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  • Blood of the Earth

  • Soulwood, Book 1
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,338

When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her. Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell's doorstep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faith Hunter hits it out of the Park!

  • By Teri on 08-03-16

Frustrating book

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

What did you like best about Blood of the Earth? What did you like least?

I love the Jane yellow rock series. I especially love the narrator. I did forget how much unnecessary descriptions of the land, how the wind was blowing, The smell in the air, the leaves rustling on the ground, The laundry hanging from the line, the Winchime making sound as the wind blew through, The way her hair with around her face as the wind blew, The feel of something wrong in the woods, the feel of the woods telling me something was wrong, I think it took about 10 minutes to get to the point where someone would actually coming up the driveway . I didn't even get past the second chapter and I was already fast forwarding pass the descriptions of the sidewalk or the way the sky looked in the moonlight. It took five minutes just to get to the main point of why someone was at her door . Too much descriptions is just too much. By the time they're done describing what the room looks like I forgot why the heck they were even there .

Would you be willing to try another book from Faith Hunter? Why or why not?

I'll always try, in hopes that it's better because I love the storyline just not all the stuff in it

Which scene was your favorite?

I didn't get past the second chapter to find out

Did Blood of the Earth inspire you to do anything?

It only inspired me to return it and get my credit back

Any additional comments?

I think I pretty much made my point

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • City of Lost Souls

  • Mortal Instruments, Book 5
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Molly C. Quinn
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,620

The New York Times best-selling Mortal Instruments continues - and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon. Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide? Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A let down

  • By Rebecca on 05-28-12

ok

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

Any additional comments?

Less descriptions of stuff around them. I fast forwarded through mos of the book. as soon as it started describing a room or the trees or someones face I have heard more than once I hit the Fast forward 30 secs till it was over and dang if sometimes it was almost 3 mins of describing a hall way or something. But the plot was good enough for me to keep listening.

  • City of Fallen Angels

  • The Mortal Instruments, Book 4
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,982
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,256

City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • HATE that female reader!

  • By Snow*Bear on 08-28-13

ok

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

Any additional comments?

Less descriptions of stuff around them. I fast forwarded through mos of the book. as soon as it started describing a room or the trees or someones face I have heard more than once I hit the Fast forward 30 secs till it was over and dang if sometimes it was almost 3 mins of describing a hall way or something. But the plot was good enough for me to keep listening.

  • City of Glass

  • The Mortal Instruments, Book 3
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Natalie Moore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,716

To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME!!!

  • By Jennifer A. Peurifoy on 03-21-09

ok

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

Any additional comments?

Less descriptions of stuff around them. I fast forwarded through mos of the book. as soon as it started describing a room or the trees or someones face I have heard more than once I hit the Fast forward 30 secs till it was over and dang if sometimes it was almost 3 mins of describing a hall way or something. But the plot was good enough for me to keep listening.

  • City of Ashes

  • The Mortal Instruments, Book Two
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Natalie Moore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,282

Clary Fray just wants her life to go back to normal - but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her brother, Jace, have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive - and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting

  • By Aaron R. on 03-29-08

ok

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

Any additional comments?

Less descriptions of stuff around them. I fast forwarded through mos of the book. as soon as it started describing a room or the trees or someones face I have hreard more than once I hit the Fast forward 30 secs till it was over and dang if sometimes it was almost 3 mins of describing a hall way or something. But the plot was good enough for me to keep listening.

  • City of Bones

  • The Mortal Instruments
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Mae Whitman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,512
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,238

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could be better

  • By Petunia1620 on 06-03-15

OK

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

Any additional comments?

Les descriptions of stuff around them. I fast forwarded through mos of the book. as soon as it started describing a room or the trees or someones face I have hreard more than once I hit the Fast forward 30 secs till it was over and dang if sometimes it was almost 3 mins of describing a hall way or something. But the plot was good enough for me to keep listening.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Obsidian Butterfly

  • Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 9
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029

There are a lot of monsters in Anita Blake's life. And some of them are human. One such individual is the man she calls Edward, a bounty hunter who specializes in the preternatural. He calls her to help him hunt down the greatest evil she has ever encountered - something that kills and maims and vanishes into the night. Something Anita will have to face alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hmm

  • By Kari on 06-26-10

Love the storyline... BUT....

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

Reviewed: 10-19-15

Would you try another book from Laurell K. Hamilton and/or Kimberly Alexis?

Yes

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Obsidian Butterfly?

There are too many things to list. But first thing that comes to mind is I would delete all of the unnecessary descriptions.

Any additional comments?

I'm actually frustrated with this series. The first book I enjoyed a lot then each book after that I began to get more and more irritated with the extra descriptions of the sky and the houses and the floors and the rooms and etc. and I definitely did not like the music or sound effects. Unfortunately this is the last book I will listen to in the series. I found myself fast forwarding through so much that I'm sure I missed some crucial details but I just couldn't bear listening to all the descriptions. I honestly was not interested if the grass was green or not water properly or if the trees were tall or short. If the carpet was red or blue if the house was painted white or yellow. There were points I fast forwarded thru 3-5 mins of describing a certain area. This is the second series that I started listening to and had to stop because I would say 40% of the book was just filled with descriptions of everything around them and it was just quite frankly too much.

  • Magic Bites

  • Kate Daniels, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,150

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, okay narration

  • By Tera on 04-11-10

Liking it

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

Reviewed: 04-14-15

Wish books were longer but I'm enjoying the story and the narrator is awesome. I look forward to the next book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • White Witch, Black Curse

  • The Hollows, Book 7
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,082

Some wounds take time to heal . . . and some scars never fade. Rachel Morgan, kick-ass witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover was murdered, it left a deeper wound than Rachel ever imagined, and now she won't rest until his death is solved . . . and avenged. Whatever the cost.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome back Marquerite Gavin!

  • By Carrie on 10-22-09

Loved it BUT....

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

If you could sum up White Witch, Black Curse in three words, what would they be?

Too much detail

What was one of the most memorable moments of White Witch, Black Curse?

Ivy and Rachael touching and discovering Ivy eases her pain

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

SHE IS THE BEST PART

Any additional comments?

I have the same complaint and this time it was so frustrating I have decided not to continue reading the rest of the series. I skipped book 4 for 2 reasons.. 1. the narrator in the sample was not good and 2. because I was sooooo tired of the Ever After! it's very over played! I found that even tho I skipped one whole book I didn't miss anything because she recites it in the next book. The details are sooooo over done that I fast forwarded ALOT!! I mean really who cares what color the ground is when they are in the middle of a fight or if the tree was shaped funny! During a fight or action scene no one will pay attention to that. Stick to the fight scene!! Anyway I am not going to finish this series. It was just too frustrating!

  • For a Few Demons More

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429

Despite dating one vampire and living with another, Rachel Morgan has always managed to stay just ahead of trouble...until now. fiendish serial killer stalks the Hollows, and no one living in or around Cincinnati - human, inhuman, or undead - is safe. An ancient artifact may be the key to stopping the murderer - a mysterious relic that is now in the hands of Rachel Morgan, fearless independent bounty hunter and reckless witch. But revealing it could ignite a battle to the death among varied local supernatural races.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rachel does it again...

  • By anne on 10-09-12

Good BUT

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

same as my previous reviews. Love the story line just wish there wasn't so many unnecessary details to fast forward through.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful