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  • Angels of Darkness

  • By: Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Sharon Shinn
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre, Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 226

They soar through the night, unearthly creatures of legends and lore. Three masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance explore the rapture of the heavens above, and the darkness below in three all-new stories of angels and guardians, and good and evil. Bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her Guild Hunter universe to tell the story of vampire Noel, and Sharon Shinn returns to her Samaria series to tell the story of a blind angel and the woman helps him---even though she hates and fears angels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FUN!!!

  • By Linda on 10-28-11

Good stories, mostly good narration

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

The narrator for Nalini Singh’s story was awful. Her inflection and tone wee so repulsive that I almost quit the story.
The narrators for Ilona Andrews and Sharon Shinn were wonderful.
All of the stories were well thought out, well paced, and complex even though they are novellas or (in the case of Sharon Shinn’s) short stories. I really enjoyed them even though I generally avoid stories with angels or demons. All of the authors were able incorporate backstory without slowing the current plot. Ilona Andrew’s romance felt a bit quick but it was such a great action story with such a natural heroine that the hurried romantic progression is easily forgiven. (It was a reread for me and I enjoyed every bit of it)
They are all a bit hurried because of the length of the stories. The Shinn story felt the most natural.

  • Lucky Suit

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,382
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,348

I'm breaking up with setups. No more “you should meet my son, nephew, grandson, the butcher, the guy down the street who mows my lawn.” People mean well, but machines know better, so I'll rely on the great dating algorithms of the web to find my ideal man, thank you very much. Soon enough, it looks like I’ve found him - his screen name is Lucky Suit, and he’s hilarious, quick-witted, and full of heart. But when we finally get together in person, I have the distinct feeling I’ve met him before. Funny enough - he says the same thing about me. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved

  • By Thai on 02-06-19

Clever, fun, sweet

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

A mini yet quintessential Lauren Blakely love story expressively narrated. I loved all of the characters, their loving and playful dynamics and how kind they were even when their best intentions were over the line.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Wickedly Dangerous

  • Baba Yaga Series #1
  • By: Deborah Blake
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

Older than she looks and powerful beyond measure, Barbara Yager no longer has much in common with the mortal life she left behind long ago. Posing as an herbalist and a researcher, she travels the country with her faithful (mostly) dragon-turned-dog in an enchanted Airstream, fulfilling her duties as a Baba Yaga and avoiding any possibility of human attachment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely FABULOUS!

  • By ReaderReview on 11-03-16

Nice folk tale twist

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

Modern Baba Yaga with a romantic mystery. Instead of a house on chicken legs she has an Airstream, instead of a broom she has a motorcycle. She is smart, tough, and beautiful with a big heart she likes to hide. She does not eat children, in this story she helps find stolen ones.
Good secondary characters too.

The narration was good but I am not crazy about Romy Nordlinger’s voice. I got used to it. She does a good job with characterizations.

  • The Last Chance Christmas Ball

  • By: Mary Jo Putney
  • Narrated by: Elaine Claxton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

Guests are arriving to celebrate Christmas at Lady Holly's ball, and at the top of each guest's wish list is a last chance to find true love before the new year. Amid the sumptuous delicacies, glittering decorations, and swell of the orchestra, every duchess and debutante, lord and lackey has a hopeful heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Christmas Stories

  • By Grerob on 01-07-18

Nice planning and cohesive theme

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Sometimes in these one main story, multiple author collections the characters don’t seem the same from segment to segment, but this group did a great job keeping the characters uniform and appealing.

Each author writes a short love story set within the theme, if not the actual place of the house party and Christmas Ball. Some stories and characters are stronger but they are all really good.
Every time a new character is introduced I thought “Oh I hope their story is coming up” and it was! Yay! They did a great job with the transitions too.
There are eight (?) stories and they are all good.
Also, no descriptive sex for those who are looking for “clean” romance. There is allusion to it in a few stories, just not a bunch of details. For those who like a little spice, the stories really didn’t suffer for the lack of orgasmic detail.

  • The Dead Travel Fast

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Parry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 246

With a modest inheritance and the three gowns that comprise her entire wardrobe, Theodora leaves Edinburgh—and a disappointed suitor—far behind. She is bound for Romania, where tales of vampires are still whispered, to visit an old friend and write the book that will bring her true independence. She arrives at a magnificent, decaying castle in the Carpathians, replete with eccentric inhabitants, including the castle’s master, Count Andrei Dragulescu.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different take on the vampire romance genre

  • By Kaye on 08-24-14

Gothic

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This is a creative and creepy gothic story. I am impressed by Deanna Raybourn’s ability to recreate the feel of a creepy 18th and 19th century gothic romance. It was fascinating.

