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Daniel S. Palter

Pelican Rapids MN
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  • Dark Lycan

  • A Carpathian Novel, Book 24
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Robert Sarkus
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768

Tatijana of the Dragonseekers spent centuries encased in ice with her sister, trapped in limbo between life and death, never speaking to a soul other than those who tormented her. Now, she has been freed from her frozen prison by an unknown descendent. Awakened in human form, Tatijana yearns to explore the modern world in which she now lives - a world with more mysteries than she is prepared for. Fenris Dalka has returned to the Carpathian Mountains after a long absence to be with his brother. He is scarred by centuries of battle, and every hard-won victory.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED IN NARRATOR

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-05-13

Narrator needs work

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

Only issue I had was the fact that, during any use of the old language, the narrator decided to make the Carpathians sound as though they were bad Hollywood versions of Native Americans.

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  • Wolf's Head

  • The Forest Lord
  • By: Steven A. McKay
  • Narrated by: Nick Ellsworth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

After viciously assaulting a corrupt but powerful clergyman Robin Hood flees the only home he has ever known in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Becoming a member of a notorious band of outlaws, Hood and his new companions - including John Little and Will Scaflock - hide out in the great forests of Barnsdale, fighting for their very existence as the law hunts them down like animals. When they are betrayed, and their harsh lives become even more unbearable, the band of friends seeks bloody vengeance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your Grand-dad's Robin Hood

  • By presterjohn1 on 04-23-14

Horrible narration put me off the book

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

Narrator's dull and lifeless performance made it impossible for me to get into the book.

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  • Dies the Fire

  • A Novel of the Change
  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,657

Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An SCAer's dream

  • By David on 02-17-14

Post-apocalyptic brain candy!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-12

The first of the Emberverse books by S.M. Stirling.

I'd originally read this novel a few years ago, but I'm re-reading/listening to them not just because of the story, the quality of the books, but because I'm part of the team working on the Emberverse RPG and any review might well be considered biased.


I love the premise of the series, the way all tech, and explosives, cease to work in the blink of an eye. No one knows why this occurs, though there are several stories about Alien Space Bats - where characters discuss possible ideas behind the change and name the power behind it 'Alien Space Bats'.

Trying to survive in a world where everything you relied on suddenly stops working, is a challenge. Some make it, some devolve into cannibals, and others use it as a means to grab power.

If you enjoy post-apocalyptic settings this is a must. It's a well written series with engaging characters. The balance of personality types and the research that has obviously gone into the series, all combine to make the book shine.

  • Cleopatra's Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Michelle Moran
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 334

The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony's vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two---the 10-year-old twins Selene and Alexander---survive the journey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A pretty engaging story

  • By Annette on 12-23-09

Caught in a web of politics and power.

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

Reviewed: 04-29-12

I've listened and read to the previous two Egyptian books that Ms. Moran had written, and had high hopes for Cleopatra's Daughter. Ms. Moran didn't disappoint.

Following the story of Cleopatra Selene - starting only a day or so before the death of her parents - the tale follows through her time in Rome until her marriage. From the start Selene's life is one at risk, as is that of her twin brother. Caught in the middle of the political games of Octavian, neither twin knows how long they will be in Rome, if they will die, or what will eventually become of them.

A beautifully written story, and as an audio book it worked very well indeed. The narrator kept the feel of the story and didn't distract from it at all.

  • Dark Descent

  • Dark Series, Book 11
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Natalie Gold
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538

Dark Descent tells the story of Joie Sanders, a bodyguard and Traian Trigovise, an ancient hunter, meeting after a battle in a deep cave filled with mystery and wonder. Set in the Carpathian Mountains, Joie, with her brother and sister go caving and come across the ancient warrior beset upon by several vampires. They have no choice but to throw their lot in with the hunter and do their best to escape with their lives from the underground labyrinth filled with ancient traps left behind by a powerful race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To have the WHOLE Story

  • By Kindle8 Fan #1 on 02-22-09

One of my favorites in the series

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

Reviewed: 04-25-12

I'd have to say that so far this is one of my favorite's in the dark series. Jolie is a strong, confident woman who doesn't suddenly back down to her lifemate. Instead she fights and works with him all the way. We also get to meet Gary again, who originally appears in Dark Magic, and we meet a family of telepath's which sets up more possibilities for the series.

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  • Dark Symphony

  • Dark Series, Book 10
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Free
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618

Byron the Carpathian has traveled the globe for centuries, desperately seeking a mortal woman for his lifemate. And then, in an Italian villa, he hears the threads of enchanting music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book...please get rid of the narrator

  • By Camille on 07-12-08

Couldn't finish the book

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

Reviewed: 04-23-12

When a narrator puts me to sleep there's a problem. There was no depth to this and I found myself wondering if the book would 'go' anywhere. Don't get me wrong, I love the Dark series but between the extremely poor pacing in this one AND the narrator's slow and ponderous method, I deleted the book from my player after listening to the first half.

  • Dark Guardian

  • Dark Series, Book 9
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Juanita Parker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

For centuries, Lucian Daratrazanoff has been the dark guardian of his people, living a bleak existence of violence and horror. But now his kind, the Carpathians, are dying out or falling prey to the soulless life of vampires. Only by finding his destined life mate can Lucien stave off the ever present lure of the soulless evil. Part man, part predator, Lucian will stop at nothing in order to find his mate. Jaxon Montgomery is anything but ordinary. She is stubborn, independent, but a damn good cop.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I love the story, but...

  • By Chris on 05-20-10

A heroine who refuses to back down.

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

Reviewed: 04-22-12

Jaxon's life has been one of fear and danger since early childhood when her father was killed in action. The man who stepped into her life to become her step-dad turned out to be a monster, ready to kill anyone who might get between them - starting with her father, mother, and brother. As an adult she has kept herself apart from others but Lucian, an ancient Carpathian, has other ideas.

She is his life-mate and more of a handful than he ever expected.

The ancient Carpathian and the young police officer make an interesting pair. Jaxon isn't the sit back and let Lucian take care of everything, her sixth sense is one that has helped to keep her alive and she's determined to help Lucien despite his instincts to protect her. Even though she understands that he won't walk away from her, that he isn't human (and she struggles with such a concept), she won't let him handle either vampires, or her human stalker on his own.

A good addition to the Dark series. Jaxon is a strong character, a fighter, and in the end even Lucian eventually adapts to the idea of Jaxon fighting along side of him.

Juanita Parker, as a narrator for this audio book, stumbles in a few places, but she doesn't grate on my nerves, and the irritating rustle of paper isn't as prevalent as it was in previous recordings.

  • Hard to Resist

  • By: Samantha Hunter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Who says girls don't need eye candy? Bliss magazine is proud to bring you 12 months of smokin'-hot guys! Our Sexiest American Heroes calendar will feature one heart-stopping hero after the next - including our very own Texas Ranger, Jarod Wyatt, with his intense chocolate eyes...and a backside that would make Michelangelo weep for an eternity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Abused heroine overcoming her fears.

  • By Daniel S. Palter on 04-18-12

Abused heroine overcoming her fears.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-12

Lacey Graham has always enjoyed her work as a photographer, and even though she's recovering from an abusive relationship that has left both physical and emotional scars, she's tried to not let that hit her work. But when she's hired to shoot the calendar shots for Bliss Magazine and is confronted by a sexy Texas Ranger, she's torn between her fears and her desires for Jarod Wyatt.

When someone starts interfering with the shoot, disrupting the schedule and even going so far as to break into Lacey's apartment, she can't help but wonder if her past has caught up with her.

A sexy story of strength and redemption, well written and enjoyable.


The only problem I had with this was the narrator. Although I loved the story, the narrator grated on my nerves, and I struggled to get past the way her voice just didn't fit the story at all for me.

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  • Caught in the Act

  • By: Samantha Hunter
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

The outfit was ridiculously revealing. Still, food writer Gina Thomas needed a disguise for the costume party...just so she could sneak into divorce lawyer Mason Scott's office and steal a few photos to save her sister - the trouble magnet. However, the costume seems to bring out the naughtier side of Gina. And Mason can't keep his gorgeous eyes - or his hands - off her!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll never look at divorce laywers the same way!

  • By Daniel S. Palter on 04-15-12

You'll never look at divorce laywers the same way!

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

Reviewed: 04-15-12

When the wrong costume is sent to Gina Thomas, she almost backs out of her agreement to dig her sister out of trouble. But with a little persuasion she heads off to the party being held by Mason Scott, determined to grab the pictures and then get out of there. However, when she arrives she's mistaken for the singer and thrust into the limelight.

The sparks between Mason, a divorce lawyer, and Gina a food critic are instant and undeniable, although Gina tries putting it down to the costume and the persona she 'dresses' in for the situation.

Their world, however, is turned upside down when the man in her the photographs with her sister, turns out to be a career criminal and he wants those pictures back before they focus too much attention on him. And he's willing to kill and threaten whoever it takes in order to get them. Including Gina and her sister.


A sensual romance with a nicely written thriller as a background to the story. The second in the Dressed to Thrill series that I've listened to so far and I look forward to listening or reading more in the series.

  • Going Down Hard

  • By: Tawny Weber
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Sierra Donovan is flying high on her company's rising success. Her bonus? Another sexy one-night stand with cowboy Reece Carter - also known as the best sex she's ever had. But when sick blackmail photos start to show up, fiercely self-reliant Sierra suddenly finds herself needing a twenty-four-hour bodyguard. Who better than cowboy turned security specialist Reece Carter?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator almost ruined this one for me

  • By Dione on 08-21-10

Stalker + Sexy Cowboy = hot romance.

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

Reviewed: 04-13-12

Sierra Donovan has everything a woman could want, at least from the outside. She's a successful career woman, she has good friends, and she's determined to take her business all the way.

Only her business partner knows her secret. For sometime she's been on the receiving end of badly edited, fake, and very sexual photograph's staring herself. Some were so bad that the stalker had put her head on backward, but the constant pictures have left Sierra a nervous wreck. But when her business partner hires Reece Carter to get to the bottom of things (albeit initially as a means of keeping a contract they've both worked hard to get), Sierra faces a problem.

Not only does she know Reece, but there's a sexual chemistry between them that she really doesn't need right now. So when she makes it clear this is strictly business he agrees not to make a move on her, but also makes it clear that the agreement doesn't prevent her from making a move on him.

A romantic thriller, heavier on the sexual tension (It's a Blaze after all) than the thriller. The villain is obvious by halfway through the book, at least to me, but it was an enjoyable read or rather listen.

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