LISTENER

Angela Reed Padilla

  • 28
  • reviews
  • 7
  • helpful votes
  • 33
  • ratings
  • Then There Were Nun

  • Nun of Your Business Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Cassidy
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

My name is Sister Trixie Lavender, and I'm an occasionally possessed excommunicated nun. I was booted from the convent after doing something unspeakable. Something I had no control over. Something that lives inside me to this day, exploding out like that chest-burster in Alien when I least suspect it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By JeanniebeannieB on 11-01-18

Who cloned the Nun?

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

First, I’ll say that I read the whole Witchless in Seattle series, and really enjoyed it; Stevie is the protagonist, and meets Trixie and Coop in Good Witch Hunting (book 7). So, Then There Were Nun is a spinoff. Well, as spinoffs go, it’s pretty lame. The best thing i can say is that Hollie Jackson does a fine job with narration, as always. But the author really just called it in on this one. In Good Witch, Trixie and Coop find their dead landlord in the back of their shop, are questioned by police, and decide to investigate themselves. In this book, they find a dead landlord in the back of their shop, are questioned by police, and decide to investigate themselves. In Good Witch, Stevie does the main investigating, and involves Trixie and Coop. In this book, Trixie does the investigation and talks constantly about Stevie. She says she learned so much from Stevie, thinks about how Stevie would approach it, talks about how Stevie was her mentor, etc. Honestly, she knew Stevie for maybe a couple weeks before she and Coop moved to Portland, so it’s very odd that she talks like she knew her for years. And the author barely tries to create a new character. Trixie sounds just like Stevie, has her same mannerisms and wisecracks, and even does the same action of deciding to investigate a murder even though she’s not a cop. At least Stevie had a dead spy in her head as a reason she investigates. In short, this book is just a bad knock off of the Good Witch book, which i did enjoy. I’m not going further in the Nun series. I might try one of Cassidy’s other series, and wait for another Stevie book.

  • Cake

  • A Love Story
  • By: J. Bengtsson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Joe Arden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,653

Jake McKallister might have been a rock star, but he was no ordinary one. Surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen had shaped him into a guarded workaholic, and he now lived his life trying to forget. If it hadn't been for music and the redemption he found through it, he might not have survived. Career success came easily for him. Personal connections did not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freakin Rockin Book

  • By Alanna on 12-22-16

Terrible dialogue, no emotional hook, meh

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

I'm mystified about all the positive reviews, seemingly written by adults. It's very hard to find anything redeeming about this book. I do enjoy YA, and count a number of YA series among my favorites (Hunger Games, Twilight, the Giver, etc.). However, this book is just blah. Yes, the structure of the narrative is clever - telling from the girl's and boy's point of view, changing readers, exploring 'love at first site', teasing a dark, sordid past of abuse/pain, etc. There is so much that could be done with this, but it just falls short. For one thing, the perspective doesn't really change regardless of who is speaking. The only attempt to distinguish boy from girl is that the boys curse a lot, and talk like 12 year olds. Seriously, I have so many guys friends, from high school and college days, and they did not talk like this. Jake and his brothers drop the 'f' bomb, talk trash about girls, cuss at each other, and in general sound very one dimensional. I'm not saying guys don't talk trash, but successful young men, as these are, aren't generally so ignorant. The narrative feels lazy and shallow. Also, there are obvious fails in translating a girl's perspective into a boy's. Example: she says 'I put my hair in a high ponytail' and then he describes her look 'her hair was in a high ponytail.' A guy would never say that - they have no idea what a 'high ponytail' is, and even if they do, they wouldn't be likely to describe it that way. And on and on. Another major fail in this book - there is little conflict. Diana Gabaldon, one of my favorite authors, explains that the best writing includes conflict; it draws the reader in, keeps their attention, brings the story along, etc. There is little conflict here, it just moves along in a boring and straightforward fashion. The worst that happens is that a mean girl flares up and says 'you are mean for hogging the cute boy' and then disappears. This might work if the dialogue was rich, and character development deep. But most of the characters are so flat. Her roommate Taylor, for example. What does she look like? How old is she? What are a few characteristics? Nothing - she opens the door and talks, and you get zero description. Many other characters are the same - flat, indescribable, no back story, nothing. My thought - this book attempts to be like Bridges of Madison County, where the development of a relationship over a few days creates the 'zing' that lasts a lifetime. Sadly, this book is so flat, monotonous, straightforward that it leaves nothing to the imagination. The only positive thing I will say about this is that the narrators are great, especially to female voice.

The Light Behind the Window
    
    
        By:
        












    





    





    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Lucinda Riley
    
    


    
    
        Narrated by:
        












    





    





    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Gerri Halligan
    
    


    
    Length: 15 hrs
    1,605 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Light Behind the Window

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459

THE PRESENT - After her mother’s death, Emilie de la Martiniéres finds herself the sole inheritor of a chateau in the south of France. There she discovers an old notebook which leads her along a journey to unravel the tragic love story of the mysterious Sophia. THE PAST (1943). Constance Carruthers, arrives in occupied Paris at the height of conflict. There she stumbles into the heart of a wealthy family and is drawn into a web of deception, the repercussions of which will affect generations to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic historical story... loved it!

  • By Maria on 07-13-15

Intriguing historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

Ms. Riley certainly loves to pair her female protagonists with lying, deceiving men. That’s the worst part of this story. Granted, our heronine is vulnerable after the death of her mom, but seriously, this guy is desperate in their first meeting, so annoying that she can’t wait to get away, and yet she allows him to pursue her, woo her, marry her abruptly, all while knowing she just inherited a great deal of money. On and on. It almost made me stop listening. However, the journey into the past, and the story that unfolds there, is wonderful, breathtaking, keeping you hanging on to every word to see how it unfolds. And yes, there is a more or less happy and tidy ending for all. So overall, well worth the listen.

  • The Italian Girl

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Eva Alexander
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

Rosanna Menici is just a girl when she meets Roberto Rossini, the man who will change her life. In the years to come, their destinies are bound together by their extraordinary talents as opera singers and by their enduring but obsessive love for each other - a love that will ultimately affect the lives of those closest to them. For, as Rosanna slowly discovers, their unison is haunted by irreversible events from the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating and endearing

  • By Karen on 08-02-15

Bad decisions, bad love

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

First the pros - this story is beautifully composed, and the narrator has a gorgous accent. I enjoyed learning a little about the world of opera, as well as some history of Italy. The author does not do a deep dive into research in either area, though, so it’s rather vague all around. The worst thing about this book is the bad decisions made again and again by anyone who comes into contact with Roberto. I eventually gave up caring very much about Rossana because she could not kick this man to the curb. Oy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Carrots

  • Shelby Nichols Adventures, Book 1
  • By: Colleen Helme
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,944
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,781

Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber's mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story and flawless audio! Get it!

  • By Dr. Geoff on 11-20-13

Self-Involved Mom goes on an adventure

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

To the positive, this story is entertaining, and the narrator does a great job. It is face paced, with a good plot and a satisfying ending. I love the character of the mob boss and his henchman, who are lovable in their imperfections. I will probably stick with the series to see where it takes us. Two things about the main character bothered me. First and foremost, the fact that although she has two teen aged kids, her plot takes her through days with barely a mention of her kids. In her narrative, she wakes up alone, plans her work day, and goes through the whole day, with rarely a mention or thought for her kids. I am a working mom with four kids, and i promise you that i never wake up alone, nor can i manage a whole day that does not include thinking of,worrying about, interacting with, or doing things for my kids. Second, the world revolves around her, and she doesn’t spare a thought for or have compassion for anyone besides herself. She is so selfish in her entirety that it just made me roll my eyes, and I’m not generally an eye roller.

  • I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,498
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,498

It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety. Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clever Christmas Cheer!

  • By AudioAddict on 12-07-13

Series going downhill

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

To start with (or to end with, if you will), I did not realize the story was over once it reached the end. There was no resolution to her encounter with Mr. Mystery Vamp, and it just suddenly ended, launching into a long recitation of recipes. I didn’t realize it was over and thus endured the recipe reading until i realized that was it. Very unsatisfying. Overall, the story was mainly a revisit of all the characters gathering for Christmas, playing in a hamster ball, burning some food, and making gentle fun of each other. It wasn’t even a satisfying gathering of characters, because it barely touched on any of them. I love Dick Chaney, Jolene, and Andrea best and there was just a whisper of their characters. All in all, meh.

  • The Trouble with Twelfth Grave

  • A Novel
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,435
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,272

Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that's not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings - some corporeal, some not so much - as she struggles to right the wrongs of society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Charlie Mania

  • By IreneMBBT on 11-01-17

Not the best in the series

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

I absolutely LOVE these books, one of my fav series ever. But this was not a great installment. We left Reyes having just returned as a full-on demon who does not recognize Charlie as his wife. It pretty much just chugs along from there, barely giving a glimpse of most of the dearly beloved characters like Cookie, Garret, Osh, and Uncle B. It carries the plot along to the next chapter, but not in any real satisfying way. It also seemed to be over almost before it began. The narrator does an amazing job, as always, but it wasn’t the authors best turn. I will tune in for the next novel, which i understand will be the last in the series.

  • The Wrong Unit

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,303

I don't know what the humans are so cranky about. Their enclosures are large, they ingest over 1,000 calories per day, and they're allowed to mate. Plus, they have me: an Autonomous Servile Unit, housed in a mobile/bipedal chassis. I do my job well: keep the humans healthy and happy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The kind of science fiction book I search for!

  • By Fascinatingbooks on 07-31-16

Fun for readers of all ages and interests

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

I’m going out of my way to write this review because i think it’s a remarkable tale. It is one of those rare books that really does suit just about any reader, regardless of age, gender, or preferred genre. The story is unique; it’s witty, sweet, ingenious, and does an incredible job of setting the stage, developing a plot, and creating characters who you genuinely care about and want to see succeed. It is face paced, and keeps you entertained until the very last page, with an extremely satisfying ending. The moral question - would humans be happier with their every need met, with no danger or uncertainty, or would they rather have freedom at any cost? Love this book, and highly recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eternal Kiss of Darkness

  • The Night Huntress World Series, Book 2
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,254

Chicago private investigator Kira Graceling should have just kept on walking. But her sense of duty refused to let her ignore the moans of pain coming from inside a warehouse just before dawn. Suddenly she finds herself in a world she’s only imagined in her worst nightmares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, Bones doesn't sound like my British ex but!

  • By Ashley on 03-03-11

Mencheres Meets his Match

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

Would you listen to Eternal Kiss of Darkness again? Why?

I don't listen to most stories again, but that's no reflection on its value.

What other book might you compare Eternal Kiss of Darkness to and why?

This Night Huntress series is much better than most vampire stories. Frost is a master story teller, and Tavia Gilbert is enchanting as a reader.

Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

I loved both Kira and Mancheres. I read most of the Bones and Cat books first, and so its delightful to see the ancient, quiet, wise Mancheres find his match in a human. They have a chemistry that cannot be denied, and they prove worthy of each other.

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

Kira fights to the finish, and is feisty and loyal. This had a great ending.

Any additional comments?

Another great spin-off from this terrific author. I highly recommend it.

  • First Drop of Crimson

  • Night Huntress World, Book 1
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,871

He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human—even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the nightmare together, because once the first crimson drop falls, they will both be lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED IT

  • By Jes on 08-05-11

Denise is Darling

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

What made the experience of listening to First Drop of Crimson the most enjoyable?

I loved Denise. I love her sweetness, strength, the voice that Tavia gives her, and her growing relationship with Spade. This is a deep, well developed story that hits all of the best parts of a Frost masterpiece.

What was one of the most memorable moments of First Drop of Crimson?

When Denise gets the intense, painful tattoos to cover her demon marks - that sticks with you.

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

Tavia does a stand-out job with all the voices.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I really enjoyed the relationship that developed between Spade and Denise. You can certainly understand why Spade cannot resist Denise. Although he's pretty sure Bones will kill him for taking advantage of her, she is so unique, kind, and loyal, and so strong and good, that Spade knows he will never find a better mate.

Any additional comments?

There was no question that I would follow this spin-off series to it's end - and I was sad when it did concluded. I could follow Spade and Denise for another dozen books, they are easily as good as Cat and Bones. I love it when they show up in later Night Huntress books.