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  • Tricks for Free

  • InCryptid, Book 7
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

Antimony Price is on the run. With the Covenant on her tail and her family still in danger, she needs to get far, far away from anyone who might recognize her - including her own mice. For the first time in a long time, a Price is flying without a safety net. Where do you go when you need to disappear into a crowd without worrying about attracting attention? An amusement park, of course.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Annie grew up!

  • By Theresa on 05-11-18

Annie grew up!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Wasn't a big fan of Antimony in earlier works- just a little too realistic as a teenager (whiny, resentful, etc) but she's much more likable in this book. The crew she puts together is fun, and it's a great romp through an amusement park.

One warning: the audio version does not have the Aeslin Mice novella that the ebook version has, so if you want it too you'll have to buy the ebook. I added a question to the authors blog asking if audio buyers can get it another way, so check there to see if Ms McGuire answers.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Goddess

  • The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe
  • By: Anthony Summers
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Marilyn Monroe, born to deprivation and a series of foster homes, became an acting legend of the 20th century. She married famous men, Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller, and her many lovers included President John F. Kennedy. Her death, at 36, is a mystery that remains unsolved to this day. Anthony Summers interviewed 600 people for this book, which reveals unknown truths, some funny, some very sad, about this brilliant but troubled woman. First to gain access to the files of Monroe's last psychiatrist, he throws light on Monroe's troubled psyche.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GODDESS*****

  • By ZacharyKindle Customer on 12-06-17

Fascinating and very plausible

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

The first half is okay but the second half that gets into the complicated relationships between Marilyn and the Kennedy brothers, Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, and Sam Giancona of the mafia is really good. The most telling Marilyn quote is about being passed around like a piece of meat, and clearly that is how these 5 womanizing jerks thought of her.

This is a very well researched and balanced look into the life of a beautiful but deeply damaged woman. It's so easy for us mere mortals to forget that great beauty can be a trap, but she was no easy victim either. Used badly by the Big Studio contract system, she later became one the first women to start her own production company and played contract negotiations cunningly. Looking for love in all the wrong places, but not valuing it when she found it. Desperate for children, yet having many abortions. Working out constantly and careful with her diet, yet abusing prescription drugs. Compartmentalizing her life so that her closest associates had no idea what was really going on in her life, yet carelessly indiscreet. This was a very complicated woman who interacted with some of the most powerful men in the US, yet was either rediculously naieve or downright delusional.

Fascinating, disturbing, but I couldn't put it down. Finally, the author's conclusions about what likely happened the night she died is the most probable of all the versions I've seen. The last chapter contains updates on the latest bits of information that have become available after the original publication.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Heirs and Graces

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,419

As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favourites in the Series

  • By Dylan on 03-14-16

Done with this series

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

Reviewed: 01-29-16

I enjoyed the first couple of books in this series a great deal, but there has been no progression, no further character development, and no purpose in making a cute first book into a series.

There are also some repetitive threads that have sucked all the fun out of the stories. As soon as Darcy became her boyfriend he quit helping her solve mysteries and started endlessly lecturing her on not getting involved in things that don't concern her. Belinda and her mother never step beyond the one dimensional role of sex kitten gold-diggers. Queenie is just annoying and showcases Georgiana's weakness (compassion is good, floor mat is bad.). The mystery resolution in this particular book is completely illogical- the British legal system will not just wink at the perpetrator, nor should they. And not all murder cops are stupid and incompetent. Plus- having Georgie "solve" every crime by stumbling into the hands of the murderer and escaping is a one time only device- at some point she needs to start actually figuring out who done it or she's not much of a sleuth.

Frustration now exceeds fun, so it is time to quit wasting my money. That is a real pity because it has so much potential if the author had just accepted the necessity of growth, change, and backstory motivational reveal for secondary characters.

  • The Vampire's Mail Order Bride

  • Nocturne Falls, Book 1
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,044
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,038

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn't know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!....... It was Clean, Funny, and Sweet!

  • By Cheri on 02-11-16

If you really like stupid, this one's for you.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-15

Cute premise, terrible execution. I gave up in chapter 6. Someone else compared this to Molly Harper, but I firmly disagree. MH writes at least 25 IQ points above this tripe. There is apparently an audience for Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, so perhaps this is for you, but it wasn't for me. A shame really because I kept seeing how much better it could be if the writer were more mature and put even a little more thought into her story. She communicates well, she just relies on shallow plot devices without putting any thought into them. If you think it is reasonable for someone who works in a restaurant rumored to be owned by mobsters to eavesdrop on a private "lock the business and send employees home" kind of "poker game," while denying that he could really be a mobster, until after she has filmed the boss shooting a bag man (in the main dining room no less) ; and that a 400 year old vampire will let his Grandma control his personal life (and that the undead can even give her real live grandbabies!) this is a good book for you.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Heartless

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 568

Life has taught Lucas Kendrick, duke of Harndon, that a heart is a decided liability. Betrayed by his elder brother, rejected by his fiancée, banished by his father, and shunned by his mother, Luke fled to Paris, where he became the most sought-after bachelor in fashionable society. Ten years later fate has brought him back home to England as head of the family who rejected him. Unwilling as he is to be involved with them, he must assume responsibility for his younger siblings, the family estate he once loved - and the succession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hero's redemption makes this worth reading

  • By Lady Wesley on 09-03-15

Too stupid to live

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

Reviewed: 07-19-15

Any additional comments?

Normally I love MB- especially the Survivors Club, but the one writers sin I cannot forgive is a protagonist who is too stupid to live. In this one, every character, except possibly the villain and the deaf mute, behaves in ways so colossally stupid that I would have quit in disgust for a less loved author.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,315
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,031

Gigi is no longer an innocent teen. All grown up and looking for love, her family and friends worry she'll go for the sexy, alluring vampire instead of a nice, safe human. But sexy and alluring, with a penchant for biting, could be just what Gigi wants...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly disappointing.

  • By CL on 03-28-15

Get anything else by Molly Harper

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

What disappointed you about The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire?

I usually love Molly Harper's books- they are funny and charming, and I like her characters. This one misses the boat. I don't like either of the main characters, I don't even like some of the established characters from earlier books- they act like cardboard cutouts. No chemistry, nothing to indicate why Gigi likes Nick other than he looks hot; and the switch in seconds from "you are hurting me" to " kiss me" is just creepy. So is the 500 year old going after the 20 year old. 20 may not be a child, but she's not a fully developed adult either. For men much over 30, 20 year olds are sex toys to pump their egos, not equal partners. How can a 500 year old be considered healthy?

What could Molly Harper have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More editing. Once she got her plot worked out in the 1st draft, she clearly skipped whatever she normally does to polish her character development.

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

Excellant as always.

Any additional comments?

The one good thing in this book is Ophelia's outcome. It's been a long time coming. Seriously- do read Molly Harper, anything else of hers is terrific. I will buy the next in hopes this was just a one off issue.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tall, Dark, and Dead

  • By: Tate Hallaway
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 918

Recovering witch Garnet Lacey owns Wisconsin's premier occult bookstore. And a fringe benefit of the job is getting customers like Sebastian Von Traum - piercing brown eyes, a sexy accent, and a killer body. The only thing missing is an aura. Which means he's dead. And that means trouble - something Garnet's a sucker for....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tall, Dark, Dead & Poorly Edited

  • By Amy J on 08-11-13

No moral compass

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

Reviewed: 11-26-13

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

I was expecting a humorous PNR similar to Molly Harper. Instead of charming and funny, this story has an underlying meanness due to a lack of moral compass. I'm ok with sex and magic, but when I see references to "goddess of light" I also expect to see "an it harm none." This protagonist doesn't much care about harm or the consequences of her actions, as well as being TSTL. The combination is not entertaining. The 2 male leads are supposed to be charming, but one comes off as a sociopath and the other has a will of limp spaghetti and no compassion. There are no characters I feel any respect or liking for.

The narration was good. There were about 3 spots of very bad technical quality right after the beginning of the second half.

Would you ever listen to anything by Tate Hallaway again?

No.

What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

Nice job. Good characterization, attractive accents.

What character would you cut from Tall, Dark, and Dead?

Did not like any of them. They have no heart.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,100

An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous, but be warned.

  • By Luke A. Reynolds on 11-30-09

I really wanted to like it

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

Reviewed: 10-16-13

Any additional comments?

I should have liked this one- interesting plot, humor, sympathetic characters, originality. Unfortunately, every time I began to get emotionally invested either there was such a long, irrelevant setting description that I lost track of the plot, or there was a weird out of sequence scene that threw me (not a flashback, I enjoyed the interlude flashbacks more than the "current" scenes, but the same scene seen first through the eyes of a minor character, then later through the protagonist's viewpoint, or some similar "trick.")

The narrator was quite nice to listen to with a rich, resonant voice, and he did the best he could with the material, but to love this one you need to find lavish setting descriptions emotionally satisfying. I do not.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Storm Warning

  • Valdemar: The Mage Storms, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: David Ledoux
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

With her phenomenal Mage Winds trilogy, bestselling author Mercedes Lackey captivated fans across the country. Now in the first volume of the series sequel, she continues the same storyline, returning readers to a war-torn Valdemar in preparation to confront an ancient Eastern Empire - ruled by a monarch whose magical tactics by be beyond any sorcery known to the western kingdoms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing narration

  • By Ephanie on 04-15-15

If you love Valdemar, give this a try

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

Reviewed: 10-14-13

Any additional comments?

This trilogy is one of my favorite story arcs and Karal is a favorite character. Other reviews of the narrator nearly scared me off and I'm very glad I took a chance on it anyway. I'm from the Midwestern US and we speak a little slower than your average New Yorker, and while I did find him a little slow at first, I quickly adjusted and greatly enjoyed the series. I have returned books before for bad narration but there was never any question that this would be one of those. Now my only wish is that more of the Valdemar stories would be made available in audio!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Belgarath the Sorcerer

  • By: David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
  • Narrated by: J. P. Linton
  • Length: 29 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830

When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book; dreadful narration

  • By Seth H. Wilson on 03-30-10

Great story ruined by poor narration

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

Reviewed: 08-21-13

Any additional comments?

I've read this book many times and loved it- I highly recommend the story. Unfortunately, the narration was terrible. The narrator has a rich, resonant, but insincere voice. He appears to have no understanding of what he is reading, so he accents words at random which causes all the humor and emotion to be lost in pretty but meaningless noise. He'd be just right as a game show announcer, but I can't even make it through chapter 2- it's too much of a struggle to find the real meaning in all that sound. I love the story enough I may go searching for the other version some reviewers have mentioned.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful