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  • Pain

  • Curse of the Gods, Book 5
  • By: Jane Washington, Jaymin Eve
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Moyen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45

Sometimes history lies, and the tales of Minatsol and Topia are no different. Since the birth of Topia, Staviti has woven a web of deceit around the truth of creation, striving only to maintain his power while destroying anything that gets in his way. Now, Willa and the Abcurses are determined to strip back the layers, to uncover the truth, and to understand the true nature of the two worlds before it's too late. The only problem? Any wrong step in their quest to restore balance might have terrible repercussions. Every single being - living or dead - might have to pay the price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sacred Willa Does It Again!

  • By LP on 03-22-19

Good finale to a fun series

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

This is a good Finale for a series that has been fun and interesting. It’s primarily a fantasy, with comedy, thriller, and romance elements.
Pica arranges an eventful party for Willa to show her powers to the other Gods, to obtain their support against Staviti. Willa has to travel back and forth between realms with the help of her new family to balance the power between Topia and Minatsol, and to overcome Staviti.
Moyen does a good job of narration. Her voice really fits the character of Willa; but she did a pretty good job with the different characters.

  • Neutral

  • Curse of the Gods, Book 5
  • By: Jaymin Eve, Jane Washington
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Moyen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Emmy was born a dweller, and she expected to die as a dweller...until Willa changed everything. Now she has no idea of her path, and she certainly wasn't prepared for what would happen after her death. Caught in the middle of a war that threatened to prove much more significant than anyone had ever expected, there is only one person who can help her...but his terms are steep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite Series

  • By taylor on 02-17-19

Emmy, the Goddess of

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

While this is supposed to be a BONUS story, it is the next step in the series. It covers what happens at the end of Strength from Emmy’s perspective, and while Willa is unconscious. Emmy and Neutral hook up, and the family grows.
Moyen does a decent enough job of narration.

  • For the Love of Cupidity

  • A Heart Hassle Novella, Book 4
  • By: Raven Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Melissa Schwairy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Cupidville is overrun with new cupid recruits, and it’s up to me to train them in time for Valentine’s Day. Too bad I have four mates who keep insisting that it’s time for me to take a break. Juggling my role as the cupid boss, being a mate, and handling motherhood isn’t always easy, but it’s sure as hearts worth it. Let’s just hope I can get these cupid flunkies trained in time. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still wacky and sexy with Bondmates and kids

  • By IreneMBBT on 03-21-19

Still wacky and sexy with Bondmates and kids

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

Released just a few days after Crimes of Cupidity, I was surprised and pleased to find this in audio already.
Still quirky, funny, and sexy. We get a snapshot of Emelle and the Covey a few years later, when they have a 2yr old daughter and she’s pg again and due very soon. And trying to get work covered so she can take her maternity leave. And training the worst group of Cupid wannabes. And trying to make peace with her mother-in-law.
Plenty of sexiness in between cringing at her gross pregnant eating habits. The delivery scenes were epic. Had me smiling through most of the book and afterwards.
Schwairy does a good job of narration.

  • Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal

  • Amaranthine Saga, Book 2
  • By: Forthright
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

 

Kimiko enrolls at the In-between's prestigious new high school, which is designed to promote the integration of the human and inhuman races. As a reaver, she's supposed to act as peacemaker, bridging a formidable cultural gap, but the other two members of her triad don't need any help in that department. Akira and Suuzu have been friends since middle school. Instead, the boys must rally behind Kimiko when she inadvertently initiates a courtship with Eloquence Starmark.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely, but not syrupy

  • By IreneMBBT on 03-21-19

Lovely, but not syrupy

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

Great second book in the series and, while not absolutely necessary, best enjoyed if you’ve read book one, as there are repeat characters. Again, this falls somewhere between fairytale, manga and romance, yet is set in “present day” as the subway is mentioned.
Kimiko has been accepted in the new high school where humans, Reavers and Amaranthine attend together. While she considers herself and her family to be ordinary, Kimiko has made a point of learning the physical language of the Amaranthine.
With her positive attitude and actions, she is gradually recognized for her strengths. With her good deed, she finds herself engaged by accident with her classmate, who would never have had the option to marry and have his own family. Kimiko’s engagement creates new opportunities for her sisters in the marriage market.
Of note is the closeness of the relationships between brothers, sisters, and pack; and the respect between characters.

I usually listen at 1.5 speed, but I actually had to slow down to 1.0 to appreciate all the nuances in this one.
Baldree does a good job of narration, as this story is not wholly English or Japanese.
Recommend

  • Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox

  • Amaranthine Saga Series, Book 1
  • By: Forthright
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Tsumiko inherits an ancestral home, a vast fortune, and a butler who isn't exactly human. Humanity is rocked by the Emergence of a people who call themselves the Amaranthine. They are our myths and legends come to life. Neither human nor animal, yet embracing qualities of both, the inhuman races inspire both awe and fear. Every newsfeed is clogged with updates about the peace process, but some places don't concern themselves with worldly affairs. Like the girls' school run by Saint Midori's of the Heavenly Lights, where Tsumiko Hajime grew up.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • finally the audiobook

  • By Maira Saw on 03-06-19

part manga-fairytale-romance

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

Tsumiko inherits an estate and an Amaranthine, one of the newly revealed human shifters. She is shocked to find out he is bonded to her family line and, basically, a slave. Tsumiko is determined to have him freed and has help from Michael and his wife, housemates at Stately Manor. Lovely and fun, and with a Japanese sensibility.
I completely enjoyed the author’s writing style and the story, which falls somewhere between manga, a fairytale and, lastly, a romance. The world building is only sketched out as needed, but interesting enough to keep the story moving along.
I’m a fan of Ilona Andrews and she mentioned this book on her blog. I read this on Kindle first, and I’ve bought additional books.
Baldree did a decent enough job of narration. The recording would have benefited with the editing out of some mispronunciations.
Recommend.

  • Attract Money Now

  • Easy 7-Step Formula
  • By: Joe Vitale
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Need money? Attract Money Now is the perfect blueprint for breaking free from debt, lack, struggle and fear. This is the exact same blueprint Dr. Joe Vitale used to go from a homeless nobody to a multimillionaire celebrity. It is a spiritual and practical system that will work for YOU.

In this inspiring new audio book, Dr. Joe Vitale - bestselling author and star of the hit movie The Secret - walks you through his easy system for attracting money using the Law of Attraction and Law of Right Action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired

  • By BeckyKSixtos on 07-07-16

Worth the time when you’re ready to listen n learn

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

Attract Money Now is one of Vitale’s best works, distilling his philosophy down to 7 points. My favorite of Vitale’s books will always be Zero Limits.
Don’t let any discomfort you have with Vitale’s accomplishments stop you from *hearing* the steps that you can make your own. He lists his successes as a validation that these steps actually work.
I believe Vitale is one of the more interesting and creative “self-help gurus” currently out there. He’s proved himself to me, between his own success story of bouncing back after a period of living in his car, and his ability to identify and promote the work of other teachers like Neville Goddard.
I like Vitale’s many inspirational references like the CNBC TV Show the Big Idea, hosted by Donny Deutsch - “he always said that your success is right where your problem is - right where you complain about something”
Points I managed to write down in between listening and working:
>Create an emotional connection to your goals when you visualize them daily
>The importance of gratitude and “Thanking Forward”.
Important Books about gratitude:
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
As A Man Thinketh by James Allen
The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D Wattles
The Optimists Creed by Christian D Larson
>Entrepreneurial mindset- Attracting revenue from many areas
>Goals are the big targets; tasks are the stepping stones
>Prioritize your goals: Write a list of your top 30; then prioritize them into 3 groups, with the most positive emotional connection at the top.
>Put long and short term goals together for maximum result.
I listen to Vitale every so often as a goal, task, direction, and reality check.
I really like Don Hagen’s voice and believes he adds to the recording.

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,633
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,225

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

Excellent narration of an overwrought classic

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

After listening to most of Jane Eyre, I have to say that I still prefer Austen vs the overwrought Bronte. Having said that, this is still a classic. I’ve been trying to check out other Gothic classics by writers like Wilkie Collins, and I’m amazed at the growth of popular literature and the development of society and language, from that period to the present day.
I really like Newton’s voice for this narration. She does a truly excellent job with pacing, emotion, and character differentiation.
Recommend.

  • Born in Shame

  • Born in Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Fiacre Douglas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161

Shannon Bodine is a talented graphic artist whose life revolves around her job at a prestigious New York advertising agency. Her world is turned upside down when she learns the identity of her real father: Thomas Concannon. Respecting her late mother's wish, Shannon travels, however reluctantly, to County Clare. There, her loneliness and shame melt away in the embrace of the family she never knew existed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, Reader not so appealing

  • By Astrid on 04-28-09

The third daughter comes home to Ireland

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

Amanda Bodine makes a deathbed confession to her daughter about her romance with a married man while on holiday in Ireland. Shannon Bodine is shocked and doesn’t welcome contact from Tom Concannon’s daughters, but decides to come to Ireland in response to Brianna’s letter.
Shannon doesn’t expect her deep attraction to Murphy Muldoon, neighbor to the Concannons. Her life opens further when she goes back to her painting; the hobby she put aside for her business career.
Douglas does surprisingly well as a male reading this series. His accent adds to the story.

  • Born in Ice

  • Born in Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Fiacre Douglas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332

In winter, Brianna Concannon's bed-and-breakfast is a cold and empty place. And that's fine with Brianna. She enjoys the peace and quiet, even when icy winds howl at her window. This year, though, she's expecting an unusual guest: mystery writer Grayson Thane, from America. And sometimes a fire can be born in ice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Trilogy to be Included in the Best Libraries

  • By Elizabeth on 08-29-14

Homebody Brianna meets her match

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

Second sister Brianna has converted her home into a bed and breakfast. Of the two sisters, they assumed she would marry first; but it’s Maggie who is married and expecting her first child with Rogan Sweeney.
Brianna finds letters to her father from Amanda. The sisters and Rogan decide to hire a detective to find Amanda and her child.
Brianna hosts an American writer who wants a long term stay while writing his next book. He finds the home and a stability he never expected. And love.
Douglas does a good job of narration.

  • Born in Fire

  • Born In Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Fiacre Douglas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772

Maggie Concannon is a glassmaker whose exquisite works are more than mere objects of beauty: they are reflections of her own true nature. One man has seen the soul in her art, and vows to help this complex woman build a lucrative career.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Series You Should Include in Your Library

  • By Elizabeth on 08-29-14

Her earlier Irish trilogy

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

I listened to this first story in the trilogy as an homage to Ireland on St Patrick’s Day. I did read the printed version when published years ago, and I’ve had it in the back of my mind that this was one of Roberts’ better earlier trilogies.
Older sister Maggie Concannon idolizes her father who has supported her dreams of being a glass artist. She is emotionally crushed when he dies out on the sea cliffs when she is alone with him; and mystified when he utters the name Amanda.
Maggie has had a terrible relationship with her mother all of her life; and tries to interact with her as little as possible. She tries to support her sister financially since there’s a lien on the home which was left to Brianna; and their demanding mother lives with her.
Maggie does everything she can to ignore gallery owner Rogan Sweeney; first professionally, then personally, but its meant to be;-)
I was a bit surprised to have a male chosen to read a primarily female story, but Douglas’ Irish accent works.