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  • Wanderlust

  • By: Skye Warren
  • Narrated by: Lucy James
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Evie always dreamed of seeing the world, but her first night at a motel turns into a nightmare. Hunter is a rugged trucker willing to do anything to keep her - including kidnapping. As they cross the country in his rig, Evie plots her escape, but she may find what she's been looking for right beside her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Dark, but deliciously Twisted Stars

  • By Jacqueline's Reads on 04-29-15

Better than print - but production issue?

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

Reviewed: 01-12-16

Would you listen to Wanderlust again? Why?

Yes. I reread books that I really like. This has become a favorite. I don't like "Bad Boys", but Hunter is not so much bad as beautifully broken.

What did you like best about this story?

The hero and heroine are not normally people I would identify with. But Skye Warren humanizes the characters so that they have multifaceted personalities. They really remind me of compromises, bad decisions, and longings that we all have experienced.

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

I didn't understand Evie's naivete fully until Ms. James voiced her so emotionally. The pain in Evie's speaking voice added impact to the darker beginning of the book. And Hunter's voice was absolutely right for the character - both enticing and frightening.

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

Yes for the question intent, no for reality. This book is waaaay too emotionally strong to swallow all at once. I had to take breaks.

Any additional comments?

The Kindle edition has an Epilogue which seems to be missing...? That section added to the story in a meaningful way as an understanding of how the relationship grows and the characters grow. I would have liked to hear it read aloud.

  • Cry Wolf

  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,343

Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member - and as his mate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!!

  • By Teleasa on 03-09-09

And Now, Aspen Creek!

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

Reviewed: 11-20-11

Pre-Review Note: If you've not done so, please go read/listen to all the Mercy Thompson books and the story "Alpha and Omega" from the book of shorts called "On the Prowl". This novel needs all those for background, and Ms. Briggs caught some flak from her fans for Cry Wolf not being standalone. It's very important!

Having said that... this is marvelous. I am certainly a fan of all Patricia Briggs' stories. Her characterizations are the triumph of her work, and Holter Graham as narrator really brings her male characters into the spotlight.

If anything, Mr. Graham is a little breathy and helpless sounding in our female main character, but no so much that it interferes with my enjoyment. He makes up with it in his wide vocal register and solid accents.

  • Sunshine

  • By: Robin McKinley
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 825
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 834

There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while. Unfortunately, she wasn't alone. She never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolutely riveting, addictive tale

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-30-08

Read the book instead

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

Reviewed: 11-20-11

Baking and magic does work, but buy the book if you want to see why.

I usually prefer kick-ass heroines with personality problems in my paranormal. However, Sunshine is a beautiful book written in a strangely gentle voice. It brings innocence back to a genre that has been taken over by sex, angst, and more sex. That simply does not come through in the reading.

I am not a great fan of McKinley overall, but this book is a true favorite that I lend out to everyone who needs a good book for a vacation or trip. Do yourself (and your friends who borrow books) a real service and buy a paper copy.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bayou Moon

  • The Edge, Book 2
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413

When her parents vanish, Cerise's clan's long-time rivals are suspects number one. But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge - and Cerise's life. William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation's spymaster. When William's and Cerise cross paths, sparks fly - but they'll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another epic listen by this fantastic duo (trio?)!

  • By RabidReads on 04-11-14

Emotion, Adventure, and Facile Characterization

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

Reviewed: 11-20-11

Bayou Moon continues the partnership of Ilona Andrews and Renee Raudman in showing how the right narrator improves the story. The book is great on its own -- strong leads and secondary characters, action, and intelligent world-building - but Ms. Raudman brings out the subtle humor that is hard to hear when "listening" to the voices as you read.

  • No Humans Involved

  • Women of the Otherworld, Book 7
  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472

Reluctant to upstage her fellow spiritualists on a reality TV show, Jaime Vegas tries to suppress her talents, as she has done her entire life. But there is something lurking in the maze of gardens behind the house: a spirit without a voice. And it won't let go until somehow Jaime hears its terrible story. For the first time in her life, Jaime Vegas understands what humans mean when they say they are haunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Autumn on 06-13-07

Good book, good narrator, unwise combination

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

Reviewed: 11-20-11

Kelley Armstrong is one of the few whose books I buy as both print and audio, and I loved this book in print. I simply could not get behind the combination of Jamie Vegas -- the most sexual female in Ms. Armstrong's lineup -- and Laural Merlington, the most comforting and grandmotherly voice in the audible paranormal lineup. Jamie and Jeremy's encounters are very edgy and explicit, and listening to them in Ms. Merlington's voice was unpleasant, almost embarrassing.

  • Dragon Bones

  • The Hurog Duology, Book 1
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Joe Manganiello
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549

We all play roles at times. Wardwick of Hurog played the role of a fool till he reached adulthood, just to keep his father from murdering him. Now he must overcome the image he so carefully built and fight not simply for his birthright but to free the five Kingdoms from tyranny and the rising tide of darkest magic that threatens his world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hurog means dragon-this dragon got me by the tale

  • By Jon on 01-01-11

Nailed it.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-11

I'd been worried about a reader's take on Ward, whose speech is described as frustratingly slow. I shouldn't have worried - Joe Manganiello's rendition of Ward is perfect. He stresses the slow speech only when necessary to the story. Otherwise, we hear Ward's mental voice, with all the sly wit, sadness, and fury Ms. Briggs wrote into him.

Dragon Bones is one of my favorite Patricia Briggs books. Ward & Oreg showcase her remarkable ability to characterize - and J Manganiello captures them very well.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful