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Trish R.

JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
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  • Charming

  • Pax Arcana, Book 1
  • By: Elliott James
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,725
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,728

John Charming isn't your average prince... He comes from a line of Charmings - an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chain mail and crossbows to Kevlar and shotguns, John Charming was one of the best-until a curse made him one of the abominations the Knights were sworn to hunt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming is Like Dresden in wolves clothing

  • By Suzanne on 05-24-14

It was just plain silly..

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

Reviewed: 05-24-19



To begin with I dislike insta-love/lust when the book blurb makes it sounds like it will be a book on battles with killer vampires. AND the talks John and Sig had about their feelings for one another was just silly as heck. PLUS, they kept up with these long passionate kisses then Sig would pull away and say, “we can’t do this until I break up with Stanislav.” Yeah, I don’t like love-triangles either.

This could have been a much better book, but it was a fail as far as I’m concerned. Should have just left it with the pursuit of the main vampire: Seventeen-year-old Anne Marie Padgett.

There was good and bad in this book but the bad outweighed the good. I won’t be moving on in this series.

Again, it would have been a much better story IF we were told/shown what the vamps were doing, saying and thinking instead of all the concentration on John. I, I, I, I, I, I, I, gets real boring. Just sayin’

No sex and the F-bomb was used 11 times.

As to the narration: Roger Wayne was the best part of the book. It’s what kept me listening.

  • Shadow Magic

  • Darkling Mage, Book 1
  • By: Nazri Noor
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

The gods are dying. But for one man, death is only the beginning. Murdered as a ritual sacrifice, amateur thief and professional charmer Dustin Graves mysteriously survives, finding himself gifted with strange, dark magic. Then more dead bodies turn up. Some are human, but one is a god of the old world, slain at his own doorstep.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration. Story fell short for me.

  • By Ryan on 03-26-19

Great read. Phenomenal narration..

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

Reviewed: 05-22-19

This was a good read, but I won’t be moving on. A reviewer on Goodreads gave away a spoiler that you don’t read about until book six and I’m not remotely interested in that kind or information. You can't un-read a spoiler.

This had some great characters: a succubus, a talking sword, a spider queen, a goddess of magic, and eldritch abominations from beyond the stars. It was about Dustin Graves who’s murdered and brought back by, I guess you’d say a Sorcerous. It was a pretty exciting book, but the author (or the reviewer, not sure which, really) ruined the entire series for me.

I loved the MC’s, Dustin, Vanitas (the talking sword,) Sebastian, Herald, Odessa and Prudence, and I liked Thea for a while.

No romance and the F-bomb was used 24 times.

As to the narration: There is no way I would have enjoyed this book without the narration of Luke Daniels. He’s totally awesome. He reads with the best feelings and emotions than any other narrator I’ve ever listened to.

  • Late Checkout

  • DCI Kenny Murrain, Book 1
  • By: Alex Walters
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

DCI Kenny Murrain sees, hears and feels things that others do not. It’s a gift but also a curse. When he wakes to the phantom sound of screaming, he knows a murder has been committed, but not where or why. Then a woman’s body is found in a Stockport hotel room. It’s a murder that seems both frenzied and carefully planned, the scene expertly cleansed of any evidence. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring book and bad narration..

  • By Trish R. on 05-21-19

Boring book and bad narration..

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

Reviewed: 05-21-19



Not real sure why I kept reading this. It never occurred to me to give up BUT it was really quite boring. I guess I just wanted to know who the murderer was. There’s a murder and Murrain and Milton go to see everything then go back to the office and talk about it and look into that person’s life then there's another murder and they’d go again and see it and go back to the office and talk about it and look into the person’s life then do it again. I mean, that’s really all there was to this. Even the ending was anticlimactic and flat, just like the story itself. I doubt I’ll be reading this author again.

No romance and the F-bomb was used 50 times.

As to the narration: Greg Wagland is not a good narrator. His women sound like men and he doesn’t have a bit of emotions when he reads. BUT he was perfectly boring narrator for this perfectly boring book.

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  • Dark Mountain

  • The David Wolf Series
  • By: Jeff Carson
  • Narrated by: Sean Patrick Hopkins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

When a dead body is discovered stuffed inside a car trunk in the forest outside Rocky Points, Colorado, Chief Detective David Wolf finds himself involved in a case that will rock the local community. But as details emerge, the tension rises higher when it's clear the driver's last client was Tom Rachette, Wolf's loyal detective. Worse yet, Detective Rachette is no longer answering his phone. At the same time, Wolf gets a cryptic email that jars loose war memories he'd rather forget. And it soon becomes clear he must face his past head-on if he wants to save his friend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding suspense thriller!

  • By Wayne on 08-11-18

Another good read about David Wolf..

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

Reviewed: 05-20-19


Well, if you’ve read a number of the David Wolf series you know who Deputy Rachette is, one of Wolf’s best deputies. In this story Rachette is kidnapped and what he went through was just horrible AND, once again, Wolf got the crap beat out of him and did not save the day. It seems like he gets the crap beat out of him in every book. And in the last book he even got his pinky-finger shot off.

No romance and the F-bomb was used 14 times.

As to the narration: Still the same as it’s been for all 10 books. Sean Patrick Hopkins still needs a little help with his women’s voices, and he needs to learn to read with some emotions. He has a great reading voice, though.

  • Signature

  • A David Wolf Mystery, Book 9
  • By: Jeff Carson
  • Narrated by: Sean Patrick Hopkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Chief Detective David Wolf is called to a crime scene next to the Chautauqua River, where a woman resident of Rocky Points has been murdered. The killer has left a well-known signature not seen for years - a severed ear. For Wolf, the gruesome display is a surprise, but so is the FBI beating the local department to the scene. Three days earlier a truck is unearthed from south of Durango, Colorado. Within it is DNA evidence linking to killings in southwest Colorado that have stumped the FBI for years.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enough of the Politics ...

  • By Kathryn on 12-15-18

Another good Detective Wolf story..

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

Reviewed: 05-19-19



I love books about serial killers, especially when it turns out to be a team of them and when one gets killed you are absolutely amazed at who the second part of the team was. They raped and killed a lot of women and David Wolf had a lot of help from the FBI in trying to find the second killer.

It was a very good read, with a passionate kiss as the only romance. The F-bomb was used 5 times.

As for the narration: The narrator, Sean Patrick Hopkins, has problems now and then with the women’s voices but mostly he reads without emotions. BUT I like David Wolf books so I continue to listen to him.

  • Dire

  • David Wolf, Volume 8
  • By: Jeff Carson
  • Narrated by: Sean Patrick Hopkins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

When a man careens off the road into the frigid waters of the Chautauqua River, Chief Detective David Wolf risks his own life to bring the man to shore. News of Wolf's bravery travels fast through the burgeoning ski town of Rocky Points, Colorado, and before long he's pulled into the political grinder, where candidates are eager to exploit Wolf's character for their own gain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The situation is as the title says ...

  • By shelley on 07-26-18

Good read..

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

Reviewed: 05-16-19




This one was about the kidnapping of Lauren’s 5-year-old daughter and David’s attraction to the child’s mother and all he did to rescue her, a lot of murder and mayhem. AND it was about the rescue of a man from an over-turned SUV in the river in the middle of January and the idiot detective who took the credit for it and made David Wolf look like he was a coward who stood by while this other jerk saved the man. I couldn’t stand Barker, so it shows well for an author who can write that kind of character.

There was drink-date between David and Lauren before all hell broke loose and a passionate kiss at the end of the book but that was all the romance. AND the F-bomb was used 3 times.

As to the narration: In 8 books you’d think Sean Patrick Hopkins would put a little emotion in his voice when he reads but there was none in any of the books. Everyone sounded sooo bored, no matter what is going on.

  • To the Bone

  • David Wolf, Volume 7
  • By: Jeff Carson
  • Narrated by: Sean Patrick Hopkins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

Chief Detective David Wolf's son has a new girlfriend, and when she discovers her father-a well known man in ancient fossils trade circles-has been murdered, she and the rest of her shattered family turn to Wolf to bring them justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To the Bone

  • By Kathy Aiken on 12-06-17

Love, love, love David Wolf..

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

Reviewed: 05-14-19


Another good David Wolf book! This one was about murder and the discovery of 2 dinosaur skeletons found in Colorado and the people who tried to sell one set secretly and the 4 or 5 people who were killed over it.

This is the 7 book I’ve read about David Wolf and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. (Well, book 6, not so much.)

There was no romance and the F-bomb was used 4 times.

As to the narration: Sean Patrick Hopkins does a great job with the voices, the females have gotten much better, but I wish he’d read with a little more emotion. He’s kind of monotone through the entire book. Everyone sounds rather bored all the time.

  • Unholy Trinity

  • Michael Biörn, Book 2
  • By: Marc Daniel
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Shape-shifter Michael Biörn has walked this earth 1000 years. Vampires walking the streets in broad daylight. Students disappearing at an alarming rate. Rumors of a mysterious necromancer. Something is seriously amiss in Michael's neck of the woods. The Elves have chosen to ignore the problem, so it falls to Michael to look into it. Hidden in the heart of the forest is a foe more powerful than anything he's ever faced. And when Michael finds him, the unthinkable happens. Now Michael must race to lift the veil of deception and expose the enemy's true nature.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good read but a terrible listen..

  • By Trish R. on 05-12-19

Good read but a terrible listen..

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

Reviewed: 05-12-19



This was a good book. It kept me entertained all the was through. It was about our hero Michael who was an 800 pound bear shifter and his friend Ezekiel, the wizard, who got into it with another wizard and ended up in a coma for most of the story.

It included a lot of vampires and the High King of the Elves, Dariel, his wife Leana and their spoiled and troublesome daughter Maya. As well as, Serafin, the bad wizard and, Dragos the main vampire. There was also Olivia, who became a werewolf in the last book when she was bitten, and Lucy, Olivia’s sister and Sheila, Michael’s on-again off-again girlfriend who was a reporter. AND every one of these characters had an important role in the book.

SO, YAY! It was written in the 3rd person and we got to see, hear, feel and know what everyone was doing. Both books were worth the read.

No romance and the F-bomb was used 9 times.

As to the narration: John McLain got 3 stars from me in the last book, but he’ll only get 2 this time. His women’s voices were just terrible. It was like he couldn’t even bothered trying to sound feminine.

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  • Uncanny Collateral

  • Valkyrie Collections, Book 1
  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Alek Fitz is a reaper, a collection agent who works for the supernatural elements of the world, tracking down debtors and solving problems for clients as diverse as the Lords of Hell, vampires, Haitian loa, and goblins. He’s even worked for the Tooth Fairy on occasion. Based out of Cleveland, Ohio, Alek is the best in the game. As a literal slave to his job, he doesn’t have a choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Hugh on 04-11-19

What's with the book cover?

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

Reviewed: 05-06-19

At no time was there a girl with Alek. It's misleading..

Alek Fitz is a reaper and has a ring that has a jinn trapped inside that talks to him IN HIS HEAD. She's out 1 day per year and that day took them to the beach and then out to get stinkin' drunk. However, I think Maggie, the jinn, was my favorite character in the book. She was so funny at times, as was Alek.

Anyway, Alek was hired by Death to find some souls that had been stolen. It was quite different from my usual books and I will definitely read the second book when it comes out.

There was no romance and the F-bomb was used 15 times.

As to the narration: Without Luke Daniels narrating this I don’t think I would have enjoyed it nearly as much. He was so funny I hardly noticed it was written in that horrible first person narrative..

  • Only an Earl Will Do

  • To Marry a Rogue, Book 1
  • By: Tamara Gill
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

The reigning queen of London society, Lady Elizabeth Worthingham, has her future set out for her. Marry well, and marry without love. An easy promise to make and one she owed her family after her near ruinous past that threatened them all. And the rakish scoundrel Henry Andrews, earl of Muir, whose inability to act a gentleman when she needed one most, would one day pay for his treachery.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Barely okay book with wonderful narration..

  • By Trish R. on 05-06-19

Barely okay book with wonderful narration..

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

Reviewed: 05-06-19



Okay, every once in a while, I have to stop my murder mysteries and go back to my historical romances for a minute. AND a minute is about all I can stand. I always forget what stupid decisions and ideas authors have the heroines make. It was hard to like Elizabeth at times. I mean, her idea of marrying Henry but never telling him that Samuel was his son was the stupidest thing ever.

The only reason I finished this book was to find out what happened between Riddledale, Henry, Elizabeth and Josh (Elizabeth’s brother, who was also a Duke.) Riddledale’s craziness was what made this worth reading.

There were two sex scenes in this and the first one was in the most ridiculous place ever and the second one was just too long. I thought I’d never get through skimming pages before I reached the end. There was no swearing to speak of.

As to the narration: Actually, the only reason I bought this in the first place was because Stevie Zimmerman was narrating. Her voices and emotions when she reads is awesome.