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Shrew and Snail

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  • Propositioned by the Billionaire Moose

  • Howls Romance
  • By: Eve Langlais
  • Narrated by: Logan McAllister
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

"Get married or you're out of the will." Blackmail pure and simple, but Bryce doesn't have much of a choice if he wants to remain Grandfather's heir. With the old man on his deathbed, the clock is ticking, so he'd better get cracking because a supposed cousin has just shown up looking for a pint of the maple syrup business. "I'll gore him with my rack first!" Lucky for Bryce, he sniffs out the perfect woman and makes her a deal. What he doesn't expect is to lose his heart in the process.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Short, silly fun

  • By Shrew and Snail on 09-17-18

Short, silly fun

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

I only read this book because a) the title is so outrageous, b) it was on Audible Romance package and therefore free/ paid for, and c) it was short. I haven't previously read any shifter romance (which I know is a THING) so I may have missed references to known shifter tropes or elements that Langlais may have satirized. It was an ok read, pretty funny and light. There were some cringey parts, like a comment about how women don't call the police on handsome stalkers (ergh) and some weirdness about virginity. The narrator was spot-on, he sounded like he was playing a part in a John Hughes film. I felt like the author could have taken it further in the direction of satire and it would have been more fun, there isn't much to the humor beyond the fact that characters are moose shifters. Overall a fun, short read.

  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

  • Highland Pleasures, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,744
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,461

It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Way above my expectations!

  • By bluebelle on 05-05-12

Well-written dudes, not sure about the heroine.

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

I really enjoyed the hero and the Mackenzie clan. I did not like the heroine, but I can't tell if it was the actual heroine or her portrayal in the audiobook, where the narrator made her sound like a prudish nilla wafer. Thinking on her characterization-- growing up in the East End, marrying a vicar, being widowed after a year, withstanding 9 years with the often-mentioned Mrs B, and then ending up in this whole situation-- I feel like I should like her. I really wish she had had a moment with all the Mackenzie brothers and Inspector Fellows where she stood in front of them and was like, "Screw all y'all. Did you dudes even TRY to figure out what happened in this whorehouse murder situation??" But she just kind of soldiered through unemotionally. Anyway, the narrator's overly wholesome voice for the heroine may have made me hate her, I can't tell. This book also had some really icky vocabulary that made me think it was being written by someone's aunt circa 1985. I don't even want to repeat it. And that kind of vibe made the "bawdy talk" kind of gross.

  • Melt for You

  • Slow Burn, Book 2
  • By: J. T. Geissinger
  • Narrated by: Pippa Jayne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492

Socially awkward Joellen Bixby has a date every Saturday - with her cat, a pint of ice cream, and fantasies of the way-too-handsome Michael Maddox. She’d give anything to win over the unattainable CEO of her firm, but how can she when she blends in so well with her cubicle? The answer may be closer than she thinks. Cameron McGregor is a cocky, tattooed Scottish rugby captain who just moved in next door. He’s not Jo’s type - at all - but the notorious playboy is offering to teach the wallflower everything he knows about inspiring desire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Took me by surprise

  • By GSKM in sc on 05-17-18

Good story, great narration

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

The first half was so good! The ending skidded off the tracks a bit for me. Loved the hero! Let's hear it for big tough guys who aren't alpha-holes. The narration was amazing, I felt like she captured some of the humor and made the heroine more likable. And her voice for the hero was fantastic. Thumbs up!

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  • The Hooker and the Hermit

  • By: L. H. Cosway, Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: George Allen, Lucy Rivers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829

Annie Catrel, social media expert extraordinaire at Davidson & Croft Media and clandestine celebrity blogger, can make anyone shine in the court of public opinion. She is the Socialmedialite, anonymous creator of New York's Finest and the Internet's darling. Virtual reality is Annie's forte, but actual reality? Not so much.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars

  • By CrazyBookNerd on 12-13-16

Sexual harassment meet cute? No thanks

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

The hero sexually harasses the heroine in the beginning in a way that is really quite disturbing. Did not get beyond the scene where he stops the elevator with just the 2 of them in it and touches her. Yikes.

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,496

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

Slog

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

It's like Jonathan Franzen re-wrote The Help: an indictment of Terrible White People, with no likeable characters. Worthwhile morally but what. A. Slog. The first third was pure Franzen-esque dysfunction, then we had the racist adoption storyline, indictments of all mothering of all types, and Teen Sex Problems. It just felt like beating a dead horse to me. I love satire and I love books that cleverly call out people for being jerks, but this was just too transparent and humorless for me.

On the upside, Jennifer Lim's narration of the audiobook was spot on. Really excellent. I'm giving this book 2 stars, one for Jennifer Lim's narration and one for Ng's descriptions, which were really lovely.

Read for book club May 2018. Would definitely have been a DNF if I read this independently.

  • Kiss of Steel

  • London Steampunk, Book 1
  • By: Bec McMaster
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 372

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it's the last safe haven. But at what price? Blade is known as the master of the rookeries - no one dares cross him. It's been said he faced down the Echelon's army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood craving he's been quicker, stronger, almost immortal. When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She's so...innocent. He doesn't see her backbone of steel - or that she could be the very salvation he's been seeking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected delight

  • By MAB on 11-13-14

Where is the steampunk?

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Lots of vampires, very little in the way of steampunk elements, and a supposedly intelligent heroine outshone by an overly dominant hero. Still wondering why the hero has a drawer full of French letters that go unused. I was hoping to branch out in the steampunk genre from Meljean Brook but this does not compare. At all. Heavy on the romance and light on plot and character development, which is a shame because there were some interesting ideas that surfaced occasionally. Loved Alison Larkin's narration, though the cockney accent reminded me of something from the Mighty Boosh. The Hitcher, maybe?

  • Riveted

  • Iron Sea, Book 3
  • By: Meljean Brook
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

A century after a devastating volcanic eruption forced Iceland's inhabitants to abandon its shores, the island has become enshrouded in legend. But the truth behind the legends is mechanical, not magical - and the mystery of the island a matter of life and death for a community of women who once spilled noble blood to secure their freedom. Five years ago, Annika unwittingly endangered that secret, but her sister Källa took the blame and was exiled. Now Annika serves on an airship, searching for her sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another wonderful book by Meljean Brook!!

  • By Angela on 09-19-12

So good!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

I save up the Iron Seas stories for when I really need something excellent to read, because they haven't let me down yet. Here we are on #3 and still going strong. This was my first to listen to on audio, and I loved Alison Larkin's voice. I kind of laughed at first when I heard her read Annika's part- it sounds exactly like Bjork! But hey, she's a unique Icelandic woman too, so it fits, they even have equally crazy sartorial taste. These books have adventure, fantasy, romance, and great characters. They are just so perfect. I loved the LBGT rights angle, the secret village of women, and all the Icelandic settings. And as always, the steampunk vehicles and the prosthetics are so interesting and add so much to the world-building. So good.

The only thing I hate is the cover art. Annika looks white! In the book it's pretty clear she is dark-skinned with very curly hair, probably of African origin. David is also possibly mixed race, his father was "Native" and his mother was probably white? Also, Annika's clothing is super bright and she even wears a ruff. So the cover is kind of generic steampunk, I wish it were more accurate to the characters.

  • Shadow of Night

  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,597

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended, however....

  • By J. Lunsford on 07-15-12

I'm going to keep on to the next!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I flew through the first in the series in 2 days. This one took longer because I listened only on audio. This audiobook performer is put through her paces! German, Italian, French, Latin, and numerous accents. I thought she read very well, I liked her voices for different characters. Time travel, witches, vampires, Shakespeare, Oxford, Prague, London, Christopher Marlowe. It's like a mix of Inspector Lewis, Outlander, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In a good way. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

  • The Gruffalo

  • By: Julia Donaldson
  • Narrated by: Hal Hollings
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 555

A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep, dark woods when along comes a hungry fox, then an owl, and then a snake. The mouse is good enough to eat, but smart enough to know this - so he invents...the gruffalo! As Mouse explains, the gruffalo is a creature with terrible claws, terrible tusks in its terrible jaws, knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of its nose. But Mouse has no worries. After all, there's no such thing as a gruffalo...is there?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My children love this story

  • By meg on 08-06-18

My 2 year old is O B S E S S E D with this book

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

I've listened to this audiobook at least 20 times and I will surely listen to it at least 20 more. I listened to it twice on the way to drop off the 2 year old yesterday. He is completely obsessed with "The Grump-falo" and has been carrying the book everywhere and insisting on the audiobook in the car and occasionally in the house. Luckily this recording is excellent!

  • How to Train Your Dragon

  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,493
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354

Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yell Loudly.

  • By Teresa on 08-06-14

Where are the girls though?

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

We read the audio version, read by David Tennant. His reading is awesome, though the sound quality was troublesome because there were whispers interspersed with loud yells and the choice was either to miss the whispers or be deafened by the yells. My main complaint is that while women (mothers) are mentioned in the book a couple of times and one actually speaks a line or two (max), there are zero girls in the book. ZERO. Like, were they eaten by dragons? Why don't the girls get dragons? Do the girls even exist? They are never even mentioned, not a single word about girls in the tribe. Where are the girls? I think having them in the book would add a lot of interest. The book was a bit one-dimensional. It needs a Hermione! (In the movie made from this book, a female main character is added!) Loved the dragons and adventure and the world-building is great. Worth a read, but disappointed.