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newhall, CA, United States
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  • Boneshaker

  • By: Cherie Priest
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,396

In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't live up to potential

  • By Tracey on 02-14-13

Good.... Just not GREAT!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-10

I was looking for books in the steam-punk genre and stumbled across Boneshaker. The book kept me engaged for several days as I painted a mural in a friend's house. With sufficient steam-punk details to satisfy, and two good narrators, I stayed interested for the duration of the listen. I did enjoy the complete absence of female victims here. It was refreshing to let the old broads be both wise and kick ass- and not even a little concerned about the suppleness of their body parts. I wanted to LOVE this book, for all its uniqueness, but somehow I think the thing that will last the longest for me- is the cool cover art.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

  • By: Jeff Lindsay
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,877
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,107

Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling but unsettling

  • By V. Sharol on 02-11-07

Didn't want to put it down...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-10

I only recently discovered the SHOWTIME series based on this book- and I was not disappointed by either of them. The narrator was excellent, and getting a peek into the mind of a sociopath was just the kind of fresh, twisted literary adventure that grabs and holds my attention. Who knew that an anti-hero, completely devoid of emotion or conscience, could be so compelling?

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Mistress of Magic

  • The Mists of Avalon: Book 1
  • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 858
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 519

In the tradition of T.H. White's The Once and Future King, the author makes use of the prerequisites of the Arthurian legend: Excalibur, the Holy Grail, Lancelet's illicit love for Gwenhwyfar, the destruction of Camelot, but with a twist - she presents the entire panoramic story from the female point of view.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration-Frustrating Hatchet Job

  • By leslie on 01-26-10

Excellent Narration-Frustrating Hatchet Job

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-10

I've loved and reread "The Mists of Avalon" since I discovered it many years ago. Davina Porter does an excellent job with the narration. My only gripe is that the book is broken into FOUR short parts, instead of TWO longer parts or being sold as a 2 credit option. This makes for one VERY expensive read for the complete book. I bristle.

50 of 51 people found this review helpful

  • Kushiel's Scion

  • By: Jacqueline Carey
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 27 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

Imriel de la Courcel's birth parents are history's most reviled traitors, but his adoptive parents, the Comtesse Phedre and the warrior-priest Joscelin, are Terre d'Ange's greatest champions. Stolen, tortured, and enslaved as a young boy, Imriel is now a Prince of the Blood; third in line for the throne in a land that revels in art, beauty and desire. It is a court steeped in deeply laid conspiracies - and there are many who would see the young prince dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and frustrating

  • By Jennifer on 01-28-09

Better than nothing...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-10

This is a good book, and fairly well narrated, except that the voices of the "Tiberians" all sound like Transylvanian vampires.( This is NOT a vampire book) I found it wildly distracting. The earlier books in the series which feature Phaedre and Jocelyn are much more interesting, but the horribly pedantic narrator of those books ruined things for me. I couldn't even listen to the whole preview(I tried, I really tried), so I settled for the better of two narrators from a series I really love. Read the books instead- and make up your own voices.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Soon I Will Be Invincible

  • A Novel
  • By: Austin Grossman
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,171

Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Now that I have you at my mercy. . .

  • By Brad W. on 07-02-07

Exquisitely delectable fun!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-09

Paul Boehmer's performance as Dr. Impossible is so gleefully snarky, its hard to find superlatives equal to it. He is just brilliant!



1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Anathem

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
  • Length: 32 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,056

In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unparalleled

  • By Baron on 11-25-08

AAAAARGGGH!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-09

Imagine eavesdropping on the next table over lunch at a Star Trek convention- and this book is what you would get- Hour after hour of quantum and theoretical physics debate with no discernible plot or character development. I am a fan of SCI FI, but at about hour 22 I finally just gave up hoping that anything would actually HAPPEN. I cannot imagine what the other reviewers were thinking in recommending this book- unless they were afraid of appearing anti-intellectual by panning it. I want my 2 CREDITS back!

1 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • The Road Taken

  • By: Megan Hart
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 150

It would have been impossible for Molly not to take a long, hard look at the Impala in the parking lot: it's big, dark, and impressive. But it isn't the only thing that gets her engine revving.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A quickie

  • By Kim on 02-24-08

Not just inept as erotica...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-09

..but as engaging as the instruction manual for your desktop printer. Dry and colorless prose. The literary equivalent of cardboard. Erotica?! Pffft!
If I had paid for this, I would have been VERY put out...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Gentleman's Wager

  • By: Madelynne Ellis
  • Narrated by: Betsy Garden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 84

When 18th-century young lady Bella Rushdale finds herself fierely attracted to handsome landowner Lucerne Marlinscar, she does not expect the rival for her affections to be another man. However, the handsome and decadent Marquis Pennerley has desired Lucerne for years, and when they are brought together at the remote Lauwine Hall for a country party on the Yorkshire Moors, he intends to claim him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Risque Period Romance

  • By S Hanson on 06-29-07

Great! I'll look for more from this author.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-08

I thought it was a great listen, highly erotic, and very well read and written. Judging by the outrage from other readers, they must have been expecting something more conventionally romantic- which this is decidedly NOT. You say 'pornography'- I say "erotica". I hope the detractors don't have an undue influence on audible's buyers. I really liked this book, as well as the erotica of Kristina Lloyd. I'd like to hear more from both of these writers.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Asking for Trouble

  • By: Kristina Lloyd
  • Narrated by: Saskia Reeves
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54

When Beth Bradshaw - the manager of a fashionable bar in the seaside town of Brighton - starts flirting with the handsome Ilya, she becomes a player in a game based purely on sexual brinkmanship. The boundaries between fantasy and reality start to blur as their relationship takes on an increasingly reckless element. When Ilya's murky past catches up with him, he's determined to involve Beth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Crude

  • By LeftyMom on 11-08-07

Not for the

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-07

...This is smart, raw and raunchy erotica- complexly drawn and brilliantly read- with enough plot and character development to make it good fiction as well.









3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Caine's Reckoning

  • Hell's Eight Series, Book 1
  • By: Sarah McCarty
  • Narrated by: Zoe Winslow
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 921

From the moment he beds Desi, Caine knows turmoil will follow. Desi might have the face of a temptress, but she also has a will of iron, and while she needs his protection, she's determined that no man will control her again. They establish an uneasy bond, but it isn't enough for Caine. He wants all Desi has to offer. He wants her screams, her moans, her demands...everything. Yet there's still a bounty on Desi's head, and keeping her sexually satisfied is proving easier than keeping her alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding read!!!

  • By Jennifer Jensen on 11-27-07

Explicit fluff

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-07

This is best described as a sexually-explicit Romance novel. The plot begins promisingly enough, but rapidly sinks to simplistic stereotypes and a lot of pedestrian sex play.

If you like your erotica on the vanilla side, and your characters simple and uncomplicated, you'll enjoy this read.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful