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  • Cat Magic

  • By: Whitley Strieber
  • Narrated by: Maria Marquis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Amanda Walker is not a witch - yet. She's an artist, looking for work - unaware that someone has a desperate need for her, a dark plan that may require Amanda to enter death itself.If she is allowed to live long enough to make the choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magick indeed!

  • By Setken on 07-24-16

Outpouring of magic and dimensional worlds

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

Where does Cat Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Maybe the top 10.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I kept thinking something bigger was building, but it kind of ended short. I hope there is a sequel.

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

I have not.

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

sometimes! Other times, it dragged on a bit.

Any additional comments?

* I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ** I'm a big Whitley Strieber fan but I was somewhat put off by the big evil being , once again, portrayed as someone identifying themselves as a Christian. Although, they did manage to show some of the other Christians in the community as not being crazy bigoted trash. The concept of people being close to the earth and wanting to live in their own way was amazingly well done. It was interesting and the use of the Crone and the Maiden allegory was brought to life in the telling.

  • Ascension

  • The Trysmoon Saga, Book 1
  • By: Brian K. Fuller
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873

Gen was a bard's apprentice, his nimble hands meant for the lute and his voice for a song. Then the half-mad and completely bored Shadan Khairn invaded Gen's village to winter there and start a war. He shoved a sword in Gen's hands and tormented his body, shaping a bard into a warrior to be killed for sport. As the days of torture pile up like the snow, Gen searches for death. But the day is at hand when the shattered shards of the world will knit together again, and the world's slain god will be reborn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good fantasy series

  • By Skipper on 09-08-15

epic adventure

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

What made the experience of listening to Ascension the most enjoyable?

I loved the voices for the different characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Gen's bard master, he was instrumental at raising Gen , forming his core being into the man he would become. But then again, Gen was my favorite. He became so complex.

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

Not that I can recall but I will look for his performances in the future.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Gen's village was taken over. And he realized the man who was in charge was not quite sane, he was determined to protect people the best he could, no matter the cost.

Any additional comments?

This book was given free for an unbiased review of it's content. I would recommend this book to people who love epic tales. I'm excited to start the next book!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Awoken

  • The Lucidites
  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 294

Around the world humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights. In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events. And in the backwoods of Texas, a 16-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle. Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family's ridicule, and is prone to premonitions - which are becoming more frequent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awoken

  • By trixie on 05-28-15

A Memorable universe!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Awoken to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version so I have no way to compare it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really liked Roya because she was able to adapt and survive.

Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Klett – was your favorite?

Roya Stark.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When there is no refuge in dreams, what will be humanity's fate?

Any additional comments?

I received a free copy of this audio book for an unbiased review. It was a very interesting alternate universe, and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Growl

  • By: Ashley Fontainne
  • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Looking back with wiser eyes now, my family and I concluded that the events leading up to my transformation started during the summer I turned nine. But the day we realized there was a problem - and there was no turning back - was a week before I started my senior year at Junction City High. That was the day the fangs and claws appeared, and the monster inside me emerged. When mutilated corpses appeared near a pile of brush down by Caney Creek, everything changed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An intriguing read.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-30-15

A Legendary tale

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

Would you listen to Growl again? Why?

Probably not, because it's geared more toward the YA audience, and I enjoy a different level of characters. But I definitely would recommend it to people who like YA books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Growl?

When you realize what the Guardian was guarding.

What about Andrea Emmes’s performance did you like?

I loved the accent, it put you squarely into the culture being written about.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I received a free copy of this book to give an unbiased review, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA stories.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Moonlands

  • By: Steven Savile
  • Narrated by: Becky Doughty
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Fifteen-year-old Ashley has a complicated life. There's no doubt her overachieving parents love her, but they are wrapped up in their own worlds for so much of the time it leaves her feeling like she's alone. Like a lot of teenagers, Ashley dreams of other worlds, but unlike a lot of teenagers, her world is about to collapse as rifts to an ancient fae kingdom begin to open all around her. Ashley's London is about to become a magical and mysterious warzone where the prize is Ashley herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A surprising read.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-16-15

Intriguing alternate universe!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

Where does Moonlands rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think it's in the top 5.

Who was your favorite character and why?

As a YA story, the characters just seemed young to me, but I did like how Blackwater Blaze was able to see past what he thought he wanted and do the honorable thing.

What about Becky Doughty’s performance did you like?

I'm not sure how she made the Wolfen voices, but it came across well and it drew you in.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Makes Pan's Labyrinth like a walk in the park.

Any additional comments?

I was given this book free for an unbiased review. Anyone who loves Pan's Labyrinth will be fascinated and terrified. A must read.

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  • The Forest Bull

  • By: Terry Maggert
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Cook
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70

Three lovers who stalk and kill the immortals that drift through South Florida (tourists are a moveable feast, after all) are living a simple life of leisure- until one of them is nearly killed by a woman who is a new kind of lethal. When Ring Hardigan isn't making sandwiches for, and with, his two partners, Waleska and Risa (they're cool like that), he's got a busy schedule doing the dirty work of sending immortals to the ever after.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immortal Hunters

  • By Michael Oberhardt on 08-16-14

Immortals abound!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Forest Bull to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version.

What other book might you compare The Forest Bull to and why?

I would say the relationships in it remind me of Anita Blake and her complicated men situations. But the storyline had more of a Merry Gentry series feel to it because of the variety of immortals.

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

She did such a good job I forgot that the male characters were read by a female voice, so it never distracted me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When they realize that the small time attempts of ridding the world of immortals really wasn't even making a dent in the population, and that they look at time differently than humans.

Any additional comments?

I was given this book free for an unbiased review. I think it was well worth the time, and if you like the fae/mythology genre then you will be intrigued by this book.

  • Aranya

  • Shapeshifter Dragons, Book 1
  • By: Marc Secchia
  • Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Chained to a rock and tossed off a cliff by her boyfriend, Aranya is executed for high treason against the Sylakian Empire. Falling a league into the deadly Cloudlands is not a fate she ever envisaged. But what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing dragon tale.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-13-15

An amazing world, an amazing people populating it

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

Where does Aranya rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks in the top 2 that I've listened to so far.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Aranya, she is very adaptable, and once she is in your life she's there to stay. She's smart, independent and a loyal friend.

Which scene was your favorite?

There are some pretty exciting battle scenes but I love Aranya's interaction with Mac.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Here there be dragons!

Any additional comments?

This audio book was given to me to listen to and to give an unbiased review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Witch for Hire

  • A Witch's Path, Book 1
  • By: N. E. Conneely
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

Most witches don't work for police departments, but Michelle isn't your average witch. She's clanless, looking for a wizard who isn't offended by her lack of family connections, and in danger of losing her job if she can't find the escaped trolls before they start eating the local residents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun witchy read!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-12-15

Quite a magical twist on a P. I. story.

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

What made the experience of listening to Witch for Hire the most enjoyable?

I could really get a picture of the characters and what they were like, I certainly liked the characters voices.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that Michelle was trying to be independent of a clan, so she could have her own life and not be restricted by their culture.

Which scene was your favorite?

The plant going bezerk in her bathroom made me laugh.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When they are keeping trolls on reservations, and avoiding witches is paramount, you know you aren't in Kansas anymore....

Any additional comments?

I received a free audio book for an unbiased review. My unbiased review is that this was a great book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kill It with Magic

  • The Lillim Callina Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: J. A. Cipriano
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Roberts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 77

Sixteen-year-old Lillim Callina is good at two things: running away and magic. Now Lillim's half-demon ex-boyfriend is contacting her for help, she has somehow gotten herself mixed up in a kidnapping, and her long-dead rival has risen from the grave. So when a dragon plotting to take over the world offers her a choice - work for him or else...Lillim Callina is going to choose else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A quick and easy read.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-09-15

A strong female lead!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Kill It with Magic to be better than the print version?

I have no idea what the print version is like, but I absolutely would recommend the audio edition.

What other book might you compare Kill It with Magic to and why?

I just don't know that there is one that is comparable. Lillum is an amazing contradiction, as many young girls are at this age. Power, and the ability to put aside her personal feelings to do the right things make for a strong character with room to grow.

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

I liked her changing voice to fit different characters.

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

When she felt she had let her heart lead her and that she was betrayed, I felt terrible for her.

Any additional comments?

I was given a free copy of this audio book for an unbiased review. It was well worth it!

  • Savior

  • The Keepers of Hell, Book 1
  • By: Danielle James
  • Narrated by: Miles Taylor
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Ash had promised himself into servitude with a demon when he was only a child. He spent his life killing for the demon, and he was good at his job. It was the only way to ensure the safety of his sister. When a brush with death brings Dr. Elizabeth Rone into his life, things change. The demon wants her dead. And for Ash, that's a deal-breaker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ash

  • By Wanda on 05-11-16

A twisted story of honor and love of family

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

Reviewed: 05-20-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Savior to be better than the print version?

I've never read the print version

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ash, he loved his sister. He felt he had to be the one to save her from what befell their parents and did everything he did to keep her safe, no matter the cost to himself.

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

I have not.

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

yes!

Any additional comments?

I was able to review this free edition, and would recommend it to anyone who loves magical adventures, and heros!