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  • Branded by Fire

  • Psy-Changeling Series, Book 6
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086

When a brilliant young researcher is kidnapped, DarkRiver sentinel Mercy, a cat, and SnowDancer lieutenant Riley, a wolf, must work together to track the young man - before his shadowy captors decide he's no longer useful. Along the way, the two dominants may find that submitting to one another uncovers not just a deadly conspiracy, but a passion so raw that it'll leave them both branded by fire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Here kitty kitty.

  • By Bex on 10-12-14

I would give this 6 stars if I could!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

Mercy and Riley's story is perhaps my favorite of the series (which I have read several times as of mid-2016). They are both so strong! I love it!!

  • Darkfever

  • Fever, Book 1
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,943
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,947

MacKayla Lane's life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she's your perfectly ordinary 21st-century woman. Or so she thinks...until something extraordinary happens.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it!

  • By Dana on 01-27-11

Slow start to an interesting series

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

I just finished all 5 of the Fever series books and wanted to provide perspective to those considering the series.

I did not like Darkfever (book 1) - I thought it was boring, the main character (Mac) vapid, and found the pile of unanswered questions tedious. I considered not reading book 2 but decided I was curious enough about the story to keep going. Mac grows up in each book and by the end is much more interesting and mature than she was in this book.

The books improve as the series goes on. I literally COULD NOT put down book 5. I think book 5 is so good that it more than makes up for the weaker books earlier in the series. All of your questions are answered. The story is rich and the characters complex - it was just great!

Warning: Book 4 ends in a HUGE cliffhanger. Have book 5 ready cause you will need it!

  • Enchanting Pleasures

  • The Pleasures Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445

Gabrielle Jerningham cherishes the portrait of her betrothed, the perfect Peter Dewland... until she meets his commanding older brother Quill. But it is Peter to whom she has been promised. And how can she possibly transform her voluptuous, outspoken self into the poised gentlewoman Peter requires?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thankfully this is finally an audiobook

  • By Maine Knitter on 04-23-15

my new favorite Eloisa James book!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

the characters in this book are delightful and SO funny! love love love it!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

  • A Memoir
  • By: Felicia Day
  • Narrated by: Felicia Day, Joss Whedon - foreword
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,277
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,795

In the tradition of #Girlboss and Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir from online entertainment mogul, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't dismiss this one out of hand!

  • By John S. on 09-09-15

I love Felicia!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-15

very well written and entertaining! A relatable life story with some great messages for future coffee cups!

  • A Kiss at Midnight

  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 726

Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince...and decides he's anything but charming. A clash of wits and wills ensues, but they both know their irresistible attraction will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to another woman—a princess whose hand in marriage will fulfill his ruthless ambitions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrator and story.

  • By angela on 07-28-10

HOT Cinderella

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

What did you like best about this story?

This book was an absolute joy to listen to! James does a great job creating a fresh take on one of the world's most popular fairy tales. However, be forewarned, like many of James' other books that it is definitely an "adult" read. Although calling it erotica would be too strong it is a very "hot" version of Cinderella. Lots of tension and build up that leads to a great ending. MUST read for any fantasy or romance reader. Very well done!

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  • Spherical Harmonic

  • A Novel of the Skolian Empire
  • By: Catherine Asaro
  • Narrated by: Liza Kaplan, Catherine Asaro
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Separated for decades by circumstance and political machinations, the Ruby Dynasty, hereditary rulers of Skolia, struggle to bring together the tattered remnants of their family in the shadow of a disastrous interstellar war. Too many have died, others are presumed lost, yet Dyhianna, the Ruby Pharaoh, must move quickly if they are reassume their rightful place as rulers of the Skolian Empire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, horrible narrator

  • By S. Mounsey on 12-21-10

Not my favorite Skolian Empire book

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

Reviewed: 06-25-12

If you’ve listened to books by Catherine Asaro before, how does this one compare?

I have read almost all of Catherine Asaro's Skolian Empire books - almost all of which I have greatly enjoyed. This book however, in my mind, goes a little over the edge in the physics/math nerdery. The discussion about spherical harmonics goes on and on. That being said, Dyhianna is meant to be insanely gifted in mathematics so maybe I should have expected the book to correspond with her personality. If you are really into physics/math (PhD or the like) you may really enjoy this book. If you didn't get any further than a few semesters of each in college its probably a bit much.

I also did not find the story as compelling as the others. Parts of the book seem drawn out and a bit boring. I also felt that the romance fell flat - perhaps because I could not forget the fact that her husband is also her nephew... ick!

What didn’t you like about Liza Kaplan and Catherine Asaro ’s performance?

Another concern I had about this book is the narrator. I see it essentially as a casting mistake. The narrator has a great voice, but it is a bit girlish and in my mind much more fitting for a youth novel rather than as a the voice of a 120+ year old woman who looks like she is in her 40s. Additionally, she doesn't pronounce terms the same way Anna Fields pronounced them which I found annoying (e.g., "Saus" was pronounced "Soe-z" rather than "Saw-z"). I'm sure she'd do great in other books, but I don't think she is the best fit for this one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Halfway to the Grave

  • Night Huntress, Book 1
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,917

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Total Guilty Pleasure!

  • By Wendy on 04-19-12

Was this written by a teenager?

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

Reviewed: 12-16-11

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Much more complex characters and storyline.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Dance with Dragons

Did Tavia Gilbert do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes. The performance was pretty good, although I did not like that the vampire Bones had a cockney accent.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was not a complete duplicate of the other vampire novels I've read...

Any additional comments?

The book was very poorly written. The characters were very artificial. I could not relate to them at all which is not a problem I usually have when reading. When I finished the book I honestly went to check to see if this was written by a high school student because the characters seemed to lack realism and an emotion maturity you find in other well written books.

  • Dead Until Dark

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,484
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,509

Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Vampire Said ....

  • By Pamela on 07-24-08

I LOVE the Sookie Series!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-11

I have read all ten of the Sookie Stackhouse books. I absolutely love them! The characters are great and the story is always entertaining while not being too heavy. Harris is able to add life to each book by introducing, removing or changing the characters you've already know.

Warning to HBO True Blood watchers: The books are very different then the show. Although the central storyline is the same, there are many significant differences (e.g., Jessica does not exist in the books, Bill does not propose marriage to Sookie, etc). I really like the show, but I LOVE the books.

HIGHLY recommend!

  • The Mote in God's Eye

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: L J Ganser
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,455
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,679
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,721

The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By J. Rhoderick on 02-12-10

Smart, interesting read

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

Reviewed: 02-10-10

I really enjoyed reading this novel. I thought the authors came up with a very smart and clever story of humanity's first encounter with an alien race. I was surprised to find that the alien race described was very different from all other sci-fi books, tv shows and movies that I've seen before. I was expecting the aliens to be a copy from a "star trek" idea, but they were quite different.

The book also explores human nature by describing humanity's reaction to the aliens. The story unfolds throughout the novel. So there is action and questions to be answered right up until the end.

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes to read fiction especially for those who like books that explore human nature in a "what if" scenario.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful