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  • Sweet Tea and Sympathy

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,787

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot's rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society and made elegance and glamour her business. She's riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she's blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start - and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Ms. Harper

  • By green ice cream garden on 11-30-17

Tired, Humorless Let Down

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

As a devoted Molly Harper fan I expected much better.
I won’t include spoilers, don’t worry. Also, I understand that any devoted fan is absolutely going to listen. It’s what we do. :)
The standard Molly Harper “formulas” was there ... but this was SO similar to “Undead Sublet” in context, plot and main character development that it was like reading a non-paranormal rewrite.
Most disappointing though was that this work just wasn’t funny and the characters lacked the usual charm that Molly Harper usually delivers. Who doesn’t finish a Molly Harper book feeling like they’ve made new friends or that their family has been extended?
Will I buy the next book? Of course. Just don’t save this book for a special occasion, get it over with and move on.

41 of 47 people found this review helpful

  • Night Shift

  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,314

At Midnight's local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves - only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town. Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Midnight Texas series

  • By Mallory on 07-12-16

Ritual Sex is going too far ...

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

Reviewed: 05-28-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This has been a decent series but detailed ritual sex is going a step too far for me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Framed and Burning

  • Dreamslippers, Book 2
  • By: Lisa Brunette
  • Narrated by: Patricia Morris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

The Dreamslippers are a family of PIs who solve crimes using their ability to 'slip' into your dreams. But that isn't easy. In Framed and Burning, they have to defend one of their own. Someone sets fire to Mick Travers' art studio, killing his assistant, and Mick won't give an alibi. His sister is convinced he's innocent, but her granddaughter and the police aren't so sure. Was it really Mick, or is something even darker behind the fire?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dreamslippin' family solve Murder

  • By in1ear (John Row) on 04-16-16

Narrator Truly Distracted From Value of Story

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

What would have made Framed and Burning better?

Patricia Morris is so very monotone. I found myself so obsorbed in the flatness of her voice, continuously waiting for a change, that I'd miss portions of the book and need to go back.
It would have been helpful if the book focused more on the dream slipping. Much of the book centered on mystery and so little on the actual paranormal gift Cat and her family have.

Has Framed and Burning turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Patricia Morris is so flat and her accents are so forced that I found myself focusing on the reader not on the story. I wasn't able to fall into the world of the story. The mark of a truly great narrator is the ability to wrap you in the story so that you're not listening you're experiencing the book!

Any additional comments?

I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
I would be very interested to relisten to this book with a different narrator.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 'C' is for Coochy Coo

  • Malibu Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Sean Black, Rebecca Cantrell
  • Narrated by: Madeline Mrozek
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Former child star Sofia Salgado is finding her feet as a trainee investigator at Malibu detective agency, Maloney Investigations, when a new case throws her, and everyone else at the agency, for a loop. Maloney Investigations are drafted in to help 13-year-old Daniel find his birth father. There's only one snag. According to Daniel's mom, former Los Angeles party girl, Candy Collins, there's more than one candidate - a lot more!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • i totally love this series!!

  • By Lisa on 04-16-16

Nancy Drew meets Maxwell and King

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

For cozy mystery fans this is a fair enough series. It's pithy, soft and easy going.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting part is that I kept trying to figure out which other books this book most closely mirrored. Is it Nancy Drew, Veronica Mars, Maxwell and King ... Is there another? I had a little niggling in the back of my mind constantly saying "you've heard this before" ... So much so that I listened to this two and a half times.
Least interesting ... How many times can one book refer to Sophia's cars? "the Tesla" "my Tesla" Tesla Tesla Tesla ... I was so annoyed I was tempted to count.

What aspect of Madeline Mrozek’s performance would you have changed?

A bit less whiney would be good.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I've seen Veronica Mars, why bother?

Any additional comments?

I received this book for as a gift in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
In all fairness I have not read the two previous books in this series. Perhaps that would have helped. Admittedly I did like the story more by the middle of my third listen.
I find the easiest way to judge a book is whether or not I immediately look for more books in the series when I'm finished. In the case of this book, I just deleted it and went on with the next. I had no desire to see what became of Sophia or her cronies.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Missy Goes to West Point

  • Missy the Werecat, Book 2
  • By: P. G. Allison
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

The US Government's Paranormal Branch has learned Missy's secret and followed most of her activities. They have her FBI friend join their team, telling him that other supernaturals also exist but Missy is the only female werecat. They want Missy to go on to West Point and tell him that "being a vigilante is not what we want for this girl."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced and fun

  • By Rabid Reader on 04-02-16

Explicit Warning - Missy DOES West Point?

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book came across as a pornographic knock off of the Jane Yellowrock and/or Kitty Norville series. Frankly I simply found little redeeming about this book ...

What do you think your next listen will be?

Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter

How could the performance have been better?

I don't believe the poor performance was the fault of the narrator ... Meghan Kelly just didn't have much to work with in this case.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

Perhaps this book would appeal to fans of teen based graphic sex novels ... Are there such things? Overall there was just no symmetry to the story, no development of the characters, nothing to make you feel invested or involved in their story ... Just blather, blather, sex, blather, blather, sex ...
If you read Jeanine Frost you know how love scenes should be written. This is the exact opposite. Instead of intimate it's just gross and crude. I kept excepting to hear Bow Chicka Wow Wow playing in the background throughout the book. At least then I could have gotten a good laugh.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bigfoot Hunters

  • Volume 1
  • By: Rick Gualtieri
  • Narrated by: Charlie Romanelli
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

Evolution is about to be kicked in the teeth by some very large feet. It started with a few missing hikers, a not uncommon occurrence for the remote town of Bonanza Creek. Now it's about to get a lot worse. The legendary creatures known as Sasquatch are emerging from the woods, and they're hell-bent on slaughtering everything in their path. The only ones standing in their way are a group of wayward campers, a few scared survivors, and the crew of a cable TV show.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stand the narrator

  • By Richard Bigsby on 10-14-14

How did this get published?

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

Reviewed: 12-13-15

What disappointed you about Bigfoot Hunters?

This was so bland and juvenile that it was unbearable! It was not at all like Bill The Vampire.

What was most disappointing about Rick Gualtieri’s story?

That it was published ...

What didn’t you like about Charlie Romanelli’s performance?

I can't even express how awful this was. It's not surprising Mr. Romanelli has only narrated one book.

What character would you cut from Bigfoot Hunters?

Bigfoot

Any additional comments?

Do not waste a credit ... You will regret it.

  • Cold Burn of Magic

  • By: Jennifer Estep
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739

It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as "the most magical place in America". Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power. I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun New Young Adult Series with Tons of Action

  • By mlsimmons on 11-18-15

Spider, Elmental Assassin, with different names!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

What would have made Cold Burn of Magic better?

This entire story is just Gin, the Spider, renamed and relocated. The plot, back story, tragic history is exactly the same. This book would have been better if it had an original plot with original characters!

What could Jennifer Estep have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Created new characters and an original plot.

Would you be willing to try another one of Brittany Pressley’s performances?

She has a fairly annoying voice, in my opinion. However, it could be just what she used for this performance. I'd definitely sample the book before purchasing it.

What character would you cut from Cold Burn of Magic?

It's not a matter of cutting characters. It's just that these are the same characters the Elemental Assassin series.

Any additional comments?

I feel that these characters and the plot show a lack of imagination. I love the Elemental Assassin series and am disappointed to see those characters refashioned in this lazy attempt at writing. I'll be very hesitant to purchase outside the original series in the future.

10 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,106

Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night - different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful - Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun for a While

  • By sherri on 09-18-16

Unlistenable!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-15

Would you try another book from Drew Hayes and/or Kirby Heyborne?

I wouldn't bother with either. Both were dry, bland and very, very flat.

What was most disappointing about Drew Hayes’s story?

Frankly, it was just poorly written and humorless.

How could the performance have been better?

I don't even know where to begin.

What character would you cut from The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant?

Fred.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Wicked Charms

  • A Lizzy and Diesel Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich, Phoef Sutton
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079

Murdered and mummified nearly a century ago, bootlegger Collier "Peg Leg" Dazzle, in his notorious lifetime, discovered and rehid a famous pirate's treasure somewhere along the coast of New England. A vast collection of gold and silver coins and precious gems, the bounty also contains the Stone of Avarice - the very item reluctant treasure seeker Lizzy Tucker and her partner, Diesel, seek. While Lizzy would just like to live a quiet, seminormal life, Diesel is all about the hunt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Janet does not disappoint

  • By Jean on 06-30-15

Flat ... Just missing its normal charm.

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

Reviewed: 06-30-15

This book doesn't live up to the normal witty, charming standard we've all come to know and love.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beach Town

  • By: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 724

As a movie location scout, picture-perfect is the name of the game. But her last project literally went up in flames, and her career is on the verge of flaming out. Greer has been given one more chance, if she can find the perfect undiscovered beach hideaway for a big-budget movie. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town called Cypress Key. There's one motel, a marina, a long stretch of pristine beach and an old fishing pier with a community casino-which will be perfect for the film's explosive climax.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not The same Mary Kay Andrews I'm used to!

  • By Melissa F on 05-25-15

Very VERY Disappointing! Unless your a Bieber fan

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

Uninteresting, dull and BLAH!
Boring characters without depth or personality. Justin Bieber biography? What a let down! Just skip it.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful