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  • How to Date Your Dragon

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,757

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As someone from Louisiana...

  • By Kristi on 02-13-18

Disappointing read

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

What did you like best about How to Date Your Dragon? What did you like least?

The thing I liked best about the book was Amanda Ronconi’s reading, but the characters just weren’t likable. And the humor just wasn’t there like in Ms Harper’s other books.

Would you ever listen to anything by Molly Harper again?

I would still read Ms Harpers books again.

What about Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis ’s performance did you like?

I enjoy Ms Ronconi’s readings, I have many audio books by her. Sheinjects a great deal of humor in her narrative.

Any additional comments?

If any of you are waiting for the next great read from your favorite author try Jana Deleon’s Miss Fortune Mysteries. I lmao over every book.

  • The Dead

  • The Wilds, Book Three
  • By: Donna Augustine
  • Narrated by: Angel Clark
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

I'm young to have so many enemies. The Skinners, Dark Walkers, Wood Mist, they all want me for their own reasons. But those were enemies I could fight. Now the disease that changed me forever is back. It's reaping death and havoc everywhere it strikes and I'm nearly helpless to stop it except for one chance. There's a rumor of a cure. But Dax, my ally here in the Wilds, has vengeance on his mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The End of Civilization ... Nope, not yet

  • By Kenna on 10-15-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

If you have time to kill this book is a decent way to spend it if you can get past the narrator. Donna Augustine has good story lines that can easily pull you in.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dead?

When the illness first hit and her friends started getting sick was a pivotal point in the story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Angel Clark’s performances?

I will make a point to steer away from any books Ms Clark narrates . I listened ( again ) to the previous books before I listened to this one and by the time I got into The Dead, Ms Clark's interpretation of Dal was like finger nails o a blackboard. Whine. Whine, WHine, WHINE!!! She was fine with the other characters but not Dal. Ruined the books for me. Ms Clark, not all 18 year olds whine and it didn't make Dal sound young, it made me wonder why anyone could stand being around her.

Could you see The Dead being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No I can't see it being made into a movie. The story is too fussy and the characters did not elicit any sympathy from me the listener. I wonder if a different narrator would result in a different answer.....

Any additional comments?

I doubt I'll get the last book in the series. I have a low tolerance for whining.

  • Tex

  • Burnout Series, Book 2
  • By: Dahlia West
  • Narrated by: Mason Lloyd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 672

Abby Raines is leaving Las Vegas. She's trading the glitter and excess of her hometown for the rolling hills and lush forests of Rapid City, South Dakota. She's taken her first real job, and she's determined to succeed on her own. Mark Marsten traded the Texas range for the Army Rangers years ago and never looked back. Now he's settled permanently in Rapid City with the remaining members of his Special Forces unit. He thought he had it all - well, almost, anyway. Until a sassy redhead with a sharp tongue and body to die for rolled into town.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • M I N U S ONE STAR RATING & THIS IS WHY...

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 05-01-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Ms West needed to have a strong plot and decent characters that I could have sympathized with in order for me to give the book a better rating.

What could Dahlia West have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I think Ms West could have put more thought and planning into this book. There was almost no plot or storyline to it. It just seemed to be a vehicle for Ms West to explore the world of S&M for herself. She did this to the point she sacrificed her characters to this end. Her main characters were so unlikeable I didn't care what happened to them.

What three words best describe Mason Lloyd’s voice?

There were many times during the S&M portions of the book that Mr Lloyd sounded like Morgan Freeman which was disconcerting since I can't picture Mr Freeman abusing women. Yuck!




If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tex?

I would have aggressively cut back the sex scenes which dominated this book. They overwhelmed the story to the point that the plot became an afterthought.

Any additional comments?

I though the first book in the series was promising but this book soured me for any further books not only in this series but from this author. She is no Patricia Briggs!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Written in Red

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,233

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original, emotion-driven alternative reality

  • By Mike on 03-10-15

Great series

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

Where does Written in Red rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This series is right up there with Kate Daniels, Alpha and Omega and October .

What other book might you compare Written in Red to and why?

This series is similar to the October Daye series in that it a fantasy series with strong well developed characters and story lines.

  • Wolver's Gold

  • The Wolvers, Book 5
  • By: Jacqueline Rhoades
  • Narrated by: Leah Frederick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Lone wolf and Special Investigator for the ubiquitous Eugene Begley, Challenger McCall is sent to the town of Gold Gulch to take care of a problem that might involve the exposure of the wolver community. For McCall, it's like stepping back in time - 150 years back in time. Gold Gulch is a tourist attraction where the wolvers take their work so seriously, they continue their Victorian lives long after the tourists have gone home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Leah Fredrick needs to learn how to say "WOLF"

  • By Dale and Michelle on 01-14-16

Entertaining read

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

What other book might you compare Wolver's Gold to and why?

This series is similar to Christine Feehan's series " leopard " in that it has strong likable characters who get involved in a dangerous situation while they become emotionally involved with each other.

What does Leah Frederick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Leah Frederick brings a depth and dimension to the story with her performance. For those of us who can no longer pick up a book she brings a richness to the story that allows us to immerse ourselves in the plot.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I actually took 2 days to listen to the entire story, my family was selfish and wanted to eat lol

Any additional comments?

This is actually a series but all of the books can be read as a stand- alone.

  • The Last American Vampire

  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496

In Reconstruction-era America, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln's shocking death. It will be an expansive journey that will first send him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining. Some drawbacks

  • By Dr Dionne P Joseph on 06-27-15

Loved it !!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-15

What did you love best about The Last American Vampire?

The story line was totally engrossing weaving events from history throughout

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I count not put this down, finishing it all in 1 day

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Snow Falling on Bluegrass

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,602

Kelsey is known around the office for having everything under control. So it's not surprising that she and her boss, Sadie, have everything planned to the second for the office winter retreat. But there are things even Kelsey can't micromanage. An unprecedented snowstorm smothers half of Kentucky and knocks out the power, closes the roads, and generally shuts down the state.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sure Kelsey makes poor choices, who doesn't?

  • By Bonnie on 10-12-14

Bit disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-26-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The book was mildly entertaining. I love Ms Harper's stories but this was not one of her stronger ones.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Kelsey and her boyfriend have such a long history and he is such a good character that I this more could have been done with their breakup and less with the snow storm. I think there should have been more character development with Charles.

What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Amanda Ronconi enhances the character's development with her readings that when just reading the book would lack.

Do you think Snow Falling on Bluegrass needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

There was not enough " story " to the book to warrent a follow up

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Better Homes and Hauntings

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,554

When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harper offered up a simple, entertaining tale that

  • By kimbacaffeinate on 07-16-14

Another great Molly Harper

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

Reviewed: 06-26-14

What did you like about this audiobook?

Toss together likable characters, great story and a healthy dose of humor and you have another hit from Molly Harper ! Add in Ms Ronconi's performance and my family had to make do with take-out tonight. Lol

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shadows on the Nile

  • By: Kate Furnivall
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 15

1912, London. Jessie Kenton hears her young brother, Georgie, scream in the middle of the night and wakes up the next morning to find him gone. Her parents never speak of him again. 1932. Twenty years later, Jessie is haunted by the same nightmare. Her other brother, Timothy, has inexplicably vanished from her parents' home. Wracked by guilt because of her failure to ever find Georgie, and convinced that the two events must be related, she sets out on a quest to find Timothy. She plunges into a mysterious world of seances and mystics, nebulous clues and Egyptian artifacts.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I should have liked it...

  • By RueRue on 04-23-19

Great read

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

Reviewed: 10-14-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was a good storyline and excellent charactor development.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the relationship between Tim and George,

Which character – as performed by Alison Larkin – was your favorite?

I have to say Ms Larkin's performance of George was my favorite. She conveyed his vulnerability and the extent of his disability really well while still showing he had the same fears and determination as his siblings.

  • Chimes at Midnight

  • An October Daye Novel, Book 7
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876

Things are starting to look up for October "Toby" Daye. She's training her squire, doing her job, and has finally allowed herself to grow closer to the local King of Cats. It seems like her life may finally be settling down…at least until dead changelings start appearing in the alleys of San Francisco, killed by an overdose of goblin fruit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly excellent !!!

  • By nancy olean on 09-04-13

Truly excellent !!!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-13

What made the experience of listening to Chimes at Midnight the most enjoyable?

Being a big fan of Seanan McGuire, I waited none to patiently for this book to come out. I was not disappointed. The plot was excellent pulling you in immediately from the first chapter. The characters were well developed and elicited concern and compassion from the reader.

What about Mary Robinette Kowal’s performance did you like?

The narrator was excellent and greatly enhanced a very enjoyable read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful