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  • Circle of the Moon

  • Soulwood, Book 4
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,024

Nell can draw magic from the land around her, and lately she's been using it to help the Psy-Law Enforcement Division, which solves paranormal crimes. Joining the team at PsyLED has allowed her to learn more about her powers and the world she always shunned - and to find true friends. Head agent Rick LaFleur shifts into a panther when the moon calls him, but this time, something has gone wrong. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faith Hunter is the true master of the long game!

  • By Melissa on 02-28-19

5 Stars! No doubt!!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Faith Hunter's books are so well written the emotions, the setting and descriptions, the progression of the story are all wonderful. Add Khristine Hvam's narration and this becomes an immersive world that I want to stay with. I think Nell is such an interesting character her relationship with Mud, Occam, Rick, Tandy and now Jane Yellowrock's brother are so real. I think I may even like the Soulwood series better than the Jane series.
This story includes some interesting development in the relationship of Nell and the Vampire Tree. I also like the romantic progression between Nell and Occam. The Church backstory is simmering and seems like trouble is on the horizon there. Rick may find love which I am glad about. Though I did not like him much in the Jane Yellowrock series, we learn so much about him and why he did some of the things that he did. I am so looking forward to the next book!

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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 2,048
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,911
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,903

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

Good ending to a great series!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Clever way to wrap up the Father problem and the story. I will miss these characters a lot I hope the Ilona Andrews team sets up a future story with some of the children int this series.

  • Grey Sister

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,143
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,993

Behind its walls, the Convent of Sweet Mercy has trained young girls to hone their skills for centuries. In Mystic Class, Novice Nona Grey has begun to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the convent, Nona must choose which order to dedicate herself to - and whether her path will lead to a life of prayer and service or one of the blade and the fist. All that stands between her and these choices are the pride of a thwarted assassin, the designs of a would-be empress wielding the Inquisition like a knife, and the vengeance of the empire's richest lord.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Shouldn't Be Great, But It Is

  • By Scott Simons on 04-19-18

Just Listen to these books. They are wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence shows the continued growth of Nona and her friends and sisters of the cloth in a cruel, dying world. Nona and the other powerful sisters of the Convent on the Rock are constantly challenged with betrayal both inside and outside the convent. Danger, and action course through the story. This book shows complexities of human emotion in such a skilled way. while propelling the ending to a satisfying halt if not a final resolution.

Heather O'Neill's excellent narration carries emotion, excitement and the ability to move from character to character very clearly.

I believe these stories, Red Sister and Grey Sister, to be well worth the time to listen to or to read. If you enjoy good writing and clever narration get this book!

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  • Dark Queen

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 12
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,061
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,927
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,918

As Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe. But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions. If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences. Jane can't let that happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great adventure from Faith Hunter!

  • By Teri on 05-02-18

The fight finally happens!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Jane Yellowrock and Beast are some of my favorite literary characters. I was concerned that at the end of this book we would be saying goodbye to her but this book opens the door to further books.

What's good about this book? A lot of the story line for years comes to a fairly suspenseful ending leaving the opening for further books. Jane meets a man who is supposed to be her brother. Her relationship with Bruiser continues. There are possibilities opened for Jane to find some of her family still alive. She had some interesting flashbacks to her childhood. There is opening for the Jane series to continue in a different several different directions.

What's not so good? The fight scenes were somewhat anticlimactic and perhaps abbreviated between the two main fighters. It was like Jane spent too much time figuring out her possible long lost brother thing with others preparing the fight and doing the fighting. She isolates after the fight and runs away which in my opinion is very unlike Jane even if she has to face serious problems. She spends a great deal of the book looking at close relationships and calling her partners brothers and then just drops them and runs. It doesn't seem to fit.

I am not the writer and I did not have to do the hard work of writing the Jane Yellowrock series. If it did not go like I thought it would, oh well...and I plan to listen to the next book. Kristine Hvam did her usual great job. It would not be the same if she did not do the characters.

  • Red Sister

  • First Book of the Ancestor
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,618

From the international best-selling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy comes the first in a brilliant new breakout fantasy series. A searing novel set in a brand-new world, this series follows a young girl who enters a convent where girls are selected to train in religion, combat, or magic. Nona is selected to learn combat and finds herself at the center of an epic battle for empire on the outer reaches of a dying universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story supported by great narration

  • By jdykes33 on 04-15-17

19 hours of Wonderful Fantasy!!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

This is my first Mark Lawrence work and I loved it. The story is built upon the shoulders of a little runt of a girl who has hidden depths that will make her a force to be reckoned with. The convent where she finds herself is the place where she learns about herself and the nature of friendship and betrayal. The story building takes its time and grows into a world you want to stay in. Some listeners said it dragged some in the middle but it seems to me that watching Nona grow and discover herself is part of the allure of the book. Heather O'Neill did a superb narration she is one of the best I have ever heard. Many characters and distinction between them all. Can't wait for the next book in the series.

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,753
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,708

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

This story is interesting but...depressing.

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

The story is interesting and has a promising premise but very depressing. The narrator sound like a robot. His voice reminds me of an annoying sound that just keeps going and going. I might read a second book but no more listening to this series it was a struggle to finish

  • Hellbent

  • An Orphan X Novel
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,740
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,409
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,385

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily earns 5 stars!

  • By Wayne on 01-31-18

5 Stars! No doubt!!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Orphan X is thawing his icy heart a little. He learns about his trainer and father of the heart, Jack, by being placed in a situation that makes him change and grow as a person. He meets and defeats his arch nemesis and finds out that the road does not end there. The story can take several directions and the books just keep getting better! Scott Brick does a great job of narration. He manages the tightly controlled emotion of Evan just as well as the tears of a teenage girl!

  • Shadow of Night

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,283

Picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different - and vastly more dangerous - journey.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended, however....

  • By J. Lunsford on 07-15-12

One of my favorite series

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

I got very invested in this story and the characters. The story is unique and I loved the historical characters mixed in.
Jennifer Ikea did a great job narrating.
Continuation of a great love story and exciting paranormal drama! In fact I liked the books so much I read them twice and then got the audible edition.

  • Year One

  • (Chronicles of The One, Book 1)
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,390

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sub-par fantasy novel written by a great romance author

  • By Nate P. on 02-28-18

Am looking forward to the next one.

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

I admire an author or an artist who tries to create something new or different. Nora Roberts has jumped into a world that is in upheaval and follows a few characters through struggles and fears, violence and death. She did a pretty good job and I am hoping everything gets more develped in the second book.
I have listened to Julia Whelan in some other books but I am not quite sure her reading of these characters was quite right. Her tone is a little business like or brusk for the story. She is a good narrator but in my opinion the fit to the characters is not quite there.
To make alternate world books work the world building needs to be consistent and not glossed over unless the writer is going for YA fiction.
Good first work in this genre for Ms Roberts. Enjoyed my listen. And I did have a hard time turning it off when I had to go to bed!

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  • Flame in the Dark

  • Soulwood, Book 3
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,998
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,868
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,858

Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she's been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED - the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet. A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead - and the house he was visiting burns to the ground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved Soulwood Book 3

  • By Anonymous User on 12-07-17

Love these characters !

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

This book is wonderful. Nell’s character keeps on growing and changing. This was the best book of the series so far. I only wish another book was already done so I could continue on with the story. Faith Hunter has a real gift of making the reader feel what her characters do. The narrator does a great job also.

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