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  • Complicated

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,492

When small-town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn't be stronger, but the timing couldn't be worse. Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids and himself is his only priority. Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that's perfect for them - a sleepy little town in Nebraska.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated was a pleasure to my senses!

  • By Kara Hildebrand on 05-02-17

Difficult Listen

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

It is a sorry thing, when a good narrator almost ruins a book. The female narrator's interpretation of the main female character almost stopped me before I got into the story, and was touch and go throughout. This still seems strange to me because her other female voices were good. Though she improved later, the male narrator did better, carrying the story during the majority of the book. I might have better enjoyed this as a read (not possible) than as a listen, for the narration alone. It was a serious distraction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silvered

  • By: Tanya Huff
  • Narrated by: Dee Macaluso
  • Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

The Empire has declared war on the small, were-ruled kingdom of Aydori, capturing five women of the Mage-Pack, including the wife of the were Pack-leader. With the Pack off defending the border, it falls to Mirian Maylin and Tomas Hagen - she a low-level mage, he younger brother to the Pack-leader - to save them. Together the two set out on the kidnappers’ trail, racing into the heart of enemy territory. But with every step the odds against their survival, let alone their success, grow steeper....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Persevere-- The sample doesn't do it justice!

  • By Mindy on 07-31-16

Persevere-- The sample doesn't do it justice!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-16

I owned the paperback, and was excited to see an audio version--then listened to the sample. It took months for me to overcome my horror, and actually purchase it; more months before I could convince myself to load it onto my mp3 player. Finally, I loaded a couple of new books, and told myself I'd give it a couple of miles of my walk, at least, before I gave up on it completely. Soooo glad I did! The narrative settles down, the 17 year old male's voice loses a few decades (even if the 28 year old inherits a close relative of the same voice), and the the narrator actually adds something to the overall experience! (I wavered, but in the end gave her a 4 since most of the book is quite easy to listen to.)
Just grit your teeth through the uneven narration at the beginning. The rest of the book is worth your time and money!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rock Chick Revenge

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Susannah Jones
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,512

Ava Barlow hates men. She has reason and she’s vowed not only never to get involved with another one again, but also to exact vengeance on her best friend’s lying, cheating, rat-bastard husband. Since Luke Stark, Ava's childhood crush, is now a badass mother, she thinks to enlist him, but changes her mind at the last second. Too late. Luke knows she’s up to something and he’s already seen many a Rock Chick try to fight her own battles without the Hot Bunch stepping in. He’s having none of it. She’s having none of him. The clash of the Rock Chick and Hot Guy begins, but Luke’s got the advantage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you want to swoon ... meet Luke Stark!

  • By Erin on 01-29-15

On my repeat listen list

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

There are some books that are best read. This is very enjoyable to read. But this book, with this narrator, is as hilarious the fourth listen as it was the first! This book has me laughing aloud while walking down the street. It might or might not be the first one of the series you want to read, but having read them all, this is my first choice and go-to book in this series. The narrator nails the main character, and does just fine with the others. And did I mention funny?

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Unexpected Superhero

  • Adventures of Lewis and Clarke, Volume 1
  • By: Kitty Bucholtz
  • Narrated by: Catherine Gaffney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Newlywed Tori Lewis wants nothing more than a quiet life with her hunky new husband. She doesn’t expect to walk into a robbery right after her honeymoon. But even more shocking is her discovery that she stopped the gunman with a super power! How did that happen?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.45 An Interesting Premise Peppered with Multiple

  • By sci teacher on 04-09-17

unexpected disappointment

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

Reviewed: 07-11-15

The premise is good. The supporting characters work. The narration held my attention. Unfortunately, the main characters eventually overcame the remainder of the positives. Sorrowfully, I couldn't bring myself to finish the last few chapters. Perhaps someone else would enjoy it.

  • Wood Sprites

  • Elfhome, Book 4
  • By: Wen Spencer
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374

Even though they attend a school of gifted students in New York City, child geniuses Louise Mayer and her twin sister Jillian have always felt alone in the world, isolated by their brilliance. Shortly before their ninth birthday, they make an amazing discovery. They're not alone. Their real mother was astronaut Esme Shenske and their father was the famous inventor, Leonardo Dufae. They have an older sister, Alexander, living on the planet of Elfhome, and four siblings still in cryogenic storage at the fertility center.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In some ways, this is one of the best in the serie

  • By Mindy on 01-13-15

In some ways, this is one of the best in the serie

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

Reviewed: 01-13-15

First, it will help to know that this one takes place almost exclusively on earth, and actually begins before Tinker. If you had to read it before any of the others, you could, but why? It covers a longer timeline, and so ends just before the end of Elfhome, suggesting that the two storylines are about to merge. Oh, the possibilities.
Tanya Eby does a really great job, especially with Joy and the babies' voices. I look forward to future books in this series.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Elfhome

  • Elfhome, Book 3
  • By: Wen Spencer
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

Pittsburgh, PA has been magically transported to a world of elves and magic in order to stave off a monstrous invasion of Earth. Now Tinker, once a downtrodden waif from that city, but now a full-blooded elf ruler, must root out and destroy an evil plot that involves the kidnapping and breeding of elf children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • mad genius... and her bodyguards...

  • By Makhanitis on 12-21-14

It just gets better

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

Reviewed: 01-10-15

Elfhome continues the story of Tinker, and the Pittsburgh displaced onto another world, but in this book we get to see more of Oilcan, and that oh-so-reluctant-hero, Tommy. The war heats up, as Tinker and Oilcan have to figure out just who is actually behind everything.

This is a very satisfying listen, the story supported by excellent narration. Tanya Eby doesn't falter, even as the cast expands, adding richness to the tapestry created by Wen Spencer. I hate having to wait for the next installment!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wolf Who Rules

  • Elfhome, Book 2
  • By: Wen Spencer
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

Tinker: just a quick-witted girl from Pittsburgh - who happens to be responsible for depositing high elves and her hometown humans into a melting pot of magic. Now the draconian oni seek to destroy the elves by breeding human git to do their evil bidding. But half-breeds who are half-human may not be the slaves the oni imagined. The revolt is on! Its leader - A certain newly-minted elven princess from Pittsburgh, PA, by the name of Tinker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Science and Magic, Oh My! Continues!

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-16-15

Action, intellect, and good characters

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

Reviewed: 01-09-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Wolf Who Rules to be better than the print version?

It is hard to top the written version of a Wen Spencer, but this one tries. The more characters involved, the more distinct voices Tanya Eby provides.

What did you like best about this story?

Impatience is my favorite character. There is lots of good stuff, but gotta love the dragon.

Which scene was your favorite?

With one unexpected twist after another, it would be hard to say what was best.

Any additional comments?

I don't know how easy it would be to start this series with a later book, without the earlier books to build upon. Like real life, the characters don't just interact with a limited cast, and it grows, and background expands, as the series progresses. I highly recommend the series!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Tinker

  • Elfhome, Book 1
  • By: Wen Spencer
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 644

Inventor, girl genius Tinker lives in a near-future Pittsburgh which now exists mostly in the land of the elves. She runs her salvage business, pays her taxes, and tries to keep the local ambient level of magic down with gadgets of her own design. When a pack of wargs chase an Elven noble into her scrap yard, life as she knows it takes a serious detour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great world building and characters

  • By MaryAlice on 04-11-15

Finally! An excellent series comes to audio!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

As a longtime fan of Wen Spencer, I was tickled silly to see not one, but all four of the full length books in the series become available, and promptly spent not only my credits, but bought extras to get all four. Wen Spencer knows how to build a well fleshed out, plausible world, filled with well developed characters. The heroine is both intelligent and naive. The male protagonists, from her cousin, to the elves, and even Maynard, are believable and work within their contexts. The bad guys are bad, and the gray shades are suitably murky. The clash of cultures just adds to the fun.

What other book might you compare Tinker to and why?

Plot-wise, I can't think of anything that compares, but the writing is as solid as Patricia Briggs, Kevin Hearne, or C.E.Murphy.

What does Tanya Eby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

At first, having had the character's voices in my head for years, Tanya Eby's voice took some getting used to. However, once the story took off, the narration carried it right along.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Pittsburgh: a whole other world

Any additional comments?

A superb blending fantasy, science fiction, action and fun, this book is another winner by Wen Spencer.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Hearts at Stake

  • The Drake Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Alyxandra Harvey
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens, Michal Friedman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

The Drakes are rather different to your usual neighbours. They are vampires and some of the members of the family date back to the 12th century. One of the children, Solange, is the only born female vampire known and, as such, she poses a direct threat to the vampire queen. Her best friend Lucy is human, and when Solange is kidnapped Lucy and Solange's brother, Nicholas, set out to save her. Lucy soon discovers that she would like to be more than just friends with Nicholas.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not So Much

  • By Bee on 01-04-13

Not your typical coming-of age story!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-13

Would you listen to Hearts at Stake again? Why?

This is one I will definitely listen to again! The narration was well done, and the story kept me interested. The characters were well drawn and believable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Solange was my favorite character. The narration from her point of view captured her personality and showed us a young girl, responsible but still innocent.

Which scene was your favorite?

That said, the scenes between Lucy and Nicholas were generally good for smiles. Eventually, Lucy's perceptions of Nicholas change, making the listener wonder where their relationship will eventually go.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listen while walking, so, I must admit that a week of stormy weather was very frustrating. I cheated and listened after returning from my walk more than once. I would have gladly just sat down and listened straight through!

Any additional comments?

I am definitely looking forward to listening to more books in this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful