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R. D. MOORE

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  • Final Debt

  • Indebted, Book 6
  • By: Pepper Winters
  • Narrated by: Kylie C Stewart, Will M Watt
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

The last book in the New York Times best-selling dark romance series. Where love tries to triumph and darkness continues to reign. It all comes down to this. Love versus life. Debts versus death. Who will win?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG - Tears!

  • By R. D. MOORE on 07-20-17

OMG - Tears!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

I don't cry - seriously ! I don't! Haven't in years - until last night...
It is a rare story that can capture me so thoroughly - and this series did exactly that. I've been flipping between the ebook at my desk at work and the audiobook everywhere else, because I couldn't stand being away from the world so beautifully crafted and the people I'd come to care about, worry about, and so love to hate!
I'm not going to give up any spoilers - others have done that already - and even having read other reviews I was not prepared for the impact of what happened. I knew something big was coming - it was inevitable. Becoming vested in Needle and Kite, Nila and Jet, and their growth through the 6 books in this series - their fight and growth and evolution - their love and light - their F****d up family and circumstances - their fight and ultimate triumph over it all was emotionally draining and utterly fulfilling.
Sometimes Love Does Conquer All.
Sometimes one of the Good Guys doesn't make it to the end.
Sometimes there is Redemption!
Sometimes the Wrong Thing done for the Right Reason is Good.

Thankfully, short the epilogue, this series is intact in audio already. The cliffhangers at the end of each book would make it unbearable to wait for the next book to come out on Audio!
I've already purchased the audiobooks for two other series - they're next up. I'll be redoing this series on Audio (maybe when the Epilogue is released) and have put Ms Winters on my "must get" list for anything else she comes out with!

If you're not totally repulsed by the darkness and graphic details of medieval and psychological torture, leaving your heart shuddering and cold, then know that you will be lightened and warmed by the hard won victory and healing at the end, making it all worth it!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Shadows

  • Blood Curse Series, Book 4
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432

Nachari Silivasi is a bright light in a dark world. As the youngest vampire in a family of warriors, he has studied magic for 400 years and acquired a rare mastery of the universe around him. He is beloved by his family, legendary for his good looks, and known for his uncommon valor. Unfortunately, he has just made the ultimate sacrifice - he has traded his immortal life for the life of the Vampyr King.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My heart almost shattered

  • By Amy on 10-21-15

Best Yet - and drooling for more!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-15

Would you listen to Blood Shadows again? Why?

Absolutely - I've always loved Unchained Melody - but this was the first time I got shivers down my spine hearing it!! What a great story!! And Eric G. Dove again delivered the stellar performance I've come to know from him!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Marquis is still the standout for me. Everyone knows that beneath his ruff gruff exterior lies a heart of gold and a an iron protectiveness of those he calls his own. Maybe because he reminds me much of my own HEA - but he continues to command my attention and allegiance in any scene he's in and I find myself waiting/second guessing to see his reaction to any given situation.

Which scene was your favorite?

It's a toss up between a 'broken' radio - and an extended dream with a gratifying end. Both speak to the connection between two souls that far exceeded the one between the two minds.

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

yes - but regretfully life prohibits that! I get a cupla hours a day at best while driving to work - maybe more on weekends.

Any additional comments?

Eric G. Dove also does another popular vampire series - which also has a special place in my heart - so when i realized he was this series I knew it was going to be a phenomenal read! And he did not disappoint!!! AND - he can sing! Who knew!?!

With that, I saw on Tessa Dawns website that she expects the rest of the audiobooks to be released by the end of 2015 - Couldn't be fast enough for me!!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Inheritor

  • By: Laura Antoniou
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 32 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 86

When last we saw Chris Parker, he had been bought by master trainer Tetsuo Sakai and was blissfully ensconced in Japan under Tetsuo's wonderfully sadistic boot. And here we join Robin Cassidy, now contentedly serving a slave contract for a rich Chicago businessman. But the Marketplace is shaken when a new Trainer of Trainers must be anointed, and the resulting machinations and clashing loyalties threaten to tear their world apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is it this really the end?

  • By Tracey on 07-22-15

Patience for this book did not disappoint.

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

Reviewed: 03-05-15

What made the experience of listening to The Inheritor the most enjoyable?

The reader was great! Her timing worked in so many ways throughout the story.

What other book might you compare The Inheritor to and why?

This is the 6th, and best so far of the Marketplace series! As this is not my normal fare, I don't have anything to compare it to, as this series seems to stand alone! I got snagged by it a couple of years ago at someone else's recommendation - and have enjoyed the foray into the fantasy of the World of the Marketplace as well as following the well developed characters and interwoven intrigues of people of power.

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

She made the characters, and by extension, the world, seem more real.

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

I Laughed, I moaned, I flew, I crashed, I felt, I sympathized, I sighed (long, deep sighs), I was awed, I related, I detached, I loved, I hated, I screamed (this at the ending!). The full gamut of emotions are represented and drawn out for the 'emotional masochist' to revel in!!

Any additional comments?

The best in the series - and the one that absolutely has me panting for the next book!!
There is going to be a next book...right????

