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  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,916

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

Very Disappointing,

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I don't think so. I thought most of the book was very monotonous. it was an unnecessarily long book that was just too full of fluff. The Chemist was predictable and unbelievable. For example she runs low on funds, but wait a minute Kevin got his drug money or hey they're being attacked by a sniper! Oh wait a minute let the dog show the humans how to dress up like dogs to escape. She's running out of ingredients for her chemical weapons, hold up, there'happens to be a drug dealer on the corner, lets just go buy heroin.The whole book was nothing but matter of a fact conveniences. I also thought the characters were unlikable. The main character (Alex, Casey, Jesse,Julianne, Oleander.....or whatever name.) is supposed to be this really smart woman but they made her come across as naive and an airhead at times. Daniel sounds like this inept idiot, Kevin sounds like a stupid, hot headed jock.Honestly the only characters i became invested in was the dogs and maybe the hooker.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I think i may read The Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness again or the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones again.

What about Ellen Archer’s performance did you like?

I really did enjoy the performance, if the narration wasn't so good I would of stopped listening around chapter ten.

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

You never know, All the Stephanie Meyer movies were huge hits, I wouldn't put it past it becoming a movie. With that being said I'm not saying it would be any good or should be made into a movie.

Any additional comments?

I'm sure people won't be very happy or agree with this review, but I will say I'm a huge Stephanie Meyer fan and I love all of her other books, I actually bought this book simply because she wrote it. I've read the Twilight series many times and absolutely loved The Host and might be in my top ten favorite books of all time.I wish she would just skip this kind of writing, get back to the sci-fi and start The Host sequel she promised to write. Maybe because my expectations are so high when it comes to her writing that I was so easily disappointed.

42 of 55 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Life

  • All Souls, Book 3
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,928

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Trilogy!

  • By Cheri on 12-13-15

I Love this Series!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-14

Where does The Book of Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up near the top of my favorite book series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book of Life?

SPOILER ALERT, SPOILER ALERT..... For me the most memorable moments were when Diana read the letter Philippe wrote to her before he died. And of course when Jack appeared. Both brought tears to my eyes.

Have you listened to any of Jennifer Ikeda’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Only the books in this series.

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

ABSOLUTELY!

Any additional comments?

ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT!.......I adored this series. My only problem with this trilogy is that it only a trilogy. She left so much open for another book or even short stories. I want to know more about the children, I want to know what they do about Gerbert of Aurillac and Domenico. I wonder about Gallowglass and if he will find love. I would of like to see him with the other half witch half vampire Janet from the congregation. What happens with Jack? And of course Phoebe becoming a vampire and her life with Marcus. I can go on and on. But I will listen to this book again along with the others.

  • Up from the Grave

  • Night Huntress, Book 7
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,056

There's always one more grave to dig. Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband, Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…. A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Missed Kat and Bones

  • By Julius on 01-29-14

Best Book in the Series

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

Reviewed: 02-03-14

Would you listen to Up from the Grave again? Why?

Yes, I really enjoy the Cat and Bones books. This is one series I re-listen to every now and then. But I have to say this one was my favorite by far.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Up from the Grave?

I don't want to add any spoilers. But there were a few really good parts.

What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

I always wonder what this series would be like with another narrator. Tavia Gilbert tends to be over the top at times. But I like her speaking as Bones.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both.

Any additional comments?

I wish there was more Vlad in the book and a little Justine.

  • Dead Hunger

  • By: Eric A. Shelman
  • Narrated by: John M. Perry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

A phone call to his sister leads Flex Sheridan into a nightmare and a quest to save his family from a new, horrifying epidemic that's turning humans into zombies. As he makes his way from Georgia to Gainesville, Florida and back, he picks up old and new friends and survivors. Flex re-connects with perhaps the strongest woman he's ever known, Gem Cardoza, his former girlfriend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Zombie 101!. Characters who learn as they go!

  • By Jennifer on 03-25-15

A Zombie Apocalypse, Puppies and a Man Named Flex?

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

Reviewed: 05-16-13

What disappointed you about Dead Hunger?

The Zombie apocalypse isn't supposed be this convenient. The hospitals aren't going to be empty, easy to walk in places where you find everything you’re looking for including Katniss Everdeen, or the female version of the Arrow, and no walking dead. The CDC will not contain one living man who rolls out the red carpet for you. As well as no walking dead. The police stations will not be empty except for a man who happens to studies Epidemiology, as well as mechanical engineering and all the guns and ammo you want. Also said man won’t have all the CDC information at his beck and call. You don’t happen to find your lost love who happens to be kick ass. And for gods sake puppies? Puppies during a Zombie apocalypse ? You may find this book cute. But books about the Zombie apocalypse aren’t supposed to be cute and convenient. And the for the lead character to be named Flex? That should of have of have clued me in. You name your kid Flex, you’re either setting his path in life to be a porn star or pro wrestler, or the lead character in a zombie infestation.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm going to listen to Day by Day Armageddon again. That's a zombie book.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Neither liked or disliked this narrator. Even the best performer couldn't make this book better.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I did like the zombie hypnosis idea. That was different.

Any additional comments?

I love zombie books. They aren't supposed to be neat little stories wrapped up in bows at the end. If you are new to the zombie genre I recommend reading (listening) Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End by Manel Loureiro. Day by Day Armageddon by JL Bourne. FEED by Mira Grant, Zombie Fallot Mark Tufo, Among the Living by Timothy W. Long. Rhiannon Frater’s As the World Dies trilogy.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Ever After

  • A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,018
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,030

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Welp, At Least She Didn't Do An Anita Blake

  • By J Barrington on 06-23-13

SERIOUSLY? That's it?

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

Reviewed: 05-16-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story. Maybe Ms.Harris could of put forth a little more effort into the plot.

Has Dead Ever After turned you off from other books in this genre?

How could it? It's the last book of the series, which I adored for the most part.

Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

Sookie of course. I always loved Pam.

Was Dead Ever After worth the listening time?

Yes. It wasn't horrific.

Any additional comments?

I believe we, the fans who have come to love and cherish these books deserve more of a story. This book seemed like Harris just threw some ideas out there and settled. No great creativity seemed to go into it. I get it after 13 books Sookie's "been there and done that", and no new characters could really be introduced. But the characters she chosen to bring back were well, dumb, .Amelia was written out of the book as far as I'm concerned, as was her father, Bob, and the others I won't mention due to spoiling the story. I wish it could of been more focused on the core characters. But it went in so many different directions that the story didn't seem to be concrete.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Kitty Rocks the House

  • Kitty Norville, Book 11
  • By: Carrie Vaughn
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450

On the heels of Kitty's return from London, a new werewolf shows up in Denver, one who threatens to split the pack by challenging Kitty's authority at every turn. The timing could not be worse; Kitty needs all the allies she can muster to go up against the ancient vampire, Roman, if she's to have any hope of defeating his Long Game. But there's more to this intruder than there seems, and Kitty must uncover the truth-fast. Meanwhile, Cormac pursues an unknown entity wreaking havoc across Denver.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worst Book in a Wonderful Series

  • By michele on 04-01-13

Worst Book in a Wonderful Series

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

Would you listen to Kitty Rocks the House again? Why?

Probably not, well I probably will right before the next book comes out to refresh my memory. But I have read the other books a few times for the thrill of it.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I did like the part about Kitty's role as alpha being challenged. But it wasn't as exciting as I thought it may of been. The least interesting was the priest vampire. There just wasn't enough focus on any of the many things happening in this book.

What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

Marguerite Gavin is a dream narrator. She is awesome. Between her reading the Kitty Norville books and the Rachel Morgan 'Hollows" books, she has become my favorite narrator ever. In the 100's of audio books I've listened to Marguerite Gavin, Johanna Parker and Lorelei King, Luke Daniels, Amanda Ronconi and Sean Runnette are my favorites.I have chosen books only because they were doing the reading. A great narrator can make a bad book more interesting. just like a bad narrator can ruin even the best books. But match up an awesome book with a fabulous narrator and it's an audio book listeners dream.

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

Yes, but for the wrong reasons. Usually if I listen to a book non-stop it's because it's so intriguing that you just don't want to put it down. This time I just kept waiting for something to happen and basically I wanted to get it over with. There were 3 other books released that week that I was excited about, that just wanted to get to one of those. Kitty Rocks the House was the one I was most excited about though.

Any additional comments?

I LOVE this series, it's one of my favorites. But I'm sick to death of this Roman, Long Game story line, get on with it already. There's been so much build up it better be worth the wait. Kitty seemed to be in a funk the whole time, which if you read the other books you know that her humor and energy are the best parts of Kitty. It had a lot of good parts, but it seemed that so much was going on that there wasn't enough focus on any of the plot points. So I didn't hate the book, but I was truly disappointed in this installment of the series.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Succubus Revealed

  • Georgina Kincaid, Book 6
  • By: Richelle Mead
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135

Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina's boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can't just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she's being forced to transfer operations...to Las Vegas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying! Loved IT!

  • By Cindy Webb on 08-31-11

A Fun Series, The Last Book Didn't Disappoint

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

Reviewed: 10-22-11

This entire series was a fun "listen". Elisabeth Rodgers narrated the stories wonderfully. Although predictable as alot of people commented, I think if it went in the other direction we'd be left disappointed. But how Richelle Mead got us to the conclusion was not in a simple predicable manner. I loved the imaginative spin she put on this final book. The only question I would of wanted answered is, what about Roman? Good, bad or ugly, I would of liked to have known.. I thought it would of been obvious, but then from what Carter said to Georgina at the end about Roman who knows? Other then that this final book of the series left me satisfied.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Catching Fire

  • Hunger Games, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,185

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dissent Rules

  • By FanB14 on 07-06-12

Astonished that this book is as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 05-19-11

Having devoured all three of books of The Hunger Games Trilogy within days, I will say I absolutely, positivlity loved all 3. It's hard to find any series of books where the sequels are as great as the original. These books are so emotional, so easy to lose yourself in the story. The characters are so well described that you feel you know them. Catching Fire starts where The Hunger Games left off. I've been reading books my whole entire life, and never came across storys like these. I highly recommend these to anyone of all ages, men and women alike. I wish there are more books in this series. But these are books that I can read more then once.
The narrator is smooth, and perfect as she reads as Katness.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • And One Last Thing...

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,479

Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For me this was such a HOOT!!!

  • By d.e.matthews on 02-12-11

Fun, Entertaining & Witty

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-11

I wasn't sure what to expect when I choose this book. By the time I was half way though the first chapter I was delighted. This is a pleasurable story read by a wonderful narrator. We should all take a lesson from Lacey and not be afarid to take chances to be happy. Watching her hit rock bottom just to learn that she was never happy in the first place.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Nice Girls Don't Live Forever

  • Half-Moon Hollow, Book 3
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,432

Nothing sucks the romance out of world travel like a boyfriend who may or may not have broken up with you in a hotel room in Brussels. Jane Jameson's sexy sire Gabriel has always been unpredictable, but the seductive, anonymous notes that await him at each stop of their international vacation, coupled with his evasive behavior over the past few months, finally push Jane onto the next flight home to Half Moon Hollow -- alone, upset, and unsure whether Gabriel just ended their relationship without actually telling her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Funny Book!

  • By Leslie on 02-13-10

Just as great as the 1st two Jane books

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-11

I love these books, I think their are a blast to read. I love the character Jane, she's a fun & clever girl, with a never ending talent for snark and sarcasim. This is a light take on the paranormal. Very similiar to the Sookie Stackhouse books, but with a PG rating. I laughed out loud many times. each of these books were better then the last. I think the narrator captured Janes personality perfectly. I love Jane and her friends, their fun and unforgetable. Book 4 will be out in 2012, I can't wait.