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  • How to Save an Undead Life

  • Beginner's Guide to Necromancy Series, Book 1
  • By: Hailey Edwards
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Grier Woolworth spends her nights weaving spooky tales of lost souls and tragedies for tourists on the streets of downtown Savannah. Hoop skirt and parasol aside, it's not a bad gig. The pay is crap, but the tips keep the lights on in her personal haunted mansion and her pantry stocked with ramen. Life is about as normal as it gets for an ex-necromancer hiding among humans - until the society that excommunicated Grier offers her a second chance at being more than ordinary. Too bad no one warned her the trouble with being extraordinary is it can get you killed.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Waiting

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-13-18

How to save....

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

So many people highly recommend this series. This being a first book was more emotional then action packed. I took breaks more then a few times. This was not grabbing my attention. Not to say I disliked it. I was very interested in a haunted mansion and was somewhat interested in Grier. In the end the most interesting part of the book to me is the house. There wasn't much to the world building and the Vampires and Necromancer's didn't excite me. I might try the second in the series but not sure.

  • Dragon's Egg

  • Dark Streets Series, Book 2
  • By: BR Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

When the Lords of the Icelandic Elves summon me to use my talents to find a lost dragon's egg, I find it hard to say no. I've seen what a dragon can do, and a young, just-hatched dragon is a being of pure destruction. But word of the egg gets out, and the race to find it begins. Mages from many realms are on the hunt - including a dragon - and they don't always play well together. Unless I want to join the casualties, I need to find that egg and return it to where it belongs. Luckily, I have help, but I wish that damned golden-winged Nephilim would keep his shirt on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kellana on the hunt!

  • By Julie on 01-04-19

Kellana on the hunt!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I jumped into this second book, eager to see more of Kellana and the very interesting world she survives in. I was not disappointed. Fast paced and entertaining. Loved her vacation with a twist. Nothing like making it a working holiday to spice up ones life. I listened to my copy from Audible and enjoyed the narration.
Rachel Dulude does a great job with the pacing and impact. Her accent flowed very well for me and was the strawberry on my cheesecake. I can't wait to hear more from this narrator. I am going to be jumping right into the next book, though I'm sad it's not available yet on Audio. I must say I was a bit bummed that we didn't get to visit with Isabella and Mearka (the jaguar and Half Elf, not sure of the spelling since I listened only). As well as a few others of the previous book, but it did not diminish this story for me. I enjoyed meeting new characters and seeing new places. Looking forward to what else comes Kellana's way.

  • Gods and Demons

  • Dark Streets Series, Book 1
  • By: BR Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

When a jaguar shifter drops in and asks for help in tracking down an ancient blood-magic statuette, I say no thank you. I learned a long time ago the key to survival is keeping a low profile. But it's hard to ignore an artifact of the gods powerful enough to blow holes in reality. Enter stalker werewolves in a black Mercedes and magicians trying to capture me. They all think I know where the damned statue is. Then I'm attacked by demons. It wouldn't be so bad, but some of them are really rude. Being rude is a capital crime where I come from. Time for a lesson in manners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • exciting fun search for an artifact!!

  • By Terry on 11-11-18

Give me more Elves!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

This was a complete surprise to me. I picked this up, with a few others on a day when I needed something new and I think the cover is what got my attention. I don't recall ever hearing anything about this book or author. The last few days, I was in a slump of trying new series by new to me authors and one not new to me, and was completely disappointed and put them down. I started Gods and Demons yesterday afternoon, with no idea what I was getting into. I was completely pulled into the story. I love Kellana! This is exactly the kind of character I wanted to read about. She's smart, witty, and confident, with out being full of herself. I really look forward to more of Kellana and the other characters. I really liked how the story progressed and how it wrapped up. I had one problem with the story. I had a hard time keeping track of all the names, but that was me and I was listening. The Audio was great. I really liked the flow and pace of the narrator. Rachel Dulude did a good job keeping me interested and I liked the accent of Kellana. One minor flaw in the Audio, not the narration. Chapter 27 02:28 with 23 mins left in the story some weird noise happens and I had my headphones in and WOW that hurt. It lasted maybe a minute or so, so not much info was lost. I was hoping it was something with my download on my Ipod but I downloaded it onto my android phone and checked. The really loud noise is still there in the same spots. So other then that Please check this out. I will be getting then next in the series Dragon's Egg!

  • Bedfellows

  • By: Lola Leighton
  • Narrated by: Ava Erickson, Jacob Morgan, Jason Clarke
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 512

Sullivan and Will are as close as two friends can be. Growing up in the system forced them to rely on each other, and they've become accustomed to sharing everything - including women. Now they're ready for more. To find love. To start a family. To see the dreams they've shared since childhood come true. Apparently I tick off every box on their list - brains, beauty, and sass. I never hesitate to put both men in their places - which they find sexy as hell. One problem, I'm a traditional girl, with traditional values - one man, one woman, till death do us part - kind of values.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great book, with superb narration.

  • By Readers Together on 08-04-18

Quick Romance

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

This was an okay story. I enjoyed it for the most part, but I'm a reader of ménage romance and this was more on the light side for me. Nothing wrong with that, I do believe this is one of those stories to reach a broader audience. I listened to this on Audible's Romance Package. Liked the narration and Jacob Morgan is a favorite of mine so it was a win. The sex is glossed over and there is drama added to give the reader the understanding that the unconventional is tough, but there can be a HEA.

Now I did have a few issues with this: 1. If you really love a person you don't let your parents disrespect them and scare them off. 2. Don't jump to conclusions, open your mouth and ask questions. There are better books out there that are MFM and MMF and even some FFM that are much better, but not very many that get on Audio.

  • Miss Mechanic

  • By: Emma Hart
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, Elizabeth Hart
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

"Don't let the bastards get you down." For 26 years, I lived by my daddy's motto. Which is why "Mechanic Wanted" is all it takes for me to apply for the job at the garage we once owned. And I meet the biggest bastard of them all: Dexter Ryne. Hotter than hell in July and a firm believer that my place is on reception, taking phone calls, and looking pretty. Not getting dirty under the hood of a car. Determined to prove each other wrong, we make a deal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Swoon worthy!

  • By Mandi on 06-21-18

Wrenching this one

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I have a soft spot for Mechanic's and will pick up anything with one in it. The narration needed a lot of work. I don't mind banter, but this was crossing a line. The funny banter and fighting was over the top and childish. They behaved like teens. Lets not get me started on the mechanics working under cars with shorts. Not to say I haven't but it's very uncomfortable and really hard on the knees. Even if it's so flipping hot outside, I'd rather be wearing jeans then getting down on the ground on my bare knees. When I go to a JOB interview I'm Going to dress for the JOB. If said job is for working on cars I'm wearing clothes and SHOES that are comfortable and easy to move around in with out worrying about dirty, grease and rips, not like I'm going clubbing.

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  • Getting Schooled

  • By: Emma Chase
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,384
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,260

Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out. The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and "cool" teacher in the hometown where he's not just a golden boy - he's platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle. Then...Callie Carpenter comes home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious yet Romantic

  • By Maya on 04-07-18

Loved getting schooled

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

This was a feel good romance. Something about the idea of a 2nd chance and teachers who were once students with a past had me interested I picked it up on Audible with the Romance Package, and I went back and used a credit to add permanently to my library. This was good and more the likely going on my Fav's shelf to re-read. Zachary Webber & Andi Arndt are a awesome narration team, and really bring the story out. I'm looking forward to the next in the series. This was funny and emotional with out excess drama, or over the top crushing pain to pull me in. I laughed and teared and was filled with joy.

  • Fired Up

  • By: Anna Durand
  • Narrated by: T.B.
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Humiliated by her cheating ex, control freak Mel Thompson has resolved to avoid sex and romance. But her plans skid off the rails on her birthday, when she overindulges in champagne and tries to seduce her best friend, Adam Caras, exposing her long-repressed attraction to him. She's determined to remain just friends, but her erotic fantasies have other ideas... Firefighter Adam Caras has seduced more women than he'd ever admit to, earning the nickname the Arsonist, thanks to his explosive sensuality. Unfortunately, he realized he's in love with his best friend Mel five minutes after she hooked up with her sleazebag ex. For two years, he's kept his true feelings a secret. His libido, on the other hand ... not so easy to rein in. Now that she's free, he has a plan of his own. He'll win her heart the only way he knows how - in bed - by employing every weapon in his lady-killer arsenal. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nope

  • By Julie on 09-23-18

Nope

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I really tired but the narration wasn't working for me. I might have gotten through it but then Mel was a very weak character.

  • Show Me the Way

  • Fight for Me, Book 1
  • By: A.L. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,695
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,553

Rex Gunner. As bitter as he is beautiful. The owner of the largest construction company in Gingham Lakes has been burned one too many times. His wife leaving him to raise their daughter was the last blow this single dad could take. The only woman he'll let into his heart is his little girl. When Rex meets his new neighbor, he knows he's in trouble. She's gorgeous and sweet and everything he can't trust. Until she becomes the one thing he can't resist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent well written correct grammar well edited what a refreshing change from so many books out there now!

  • By Bones And Cat Fan on 11-13-17

Show me something else

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

Over dramatize angst. Not my cup of tea. I can see why other people like it but this wasn't for me and I can see a few others.

The one major saving grace was I got this on Audible and the narration is very good. Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber are wonderful and do a good job. Unfortunately the twisted plot and story line that is right up there with a daytime drama.

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  • Magic Triumphs

  • Kate Daniels, Book 10
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,677

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She's made friends and enemies. She's found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be. Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything we hoped for...

  • By IreneMBBT on 08-28-18

A Triumph of a read

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I loved it. I savored this read. I enjoyed it completely! I can not wait to see what comes...
This series will be on repeat more then a few times in the next few months, I can't get enough.

  • Iron and Magic

  • Iron Covenant, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,612

Hugh d'Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh recreating his life

  • By IreneMBBT on 07-27-18

FANTASTIC!! Steve West was a great listen!

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

This book was, by far everything I knew it would be and more. I could not stop reading! Tears, tears, I have tears. I always knew Hugh was a great character. Every time he came into a scene it was the greatest anticipation and excitement. Through-out the Kate Daniels series, when Hugh was there it ended up being my favorite moments to read, besides Kate and Curran's interactions. I can't wait to see what comes next.

I have the Kindle version, but with work and life getting in the way, I could not devote myself and when the audio was released I jumped on it. Now when, new narrator, to me Steve West started this, I was floored how how well he did. Yes there was some minor things adjusted like how to pronounce Hugh's name and such. It was easy to get over. What completely stopped me in my tracks was characters who are well known, in this world, having a strong accent that does not belong to them. I will not hold it against him, nor will I about the lack of pausing for chapters and switching character. That is the editors job. I would recommend anyone getting into narration do the homework if you are picking up a series that is well established. Hell, even narrators that have done 8 books of a series, make crazy mistakes, and no one else seems to care. Other then that Steve West did a fantastic job and was the characters. Can not wait to listen to things from him in the future.

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