  • Kushiel's Dart

  • By: Jacqueline Carey
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 31 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,855

The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kushiel series in order

  • By Glen Gaines on 10-27-09

Overall Very Satisfying

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

Reviewed: 02-27-13

Who was your favorite character and why?

Phèdre steals the show - despite it all. She is an Anguisette - which in modern parlance probably means sexual masochist. I cannot say i completely 'get' the draw as described - but i did get the eloquence with which it was described. I totally got the stream-of-conscience type explorations into Phedra's thought processes as she grew up and into herself. And although her being an Aguisette was a pivotal reality - it was only a portion of the person we learned of, and that she grew in to! Phèdre was one of the most realistically crafted characters I've encountered in a long time! She was hot, she was cold, she loved as she hated, she vascillated, she fought and she won and she lost, she made decisions and doggedly stuck to them - despite! That was her gift to the reader - being real.

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

It was just too long for one sitting - and i found the enforced breaks in listening great opportunities to think on the way Carey gently challenged religious and moral tomes.

Any additional comments?

Carey has crafted an interesting world - with a different moral and religious structure - giving one pause to consider their own beliefs on occasion. There are many paralells that can be made between Jewish tennets and those Carey has laid out. It is all done without intent to insult, and i believe she has accomplished that! The blending of various cultures is well done! I am amused that this series, this first book written so many years ago, is only now coming to general popularity, as our society is starting to openly explore and be more accepting of "alternate" lifestyles and sexual practices.

Carey takes us on a long trip, where we meet some lovely people, and some very scarey ones, and some very very memorable ones, but they are all real! Despite the Medieval-style timeframe, the intrigues and betrayals, loyalties and conflicts, the myths and legends, and loves, it all feel very timeless. There are those little bits of detail in the descriptions of a setting or situation that Carey does so well, without the violence necessarily becoming overpowering.

Phèdre and Joscelin are. What they are evolves, changes, becomes victim and beneficiary of wants, needs, desires, schemes and betrayals, and friendships and loves and loyalties of all types, from almost every possible direction. And yet ...
I am going to continue with this series - I enjoy Phèdre's world. I want to see where she has yet to go - what she can accomplish! What she and Joscelin can accomplish.
And she reminds me in so many ways - that which yeilds is not necessarily weak!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fifty Shades Freed

  • Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,817

When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoyed this trilogy!

  • By Katherine on 06-12-12

And Everyone Grows up!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-12

Where does Fifty Shades Freed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Captivating. The story held my attention - if for no other reason than to figure out what was gonna happen next! It's not a master work of prose, and is based in a world few have any frame of reference to relate to - that of the opulently rich, with more money than brains. But the characters are easy themselves to relate to, and sympathize with - flawed, insecure, occasionally clumsy, with inner demons chasing them, in need of being slapped occasionally!
And despite all that, Ana and Christian manage to work it out!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I'm a sucker for tragic flawed Alpha-Males - so duh.... but I found Ana's Inner Goddess a particular joy when she appeared!

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

For Consenting Adults Only!!!

Any additional comments?

The third of the series focuses more on dramatic ways for our tragic male, Christian, and our budding heroine, Ana, to work through their own personal demons and their made-in-fairyland but not perfect relationship into a HEA.
Ana finally finds her inner B***H, and takes a definitive stand, which rattles Christian to the core and starts his pattern of growth. The roller coaster continues as life, stacked full of unfortunate and somewhat predictable circumstances, force our beloved Christian to face his demons and grow up. Ana, too, finds herself letting go of some of her juvenile, impulsive pettyness and insecurities and blossoms.

This is a fairytale - full of teen angst and wrapped up in some steamy "vanilla" and not-so-vanilla sex. It's easy to relate to the clumsy insecure heroine and drool after the perfectly flawed Adonis - almost as easy as it is to lose track of the real story here - of 2 people who did connect and helped each other grow up. The prose is choppy occasionally, the ending felt rushed, and the reader was... well - could have used more definition and intonation in her delivery. But I did enjoy the story, and series.
It’s for consenting adults only!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Fifty Shades Darker

  • Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,367

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Point, Well Made!!

  • By Moki on 05-04-12

Contemporary Erotic Love Story

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

Reviewed: 05-30-12

Where does Fifty Shades Darker rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

Not the best - but it's up there! There was some overuse of phrases, and the narrator could have used a bit more diversity in her interpretation of the voices. I did, however, find her presentation of Anastasia to be reasonably accurate for a young 20-something female, who clearly came into this story/world very niave - but strong. Not exactly a role model, but not the weak minded fawn she could have been portrayed as. There is a love story here - and a story of 2 people growing up - together. Average girls falls at feet and into arms of Adonis-like billionaire - not a completely realistic scenario - but i was entrances and caught up in the energy as the story progressed.

What did you like best about this story?

It is, at it's core, a love story. There's intrigue, and the every murcurial Christian Gray to contend with - but i'm captivated by trying to keep up with the evolution of their relationship.

Which scene was your favorite?

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the interplay between Ana's Inner Goddess and her Sub-Conscious, and watching them develop into characters unto themselves. It reminded me of my own struggles in my youth!

Any additional comments?

Captivating as the love story and evolution of the relationship were for me, i found the frequency and seemingly needless sex a bit off-putting and excessive to what would have been needed to advance the plot. I'm a bit of a sucker for gothically tragic, self depricating men - so Christian worked well for me. The airheaded Anastasia was, well, pretty much what I would have expected. I personally wasn't put off by the Kink-Lite, nor the Alpha/Domineering Male versus semi-submissive female interplay - it's typical to a lot of what I read. But if you find that distressing, or take a personal affront to that kind of interplay in your characters, this is not the read for you.

  • Insurgent

  • Divergent, Book 2
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,417
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,546

One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent but not as interesting as Divergent

  • By Lore on 03-08-14

Captivating - cannot wait for 3rd book!

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

Reviewed: 05-17-12

I had thoroughly enjoyed the first book and waited rather impatiently for the second to come out (now biting my nails for the third!).
There were questions left from the first - mostly answered here - and now there are more questions abounding! I found myself trying to guess though motives and outcomes all along the way, frequently surprised by the turns and twists the story took.
What is the big secret? Will Tris be able to hold on to Four? Marcus did what?
I will be redoing the 2 books again here shortly...I've found this world completely captivating, and the artful setup for answers has me salivating for the conclusion - which just cannot come soon enough!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Before I Fall

  • By: Lauren Oliver
  • Narrated by: Sarah Drew
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,475

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful.

  • By Penny on 03-20-10

Well Crafted-Kudos for being so real!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-11

I hated this book! I really did for about the first third! I found myself captivated and yet unable to disengage as I relived some of the worst years of my life! Despite the horror of my 30something year old memories being brought back as if yesterday, I couldn't stop listening - totally captivated by the insight's into the mind of one of 'them' - those perfect popular girls in High School I suffered under - and wanted so badly to be. I was, as it was so aptly described at one point, one of the 'have nots', one of the victims of the harsh injustices of the teen years.

I had downloaded this book as it was by the same author as Delirium, which was good enough for me. I didn't look at any of the reviews until it was too late and my mind had already been transported backwards in time, and i was trying to get my head wrapped around why the book at been so well rated with leading characters who were so blatantly anti-role-model types. The cruelty, prejudice, judgemental behaviour, and flagrant disregard for authority the girls displayed seemed so counter to what I've become accustomed to in the female heroines in teen reads. I went to the reviews - and found that redemption was on the horizon....

And then She woke up - again on the same day, and her world and perspectives and life started changing.
I have not finished the book yet - so i'm not sure where it's all going. There've been a few surprises along the way, both good and bad, a testament I think to the Lauren Oliver's ability to craft her world, and bring the reader (listener) wholely into it! There've been smiles, and laughter, and yes, tears, and I expect there will be more before I'm done.

This was not a wasted credit as I'd first feared!
The reader does go a little fast once in a while - but then again - so does life, and yes, so do teenaged girls!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Single White Vampire

  • Argeneau Vampires, Book 3
  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822

Roundhouse Publishing editor Kate C. Leever’s first letter to her newest legacy author was intended to impress upon him the growing demand for his “vampire romances.” Though he’d expressed little to no desire for publicity, book tours or the like, it was clear that this was a writer waiting to be broken out. Correspondence with Mr. Lucern Aregeneau tended to be oddly delayed, but this time his response was quick and succinct.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and great listening

  • By Anonymous User on 06-17-10

Making NO Funny!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-29-10

Loved this book! Unlike the first two books in the series (this is the 3rd book in the series!) - this one had me laughing out loud several times-amusing my husband and children!! I think i understook Luc better than his brothers from the start...

Charming, amusing, flat out belly laugh funny on occasion - this story is well worth your time. As the 3rd in the series - I do recommend reading them in order -

and am so hoping Audible finds it's way clear to take on the rest of the series!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Prince Joe

  • By: Suzanne Brockmann
  • Narrated by: Ashley Adlon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 486

Media consultant Veronica St. John has been hired to teach a rugged Navy SEAL to impersonate a European prince who's been targeted by terrorists. But one conversation and Veronica knows there's no way she can turn streetwise New Yorker Joe Catalanotto into nobility. Joe, on the other hand, is confident he's got what it takes. Two days isn't a lot of time to get the job done...but it's enough time to fall in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Earlier Work - Still Worth the "Read"

  • By R. D. MOORE on 09-29-10

Earlier Work - Still Worth the "Read"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-29-10

I fell in love with Brockmann's Best Selling Troubleshooters, and when i found this series I figured it was where she 'cut her teeth' - setting her up for the success of the Troubleshooters.
It would appear that my presumptions were correct - but that did not detract from the enjoyment of the story for me!
I find the trip, not the destination, the most appealing in my stories. Yes, I could kinda predict where the story was going - but Brockmann made the trip interesting and fun.
And is that not the objective behind urban romance - fantasy - fiction stories? To be interesting and fun? Brockmann did both in this story, and i'm hoping Audible takes on the rest in this series!!!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful