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  • The Dragon Finds Forever

  • Nocturne Falls, Book 7
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333

Monalisa Devlin is a Will O' The Wisp, a rare and potentially dangerous creature. Unfortunately, her greedy father makes sure she lives up to that potential. Monalisa is magically compelled to obey her father's evil commands - until he finally agrees to free her in exchange for one last mission: travel to Nocturne Falls and use her powers to force Ivan Tsvetkov back into the ring.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nocturne Falls is the place to live!

  • By LOYL-00 on 03-28-17

Great, as always

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

Another cute story from Nocturne Falls.
A terrific listen. The narrator did an amazing job with Van's accent.

  • Burn for Me

  • A Hidden Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,220

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career - a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn't sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire. Then she's kidnapped by Connor "Mad" Rogan - a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK

  • By Owned By Fizz on 07-29-15

My New Favorite Ilona Andrews Must Read Series

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

I've been a fan of Ilona Andrews since the first time I read a Kate Daniels book five years ago. I have also read all of the Edge series, which I loved, but not quite as much as Kate Daniels.

I expected phenomenal world building, eccentric characters, and an intriguing story. Andrews delivered, and then some. I was pulled into Nevada and Rogan's world and the twist at the end gives me high hopes for the continuation of the series.

Burn for Me is my new favorite Ilona Andrews novel, and the Hidden Legacy series has gone to the top of my "Must Read" series list. I can't wait for #2!!!!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Queen of Someday

  • A Stolen Empire Novel
  • By: Sherry D. Ficklin
  • Narrated by: Elan O'Connor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Before she can become the greatest empress in history, 15-year-old Sophia will have to survive her social-climbing mother's quest to put her on the throne of Russia at any cost. Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophia has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome but sadistic nephew, Peter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hit and Miss.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 12-23-14

Brilliant!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-14

Historical romance has always been one of my favorite genres, but never have I read anything like Queen of Someday. It is a very fictionalized account of the early years of Catherine the Great. Born Sophia, and later taking the name of Catherine when she converts religions, Sophie is 15 when we meet her in QoS. Though young, Sophie is put into very adult situations (just as the real Sophia likely was). It is easy to fall in love with her youthful innocence and both morn and cheer as that innocence is gradually scraped away as she is forced to become harder and more calculating just to survive.

She starts out as a typical 15 year old, starry eyed and easily swayed by a handsome face and sweet words. But for her, the stakes are much higher than for any other young girl of the time. Obeying her heart can literally mean her death. And the only way to survive is to learn how to scheme.

Ficklin's vibrant and intriguing storytelling and O'Connor's soft, elegant narration blend perfectly into a wonderful listen.

Queen of Someday is the first in a trilogy and is just the beginning of story. I can't wait for the sequel to find out more how sweet, young Sophie becomes Empress Catherine, one of the greatest rulers of all time.

Another pleasant treat is the note at the end where Ficklin owns up to "making something up" in relation to Catherine's story. She is unapologetic about the liberties she has taken in fictionalizing the story. I found, as I think many readers will, that reading this fanciful account makes me want to read more about the real Catherine. Considering that this is a great read for teens, that aspect makes me want to give the book 6 or 7 stars. Because what a wonderful thing to make teens interested in history.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Advocate's Betrayal

  • The Advocate Series, Book 2
  • By: Teresa Burrell
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

The Killer left nothing behind but a rosary, a kitchen knife, and a dead man. but the dead man is a friend of Sabre Orin Brown. When his unsuspecting wife is accused of the murder, Sabre will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, even if it means unearthing chilling secrets. From a San Diego jail to the shady Chicago nightlife, Sabre's search for the true killer forces her to face the question: What do you do when the ones you trust the most are the ones with the most to hide?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fantastic Edge Of Your Seat Legal Suspense

  • By Teresa on 06-30-14

Great Mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-06-14

I enjoyed The Advocate's Betrayal. Although it is the second in the series, enough background was given that I didn't feel like I had to read the first one in order to get to know the characters and the story was standalone.

Overall it was a great story and a great listen. Just a couple points to note: There were parts where the dialogue felt a little stiff and stilted. It wasn't in the narration, but in the content. There was a lot of legal information, medical information, and even background info given in dialogue that felt unnatural. It just didn't feel like that is how people would really talk to each other.

The mystery was topnotch. It kept me guessing to the end, and though I did finally guess it all, it wasn't until it had played out almost to the end. I did feel like the ending was just a tad abrupt. While the mystery was completely solved and there were no missing links or cliffhangers, I felt like the ending allowed for no real closure, especially for Betty.

The performance was, as is usual with Meghan Kelly, wonderful and very entertaining. If I had one bit of observation it would be the voice used for Betty. I found it very whiny and annoying. HOWEVER... that was probably EXACTLY as Teresa and Meghan planned, so I can't really say it was a "problem". :)

I will definitely be looking forward to more books in this series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Losing Logan

  • By: Sherry D. Ficklin
  • Narrated by: Tara Millette
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Normally, finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn't irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because he's dead. As the only person he can make contact with, he convinces Zoe to help him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on. Thrust into his world of ultra-popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the crosshairs of Logan's suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind - each of whom had a reason to want him dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very unique ghost story

  • By MeDi on 09-17-14

Brilliant Storytelling and Lovely Performance

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

Reviewed: 08-04-14

I had read Losing Logan in print, but I loved it so much I just had to add it to my Audible collection. I was not disappointed. Sherry Ficklin's storytelling ability blows me away. She tells a beautiful, compelling love story with irreverent humor and amazing wit. Add to that the twists and turns of the mystery and the ultimate ending that was impossible to see coming. Each time I thought I knew what would happen next I got a jaw dropping surprise. The end is both unexpected and done with such graceful beauty. While you will likely ugly-cry, you will feel good about it when it's done.

The performance was brilliant. Like I said, I had read the story before, so I wasn't sure if I would get bored listening or if the performance would live up to the "Zoe" I had in my head. But Tara Millette did a wonderful job!

One warning... do NOT listen to the final chapter while driving... even knowing what was going to happen I did and well, driving and sobbing uncontrollably don't mix.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thief Prince

  • By: Cheree Alsop
  • Narrated by: Michele Carpenter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

When her brother's sickness forces Kit to accept the title of heir to her kingdom's crown, she is outcast by the others and treated as inferior; but when she is forced along with the other heirs on a dangerous journey, her differences turn into strengths that may save their lives. Kit is tested both mentally and physically as she faces odds both on the battlefield and within the royal social circles. She soon realizes that her greatest challenge may be to return home with her heart in one piece.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun fantasy advenutre

  • By Kira on 08-06-14

A Great YA Adventure

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

Reviewed: 07-11-14

I really enjoyed the Thief Prince, It was a great YA adventure read, and I would have loved to give it 5 stars, but a couple of things bothered me.

It was a little too "sugar coated". There were no "dark motives" anywhere. The "thief prince" just wanted to "help the others princes and princess learn to rule better"... I just didn't buy it. He was way to pure of heart. No one is like that. It would have been better if he'd had an ulterior motive, even a little anger and hostility that was turned around. There was no real mystery either... just hostile man-beasts that attacked for no reason. Who were they? Why were they attacking?

The only "bad" people here were two of the kings that had been raiding the kingdom and refused to help later. Then SUDDENLY with no reason, no learning experience, no "AHA! MOMENT" they just changed their minds and started helping the Prince and his people.

I get that this is written for young adults/teens... but it was just too easily wrapped up and no one really got held accountable for their actions.

The performance was good. There were a few times when the narration felt a little stiff, but that often happens in fantasy novels when the language is very "proper".

  • Silver Storm

  • The Raveneau Novels, Book 1
  • By: Cynthia Wright
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

Dashing and dangerous Andre Raveneau is the Revolutionary War's most reckless privateer captain when Devon Lindsay stows away aboard his ship after her Connecticut town has been burned by the British. Raveneau sardonically agrees to deliver her to her childhood sweetheart in Virginia but doesn't count on his own potent attraction to the enchanting, courageous Devon. Through high adventure, swashbuckling sea battles, and the colorful history of America's revolution, the couple battles the fiery passion that binds them together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My all-time favorite novel, now as an Audiobook!

