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Baltimore, MD USA
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  • Blood of the Earth

  • Soulwood, Book 1
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,743

When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her. Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell's doorstep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faith Hunter hits it out of the Park!

  • By Teri on 08-03-16

As good as ever!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

I love Faith Hunter's imagination and depth. Her characters are fully developed as are her stories. This is a super addition.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Every Heart a Doorway

  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Hopkins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 919

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions - slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere...else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The things she's experienced...they change a person. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly Moving

  • By tm on 07-12-16

Dark & a bit flat

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

Reviewed: 04-19-16

I've enjoyed this author's other work, so I tried this one. I have enjoyed the complexity of her characters and plots but this one fell flat. It is a good idea, but most of the characters lack dimension, and the better developed ones are ... I think the word I want is stylized. The performance is ok, but overall, I'm disappointed in this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • John Adams

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 29 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,393

McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lip smacking good

  • By Randall on 08-29-16

Such a terrific story!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

I will be replaying this book many times! My only suggestion is to have had a woman's voice for Abigail Adams.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Queen Victoria's Book of Spells

  • An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy
  • By: Ellen Datlow (editor), Terri Windling (editor)
  • Narrated by: Kelly Lintz
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Queen Victoria's Book of Spells is an anthology for everyone who loves works of neo-Victorian fiction and wishes to explore the wide variety of ways that modern fantasists are using nineteenth-century settings, characters, and themes. These approaches stretch from steampunk fiction to the Austen-and-Trollope inspired works that some critics call "fantasy of manners", all of which fit under the larger umbrella of gaslamp fantasy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Delicious Entrée to Gaslamp Fantasy

  • By alison on 06-17-16

Just couldn't get into these

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

Reviewed: 07-23-15

These stories are shallow. The narration is cartoonish - a faked little girl voice. The stories themselves lack originality. Boo

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,099

Former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has it pretty good. She has left the corrupt Inderland Runner Service and started her own independent service. She's survived werewolves, shape-changing demons, bad-hair days, and sharing a church with her vampire roommate, Ivy. She even has a cute (if human) boyfriend - what more could a witch want? But living with a reformed vampire isn't all it's cracked up to be.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rachel too whiny

  • By Ashley on 02-25-13

I tried, but it's awful

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

Reviewed: 07-23-15

The worst part is the twist of relationship with the two main characters, and the disgusting, gory sexploitation. I so wanted it to be better, but the further it went the worse it got. Gratuitous gore and such a psychological failure. Depth is confused with gross.

  • Day Shift

  • A Novel of Midnight, Texas
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,419

A number-one New York Times best-selling author, Charlaine Harris penned the addictive Sookie Stackhouse series. In Day Shift psychic Manfred Bernardo is hounded by the press after a client drops dead during a reading. Turning to the local vampire's lover for help, Manfred hopes she can put the squeeze on the scandal before someone else is put on ice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Midnight, Texas Continues to Fascinate

  • By Lulu on 08-21-15

I really enjoyed this!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-15

I like a complex story with good characters and room to be a bit confused. This one delivered it all.

  • Reliquary

  • Pendergast, Book 2
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,075

Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should have made this one into a movie...

  • By Anastasia on 02-22-09

Dreadful book!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

I tried, I really did. So many people liked this series but it is disgusting ... Relentlessly disgusting, violent, and without purpose other than being relentlessly ugly. The narration is fine but the book itself is awful.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Heir

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 9
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,518
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,320

For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it's definitely personal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Yellowrock Book to Date!

  • By Florida Mama on 04-09-15

Superb and deep!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

She takes on some fundamental questions in this one! Love of several kinds, the concept of family and identity ..., the works!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Heart of Stone

  • The Negotiator Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: C. E. Murphy
  • Narrated by: Eve Bianco
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 968
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 496

Okay, so jogging through Central Park after midnight wasn't a bright idea. But Margrit Knight never thought she'd encounter a dark new world filled with magical beings, not to mention a dying woman and a mysterious stranger with blood on his hands. Her logical, lawyer instincts told her it couldn't all be real, but she could hardly deny what she'd seen...and touched.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining if formulaic

  • By Deborah on 07-29-08

Opportunity missed

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

Reviewed: 02-25-15

An interesting connection to the topic of racism is only suggested in this book. A more complex and thoughtful treatment of it would have made all the difference. Vocabulary issues also detracted. Ms. Murphy should never use the words "palpable" or "belie" again.

  • Death and the Maiden

  • Jonathan Barrett, Gentleman Vampire, Book 2
  • By: P. N. Elrod
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

This compelling series combines action and historical drama in fascinating tales of an American Tory who stumbles into the dark world of the vampire. Completely revised and expanded, each of these new editions includes more than 40 pages of new materials. Threatened by soldiers on the outside and turmoil on the inside, Jonathan Barrett valiantly fights to protect his family and the peace of the Barrett estate in this thrilling sequel to Red Death. Nearly consumed by his dark desires, Jonathan struggles to control his supernatural powers and his overwhelming thirst for blood while in the company of his immediate family and a scheming young cousin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the series is very enjoyable

  • By terrible tea on 06-18-17

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

Dull characters, predictable plot with underwhelming high spots. Don't bother with this series. It had some promise but doesn't deliver