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  • Iron and Magic

  • Iron Covenant, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,525

Hugh d'Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh recreating his life

  • By IreneMBBT on 07-27-18

Amazing job of redemption!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Fun is not a word I'd ever expect to apply to Hugh, Roland's evil warlord. Purged by Roland, Hugh is in the process of drinking himself to death when the plight of his surviving troops gives him a reason to live. Starving, desperate, and hunted by the Golden Legion of the vampire navigators, Hugh makes a risky alliance with a woman with a past just as checkered as his own.
Interesting dynamics between the two main characters.
This books should be read before reading the final book about Kate and Curan.

A new voice actor for the series, he does a great job.

  • Dark Queen

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 12
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,732
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,724

As Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe. But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions. If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences. Jane can't let that happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great adventure from Faith Hunter!

  • By Teri on 05-02-18

Another great adventure from Faith Hunter!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Any additional comments?

Khristine Hvam does her usual stunning job bringing to life the characters in Dark Queen. Great narration. That's the easy part of the review. The hard part is writing a review without out spoilers. Many story arcs come together so going into detail will ruin the surprise as the plot twists and turns. Faith Hunter is great at providing series background so a new reader can pick up any book in the series, and not get lost. Dark Queen will be enjoyed more after reading earlier books in the series. Jane's off balance in the first part of the book, dealing with friends, family and old enemies and trying to master her evolving magic. There are new threats to the Vampires of NOLA, and to the witches she has sworn to protect. The long anticipated arrival of the European vampires, and the Blood Duel take make up the second half of the book, and many of the chess moves Leo has made over the centuries finally become apparent. Over all this is a great book, a wild ride, and the ending a major surprise.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Flame in the Dark

  • Soulwood, Book 3
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,825
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,710
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,699

Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she's been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED - the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet. A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead - and the house he was visiting burns to the ground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved Soulwood Book 3

  • By Anonymous User on 12-07-17

Wow, what a ride!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

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

Another amazing effort from Faith Hunter.

Flame in the Dark has it all, a major crime against a US
Senator, conspiracy nuts, feuding law enforcement agencies, a brand new deadly paranormal species, and an ending you won’t see coming.

Flame in the Dark is the third Soulwood novel by Faith Hunter. Nell Ingram has progressed from PsyLED Recruit, to Rookie, and now she’s a full member of Unit 18, the squad tasked with protecting the high security Knoxville TN region. Her unit, along with the FBI, and Secret Service investigate a shooting at a political fundraiser. Is this domestic terrorism? A political assassination? Hate crime against vampires? The unit patiently runs down leads, false trails, and eventually unravels the central mystery, which leads to the action packed final chapters.

The budding Nell Occam romance continues to progress, Soul has a large role in the central mystery, something is up with Rick, and Nell’s family is matchmaking, with the goal of bringing Nell back to the cult.

The Soulwood books are often describes as a spin off from the Jane Yellowrock series. The two series are more like the married trees on Nells property, entwined and supporting each other. Flame in the Dark takes place about a month after the ending of Soulwood 2, Curse on the Land, and a couple of weeks after Jane Yellowrock 11, Cold Reign.

Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Khristine Hvam does her usual wonderful job with the audio. Very easy on the ears.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next Soulwood book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Reign

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 11
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,019
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,005

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker...and the woman rogue vampires fear most. Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official Enforcer to Leo Pellissier, Master of the City. But Leo's reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions. And there's another danger to the city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book fro the fantastic Faith Hunter!

  • By Teri on 05-03-17

Another great book fro the fantastic Faith Hunter!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Any additional comments?


Cold Reign is book #11 in the compelling Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter. In many ways the Jane Yellowrock story reminds me of the parable of the blind men and the elephant, the one where each man describes the elephant as being like a snake, rope, fan, tree and wall. Leo the Master Vampire of New Orleans has taken great care to make sure Jane only seen parts of the elephant. Cold Reign is the book where Jane steps back and sees the whole elephant for the first time.
Cold Reign starts by exploring Jane and her adopted family. Then builds to non stop action,as the European vampires arrive in secret and with the help of traitors, try to take over Leo's city. And there is a magic driven storm that threatens to finish what Katrina started.

The Younger brothers are in the thick of things, with Alex showing a new maturity, Eli opening up about his military experience, and the emotional scars he still carries. Edmund, Gee, Gregoire and Brute play key roles in the fight against the Europeans. Jane's relationship with Bruiser deepens, and PsyLed Agent Rick Le Fleur returns and tries to apologize for past sins. Leo is his usual manipulative self, and some of his actions, or lack of action, suggest he's still playing the long game. Jane's angel makes an appearance, and there are cameos from Soul, Opal and several of their "sisters". An number of evil vampires meet their well deserved end.

Cold Reign is a great addition to the popular Jane Yellowrock series. The writing is superb, plotting complex, with compelling characters. All of the things that author Faith Hunters does so well. Another 5 star effort from Ms. Hunter.

If you have never read the series, it might be better to start with the first book Skinwalker, and enjoy the books in order as this complex story unfolds. ***Warning. Readers of Skinwalker often experience sudden onset binge reading. Enjoy!

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,810
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,142

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding story, highly recommended

  • By S. Blakely on 06-22-17

Oil and Genocide

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

If you could sum up Killers of the Flower Moon in three words, what would they be?

Genocide in slow motion.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Killers of the Flower Moon?

The court trial

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

Clearly defined the three sections of the book.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Very disturbing true story, that would not be credible as a work of fiction. After being confined to a reservation, oil was discovered. At one time the Osage were the richest people in America. What followed was a reign of terror as tribal members were killed for their oil money. At least two whites who tried to intercede for the tribe were killed, and in at least one case, the widow was left with ten children to raise, and no funds.

The book is broken into three segments, the first follows Molly Burkhart who lost most of her family but refused to give up her quest for the truth. The second part follows the investigation by agents of the recently created FBI. And the third part is told from the point of view of the author Grann. Wisely the producers used three different narrators for each of the segments.

The most horrifying part of the story is that this was not the work of a handful of evil men, but a pervasive cultural attitude that resulted in many Osage deaths, most which were not investigated.

If the book has a flaw it is that the author didn't "follow the money trail" into the present.



  • Curse on the Land

  • Soulwood, Book 2
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,990

Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded - even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals comes with dangers of its own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By The Mays on 11-13-16

Another winner from the fantastic Faith Hunter!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

Any additional comments?

Another amazing effort from Faith Hunter, who is in top form with "Curse on the Land". Nell is a fascinating and flawed character dealing with witches, magic, missing ley lines, ancient entities and plague. Quite a handful for a newly minted PsyLED officer.

Skillfully plotted, and impeccably written, "Curse on the Land" is an enjoyable story for new readers or long time fans. Brilliant addition to the Urban Fantasy universe of Jane Yellowrock.

If you are unfamiliar with Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock world, and haven't read the first Soulwood book, trust Faith Hunter to write a totally enjoyable book for newcomers. The background information from the first book 'Blood of the Earth" is skillfully presented over the course of the first chapter, and sprinkled naturally throughout the course of the story. No dreaded info dump here. "Curse on the Land" is structured as a police procedural with a lot of magical forensic work. We see the inner workings of PsyLED, the magic cops who are tasked with keeping humans and supernatural folks safe. Nell is smart, has unique magic herself, and has trouble adapting to the structure of working with a team.

If you've read "Blood of the Earth" "Curse on the Land" picks up right after Nell returns from her stint at "spook school", reuniting with Unit 18. Nell makes a number of newbie mistakes, but overall is working hard to shed both the narrow definitions of womanly behavior from her fundamentalist cult upbringing, and her knee jerk reaction to authority. The sweet romance arc with Occam the were leopard continues, as does the destructive Rick/Paka relationship arc. We find out more about Tandy, Tlane, and JoJo, and they all play significant rolls in solving the central mystery. The Vampire Oak tree is acting up, as is the evil Brother Ephraim. Just one bit of info that may come in handy, Light Dragons or Rainbow Dragons are powerful magical beings from another dimension that are fond of humans.

And lastly for followers of the Jane Yellowrock series, Jane makes a cameo phone appearance, Soul as a senior PsyLED officer is present to handle the political fall out and prevent things from spiraling out of control. The tension between humans and witches escalates, as does the conflict between PsyLED and other Law Enforcement Agencies. There are major developments in the Rick/Paka situation which go back to events in "Mercy Blade" and "Raven Cursed". Many things are completely resolved, with enough problems left to guarantee Soulwood 3 will be entertaining. Can't wait to find out why Nell is sprouting leaves, and just what's up with the Vampire Oak tree.
Can't wait to see what happens in Soulwood 3.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Blood of the Earth

  • Soulwood, Book 1
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,743

When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her. Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell's doorstep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faith Hunter hits it out of the Park!

  • By Teri on 08-03-16

Faith Hunter hits it out of the Park!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

Any additional comments?

Blood of the Earth is a spin-off from the popular Jane Yellowrock series. Ms. Hunter has done a great job creating a book that stands alone, so it is not necessary to read any of the Jane Yellowrock novels before starting Blood of the Earth. And even more impressive is the complete lack of the dread "InfoDump". Background information is added bit by bit as part of the natural flow of the narrative. Amazing writing.

The story follows Nell, a magic user with a connection to the old growth forest on her farm. Earth Magic, Blood Magic, Nasty Cult leaders, Vampires, and Law enforcement types hunting an assortment of evil doers keep the action going cover to cover.

For fans of the original Jane Yellowrock series, the major crossover character is PsyLed Special agent Rick LaFleur. Who many will be happy to know, is not a happy camper. Jane is frequently mentioned, Alex Younger makes a brief contribution, as does the Vampire Clan Glass (one of the twin Ming sisters clan). Paka the African Black Leopard mate to Rick, is part of the PsyLed team chasing the bad guys. (Things that make you go hummm,,, watch for Paka's effect on Nell's feral cats)

Kristine Hvam does her usual wonderful job with the narration.

Great writing, interesting world, new characters, a compelling woman who grows into herself in the course of the book. Highly recommended for long time fans, or first time readers. And the best part? The second book in the trilogy with be out later this year!!!!

60 of 64 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas in the Kitchen

  • Psy-Changeling Series
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 637

From best-selling author Nalini Singh comes "Christmas in the Kitchen," a must-listen Psy-Changeling short story that features several members of the DarkRiver leopard pack, including two sentinels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas in the Kitchen

  • By Listening is Reading on 07-22-18

Heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

Any additional comments?

While this is billed as a short story, it is more a character study. A slice of pack life -with the Dark River Cats. No major action, no evil forces out to cause harm, just a nice afternoon spent a home with friends and family.
Fans of the Psy/Changeling universe should like this visit with old friends.

  • Iced

  • A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,479

Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dude, It exceeded my expectations

  • By Katheryne on 12-02-12

Unexpected, and not in a good way.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

Any additional comments?

iced was listed as the first book in aeries, it is actually book #6. The team narration between Phil Gigante, and Natalie Ross was first rate, and Natalie did a spectacular job with Dani the main character. The author id a very nice job crafting the story, and keeping the characters distinct.
However, Dani, the main character while well voiced, and well written, is only 14 ,and a emotionally young 14 at that. She's self absorbed as only a young teen can be, and true to the age highly irritating. This is not a Young Adult story.

Set in a post apocalyptic Dublin where the walls between earth and fairy have fallen, Dani has magical gifts and a sword that can kill the Fae who are not nice.
The main action involves identifying and killing a Fae who is flash freezing parts of the city. There are three men who are involved in fighting the monster. Dancer, a 17 year old human boy genius, and two powerful magical adult men, a college student that is in the process of turning into a Fae prince, and a immortal guy of undetermined powers and origin. All three guys are sexually interested in the 14 year old girl. Yuck

The most normal relationship is with the 17 year old, they have the best buddy thing. The college student turning into a fae has oddly schizophrenic interactions with her--the fae part wants her in his bed now, and the human part know she's only 14. And the last guy is clearly "grooming" her to be his future mate which adds a creepy pedophile vibe to most of the book. Double Yuck.

Iced was not the book to start the series, and will be added to my never listen to again list.



  • Clean Sweep

  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,673

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

Fun!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

Any additional comments?

Clean Sweep reminds me of the books by Christopher Anvil--Interstellar Patrol Pandora's Planet series (which is told from the point of view of the aliens invading Earth and things do not go well for the aliens). Of course the works are completely different, but there is a lightly comic feel common to both series.
Lots of fun, with huge potential for more stories.

Dina is an Innkeeper, who is struggling to establish her very own intergalactic inter dimensional way station, in rural Texas, and of course keeping the odd nature of her guests a secret from the locals.

In Clean Sweep, the first book, Dina has to deal with a extra alpha were wolf, a Vampire, a hit man and his pack of "hounds", a magic Inn that can grow extra rooms, and keeping her Zagat rating.

Dina is a likable character, old enough to have some common sense, young enough make mistakes. While she has some tragedy in her life (her parents and their Inn vanished without a trace) she doesn't whine about it.

My favorite moment is the one sided phone conversation between Sean the Werewolf, and his parents, with Dina's internal running commentary.

A well crafted effort from the writing team of Ilona Andrews.