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  • Persuasion

  • Curse of the Gods, Volume 2
  • By: Jane Washington, Jaymin Eve
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Moyen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150

Willa Knight: Dweller? Bad-ass? Notorious pet to five magical beings? In Blesswood, there are rules, and someone is trying to teach her how to follow them. The only problem is Willa. Which shouldn’t be anything new, since she has been a problem since birth — something her pseudo-sister Emmy would agree on. So it definitely shouldn’t be new, but it is. Because things are starting to happen that have never happened before. Things are starting to get chaotic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A little too much tension

  • By Jessica on 12-31-17

Not as good as first book

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Any additional comments?

I really liked the first book, it was funny, original, unpredictable and the main character Willa was clever and charming...in this book, all of that was lost.

The story seemed to go nowhere for pretty much the entire book until the last few chapters and then things finally seemed to have a purpose. Up until then, I found myself really disliking Willa.
She became arrogant, entitled, slutty and dumber, she was lost and distracted and unlikeable. I didn't like the dynamic of the group or her constant needing of the boys and to touch them without any accountability. She constantly dismissed her actions as "I didn't know how it happened, my hands were there without my knowledge, it's not my fault". She had no self awareness at all and the fact that she has no favourite among them all makes her seem really shallow and vapid. The sexual tension leapfrogged from one guy to the other without any reason. She'd literally grab and hug whoever was in front of her like a, and I hate to say it, slut. She didn't even seem to care at all that she was the cause of their fights and the guys became less attractive to me the more they let her keep bouncing back and forth. It was creepy how they shared her...ugh.

I didn't like how possessive the guys were and always picked her up and did whatever they wanted with her. And her ploy to walk around the school in only underwear was so stupid. In that moment I lost all respect for her. That wasn't standing up for herself, that was being a brat.

Thankfully the story picked up at the end, but I'm not sure that I really want to read the next one. She's such a selfish character. I like her friend/sister a lot more. She has such a great story now. A slave fighting for freedom.

I wish the authors would have focused more on the situation with the dwellers vs souls vs gods. That would give the book depth. If Willa would just pick one guy, and finally come to terms with her feelings of attraction and decide to fight the system her life would mean something.
She has this incredible ability to stand out and does nothing but toy around with the guys. She could make a difference instead she just goes around mindlessly at the whim of her hormones and the self-involved gods who treat her like a plaything.

Can the authors give the gods and the souls more to do that just be selfish jerks? What's the point to them? Whats the point of this story?

I'm ranting now. But I'm disappointed with the direction this story took. I hope the next book will be better. Hopefully she'll finally grow up.

  • Matefinder: Volume 1

  • By: Leia Stone
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 879
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 812

Werewolves, facing the threat of extinction, desperately seek their mates to bear young. Aurora, a human far removed from the supernatural world, is nearing her own end after being fatally injured in a car accident. Kai, an alpha werewolf, lurks in the nearby trees watching her bleed out. He chooses to save her the only way he knows how, by changing her. Aurora struggles with her past as a domestic abuse survivor and the new dominating and violent lifestyle of a werewolf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT START TO A SERIES!!!

  • By Brandy Blackerby on 01-29-17

Everything plus the kitchen sink

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

Holy moly what is going on with this story? It’s like sprinting a quadrathlon on a jet pack while listening to a guide to morality.
I couldn’t finish it. I spent most of my time eye rolling as the main female character continued to be revealed to be one amazing thing after the other, I lost track of all the ways the author made her special. The character didn’t earn any of these talents but seemed to be chosen as the epicentre of the supernatural universe! It was so exasperating.
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The girl is the most rare thing on earth...cue the eye roll...
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First she’s special because she survived the change, then she’s second in command, then she’s the alpha’s mate, then she’s immune to silver, then she’s a matefinder, then she finds out she’s adopted and is actually the rare product of a werewolf/witch hybrid, then she’s a future seer, she’s a lethal wolf who beheads super fast, then she can save the werewolf species and then she apparently can make female vampires fertile....I mean are you serious?!!! And the entire time she’s cool with it all. Like, yup..ok, I’m a werewolf, yup ok I’m a badass, ok cool I’m part witch, ohhhh did you say I am a seer too, cool. Wtf?!
The book moves so fast and with such forced empty action that it has zero substance.
The writing is poor. A half decent editor would have helped a lot with word repetition, sentence structure and dialogue. It was so stiff.
I also don’t need to be reminded every few minutes that she’s a vegetarian and that it makes her special. I don’t eat meat but I don’t think just because my friends do that somehow killing a person is easier for them, which is what the character implies.
Ugh I’m so done with this book and it’s nonsense. There is no heat, no drama, no significant character development, it’s all superficial and forgettable.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Darkness Dawns

