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  • The X-Club

  • A Krinar Story
  • By: Anna Zaires, Dima Zales
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

A young journalist. An alien sex club. A Krinar who won't take no for an answer. Amy Myers is tired of writing fluff. She wants to work on serious assignments - and what better way to prove herself than to uncover something new about the mysterious Krinar, the aliens who took over the Earth just two years earlier? But when she meets Vair, the dark and sexy owner of a Manhattan x-club, she may get more than she bargained for...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Christine on 12-05-14

No Plot

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Even if you enjoy a lot of explicit passion (dba sex + lust) in your reading, small amounts of plot, character development or world building add a lot to even the shortest of novels, no matter how erotic or kinky. I suggest that all three are absent in this short Krinar story.

  • Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

  • By: Alexander C. Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,066
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,060

Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren. Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Normal Life in an Abnormal World

  • By Arthur D. Rich on 08-26-17

Just a Total Waste

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Spoof at a very low common denominator. Make them pay you to listen.

Or course, some may enjoy this ... story?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Heaven Adjacent

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

Roseanna Chaldecott spent her life as a high-powered lawyer in Manhattan. But when her best friend and law partner dies suddenly, something snaps. Unsure of her future, Roseanna heads upstate on one tank of gas and with no plans to return. In the foothills of the Adirondacks, Roseanna discovers the perfect hideout in a ramshackle farm. Its seventy-six acres are rich with possibilities and full of surprises, including a mother and daughter squatting on the property. Although company is the last thing Roseanna wants, she reluctantly lets them stay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Catherine Ryan Hyde has done it again!

  • By cheryl coen on 06-20-18

Master Storyteller

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Ms. Hyde is a master storyteller. She writes about values, what is important and what is dross. More specifically, she wrote here about how a workaholic comes to live one day at a time. With many fewer - but not NO - material possessions.

  • Nevernight

  • The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,848

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father's former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer and a future she never imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just try it....

  • By Devontay on 10-27-16

When the narrator whispers

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

When the narrator whispers, and the book is playing at normal volume, his voice is too quiet to be comprehensible. Otherwise a better than average YA coming of age tale of a teenage woman who trains to be an assassin.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Still Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,982
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,617

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the super-rich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • better than 2, not quite as good as 1

  • By Dr. Mary Young on 02-02-18

Meh

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I gave up half way through ... for several days. While I then finished, and it did get better, Still Me isn't nearly as great as You Before Me, which is special.

Why didn't I enjoy it? In Me both the male (Will) and female MC faced huge, life altering challenges. Each had a depth of character. In Still by contrast none of the men stood tall when life hits them. Well, except for the building's concierge.

Plus Still has a sappy HFN ending.

  • Stiletto

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel O'Malley
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774

When secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers - and the bureaucratic finesse - to get the job done. Facing her greatest challenge yet, Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries: the Checquy - the centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural threats, and the Grafters - a centuries-old supernatural threat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grafters take center stage

  • By Larry on 07-10-16

Plot line tangled

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

Book one has a unique plot line. it's main character is a woman of agency and action. I gave it 5 stars.

By contrast, here we have 3 female POVs and too much anxiety and less agency than in book one. Typical of many authors' second books, unfortunately.
Too many side adventures, too much repetition of character facts. The narration is ok except for a few whispers.

  • Three Wishes

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,800

When Lily Jacobs was born, she inherited Fazire - a genie. Her family had three wishes and they'd only ever used one so Fazire was stuck in the human world. This worked since he'd become a member of the family anyway. Even with a genie, Lily's young life wasn't perfect. To escape the kids making her miserable at school, Lily buried herself in romance novels. One day, when the teasing was just too much, she used one of her wishes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute but long

  • By Danni on 06-23-17

Waste of a credit

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

Nathaniel, the rich narcissistic alpha male, is a romantic exemplar in the way The Donald is a moral and political leadership role model. Buying Nathaniel is equivalent to buying koolaid from Jim Jones. IMHO.
That the genie is fun does not redeem the book.
That the author may have intended a spoof of romances is no redemption, either.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wicked Cravings

  • The Phoenix Pack, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Wright
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,311

Wolf shifter Jaime Farrow has a secret. And no one - not her Alpha, not her best friend, and most definitely not gorgeous Dante Garcea - can know the truth. She thinks keeping her little “problem” under wraps from Dante won’t be so tough; after all, he’s ignored her for years, despite her best attempts at flirtation. But though Jaime is determined to face her problem alone, nothing can stop her from wanting him.... As Beta, Dante is responsible for the protection and safety of his entire pack. If a wolf is hiding something that could endanger the others, it’s his business to know about it....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wickedly Delicious

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-18-13

Where's the plot?

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

Caveat: This review is based on the first 55% of the story, obtained at a low price on kindle.

Wicked Cravings contains lots of lust, lots of licking and sucking and use of words like cl*t and c*ck. IT happens. Extensively, Plenty of angst about exes and flirters of both genders hitting on the male and female shifter MCs.

While I'm on the accept-to-relish spectrum for explicit sex, even to the erotica and/or kink levels, in a good romantic story ... I want - need - a story, a plot line, too. Characters who are worth reading about. I've listened to 55% of the book. No obvious interesting plot yet, Unless the question of whether a workaholic, relationship-phobe can get over it long enough to keep the girl (who has always had a crush on him) is a plot.

  • Hunter

  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,981

They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous monsters fighting to break through.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshingly new

  • By Jenna M Patterson on 02-18-16

Young Adult + Cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

A young adult coming of age (bildungsroman) story not up to the standard of Mercedes Lackey's various Valdemar tales, many of which are coming of age stories, too.

Warning: Cliffhanger herein.

  • The Pick, the Spade and the Crow

  • By: Bill Rogers
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

When the body of a man is discovered in woodlands outside Manchester, a ten-year missing-persons investigation can finally be filed away. But this was no ordinary death: gagged, bound and buried alive, he was the victim of a sophisticated and sadistic killer. And there is something else that has the National Crime Agency puzzled. A single character carved into a nearby tree.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • About the Masons

  • By jonmontanavega on 06-19-17

About the Masons

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

English police procedural; female detective with female life partner. (good change of pace)

I like books set in other English speaking countries (I'm in the US), learning about the differences in customs, idioms, language, history - you name it. I will pick up a dictionary, or look at a atlas.

That said, to follow this book properly, a person who doesn't live in the British Isles (and thus isn't familiar with England's geography) would have to have a good map of England open on her lap most of the book. Also, the reader should have both ears open, and be prepared to do a lot of reading (or listening, in my case) between the lines to spot and decipher in context idioms and other specific-to-England English words.

Otherwise, mainstream police detective story.

Except, I had not realized from the blurb that the Masons are central to the story. Books that focus of groups alleged to be "secret" are not a plus for me. The narration was ok.