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  • Dread Nation

  • By: Justina Ireland
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dead Are Never Lonely

  • By Cynthia on 05-15-18

She's already suffered enough, right?

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Slavery fiction is important in dealing with our past as a people in our United States. That being said, why do authors of slavery fiction seem to be intrigued with the pain of its heroes/heroines? What does having Jane whipped show or accomplish? Don't we want to go back in time and prevent this pain? This slavery fiction is a way to do this--to give us some peace over the things we really wanted for our ancestors. I like this book and want to read the series--still trying to wrap my head around how I feel about the whipping. As much as we try to describe it, there is no way we can really understand the devastating long and short-term effects of it. I just don't think I can go for the suffering of Jane again.

  • The Gap of Time

  • William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale Retold: A Novel
  • By: Jeanette Winterson
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Mark Bazeley, Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

In The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson's cover version of The Winter's Tale, we move from London, a city reeling after the 2008 financial crisis, to a storm-ravaged American city called New Bohemia. Her story is one of childhood friendship, money, status, technology, and the elliptical nature of time. Written with energy and wit, this is a story of the consuming power of jealousy on the one hand and redemption and the enduring love of a lost child on the other.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The men are great

  • By DRVanDyke on 03-14-16

A Case for Forgiveness???

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

As far as adaptations go, this was really well-done. My thoughts is that rape by one's mate is not forgivable. The rape of Hermione was just too graphic and a turn-off. However, Jeanette Winterston is in my heart as a writer and this work, although in the "eye" of Shakepeare, does really work well as a rounding out of her other novels. Soooo connected.

  • Mia & Korum

  • The Complete Krinar Chronicles Trilogy
  • By: Anna Zaires, Dima Zales
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 31 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

Like most humans, NYU student Mia Stalis knows little about the beautiful, mysterious invaders who’ve taken over Earth. Rumors about them abound: about their impossible strength and speed, their intentions toward Earth...their vampiric tendencies. None of it concerns Mia, though - until she catches Korum’s eye. Powerful and terrifyingly seductive, the Krinar leader will do anything to possess her - and no human law can stop him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mia & Korum Sitting in a Tree...

  • By Stacey on 06-19-17

Mia & Korum Sitting in a Tree...

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

I must confess that I was excited by the deal with 30 hours of pure heavenly listening. What a deal! Yet, unlike other readers, I found that my interest piqued with second half of the book two and book all of three. This story was a decent listen.

Korum used bullying to get what he wanted and used less than moral (by our standards) means of doing so. He didn't have to abide by human laws so he did what he liked. Korum is not without a devastating sex appeal. He is ardent, arrogant, and demanding. He knows what he wants and makes it a duty to tell Mia what she needs—ALL THE TIME!!!! I have a problem with a man telling a young lady that she must do as she is told. It felt like she was under lock and key. She could not visit her family or leave when she wanted to. I was understandably sympathetic to Mia and her choices. She is 21, has saved her virginity, and has led a sheltered life. Now she’s being forced to be with a man who she doesn’t know well--Let alone his autocratic ways. She eventually betrays Korum. But since he has done nothing but take a young, innocent adult, and confine her, how could Korum be hurt at her betrayal in book one? (It’s Juicy) The only time he really gained my trust was in book two when he told her she could leave and he would let her. She then really had a choice to stay or leave. Prior to that he was a D*%#head!

The real problem I have with this book and romances in general is that the woman HAS to be virginal, the guy is a master in the bed! What I REALLY had a problem with was—the constant misinformation. No matter how it is done, having an orgasm the first time one has sex with well-endowed man (let alone alien) an orgasm is the last thing one should expect. He never checked on her, or took his time to make things easier. His member is larger than human males, so unless he has a Prince Albert, or extra massager on him, this is just unrealistic—never-mind ‘mind shattering’!

I was a little taken aback by the preachiness of the book. I love meat! I will not stop eating meat! I will add more vegetables, but come on—vegan? That was a turn-off. Despite my rant, I liked the world the authors built. The description of the Great Panic, how the change in stewardship in the government and country helped me connect to the K.

All-in-all, I enjoyed this story and plan to read these authors again. Roberto Scarlato was an decent narrator--just slow reader. I have found that this book is creative gut-wrenching storytelling. I am not a professional reviewer. I purchased this book with my own money. I am just trying to write a good review to help others decide if they should purchase this book.

27 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Silence Fallen

  • A Mercy Thompson Novel, Book 10
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King, George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,778

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form Mercy escapes - only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe. Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • BAD PENGUIN.

  • By bluestategirl on 07-15-17

Paging Dr. Matt Smith...Solid Series Addition!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

What a treat. We FINALLY get to hear what some of the men in Mercy's life are thinking! This is a sound kick-ass book that adds to the Mercy Universe.

WARNING!!! The story unfolds in a nonlinear fashion so it jumps around a little and you must pay attention. This book that sucks you in revisits the time when Mercy was unclaimed and constantly underestimated. Her allies are still in place, but the pack is too far for her to make a connections. Mercy does what she does best--Kick Booty (unless she's playing a pirate game with the pack).

From waking in a strange room where she has to run a werewolf over with a bus. To brining a ghost into being, and thwarting a Golem and Vampire, and Kill off an enemy Seethe, Mercy does it all. I've always considered Mercy to be a strong, resilient and crafty heroine! This proves it!

Many readers did not like the reading of this book because of the narrators. I saw Mercy's thoughts of their speech patterns as her interpretation, not how Adam & Co talked. Yet, Adam (& Matt Smith) are integral parts of this book. It was nice to see exactly how the men thought of Mercy and how they saw & tackled their roles. They both have very important roles to play in this book.

I did not get the whole 'Matt Smith' angle until the end, but the clues are there! I love the new setting for this series. Filled with a great plot and lots of layers. I'll listen to it multiple times.

I purchased this book. I am writing this review to help others decide if they want to buy it. I hope this review has helped you.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Alpha Takes Tameka

  • (BWWM Interracial Shifter Romance)
  • By: R.L. Ish
  • Narrated by: Destiny Wilson
  • Length: 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 33

I was just trying to make some money. I've been grinding at this babysitting gig for years now. I figured now that I'm 20, maybe I can move on to something more professional. Then everything went to hell. Babysitting for the gorgeous Karl Hampton one night, the news came on. Something about a wolf running around our quiet suburb. Things only got more crazy from there.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By A'Kasha on 08-08-17

Woah There....

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

Why is it that most BWWM covers seem like two different photos of the protagonists thrown together haphazardly? Destiny Wilson sounds so much like Audrey Lusk, I am sure they are the same. There is nothing funny or even amusing about the narrator's reading. She sounds like some stuffy woman that tries to poorly enunciate the way she thinks Black People talk. The story was not that good either. It's under $3.00, but I urge you to keep it.

I purchased this book with my own money and have tried to write an honest review that will help others.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • What I Wanted

  • The Marine Short Story Book Series
  • By: Veronica Maxim
  • Narrated by: Jodi Hockinson
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

My heart had always done funny things around Dawson when we were teenagers, but I never knew if I was his type. And now, after all this time, he's back from Afghanistan. And boy has he filled out. When his dad put me in charge, I knew that working with him at the ranch this summer could be tense. I had no idea just how heated things would get.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love is blind

  • By charws on 03-10-17

Longer

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

This story was really sweet. I would like it to be longer. The one sex scene was hot, but shorts like this one needs less story and more sex or tell the whole story and make the story worthwhile to purchase. Veronica Maxim has a great and poetic writing voice--I'd like to see a longer book from her. Jodi Hockinson did a credible Southern Accent. Stories like this one, though, need two narrators.

I paid for this book and am writing this review to help others decide whether to purchase or not. I hope this has helped you.

  • Spiral of Need

  • Mercury Pack, Book 1
  • By: Suzanne Wright
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,041

Ally Marshall isn't just a wolf shifter - she's a Seer. But a girl doesn't exactly need special powers to know that Derren Hudson despises her entire kind. Disdain practically rolls off the Beta of the Mercury Pack... disdain mixed with a healthy dose of desire. And no matter how much the ruggedly handsome male appeals to her, this is one call of the wild she's determined to ignore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FULL OF ACTION, HEAT & GRRREAT CHARACTERS

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 10-04-15

Drama is Such a Turn off!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

This books is filled with 'skanks', bi***es, jealous spiteful women--ALL quotes from the book. This is how the women talk about other women. I love Suzanne Wright. This was just not very sexy. The drama between the women was more important than almost getting murdered. On top of that alpha's talking to other alphas rudely, the inability of wolves to understand each other, or even intuit lies makes no sense.

Worst line, "I'm an Alpha and you're a Beta. That means I am more." How do packs let other people walk onto their land and challenge pack members.

The sex was great and energetic and hot, and the price was great! Just not enough to counteract the lack of a good quality story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Deal

  • Prof Croft, Book 2
  • By: Brad Magnarella
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

Everson Croft here, professor of mythology and nervous as sin. Tonight's the night I tell Caroline the truth: about my feelings, my magic, everything. So why am I surprised when Detective Vega calls me to a new case? An elusive creature is chewing up residents in a housing project run by rival gangs. One more mangled body and the place will explode into warfare. Problem is, someone's protecting the killer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dude, smarten up! Gets hurt way too much for me.

  • By Stacey on 01-09-17

Dude, smarten up! Gets hurt way too much for me.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

As always, James Patrick Cronin always does an excellent job with narration.

There was definitely a great ride with adventure, magic, suspense, and even love! As usual, Everson finds himself embroiled in multiple investigations at one time. On one hand, he's trying to help Detective Vega! On the other, he gets lured into making poor deals. I kept asking myself why he hadn't shored up his inventory to be prepared for meetings with Arnaud, the vampire. It just makes no sense to me. (If I go where bad stuff is about to happen, I prepare.) He never prepares and seems to get lucky instead of skilled. He keeps getting his ass kicked. Is he supposed to be a young learner or just incompetent???? Why walk into the lair of a vampire who has almost bested you and tried to rob you without prep????

The matter of Caroline, who has long held a place in Everson's heart, becomes part of an intersecting puzzle. Croft leaves her BY HERSELF with a man she DOES NOT TRUST when on their first date!!!!!!!!! (Definitely a Beta Male) Only Beta male would leave someone he REALLY likes by herself and not physically check in on her to see if she is ok. (This idiot keeps calling).


There are plenty of injuries for Everson (as usual) and lots of that push--exhaustion--pain. This to me, is just plain annoying. He seems like a bumbling idiot at the mercy of everyone else. Come on, when are we going to see him as better--it's been 10 years since he got 'owned' by the incubus. When does he win some confrontations?

It may seem like I did not enjoy this book, I did. I just enjoy my male leads a little smarter and less of the butt of every confrontation. I enjoyed the new, wholly original characters that cropped up. I am not sure that I liked that there were times that various forces caused Everson's magic to be grounded or weak so that he was not invincible--it's like he hasn't gotten better from the last book. The lore of his world is also expanding with new creatures, demon types, potions, etc. Despite that he gets hurt too much, and makes poor decisions, the story felt fresh and honest. In addition, I love the the intrigue and intersection of events with exquisite conclusion.

I purchased this book. I am writing to inform other readers of my thoughts. I hope this review has helped you.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Menage: All Night Rodeo

  • By: Kathleen Hope
  • Narrated by: Lion Queen
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

"You still don't know, do you?" Michael's eyes met hers, his fiery gaze searching for the answer. "Don't know what?" Julia replied. But as she spoke, Michael's hand reached the top of her thigh and he hovered there. Julia wasn't sure what possessed her in that moment, but she didn't pull away. Instead, she spread her thighs slightly - just enough to let Michael know that she didn't want him to stop. She'd never been so bold in her life, encouraging a near-stranger like this in the middle of an empty field.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing...

  • By Stacey on 12-31-16

Disappointing...

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

This book spends too much time on the set-up. It's 46 minutes and only 7 minutes of this includes actual sex with her men! What's up with that??? The premise is great, but for a quickie, too much time on the set-up. I love the narrator's voice, but she fails to enunciate at places. This makes the book a turn off. Pass it by.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Billionaires BDSM Club: The Complete Collection

  • By: Lena Foxworth
  • Narrated by: Sara Dunham
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Billionaires BDSM Club is the story of Elizabeth's journey through the seven stages of admission. For each billionaire, she must give up her identity and become his personal plaything, submitting to his personal kinks until all seven are satisfied. Only then will she be able to access riches beyond her wildest dreams. But will she be able to endure the journey ahead?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Jury is still out...

  • By Stacey on 12-20-16

Jury is still out...

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

Reviewed: 12-20-16

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. It certainly has its sexy moments. There are also some cringe-worthy moments. Here is the synopsis.

A poor woman answers an ad for a a free bottle of perfume where she has to take a survey. Because she is a virgin and poor, she is invited to become the concubine of seven men. Each one has the name of a color. For each night she spends with the man of that color, she has a corresponding name. For Mr. Blue, her name is Sapphire--Mr. Red, her name is Scarlett--and so on. If she makes it through the entire week, she can pick and choose a career or lifestyle she wants.

I was intrigued by the idea, but some of the nights, I just cringed. This made it hard to get into the book itself. Because if I am gong to imagine myself int he place of the heroine, I want her to enjoy the moments she takes on. One night she spends in a brothel- - and only makes 160 pounds and is made to service Mr. Yellow, in public, who is a sadistic coward--as his color implies. Yet, the author shows her growth where she stands up for herself, gains a friend, and even falls in love. There is definitely growth and courage in this woman.

The narrator rocks. Great voice, good pronunciation and quality sound is evident here.
See why I am torn? I am just not sure I want to listen to this book again. I did enjoy it and I recoiled at moments. However, I am not sure I can, in good faith, recommend spending a credit on this. I bought it on sale. Lena Foxworth is definitely a writer to watch--intense violent moments, tender loving ones as well. I apologize for being on the fence here, but I tried to give an honest review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful