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  • Hands of Flame

  • The Negotiator Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: C. E. Murphy
  • Narrated by: Eve Bianco
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

War has erupted among the five Old Races, and Margrit is responsible for the death that caused it. Now New York City's most unusual lawyer finds herself facing her toughest negotiation yet. And with her gargoyle lover, Alban, taken prisoner, Margrit's only allies have demands of their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the series!

  • By Michelle L Rivas on 05-19-09

Too much discriptive babble

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I’m not sure what’s wrong with me in my contradictory feelings with this series. To start with, I can’t recommend it enough. This is one of those series you can’t stop thinking about when you’re not reading/listening to and keep wondering what the characters are doing. It’s also sad when it’s done. That being said, there was way too much spouting of poetic words and discriptive scenes and what was being seen or done. We get the picture already. We know how she feels. It’s so much that it takes from the story. The books are so disjointed. Just as we’re finally getting some answers, we start getting fluff about how Margrit feels or sees something. Nothing was ever pulled together nicely in the end. And the ending was so rushed. After three books it came down to about 30 minutes and more fluff to find out what happens and why. There were still some things I would’ve liked answered. I’m so frustrated. I’m glad I didn’t buy this and only listened through the romance package. But of course, I’m going to check out her other series.

The narrator did a great job. It was even better than the first two books.

  • House of Cards

  • The Negotiator Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: C. E. Murphy
  • Narrated by: Eve Bianco
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274

New York City's only legal counsel to the fabled Old Races, Margrit Knight is levelheaded in all matters extraordinary. But when she's summoned to negotiate a peace treaty among rival factions, her own mortal world threatens to fall apart. Margrit's been in hot water before, but reentering the underworld brings a new set of problems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strong middle book for the trilogy.

  • By Daniel S. Palter on 03-18-12

Frustratingly good

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

This is a hard review to write. I loved it and I hated it. First off, the narrator is good and really great at doing accents. But there were times her accent faltered. Most times all male voices sound the same other than Janx’x. Alban didn’t sound like he did in first book. There’s too much extra fluff and pretty words in these books. It’s almost like a poem in describing things. I love her descriptions, don’t get me wrong. But most of it could be eliminated. It got frustrating. Margrit is so stupid at times. I hated her in regards to relationships. She tells Tony she loves him and within minutes takes off with Alban then has Gargoyle sex. She’s weak and shallow. But other than that, she was kick ass and great in all her other dealings. I love the characters in this series! Even the bad ones are enduring. Now for the positive.

This is such a unique story that despite getting frustrated, I am going to listen to the next book. It is a complex world with wonderful characters. They are so horrible and dangerous but absolutely amazing. It’s the type of danger one loves to get involved with. Because as long as they don’t kill you, you will come out stronger. Despite being so fierce and criminal, they are loyal.

  • Heart of Stone

  • The Negotiator Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: C. E. Murphy
  • Narrated by: Eve Bianco
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 492

Okay, so jogging through Central Park after midnight wasn't a bright idea. But Margrit Knight never thought she'd encounter a dark new world filled with magical beings, not to mention a dying woman and a mysterious stranger with blood on his hands. Her logical, lawyer instincts told her it couldn't all be real, but she could hardly deny what she'd seen...and touched.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining if formulaic

  • By Deborah on 07-29-08

Wasn’t expecting the ending

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I loved this story. The narrator was good. I just wish some of it would’ve been cut out. Like the chanting of “irrational” in the main character’s head when she was running. That part got on my nerves. I’m sure it wouldn’t be as bad if I had been reading it. I would get so irritated with Margrit. She was back and forth with Tony. Some times I would get upset at his actions but most times it was hers.

So, the good outweighs the bad. The story brought out every human emotion. The gargoyle was so amazing and hot. I don’t want to get into it much as it would be a spoiler. I wasn’t expecting the ending. It was great. Except the last 4 minutes. I can’t wait until the next book. I’m going to download it now.

  • Wisp of a Thing

  • A Novel of the Tufa, Book 2
  • By: Alex Bledsoe
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Touched by a very public tragedy, musician Rob Quillen comes to Cloud County, Tennessee, in search of a song that might ease his aching heart. All he knows of the mysterious and reclusive Tufa is what he has read on the Internet: They are an enigmatic clan of swarthy, black-haired mountain people whose historical roots are lost in myth and controversy. Some say that when the first white settlers came to the Appalachians centuries ago, they found the Tufa already there. Others hint that Tufa blood brings special gifts....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Continuation to the Tufa Series

  • By T. L. Walker on 10-01-15

Fantastical Hillbilly Fairies

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

Once again, this author paints a masterpiece. Think of how much you loved bedtime stories and fairytales when you were a child. Think of your fondest memories of them. This is your chance to experience that and more as an adult in one written for an adult. The Tufa are every day people like you and I. Their stories are made up of good times and bad times. They live a hard life in the mountains of Tennessee. As the drama unfolds, we see they are much more than what appears to your average human. Their town, Needsville, can only be found by Tufa or those that the night wind sees worthy. And when the Tufa gather to play music, magic happens.

I loved this book. We see a lot of Bliss in it. Not so much of Mandalay. This story plays a big part in explaining Rockhouse’s life why he is like he is. Although he has always been an evil constant, I couldn’t help but feel a little bad for him because, after all, he was once such a powerful creature. I guess it would be more fitting to say I pity him now. There were also some really funny parts. I loved how someone called them all a bunch of hillbilly fairies. 🧚‍♂️

If you like audiobooks, you will love this one. The narrator is to die for. I hope he does more of the series. I have both the book and the audiobook and will be enjoying them again soon.

  • Long Black Curl

  • A Novel of the Tufa, Book 3
  • By: Alex Bledsoe
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

In all the time the Tufa have existed, only two have ever been exiled: Bo-Kate Wisby and her lover, Jefferson Powell. They were cast out, stripped of their ability to make music, and cursed to never be able to find their way back to Needsville. Their crime? A love that crossed the boundary of the two Tufa tribes, resulting in the deaths of several people. Somehow, Bo-Kate has found her way back and she intends to take over both tribes. The only one who can stop Bo-Kate is Jefferson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Our Tufa Returns ( in more ways than one!)

  • By linda on 05-28-15

Hauntingly tragic faerie tale

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

There’s no way my review will ever do this book justice. There are no words good enough to describe the beauty of it but I will try. Just like how the music in the story comes alive and is magical, so is this book. All books touch the heart in ways but rarely do they touch the soul. This author has the ability to do just that. The faeries in this book aren’t shiny like the pretty baubles in my favorite genre of Urban Fantasy. No, this is more like an urban legend. This is a tale of a people in the mountains of the Appalachia in Tennessee. The Tufa are a shy secretive people. It’s been said that they were here before the Indians. They mind their own business and stay untouched by the outside world for the most. You won’t find them on any map, and if you hear stories of them and try to find their town, you won’t be able to. Only if the night winds allow it. One would think they were just another bunch of rednecks growing up in the mountains. But there’s magic and power in them. Power for the good mostly. But sometimes people start out selfish and greedy. Thinking only of themselves. This is what happens with one young lady from Needsville, Tennessee. She was born Tufa. At a young age her and her boyfriend were like poison to the town. They did unspeakable things and were banished for good, never to find their way back. Or so they thought. As time went on, the young lady only grew more bitter and filled with more rage. Always longing for the place she was from and the magic. One day she shows back up, back to take what she believes is rightfully hers. She is back to be the leader. What she leaves in her wake is nothing but tragedy, one after another. I cried during sone of it because it felt so real. This author’s characters are so real from the first chapter. This is a tale of how the Tufa set out to stop the woman. I rooted for them all the way. This series is so epic! It should be part of literature for college. Right up there with The Iliad. It’s a classic. It puts me in the mind of Neil Gaiman but still the most original work. A masterpiece. I loved how the band from Tutha Da Danaan (spelling)Pigeon Forge, Tennessee was in the book at the end. They wrote and perform the songs that go with these books. That’s something to experience. It sends the shivers up my arms, just like the title of the first book. I read this book second. I had the second one and was going to read it but needed an audiobook so I got the third. It makes sense reading it that way but there is so much I missed that happened to characters in the second. Throughout the series, the same characters will be in it. It appears that characters from the outside world are introduced and the affect the Tufa leave on them. They are never the same.

If you never listen to but one audiobook in life, this series should be the one. I could see a movie of it playing in my head. The narrator was perfect! I really wish this series and author were advertised more. But it appears the author is a humble man who is as aloof as Rockhouse Hicks in his books. Hope you guys read this series. You won’t regret it.

  • Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

  • By: H. P. Mallory
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat, and a quirky best friend. Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful, awful, awful

  • By QuanYin4 on 01-20-14

The worst narrator ever

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I absolutely love this author. I’ve read her Dulcie O’Neal series and couldn’t get enough. I saw this series was included with the romance package and was so excited. Until I heard the narrator. She’s horrible. I can’t finish it. I tried really hard. I got where I could tolerate the main character. And Bram isn’t bad but he’s supposed to have an English accent. It’s far from it. The best friend is so bad voice wise that I wish someone would stab her in the eye. That was the last straw for me. Why would such a good author cheat us with such bad quality for a narrator? I am so glad I didn’t purchase this one. I’m sorry I wasted time on trying to listen. As far as the story, it is wonderful of course. I’ll be reading this one instead of listening to a high pitched sing song voice talking to me slow and like I’m a child. I had to turn the speed up on my audible. It helped some but not enough.

  • Obsidian Son

  • The Temple Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Shayne Silvers
  • Narrated by: Marcio Catalano
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 800
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 796

Nate Temple's all-consuming quest to avenge his parents is temporarily put on hold when shape-shifting dragons invade St. Louis. And perhaps cow-tipping the Minotaur for answers might not have been Nate's smartest opening move, because now every flavor of supernatural thug from our childhood nightmares is gunning for him. Nate learns that the only way to save his city from these creatures is to murder his best friend.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Bother

  • By Ann on 07-07-17

Wizards, werewolves and dragons, oh my!

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author. It was so wonderful. It’s exciting to know there are more already written in the series. I loved all the action. My favorite thing about the writing is that there would be a scene that would be really intense or maybe serious then m randomly, the the main character would do or say something that just made me have to stop and let my brain catch up to what was happening because it would be so hilarious! This author should be a stand up comedian. I hope that in future books we get more of Asterian the Minotaur. He is my favorite. I love the image of him in boots lol. The narrator does the voice for him so well. This is an excellent narrator. The only thing I found I did like is when he wasn’t doing a voice, only reading. He sounds like a computer and monotone. Another thing the author was great at was the few scenes that were sort of romantic. He writes the so well that he should write romance or even erotica. Don’t worry though, they weren’t anything but PG 13 maybe, that I remember lol.

  • Better Homes and Hauntings

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,302

When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harper offered up a simple, entertaining tale that

  • By kimbacaffeinate on 07-16-14

Better Haunts and Hauntings

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

This book was so different than Molly’s other series. I didn’t like it as well as I did them. And the narrator seemed like it was her first book compared to others I’ve listened to. Not saying she’s bad. She’s great in the new series. She’s was so nasally. And I can’t stand the way she says Nina’s name. It’s high pitched and always the same way. The male voices weren’t very good either. I liked the book but there was two hours where it was stagnant and the same stuff was being talked about over and over throughout the whole story. I know the author can do better than that. Some of it was hard to conceive with the ghost happenings that were violent with scary appearances. I did like the ending except I don’t think the part about family taking things from the house because they were broke was ever wrapped up. I could be wrong. It’s been a few weeks since I finished. I wanted to wait and think about it before I left a rash review. I did like the characters enough that I will listen to the next one, or maybe read it.

  • Love and Other Wild Things

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762

Welcome to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shape-shifters, vampires, witches, and dragons live alongside humans. The town formed around the mysterious energy rift in the bayou, which helps keep the town’s magic in balance. But lately the rift has been widening and destabilizing - threatening to send the town’s magical population into chaos. Energy witch Danica Teel has been sent by the League to figure out what’s going on, with the help of bear-shifter Mayor Zed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too damn short

  • By ESP on 09-06-18

Can’t get enough

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I just can’t get enough of this series. Hope another book is out soon. As with the first book, there were some funny moments. The only thing that bugged me was I sort of didn’t like Jillian’s character in this book. She seemed a little cold hearted. And at the end when something big was happening outside her office, why did she call her husband?! After all, he is the sheriff. This took away from the credibility of the story. But the rest was good enough it made up for that.

  • Punching and Kissing

  • Kissing Series #2
  • By: Helena Newbury
  • Narrated by: Christian Fox, Lucy Rivers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

When an illegal underground fight leaves my brother in the hospital, I make a desperate deal to save his life: I volunteer to fight in his place. In 30 days, I've got to walk into the ring, a woman in a man's world - and I've never even thrown a punch. I have one chance to survive. I need a badass who can teach me to be as tough as him. I need Aedan O'Harra, the blue-eyed, Irish beast of a man whom everyone fears. But training together means getting close. Every touch of his hands makes it harder to control my feelings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • IN THIS BOOK LOVE HAD GOOD & BAD CONSEQUENCES

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 12-05-15

Sensational!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Loved this book! This usually isn’t a genre I read but who could resist the narrator? I’m ready to run away with him for his voice alone. Don’t tell my hubby lol. This author really knows how to mix all different emotions in her books. I loved the characters, except Rick. Wish he would’ve gotten beat up. He’s such a coward. This was a great idea for a book. Now I’m going to listen to them all.