  • Capture: Elements of Chemistry

  • Elements of Chemistry Series #3
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490

It's been nine months since Kaitlyn Parker has seen or heard from Martin Sandeke - nine months and five stages of matter. She's lived through the worst of first-love heartbreak and is most certainly stronger (and less likely to hide in science cabinets) than ever before. But now Martin is back, and he wants to be friends. But he's sending mixed signals to the Bunsen burner in Kaitlyn's pants. Will Martin recapture Kaitlyn's heart? Can Kaitlyn and Martin ever be just friends?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nerdy is good, angsty is not

  • By N.Sum on 12-03-18

Nerdy is good, angsty is not

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Part of the reason I was not crazy about this story is that it was drawn out into three parts. Serials are often a lot like soap operas, melodramatic and seemingly never-ending. I like my stories written more concisely and my series to be individual stories. I previously loved the Penny Reid books I read. This is the first time I couldn’t mark it higher than three stars. This three book serial could have been written as one novel.
The narration was good, she is proficient with voices and timing, a real pleasure to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ancient Faith Psalter

  • By: Monks of the Orthodox Church
  • Narrated by: Fr. John Oliver
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 63

A dedicated group of Orthodox monks (who wish to remain anonymous) have created a fresh English translation of the Masoretic Hebrew text of the Psalter, corrected to the Septuagint. A frequently asked question: The Psalms aren't in numerical order in this Psalter. Why is that? Answer: That was done intentionally. This edition of the Psalter was created for prayer, at home or in church, rather than for reference. It's not just another Book of Psalms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • huge blessing

  • By Joshua on 02-24-17

Wonderful narration, confusing organization

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

The Kathismas are not in order of the Psalter, they are in order of the daily service readings.
This is confusing and clumsy for those of us who are reading the psalter in order (i.e. praying the psalter for Advent or Lent).
Fr. John’s voice is melodic and easy to follow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Happily Ever Ninja

  • Knitting in the City, Book 5
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge, Will M. Watt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775

There are three things you need to know about Fiona Archer...I would tell you what they are, but then I'd have to kill you. But I can tell you that Fiona's husband - the always irrepressible and often cantankerous Greg Archer - is desperately in love with his wife. He aches for her when they are apart, and is insatiable when they are together. Yet as the years pass, Greg has begun to suspect that Fiona is a ninja. A ninja mom. A ninja wife. A ninja friend. After 14 years of marriage, Greg is trying not to panic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was ANGRY!

  • By Stacey is Sassy on 10-04-17

Mature but not boring

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

I appreciate married couple romance done well. Marriage is not all hearts and flowers as so many romance authors portray it. To have a lovely garden you must weed it, water it, mix in compost, and mulch it during the harsh months. Fiona and Greg have been neglecting their marriage and need a lot of communication, understanding and trust building to restore it. I love how well the struggle as well as their love is portrayed.
I especially liked the excerpts of love notes at the beginning of every chapter.
Narration was good.

  • Dating-ish

  • Knitting in the City, Book 6
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Joy Nash
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882

New standalone from the USA Today best-selling Knitting in the City romantic comedy series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Smart & Funny

  • By Barb Muse on 02-25-18

Human

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

I love how flawed Penny Reid’s characters are and how humanly beautiful they are.
Joy Nash is the perfect narrator for this series. She has wonderful expression and character voices.

  • Ninja at First Sight: An Origin Story (Knitting in the City)

  • Knitting in the City
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660

He has a girlfriend, and she's never been kissed. He's sullenly sarcastic, and she's earnestly empathetic. He can't stop thinking about her. She knows she should keep her distance. Nevertheless, when opposites attract, the results may be unexpected, but they're also undeniably magnetic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Penny Reid is a Master!

  • By Ian on 03-08-16

Novella prequel - Fiona

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Having read the first three Knitting in the City books and being intrigued by Fiona I was happy to see this come up in the Romance package. This backstory is written with the same wonderful feeling and true to life character as the other books.
I love this story! It is funny and clever and a tiny bit angsty and achingly wholesome because Greg loves Fiona so much and they take their time to really know one another. It is beautiful.
I am an old, married librarian and have read many, excellent, romance stories. Penny Reid is a treasure; I am going to read everything she has written.
The narrator is excellent too!