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  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,911

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distracting and disappointing narration

  • By LKF on 09-19-18

Was okay not a fan of Phoebe!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

This book was done with the same talent style as the first three. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Marcus's origins his childhood his time in the war. However, I'm not personally a big fan of Phoebe so that was a drawback because there were several chapters of listening to her whine and carry on. I personally think that she's a little self absorbed and shallow for Marcus. I don't know something about Phoebe's character just rubs me totally the wrong way. I don't know if it's just me or not. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the peaks that we get at Matthew and Diana's children as well as Marcus is beginnings. So if you enjoyed Matthew, Diana and Marcus, then you should go ahead and read this book. I love the adventures with the children. But like I said I'm not a big fan of Phoebe. So in that respect. I did struggle a bit more than usual to finish this one compared to my major marathon session to finish the first trilogy. Like I said that had nothing to do with the lack of detail and such. Just my personal dislike of the character Phoebe

  • The Book of Life

  • All Souls, Book 3
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,640
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,304

In The Book of Life, Diana and Matthew time travel back from Elizabethan London to make a dramatic return to the present - facing new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home, Sept-Tours, they reunite with the beloved 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.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hopes Dashed

  • By Elkay on 08-01-14

Extremely enjoyable series!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

I will say that, I was very wary about this series when I started the first book. Because it did seem to start off a little slowly for me. However, my mind changing very quickly. I absolutely love how Ms. Harkness brings the past seamlessly to life with preternatural fiction. I love how she takes historical characters and make them so approachable and entertaining and absolutely believable in their interaction with her fictional which and vampire characters like Christopher "Kit" Marlowe, Sir Walter Raleigh, Lord Northumberland, and someone what Diana refers to as the night club or whatever. I found this series to have an almost perfect mix of action, humor and emotional drama. There were several times where one minute I was laughing and the next had tears running down my face absolutely believable world of Diana and Matthew. I really hate to see the series and and would love to see another book after this one. Especially since Philippe eluded that Diana's duties for the goddess. Worked over yet. I will say that for one of the rare times. I was tempted to immediately restart over with the first book I will be getting the book about Marcus and Phoebe and I definitely recommend this series. Anyone who loves history and vampires and magic. This is a definite must read

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,567

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started out intriguing, devolved into Twilight 2.0

  • By Elina on 11-13-17

A little slow at first. Well worth it

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

I seen an advertisement for the TV show based on this book so I decided to give it a chance after watching the first season of the show. I have to say though that this book is definitely worth reading. I find the story very interesting and compelling. Although it is a little slow at first, I love the many different characters and I much prefer the dynamic between Diana and Matthew in the book. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who loves vampire which demon drama. Especially if like me you have a soft spot for historical novels. I love history so I love the little little bit of Inc. history worked in with vampires, witches and demons

  • Night Pleasures

  • A Dark-Hunter Novel
  • By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,241
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682

In Night Pleasures, Kyrian of Thrace - an immortal who protects humans from vampires - wakes up one morning handcuffed to the one thing that can scare him: a conservative woman in a button-down shirt. But Amanda Devereaux turns out to be his perfect partner for hunting down a deadly foe, and for helping him to regain his soul and learn that love doesn't have to bite.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Interesting Twist to the Vampire Story

  • By Deepseabc on 12-05-10

horrible narration entertaining plot

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

this one was pretty entertaining if you like Greek mythology I don't really know if I would actually consider this to be a vampire story or not I mean technically I suppose there are creatures that could be considered vampires but I don't know ancient Greek warriors who have fangs so they can emulate their enemy but don't use themalso there were moments when the female lead seriously got on my nerves at first with her completely unrealistic to the situation responses in my personal opinion however if you allow yourself to go further than the first few chapters I believe youll come to feel for Hunter

  • Fate of the Vampire

  • The Vanderlind Castle Series, Book 3
  • By: Gayla Twist
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Just when Aurora and Jessie start to date like a normal couple, things go horribly wrong in the town of Tiburon, Ohio. People are disappearing, and Aurora knows it's all her fault. She is, after all, in love with a vampire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very cute little story

  • By Betty Hayes on 01-15-19

Very cute little story

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

I'm going to go ahead and make this a multi-review on the trilogy. I personally have no interest in reading the prequel but the story itself is kinda cute. It's a little slow. There are things that made me laugh like the comment about the pilgrim drag queens. There's one thing I don't understand though why the vampires would be putting wooden shutters up at night and taking down during the day should not be the other way around. Other than that it's a very cute boy meets girl, girl falls in love boy fights nature should happens happy ending story once again. It's a little like twilight is you have family vampires living together in the castle, but at the same time. This family vampires is quite a bit darker than the CUllins

  • Call of the Vampire

  • The Vanderlind Castle, Book 1
  • By: Gayla Twist
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

Aurora Keys has dreamed of the Vanderlind Castle ever since she was a little girl. But the fiercely private Vanderlinds keep the massive structure strictly off limits to visitors...until one night the wealthy family throws a party, and Aurora's best friend, Blossom, devises a foolproof plan for the two of them to sneak in....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable

  • By Paula on 09-10-16

If you looking for something quick and sweet

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

This is a cute little story with the reincarnation theme mixed with a little twilight but this girl seems to have more spunk than Bella. Is definitely the little story. If you're looking for something quick and sweet with a little bit of tortured male thrown in. I will say yes it is pretty predictable so far. I admire how the author manages to work in partying safety tips for females in self-defense information. That was likely be helpful to some young girls somewhere. :-) -LdyJulanna

  • Kiss of Midnight

  • The Midnight Breed, Book 1
  • By: Lara Adrian
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,728
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,728

He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell's deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night---or this man---is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed---a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hot! Hot! and Hot!!!

  • By Sojourner on 03-29-10

So glad didn't waste a credit. Thank you. Romance

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Okay, anybody who's been my other reviews knows that I'm a sucker for one vampires, romance, and beauty tames the beast stories. However, this was a complete struggle to finish. I found myself rechecking the reviews. While I was listening. Granted, I'm not really big on the whole ET origin of vampires. But the way she's spun it was doable. That being said, it was all I could do to talk myself and finishing it so I could properly write a review. I actually like the concept of the character Gabrielle she did have some spunk and to appoint I felt sorry for Lucan and I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for it to get better. And right when it did right when she managed to have their Epiphany conversation. It was like the ending was rushed and in the last five minutes is like all I love you and then that's it. And it's my understanding that the sequel moves on to another come couple. I mean seriously, how can you spend the entire 400 and some page book listening is to go back and forth back and forth. I don't want her. I don't want her I don't love her. I don't love her all I care about her. I care about her. I care about her and then have his epiphany was less than two minutes left in the book? And that is you can get past the incredibly monotone robotic narration in the fucked up thing is that when it comes to doing the voices of some of the males she does do decent in character differentiation. But when she goes on to the inner thoughts of the female character and the outer narration parts. It is so monotone that I seriously found myself having to fight to keep from nodding off. Not to mention the fact that though she can do the accents the inflection of emotions are wrong. To me she always made Lucan sound extremely pissed when he shouldn't have of been along with some of the other characters as well. And I could not help myself from seeing extreme parallels between this book and some parts of JR words black dagger brotherhood series. However, the warriors of black dagger brotherhood series were more interesting than these. Especially when it comes to the first book about the leader, wrath, wrath was an ass just as much is Lucan however Ward seem to make it work better and Adrian hasn't as far as I'm concerned. In that book with wrath having his epiphany in the last literal two minutes. Needless to say I'm highly disappointed with this book. It could have been a lot better than it was part of my annoyance with it is the narration mostly the whole thing seems like it was incredibly rushed and disjointed. In fact, it seems like she didn't even figure out exactly what the hell she was going to do with the story until the last five chapters. Like I said in my subject line or tagline or whatever. I'm very glad that I was able to read this book. Thanks to the romance package and did not have to waste the credit because I would definitely be exchanging it and getting my damn credit back. The plot the concept. I have to say is good, but then again as a fan of the black dagger brotherhood the whole concept of vampire warriors defending humanity from a opposite faction is going to be something that I like. I just.... Had to struggle with this. So much for so many reasons. The only reason I was able to finish it is because I actually felt something for Lucan and Gabrielle. Unfortunately, I find myself highly disappointed. -Ldy Julanna

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  • Awakened

  • Vampire Awakenings, Book 1
  • By: Brenda K. Davies
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 582

Traumatized by her past and struggling to move on from it, Sera has spent the past three years of college hiding herself from the world and content to stay that way. A chance encounter with Liam shatters her sheltered world, leaving her stunned and shaken by the strange feelings and emotions he arouses in her, feelings she never thought she would experience and that frighten her in their intensity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Romance than Vampires

  • By Erika on 06-25-17

Want, twilight porn?Credit waste

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

This is nothing but twilight porn. The vampire genre is one of my favorites. And I'm always up for a good beauty times the beast this is so not that kind of story… I don't like giving away spoilers and reviews just in case somebody might actually like something that I don't, however, I find this book completely juvenile a predictable I will admit I could not finish it. The first two chapters were even hard for me to continue with because it was incredibly cheesy boys sees girl. Girls shy doesn't want anything to do with him. Girls pass comes back to bite her in the ass, bully goes all alpha and his fangs come out, girl notices something's wrong, have to tell her about the fangs, other fanged friends don't like it. What do you know this girls different and even though I claimed a lover. I'm going to make her into a monster like me even though I don't like what I am. A goes from being chapter after chapter of ridiculous pure human drama to like even though I've only known you a couple weeks and I haven't asked anything about being a vampire. I'm the guy hadn't agree to it. And then I'll wait after unchanged. I start finding out all about how I can be killed and I don't know it's just completely to me asinine predictable dribble this so completely far off from any typical human behavior. That no matter how much I wanted to continue to to listen to it. I couldn't force myself to do it. Because I can almost know what's gonna happen next and I literally had to fight to keep from falling asleep at certain parts. And I'm the type of person that if the story is really, really good. I don't even know what time it is the next day until I finish it. This however is not one of those stories.

  • Blood Cure

  • Blood Type Series, Book 3
  • By: K.A. Linde
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Elizabeth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Reyna Carpenter was 21 when she became a live-in blood escort for the ruthless and darkly handsome vampire Beckham Anderson. She thought this was just a small price to pay for feeding her brothers back home. But nothing went as planned. Not even her tumultuous relationship with Beckham. Now she wonders if anything will ever be the same again. As she finds herself in the midst of a losing rebellion, she and her trusted friends must flee from a city conquered by the vampire elite. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved all three books!

  • By Marla on 03-12-19

Love love loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-19

If you love a good strong beauty tames the tormented beast story than this one's for you! Reina Carpenter takes a job at this blood donor company because she needs money to help her family. She normally doesn't do that kind of thing. She's educated and opinionated but not educated enough to get a job in the in her post disaster neighborhood so she gets a job at the company that finds donors for vampires. Thinking it'll just be like going and donating and the blood bank she finds more than she bargained for. And so does her vampire find more than he bargained for in her. I don't want to give it all the way. But I will say that I was skeptical about the first book, because I'm not big on post-apocalyptic things. But I very much enjoyed the dynamics between Reina Carpenter andBeccum Anderson and the other side characters were also very entertaining. I personally find any story that makes me have a need to laugh out loud or find a box of tissues worth a good read

  • Kiss of the Vampire

  • Blood Moon Series
  • By: Terry Spear
  • Narrated by: Becky Shrimpton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

The motto of the vampires is that humans have to deal with problems on their own. But when Levka and his friends risk all to save human girls, he is injured and so the adventure begins. A cruise. A human girl who is terrified of water. And a vampire who has targeted her for his mate. But she has some secrets of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute little story.

  • By Betty Hayes on 01-10-19

Cute little story.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I found this to be cute little story if you just looking for something fun and entertaining. I enjoyed the main characters interactions. My biggest problem was the narrator seriously "is a really bad she makes" is supposed to be 900-year-old warrior fighter vampires sound like humans sucking helium in Disneyland. If you're looking for a quick entertaining read for the car or the doctor's office or just a break and don't want anything too complicated. This is a pretty good story for that grant. There are some sad moments but for the most part it's very entertaining and the sweet romance between the two main characters is also very entertaining. However, I think it would've been much better with a different narrator. I'm usually not a big fan of what I would consider short stories. For me this is definitely a shorter story that I usually like to listen to or read and I can't really explain it is just this is very entertaining the interactions between Levka and Caitlin as well as Levka's brothers was quite enjoyable and I did like the fact that Caitlin appears to be a strong female character. I will admit that towards the middle to the end her denial search annoying me but for the most part is enjoyable little story that I would read the sequel to