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  • The Experiment

  • By: Alicia Nordwell
  • Narrated by: Shaun Leonhardt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

In the distant future, humans wage war against the alien planet Caeorleia, with no tactic off-limits if it will help the humans get their hands on Caeorleia's resources. Ask Ryker. He thought he volunteered for a simple experiment that would help his government in the war. He didn't realize sadistic doctors would turn him into the experiment - by injecting him with blood from a captured Caeorleian, Seral Iorflas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoyed the story!

  • By Vicki on 01-14-15

Eh - it’s okay

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

By the time this story ended, I was ready for it to end. It’s a slow roll story even with several elements that were intended to build suspense and/or intrigue.

The love connection had just enough shared to make you feel like it worked but I felt I had to fill in too many blanks and I found myself thinking more time have past than really did in the storyline for the main characters to have such an working relationship.

The remainder of the story was also just there. No real suspense building so that by the time one important arc came up, it was rushed and I was too distracted by the characters’ ridiculousness for going away without guards.

Maybe all of that wouldn’t have left me feeling like I might have wasted a credit if I didn’t truly believe the narration contributed significantly to the flow. The narrator wasn’t bad but his inflections and more, his pace and pauses just didn’t drive me further into the story and that’s what I wish for when I listen to a book.

Overall, I’m left with this being okay and not much more.

  • His Mossy Boy [Being(s) in Love]

  • By: R. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Christopher Patton
  • Length: 20 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Years ago, a very intoxicated Martin nearly died in the woods outside Everlasting, and a beautiful creature saved him, although Martin’s done his best to forget it. He spends his time in a haze of weed as he avoids his emotionally abusive mother - and the way he feels about men. Martin is already a weirdo in his isolated small town; he doesn’t need a sexuality crisis, too. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC

  • By Santy O. on 03-02-18

Ugh narration!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

I liked this story. Yes it was lengthy but I think it made sense for the characters. However, for all its length, I still felt like the world building lackedq a little bit and the character development was too slow. It just left me feeling flat.

That said, I’m not sure if that was the story or the awful narration. The long pauses where normal speech or reading would not have them were frustrating! They kept taking me out of the story. Why, why did the narrator do this? Just be warned. By the time the end rolled around I was waiting for it. It wasn’t until after I realized I didn’t necessarily want he story to end but the narration. It’s sad because the narrator had decent voices and actual reading when he wasn’t stopping all the time.

  • Light from the Dark

  • By: Mercy Celeste
  • Narrated by: Derrick McClain
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

After a year of picking up the pieces of his shattered life, former US marshal Micah Beasley takes a job as bodyguard for a spoiled rich kid who can't leave his house. It's supposed to be a cupcake assignment. He just needs to get back in the game. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Mystery / Broken Characters = Great Story

  • By def1202 on 03-28-17

Frustrated

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Despite walking away from this one frustrated, the overall rating is 3 stars because the story was pretty good & kept me wondering and the reader was spot on.

Good points: I feel like the author helped me really understand Chris' in the moment feelings. I appreciated the interaction between the MCs and how they were able to connect at a deep level without really knowing how. Like they recognized each other. I appreciated their frustrations and fears and their growth into a relationship.

Bad points: (probably spoilers) I was so mad at Beasley several times. Even though his experience is as a Wit Sec guy, he was hired to oversea the security team (turns out. Near the end that means 2 gate guards) & be a bodyguard to Chris. There was no real evidence of Beasley even checking in with or up on and staff or personnel at the beginning other than asking who worked there. There are supposed to be dogs roaming the grounds, guards at the gates and yet someone keeps getting on the property. Every time something happened, there was no follow up by Beasley to try and at least understand where the threat is. Just a lot of whining and questioning how he can protect Chris if he didn't know where the threat was coming from. Here's an idea, maybe after the incidents occur you pause to think about where the holes in your security might be. I can appreciate he's not investigating but closing up security gaps would have been part of his job, IMO and even distracted by his developing relationship with Chris, I had hoped (& kept being disappointed) that he might actually take a moment to use common sense. It doesn't take a genius to see where the holes were & patch them or keep an eye on them. Honestly, he told himself to focus on it, it wasn't a cupcake assignment then a few chapters later we are hearing about it not being a cupcake assignment again. This is where the story fell way flat for me and left me dissatisfied.

I think it's otherwise pretty good and would have loved to give it 4 stars. I felt, however, this was too big of a gap in the story, for such a long and well thought out story, too, for me to do that. It's because all other elements kept me listening and the narrator that brought this to 3 stars instead of 2.

  • Bloodsucking Fiends

  • A Love Story
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,338

A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloodsucking FUN!

  • By SHEILA on 10-02-08

Nails on a chalkboard

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

What disappointed you about Bloodsucking Fiends?

The story was so dry for me and the relationships between the characters didn't develop naturally to me. They just, were. I probably wouldn't have felt that way if I liked the characters better but oh, it was so hard to. SPOILER ALERT:

There's an old and powerful vampire playing mind games and he's added as a suspense element but it's a cursory and weak part of the plot and, if I remember correctly (sorry, I waited a couple of months to write this review,) he's easily dispatched by the main characters at the end. Really, that easy?

I love sarcasm and dry wit. This book, however, was just dry. Tedious. I had to force myself to finish it and that's only because I have a staunch determination and hope that a book I dislike will have one or two redeeming qualities by the time the end rolls around. For me, there just wasn't one.

Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher Moore again?

I won't turn away from this author without trying another read at least but I will hesitate and check out the other reviews before I use another credit.

Have you listened to any of Susan Bennett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no. n/a

  • A Hunger Like No Other: Immortals After Dark, Book 2

  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,817

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. But when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new favorite narrator!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-22-11

Not much to say

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

Reviewed: 12-26-12

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Hunger Like No Other?

Umm, no. I found myself super annoyed at the main characters in the beginning. Him, less than her. I understand that she had been this super-sheltered person but good Lord, I felt she was a dolt. She did develop nicely as far as being a good, loyal and eventually strong person on her own but I had to work through the first half of the book to see that happen.

Any additional comments?

This book had a LOT of sexual build up and tension. When you finally got to the actual sex scene, it was well written but afterward, I lost the characters again for a bit. Luckily, the action started shortly after and we didn't have to focus on her becoming a dolt again and him being obnoxious again for a bit. Actually, in retrospect, he was always that way and for a big, tough guy that claimed she was his & he had to protect her, she ended up not needing him for anything but his blood in the end. Despite all this, I would say that if you like steamy sex scenes and a bit of action on the side, you will probably enjoy this book. I am only a fan once in a while. I am content I spent the credit, I just will wait until I'm in the mood to grab another Kelsey Cole novel again. I tend to like more action and a stronger heroine from the start than not.

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  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,601

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the

  • By Chris on 01-02-12

Engaging

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

Reviewed: 12-26-12

What made the experience of listening to Hounded the most enjoyable?

I enjoy books with sarcasm and wit. I also enjoy silliness but in the context of lightening the story as opposed to being a primary story component. I honestly felt this book had that with Oberon's part in the storyline which, would not have been half as enjoyable had the narrator not voiced this pup as he had. Voicing and text there kept a little humor and break in story nice.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the view this story is told from and I enjoy the main character's thought process. However, I could not give it 5 stars only b/c I felt that for such a badass, I felt he's a little dim in seeing what was coming. I get that his character is (at least in this novel) primarily defensive but his musings around how to protect himself are few and far between until he is met with the fight at the end and he finally gets that his opponent has done far more plotting than he. I'm glad the author exposed this character flaw and his acknowledgement of it, it's what will have me moving to the next in the series. I want to see if he develops from this or not.

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

Oberon

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the old lady told asked him if he was going to try to tell her what she saw was a product of the drink. That just made me laugh out loud.

Any additional comments?

Worth the listen if you like light and well-paced stories. There is no romance to speak of in this book and that's a refreshing change of pace, even when there were a few mentions of it throughout. This is NOT a romance.

  • The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,373

Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once again this should have disclaimers

  • By yasmine32068 on 08-01-12

Just average

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

Reviewed: 12-21-12

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

yes

Any additional comments?

Not the best Harper novel IMO but I only think it's because I was not a big fan of the heroine in this one. I just couldn't relate to her and I don't believe that has anything to do with the story or the narration, just what tends to push my buttons in characters and what doesn't. Otherwise, there was humor throughout but again, I didn't feel it as full of humor as her other novels. However, overall a good side book for characters introduced in her Nice Girls series.

  • Driving Mr. Dead

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,055

Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!

  • By d.e.matthews on 01-14-12

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 12-21-12

Any additional comments?

Given the author and narrator, the book is entertaining but it didn't quite suck me in as much as the Nice Girls series by Molly Harper. I realize these are spin off characters and for that and a nod to them with their own story, it's still got that humorous approach and moving along storyline.

  • Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

  • Charley Davidson, Book 4
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,869
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,563

Sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AS SOON AS I HIT 'PLAY' I WAS TOTALLY ENTHRALLED!!

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 11-17-12

Quirky..

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

Reviewed: 12-21-12

Any additional comments?

I enjoy the quirkiness of the characters throughout this series but I would like to see the heroine come into her own a bit more quickly. This is the fourth book and it seems she's only starting to "get it". I still give it 4 stars (as with the previous three) b/c I really enjoy the nutty humor between the characters, the story moves along, the narrator is enjoyable and I am eager to make my way through the book even if I get a little impatient with our heroine.