  • Immortal Guardians Series #1
  • By: Dianne Duvall
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,260

Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Luscious, Enthralling & Sensual w/o being porn

  • By Linda on 08-16-11

A little flat

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

I enjoyed the narrator a lot.

The book wasn’t bad but wasn’t very good.

The book lacked tension. The speed and way the main characters fell for each other was obnoxious. They both agreed on everything and I mean everything including their favourite vegan ice cream flavour...that was so boring I couldn’t believe it. They were a boring couple and I didn’t like the characters...they were like plain toast. Not even his past endeared me to him.

I wish the author would have spent more time fleshing out their personalities and flaws and added some yin to the yang. They spent more time cooking then I’ve ever read in a vampire book ever.

I eat organic and believe in saving the planet but does the author really have to shove that down our throats every chance she can?
I found it too goody goody. There wasn’t any drama apart from the stereotypes associated with this genre.

I rolled my eyes so many times when these two characters who’d only met for a day suddenly were desperate for each other and couldn’t live without the other. Goodness...I know this is fiction but I believe in real vampires before I believe in this kind of romance.
The plot holes and the conveniences were tacky.
I don’t want to discourage people from reading it but be warned this book is preachy and predictable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Glass Sword

  • By: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,924

Mare Barrow's blood is red - the color of common folk - but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince - the friend - who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: She is not the only one of her kind.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing and Slow

  • By Bonnie on 03-21-16

Overly wordy

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I liked the first book and wanted to love this one but it was lacklustre at best.
If the author had trimmed Mare’s inner voice by 50% this book would have flowed much better. But she comes across as pretentious and arrogant, as if she alone knows what everyone is thinking and feeling as fact. I just didn’t get Mare and why she was so pitiful, always acting and thinking that she was the only person suffering or having to do things that were questionable. It’s war. Deal with it and move on. She not only pushed away her friends but me the reader. The book and series feels like a wanna be Hunger Games. The “strong” female character is nothing more than an inner monologuing bore. Why anyone likes her by the end is beyond me. I also couldn’t stand the constant repetition of past events and titles, the way she continually repeats herself and what she knows about the characters is redundant and boring. Mare constantly talks about the characters as if she knows them better than anyone but does she really? She doesn’t try to understand them. I think she was far too judgemental of everyone and making herself into a martyr. I also didn’t like how I could here the narrator continually take breaths before speaking. It was almost unbearable. I won’t be reading the next one based on other reviews as well as my experience with this style of writing. I still liked the first book however and hope the author can write more books as engaging as that one.

  • The Vampire King

  • The Kings Series, Book 1
  • By: Heather Killough-Walden
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 436

It was immediate for Roman. In 3,000 years, he'd never lost control of his emotions, or his heart. But the moment he laid eyes on Evelynne Farrow, he knew she was the woman who haunted his dreams. And everything changed. Everything. Evie Farrow has always loved a good vampire romance. In fact, she makes a living writing them. While sitting in a coffee shop and working on her next mega-hot book, Evie is approached by a tall, dark, and handsome man who could have been pulled directly from one of her novels.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story but...

  • By Shannon on 05-16-13

Too much too fast.

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

Reviewed: 06-13-15

Would you try another book from Heather Killough-Walden and/or Antony Ferguson?

Probably not.

Would you ever listen to anything by Heather Killough-Walden again?

Yes, his performance was lovely.

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

No I haven't but I would listen to him again.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and confusion. I honestly didn't feel much at all for the characters and found myself frustrated by the stereotypical characters and cliched scenarios. Personally I don't find stalking a girl to be very sexy. We learned everything about Evie through exposition and that's just not a good way to present your lead. I'm also sick and tired of perfect male characters that are SO big and handsome etc etc and girls that are stunningly beautiful.

Any additional comments?

I was confused throughout most of the book. The author seemed to force the characters and story to move at a pace that made it very unbelievable and I found myself shaking my head most of the time. I get it's fantasy but come on, people and vampires reacting that quickly and falling in love like that is just too far fetched. It takes more than 1 day to develop a relationship.

The mystery was also very poorly presented because the author told you right away who the villain was and why he was doing it and the story unfolded very quickly leaving me wondering why did we even bother to care? The entirety of the story takes place over 3 days!!

I certainly didn't care about the characters. The main character was adorable and i would really have liked to hear more from her and have her take center stage instead of just being a prop for the main male lead.

Side stories were injected randomly and had no closure. The chapters jumped around like hop scotch and I didn't even register what was happening half the time because new characters were thrown in every now and then.

Overall I think the book should have been twice as long and the story should have been given the room to breath and the relationships to develop.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,223
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,946

Gigi is no longer an innocent teen. All grown up and looking for love, her family and friends worry she'll go for the sexy, alluring vampire instead of a nice, safe human. But sexy and alluring, with a penchant for biting, could be just what Gigi wants...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly disappointing.

  • By CL on 03-28-15

What happened?

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

Reviewed: 04-15-15

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

It was mediocre at best. I was barely paying attention while it was playing which is completely the opposite of my past Molly Harper experiences. I love this author and immediately added this to my collection but as I listened to the book I just found myself uninterested and shaking my head. It wasn't a waste of time but its absolutely no where near the standards of her work that I am used to and love.

Has The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I'll support Molly Harper again. Just because this book missed the mark doesn't mean that she can't bounce back from it. There will always be room in my life for vampire novels!

Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

Colin. But the problem isn't Amanda, she's the only saving grace of this entire book. Her performance is amazing and kept me going through the flat storyline.

Could you see The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

God no.

Any additional comments?

This story seemed very thrown together and didn't feel nearly as thought out and intriguing as its predecessors. Gigi's character did change, the more she grew up the more immature she became.

I didn't like her relationship with Kal, Iris's husband, they were way too familiar with each other than I liked. He seemed to give her more attention than his wife and that made my skin crawl. I almost thought there was a possible romance between them which had me cringing.
Kal and Gigi need major boundaries, I mean how many times did we really need to hear that they loved each other?

Nick's personality was flat and the way he's described is so over the top its laughable not because its funny but because it's outlandish. He's a huge sexy Russian vampire with a massive @*#$ and that's about it. He could have been interesting if he wasn't so forward in his advances of Gigi knowing full well that he was a danger to her. He just dismisses it and keeps having sex with her. Like come on buddy shouldn't you be trying to figure out what's wrong with you and why you keep attacking a girl you are attracted to?

The relationship between Nick and Gigi has zero chemistry and its very forced. He attacks her and she's hot for him after only a few minutes pass.??? Wtf. They declare their love for each other after dating for a day, I mean come on. I get that people can fall in love at first sight but this wasn't that kind of story and if that was the intention it flew over my head like it was catapulted. At least let them build up their interactions and actually spend time together before they fall in love. It was ridiculous. Gigi spent more time at work then she did getting to know Nick.

The comedy in this just wasn't there for me and I'm really disappointed in the book. I expected so much more from Molly Harper.

Driving Mr. Dead is one of my all time favourite books and I've listened to it over and over again and loved it for its whimsy, character development, laugh out loud mishaps and natural progression.

The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire is a book I barely got through. I don't like Gigi, I don't like Nick, I don't like how all the other characters are in the background and not acting like themselves.

If I wanted to listen to a book about a spoiled girl with an attitude and no sense of danger that fell in love with a hunk with no personality I would have just listened to Twilight.

All in all I'd say this book was a fail. But I'm looking forward to the next one in hopes that Molly can redeem herself.

  • The Darkest Seduction

  • By: Gena Showalter
  • Narrated by: Max Bellmore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775

Possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, immortal warrior Paris is irresistibly seductive - but his potent allure comes at a terrible price. Every night he must bed someone new, or weaken and die. And the woman he craves above all others is the one woman he'd thought was forever beyond his reach… until now. Newly possessed by the demon of Wrath, Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her. Yet in Paris's arms, the vulnerable beauty finds soul-searing passion and incredible peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Worth the Wait

  • By Robbie on 03-01-12

Wet Noises distracted me

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

Reviewed: 02-19-15

What did you like best about The Darkest Seduction? What did you like least?

