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  • 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 1,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284

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

As a fan, I'm not a fan of this one

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

This book was a little more relationship based then action. It is of course set around our dear fellow Marshall Edward/Teds wedding and the back back story is the preternatural stuff that happens during that time. I don't think the book description was accurate enough.

I would also like to know what the point of Anita having all of these abilities and powers, bad ass were animals and former harlequin spies/assassins and they are never used for anything but maybe sex.
One of the things I unfortunately base my ratings for a book on is if I will read or listen to it again and this one I will not. I don't consider it's a must have. I also know I will no longer pre-order the next book until I have seen some real reviews. I hope this is a set up for the next action based book. I did of course give 5 stars to Kimberly Alexis' narration 1st class as usual. Bottom line I can't recommend to all.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Late in the Day

  • The Vault, Book 2
  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Terrence Moss. Conrad Harris. Gold Team Leader. Darius Hawthorne. The Vault. Juggling all these names would bother some, but for Darius, it’s business as usual. When he closes a chapter in his life, he leaves a name - and the people associated with it - behind. He’s managed to keep a few colleagues, even fewer friends, and no companionship through his 40-plus years...but that’s now changing. The newest chapter of his life brings a chance encounter with the one man Darius ever loved: Efrem Lahm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars

  • By Belen on 03-14-18

True Fan Satisfaction

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

Lets me start with this being the six degrees of Darius. As our other reviewers cataloged our meetings with Darius and his other identities. I will say I am partial to meeting him as Terrance the childhood friend of Duncan Steil in "Parting Shots" and totally enjoyed his part as Conrad in "Mine", as well as Gold Team Leader in "A Day Makes". This story just satisfies and connects so many dots to other characters in Mary Calmes' novels that you will find your mouth open and your memory reeling. The love story is not our main focus but its such a good one. I must admit one of my favorite connections comes as we really meet the assassin involved in book 1 "All Kinds of Tied Down" of the Marshals series. And yes fans there is a connection that weaves all the way back to "Acrobat". I'm certainly hoping to hear more from The Vault series. I would look for a hint of them in Mary's new book of "Twisted and Tied" which was not available yet on audio at the time I wrote this but is available in print and ebook form. And never let us forget the presentation by Greg Boudreaux truly an artist. Thanks all

  • Black Panther

  • The Young Prince
  • By: Ronald L. Smith
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

Life is comfortable for 12-year-old T'Challa in his home of Wakanda, an isolated, technologically advanced African nation. When he's not learning how to rule a kingdom from his father - the reigning Black Panther - or testing out the latest tech, he's off breaking rules with his best friend, M'Baku. But as conflict brews near Wakanda, T'Challa's father makes a startling announcement: he's sending T'Challa and M'Baku to school in America. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Coming to America meets Harry Potter

  • By Wayne Edward Evans on 01-15-18

Tell everyone to come meet our young Prince

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

Ok, I am very proud of myself for discovering this audio book because I follow the class A narrator Dion Graham. This is truly a great and exciting listen the story is fun and informative. Those who aren't familiar with a lot of aspects of our hero get a good introduction to where he comes from the technology they have and how he came to the States. It really is a good time for all ages. Have a listen before or after the highly anticipated Black Panther movie is released you will not be disappointed. Thanks to Ronald Smith for writing a story about the adventures of a young character teens can identify with and look up to. I highly recommend.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Orchard

  • My Haunted Blender's Gay Love Affair, and Other Twisted Tales, Book 1
  • By: Abigail Roux
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

After leaving a trail of terror and death in his wake, the notorious "Missouri" Boone Jennings finally meets his match in San Francisco when US marshal Ambrose Shaw catches up to him. The story of his capture, and the marshal's bravery, has already become legend back east by the time Pinkerton inspector Ezra Johns gets off the train from New York City to testify in the murderer's trial. When Ambrose is unable to give witness to the evils he's seen, Ezra becomes their lone hope for putting Jennings in a noose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Old West ghost story with a sweet eternal m/m love

  • By M. Childers on 11-10-17

Surprising good old western ghost story

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

I really enjoyed this audio, it managed to fit a good deal of information into a short amount of time. It is indeed a ghost story handled in a way I cared about our characters and their mission. I would recommend and would definitely like to see more westerns from this author and it is always a pleasure to hear Nick Russo narrating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Necromancer's Dilemma

  • The Beacon Hill Sorcerer, Book 2
  • By: SJ Himes
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Angel's brother, Isaac, has returned home, and the pair begins to make slow and awkward attempts back to each other. Learning how to be a brother to a grown man instead of a parental figure has Angel adjusting his behaviors and habits, and Isaac still remains a mystery. Was it merely entering adulthood that turned Isaac away from an overprotective Angel, or does Isaac carry a secret that will keep them from finally being a real family?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars

  • By Belen on 08-05-17

Bring on Book 3

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

I'm just writing a general quick review cause let's face it this is an addictive series so far and the other reviews cover things well. The characters are interesting, it's full of action and has the nerve to have a love story we care about. I really enjoyed it and can easily listen to again. Joel Leslie rules this narrator thing-I originally followed him to this author and glad I did. Keep them coming.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tied up in Knots

  • Marshals, Book 3
  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432

Miro Jones is living the life; he's got his exciting, fulfilling job as a US deputy marshal, his gorgeous Greystone in suburban Chicago, his beloved adopted family, and most importantly, the man who captured his heart, Ian Doyle. Problem is, Ian isn't just his partner at work - Ian's a soldier through and through. That commitment takes him away from Miro, unexpectedly and often, and it's casting a shadow over what could be everything Miro could ever dream of.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series just keeps getting better!

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 02-15-17

Don't delay on getting this one

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

Jeez this was a very nice listen. I actually enjoyed this story more then book 2. This is again told mainly from Miro's Point of view and it includes a large cast or characters from the previous books and slips you some surprise characters from a few of Mary Calmes' other series. At one point I actually stopped and did a rewind to make sure I heard those names and references correctly. Ian's background gets examined more in this book as well and a lot gets explained. I am really looking forward to the next book. As usual Tristan is our narrator and does so many voices I was shocked he has such a wide range. Thanks Mary please keep them coming.

  • When the Dust Settles

  • Timing, Book 3
  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

Glenn Holloway's predictable life ended the day he confessed his homosexuality to his family. As if that wasn't enough, he then poured salt in the wound by walking away from the ranch he'd grown up on, to open the restaurant he'd always dreamed of. Without support from his father and brother, and too proud to accept assistance from anyone else, he had to start from scratch. Over time things worked out. Glenn successfully built a strong business, created a new home, and forged a life he could be proud of.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great character voices!

  • By Belen on 01-22-17

Get it, keep it and listen more then once

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

Reviewed: 01-13-17

This book just hits the ground running. Its roughly 2 years after the story in book 2. We get to visit with old friends and make some new ones. This is Glenn Holloway's story who we got to know a bit in the 2nd book. This is a wonderful story of life, diversity, family and a new kind of love of those involved in and around the Red Diamond ranch.

Apparently Glenn has been trying to accept his life as a gay man and has had a mini-crush on Mac the right hand man of his cousin/brother Rand. We get our fix of Rand and Stephon and what they have been up to which is always a pleasure.

The only reason this didn't rate 5 stars on the story is because there was no hint in the last book of Glenn or Mac having any interaction, however it's explained well. This is more a love story with maybe a scene or two of hot sex, some suspense but these guys are looking for the real thing no games are played in this story. Always a pleasure with Sean Crisden as narrator. Definitely a keeper and thanks Mary Calmes lets keep this series going.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hexbreaker

  • Hexworld, Book 1
  • By: Jordan L. Hawk
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

New York copper Tom Halloran is a man with a past. If anyone finds out he once ran with the notorious O'Connell tunnel gang, he'll spend the rest of his life doing hard time behind bars. But Tom's secret is threatened when a horrible murder on his beat seems to have been caused by the same ancient magic that killed his gang. Cat shifter Cicero is determined to investigate the disappearance of one friend and the death of another, even though no one else believes the cases are connected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another amazing combo: Jordan and Tristan

  • By Morgan A Skye on 08-17-16

This is an enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 10-20-16

I did like this book and really enjoyed the time and location of the events. Tristan James does such a wonderful job with his accents its always a pleasure. We have a new world where ordinary and magical powered police are working together to solve crimes. It's nice to have both worlds represented and not just a secret society of magic users. We have a few characters who are a little resistance to their witch and witch's familiar rolls but they do get it together and use it well when the time comes. It's a nice little M/M romance as well. I recommend this audio.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Year One

  • A Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Collection
  • By: John G. Hartness
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939

There are things in this world that men and women aren't meant to understand. We aren't supposed to know these things exist, much less how to fight them. The things that go bump in the night, the monsters in the closet, the shadow out of the corner of your eye - that's where I live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Davis Ball on 02-04-17

For your entertainment

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

Reviewed: 10-20-16

I'm afraid this series is just too entertaining to turn away. I really like the story telling of the this author and he has a very effective narrator. I definitely thinks its a good series to recommend.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Guns Blazing

  • By: Andrea Smith, Eva LeNoir
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

My name is Lloyd Ledbetter and I am the best lawyer New York criminals can buy. My obsession to detail is their saving grace. I'm focused, determined and one-track minded. Nursing my broken heart for the last few months, I've stayed away from anything that could resemble a relationship. Until Luke Gunner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book!

  • By Allison's Book Corner on 12-12-16

Fast and interesting

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

I came for Joel Leslie's narrations and found a very good story. I don't think the title does it justice, There is a crime and mystery to be solved and a refreshing backstory. Our main characters are both so strong minded the mini battles they have are amusing. They are sexy and hot together for sure so you get a full ride. Worth the buy or the credit.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful