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  • Pestilence

  • The Four Horsemen, Book 1
  • By: Laura Thalassa
  • Narrated by: Susannah Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed. Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed. Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her, and hers towards him. And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she'll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • what is this?.

  • By KT on 05-30-18

I'm left with Stockholm Syndrome myself

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

There was something about this book that left me twisted. The reason I think that is is because somehow the author made me absolutely hate Pestilence in the beginning, and somewhere throughout the story, I started loving him towards the end. The weird thing is, this isn't because of Sara and her oddly sexual immediate attraction to him that keeps from the start, but Pestilence, himself. The jerk somehow goes from being this martyrous, abusive, righteous, ass to a man who would fight hell and all its demon for the woman that he loves with all his once cold heart. This is the same woman that he repeatedly, and graphically, tortures at the beginning of the book and almost kills himself. The same woman that, towards the middle and end, he dotes on and cherishes.

Its just weird that, in eleven hours, I had such a drastic mental and emotional turn in such a subtle way that forces me to think back as to why I hated Pestilence so much at the beginning of the story because at the end, I love him. I feel like I'm ending this book with a little bit of Stockholm Syndrome myself.

  • Stone Guardian

  • Entwined Realms Series, Book 1
  • By: Danielle Monsch
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 494

Gryphons flying past skyscrapers? Wizards battling it out in coffeehouses? Women riding motorcycles with large swords strapped to their backs? All normal sights since the Great Collision happened twenty-six years ago. Well, not normal for everyone. Larissa Miller may have been born after the Great Collision, but as a history teacher who lives in the human-only city, she has never come into contact with any other race or species, nor has she wanted to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fan Freakin Tastic!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-22-13

Hits All My Wants

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

I love PRN stories and this one did it for me. I love Tavia Gilbert as a narrator, and once more, she did not disappoint.

There is a review for this that I read that spoke of the heroin being the perfect blend of naive and strong. Larissa does live in her own little world and is very naive to the paranormal around her, but she knows this and recognizes it. She seeks help when needed, and generally doesn't do anything stupid.

Terak is just simply perfect. His strong, bad-ass, smart, and sweet. There is an immediate connection between him and Larissa that somehow still develops and lets the two of them figure it out without it being instantaneous and all consuming in the story.

If you like PRN, I strongly recommend this for a good read.

  • Fallen

  • A Fallen Novel, Book 1
  • By: Lauren Kate
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,582
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,191

There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This again?

  • By Jennifer on 04-22-10

Nope, nope, and more nope

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

I couldn't even finish this because it was that bad. The narrator wasn't the problem but the story, itself.

Below is a link to the goodreads reviews of this book, and the rant by Penny says it all for me. I started this book because I saw the movie, which in itself was bad, but the book is a hundred times worse.

See the review by Penny:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6487308-fallen?ac=1&from_search=true#other_reviews

  • The Unleashing

  • Call of Crows, Book 1
  • By: Shelly Laurenston
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,232

Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn't for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even have seen her die. In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig "Vig" Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good start to the series :D

  • By Malinda on 08-06-15

Interesting Take

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

This was a very interesting take on Vikings and Norse mythology. I loved the main characters and how they interacted with each other. Kara was a little annoying at points when it came to the other crows because of all the unnecessary drama, but when it came to her and Vig, it was perfect.

I don't know if I would come back to this book because it was so long. I also don't know if I would read the others because the Crows' catty drama was annoying, but it was still a good story overall.

  • One True Mate 1

  • Shifter's Sacrifice
  • By: Lisa Ladew
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 943
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839

An all wolf-shifter police force has been the only thing between humans and an unknown evil for centuries, but the pack is in danger of dying if they don't find their promised mates soon. It's a race against time to find the angel/human hybrid "One True Mates" that the pack's spiritual leaders say truly exist. Steamy. Light swearing. High heat. You've never experienced a shifter romance like this before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-25-16

Good Story...Okay Narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

I liked this story, but the narrator fell very short for me. It was primarily sheer will with wanting to know how this story panned out that kept me listening. Michael Pauley did an okay/good job when it came to speaking for the characters, but when it came to telling the story, he was very monotone and flat through the majority of it.

I did enjoy the characters and will be reading the rest of the series, but I will be reading them. I'm done with the audio copy.

  • Dragon Bound

  • Elder Races Series #1
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,877

Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Woo Freakin Hoo!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-14-11

One of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

I have listened to the book and the following ones so many times I can recite lines to you. I love Peta and Dragos on so many levels. Not only is there a connection between them that sizzles like a volcano, but them, respectively and together, make fantastic characters.

If you are a PRN fan, I will always recommend this one.

  • A Demon and His Witch

  • By: Eve Langlais
  • Narrated by: Mindy Kennedy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458

Burning alive is nothing compared to the heat of his touch. There are better ways to break up with a girl than having her roasted at the stake as a witch. Is it any wonder Ysabel has trust issues? She got her revenge, though, and it cost her only a slightly tarnished soul. Working for Lucifer isn't all bad until her ex-boyfriend escapes the bowels of hell, and she's forced to team up with a womanizing demon to fetch the jerk back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Story and Performance! Lots of Laughs!

  • By Cheri on 07-28-16

This was a fun one

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Any additional comments?

This was a quick, fun story. It was short but did not leave anything hanging. I loved the characters and grinned so many times that I had people looking at me funny.

I'm definitely going back to this one again.

  • Hot Demon Nights

  • By: Elle James
  • Narrated by: Ginger Cornish
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Rookie cop Katya Danske didn't ask to become a member of Manhattan's Paranormal Investigation Team - or to be partnered with a sexy-as-hell demon. Then a zombie literally drops into her lap and she's recruited to help Blaise Michaels battle an impending zombie outbreak. Blaise is as exasperating as he is arousing, but while Katya's head tells her she should keep her distance, her body wants something else entirely....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short but enjoyable

  • By D&J C on 04-26-18

Short but enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Any additional comments?

I wasn't too fond of the narrator, but the story was decent for being so short. There was character connect, quick but there. There was a plot that was interesting enough. It honestly read more like a pilot to a new TV show than a book. I think I would enjoy it more if it was a show. It was fast based and not enough time to let the plot and character growth simmer and develop.

I still liked it enough that I'm going to read the following books but I'm not going to listen to the audio.

  • The Protector

  • Men of the North, Book 1
  • By: Elin Peer
  • Narrated by: Noelle Bridges, John Masterson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

Christina Sanders, an archeologist and professor in history, is fascinated with the past. As a modern woman of year 2437 she knows that women are better off without men, but longing for an adventure, she makes a spontaneous decision and volunteers for a job no one else wants. Now she's going to lead an archeological excavation in the Northlands, the most secluded place on earth where the mythical males live who are rumored to be as brutal and dangerous as the men Christina has read about in her history books. What will happen when Christina crosses into the men's territory?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Sherri on 03-16-18

I loved this Book

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Any additional comments?

I absolutely loved this book. Not only was the story well written but the narration was fantastic. There was romance, a plot, and character growth. I laughed several times throughout the book and had a hard time putting it down at others. I will always recommend this to anyone. It is a romance without the heavy smut. That does not mean it is a clean read, however.

I cannot express enough how much I loved this book!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dragon Fall

  • By: Katie MacAlister
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 321

For Aoife Dakar, seeing is believing - and she's seen some extraordinary things. It's too bad no one else believes that she witnessed a supernatural murder at an outdoor fair. Returning to the scene for proof, Aoife encounters a wise-cracking demon dog - and a gloriously naked man who can shift into a dragon and kiss like a god. Now thrust into a fantastical world that's both exhilarating and terrifying, Aoife is about to learn just how hot a dragon's fire burns.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book from Katie!

  • By Diana on 08-03-15

Something was missing

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Any additional comments?

Overall, something was missing for me. The characters were there and I did laugh quite a bit, but it was off somehow. Maybe it was a little too fast-paced because I was left wondering why certain things were happening and by the time a gave up thinking about something new was going on and I had to backtrack what I missed.

There wasn't a whole lot of romance in the book. Yes, there was the relationship, but there was never (for me at least) that "connection". The heroine was pretty awesome, but the guy just fell flat.

I don't know, I guess I want more R in my PNR. Not the erotica stuff, just more romance.