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  • Magic Triumphs

  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 936

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

Triumphant End

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

I love how the story wrapped up, tying up loose ends & still allowed for future adventures for a couple of the minor characters. Altogether an excellent series!

  • Clean Sweep

  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,490

On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting series start, narration annoyed me.

  • By Amber on 11-12-15

Clean Sweep

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I love the Kate Daniels series & the Hidden Legacy series, so I was hopeful that this series would hit my sweet spot also. It was ok, the world building was interesting, but Idk if I’ll continue the series. Maybe I’ll give the next book a try before I decide.

Renee Raudmann did a great job narrating as always, but I kind of wish tptb had decided on a different voice for this series as her voice for Dena are is too similar to Kate & Nevada’s. Jmo.

  • Semper Mine

  • A Sons of War Novel
  • By: Lizzy Ford
  • Narrated by: Katie Mills
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Tormented by the loss of his men, Marine Corps Captain Sawyer Mathis returns home to attend a retreat for children who had lost a parent in war. He's forced to spend time with Katya Khavalov, the sister of one of the Marines killed during a firefight under his command. Unafraid of war or death, Sawyer is determined not to let a beautiful woman with a quick temper and broken heart deter him from trying to help her family heal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • loved this cozy romance

  • By TinkerMel on 02-27-17

Semper Mine

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

At first I thought the story was pretty 2 dimensional. Typical opposites attract, but eventually it delved into more weighty topics & redeemed itself from being a simple bit of fluff. Overall, it was an enjoyable listen, but nothing to rave about. Imo.

  • Black Moon Draw

  • By: Lizzy Ford
  • Narrated by: Julie Hoverson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

A reader gets sucked into the book she's reading and is trapped, unless she convinces the hero of the story to send her home. Just her luck - the book is unfinished, and its sexy hero is far more alpha male than she's prepared to handle. What Naia doesn't know: the story - and its hero - have been expecting her for quite some time, even though she has no idea what she's doing there. Naia must learn quickly how to navigate the dangerous, magical world of Black Moon Draw.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listen, give it a try

  • By Danielle A on 04-13-17

Black Moon Whine

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

My title is a bit harsh, lol. But the heroine cried through the entire book! Even when she was working to improve her self-esteem, she still sounded weak & pathetic. Maybe it was the narrator? She had a quaver in her voice that wouldn’t have come through if read straight off the page. Other than that, she did a great job. Voices were distinct, she imbued the action with excitement but maybe overdid the pathos of the heroine’s fish-out-of-water experience, lol.

The author references other book plots & character names by other authors & at first I thought it was a little bit lazy but she didn’t depend on those details & they were only mentioned in passing & it didn’t end up being objectionable at all. It has made me determined to watch The Princess Bride, though, lol. That movie has been mentioned in so many books that I’ve read lately that I must correct the lack of it in my pop cultural education. 😁

  • Dark Road to Darjeeling

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638

Lady Julia Grey travels through India, accompanied by her sister, Portia, her brother, Plum, and occasionally her husband - Brisbane. Along the way, Portia becomes convinced of a murder, and all four are pulled into the dark underbelly of 19th-century India....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series!

  • By Nereida on 10-23-10

Longer Road than Needed

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I’ve enjoyed all the Lady Julia stories but this one dragged on a little too long for my taste. The revelation of the initial murderer took hours I will never get back, especially when I figured out who it was almost from the moment of introduction. It’s always the least likely character.

Brisbane finally wore out my last nerve in this book. I understand his need to protect Julia, but if he had filled her in on some of his exploits, she might not have rushed into dangerous waters so willy-nilly. The lack of trust between them was not enjoyable reading.

This is the last book of the series included in the Romance Package, but even if it were not, I doubt I’d listen to anymore. Enough is enough.

However, I can’t say enough good things about the narrator, she is fabulous! If only all audio books were read as well as hers.

  • Ecstasy

  • The Shadowdwellers Series #1
  • By: Jacquelyn Frank
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 655

Among the Shadowdwellers, Trace holds power that some are willing to kill for. Without a stranger's aid, one rival would surely have succeeded, but Trace's brush with death is less surprising to him than his reaction to the beautiful, fragile human who heals him. By rights, Trace should hardly even register Ashla's existence within the realm of Shadowscape, but instead he is drawn to everything about her-her innocence, her courage, and her lush, sensual heat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IT WAS PURE PARANORMAL ESCAPISM AND IT WAS ECSTASY

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 09-17-12

Ecstacy

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I suppose I shouldn’t expect anything else, given the title of the book, but I hate when the descriptions of thoughts & feelings are so long I can’t remember what the characters were talking about by the time they get back to the conversation. It might not be so bad if I were reading the book, as I could glance back up the paragraph to remind me of the subject, but in audio format that just isn’t feasible.

The world building looked like it would be interesting but I can’t put up with so much sexual sidetracking. I give up, dnf.

  • The Dead Travel Fast

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Parry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

With a modest inheritance and the three gowns that comprise her entire wardrobe, Theodora leaves Edinburgh—and a disappointed suitor—far behind. She is bound for Romania, where tales of vampires are still whispered, to visit an old friend and write the book that will bring her true independence. She arrives at a magnificent, decaying castle in the Carpathians, replete with eccentric inhabitants, including the castle’s master, Count Andrei Dragulescu.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different take on the vampire romance genre

  • By Kaye on 08-24-14

The Dead Travel Slowly...

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

It was a good partial retelling of the Dracula story from a woman’s pov, but it was a bit too long for my tastes. Some of the time spent maundering on about vampires & werewolves could’ve been put to better use showing how the Count became a better man & how he decided she was worthy as a wife after all. That bit was skimmed over much to quickly, imo.

But the narrator was excellent. Great voices made it easy to tell who was speaking whether or not we were told outright.

  • Silent in the Sanctuary

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856

Fresh from a six-month sojourn in Italy, Lady Julia returns home to Sussex to find her father's estate crowded with family and friends: but dark deeds are afoot at the deconsecrated abbey, and a murderer roams the ancient cloisters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wrong narrator listed

  • By Judy on 09-11-10

Sanctuary

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Reminds me of the Anne Perry “Thomas Pitt” mysteries. More mystery than romance, but entertaining just the same. I will continue listening!

  • Silent in the Grave

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,222

Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Happily surprised

  • By 9S on 07-04-09

Silent Grave

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

A really excellent mystery. I had no idea who the culprit was until Lady Julia did. My only complaint is we didn’t get to know Brisbane enough. Hopefully he’ll play a larger role in the next book! 😃

  • Caressed by Ice

  • Psy-Changeling Series, Book 3
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338

Brenna, a she-wolf Psy, was abducted by a serial killer - and returned a monster. The only person who can help her is Judd, a telekinetic and Council defector. But the passion burning between them could push them both over the edge of sanity in the third installment in Singh's breathtaking Psy-Changeling series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite of the series so far!

  • By Aimee on 06-29-11

Ice

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I really can’t stand the way Angela Dawe narrates. Her sing-songy cadence is so distracting I don’t even hear the story. So this series will have to be read the old fashioned way or not at all.