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  • On the Edge

  • The Edge, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,236

Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing

  • By Stephanie on 12-12-12

Enjoyable Story

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

Some reviewers stated this was too much of a romance story or that the story line didn’t make sense... first I want to say the romance was very “pg” with maybe a few “pg13” and “R” moments, but nothing super questionable ( I have definitely heard worse)... the romance was a bit shmaltsey at times, (the author must really like green eyes... enough said)... but was fine for what it was...

I enjoyed the storyline and felt it flowed well... the plot was well explained and didn’t leave gaping holes ( always a plus)... the narration was pleasant and easy to follow

Over all it was a fluffy piece of fantasy mixed with some light romance... an enjoyable story

  • Star Witch

  • The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic, Book 2
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642

Ivy Wilde, the laziest witch in the West, is still entangled with the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. That's not a bad thing, however, because it gives her plenty of excuses to spend more time with sapphire-eyed Raphael Winter, her supposed nemesis. And when he comes knocking because he needs her to spy on the latest series of Enchantment, she jumps at the chance. Hanging around a film set can't be hard - or dangerous - right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderfully funny, quirky and satisfying

  • By BikeVON on 12-02-17

Need next book now

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

Loved this book... the characters are great, and the storyline was compelling. I was guessing right up to the end.

My only complaint is the abrupt ending and now I need the next book

  • Ella and the Beast

  • More Than Human, Book 1
  • By: S. E. Smith
  • Narrated by: David Brenin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468

Ella is the last of a dying breed of humans who live hidden deep in the forests of Washington State. All of her life, she has heard horror stories about the Others, the beasts that live beyond the safety of the mountains. In ancient times, humans and the Others lived together in peace, but a great battle divided them, and the shape-shifting species won the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Genius

  • By Christina on 02-22-17

Shifters with a twist..Humans are the rare ones

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

I loved this book... such a different take on Human/Shifter relations.

Made me think of white man and native American relations in then early days of the American colonies... so sad.

I liked Ella right away... she is beautiful, strong, and capable, and fiercely loyal.

Ty is your typical alpha male in many ways, however I liked that he could see and appreciate Ella's strengths.

The story was interesting and kept me guessing on many points even at the end, like... who is the collector? Is there more to the war between humans and shifters then their history recorded? What will happen to the humans now,and are there more humans elsewhere....?

my only complaint is that I now have to wait for more in the series... and I hope that there will be more

lets not forget the narrator who did an amazing job... especially when things got hot

good concept, well written story, excellent delivery... 5 stars all around

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Neanderthal Seeks Human

  • A Smart Romance, Knitting in the City, Volume 1
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Grace
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,919
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,915

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn - the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies - to make her an offer she can't refuse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, funny and very entertaining

  • By SIMARA on 11-21-17

a Clueless romance would be more approptiate

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

I have met some clueless/socially unaware people (autism comes to mind) but this girl (Janie) takes the prize. however as she was scarred by her childhood and was somewhat of a math savant, so I suppose she can be forgiven (to a point), the guy (Quinn) has his own baggage,so apparently he must also be forgiven.

However since Janie had a flock of friends to which throughout the story she confides in, one would've hoped for a little help there.

Quinn is little better, since he had obviously been around the block a few (hem hem) times. you would think he'd make the effort to communicate clearly his every action to avoid confusion! I mean if you are aware ( and he was) that the object of your affection/infatuation/whatever... is painfully awkward socially, then dude, clarify or bail

despite all this it was an ok listen, but nothing to keep me coming back for more, and there were some interesting moments but over all this story was mostly about the anticipation of boy and girl finally getting together.

about 3/4 of the book was a build up to the big moment... I don't need sex in every scene, however 10hrs of awkward fumbling was a bit much.

I liked the narrator .... story would've been 2 1/2 stars if it would've let me

it was Ok ... but definitely not my favorite

  • Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case

  • Jayne Frost, Book 1
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,817

Jayne Frost is a winter elf, Jack Frost's daughter, Santa Claus's niece, heir to the Winter Throne, and now private investigator. Needing someone he can trust, her father sends her to Nocturne Falls to find out why employees at a toy store are going missing. Doing that requires getting to know the town, which leads to interesting encounters with a sexy vampire, an old flame, and an elevator that's strictly off-limits. The more Jayne finds out, the more questions she has, but the answers lead her deeper into danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Princess Turned PI!

  • By Cheri on 05-07-16

an overlong Nocturne Falls Nancy Drew Story

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

I was disappointed by this story, I have most all of the Nocturne Falls Series and have thoroughly enjoyed them... this was a big miss for me.

I had a hard time tuning into the story, it took several starts and stops to get to the meat of the story (which was an ok mystery, however it could've been done with half the words)

If this is a start of a new series (which I think it is) and you plan to read the new stuff then you might want to wade though this story to be grounded in the new set of charters and such... otherwise give this one a miss

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hunted

  • Brides of the Kindred, Book 2
  • By: Evangeline Anderson
  • Narrated by: Anne Johnstonbrown
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702

Sophia Waterhouse has always been afraid of needles and vampires, so there's no way she wants anything to do with a modern-day Count Dracula - even if he does come wrapped in the package of a huge Kindred warrior with blond hair and ice-blue eyes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Bad....Not Bad At All! :-)

  • By Cheri on 08-28-15

More issues than national geographic

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

Reviewed: 03-14-16

Sophia has " more issues than national geographic" (thanks Molly Harper for summing up how I felt about this book)

the long and short of this review is... don't read this story if you have no intention of going on to the next book... it was a frustrating listen, although the story was progressed eventually...

I had a really hard time listening to this book.... I really disliked the heroine (Sophia Waterhouse) ... a lot... I felt more empathy for Zaren (the all fathers son) than I could for her

she was all that I despise in a female character.. Broken, whiny, fickle, shallow, stupid, unable to see any other point of view, etc. and Saryn her "Guy" was too much of a martyr for me to stomach for long... the only thing that made to listen bearable was the brief side notes to Olivia (first book) and Kat (third book) and the basic story plot was good if the main characters were unlikable (at least to me)

for the entire story I just wanted to shake her (Sophia) and say "you are not the only person who has ever been hurt" or in my more annoyed times I just wanted to say "suck it up buttercup"

it is not that I don't have empathy for the pain and suffering the characters (just the opposite... I really get invested in my characters), I just felt that there are plenty of those who in "real" life have gone though so much more than she (Sophia) had and with fewer emotional supports (family and friends) than she had, and came out the other end with less emotional baggage and better able to cope with life

and I have a hard time buying into a male who is "Alpha" yet willing to put up with the constant bull that was being dished up, I mean enough already!... Also I dont see how anyone "Alpha" could be attracted to that personality... someone who actively chooses to be a victim will continue to be a victim, and to attract those who will be happy to repeat the cycle

I will say that the narrator did a good job, it had some steamy sex scenes, the description of alien cultures and the hidden social and physical dangers of such was evocative ,and I like the basic concept behind the story

So again I would say to anyone contemplating this novel... don't read this story if you have no intention of going on to the next book... it was a frustrating listen ....although the story was progressed eventually...

  • Garden of Lies

  • By: Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by: Louise Jane Underwood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 350

The Kern Secretarial Agency provides reliable professional services to its wealthy clientele, and Anne Clifton was one of the finest women in Ursula Kern's employ. But Miss Clifton has met an untimely end - and Ursula is convinced it was not due to natural causes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Miserable narration

  • By Sally S on 04-22-15

Good Story... Good Narration... kept me guessing

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

Reviewed: 04-26-15

Unlike others who reviewed this book I had no problem with the narrators' voice... yes it was in the higher register but it was not unpleasant or jarring to the ears.... if you want unpleasant ie fingernails on chalkboard, go watch walt disney's original "snow white" (talk about painful)

the voice of the narrator seemed to be the most anyone had bad to say about the story... Alright I didn't particularly like the new york accent for Mr Cobb...but it was ok and different enough to distinguish him from the other characters which in the end is what matters most to me in an audio book


i will say it was a good story, well written with lots of spunk (as usual). The bad guys were obvious almost from the start but the #1 villain was a guess... JAK/Amanda Quick did an excellent job of misdirection as well as leaving subtle clues as to who the real culprit was and what their individual motive was in the story... i love to guess, and am usually right... and was this time...but my guess waivered from time to time (good misdirection. and side paths)

all in all an excellent example of romantic/ murder mystery... i recommend this book

*note this book was very reminiscent of some of her earlier books ... wicked widow, lie by moonlight... don't look back (series), etc.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Next Always

  • Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,600

The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You need to Set your MP3 Playback to FASTER!

  • By Lynne Phelps on 05-04-12

Super BAD Narration!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-14

this is one book that you should read hard copy...

If I were to critique the performance I would say, the narrator does ok ( not great but ok) for the male voices, is mildly annoying for the female (except when he does an excited female ...then it bumps up several notches to painful) but its the children's voices that make you think of nails on a chalk board and other equally pleasant sounds.

the story itself seems ok... kind of an updated version of the Macade brothers series with its own flare.

but the story is eclipsed by the super bad quality of the narration... like I said the children's voices in particular... its a scary mix of whinny, screeching, with a distinct lisp and a touch of drunken slurring...

how the narrator was able to get all that into one character type (children and females) is beyond me but it made my ears want to bleed

skip the audio version of this book!... its less convenient but go for the hard copy

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Archangel's Legion

  • Guild Hunter Series, Book 6
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252

Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force. Vampires are dying impossibly of disease. Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York in ruin and Raphael's Tower under siege by enemy archangels. Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York . . . and on Raphael.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Soooo good!

  • By Candateshia Pafford on 11-05-13

WOW

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

Reviewed: 04-08-14

Wow... the entire series is great... I listened to this new book and then had to re-listen to all of them again

I highly recommend the whole series

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow Spell

  • Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Alan Smyth
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,473
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159

With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken. A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape - by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Book is a good read but the narrator is HORRIBLE

  • By jenny on 03-27-14

Disapointing

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

Reviewed: 04-08-14

I was already disappointed by the first book of the trilogy.... bad narrator, slow plot, unimaginative storyline, Etc.... but i sucked it up and gave book 2 a try

in this they go from bad to worse... awful narration, slow unimaginative plot, and no true character development ( but at least the narrator didn't yell to infuse a little drama like the last... but maybe it would've made it a bit more interesting...who knows?)

my real problem was two fold... the narrator did very little to define the individual characters which made following any dialog exchange too much work to want to bother, and i felt no tug by the storyline or characters.

all in all not a shining example... definitely a disappointment