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  • The Girl Who Sees

  • Sasha Urban Series, Book 1
  • By: Dima Zales, Anna Zaires
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

I'm an illusionist, not a psychic. Going on TV is supposed to advance my career, but things go wrong. Like vampires and zombies kind of wrong. My name is Sasha Urban, and this is how I learned what I am. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent start to a new series

  • By I.Z. on 08-08-18

I really should not have started listening to this

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

I made it to 11 minutes before the creepy male privilege vibe of Darien with the implied blackmail, the underlying idea that he might be planning untoward advances towards Sasha when he asks the staff to leave the room, and the comment describing his voice as having a predatory edge had me cringing.
Context: today Dr Ford is being questioned by the Senate Judiciary committee about allegations of sexual assault... The writers of this piece (hopefully) unconsciously echo the message that a pretty woman (or any woman) should bow to the wishes of a male...Sasha's comments even admit to the idea that Darien might be about to propose something untoward as though it's the perfectly normal response.
Sorry, we need to remove the idea that women are things to men from the narrative... Attempted blackmail within 10 minutes of the start of the story isn't a good start.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Splinter

  • Significant Brothers, Volume 1
  • By: E. Davies
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

After zero-gravity heroics left astronaut Nicolas Rogers injured, his new job as a park ranger seems perfect. Being a caretaker of his corner of the Smoky Mountains makes him almost okay with having to be on Earth. More importantly, this deep in the woods, Nico's practically a hermit at a remote ranger station. Sure, he has good friends in nearby Knoxville, but he's otherwise free from petty drama and broken hearts...until Deen enters his world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smoky Love

  • By Shandara Majere on 06-03-18

Comfort read for the win.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

If you need a soft, gentle, angst-free read/listen then Splinter is the book for you.

Davies has a wonderful take on the almost trope-y Rock-star needs an image rehab, goes somewhere (in this case the Smokey Mountains), meets sexy other, flirt a bit, smile a lot, fall in sex, dive into love; complete with the Rock-star has to go back to the big wide world... But love concurs all.

Splinter is not a deep read but it's the type of tale made for curling up with a book, hot chocolate (or other beverage of choice), pull up a warm blanket and just relax into nice. There isn't enough nice in the world, sadly, so enjoy this simple, uncomplicated, comfort-read.

Add Greg Boudreaux for narration and you'll have a pleasant time of it all.

  • Shadow Land

  • A Harbinger P.I. Novel, Book 5
  • By: Adam J Wright
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

When a child goes missing, his mother asks me to help. After all, she believes he was taken by a monster and that’s my field of expertise. The search leads to the storm drains of Dearmont; not a good place to be when you’ve seen as many horror movies as I have. Turns out the monstrous kidnapper is also responsible for the mysterious disappearance of a patient from a psychiatric hospital nearby. And as I investigate further, I'm pushed into the waiting arms of an old nemesis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the series, but what's with the accents?

  • By K. Ray on 08-26-18

My name is Merlin. ..

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

This series just keeps getting better and better. A very spooky villain as a backdrop to a tale of experimentation and the affects of those around said.
The Authurian ties get stronger but they are not the be all of the tale.
In hunting Mr Scary to the Shadow lands Alec and Felicity stumble on the remains of a black cabal experiment that touches the lives of the Martin family, the mother of whom hires Alec to find her missing son.
Now the wait is in for the next book.
Love Greg Tremblay's narration as he beautifully voices Alec.

  • Graveyard Shift

  • By: Michael F. Haspil
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Alex Menkaure, former pharaoh and mummy, and his vampire partner, Marcus, born in ancient Rome, are vice cops in a special Miami police unit. They fight to keep the streets safe from criminal vampires, shape-shifters, bootleg blood dealers, and anti-vampire vigilantes. When poisoned artificial blood drives vampires to murder, the city threatens to tear itself apart. Only an unlikely alliance with former opponents can give Alex and Marcus a fighting chance against an ancient vampire conspiracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the sequel!

  • By Dave on 07-28-17

That's a new view on Urban Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

This, for me, is both a new author, and new narrator, but the tease was interesting enough for me to give it a go. Neither disappointed.

Haspil has tweaked the urban fantasy tropes on Vampires and Lycanthropes enough that this didn't read/feel like the average urban fantasy tale that is dominating the market. Alex, as the main focus, isn't even Vampire or 'thrope. .. he' undeader; a Mummy.

The supernatural have always been here... behind the scenes, and various governments have known, and "policed" the 'Nats.... Now that synthetic blood is available the Vampires have revealed themselves. ... that doesn't mean they're nice and sparkly, even the ones supposedly on the side of "light" Grey abounds as back ground conspiracies, plots, and plans swing in motion. Alex, and Marcus, and old wet-work team now work for the police but maybe old skills are ,Ore appropriate to the now.

Kramer voices the cast beautifully, and distinctly, and right now I cannot wait for the next book. ..

ps: I hate cliff hangers.

  • Hemovore

  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Mark Hansen thought working as artist’s assistant would be glamorous, especially if that artist was a vampire. Black tie events, witty repartee, gracing the pages of the local style section. Didn’t happen. Not even once. Jonathan Varga is an enigma. True, he’s quiet, generous, and scrupulously polite. But he has zero social life, refuses to be interviewed or photographed, and insists he can only consume feline blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New take on the Vampire Lore.

  • By M. Childers on 11-22-17

How did I miss reading this...

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Believe it or not I actually missed this even though I had it in my TBR pile... But along comes Audible, a spare credit, and a need to listen to something new and well...
Joel voices the characters perfectly; all the characters, not just the main protagonists.
Jordan delivers an incredible story with an insightful "addition" to the ending which helps show how the world has changed in even the few years between the original release and the update.
I love Mark... he's so vibrant with a side of long term crushing on his boss.
Jonathon, on the other hand, is a beautifully crafted enigma: artist, Vampire, and deeply afraid with good cause (and that's all I'm telling you because you need to read this book).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Magpie Lord

  • By: K. J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Exiled for 20 years, Lucien never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He's also inherited his family's enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn't expect it to turn up angry. Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane's family. Unfortunately, it's his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he's ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude...and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and Performance

  • By Riva on 02-03-18

Even better with Audible.

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

The Charm of Magpies universe is made even better, and it was awesome to start with, by the addition of Narration.
Cornell Collins voices the characters beautifully: accent, timing, and emotion brought out perfectly. I'm off to listen to book two, now...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • There's This Guy

  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

Jake Moore's world fits too tightly around him. Every penny he makes as a welder goes to care for his dying father, an abusive, controlling man who's the only family Jake has left. Because of a promise to his dead mother, Jake resists his desire for other men, but it leaves him consumed by darkness. It takes all of Dallas Yates's imagination to see the possibilities in the fatigued art deco building on WeHo's outskirts, but what seals the deal is a shy smile from the handsome metal worker across the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why hadn't I read this earlier.

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-01-18

Why hadn't I read this earlier.

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

If you love Hurt/Comfort as a sub-genre of romance then "There's This Guy, " must count as one of the perfect examples of H/C. This is a tale of the courage one man has to walk towards a better self wrapped in a story of acceptance, love, and acknowledgement of how hard it can be to step away from a dark past.
Rhys doesn't drop an easy fix on us; she shows the growth, the development of trust, and the acceptance of self that are the cornerstones of healing.
Add Greg Tremblay and you have perfection.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Star Child

  • Places of Power
  • By: Leonard Petracci
  • Narrated by: Will M. Watt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896

Powers are determined by geographic birth locations, and only the rich and powerful are permitted access to prized sites. SC is the first person born in space. The punishment for unauthorized births is death. Out of fear, SC keeps his strange abilities as his darkest secret. But when his mother is kidnapped by an unknown organization, SC has no choice but to act.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bug

  • By David-Alan Hight on 11-24-17

An incredible listen.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

I grabbed this book on spec, and I'm really glad I did. It's a strong YA with relatable characters, particularly SC our protagonist. The world building is amazing and I cannot wait for the next book.
Will Watt as a narrator rocks... voices, intonation, clarity... All these were there...
The only issue is a production one, and that is one chapter is repeated (chapter 88 of the book) skipping chapter 89 (of the book) continuing with chapter 90... (chapters in narration being 89, 90, 91.. Luckily I had the ebook as well...

  • The Sumage Solution

  • San Andreas Shifters, Book 1
  • By: G. L. Carriger
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage? New York Times best-seller Gail Carriger, writing as GL Carriger, presents an offbeat gay romance in which a sexy werewolf with a white knight complex meets a bad-boy mage with an attitude problem. Sparks (and other things) fly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a joy to listen to

  • By Kelly on 08-01-17

Beyond Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Two days later, after having finished my first read/listen of this book and I'm still suffering book-hangover.... You know, that feeling where you really want to stay in the story; yes, that one. I'm actually kicking myself for waiting till it dropped on Audible, and then only because I needed a new listen, as, while I loved the early Parasol Protectorate novels the final one did a "Tolkien" on me with effectively the feeling that the magic went away.
So, I admit I was a bit wary starting a new Carriger series... but OMG... Next, please, now.

Kirt Graves, as a narrator, hit this one so far out the park that it's landed in the next country. The voices, the tone, the whole feel, was perfect. Though that may also have been in part because of the production values in the actual recording. Trick like making thoughts sound "hollowish" in comparison to things voiced aloud worked.

Just the right amount of angst. A pefect balance point of a Happy Ever After with a springboard to the next book (Yes, Gail, I am looking at you and hoping you are writing it as I type because I want more Max and Biff). Fantastic narration.... Yes, this wins my vote for best I've listened to this year and I've listed to some amazing stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Think of England

  • By: KJ Charles
  • Narrated by: Tom Carter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

England, 1904. Two years ago, Captain Archie Curtis lost his friends, fingers, and future to a terrible military accident. Alone, purposeless, and angry, Curtis is determined to discover if he and his comrades were the victims of fate, or of sabotage. Curtis's search takes him to an isolated, ultra-modern country house, where he meets and instantly clashes with fellow guest Daniel da Silva. Effete, decadent, foreign, and all-too-obviously queer, the sophisticated poet is everything the straightforward British officer fears and distrusts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an unexpected delight!

  • By BR on 11-11-17

And listening just adds to the pleasure.

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

KJ Charles is an amazing storyteller creating vivid images of times and places.This historical romance fits the time and place that it portrays like a glove: prejudices, entitlements, societal blinds pot, are all handled with a deft hand. Then,just when you think it can't get any better we add Tom Carter's narration. ... Let's just say I'll be listening, again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful