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Lynn Marie

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  • Some Were in Time

  • By: Robyn Peterman
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433

Planning my own wedding should mean I'm having the time of my life...not defending it every time I turn around. Dragons, feral Wolves and Were Cows...I mean who in the hell knew Were Cows even existed? All I wanna do is marry Hank, have 2.5 beautiful little Werewolf babies, and live happily ever after while having sex on a very regular basis. Oh...and I still want to shoot stuff occasionally. Apparently no one got the memo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By N.L. on 07-31-17

Ridonkulously entertaining...always makes me laugh

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

This book (and series) is a generally lighthearted and clever combination of romance, comedy, adventure, and pure fantasy. The characters and situations are so very far fetched that somehow they work, and the pithy sarcasm and unique twist in the use of slang stick with me and have me smirking intermittently through the day. If you like irreverence and crazy story lines, you'll enjoy this.

  • Timeless

  • Caylin's Story, Book 1
  • By: S. J. West
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Lilly and Brand's daughter, Caylin, saw her soul mate for the first time when she was 14 years old. After a simple exchange of smiles, she knew her life was set on a path which would lead Aiden back into her world forever. For three long years, Aiden keeps his distance from Caylin out of respect for her parents' wishes. Caylin learns that one of the princes of Hell, Baal, is out to kill her. With the help of her family and Aiden, she discovers why he wants her dead and what she needs to do to stop him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but doesn't live up to Watcher Chronicles

  • By Lynn Marie on 12-03-18

Good but doesn't live up to Watcher Chronicles

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Caylin's story is good, but a bit of a disappointment after the Watcher Chronicles. The story/universe seems to become so much more biblical and predictable, not the uniqueness of the story about the tear in reality from the Watcher Chronicles. Further, while I appreciate the personal growth demonstrated by Caylin's pre-destined love interest and soul mate, Aiden, this book doesn't focus on that but on Caylin, who seems rather unchanged from the beginning of this book to the end of the next. I prefer a little more personal / character development. I'm glad I didn't read these books first, or I would have missed out on the Watcher Chronicles.

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  • Changeling

  • A Novel of Sorcery and Society
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,008

If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s. Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-23-18

Molly Harper rocks, Amanda Ronconi delivers!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Cassandra Reed, a sickly and weak young woman whose family makes special allowances for her, has a lot to learn about herself. While I love the snarky strong female characters written by Molly Harper, this book seems to go down a different road that is still all the delight I've come to expect. The unique society described in this book is well done, and the way in which Cassandra seems destined to turn it on its ear is awesome. Amanda Ronconi, whose performances never disappoint, does a whole array of accents I've not heard from her before. Well done! Definitely worth a read/listen!

  • The Kiss Quotient

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Hoang
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,939

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases - a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with as well as way less experience in the dating department than the average 30-year-old. It doesn't help that she has Asperger's and that French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. She decides that she needs lots of practice - with a professional - which is why she hires escort Michael Phan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-12-18

Quirky and unique - love the personal growth

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

Stella is autistic; brilliant and analytically minded. But she wants to make her parents proud, and her mother has told her she'd like to see Stella eventually marry and have a family. So Stella consults a professional...escort (Michael Phan) to teach her sex. They each have their personal demons, and the warm and persistent way they work together to learn love (and sex) is nice. Helen Hoang did a beautiful job of describing the unique way Stella views the world, and Michael's sensitivity and adaptation of his approach with Stella is the stuff of fantasy (mostly). I voted for this book in its category in Goodread's competition!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rook

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel O'Malley
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,111

Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tale of Two Myfanwy's

  • By Tango on 03-18-13

Brilliant and inventive (and fun!)

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

Daniel O'Malley's first novel is inventive, exciting, and just outright fun! If you are scifi / fantasy fan this book is a good one for you. Susan Duerdon does a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life (and giving them discernible, real voices).

  • Theirs to Keep

  • Tangled Hearts, Book 1
  • By: Maya Banks
  • Narrated by: Christian Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 617

When Cade Walker and Merrick Sullivan find Elle hiding in the cabinet of a gun store, they know they can't just walk away from the fragile woman with no memory of who she is or who tried to kill her. Merrick is training for the title shot in the heavyweight division as a mixed martial artist and can't afford distractions, but neither can he turn his back on the woman who tugs at his heartstrings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WHAT????????????? It's over?

  • By Romance Lover on 11-19-13

*Panting* wow...guilty pleasure here...

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

This was a surprise...and a pleasure. I was looking for a book that was steaming hot, and this fit the bill...eventually. The threesome's chemistry and respect for each other was awesome (if difficult to find in real life). The plot was exciting and yet allowed some time for character development and growth (mostly on the part of the heroine). My big beef - this was written in 2013 and named "Tangled Hearts, Book 1" with NO follow on! There was still plenty of storyline to develop, and I was sorry to see the book ended as a "one and done". It was billed as a trilogy. Perhaps some horrific publisher didn't support the rest of the books?

  • Wraith

  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,100

Saiya Buchanan is a wraith, able to detach her shadow from her body and send it off to do her bidding. But, unlike most of her kin, Saiya doesn't deal in death. Instead, she trades secrets - and in the goblin besieged city of Stirling in Scotland, they're a highly prized commodity. It might just be, however, that the goblins have been hiding the greatest secret of them all. When Gabriel de Florinville, a Dark Elf, is sent as royal envoy into Stirling and takes her prisoner, Saiya is not only going to uncover the sinister truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and superb narration!

  • By AshleyH on 04-21-18

Imaginative and engaging book, great performance

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Helen Harper did a really good job with world building, and the characters were well developed. The book was a page-turner (yes, that does apply to audiobooks too) and I was engaged fully in the wild plot twists. The concept of a soul mate was interesting (soul mates don't always like each other...) and I was hopeful for a happily ever after. Ruth Urquhart's performance was awesome, with good differentiation between the characters and a beautiful job of expressing the character's personalities with her voice, accents, cadence of speech, and tone. But there was a downside -- Wraith needed either a better developed ending or a follow on book. I was well invested in the universe and the characters by the end of the book and would have liked to follow along with the recovery of the city of Sterling and the greater Scotland. It needed a little further development in that direction in order to have a really satisfying ending.

  • Flight

  • Crescent Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Alyssa Rose Ivy
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 426

A summer in New Orleans is exactly what Allie needs before starting college. Accepting her dad's invitation to work at his hotel offers an escape from her ex-boyfriend and the chance to spend the summer with her best friend. Meeting a guy is the last thing on her mind - until she sees Levi.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Most Annoying Voice to Marr a Good Story

  • By Lori Stine on 10-23-15

It is really difficult to respect the characters

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

It was really hard for me to either like or respect Allie (lead female character) or Levi (lead male character). Sure, from the first scene, we are told there is an attraction and a pull toward each other, but Allison steadfastly ignores all her instincts for the entire book. Anyone who has ignored instincts that said another person is lying/deceitful/hiding big secrets can confirm that making it a consistent approach is asking for trouble. Which is exactly what Allie got. By the time she is a lifelong prisoner/partner to her deceiver, I was so angry at both of them, I decided they deserved each other, and not in a good way. I don't know how many books are in the series, and I am unlikely to listen to any others, but I dislike both characters so much, it would take some kind of miracle for me to ever relate to them.

  • Archangel's Kiss

  • Guild Hunter, Book 2
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,997

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel and that her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, likes having her under his control. But almost immediately, Raphael must ready Elena for a flight to Beijing, to attend a ball thrown by the archangel Lijuan. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan's power lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a find!

  • By Sydney on 06-28-10

Happy deviation from the romance formula <3

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

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

Absolutely. I would recommend both the first book, Angels' Blood, and this one. The world-building is fabulous - and unique. And I was happy to see a deviation from the formula of "each book is a new love story" which I felt took a bit away from the compelling world that was built in Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series, and a bit too formulaic. The story of the universe with its unique relationships between vampires, angels, archangels, hunters, hunter guild, and evolution/devolution is wonderful. It was woven beautifully through the blossoming relationship between Raphael and Elena.

  • Angels' Blood

  • Guild Hunter, Book 1
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,932

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best - but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option---even if the task is impossible. Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is Definitely A Personal Preference

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-13-11

New twist on paranormal worlds...much appreciated!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

What made the experience of listening to Angels' Blood the most enjoyable?

Nalini Singh did a really good job of world building. There are so very many paranormal books out there, that sometimes, they seem very similar, with few exceptions. This world of humans, vampires, angels, and archangels is a wholly new imagining.

What other book might you compare Angels' Blood to and why?

I recently binged on the Nalini Singh Psy-Changeling series. I really appreciated her world building there, but this one is even more unique. Character development is similar, and multi-dimensional, which I like. And the character development in both series is intrinsically linked with the world building and social political climate, which is very much as it should be.

Did Justine Eyre do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Justine's voice was a bit annoying to me at first, maybe it is just a pitch with which I have issue. But honestly, Justine did a really good job of giving the many characters their own sound and feel. The voice accents, cadence, and attitude were all well unique.