Maria White

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  • Storm in a Teacup

  • By: Emmie Mears
  • Narrated by: Amber Benson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 178

Mediator Ayala Storme kills demons by night and handles PR by day. She avoids Mediator luncheons and a fellow Mediator who’s been trying to get in her pants for years. She does her job. She keeps her sword clean and her body count high. But when a rash of disappearances leads her to discover that Nashville’s hellkin are spawning a new race of monster on human hosts, Ayala will be the first line of defense against these day-walking killers. That is until one of them saves her life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Paranormal Urban Fantasy without the explicit sex

  • By Natalie C on 12-03-15

Liked it better than anticipated,

4 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-16

after I had a hard time getting into it, I liked this book really well. It took me three starts to get into the flow of this story.
The world building starts out very slow and explanations could have come much more early on.
Another distraction: the narrator gave a lot of characters grating or high pitched voices, so bad that I've been switching to my Kindle in between.
Storm in a Teacup is overall very entertaining, has fresh ideas. The main characters are likeable, there are no explicit sex scenes, but heartwarming intimate ones.
The book improves in the second half, the story as well as the narration.
So glad I stuck with it, and I am on my way to hear the second one in the series right now.

  • Midnight Blue-Light Special

  • InCryptid, Book 2
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818

The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity - and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and when her work with the cryptid community took her to Manhattan, she thought she would finally be free to pursue competition-level dance in earnest. It didn't quite work out that way...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seanan McGuire rocks...

  • By Maria White on 03-09-13

Seanan McGuire rocks...

5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-13

I listen to a lot of urban fantasy, and having done so a lot of story lines grow old.

This series is refreshingly different in many ways. Not everything seems logical but it is not disturbingly so.
This second book after "Discount Armageddon" is even better - it has it all: lots of never heard of fantastical creatures with different abilities, suspense, action, fights, family, feelings and a bit of romance (which wasn't overdone) and of course a lovable heroine.

The story is highly entertaining and I kept listening without my thoughts wandering off.

I couldn't have wished for anything different in the narration. Refreshing and fitting.

Now I am hoping for a third book in the series in the not to far future.

As I think to be able to value reviews for oneself it would be good to know this listener's preferences, so some of my favorite UF authors are:
Kim Harrison (The Hollows)
Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels)
Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin)
Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock)
Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles)
Rachel Caine (Weather Warden)
Molly Harper
Charlaine Harris
and so on...

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Spots

  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,591

When LA’s vampires, witches, and werewolves make a mess, they call Scarlett Bernard to clean it up. Her ability as a null erases all magical traces from anything — or anyone — that comes within ten feet of her, and keeps humans in the dark about the city’s paranormal activity. One night when she’s called to a grisly crime scene, Scarlett is spied by the all-too-human LAPD cop Jesse Cruz, who strikes up a deal with her: he’ll keep quiet about the supernatural underworld if she helps him crack the case. She agrees, but the city’s chief vampire, Dash, starts to suspect Scarlett is behind the murders and will reveal all she knows of his shadowy empire. Now it’ll take more than Scarlett’s unique abilities to clear her name, keep the underworld underground, and track down the real killer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's different

  • By Aryn on 07-11-13

Entertaining Urban Fantasy

4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-12

What made the experience of listening to Dead Spots the most enjoyable?

This was an entertaining story with a new angle and I was pleasantly surprised. There are the usual vampires and werewolves, but with Scarlett there's a new aspect to the interaction. The main characters are well defined and as the book progresses, more background to each one is revealed.
There's a bit of romance (in the making) also, but not too much.

What about Amy McFadden’s performance did you like?

Amy McFadden's performance was just right for this story, clear and precise while giving each character definition.

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

I did listen to it in one "sitting" - perfect for working all day in the garden.

Any additional comments?

Easy listening Urban Fantasy - I anticipate the next book in this series and hope Audible will add it as soon as it comes out - I would like to go on listening right now...

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Widow's Web

  • Elemental Assassin, Book 7
  • By: Jennifer Estep
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223

I used to murder people for money, but lately it’s become more of a survival technique. Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town anyway. Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Be prepared to be put through the emotional ringer

  • By RabidReads on 12-23-12

Love this series

5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If urban fantasy is one of your favorite genres you'll love the Elemental Assassin series. Book 7 is no exception - all of them are equally good. They have it all: fantasy, adventure, action, magic, romance, friendship, - storytelling at it's best!

What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

Lauren Fortgang does a superb job at narrating - her voice is very clear and understandable (English is not my first language) - yet the characters are very distinct. I very much like her voice, as it is not so high pitched as some other female voices to make my ears hurt.Her voice has character and it is very pleasant to me.

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

The books of this series always take me with them completely - be it suspense, emotion, the tale itself.... very enjoyable but not too much (there are some other books I have to put aside because I can't stand the upheaval any more...)

Any additional comments?

Wonderful entertainment - highly recommended!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful