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  • Muzzled

  • A Kate Turner, DVM, Mystery
  • By: Eileen Brady
  • Narrated by: Caroline Shaffer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 188

Making rounds to homes one wet spring morning, veterinarian Dr. Kate Turner rescues a family's hamster from a vacuum cleaner then visits an estate whose owners breed champion Cavalier King Charles spaniels. Instead of sharing traditional tea with the couple, she confronts a bloody scene of bodies and 27 blue-ribbon dogs running wild. Police initially suspect a murder-suicide, but when Dr. Kate proves the famous best-in-show champion is missing, a darker reality intrudes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By Beatrice on 08-04-15

Ehhh

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

There was nothing in particular I didn’t like about this book. It just never really caught my attention. I don’t think I will continue on with the series

  • Gray

  • The Complete Collection
  • By: Lou Cadle
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,302

Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her. So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story - Superb Value

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 11-05-17

Definitely worth the read

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

I read a review that the book was depressing. After reading I can see why. I personally don't think it was depressing but I like post apocalyptic books. I enjoyed the book. I liked coral and thought her reaction to the situation was believable.

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  • Thigh High

  • By: Christina Dodd
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 326

Nessa Dahl lives a sensible life – until, that is, Jeremiah MacNaught comes to town and enlists her help to investigate a string of bank robberies. Only Mac realizes that beneath Nessa’s no-nonsense exterior exists an outlaw spirit, and between them burns a passion far hotter than a sultry summer night. But when she discovers that the handsome investigator is undercover, lying to her about his identity and convinced she’s involved with the crimes, he’ll learn what thigh high in trouble really means….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't put it down!

  • By Judy on 10-11-10

I hated Mac

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

He is an abusive @$$ and made me hate this book. He made this book completely unreadable

  • The Testing

  • The Testing, Book 1
  • By: Joelle Charbonneau
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Morton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866

The story in which a 16-year-old is chosen by her government to undergo The Testing, which decides if she gets to go to The University. The University is for the country’s best and brightest teens and puts the rebuilding and future leadership of the United Commowealth in their hands. During The Testing, extreme psychological and physical trials pit them against one another to determine which teens have what it takes to become a leader.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is ruining this for me

  • By Robin on 03-30-14

Good dystopia story

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

I have read all three books in the trilogy prior to writing review.

I liked this series a lot. It follows a smart 16 year old girl Cia through the trials of the test to get into the university and the secrets revealed during the testing. It goes on to deal with the secrets and how the decisions she makes.

The world in which she lives has been devastated by a war fought with nuclear, and biological weapons, and an earth that has had horrible earth quakes and other natural disasters. The initial struggle to survive has already happened. A new government established and lives are back to a new normal. The new government is lead by only people who have graduated the university. The only way to even get into the university for the kids from the colonies is to pass the test. The University graduates all lead the county. They go into government, teaching, medicine, technology, genetics, and more. After the war the government has been trying to restore the lands. They have to clean water engineer plants that will grow, fix genetic issues in animals, and fix/invent new technology to help make life better. She is the daughter of a University graduate that has been placed in the 5 lakes Colony to help fix and grow the land. The colony is not perfect, but is a good place to live they help each other, share and generally care for their neighbors. From the very beginning of the book the author lets you see that there are secrets being kept.

The author does a very good job of letting you know who Cia is from the beginning. She is very smart (really wants to go to University not because she wants to be in charge, but because she loves knowledge and her colony and wants to help make peoples life's better), caring (her friendship with Dalene), and understanding of what makes people tick. Through all three books we see her ideas/morals being pushed and questioned. You get to see that her caring is not a hindrance and that when push comes to shove she has a backbone. Something about Cia made me think of a quote from Dumbledore “Those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”


Yes this book follows in Divergent, Hunger Games, and Razorland's footsteps. I actually think I liked it better than some of them. The characters are put through a lot and have to make hard decisions, but in some ways the story is more believable. I think I also enjoyed Cia more through all three books than some of the other leads.

There is less of the teen angst than some YA novels can fall into. On a side note there is some romance which I always enjoy in my books.

I have seen the narrator being criticized for having a young voice. For me this was not a bad thing. Cia is only 16 she is young.

There is no sex in the whole series.

  • Omens

  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand, Mozhan Marno
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893

Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Would be better with one narrator

  • By blackdog on 09-13-13

two of my favorite generes combined

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

This review is being written after reading book 1 and 2 of this series

Let me start by saying at this point in my life I love fantasy. I have read Rachel Morgan, Mercy Thompson, Jane Yellowrock, Kate Daniels, and so many more. In my twenties I was an avid murder mystery psycho killer book lover. This series takes the murder mystery psycho books I loved and sprinkles in the fantasy. I think in some ways it would be good for someone just entering fantasy because the "magic" (so I do not give the plot away) elements are more for the series arc and the murder mystery is for the book arc. So the main story is about the murder mystery side with the super natural giving a helping hand. In book 2 the "magic" is added in even more and you really start to learn about Cainsville. I liked the "magic" it is older and not the same vampire/werewolf that has become very popular.

I like Olivia. Through both books she has been strong, opinionated, caring, and enjoyable to be on this ride with. She is not the typical butt kicker that can kill you five ways with a tooth pick, but is capable of taking care of herself. She has her own moral compass, and for the most part made her own decisions about right and wrong. Gabriel is interesting to see come alive and adapt in these two books. Somewhere in the books Rose calls him a stray cat and I think that is a spot on description of him.

The narrator does a really good job with the voices and making the book come alive. You are probably wondering what the 3 stars are for then. (I think someone else noted this in their review too) At the beginning of every chapter she does this weird voice and it can be jarring. I hope you will deal with this oddity and listen any ways because it is a really good series so far.

Last note I listen at work a lot so I always like to be prepared for how much sex is going to be in a book. Book 1 there was one scene not to graphic. Book 2 had more. For the most part those scenes were a lead in to the act and then the after. Was not too embarrassing to hear at work

  • Stormdancer

  • The Lotus War, Book One
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 660

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good first book, good listen

  • By Brad on 05-16-13

Very happy

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

Reviewed: 06-16-14

This was another on my wish list for a while. I feared getting it because I do not do well with submissive main characters. Happy I ignored that fear because Yukiko is not at all submissive. From the beginning she stands up to those around her. She knows when to bow and when to stand strong, and sometimes she can still be the teen that she is. This is a good thing though because if she was perfect and adult she would have no room to grow.

Yukiko's father is an addict and since her mom left them she has had to take care of herself and in a lot of ways him. This has made her become an adult even though she is still a teenager and still acts like it on occasion. Her father is also the hunt master for a spoiled egomaniac emperor who sends them out on an impossible mission.

I will be honest I am a little prejudice here. I love a story where the main character can communicate with animals especially ones of higher intelligent such as the thunder cat. Kristoff does not let me down in this.

The story does have some predictability but it is well done and I can over look that one flaw. I am already buying the next book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Thirteenth Child

  • By: Patricia C. Wrede
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,693
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,544

Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent - and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild. With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • History, Magic, Teens, & Not An Inkling of Romance

  • By Erin - Audible on 07-12-13

Refreshingly un-teen angsty

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

Reviewed: 06-16-14

Let me start by saying I liked this book enough to read all of them in just a few days.

The book had been in my wish list for quite some time, and I just kept ignoring it fearing it was another teen romance just set in a new place (which it is not). I finally gave it a listen because of the narrator she is one of my favorites. There are a few that I am willing to try any book they have read Amanda Ronconi, Renée Raudman, Lorelei King, Cynthia Holloway, and Marguerite Gavin. I am happy I did.

This book has been compared with the Harry Potter series. I do not really get that (except for the magic). Rowlings is absolutely brilliant, and gives rich twisting details to her plot and characters, but the kid going to wizzarding school has been done before (not as well mind you). Wrede's story felt different to me. I am not sure I have read a book like it before.

The story follows Eff (don't let the name bother you like it did me it is a nickname). She is born the thirteenth child of a seventh son. She also has a twin that is the 7th son of the 7th son (which we have seen before). She is told for most of her young life that being the 13th is a bad thing. Through out the story the idea of the thirteenth child is explored, and through it Eff grows and starts to find out who she no matter what order she was born in.

I like the family dynamics in this book. It gave the story more depth. They were not all lovey dovey all of the time but they did love each other. From the twin who was the favorite whether he wanted to be or not, to the older bossy sister they enriched the story. I adored the parents. It was nice to have kind loving caring parents rather than the mean, indifferent, quirky, uncaring, or too busy parents that have been in a lot of the books I have read recently. This probably where the Laura Anne Wilder comparisons come in (that and the west themed)

I love a good western, and this was. Yes there was magic but you still had the horses and a lot of the other stuff that goes into westerns. What made it interesting is the idea that the town is along the Mammoth (Mississippi) River and that on the other side of it is all of these creatures from dragons to mammoths to wooly rihnasorous to bison. If you simply cross the river where the magic wall is you are taking your life into your own hands.

It was nice not to have a romance instead Wrede concentrated on Eff finding out who she is. I highly recommend this series

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Demon Bound

  • Imp, Book 1
  • By: Debra Dunbar
  • Narrated by: Angela Rysk
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787

Samantha Martin is an imp, enjoying an extended vacation from Hel. All she wants to do is drink beer by the pool, play mischievous pranks on the humans, and get her hot neighbor in the sack. It's a relaxing break from her infernal home as long as she manages to avoid the angels, who won't hesitate to execute her on sight. But when her naughty hellhound lands her in trouble with the local werewolf pack, Sam is blackmailed into helping track and catch a killer. The steps she must take to appease the werewolves will put her right in the crosshairs of the angels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Wait for the Next One!!!!

  • By Sharon on 04-16-14

Grrrr Audible

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

Reviewed: 06-16-14

Just as a warning as of right now (6/15/2014) audible only has the first two books. It is really frustrating when they do this because I do not have time to actually read a book. So I start to like a series, and then can't finish it because the rest of the series is never made into an audio book (that may have been a run on sentence but grrrr)

I liked the idea and execution of this book a lot. So lets be straight here she is a demon. She is a slum lord. She has killed humans before. She probably would never have gotten involved in the whole ware wolf thing if she did not have to. She is not meant to be your good at heart girl who is just miss understood. She is who she is and is not sorry for it.. I thought the whole idea of Sam being a demon would bother me I normally do not like my main characters bad. Surprisingly though I thought there was just enough humanity" in her character to keep me satisfied. I like the relationship she, and Wyatt have. This is really the only part of her life that you see any of what we would call human feelings. I love how she pulls on Candy's tail with her sexuality. It is quite entertaining.

I thought that there was going to be a lot of sex scenes and there were not any. There were a couple of frustratingly close calls.

The one thing I am worried about is that I fear this may go into another love triangle. What can I say I am just kind of over the whole triangle thing. Fingers crossed though, maybe Sam and Wyatt will end up dating, and Gregory becomes a teacher/friend of some sort.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Clean Sweep

  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,833

On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST LISTEN. Promising start for a new series.

  • By Deree on 03-21-14

Becoming one of my Favorite Author Narrator combin

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

Reviewed: 03-22-14

I pretty much bought the book without really reading the discription. I did it because I love the Kate Daniels series. So I was expecting a book about a witch. So now comes the part that is probably said too much but here goes anyways. New twist on the vampire werewolf love triangle. The fact that they are not human hybrids but instead aliens was interesting and refreshing. It combines the two genres rather seamlessly. In some ways it makes more sense that vampires are aliens rather than a human with a disease.

I love the Inn and am completely jealous of it. I want my house to do what I tell it. Plus it kind of felt like its own character almost like a big dog.

Dina is not like Ilona's other main character Kate. She shows that she has a soft warm side from the begging. You learn about her tough as nails other side slowly. I could see myself being friends with her.

Sean on the other had does remind me a little of Curran. Which may be unavoidable with the whole Were thing. This is not a bad thing though. It is nice to see a guy give a crap. Plus it makes for some funny moments between Dina and him.

Renee does a great job once again of making the book come to life. Sometimes I have problems listening to a narrator who voices a series I have listened to voice a new one. Sometimes it can make it a little confusing. It actually knocks me out of the story when the voices sound too much like another character from a different book. I did not run into this with Clean Sweep. Renee did a great job.

I am hoping that this will become a series because I really enjoyed the characters I would love to get to know them better. I do hope that the triangle thing ends quickly I am not a huge fan of love triangles. By this review you can probably see which guy I hope she picks.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Indexing

  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,052

For most people, the story of their lives is just that: the accumulation of time, encounters, and actions into a cohesive whole. But for an unfortunate few, that day-to-day existence is affected - perhaps infected is a better word - by memetic incursion: where fairy tale narratives become reality, often with disastrous results.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The X-Files meets Grimm meets Law and Order

  • By Erin - Audible on 03-06-14

Fairy Tail meets the FBI

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

Reviewed: 03-22-14

I really enjoyed this book. I am kind of hoping Seanan continues it and makes it into a series. Sloan is a great character. It is fun to have a character that can be mean and evil and yet still may have a good heart. Plus some of the put downs she uses for Henry are just frickin funny (and really mean sometimes). Henry herself is interesting because at first you don't really see the Snow White connection (other than the looks), but as the book continues she has to decide who she really is Henry or Snow White.

The whole premises of the story was interesting and not the same old same old. Fairy tails waning to be played out over and over. When reading fairy tales you never think of all the other people that get sucked into them. Sleeping beauty is a really good example of it. One person causing everyone else's lives to come to a stand still. I will admit that in the begging all of the codes for the different fairy tails can be a little confusing. Just stick with it though because Seanan does actually explain everything.

One other thing that should be noted is that this was originally a Kindle e-serial. It can make the flow of the story a little choppy. I do not feel like this took anything away from the story though Just keep it in mind.