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  • A Demon Bound

  • Imp, Book 1
  • By: Debra Dunbar
  • Narrated by: Angela Rysk
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803

Samantha Martin is an imp, enjoying an extended vacation from Hel. All she wants to do is drink beer by the pool, play mischievous pranks on the humans, and get her hot neighbor in the sack. It's a relaxing break from her infernal home as long as she manages to avoid the angels, who won't hesitate to execute her on sight. But when her naughty hellhound lands her in trouble with the local werewolf pack, Sam is blackmailed into helping track and catch a killer. The steps she must take to appease the werewolves will put her right in the crosshairs of the angels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Wait for the Next One!!!!

  • By Sharon on 04-16-14

Awful Narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

Would you try another book from Debra Dunbar and/or Angela Rysk?

Yes. I like the story and characters

Would you ever listen to anything by Debra Dunbar again?

Yes.

What didn’t you like about Angela Rysk’s performance?

Not much

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes. I enjoyed a different urban fantasy story

  • Strange the Dreamer

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,097

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old, he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great until the ending

  • By Shane A. McGarry on 10-23-17

Brutal Cliffhanger Ruins A Decent Story

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Any additional comments?

I'm conflicted with this review, NO I'm not, it is what it is. I would probably have given this book 4 stars, but the brutal Cliffhanger ending ruined that. While I enjoyed the heck out of this book, there were some minor familiar annoyances throughout and one major, that I still don't understand. I dunno, I'll wear my Dunce cap.

The beginning was a slow burn. Lazlo's character, who's POV is told throughout the story, is a very likable character. He's got a check mark in all the boxes- kind, humble, compassionate and a "do good to all" attitude. His journey from boy to manhood, while interesting, has large portions spent on histories of the worlds and their city's. This is what slowed the beginning portion of the story down. Lazlo grows from book worm to librarian. Lazlo's wild imagination and reputation for story telling earn him the title- Strange the Dreamer. His number one passion since childhood is the city of Weep

After the beginning of the book picks up, I was knee jerked into Serie's POV. Serie is the other MC that tells us her story. Sarai, the offspring of a human and a god, was also a likable character. She is one of only five left in the world after "The Carnage". Serie along with Minya, Ruby, Feral, and Sparrow, have been living is secrecy for many years in a floating Citadel above the city of Weep.

It's back and forth between Lazlo's and Serie's POV. The transition to Serie's POV was so odd, that I thought I missed a few chapters, so I went back to listen again. After the initial introduction, the POV's between Serie and Lazlo are seamless. I found the imaginative way Lazlo and Serie found to communicate pleasantly unfold.
Once the relationships between characters truly develop the story starts to get sluggish again. What was a bit "flowery" turns full purple? The way it was executed was interesting and unique, but I could have done with a less of it.

There was the typical arch nemesis who hated everything Lazlo
The typical conflicted anti hero
The typical villain who rules by "my way or the highway"
The sweet flat characters whose names you can't remember. The opposite of sweet, but even less remarkable.

The events that unfolded were predictable, but as stated the brutal cliffhanger ruined an otherwise good book. I personally think authors that do these types of endings don't respect their readers and want to cackle "I gotcha"


The narration, by Steve West, was awesome!

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Spellbinder

  • Moonshadow, Book 2
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872

Kidnapped while on tour, musician Sidonie Martel is transported to the mystical land of Avalon. A human without magical ability, she is completely vulnerable to the deadly forces surrounding her. When she defies her captors and refuses to share her music, an act of violent cruelty leaves her broken, her ability to play silenced, maybe forever. Her only hope is a whisper in the dark, gentle hands that offer healing, and a man who refuses to show her his face yet who offers advice she dare not ignore.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Waiting on a hero but I get is a villain that becomes the hero

  • By Original_Patricia on 09-10-17

Not As Good As The First Moonshadow

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Any additional comments?

Spellbinder- is the second book in the Moonshadow series, a spin-off of the Elder Race series. The first book, Moonshadow was excellent and introduced me to Thea Harrison's books.

Sadly, Spellbinder was not as good as Moonshadow, but this world TH has created is favorite of mine to visit. It wasn't a bad book, but I didn't enjoy the music element that played a big part in the theme of this book.

Sid and Morgan, the main characters, are both well developed and interesting characters, that are enslaved by Queen of the light fae Isabeau. It was a good story-it lagged a little for me in the middle and it focused a lot more on Sid's music. It lacked drama and action, so I found it boring during the times it was conversation focused and internal musings.

The ending dragged on and even though I was surprised by the appearance of Dragos from the Elder Race series, I was ready for the story to end.

One major High point in the book was Puck- who is IDK what- who played a major role throughout the book. He was my favorite character in Moonshadow and I loved him in this book. More on Puck!

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  • Silence Fallen

  • A Mercy Thompson Novel, Book 10
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King, George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,321

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form Mercy escapes - only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe. Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • BAD PENGUIN.

  • By bluestategirl on 07-15-17

Not As Good As Previous Books

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

Could you see Silence Fallen being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

My unpopular opinion here, based on the ratings, but I didn't like this book as much as the previous Mercy books.

I loved that she had Adam's POV as well as Mercy's in this story, it was great to get his perspective.
Mercy is kidnapped and on her own running for life without the protection of Adam and The Pack (as if she needs it). Adam telling his POV and his struggles to maintain control of his Wolf so he can focus on keeping it together to find Mercy was an added bonus.

The plotline had potential, but there was way too much going on. Too many characters, with too many names, that fell in and out of the story. One thing that bothered me was that the timelines didn't align. Chapters jumped back a few days, then forward - they were all over the place. It interrupted the flow and detracted from the story for me. Then there were so many long conversations, lengthy explanations of what was happening and endless descriptions of what people were wearing that I'd zone out until the story came back to the point. I learned more about Prague and the world wars than I ever needed to. There were times I felt I was getting a history lesson instead of a UF story. I also learned too much about a Golem and how they were created in sections of Prague. I don't enjoy these things in my UF escapism. Don't get me wrong I can take a bit a history & geography peppered in, but I don't want to be told about it from the MC while she's running for her life The other thing that bothers me was Mercy has been through most of these things in the series before beat, trapped, kidnapped, on the run for her life, and talking with ghost albeit that plot moved forward.
AND the repetitive phrases and sentences drove me bonkers, and I don't need that, I'm a fragile honeysuckle!

But it was not all bad.... the best parts of this book were Mercy. Mercy is a badass no matter what situation she finds herself in. Mercy's badass is not always in the form of kicking azz but in her ability to think her way out of her dilemmas and to remain calm. She's a self-rescuing kidnap victim. Adam and his love and fear for Mercy with the great alternating POV. I enjoyed Adams thoughts showing how hard it was to control his Wolf and how he gets comfort and strength from his pack and the submissive wolves. Adam's fierce protection of his pack member and learning to listen to his Wolf has always endeared me to this great Alpha.
I have always loved Stephan, I don't think he gets enough page time, book appearance, but he was here to aid in the hunt for Mercy. Stephan also proved important with the bond he has with Mercy, call me a pessimist, but I see the bond becoming a problem in the future. I've never been a fan of Marsilia, so I'll just say she was tolerable and helpful. Someone, hopefully, Mercy or Stephan please kill Wolf, and after reading this story and it's plot I think his name makes more sense now. He's an interesting character to me, but either develop him more one way or another.
Honey, I also love the underestimated bad-azz Honey. Some of Honey's past surfaces in the book, but it explains some of the things in the previous books.
I don't know anyone who reads these books who doesn't love Bran. Same can be said for a sneaky Coyote who makes an appearance and while I love his character, his actions baffle me at times.

With all that said the ending was not what I expected because I don't enjoy being told what happened. I'm more of a show me and show me the good stuff.

The audio version was decent- Lorelei King always does an excellent job on the Mercy books. George Newbern was decent on the Adam POV's side. (

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  • Every Heart a Doorway

  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Hopkins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,190

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions - slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere...else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The things she's experienced...they change a person. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly Moving

  • By tm on 07-12-16

Decent Novella

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Any additional comments?

I loved the idea of this unique world, characters, and concept. The concept being, a boarding school/aka/ asylum, for children from different portals. The main character, Nancy, comes from a Hall of The Dead World, she's supposed to be cold and silent. While other characters come from Dark Worlds of vampires and mad scientists. It was an interesting premise but the characters felt flat to me.

The book began interesting enough, but at the halfway point it suddenly turns into a murder mystery. It was like all the potential for further character and world development was switched to a crime plot. The crime wasn't interesting or even suspenseful, and it was easy to figure out "who dunn it". There were glimpses of all the fascinating worlds the kids had been to, but a lot of plot holes that were glossed over.
The dialog between the characters was stilted and awkward at times, and I didn't understand what that was all about. It was like the author had checklist next to her computer that she wanted to fulfill: asexuality, trans, gender fluidity, etc. All would have been important and more interesting but not when they're written from a teaching viewpoint as opposed to an organic storyline.
I think if the author had kept her focus on the characters and the world she was creating and had not delved off into that murder mystery, I would have enjoyed this book more. I understood from the beginning it was a Novella, so that makes it even more of a letdown.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • NOS4A2

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,438
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,427

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping performance by Kate Mulgrew....

  • By Leslie on 05-06-13

Good Not Great AND Too Much Filler

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Any additional comments?

3 1/2 Stars

I don't know which way to go with this review. While I enjoyed this book, story and characters overall, the book could have been at least a third its size.

The MC Vic, a strong damaged woman that you feel compelled to root for. And a creepy villain along with his crazy Christmasland world full of dead children made you want to see an end to him.

But... I felt like the book dragged along about halfway through. The pace started to slow down, there were a lot of filler pages that were uninteresting and added nothing to the story.
Mostly, I enjoyed the book, it wasn't a great read, though and I kept checking the time left to finish it. It could have been cut down a third, edited down to the interesting meaty stuff, and would have been a better book because of it.



The narration by Kate Mulgrew was outstanding *when* she wasn't screaming, lol!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Warlord Wants Forever

  • Immortals After Dark, Book 1
  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128

Nikolai Wroth, a ruthless vampire general, will stop at nothing to find his bride, the one woman who can "blood" him, making his heart beat and filling him with strength. Coldly interested only in the power his bride will bring, he can hardly believe when Myst the Coveted awakens him body - and soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Robert Petkoff made me buy it

  • By S. Fornera on 10-08-16

NOT For Me

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Any additional comments?

I have loved almost all of the books in this series> The Immortals After Dark. However, this short story was a big NO for me. I'll sum it up nice and short.I don't like to read about rape or slavery. No, no, no, nope.

  • Gwendy's Button Box

  • Includes Bonus Story "The Music Room"
  • By: Stephen King, Richard Chizmar
  • Narrated by: Maggie Siff
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974, 12-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zigzag up the cliffside. At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. One day a stranger calls to Gwendy: "Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me."

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Really Disappointing and Uneventful

  • By Justin S. on 08-19-18

Good Short Story

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this novella very much. It's not on the same level as most of King's works, but for a (very)short story it was good.

A girl, Gwendy, meets a weird man, Mr. Farris, who coaxes her (with chocolates) to take a magic box with buttons. Each button has a lever, one dispenses chocolates. The other button gives out silver coins. Some of the buttons represent each continent of the world. The black button came with a warning "do not press".
Gwendy soon discovers that the box gives her powers of varying degrees and the chocolates make her appearance change. Qwendy fights to maintain the self-control using the box and its chocolates. However, with magic comes problems that accompany it. Gwendy eventually struggles with the good things she personally attains with box versus all that is stacking up around her.
The book held my interest, but it was in no way a scary, creepy or gory tale. Again, it was short.

The narration was very good by, Maggie Siff

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Night Embrace

  • A Dark-Hunter Novel
  • By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219

Night Embrace spins the story of Talon, an ancient Celtic warrior who killed the son of the god Camulus. Camulus cursed Talon, decreeing death for everyone he loved. Now a Dark-Hunter in modern-day New Orleans, Talon meets Sunshine, who is key to ending his curse once and for all - not to mention helping him to save New Orleans from an ancient god bent on total destruction....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • (very) Pleasantly Surprised

  • By Sher on 08-22-12

Horrible Narration, Jumbled Story

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

Would you try another book from Sherrilyn Kenyon and/or Carrington MacDuffie?

No

Would you ever listen to anything by Sherrilyn Kenyon again?

maybe

Would you be willing to try another one of Carrington MacDuffie’s performances?

No

Any additional comments?

This book was a chore to finish and I'm being generous with 2 stars.

After a 1/3 into the book, the story just nose dived into a jumbled mess. The main characters, Sunshine, who was funny and cute, and Talon, a tortured alpha male with a temper, meet and fall into "insta love". Sunshine was fun and made the book tolerable most of the time. Talon, on the other hand, was a centuries old Darker Hunter, with all sorts of juju powers, but could barely hold his own in a fight. He couldn't make up his mind about what kind of love he felt, hence the tortured soul. Yawn. Even though Sunny and Talon were fated, they had zero chemistry. There was no sexual tenion whatsoever to their sex scenes and they had plenty. Boring.
By the end of the book, I couldn't care less if Talon had his curse resolved, though it was very obvious things would work out in his favor. I was also tired of hearing about Sunny's potulli scent.

The other problems I had with this book -
The constant bickering and fighting between the other characters. A bunch of pompous, posturing Alpha Males acting like Tweens.
The other characters were supposed to be bad-ass Dark Hunter, some centuries old, and they repeatedly got their butts kicked?
The author had so much going on, with soooo many characters, I stopped trying to keep up and lost interest.

The narration was bad to horrible at times, and I'm sure it affected my enjoyment of this book

  • It Ends with Us

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Olivia Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,313

Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once again, Colleen Hoover does not disappoint!

  • By Kim on 08-03-16

This is NOT 5 STAR WRITING-

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

Would you try another book from Colleen Hoover and/or Olivia Song?

Collen Hoover- NO Olivia Song- Maybe

Did It Ends with Us inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

I had a longer review, but the computer ate it, so there's that.

First off I'm glad that the author tried to tackle such a cruel, disturbing and often shameful subject matter. BUT she fell short on so many levels due to the way she crafted the story, it was irritatingly hard to get through.The contrivances, coincidences and the blatant in your face predictabilaty of this books painfully bad writing was grating. Most of that made the characters lack the emotional depths needed for an emotional read like this. It just doesn't work, it's sloppy and a disservice to readers, and the message trying to be convayed.

I was really eager to read this book, it was on TBR list for awhile, audible & amazon is full of 5 star reviews for it. I'm truly baffled by all the 5 star reviews, but different opinions and all that. I read about all the FEELS, OMG the FEELS.... the emotion... I didn't feel anything but annoyed and pissed that I wasted my time on such a poorly written, hyped book. Don't believe the reviews, this is NOT 5 star writing! This is book is no better than what you'd see on a Lifetime movie.
NOW- I'm even more pissed at the ammount of reviews suggesting the MC made the wrong decision at the end, and blamed her for some of her actions during the book! Seriously? And people feeling more for the jerk (I'm trying not to spoil) than the victim is messed up.

Three stars for the first half of the book (though I was tempted to 2/12 star it). Learning more about the MC through her "Ellen" journals was a clever way to tell what she experienced.

I was moved by the epilog and CH revelations about her own families experience with abuse. I did get the FEELS from that

2 of 2 people found this review helpful