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  • Diamond Fire

  • A Hidden Legacy Novella
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman, Emily Rankin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle. Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan's extensive family overruns his mother’s home. Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder. To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic. But she’s a Baylor, and there’s nothing she wouldn't do for her sister's happiness. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator was a disappointment

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-09-18

Passing of the torch done right!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

In many ways this book is passing the torch. Not only did we get a new heroine but a new narrator too. (good choices, marketing!) I can't wait for Catalina's first full book. (and hopefully we'll see Alessandro too.) This book was fun, funny, and made me ready for more. I did guess part of the plot but there is a lot going on here. New narrator is good, I will need to associate her versions of the voices now but it won't be too bad. I think they should have Raudman help coach Rankin for the first book maybe.

Catalina is different from Nevada, so far in a good way. These differences are enough so that we can have new twists and still continue the overall plot with no issues. I like seeing the same characters through the eyes of another. The different POV helps us explore familiar characters in new ways.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,566
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,254

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups (With Terrifying Trees)

  • By Dave on 09-08-16

Dragon is NOT abusive, start with Spinning Silver

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

This story is not a typical one, so if you are a new reader pick another and come back. if you are here for a "normal" romance turn back. There is romance that makes sense and I promise it is NOT ABUSIVE.

The heroine, in my opinion, is a dumbass. It is consistent and a genuine part of her character. I understand the author's choice but if I have read this one first I never would have picked up Spinning Silver. (if you want clever characters start with that one first)

This peasant girl is to naive and ignorant to realize the Dragon has taken her as an apprentice rather than his usual choice of nonsexual companion/intern. She believes he is "torturing" her by making her do spells and lecturing her on magic. She tunes out his teachings because she thinks he is just chastising her. And yes he does call her a moron (I have told you my opinion on her intelligence, and understand his frustration) but this will turn into an endearment. (like a girl calling a boy an idiot while at laughing or kissing him.)

The main story is only a small part of the book. There is something here for everyone in the multitude of characters and themes. The narrator is a good choice and she keeps her intonation consistent throughout for all characters.

  • Iron and Magic

  • Iron Covenant, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689

Hugh d'Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh recreating his life

  • By IreneMBBT on 07-27-18

Promising new series, good narration

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

This is a redeeming arch for Hugh and a wonderful intro for Elara. Loved this, as a matter a fact liked it so much I promise to not review it until I listened to it twice just to be sure.

Lots of new avenues to explore, can't wait to see what they do with it. Good action and pacing; perfect dash of sexual tension. Not sure how fans of the Kate series will feel about Hugh being the hero but I think it was well done but I am also not a huge fan of that series either.

Nice pick for a narrator. I'm sure West will go the distance just like Renee has. I don't think they would be able to do a simultaneous narration (their voices are to powerful) but switching between chapters dual narration perhaps...

  • 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 925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864

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

What a waste...

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Halfway through this book and I'm tapping out. Just press the drop button on this review, it's that bad.

There are many good ideas in this book that were not executed properly or completely. I realize this is her first book and those are not always the best but her editor and publisher were either desperate or need to be fired.

Every time Cat talks to/with Griffin it's a swooning moment where they can only think about each others hotness. Every conversation, really? It is a romance book, we get it, they like each other. When you have an argument with someone you will not always be blown away by their alpha-ness. The troupes are all over the place but not in a good way. And she was always Poseidon this, Poseidon that. You can't choose any other gods to throw out? I challenge you to count how many times Poseidon is mentioned and how alpha the hero is. They have no character building beyond that.

At about the halfway point of the book the reader should have a good idea what the characters are trying to accomplish. I couldn't tell you. Other than them still traveling and her whining about lies hurting her with crippling pain (going to get to that next). This book is about nothing. We run in place. They catch her. She wants to run away. The author attempts sexual tension. The men chuck at it. She does one "cool" thing to balance out several stupid unnecessary things she has done. They prepare for another day of travel. Repeat steps 2-4.

She is hurt by lies. At first I thought this was a neat character flaw in an over powered heroine. Nope. Every lie cripples her. And even that is done wrong. She walks through crowds of people but this flaw pops up at the weirdest times. In a marketplace where people lie during haggling, small children lie to get out of trouble, men/women lying to the opposite sex to sound more impressive. None of that weakens her but the hero lies about something that isn't her business and he is a beast that racked her body with pain.

But let's talk about this ability you have had all your life. You don't build up a tolerance to a certain point. You can't blaze through the pain that has become an old friend to you?

I will stop rambling about the flawed story that never should have been a published book without a lot more polish and move on to narration. Barron was flat. (Much like the characters she was voicing.) It didn't matter if the character was yelling, whispering, happy, or hurt she remains monotone. Where was the producer?

Did everyone that worked on this book (editor, producer, author, etc.) just get paid for showing up?

  • Hot and Badgered

  • Honey Badgers Chronicles Series, Book 1
  • By: Shelly Laurenston
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

It's not every day that a beautiful, naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn's hotel balcony. Definitely, they don't usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she's gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she's a honey-badger shifter, it's too late. Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but needs Charlotte Kane

  • By Krystal Zitek on 04-11-18

Awesome start to a new series

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

I like where this new series is going. New characters and points of view of the characters from the earlier books.

I see Shelly recycled some concepts/tropes I thought we were moving away from but not enough to make me drop this series. Narration was good and bad.

Odom spoke clearly and read well. Some accents were great, others unnecessary or wrong according to the characters history. Just because their ancestry is one thing doesn't mean they grew up speaking that language thus giving them an accent. Same for the place where they now live.

But I don't blame her for that the producer should have done their homework so this confusion does not occur in loyal listeners. New listeners won't be able to tell the difference until they go back and find out the half Asian hybrid with an Asian accent grew up in Maine, just a one small example. Past listeners will know what I mean.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Vampire's Kiss

  • Legion of Angels Series, Book 1
  • By: Ella Summers
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Leda Pierce is working as a paranormal bounty hunter on the Frontier, the dividing line between human civilization and the plains of monsters. Life is simple until a vampire hunt goes wrong and her brother goes missing, captured by the dark angels of hell. With no magical powers of her own and no way to find him, Leda's only option is to go to New York and join the Legion of Angels. If she can survive long enough to make it up the ranks, she will gain the magic she needs to find her brother.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, But not Buying It

  • By thymespace on 10-26-17

Nice idea, bad narration, worst story

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

Is anyone "human"? Not in the actual sense of the term but emotionally? None of these characters are "people". Her brother gets kidnapped in answer to this the heroine joins the military to get stronger. But she also goes to at least two clubs to have fun, has time for hurt feelings over guys, and has picked a path that will take time to climb up the ranks before she can even go find him. What?! Why are there no deep periods of inner turmoil that she is leaving him to a possibly horrible fate while she eats and sleeps in comfort?

Don't worry it's not just her though. Any character that is on screen for more than 2-3 chapters is an emotionless monster. Like the childhood friends that join love each other but are blind to the fact that they like each other back. Sweet side story? Nope. The girl proceeds to dance with 3 guys and allows one to sensually feed her drugging drops and make out. Think that's the moment they are spurred to the next level? Nope, he wasn't there to see it and it is never mentioned again. Why is it even written? The only character with real depth was Harker and we aren't supposed to like him.

The heroine also jumps to correct conclusions with little information; Higher ranking competent officers telling her classified information just because or how they in their years of experience and caution didn't see the setup that this rookie did. The breaches in protocol for no reason; Perhaps writing about the military without applying research was a bad plan. The fighting scenes seems to have been constructed by someone who either doesn't know what they are doing or by one who assumes you can fill in the parts that were skipped so we can get back to the story.

Oh wait I didn't talk about the narration yet. An emotionless book deserves emotionless narration. Even the parts that required "yelling" were said in the same flat tone. I could pick up slight differences between male and female voices; good job there. Her voice did put me to sleep no less than four times so....

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Honor

  • The Breaking Point
  • By: Jay Crownover
  • Narrated by: Youssif Kamal, Sloane Carson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

I've seen things no one should, done things no one should talk about. Honor and conscience have no place in my life. But I've fought and I've survived. I've had to. The first time I saw her dancing on that seedy stage in that second-rate club, I felt my heart pulse for the first time. Keelyn Foster was too young, too vibrant for this place, and I knew in an instant that I would make her mine. But first I had to climb my way to the top. I had to have something more to offer her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Devil has found his endgame....

  • By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 10-29-16

Definitely a repeat listen

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

Okay I didn't think anyone was getting on the pedestal I put Rule and Bax on but in true Nassir fashion he pushed to make room for himself. This is a Pointe spin off so we get all the grit in the original series. Perfect narration duo. Loved the accent Kamal picked. It was perfect and he managed to keep it most of the time. Carson was meant to play Kee, the right touch of attitude and softness.

  • Sweet Cheeks

  • By: K. Bromberg
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,980
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,779

Enter Hayes Whitley. Mega-movie star. The man who has captured the hearts of millions. But I gave him mine years ago. He was my first love. He was my everything. Right until he up and left to chase his dreams without so much as a simple goodbye. When he showed up out of the blue 10 years later, I should have known to steer clear. I should have rejected his offer to take me to my ex's wedding and told him he was crazy when he suggested we act like a couple to show my ex, it's true, I could do better than him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO SWEET, FUNNY AND HOT!!!

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 11-15-16

May read more from this author

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

So...wow. While this story does throw a few stereotypes at you it also smashes some before kicking it out of the plotline. You know the moments in the book where you yell to not fall into "that" trap, we get to breathe a sigh of relief some of the time. Great ending, good narrative team, gave me hope for the other books this author has.

  • Dirty English

  • By: Ilsa Madden-Mills
  • Narrated by: Summer Morton, John Hartley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,412

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Bennett: She's smart as a whip, always in control, and lives by a set of carefully crafted rules. She's learned the hard way that people you love the most always hurt you in the end. But then she meets Declan Blay, the new neighbor at her apartment complex. A tattooed British street fighter, he's the campus bad boy she's supposed to avoid, but when he saves her from a frat party gone bad, all her rules about sex and love fly out the window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I love in a Contemporary Romance Book!!

  • By Cyndi on 04-08-16

Honestly I bought it for the Ninja Turtles quip...

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

Average romance. Lots of loses ends; some unnecessary drama. Not a P&P variation. Author is using classics theme as selling tactic for each book in this series. Narration was fine, accents didn't bother me.

  • Never Seduce a Scot

  • Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 1
  • By: Maya Banks
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,122

Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty -unprepared for the delights to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG - NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A GREAT LISTEN

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 09-30-12

Deaf and chosen to be mute lass steals the show!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-17

If anyone ever told me that I would one day love a romance story where the main character is deaf and choses not to speak I would have given them a strange look. One of these handicaps I could see but both seems more like movie plot versus a book plot.

She is a intricate and interesting character that enhances the hero and story. Yes, there are some clichés stirred in here and you may guess the plot but it does not take away from the enjoyment of the journey.

The narration was lovely. Potter's accent was consistent. She may not have a wide range of vocies but her inflections are clear to the point you can tell whom is "talking".