I love this series, absolutely love it but I found the narrator's performance awful this time around. All I could hear were wet mouth noises, like he needed to just drink some water or swallow. It was gross and made me hate the pairing of Sienna and Paris. I didn't like the two characters together, I found their relationship forced.

Would you be willing to try another book from Gena Showalter? Why or why not?

Absolutely! I'm addicted to this series. I'll definitely buy the book and re read it.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator needs to stop making those distracting wet sounds.

Was The Darkest Seduction worth the listening time?

I could barely get through it because of the narrator.

Any additional comments?

It's a great book in an amazing series. But if you don't like sloppy wet sounds while listening definitely buy the paperback version.

  • A Quick Bite

  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Victoria McGee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,210

Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood . . . an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn't hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Liked the book...hated the narrator

  • By Shelly on 06-08-10

Good story horrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-23-14

What didn’t you like about Victoria McGee’s performance?

The narrator was so blaze, she didn't add in any life to the characters and I found myself disliking the story and finding it boring. That's when I realized it was the narrator who seemed to slog through it. Couldn't finish the audio book and will get the book at a store now.

Was A Quick Bite worth the listening time?

No. I couldn't get through it because of the narration. The voice was boring and lifeless and had a weird saliva sound to it that annoyed me too much to continue.

Any additional comments?

I hope the book is re-recorded with another narrator, Amanda Ronconi would be brilliant for this series!

  • Beyond the Highland Mist

  • Highlander, Book 1
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,609
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,617

He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart - until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • it was OK but not great

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 05-26-13

Macho male attitude, not impressed.

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

Reviewed: 06-13-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

To be honest, I've read a lot of romance books and was hoping that the supernatural twist would make this book stand out....that's the only thing that stood out. I'm so tired of the big beautiful dominating man characters. More originality and depth would have helped a lot. Its not enough to have scarred pasts, you have to explore those insecurities and have the characters talk to each other, not just grope each other.

Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Marie Moning again?

Yes, she was great! I thought she did a wonderful job in differentiating the characters and expressing their emotions.

Did Beyond the Highland Mist inspire you to do anything?

Never marry a 16th century highlander.

Any additional comments?

*Spoilers*I found it ridiculous that the character would allow herself to be pushed around by the "your my woman" attitude and actually be turned on by it after her past relationship disaster. Just because a man kisses with passion, doesn't forgive his aggressive and dominating personality. Hawk compared her to his falcons and how he breaks them into submission, and ignoring his past 15 years of service to the king. You'd think that kind of character would understand not caging a person to their will. I was honestly rooting for Adam, hoping he would succeed, or that he would have wooed her by talking rather than sexual advances which were exactly what Hawk was doing. I mean come on, this guy is a powerful faery and he doesn't know that he's being a sleeze ball.The last straw was when Hawk kidnapped her after seeing her kiss Adam. That's how you win a woman! Shaking my head. I will definitely not be buying the next in the series.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs

  • Half-Moon Hollow, Book 1
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,936
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,946

Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh-out Loud Funny

  • By Sandra Ross on 03-25-10

Funny, witty, exciting, 10 out of 10!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-13

Where does Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its up there as one of the best! Molly Harper is an incredible writer, who has so much fun with her characters and story that I couldn't help but fall in love with them all.

What did you like best about this story?

The humor. I've gone through so many vampire novels and they all take themselves so seriously that they exist in a world far removed from ours that I could never relate, but not this book, this book felt real and grounded and almost a Gilmore Girls with vampires novels. The characters are not suave, or obnoxiously over sexualized, they are down to earth and charming. Its about time vampires stopped wearing leather and started wearing joke tees.

Which scene was your favorite?

There are so many good ones. My favourite scene was at the end, so I'm not going to spoil it for others, but let's just say it was not your typical vampire throw down, but just brilliant.

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

Vampires meet suburban life Gilmore's style.

Any additional comments?

Read this book! Jane is an incredible protagonist, I wish she was real so we could be friends. I want to live in the world that Molly Harper has created. None of the vampire books out there come close.