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  • The Wrong Unit

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097

I don't know what the humans are so cranky about. Their enclosures are large, they ingest over 1,000 calories per day, and they're allowed to mate. Plus, they have me: an Autonomous Servile Unit, housed in a mobile/bipedal chassis. I do my job well: keep the humans healthy and happy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Futuristic journey without a single misstep

  • By Julie W. Capell on 10-03-16

There should be more HeyYou's in the world!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Although The Wrong Unit is a short listen, it is delightful, entertaining and heartwarming! It is also vey well narrated. Guaranteed to make you smile and even laugh out loud a few times.

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  • The Sacrifice

  • By: Elicia Hyder
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

"Hello, Praea." There's only one being on Earth who calls Sloan Jordan by that name - her biological mother, a demon named Kasyade. So why did she answer Sloan’s best friend’s phone? When Sloan reaches Adrianne Marx’s apartment to investigate, she finds evidence of abduction. The reason? Ransom. The price? Sloan’s unborn daughter, the most powerful angel in all of history. But hell can’t rival the fury of an angry mother protecting her child, and until the baby is born, her incredible power is Sloan’s to wield.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great one!

  • By Jessica Jones on 10-03-18

Bad ending ruined a good series for me

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Not sure if this is the final book in the series but it sure felt like it. Overall, this has been a good series... until now.

****SPOILER ALERT*****
There is a strong love triangle throughout this series. That is a theme I am not fond of, but it was so persistent that it was clear that it was central to the plot so I stuck with it. Unfortunately, it did not end well for several of my favorite characters and much was left unresolved. I would have given this book more stars as I really liked the series and the narrator, but the ending soured me to the whole series.

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,247
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,229

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, creative, and FUN!

  • By Kent on 04-18-13

Entertaining and humorous read

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Redshirts is an enjoyable but short read. The main story is quite good but I ended up skipping most of the codas. Wheaton is the perfect pairing with Scalzi's style of humor. I would give him 5 stars but he doesn't give each character their own individual voice so it is sometimes hard to tell who is speaking. Narrators who successfully perform both male and female voices as well as a range of dialects and speech patterns can take an audio book to a whole new level!

  • The Wind in His Heart

  • By: Charles de Lint
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 94

Young Thomas Corn Eyes sees into the otherworld, but all he wants to do is get off the rez. Steve Cole escaped from his rock star life to disappear into the desert and mountains. Fifteen-year-old barrio kid Sadie Higgins has been discarded once too often. Blogger Leah Hardin needs to leave Newford, come to terms with the loss of her best friend, and actually engage with her life. When these lives collide in the Hierro Maderas Mountains, they must struggle to escape their messy pasts and find a way to carve a future for themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and Heartening

  • By Anna on 09-22-17

Heartwarming and Kind

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

The Wind in His Heart is a beautifully written story full of gentle wisdom and friendship. It is the first book I have read by Charles de Lint and makes me want to explore what else he has written. Tom Stechschulte does a great job as narrator, capturing the essence of each character.

  • Lake Silence

  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others - vampires, shape-shifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget.... After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence - in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vicki's have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what's out there watching you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific stand-alone Others novel

  • By Laura on 03-24-18

Urban Fantasy Cozy

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

This is a really fun story that feels like an urban fantasy cozy mystery. It has a solid plot but the best part is the character interaction between the Others and the humans. Lake Silence feels like a slice of life in the 'new frontier'. Our brave but damaged humans can get a fresh start with a whole new set of rules - not of their own making. I especially enjoyed the scene where Vicky is passing the time during a storm by playing a board game, called Murder, with Aggie and The Boys. It turns out the Others have their own version of the game. I also liked the Sproingers.

Ms Bishop nicely balances humor and whimsy with action and violence in this series so it never becomes too dark. It took me a while to warm up to the new cast of characters but I now hope there will be future books set in Sproing as well as other new settings. There is so much potential for this brave new world following the thinning of the human herd and of course I can't wait to hear more about Lakeside!

Alexandra Harris does an outstanding job narrating this series! She is becoming one of my favorite voice actors for her ability to capture and enhance the essence of each character and give them unique voices and accents.

Ms Bishop, can you please write faster? Oh, and please don't change narrators or split the narration for future books. You've got the perfect narrator already!

  • Pack Challenge

  • Magnus Pack Series # 1
  • By: Shelly Laurenston
  • Narrated by: Kasha Kensington
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611

All Zach Sheridan ever wanted was to become alpha male of his Pack and be left alone. What he definitely didn't need in his life was some needy female demanding his attention. What he never saw coming was the vicious, scarred female who not only demanded his attention but knew exactly how to get it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By ReadingFool on 04-05-16

YA romance - short on plot

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

This is a light urban fantasy romance long on romance and short on plot. Basically nothing else going on except the romance. I loved the Dragon Kin series by GA Aiken (Shelly Laurenston's other pen name) so I thought I'd try some of the Laurenston books. This one, at least, is more of a YA book with shallow plot, no world building, minimal action and little character development. In other words, nothing like the Dragon Kin series!

  • A Tale of Two Dragons

  • Dragon Kin Series, Book 0.5
  • By: G. A. Aiken
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

Braith of the Darkness likes going through life unnoticed. Not an easy task for a She-dragon of royal descent. But the evil plots of her father are turning her quiet, boring life upside down, and she has now become the enemy of the most vicious queen her kind has ever known. But for once, Braith won't have to fight alone. Not when the warrior dragon of her dreams is willing to risk everything to save her neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inclusive, action filled paranormal love series!

  • By KGLP host/producer & traveling therapist. on 01-28-17

Don't start with this one!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

This is a really fun series but don't start with this book! It is not up to par with the rest of the series and you won't be missing anything important. Start with Book 1 - Dragon Actually. Dragon Actually will give you a good introduction to the dragon kin world so you will understand what is going on.

A Tale of Two Dragons has minimal plot and the characters are shallow and uninteresting. I still got a few chuckles out of it, but it is mostly a side story, filling in some background. There is too much male bashing and gratuitous violence without the usual hilarity and well developed, likable characters that delighted me in the rest of the series.

  • Montana Sky

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Erika Leigh
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,504

When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a lot of enemies...and a ranch worth nearly $20 million. Now his three daughters - each born of a different marriage, and each unknown to the others - are gathered to hear the reading of the will. The women are shocked to learn that before any of them can inherit, they must live together on the ranch for one year.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC READ

  • By Heidi on 08-10-09

Not the right narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Read this book and really enjoyed it years ago so thought I'd revisit it in audio version. Unfortunately, I didn't like the narrator and couldn't get through it.

  • River Marked

  • Mercy Thompson, Book 6
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,544
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,535

Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Petra Grey on 03-08-11

Native American Mystique!

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

In this addition to the wonderful Mercy Thompson series, Mercy and Adam get married and go on the honeymoon from hell. Mercy meets up with some local Indians and is pitted against an ancient native american magical creature.

This book is full of beautifully written mystical scenes. I loved the scenes with Coyote and the animal spirit archetypes. Coyote has become one of my favorite characters along with the magical Fae walking stick that follows Mercy around.

Mercy learns more about her mysterious father and who and 'what' she is. I hope we see a lot more of the sometimes maddening and always entertaining Coyote.

Kudos to Lorelei King on her portrayal of the native american characters. As always, she nails the accents and breathes life into the story. Coyote's slyness, Gordon Seeker's 'mysterious old medicine man' and each of the others were spot on. She is a truly gifted voice actor and is the perfect pairing with Ms Briggs. One of my favorite urban fantasy series!

  • Louisiana Longshot

  • A Miss Fortune Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,428

It was a hell of a long shot.... CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever - in Sinful, Louisiana. With a leak at the CIA and a price placed on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off-grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, funny and fun

  • By Pamela on 06-08-16

Cracked me up!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

Any additional comments?

Fun, cozy southern mystery series. Likable characters, well written, many unexpected laugh out loud moments. Narrator is perfect for this series. Her portrayal of Ida Belle and Gertie is especially good. Very enjoyable series!