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  • Dark Lover

  • The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,977

The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awsome title even for the Men

  • By John on 04-19-09

It gets better....I swear. Stick with it.

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

This is the first book in about a 15 book series (and counting, with a a spinoff). I write this with the caveat that I read the book long before I ever listened to it on Audible. I was much younger when this series started and even back then I kind of rolled my eyes at the character names and the "tough-guy macho language." I actually think that listening to it does it a disservice - Jim is a great narrator - just NOT for this series. Hearing the "dude-bro" phrases come from him sounds disingenuous, hokey, and even a little grating. Reading it in your own head, with your own voices, I think helps.
I have read a lot of people complaining that "these guys have lived centuries, they should speak with eloquence" etc. ect. But that is the point here if you get through this first (admittedly, not-the-best-in-the-series) book: There is an upper-crust echelon, and these guys are NOT them. They are the protectors of the race. They are the badasses and they roll their eyes at the fluffy High Society that they protect - as the series progresses, the delineation of the classes becomes a sub-focus of the novels. So in context, it makes sense. Again though, it sounds silly coming from this narrator. Try, if you have a minute to pick up the book and read it yourself, because until you get to know these males, I understand why you may not like this series. But if you stick with it - even to the next book (God Rhage is my absolute favorite) it improves greatly.

  • Red Queen

  • By: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,345

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own--an ability she didn't know she had.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Story, Better Writing

  • By FanB14 on 09-04-15

Formulaic

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

By about 25% of the way through this book I was counting the number of things the main character "didn't understand." I lost count around 20 - for a so called street smart girl, she sure was ignorant about a lot of things. Overall this was not a complete wash, I feel like the author dropped the ball on making it a truly colorful and engaging story, instead falling into easy YA cliches and blind, emotionless, love triangles. Maybe I'm getting too old for this kind of thing but I am struggling to justify using another credit on the second book as I worry it will just continue with the same predictable stuff.

  • Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night: Immortals After Dark, Book 4

  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,887
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,693

Bowen MacRieve of the Lykae clan was nearly destroyed when he lost the one woman meant for him. The ruthless warrior grew even colder, never taking another to his bed - until a smoldering encounter with his enemy, Mariketa the Awaited, reawakens his darkest desires. When sinister forces unite against her, the Highlander finds himself using all his strength and skill to keep her alive. Temporarily stripped of her powers, Mari is forced to take refuge with her sworn adversary. Soon passion burns between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The title is self-explanatory i.e hot, hot, HOT!

  • By RabidReads on 12-23-14

never thought I'd say this...

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

There was a plot here, there truly was. And once we got through all of the angsty, "I want you/I don't want you" back-and-forth and the excessive sexual nonsense - it was GREAT. 2/3 of this book was emo. b.s. and parts of it even had me grumbling at the characters and their stupid bickering. It is obvious she can write a good story, because it was there. In the very beginning, and then again in last handful chapters- that's where it got interesting - then *boom* it was over. What happened in the middle? honestly you could skip the mid 6 hours of this book and miss exactly 0 character development.
Narrator again was wonderful... though his voice for Bowen in his werewolf form sounded like he shoved a wad of cotton in his mouth and it was rather distracting.... RP otherwise is great.

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,257

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tina Fey broke my new SUV

  • By Warren on 04-07-11

Another reason to love Tina

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

What a great listen! Tina's voice is true, warm, and sincere: Her story relate-able and hilarious. It is definitely an audiobook I would give another listen.

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  • No Rest for the Wicked: Immortals After Dark, Book 3

  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,781

Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire - a nightmare in his mind - against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live - until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead. When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow - accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings emerge multiplied.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immortals After Dark Finally the Time has Come

  • By Sidonie on 03-26-12

Great second

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

Reviewed: 03-19-16

There needs to be an Oscars for audio book narrators, because this guy deserves one!
Steady steamy story, with likeable characters. Men often cannot pull off women's voices without sounding whiny and grating: RP does an admirable job.
I liked his Scots brogue better than this Croatian burr, but, let's be honest, who doesn't?!

  • Always the Bridesmaid

  • By: Lindsey Kelk
  • Narrated by: Lotti Maddox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

The brilliant new summer best seller from Lindsey Kelk, author of the I Heart series. Everyone loves a bridesmaid. Except Maddie, who's perpetually asked to be one. Everyone loves a wedding. Except Maddie's best friend, who's getting divorced. And everyone loves the way Maddie's so happy backstage. Except Maddie herself. One best friend is in wedding countdown while the other heads for marriage meltdown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious!

  • By Julia on 10-26-15

fun fluff

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

A feel good story. Rather predictable, but didn't detract from the enjoyment. Narrator was good, wish there was a *bit* more variation in "voices" like "sharoline's" (spelling?) but overall - well done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bourbon Kings

  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,060
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,063

For generations the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege - as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet. For Lizzie King, Easterly's head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes it's Dallas with Bourbon but I loved it

  • By Katherine on 08-30-15

hard to like.

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

Reviewed: 08-03-15

Ordinarily a huge fan of JRs work, it was hard to like any of the characters in this book. I caught myself rolling my eyes and shaking my head at numerous of their words and actions. The spoiled rich kids are hard to sympathize with.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful