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  • City of Ghosts

  • Downside Ghosts, Book 3
  • By: Stacia Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess’ bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stacia Kane has transformed this critic into a fan

  • By RabidReads on 09-07-13

Best book in series!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-10

City of Ghosts, is by far the best book in this series. I have to admit, it took me awhile to "get" the dark and gritty world of magic, that author, Stacia Kane, has invented. You know, like when you read "Shakespeare" sometimes it is hard to understand, until you get into the rhythm of the language.
The same is true for the Chess Putnam series. Ms. Kane has most of her characters speaking in this broken language that is not very articulate. But after the flow of the language came to me, I really did enjoy the story.
Chess, the main character, is very tainted. In fact all of the charaters have huge flaws. But these flaws make them so much more interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes their urban fantasy with a little grit, and alot of action.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Bullet

  • An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784

The triumvirate created by master vampire Jean-Claude, necromancer Anita Blake, and werewolf Richard Zeeman has made Jean-Claude one of the most powerful vampires in the U.S. He's consolidating power in himself and those loyal to him, doing in America what Belle Morte did in Europe when she was at her height of power. She almost owned Europe, and there was those who are determined that Jean-Claude won't do the same in America.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For Adult Ears Only

  • By Leslie on 06-03-10

For Adult Ears Only

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-10

First, I would like to say how glad I was to find that Kimberly Alexis, is once again the narrator. Her take on Jean-Claude's french accent is perfect. She makes the story much more enjoyable. She IS the voice of Anita Blake, in my opinion.

Having said that, now I would like to comment on the story. What there was of a plot, was over shadowed by the very explict sex scenes. One after another. I think it is safe to say that, "Bullet" contains the most graphic sexual content, of any of the prior "Anita Blake" books.
So, if you are not comfortable with M/M, BDSM, F/F or group sex, then you will find this book, well..... more than alittle upsetting.

WARNING: These books are addicting. There is something about the whole, OMGosh, they didn't just do that, "SHOCK FACTOR", that keeps readers, like me, buying book after book.

FYI: The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series is written for adults only.

28 of 30 people found this review helpful

Magic Bleeds
    Kate Daniels, Book 4
    
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    Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
    2,854 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Magic Bleeds

  • Kate Daniels, Book 4
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,292

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose. Kate Daniels works for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle - especially if they involve Atlanta's shapeshifting community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT BOOK, Perfect Narrator!

  • By Leslie on 05-26-10

GREAT BOOK, Perfect Narrator!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-10

Wow! What a great book! This series gets better and better.
One of the many things, I like about the Ilona Andrews writing team, is that even though this is book 4 in a 7 book series, it doesn't feel like a "bridge" book. When I finished reading "Magic Bleeds" I felt a satisfaction, that I haven't had lately when reading books from other series that I follow. "Magic Bleeds" is the whole enchilada. You get action, romance, and one of the best kick-butt heroines out there. It's a "I can't stop listening" even though it's one in the morning kinda book.
Yeah, it's that good.

Renee Raudman, is the perfect narrator for this series. Kudos, to whomever paired the Kate Daniel, Magic Series with Ms. Raudman. She gets the sarcastic humor of this book, and plays right into it. She is so good, that you forget that she is READING the book. Instead, it feels like she is TELLING you her story.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Carmilla: A Vampyre Tale

  • By: J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Narrated by: Megan Follows
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

This was the very first vampire thriller! Pure innocence becomes the target of age-old evil. Virtuous Laura has grown up in a solitary castle and longs for a close friend. Her wish seems granted with the arrival of a beautiful and mysterious stranger named Carmilla. A friendship develops but the brooding mood and sexual overtones mar Laura's happiness. Will she escape with her life and spirit?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great novella, great reading, censored text

  • By Robert R. on 12-05-13

Very Old, Very Dark, Very Good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-10

Ok, So you have to remember, this story was written a long time BEFORE Bram Stoker, ever penned his now famous "Dracula". Which in my humble opinion, makes the tale even more intriguing.

Being in that "Carmilla" A Vampyre Tale" was written many, many, years ago. I found that, just like many stories written that era, used a dialect that says alot, without really being direct. In this tone, we find a faint lesbian undertone. Making the charater, Carmilla, that much more creepy.
If you love vampires, this is a must read.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Angels' Blood

  • Guild Hunter, Book 1
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,924

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best - but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option---even if the task is impossible. Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is Definitely A Personal Preference

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-13-11

Who Knew, Angels could be so hot!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-10

This is the first book in Nalini Singh's Guild Hunters series.
Singh's main charater is a kick-butt, kinda girl. She is a "Born" Vampire Hunter. And she is the best there is. Her life is going fine, until she is hired by the very sexy, Archangel, Raphael. (who knew wings could be hot?)

I can't wait for the next Guild Hunter book called "Archangel's Kiss" to come out.

Singh is also the author of the Psy-Changeling Series. But, I don't think any books in that series are offered as audiobooks.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Dead In the Family

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #10
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,954

Finally settled with Viking vampire Eric, Sookie finds normalcy just as chaos surrounds her. Sookie’s former lover Bill, her boss Sam, and even Eric are struggling with family problems. Then things get really interesting when the werewolves tell Sookie an ominous presence is lurking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I think this is one of the better of the series

  • By Michael on 08-15-10

Sookie is back, and better than ever!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-10

I have read all of the "Sookie Stackhouse" books. And I have to say, this is my favorite so far. I really enjoyed her relationship with Eric. But, of course, in the end, I was left wanting even more.

When does the next book come out?! Not soon enough!
GREAT STORY

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Breathers

  • A Zombie's Lament
  • By: S. G. Browne
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Resented by his parents, abandoned by his friends, and reviled by a society that no longer considers him human, Andy is having a bit of trouble adjusting to his new existence. But all that changes when he goes to an Undead Anonymous meeting and finds a kindred soul in Rita, an impossibly sexy recent suicide with a taste for the formaldehyde in cosmetic products.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • the zombie of self-pity.

  • By Charlene on 11-12-10

Different, But Really Good!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-10


I just finished listening to "Breathers", and I really liked it. The story is about "Zombies", so you can expect some gore. But, the story was really, really good.
Kirby Heyborne, was the narrator. He did a great job, of sounding like he was telling the story, instead of reading it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Perfect Chemistry

  • By: Simone Elkeles
  • Narrated by: Roxanne Hernandez, Blas Kisic
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 534
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 454

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created perfect life is about to unravel before her eyes. She's forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Chemisty has perfect chemistry.

  • By Leslie on 04-21-10

Perfect Chemisty has perfect chemistry.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-10

I wasn't sure if I would like this book. It was recommended to me, so I thought I would take a chance and buy it. Now, I am glad that I did.

Two diffrent narrators were used to tell the story. And I think that that made the book even better.

There are some very adult themes in this book, even though it is suppose to be a Young Adult book. Maybe, more like an "Older Young Adult" book. LOL
Enjoy.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Skinwalker

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 1
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,603
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,607

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How refreshing

  • By Mobilis on 06-01-10

Vampires & Shapeshifters & Witches, OH MY!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-10

This is the first book that I have read by Faith Hunter. I found that I really enjoyed it. I liked that her main character is a strong, smart, and most importantly..... wait for it.....from North Carolina.

There has been alot of buzz about this book. So, I was pleasantly surprised, when I found it here.

Thanks Audible, for providing another great story within the Paranormal/Urban Fantasy genre.

FYI: This is a hint of romance in this book, but only a hint.

46 of 51 people found this review helpful

Magic Strikes
    Kate Daniels, Book 3
    
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        Ilona Andrews
    
    


    
    
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        Renée Raudman
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
    2,914 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Magic Strikes

  • Kate Daniels, Book 3
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,376

Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with. But when Kate's werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games---an invitation-only, no-holds-barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament---she and Curran, the Beast Lord, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta's shapeshifting community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Listen!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-11-09

Series just keeps getting better and better

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-10

Magic Strikes, is the 3rd book in the "Magic" series, written by the man and wife team that goes by the name, Ilona Andrews.

Each book in this series, gets better and better.
In this book, you get the same action packed story, that is present in the 2 prior books. But, there is also a bit more romance, which I loved.

I can't wait for the next book to come out!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful