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Sheila Medlam

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  • A Promise of Fire

  • By: Amanda Bouchet
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790

Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice. Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good start to the series :)

  • By Malinda on 09-24-16

Great new series

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I really enjoyed the sassy heroine and fast paced storyline.

What other book might you compare A Promise of Fire to and why?

I kind of thing that her heroine has a similar attitude to Kresley Cole... A bit irreverent, funny and naughty.

What does Mia Barron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She has a good voice. It took just a bit to adjust to her, but once I did, I thought she portrayed the character well.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What do you get when you mix all the Gods of Olympus and one stubborn, powerful girl? Cat, the future of the world.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for book 3

  • Sweep in Peace

  • Innkeeper Chronicles, Volume 2
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,494

Dina DeMille isn't your typical bed and breakfast owner. Her inn defies laws of physics, her dog is secretly a monster, and the only permanent guest of the inn is a former galactic tyrant with a price on her head. The inn needs guests to thrive and guests have been scarce, so when an arbitrator shows up at Dina's door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it

  • By The Mays on 12-18-15

Good, but not great

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

Would you try another book from Ilona Andrews and/or Renee Raudman?

I love Ilona Andrews. Her books are always fun to read and definitely don't follow the traditional path of paranormal romance; however, her narrator is annoying. Read this book, don't listen to it! Trust me, you'll save your ears from profuse bleeding.

If you’ve listened to books by Ilona Andrews before, how does this one compare?

If you can get past the narrator, this story is definitely interesting. The problem is the thick southern drawl that grates on your nerves.

What three words best describe Renee Raudman’s performance?

Grating, annoying and cloying

Do you think Sweep in Peace needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, because there's obviously one coming

Any additional comments?

Tone it down, Renee!

  • Clean Sweep

  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,531

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

Good, but not great

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I think that this is a book that would be more interesting as a read vs. an audio book. The narrator's southern accent is just too grating and annoying. I respect that the book is written in first person, but the narrator just lays it on way too thick. I would recommend reading it because the story is really good, but I wouldn't want to force anyone else to listen to it.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The narrator needs to tone down the southern drawl. She has skill, but she definitely doesn't shine in this book.

What three words best describe Renee Raudman’s voice?

Grating, cloying, annoying

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

probably

Any additional comments?

The story is great, the narrator sucks.

  • The Mist-Torn Witches

  • By: Barb Hendee
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

In a small village in the nation of Droevinka, orphaned sisters Cline and Amelie Fawe scrape out a living selling herbal medicines in their apothecary shop. Cline earns additional money by posing as a seer and pretending to read people's futures. But they exist in a land of great noble houses, all vying for power, and when the sisters refuse the orders of a warlord prince, they must flee and are forced to depend on the warlord prince's brother, Anton, for a temporary haven.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really good read...

  • By Sheila Medlam on 03-25-16

A really good read...

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

Where does The Mist-Torn Witches rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I normally don't write reviews, but someone else had wrote a really negative review, and after listening to the first two books in this series, I felt as though the negativity definitely wasn't warranted. Barb Hendee writes great fiction and I've loved her other series, so I was disappointed when I read the negative review and almost didn't bother to listen to this series. I am glad I chose to have faith in Hendee's writing instead of trusting the review.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the characters are well rounded and interesting. The female characters are young, but have matured nicely from the first book. They are more confident and skilled with their powers and definitely hold their own in the book.

Which scene was your favorite?

I love the tension and building passion between the female and male characters in the book

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I finished the first and second books in two days, which speaks to how well the narrator holds your interest. She has a very pleasant voice that doesn't grate or overwhelm the story. I am a devoted reader, and can finish a novel in written form very quickly, so when I listen to an audio book, I want to forget that someone else is reading the story to me. I want their voice to fade into the background and the story to hold all of my attention. There's nothing worse than a narrator who uses poor accents or tries to make every single character have a weird, annoying voice. Subtle changes in tone accomplish much the same thing, and the narrator for this book does a great job telling the story without trying to make her reading the star of the show.

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for a deep, spiritual book, this isn't it. If that's what you want, go read Homer. If you are looking for fun fantasy fiction with a bit of mystery and romance thrown in, Hendee always delivers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Haven Lost

  • The Dragon's Brood Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Josh de Lioncourt
  • Narrated by: Reay Kaplan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Sixteen-year-old Emily Haven, heroine of the girls' hockey team at Lindsey High, has spent her young life keeping two secrets: her rapidly deteriorating home life and the seemingly supernatural power that makes her a star on the ice. When she begins seeing visions of a lost and ragged boy reflected in mirrors and shop windows, a series of events unfolds that tears her from 21st-century Minneapolis and leaves her stranded in another world with horrors to rival those she has left behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great new author

  • By Sheila Medlam on 10-27-15

great new author

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

Reviewed: 10-27-15

I really enjoyed this book. It was very gritty and a good read. I wasn't expecting how it all played out. Can't wait for the next one!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Magic Shifts

  • Kate Daniels, Book 8
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,002
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,768

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate - former Beast Lord Curran Lennart - are adjusting to a very different pace. While they're thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect story arc for the whole series

  • By Richard on 08-04-15

Great read

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

Reviewed: 08-19-15

I really enjoyed this book. great narrator with tons of personality. I love this series.