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  • First Grave on the Right

  • Charley Davidson, Book 1
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,304

A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!

  • By Austin gal on 03-07-12

A Major disappointment

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

This book seems to have great regard, and I just don't get it. My wife and I listened to this and while it had some funny lines, overall it tried to hard. I don't care about any of the characters from Charley, to Reyes, to Uncle Bob, to her dad, anyone! It was just a boring listen. Lorelei King who I really enjoy from the Mercy Thompson books reused a lot of voices here which is fine, but I was uninterested, so it did nothing for me. The most interesting things in the book happen in the last 10 minutes and then there's a random sex scene thrown in that it felt awkward. You're telling me all this stuff that actually makes the book interesting and well now we're having sex. It tried too hard to be funny or quirky or something and didn't work for me, so this is a series we will be avoiding going forward.

  • The King of Plagues

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,202
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,762

Saturday, 0911 hours — A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured. 1009 hours — Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Ledger rejoins the Department of Military Sciences, and within hours he's attacked by a hit team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ledger ROCKS!

  • By Amanda H. on 05-12-11

Action the whole way through

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

King of Plagues hits the accelerator and keeps it pedal to the metal the whole time. Joe and team are out to stop a series attacks reminiscent of the 10 plagues of Egypt. What makes this book interesting in the series is not just Joe Ledger's comic book heroism, which is fun, but not particularly deep. We get a lot of character moments with the villains. These moments aren't like the Jacoby twins, but actual moments that develop their characters and stories.

This book stands well on its own and is much better than The Dragon Factory. A lot of action and story that keeps things moving both in terms of plot and the overall Joe Ledger world.

Ray Porter is once again on top of his game. He is a master narrator and one of the best in the business, and I'm not left disappointed.

  • The Rosary Girls

  • By: Richard Montanari
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663

A devious serial killer lays siege to the city of Philadelphia, brutally sacrificing pretty young Catholic girls on the altar of insanity. As the body count rises, an exceptional investigating partnership struggles to stop him. Detective Jessica Balzano, Philly's Homicide Unit's newest rookie, is teamed up with veteran cop Kevin Byrne, respected for his solve rate and known for his unorthodox methods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Read

  • By Paw Paw T on 03-06-05

Dark Beginnings

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

This is my second book with Balzanno and Byrne, but their first adventure together. This is a pretty solid police procedural thriller. You get some insights into each of the main character's lives and who they are. Balzanno is the rookie in homicide, and Byrne is a grizzled veteran. The story of the Rosary girls is an interesting story, but there is some dark things that happen away from the case. Byrne does some very questionable actions and some characters conveniently die or show up as needed. I cut it some slack as Montanari's first foray into these characters.

Scott Brick does what he does best and that's deliver a solid performance that brings the highs and lows to the story.

Fans of police procedurals, thrillers and crime stories should go into this book. Be warned, it's dark and twisted, and a wild ride.

  • Heir of Novron

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,258
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,158
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,168

On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular fantasy series

  • By Ron on 01-03-13

Captivating the whole way through!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

This is how a finale should be written. Wow, Heir of Novron is a non-stop thrill ride any and every fantasy fan should read! Royce, Hadrian, Arista, Modina and the rest of the supporting cast are ushered through the finale with the utmost care and attention to detail, one could hardly ask for a better ending in fantasy. The story picks up right after Rise of Empire. This book has it all, love, heartbreak, epic battles, adventure, edge of your seat thrills, political games, loss, surprises and so much more. Michael J. Sullivan did an amazing job guiding all the characters through their stories, and giving them the time they need to complete their journey. This is a long book, and it feels like it,and while it could possibly edited to cut bits here and there, it isn't overly wordy to the point of dragging the story to a halt. Tim Gerard Reynolds delivers a fantastic performance that all audio books fans can appreciate. Looking forward to seeing what else Sullivan can write about once he finishes the prequel series.

  • Where the Wild Things Bite

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,902
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,663

Delivering a rare book to a valued customer is definitely part of mild-mannered archivist Anna Whitfield's job description. You know what isn't? Protecting her precious cargo from midflight theft by the very pilot who is flying her to Half-Moon Hollow...while trying to appear as unappetizing as possible to the only other passenger, a vampire. Undead bookstore owner Jane Jameson could be waiting a very long time for her book. Possibly forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great adventure

  • By Troublemer on 07-29-16

Lost in the Woods

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

This book has the premise to be amazing, but the delivery fell flat. While this is technically a Half Moon Hollow Novel, it didn't feel like it other than some events near the end and Jane Jameson Nightengale waiting on a delivery from our fearful(less) heroine. Very little of the book takes place in the Hollow. Most of it takes place in a forest in Kentucky after a small plane crash.

The story has some funny bits, but I didn't find either Anna or Finn very interesting. They're fine together, but I didn't sense any smoldering chemistry between them. It felt like hey we're the only ones here sort of might as well hook up situation. Anna's flaws make for some interesting flaws and some chuckles, but it didn't feel like it can hold the book up. Finn's just kind of a jerk and he doesn't really stand alone here either.

Amanda Ronconi delivers her usual snark filled performance like a professional.

While I wanted to like this one more, I just couldn't get into it and it's due to the characters. I just don't like them very much.

  • Iron Kissed

  • Mercy Thompson, Book 3
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,912
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,818

When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to shapeshifting car mechanic Mercy Thompson to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not. And she'll have to choose between the two werewolves in her life-whether she wants to or not.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It needed a trigger warning

  • By Helen on 07-21-16

A Dark Chapter

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

Iron Kissed is the third book in the Mercy Thompson series, and it's a real dark chapter for Mercy and friends. Mercy helps Z and the other Fae with a series of Murders on the reservation. Things go sideways and Mercy is on her own to help solve a wrongful accusation. Mercy ends up involved in Fae politics and situations that could lead her to her death. Mercy's love life takes a step forward in this book as well, which seems to be good for her and gives her a stepping stone towards recovery. I liked this book a lot and thought both the author and narrator did a great job dealing with some very sensitive subject matter. It was written and performed tastefully and in a manner that fit the tone. Iron Kissed is a great entry in the series, and if you enjoyed the previous two, this one is definitely worth continuing with.

  • Dead Man’s Song

  • The Pine Deep Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785

From the powerful imagination of a horror master comes a bone-chilling tale set in a small town where good and evil are joined in a terrifying, deadly battle. Once an idyllic Pennsylvania village, Pine Deep awoke one morning to find itself bathed in a massive bloodletting. Twice in 30 years, the townsfolk have endured the savage hungers of a murderous madman—but if the residents think the death of serial killer Karl Ruger put an end to the carnage, they’re dead wrong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Shadows Grow Longer . . .

  • By Flavius on 12-14-11

More developed than book 1

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

This is better in almost every way than book 1. The characters get a lot more developed, both good and evil. We also get a lot more background as to the history of Pine Deep. This book still leaves lots of questions unanswered and not just the resolution of how the series ends. Looking forward to book three a lot more than I thought I would before starting this one.

  • Hammered

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,033
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,751

Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series!

  • By Hallie on 02-28-12

A Turning Point in the series

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

This feels like a turning point in the series. Atticus leads a group of friends old and new to Asgard to try to kill Thor. Each of the crew has been wronged by the cocky thunder god and want nothing more to kill him. I say this is a turning point because it feels like the end of world building and now this is where the stakes are real and it's no more easy going Atticus. This story focuses mostly on the journey to Asgard and the ramifications thereafter. I have a feeling the next few books will focus on the aftermath of this book, which will be good, as the firs two books spent a lot of time setting up characters with some overall development of the plot. I like this book a lot, but it's way darker than the first two in the series which felt a bit different.

Luke Daniels is brilliant and deserves all the credit in the world with the wide variety of accents, dialects and characters he voices.

  • Spellbound

  • Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,061

Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbound is Pure Magic

  • By Paulette on 02-12-14

More magic and higher stakes

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

Spellbound is the second book with the cast of the Grimnoir society. A framed attack on the President leads to the Grimnoir working against a new group of foes trying to bring them down and a race against time. There's also some new characters introduced.

I like this book, it's fast paced, Jake and Faye get the majority of the focus for obvious reasons. I liked Jake's arc in this book more than Faye's, but she still has a great arc.

Bronson Pinchot does another solid job with his voice work.

Looking forward to book 3 and completing the series later this year.

  • Big Vamp on Campus

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,781

Ophelia Lambert, 400-year-old vampire princess and college freshman, suddenly finds herself domesticated by humans and forced to suffer the indignities of dorm rooms, communal bathrooms, and a roommate with sticky fingers. As one of the hundreds of undead venturing into postsecondary education, Ophelia has a lot more to learn that just "undead studies" - she has to learn to get along with her fellow vampire classmates and, worst of all, her human ones.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Molly Harper's endearing wording saves the day.

  • By Joycinta on 06-07-16

Ophelia gets schooled

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

This was a great novella featuring Ophelia and transforms her from a moderately unlikable character with spunk to a humanized character with flaws and is willing to work on them. She realizes that she doesn't have to do just one thing or hang on one person be it Georgie or Jamie.

As a story it's pretty great, she has to deal with a roommate she doesn't get along with, an RA who is seemingly clueless, not to mention all the other things college kids go through, along with being a vampire. I had a lot of fun with this book and it reminded me of parts of my college experience, minus the undead. There was a plot line left unaddressed and I am wondering if it's set-up for something in a future book, since it seemed important, but was not addressed. This book is not suited as a starting point for the Half-Moon Hollow universe, but if you've been reading the series, it's a great sweet addition and brings a lot of charm to one of the perceived villains of Half-Moon Hollow.

As usual, there's nothing bad to say about Amanda Ronconi's performance She's great, sweet, snarky and charming.