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  • Kill the Queen

  • Crown of Shards Series, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Estep
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten. But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-13-18

Many of the same things Gin Blanco has

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

The story is very good it builds up to a great ending a little stereo typical, and if you read any of the elemental assassin/Jen Blanco series you’ll find so many similarities down to some of the same names, powers (ice), special abilities/ talents(cooking) and concepts. But overall, still super happy with it.

  • A Rylee Adamson Omnibus

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Shannon Mayer
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693

Priceless, book one: "My name is Rylee, and I am a Tracker." When children go missing and the Humans have no leads, I'm the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot. I'm on the FBI's wanted list. I have a werewolf for a pet, a Witch of a best friend, and no need for anyone else in my life. But when a salvage starts to spin out of control, help comes from a most unexpected direction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Voice does not match story.

  • By T-AudibleAddict-do NOT cure on 03-11-16

Books is good, narrator not so much

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

The books are OK, kind of PG-13. They wrap up conflict pretty fast. I think I would actually enjoy this book series much more if person narrating the stories didn’t talk in the same tone for every character and constantly spoke like they were annoyed with everything, or in a rush. Every scene, even the passionate ones or sad ones, still sound like the character is annoyed. I also have to speeded up to a 1.25 to get it at a regular reading pace.

  • Serpentine

  • Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 26
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031

Vampire hunter Anita Blake has managed to overcome everything she faces. But this time there's a monster that even she doesn't know how to fight.... A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita's fellow US marshal and best friend, Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it's the first trip she gets to take with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it's not all fun and games and bachelor parties....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Serpentine

  • By Donna M. on 08-10-18

Again...all relationships issues

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

If your hoping for a new big bad, and less drama...sorry. No dice. 13/15 hours of this new story are all relationship /poly/sex/back story.
The fight seen is literally the last 15 minutes.
Very disappointing. 3-4 sex scenes, lots of relationship back and forth banter, tons of Anita inner dialogue on feelings, pretty much NO Jean Claude except in the beginning for a chapter or two, saying the four horseman get together and go hunting is a joke,(if you are hoping for more with that like everyone is, you are SOL) and most of all, the new “big bad”....isn’t really part of the story, it’s in there for about as much as the four horseman...which is....a few lines like background noise to Anita’s relationships.
How the book can actually be described the way it is as a new big bad story is insulting.
I really wish the author would stop putting her personal life reflection into her books. It’s very sad that 1/2 or 3/4 of the last few, or perhaps several Anita Blake novels are just all about her personal relationships and sex. The big bad Marshall is gone.

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  • The Sacrifice

  • By: Elicia Hyder
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

"Hello, Praea." There's only one being on Earth who calls Sloan Jordan by that name - her biological mother, a demon named Kasyade. So why did she answer Sloan’s best friend’s phone? When Sloan reaches Adrianne Marx’s apartment to investigate, she finds evidence of abduction. The reason? Ransom. The price? Sloan’s unborn daughter, the most powerful angel in all of history. But hell can’t rival the fury of an angry mother protecting her child, and until the baby is born, her incredible power is Sloan’s to wield.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great one!

  • By Jessica Jones on 10-03-18

Everything comes together....but....

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I have to say I was on edge waiting for this book to finally be narrated by Britney Presley because it came out a while ago.
But it was worth the wait. She does a brilliant job, You has me sobbing Brit.
The good first: everything comes together, you get answers BUT not to two things that probably all readers were hoping. (Not spoiling that) but you will be let down a little on the information scale. Audio books have a way of fully engulfing their readers with all the details that could be missed or skimmed over with physical reading. (Or I could just be weird cuz I have Echoic Memory)
I am a supernatural mystery nut! I have read SO many series and listened to so many that It’s getting difficult for me to find ones. I love twists and the bad guys and all that. That being said....
There is a LOT of filler with this book to fully bring forth the title ( which is also the main concept of the book), “sacrifice”. I would say 3/4 of it is encompasses the way Sloan is loved by those around her, and how she returns that love. If you’re looking for super fights and back and fourth, and twists...you won’t get it here. Sorry. This is a “bring it round to rest” type. It’s a closer. Yet, the author can still do quite the spin-offs with other characters, and start it back up easily.
This one is more like a Game of cat and mouse with the feel of Time Travelers wife/the Notebook.
You get your big bad fight, but not till the very end bringing forth great narration on action and suspense.
I’ll admit as well I sobbed like a baby for the last 15 minutes of the book. Good job Britney. Totally got a big case of the feels I would not have been able to visualize with just reading it.
And to the author, I’m pretty sure my husband hates you. I myself am married to a very amazing and aggressive and brutish military man that’s done tours and lives for the action/fight. It’s been his entire life. And he could never ever in a million years be as caring and loving as Warren. Or write that letter. My husband believes that alone makes this book Fiction. (Lol)
It’s good. But I’m just more about the action and mystery. That’s just me. the love story is amazing. The fight scenes, easy to visualize and suspenseful. The mysteries have great twists and the characters well developed. This one just isn’t enough “for ME” and be alone. But I got my answers and I still like the series. I’m needy. I get that.

  • The Taken

  • By: Elicia Hyder
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

Sloan Jordan's days are numbered. She has 139 to be exact. In that time, there's a lot to do - a missing friend to find, a wedding to plan, and her own murder plot to overthrow. When a lead takes the crew back to Chicago, the truth they uncover is more shocking than they ever imagined - to fight the enemies of the present, they must first face the demons from the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Jonathan C. Brown on 12-13-17

Bringing it all Together

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

This third book does very well in bringing parts of the series together. I'd say this one definitely has less action and more drama and romance. The author really knows how to write a good fight scene, like at the end of the previous book. This fight scene was a little week by my definition but I also really like a lot of action and drama. But when it comes to pulling bits and pieces of details together into a much larger scheme of things, this book does very well. The author does a great job at not allowing 100% trust in characters, and at the end you really don't know who to trust or what to believe. That's the kind of mystery that I have been missing. Also the narrator of the series does a wonderful job at pulling suspense, heated arguments, and the sarcasm/jokes off. I am very thankful for this narrator because she has really done a good job at grasping the different personalities in each one of the characters. As well as creating a great picture of what relationships exist. I would say the only reason that I didn't give it five stars is just because there was a little bit too much romance and drama when it came to the story. Talk of picking out wedding dresses, relationship arguments, creating friendships, planning parties, etc. but I know that was just the author trying to cement the close circle that Sloan has around her and how important it is to her so when certain things take place, how much it affects everything. It also makes you care for them more, so when. Trust is broken, it sparks that emotion in the reader.

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  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,904
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,826
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,856

"Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 ROLLS OF ASS CLEANING GOODNESS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-25-15

For a short little snippet, this was an absolutely amazing performance

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

This will make me start reading the series. Good job the audible for putting this out for free. The performance and the intense scene definitely will have me looking into the series.

  • Blood Gamble

  • Disrupted Magic, Book 2
  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562

If there is one city that Scarlett Bernard hates, it's Las Vegas. But when the cardinal vampire of Los Angeles convinces her to go investigate a new vampire-themed stage show, Scarlett quickly finds herself shoulder-deep in sequins, slot machines, and Old World intrigue. The show's creators are vampire celebrities Arthur and Lucy Holmwood, who once inspired characters from the original Dracula. Now, however, they have no qualms about announcing their true status to the human world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but I miss my friends

  • By BikeVON on 10-20-17

Great performer, great mystery

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

This is a great mystery with tons of other little things going on. Again this numerator does an amazing job at the performance. Doing very well with telling jokes and little quips, the change of voices and tension. I laugh out loud several times when listening to this performer. She's great! Though I really enjoy the regular characters in the scarlet world, it was a fresh look of being taken out of the element that is consistent in the series, which is LA. It was missing a little bit more of the supernatural feel than usual. But I'm one of those people that like it when there's so much going on you can't keep your story straight almost. Lol

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  • Lineage

  • A Supernatural Thriller
  • By: Joe Hart
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 428

Pain, horror, fear - these are the things that have comprised best-selling novelist Lance Metzger's life. His childhood remains a riddled wasteland of abuse by a sadistic father and abandonment by an apathetic mother. In turn his only refuge became his writing. When Lance loses his ability to write and becomes haunted by a nightmare that he'd thought was buried, he is drawn inexplicably to a house on the shores of Lake Superior, where he finds his muse once again - but something is waiting for him when he arrives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lineage

  • By Deedra on 11-02-16

Takes quite a bit to get going, but great ending

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

This is something you can definitely see being a movie. Like something along the lines of "crash" or "traffic". With all the small little hidden things, and big ending. But the author will write a really intense chapter and then draw out detailed relationships and settings and memories that just takes so long to get past. I wasn't that impressed with the audio performance unfortunately. It's not that he was terrible it's just the way he read . It is a rather long audiobook and it opens with a very intense narrator that constantly sounds like he's on the edge of his seat with every sentence. You keep waiting for that intensity to die down but it doesn't through the entire book every sentence seems to have disturbance and drama. I hate feeling a sense of mystery, or waiting for something to jump out of the shadows when someone is just describing a picturesque scene A window or perhaps a plate of food in the restaurant. You just keep on thinking that the near raider is reading this way because he knows what's going to happen next and you're waiting for it and waiting for it and it never happens. I actually had to stop this book for about two days before I finish the last hour which was the most intense. I would not be surprised to see this as a movie or miniseries later on.

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  • Grave Surprise

  • Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416

Twenty-something Harper Connelly has a gift. After being struck by lighting as a child, she discovered an eerie ability to locate the deceased. In Memphis, skeptical Professor Nunley wants her to demonstrate that skill at an ancient cemetery. There, Harper stands atop a grave and says there are two bodies entombed: one centuries old, but the other, a young girl named Tabitha.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly different

  • By April on 09-16-07

Great mystery, weak main character, wonderful performance

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

This really is a great mystery/supernatural series. I have read the whole series in like a little appearance of man food from the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries and midnight crossroad is well. But the main character really comes across as such a scared little mouse constantly. I understand the trauma that's taken place in her life but I just wish she was stronger. It's a rare time when Harris writes a weak character. And the last two books in the series really do have way too much back-and-forth with her and her stepbrother, and less mystery. But the audio performance is still wonderful. The narrator does a really great job and trying not to give away the story.

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  • The Turn

  • The Hollows Begins with Death
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122

Trisk and her hated rival, Kal, have the same goal: save their species from extinction. But death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government's new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague rises, giving the paranormal species the choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Little Slow

  • By Therese M. Woolley on 02-22-17

I miss The hollows crazy mysteries

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

This was a good prequel. A little something to wet the appetite those still missing the hollows. Also good if somebody wants to read this before starting the hollow series. Sure it will provide a couple spoilers but still, it enjoyable. This performer is definitely one of my favorites. She really is able to switch the tone of her voice and give each character their own presence. The story is a bit slow going especially if you either haven't read the hollows or finished it when it ended the previous years. Trying to remember all the bits and pieces in each book that tie into this prequel was difficult. But there are a few websites out there that tie it all together for you and what books can be tied to watch parts. If you just want to refresh your memory.