifters hunted and brutally killed. This one is much worse.
And Marcus who was diddling Trick in the first book is suddenly the romantic hero? Yah right.

  • Feral Sins

  • Phoenix Pack, Book 1
  • By: Suzanne Wright
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,588

Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills - and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised they didn't check my ID

  • By P. Stover on 04-08-13

More sex than story.

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

The word "cock" appears 67 times in this book. Between thinking about his cock, planning to use it or actually using his cock there is little room for actual story in this book. The heroine was snarky and clever. Her ongoing verbal jousts with the grandmother were truly epic. I laughed a lot. But if you don't enjoy excess sex this book isn't for you. Or like me you can skip all those scenes and finish reading or listening to the book really quickly.

  • Atlanta Burns

  • By: Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

You don't mess with Atlanta Burns. Everyone knows that. And that's kinda how she likes it - until the day Atlanta is drawn into a battle against two groups of bullies and saves a pair of new, unexpected friends. But actions have consequences, and when another teen turns up dead - by an apparent suicide - Atlanta knows foul play is involved. And worse: She knows it's her fault. You go poking rattlesnakes, maybe you get bit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Prose Comic Book for Adults Only

  • By Dubi on 10-29-16

Sooo violent. Sooo awful.

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

This book is about teenagers being beaten, raped, possibly killed by bullies. Often wealthy, popular, powerful bullies. It gets worse and worse. I only got to Chapter 9 but I think murder is imminent. I don't want to see what happens next. This book is an exaggerated worst case scenario. If there is justice and a happy ending coming a ton of horror will be experienced first.
Thanks but no thanks.
Oh also. Atlanta shot her stepfather with a shotgun 6 months ago. The gun is still in the hallway where it happened. Even if the police found the shooting justified why did they leave the weapon there? WTH?

  • Journey's End

  • Gilded Promises
  • By: Renee Ryan
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

Having grown up on the mean streets of nineteenth-century London, Caroline St. James is used to fighting to survive. So when her beloved mother - abandoned and ignored by her wealthy family - suddenly dies, the scrappy twenty-two-year-old devises a plan to right this terrible wrong. With nothing to lose, she sails to New York to find the man who turned a cold shoulder to her mother's suffering: Caroline's grandfather.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • heart strings pulling

  • By Jasmine Jones on 07-13-16

Believe 6 Impossible Things Before Breakfast

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

If the heroine had a pet unicorn this book wouldn't be less unrealistic or unbelievable. This book should be read before breakfast because there are many more than 6 impossible things to believe in this book. Here are a few of them.
1-A beautiful girl grows up in Whitechurch land of poverty, prostitutes and thugs, with no father or brothers to protect her but is never molested in anyway.
2-She is somehow able to win enormous sums of money from somewhere and store it in her hovel with no one finding out or stealing it from her.
3-She is able to transport the enormous pile of cash all the way to America again without being robbed or molested.
4-She has enough money to buy an entire upper class wardrobe and move into the Waldorf-Astoria.
5-They actually sell her an upper class wardrobe and let her move into the Waldorf-Astoria as a shabbily dressed woman unaccompanied and without even a maid.
6-Raised by an American woman surrounded by lower class Londoners she yet learns perfect upper class British accent.
7-(Spoiler) The aunt is somehow able to intercept over 30 letters without anyone else in the house including any staff seeing them. And she is able to Frank them and return them again without help or exposure. Upper class women don't frank their own letters nor interact with the mail carrier.
8-She walks from the Waldorf-Astoria to the lower East side dressed in all her Upper class finery without getting blisters or being robbed or molested.

And so much more.

Not only is this book poorly researched, unrealistic and unbelievable but it is also overly dramatic and preachy.

  • The Hallowed Hunt

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 589

The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile. It falls to Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff to transport the prince to his burial place and to bring the accused killer, Lady Ijada, to judgment. The road he travels with his burden and his prisoner is fraught with danger. But in the midst of political chaos, magic has the fiercer hold on Ingrey's destiny, and Ijada herself may turn out to be the only one he dares trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner from Bujold

  • By Ethan M. on 05-07-07

The Narrator Needs A Dictionary

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

The word "geas" appears 46 times in this book. Obviously this is an important topic to the book. The narrator apparently didn't think so because she mispronounced it EVERY SINGLE TIME. You would think she would check pronunciation on such a significant and frequently used word. I researched online and found one major pronunciation and a couple lesser used ones. None matched the one used 46 times by the narrator of this book. IT WAS SO IRRITATING. She has pleasant voice and doesn't do to badly at voices. She just need to do her homework and use a dictionary.

Of course that was only the most frequently used of the mispronounced words in this book. Honestly who doesn't know how to pronounce "chimera"?

The book itself is excellent.

  • Paladin of Souls

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172

Three years have passed since the widowed Dowager Royina Ista found release from the curse of madness that kept her imprisoned in her family's castle of Valenda. Her newfound freedom is costly, bittersweet with memories, regrets, and guilty secrets, for she knows the truth of what brought her land to the brink of destruction. And now the road, escape, beckons...A simple pilgrimage, perhaps. Quite fitting for the Dowager Royina of Chalion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Sequel

  • By Dave S on 04-02-05

Some words mispronounced.

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

For all that she has such a lovely voice and accent the narrator mispronounced some words. I double checked and couldn't find a listing matching her pronunciations anywhere.

The heroine of this book at first is determined to spend the remainder of her life feeling sorry for herself. She is sometimes difficult to like. But it's Lois Mcmaster Bujold so of course this book is terrific.