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  • Death's Rival

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 5
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,647

For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the series by far!

  • By maureen on 10-08-12

Reads like an advertisement for the NRA

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

I came to this series after listening to Hunter's new series about Soulwood, which I found compelling. As has been said by other reviewers: this one has way too much gun detail and not enough human interest. And I've always disliked reading stories in which otherwise strong women fall victim to the weakness and/or ambitions of men. These things have put me off the series, so I'm stopping with this one.

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,329

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

One of my all-time favorites!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I found this book so engaging and entertaining in print, that I decided to listen to it in audio format. Martin Jarvis adds yet another layer of fun to the mayhem with his great voices and excellent timing. I've recommended the printed book to many of my friends, and now I'm recommending this one to audible members. I'm certain I will listen to it again someday.

  • Twist of Fate

  • By: Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Narrated by: Nellie Chalfant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 199

Cloistered as a faculty member at a small college, beautiful Hannah Jessett can almost forget her family heritage. Few know she's the niece of Elizabeth Nord, the legendary anthropologist who stunned the world with her revolutionary work, until her aunt dies, leaving Hannah in sole possession of her priceless unpublished journals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By LeftyMom on 05-03-07

Ick

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I didn't like the primary character - there was no internal logic to her thinking. Hanna was supposed to be highly sensitive toward other people, but she was judgmental and preachy. She was supposed to be highly principled and very smart about long term consequences, and yet one future she envisioned for herself was so far beyond anything principled, it was ludicrous. And she dithered, covering the same ground over and over again. Krentz's characters rarely dither. There was plenty of snappy back and forth dialog between Hanna and Gideon, but it had no spark of warmth and no playfulness. It was a surprisingly passionless novel. Just dreary.

But Nellie Chalfant was excellent and did her best to breathe life into the characters. The only reason I finished the book was because of her performance. I will look to see what other books she's narrated.

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  • The Betrayal of the Blood Lily

  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

The heroines of Lauren Willig's best-selling Pink Carnation series have engaged in espionage all over 19th-century Europe. In the sixth stand-alone volume, our fair English heroine travels to India, where she finds freedom-and risk-more exciting than she ever imagined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unsympathetic Main Character

  • By Elizabeth on 03-24-10

Not as much fun as others in the series

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

Reviewed: 04-02-13

Kate Reading is back so listening is a pleasure! Both story lines (modern and historical) veer off in new directions. I actually like India as a location, however Penelope is a difficult character to like - Willig makes her accomplished enough to be admirable - but she is so manipulative and short-sighted throughout most of the book that it is difficult to care about what happens to her. It isn't till the last third or fourth of the novel that she becomes at all sympathetic and likable, so it gets rather annoying about half way through.

  • The Temptation of the Night Jasmine

  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

The much- anticipated fifth installment in the inventive and original Pink Carnation series.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disapointing Reader

  • By Bethany on 01-27-09

Changed direction and reader mid-series - bad move

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

The series veers onto a different tangent, which is disconcerting enough without changing readers, but losing Kate Reading is a serious loss.

  • The Seduction of the Crimson Rose

  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Lauren Willig continues the exciting series with her fourth novel, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, featuring Lord Vaughn, the delightfully devilish spy from The Masque of the Black Tulip, and Mary Alsworthy, the raven-haired beauty whose sister accidentally stole her suitor in The Deception of the Emerald Ring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new twist - Dispicable me!

  • By Gash on 06-30-13

Twirling moustaches and other dark deeds.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

Not the usual romantic leads - a couple of tough-minded, self-centered, unsentimental characters in over their heads. I enjoyed it. Kate Reading's reading was stellar as usual.

  • The Deception of the Emerald Ring

  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

The year is 1803 and England and France remain at odds. Hoping to break the English once and for all, Napoleon backs a ring of Irish rebels in uprisings against England and sends the Black Tulip, France's most deadly spy, to the Emerald Isle to help. Meanwhile, not to be outdone by her husband, Letty Alsworthy steals away on a ship bound for Ireland, armed and ready to fight for her spouse and to learn a thing or two about spying for England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More, more, more!

  • By Coffee Lover on 02-02-08

More mayhem with spies and counterspies

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

Another fun story of spies and romance. Light and entertaining and ultimately made best by the very deft performance of Kate Reading.

  • The Masque of the Black Tulip

  • A Novel
  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

The Pink Carnation, history's most elusive spy and England's only hope for preventing a Napoleonic invasion, returns in Lauren Willig's dazzling, imaginative new historical romance. The Masque of the Black Tulip opens with the murder of a courier from the London War Office, his confidential dispatch for the Pink Carnation stolen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Coffee Lover on 09-04-06

Evan better than the first in the series.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

I am enjoying this series. Absolutely wonderful reader brings both modern and past romances to life with excellent comic timing and character differentiation. Skulduggery... mysteries... period detail... It is just plain fun.

  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 637

Deciding that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who always manages to wear her Jimmy Choo suede boots on the day it rains, leaves Harvard's Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. What she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: a secret history that begins with a letter dated 1803.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly entertaining

  • By Jeny on 04-03-10

The Scarlet Pimpernel meets modern romance

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

This is the first in an entertaining series. Two romantic stories (modern and past) with spies, action, and humor. Light fun with engaging characters (though these are a bit silly) and an excellent reader with remarkable comic timing. Kate Reading makes this book I think - my guess is it's better heard than read. Lots of yearning and lusting but the sex is playful and not graphic, so it would probably be fun for teens.

  • Wicked Intentions

  • By: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 888

Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk.....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't understand the bad reviews. I enjoyed it!

  • By Katheryne on 12-24-12

Murder mystery and earthy sex.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

This is the first book in the Maiden Lane series. It has reasonably good period detail, a romance, and a mystery. I like the entire Maiden Lane series because it deals with more than aristocratic routs and drawing rooms. This is not Austen - no comedy of manners here - so be prepared for the darker side of life and graphic sex scenes.