  • By Past Romance on 04-22-14

Engaging and Enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 06-25-14

I found Silver Storm to be a fun, engaging read. I really had a hard time turning it off to do essential things, like sleep. I'm not giving it 5 stars across the board because I did have just a couple of complaints.

It is a beautiful love story that spans the American Revolution, however the very beginning of the story was a little two slowly paced and some of the "notable figure" sightings felt a bit stilted and forced. As did some of the dialogue of the secondary characters. I also wasn't a fan of the hopping character points of view.

The narration was very good, and I did enjoy it, but I felt there was something just a little "off" in the pacing. She read quite quickly and spiritedly and I felt like, while that was good in some areas, the tone of the book was a bit more sedate. I really feel like she overplayed Devon's character a bit, making her a little too "high strung" sounding.

But all in all, I DEFINITELY recommend Silver Storm, and I WILL be reading more in the series!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cress

  • The Lunar Chronicles
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,802

In this third audiobook in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Electrifying Continuation

  • By kathleen on 02-09-14

The Best Yet of the Series!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-14

The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer is at the top of my “Favorite Series” list, and has been since I read Cinder two summers ago. And while I was disappointed with the ending of Cinder, Scarlet more than made up for it. (Read my review of Scarlet here.)

Cress is the third installment in the series, and in my opinion, the best yet. I just loved Cress (and little Cress). Though she is a definite remake of Rapunzel, Cress is a totally unique character. Meyer has woven a backstory for Cress that is heartbreaking, yet the girl, while terribly naive, is brave beyond measure, though it is in her own small way.

I loved getting to know Captain Thorne a bit better as well. He isn’t quite as he seems. While he may not be the dashing, hardhearted rogue he wants everyone to believe, neither is he the knight in shining armor that Cress imagines. The truth is more of a strange mixture of the two. There were moments when I really thought he was beyond hope, but maybe he’s not.

I’m on pins and needles to see what is next for the whole crew in the upcoming “Winter”. I’m hoping that Scarlet and Wolf will be reunited and, in addition to learning Princess Winter’s story, we will finally get some closure on the budding romances between Cinder & Kai, Scarlett & Wolf, and Cress & Thorne.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dreamwalker

  • A Persephone's League of Immortals, Book One
  • By: Andrea Heltsley
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Noel Kennedy lost her boyfriend, her job, and her dignity all in one week and then gained an entirely new life. Hunted by a mysterious league of immortals, Noel must rediscover her forgotten past while uncovering the truth behind the two men who battle for her heart, both in dreams and in reality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy

  • By trixie on 09-07-14

Good Story, Great Performance

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

Reviewed: 06-19-14

I have to admit that I had a hard time getting into this one. At first the story felt stiff and I couldn't connect with the main character. But as it went on, it became quite enjoyable. A good read.

The performance by Meghan Kelly is what kept me listening when I wasn't so sure... She did a magnificent job. She is on my short list of favorite narrators. I would likely buy a book out of my normal genre if she were narrating.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • What's in a Name?

  • By: Terry Odell
  • Narrated by: Pamela Almand, The Captain's Voice
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Kelli Carpenter has changed her name, her appearance-her life-to avoid being connected to a crime she committed in self defense years ago. But just when she thinks she has nothing to fear, handsome stranger Blake Windsor shows up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Audiblebook!

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-12-14

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 06-16-14

It was a great mystery. I suspected, but wasn't quite sure how it would turn out. Beautifully written, though it was a little slow in some spots. I loved that the characters were quirky and not predictable. All in all a wonderful story and I will read more by Terry Odell.

The performance was excellent. The production quality was good, though there was a noticeable change in audio right around the 15 minute mark. It wasn't really a change in quality, it still had good production quality throughout, just a noticeable change in the way the narrator and overall audio sounded. I will definitely listen to more by this narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful